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A Colourful, Fun Marquee Wedding in Norfolk // Emily + Charlie

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Emily And Charlie. Colourful And Floral Marquee Wedding In Norfolk. Photo By Beth Moseley138

Emily And Charlie. Colourful And Floral Marquee Wedding In Norfolk. Photo By Beth Moseley

Emily and Charlie met at a University, and although it was not a love at first sight, they have ended up together and we are really lucky to be sharing their beautiful love story and the insight to their ( very well planned!) wedding day!

Let’s dive straight into it – get comfortable, Honeys, as Emily shares it all! There are LOTS of stunning images by Beth Moseley so brace yourself – you shall be inspired!

The Proposal

Charlie proposed on a trip to Prague in February 2016. The trip was a Christmas present that I didn’t think anything more of, as we often do trips away. And to be fair, all the moments I thought that it would have happened at had passed!

We had a boozy evening out for dinner and Charlie suggested we check out King Charles Bridge at night, as it’s meant to be pretty spectacular (and I love any excuse to take photos). Naturally, it was heaving with tourists so after I took my 245thphoto we carried walking from the bridge and along the river where we stopped… ( you guessed it!) to take more photos. I asked Charlie which way should we head, to which he asked me to stand still. I was nervously looking over his shoulder waiting for some people to pass. It was at that moment that I realised what was happening.

He got down on one knee and then after lots of wonderful chat, he said: “Do I have to say it?” Such a charmer! Of course, I told him he had to!

We ended up celebrating over a glass of beer as nowhere else was really open.

 

Wedding Planning

My old job in advertising meant I was super organized. I had a spreadsheet pulled together, probably, by the end of March, so around 15 months ahead of our big day. I had my Pinterest boards at the ready (obviously I had one that was started when I first joined Pinterest about 2-3 years ago!). Also, I was spurred on by my mum asking when the date was going to be before I’d even flown back from Prague (it was only a long weekend!).

It’s quite daunting when you realise how much you have to do, and because more often than not, you’ve never been married before, you hope and pray that you remember everything! Luckily, by being super organised, we had all the suppliers we wanted all booked in within 4-6 months of getting engaged. We were lucky with the venue as it was at home in Foulsham so that took a lot of the stress out of the planning! The tricky part was bridesmaid dresses as I didn’t want to buy them a year in advance but then we ended up having to cut it fairly fine as nothing was in the shops until 2 months before the wedding.

So much to talk about in terms of what we enjoyed. The lead up to the big day with meeting all the suppliers was what made it all the more real and that was pretty fun – I remember talking to the Rev’d and it dawning on us that we were getting married! The best part though was the 4 days before when it was all hands on deck to pull everything together as it’s hard to imagine until everything suddenly gets put in front of your face! Also, the driving back to London one weekend listening and singing to what songs we liked from Bring Your Sisters’ (the band) playlist was fun.

Everyone was brilliant at helping – I don’t think there was a single person who didn’t help as everyone was excited about the idea of a wedding – we even had family friends getting stuck into the gardening. My mum and sister are both incredibly creative so they were amazing at helping bounce ideas off Charlie & I – my sister painted the illustration on the front of our orders of service and the detail on my leather jacket. Also, my dad created all the table tops with the beams over the top to hold flowers and the lights, created the bar from the trailer, as well as source random objects from eBay (he loves any excuse to look at eBay) such as the candlesticks – although don’t ask him about the “bargain” box of candlesticks that turned out to be dolls house sized! My auntie made Charlie’s bicycle waistcoat (he’s a cycling addict). Charlie was in charge of the music.

We didn’t really have a theme per say. This was a question that everyone asked us, and we couldn’t really work out what theme to do… Our wedding day ended up being themed after us and what we like.

The one brief we had, was for everything to be colourful with a hint of gold (as I love gold and I also had this in my dress, which wasn’t to Charlie’s knowledge). Everything was very homemade and unique! We wanted a day that was “us” and as memorable as possible.

 

Any wedding planning tips?

 

Stick to your guns – at the end of the day, the wedding is a representation of both of you so don’t worry if people don’t like your ideas.

We ended up having a Brass Band parade us from the church to the reception at the house as a surprise for everyone. A bit controversial but it was the best idea EVER!

Get suppliers booked in as early as possible for the things that are important to you – Charlie was obsessed with a band from Meribel he saw on his ski season and dropped them a note on the off chance that they were free.

Relax – or at least try to! Wedding planning should be fun. You only get one chance at it (hopefully!) so make sure you enjoy it!

If you are on a REALLY tight budget, opt for friends with a GoPro and a Gimble over a videographer. We didn’t have enough budget for a videographer so Charlie had his friends on shifts throughout the day taking it in turns to film using the GoPro. While it is not ideal and the end result isn’t the highest quality, it still meant everyone interacted with the camera and moments were captured that might have gone unnoticed or that we would have forgotten over time. It fitted our very chilled and fun vibe and it was very personal for us.  Besides, we had hours of footage to keep us entertained on the flight to Sicily the day after.

THE WEDDING DAY

The groomsmen stayed at my sister’s house and organised a bike ride to Byfords in Holt, as is now becoming custom at all the weddings (they’re all a little cycling crazy). As the wedding didn’t start until 4pm, all the groomsmen had lunch at the Brisley Bell with Beth’s associate photographer, Mark.

Meanwhile, bridal party and my family were putting all the final touches together, turns out there was still quite a bit to do… The girls all stayed the night at my parent’s house. We had a lovely afternoon getting ready together with several glasses of Prosecco, that went down far too easily with pre-wedding nerves. One of the best moments was when Jo from Constance Rose walked into the room with the wedding flowers. They literally lit up the room!

We got married in Foulsham Village Church as it was where I’d lived all my life and also it was handily very nearby.

After the ceremony we paraded down the street, dancing all the way to the marquee in the garden where we had the reception with canapés from Oystercatcher Catering while playing croquet, Kubb and also dancing to Vibe City Brass Band.

To say that Oystercatcher Catering nailed the food would be an understatement!  The starter was lightly cured mackerel which was blow-torched and served with heritage beetroot and then the main was 8 hour cooked Saltmarsh lamb with all the salads. We’re both big foodies so this was a key part for us!  Dessert-wise, as well as cake and cheese, I had my old employer and friend supply gelato from his Citroen H Van – complete with wafers that said: “To have and too cold”.

Bring Your Sisters, who Charlie saw on his ski season in Meribel, supplied the music – I don’t think anyone left the dancefloor – even my parents were dancing to Insomnia as the last track!

We then ended up staying at the Reepham Dial House as it was pretty local and also the rooms were stunning and a perfect choice as for the first night as the new Mr & Mrs!

 

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  • Veil: Etsy
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  • Flowers: Constance Rose
  • Food: Canapes, Starters & Mains – Oystercatcher Catering, Cheese – Neal’s Yard, Gelato - East Coast Gelato
  • Brass Band: Vibe City Street Brass
  • Evening Band: Bring Your Sisters
  • Photography: Beth Moseley
  • Wedding Video: Charlie’s friends on GoPro and edited by Charlie
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  • Socks: This Is Cambridge
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: Whistles
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Dalia Courridge

Founder and managing director of Norfolk Brides. Social Media and Marketing consultant by day. Obsessed with all things creative and beautiful - form eclectic weddings, to stunning interiors and abstract art. Addicted to working out and weightlifting. Cannot start the day without a strong coffee.

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