CHAR­LOTTE AND KEITH

STATELY HOME GLAM­OUR WITH A RO­MAN­TIC TWIST

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CHAR­LOTTE BOLLU AND KEITH JONES HELD THEIR GLAM­OROUS WED­DING AT HENGRAVE HALL IN SUS­SEX ON 15TH JULY 2016

Af­ter em­bark­ing on a ‘wed­ding venue’ road trip one week­end, Hengrave Hall was our last stop. It just took our breath away! The long drive­way ap­proach­ing the Tu­dor man­sion, the sweet lit­tle church nes­tled in the grounds, the unique court­yard and the beau­ti­ful bed­rooms en­cap­su­lated ev­ery­thing we wanted in a venue.

We wanted our day to have an el­e­gant, op­u­lent look, and took in­spi­ra­tion from Marie An­toinette and Parisian ro­mance. Our colour scheme was blush and gold, and our flow­ers were a mix of pale pinks, white and pops of bright pink. We had lav­ish dis­plays made up of roses and hy­drangeas. I orig­i­nally wanted pe­onies, but as they were out of sea­son, Re­vival Rooms did a great job of sourc­ing al­ter­na­tives such as David Austin roses. They also cre­ated a beau­ti­ful flower arch over the en­trance to the church, and later a Pin­ter­est-wor­thy dis­play of roses fall­ing from the ceil­ing to the dance floor.

We added lots of unique touches to make our day ex­tra spe­cial for our guests.

We put to­gether per­son­alised wel­come bags for all of our guests stay­ing with us at the venue, and cre­ated per­son­alised cock­tails. With the help of Re­vival Rooms, we cre­ated a whiskey and ci­gar lounge for the even­ing, and a Marie An­toinette-in­spired pho­to­booth in the court­yard. In­stead of a guest­book, we cre­ated a wish­ing well in the grounds, where guests could ‘make a wish’ for us.

I fell in love with a Pin­ter­est im­age of my dress be­fore I was even en­gaged, and tracked it down to In­bal Dror. Mor­gan Davies were host­ing an In­bal Dror trunk show in their Lon­don bou­tique, and even though it was over my bud­get, I booked an ap­point­ment. I tried on a few styles, but noth­ing com­pared to the hand-em­bel­lished dress with the lace back and for­ever flow­ing train. It was per­fect!

The only thing I’d change about our day would be to make it last longer. Keith and I made a pact to stay by one another’s side all day to take in ev­ery mo­ment to­gether, but it just went so quickly – we wish we could do it again!

CHAR­LOTTE’S BRIDES­MAIDS WORE VIR­GOS LOUNGE DRESSES

THE PAIR LOVED THEIR STATELY HOME SET­TING

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