Real Weddings… Charlie and Simon’s gorgeous, colourful wedding day!

Another quite personal real wedding post coming your way today.

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Charlie and I have been friends for about 8 years now. We both come from the same Bristol Old Vic Theatre School background, meeting on a random night out and just getting on so well, just a couple more glasses of wine and a few fitness classes later and we were seeing each other virtually daily! Charlie was like my sister, we giggled and bickered like we had known each other forever and I knew she was a friend for life. Then one day she went to visit her friend in Morzine, France and came back and told me she had met ‘a boy’ – Simon! Simon was from Taunton but had a beautiful home in Morzine. It wasn’t long before he came over and they had a date over here. Inevitably as things blossomed between them the decision for Charlie to move Morzine so became the right move for them. She packed up her belongings and off she went. My friend who I did pretty much everything with suddenly moving thousands of miles away, it took some getting used to that’s for sure but I knew it was the right move for her if her relationship was going to work. Plus she’s great at keeping in touch and visits twice a year – or least has been able to until now! Morzine is known as holiday location for snow boarders and skiers and home to one of the most famous downhill mountain biking tracks in the world.

Charlie went on to build her life in Morzine making some awesome friends and slowly making her mark on Simon’s bachelor pad in Morzine and adding her beautiful crafty touches. Simon asked Charlie to marry him whilst on holiday in the Maldives just over three years now. Charlie being Charlie decided to have her engagement ring hand made so she could chose exactly what she wanted, you’ll see from this blog that she’s very creative and if something can be unique then that’s exactly how she would chose to have it.

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Planning a wedding was not top priority for this globe trotting couple when they got engage. Nope they had plans to move to Canada to think about. A dream of Simon’s was about to be fulfilled. Buying land and building their own property the other side of the world. I’m not going to lie I thought they were mad, but then I’m a home girl and couldn’t imagine just upping sticks and moving thousands of miles away. Flying all their belongings and their two cats Monster and Munch across the world was I’m sure far more stressful than planning a wedding, but the  end result of their beautiful home I’m sure they will both agree was totally worth it.


Charlie needed to feel that the house was almost complete before she could really concentrate on her wedding and I don’t blame her. In January this year Charlie and I had our first skype session get going on plans for the day. They had already decided on the date and that they would have a marquee on Simon’s parents farmland in Tolland and the ceremony would take place in the Orchard near the house.

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We discussed, catering, the photographer, florist, hair and of course make-up. I sent her a list of my recommended suppliers and things started to come together. Charlie told me about the personal touches she had planned for the day but I really had no idea how hard she worked until the day actually arrived. Charlie had a vision of how she wanted her wedding to be and walking into the marquee on the day I can honestly say it just exuded her. Some of her personal touches will follow shortly.

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Myself, Suzi and Rhiannon (the bridesmaids) spent the night before the wedding staying in this beautiful eco holiday home with Charlie and her lovely parents Tom and Lyn. We woke up bright and early (because my schedule said we should) and I got going on my own make-up and hair before I started on everyone else. We decided to go for matching make-up for us bridesmaids. Opting for a summery shimmery white with a hint of apricot colour as the base with a line of bright teal along the lashline. I then used black gel eyeliner to line the eyes. I bronzed me up (as it suits my colourings best) and the other girls had more of a pinky cheek colour. Lipstick we all wore Maxfactor Betwitching Coral lip colour.

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I then moved on to Charlie’s mum Lyn. Lyn just wanted to look extra special. She showed me her beautiful blue and white outfit, I chose a soft dusky pink eye colour to bring out the blue in her eyes and paired it with pinky brown lip colour.

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Charlie and Simon chose Neil Pollock photography as their official photographer for the day, I highly recommend him to any couple. His style is friendly yet funny and the results are always breath taking. All the wedding pictures featured in this blog today are Neil’s work.

It was around now that the lovely Jo from Jo and Co arrived. Charlie had booked Jo to come and pull the whole day together as her wedding coordinator. Jo is worth her weight in gold! Pulling all the elements together on the day mean’t the bride and groom didn’t need to worry. Jo brought with her the bouquets from extremely talented and all round gorgeous lady Rachel from The Rose Shed. I think you’ll agree that these bouquets are fabulous. So bright and eye catching yet elegant too.

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The bride was up next, we had played about with make-up a few weeks earlier over a glass of wine and fine tuned the look she had dreamed of.

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After having gone out to buy a new foundation to match Charlie’s porcelain doll like skin I was ready to go. Starting with Pore Professional primer from Benefit and small amount of concealer I moved on to creating a flawless complexion with L’Oreal Infalliable Foundation in Porcelain and a light dusting of L’Oreal pressed powder.

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To create awesome cheek bones I used a selection of blush products, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Raspberry, Body Shop blusher in rose and a Bourjois little round pot blush in Rose D’or. To highlight her cheek bones I used Benefit HighBeam.

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Charlie’s eye make-up was built up using layers of creamy coloured eye shadows, to create a strong long lasting base. I used a shimmery bourjois eye shadow in 01 which is a golden white to go over the top and to add texture to the look. Using the Body Shop shimmer cube set in brown I built up depth from the corners using a light grey and building it up gradually to finish with a dark brown layer. I used gel eye liner to line her eyes. We used Eyelure individual lashes at the corners to add a little flick and volume to the outer corners. The lipstick was the brides own.

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Doing Charlie’s make-up for her wedding was the best. When you’re so close to someone being able to relax them and make them feel really special is quite emotional. We had a lot of fun in the meantime too as these two pictures show! Love you Charlie Bear!

I had (like the sergeant major I am) put together a schedule for the day, it was always my plan that after we were all made up we would have time to sit have a drink and bite to eat but rarely does this actually happen. However on Charlie’s wedding day we got our quiet time. This photo below shows Charlie and I high fiving after I pointed out ‘this is why I got you all up so early!!!’

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Charlie’s really lovely friend Gemma from Beau Biens, was our extremely clever seamstress. She made all of our dresses including Charlie’s stunning gown. The bridesmaid dresses are known as infinity dresses and can be worn in infinite ways and hands down the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn. I can’t wait to wear mine again! The next batch of photos show us getting ready and our faces on seeing our friend all ready for her big day.

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Charlie adapting her shoes like only she knows how!!

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Penny for ’em Rhi!

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Charlie had her very own dresser – Gemma came to make sure her dress fitted her perfectly

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Her dress was made with a corset built in.

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Awesome waist Mrs Mankin!

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I adore this shot!

  And now our wow faces…

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We travelled to the wedding in style. This car was previously owned by a 1930’s Boston Gangster! It was complete with homemade mini bunting to fit in with the theme of the day!

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Well Simon  and Charlie got their beautiful summers day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the ceremony in the orchard was perfect. Charlie’s close friend Mags gave the blessing and Vix did the reading. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Mankin!

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I want to conclude with the individual pictures of all the diy details Charlie created to make her vision come to life.

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Beautiful mini bunting for every single chair in the marquee!

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I loved this handmade slate signage, referencing the important places in their lives

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Coral coloured nails with gold sparkly varnish on the fourth finger only!

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Hundreds of jars, gold glitter and a lot of glue went into making these fab table centre pieces.

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Brightly coloured pom poms hanging from the ceiling added another element of fun!

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The symbol on top of the box were the theme of the day, Charlie screen printed these on everything – she’s so clever!

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All the men had their symbol on their ties

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And it was on the bunting too!

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Even the card table was sylish!

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Apologies to every other table plan I’ve seen over the years but this is hands down my favourite!

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Their good friends Mags and James made this awesome cake!

Charlie and Simon thank you for inviting us to your wedding and letting me be a part of it. I was a very special day from beginning to end and I will always remember the fun we had celebrating with you! I wish you many years of happiness together.


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