Thank you Stuart Dudleston Photography
Charlotte and Oly celebrated their wedding at Chalk Barn following a romantic ceremony at their local church. A little bit bohemian, a little bit rustic, and a whole lot of fun, we can’t wait to share their story with you.
A proposal by the sea
“We got engaged at Trebarwith Strand in Cornwall,” Charlotte tells us. “It’s my favourite place in the world. We were watching the waves crashing in, standing on an epic ledge in the cliff. It was pouring with rain and we had the beach to ourselves.”
“Oly shouted ‘I love you’ over the sound of the waves and wind and got down on one knee with the most amazing ring in his hand.”
Could a proposal be any more romantic or personal than that? Oly, we’re impressed!
Romantic church ceremony
When asked what their favourite moments from the ceremony were, music was a key feature.
“I loved walking down the aisle to ‘Hoppipolla’ by Sigur Ros. It was one of the best moments of our lives, there was so much joy and love in the room.”
“When we finished the ceremony, we had a final blessing from the vicar before a long walk back to join the congregation. Our recessional music was perfect for this – ‘Wake Up’ by Arcade Fire. It felt incredibly epic and was so lovely to see all the beaming faces looking at us as we walked towards them.”
Boho wedding decor
Oly and Charlotte were happy to get creative when it came to their boho wedding decor, doing much of it themselves!
“One of Oly’s best men cut us slices from a beech tree for our table centres. We loved the muted colours of the beech.”
The couple topped the slices with vases filled with ferns and added place names on logs cut from the bride’s father’s log store, which Charlotte individually painted.
“We’ve travelled to Morocco together and wanted to introduce that vibe. We chose three olive trees to frame the top table and, after some research, decided to buy rather than hire. Now we have lovely keepsakes to treasure our wedding with. One is in our garden, one is in my parent’s garden and one is in Oly’s mum’s garden.”
Cakes and Cointreau!
Another family effort, the bride and her mum made the cake themselves for this couple’s boho wedding.
“It was a three-tier fruitcake. We made it with lots of Cointreau and decorated with marzipan and royal icing. We wanted a ridged, uneven texture to go with our natural vibe.”
A bespoke, laser-cut topper and rosemary wreaths completed the cake beautifully.
“We asked Flowers at the Conservatory to create a luxurious but wild looking bouquet in white and ivory tones with silvery hues of green. We had David Austin roses, white phlox, gypsophila, eucalyptus, olive leaves and ruscus.”
“Our florist also created an incredible five-metre long foliage swag for our top table!”
Food and festivities
This couple had no trouble keeping their guests entertained at their boho wedding. Festivities began with a foodie theme, thanks to Outfit Events creating a culinary feast with a Mediterranean flavour.
“We also enlisted Fluffy Puffin to serve artisan ice cream and sorbets between our wedding breakfast and evening food. It was a real experience!”
Then as night fell, it was the return of Outfit Events, this time with an outdoor kitchen for fish finger sandwiches and falafel pitta breads. Delicious!
Swapping dinner for dancing, four-piece band True Tones filled the barn with toe-tapping tunes.
“The dance floor was packed for the entirety of their sets,” the couple enthuse. “Their setlist was pure gold!”
The couple asked Stuart Dudleston to capture their beautiful boho wedding.
“Stuart did an engagement shoot with Oly’s sister and we were really impressed with the photos. We loved his work on Instagram – the pictures were natural and genuine but each a work of art.”
“Our own engagement shoot sealed the deal – he let us do our own thing without posed shots, just us going for a walk in a beautiful spot!”
Ceremony Venue: Bishops Cannings Church
Reception Venue: Chalk Barn
Photographer: Stuart Dudleston Photography
Dress: Lillian West
Flowers: Flowers at the Conservatory
Catering: Outfit Events and Fluffy Puffin
Entertainment: True Tones