Laura and Charlie approached us way back in March 2018. Being based in Abu Dhabi, they needed a wedding planner to attend meetings and site visits on their behalf when they couldn’t make it over to the UK. They had already begun to plan their special day; a gorgeous ceremony in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park followed by a romantic meal with loved ones at a local restaurant.
However, a breakdown in communication between the venue and the couple left us in a difficult situation and two months before the big day, we needed a new venue. After lots of searching and conversations, we couldn’t settle on anything similar, thus we began looking at alternatives. The Courthouse in Frankwell is a 17th Century home turned into a beautiful Air B&B with original features and modern designer fittings… and the perfect backdrop for Laura & Charlie’s wedding.
Now we couldn’t squeeze all of their guests into the house itself and Laura loved the option of having a tipi in the garden. Event in a Tent jumped to our rescue and supplied us with a fantastic double hat tipi, overlooking the garden’s magnificent water feature and outdoor seating area. Still wanting to keep a certain level of glam, we mixed gold chiffon drops and soft candlelight with Gypsophila and log slices. Nothing wowed guests more than the 50ft wisteria garland adorning the entrance to the tipi, lovingly created by Jules & Diane at Chillie Breeze Events.
Their ceremony took place on the Bandstand overlooking the River Severn. As the Bandstand isn't a registered venue, Laura & Charlie had a blessing led by their Maid of Honour and Best Man, which allowed them to add their own personal touches to their ceremony. Our personal favourite was the sealing of a box of wine. Both Laura & Charlie had written a letter to each other, explaining all the reasons why they fell in love and both placed these in a wooden box with a bottle of red. Charlie then sealed the box and they will only open it when they have their first big argument or their 10th anniversary, which ever comes first. When they open it they will crack open the wine, pour each other a glass and will read each other’s letters. Truly one of the sweetest ceremony ideas we have ever come across.
Following the ceremony, guests mingled in the Quarry with champagne and canapés, whilst Laura and Charlie were whisked away into the Dingle Flower Garden for some newly wed photos. On return to the Courthouse, guests were greeted with Prosecco and Pimms, followed by an indulgent wedding breakfast constructed by the talented Mandi Wilson of Goose on the Loose. To end the evenings celebrations, Laura, Charlie and their guests put on their dancing shoes and strutted their stuff to the fabulous sounds of The Royale.