This blog is all about Charlotte & Bill’s autumn wedding. Full of seasonal and rustic details perfectly suited to a traditional village church ceremony and charming rural venue, The Compasses at Pattiswick.
We first met Charlotte & Bill over Facetime. These types of meetings can often be slightly awkward but from the outset we all got along. The couple are based in Sheffield so meetings were going to be limited. We kept in regular contact via emails and struck up a great relationship during their wedding planning period.
Charlotte was, just as a bride should be, full of utter excitement for the big day. Each and every wedding detail was planned meticulously and we were often called upon for our advice. We always tell our couples that we are happy to help in any way that we can. It really helps with forming a friendship so that on the big day we are not just the photographers. Along the way we have become ‘wedding friends!’
The morning of the wedding began in perfect style. The couple hired a stunning house in nearby Great Tey. It was a huge, spacious and very stylish house. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen stayed the night before the wedding. With so many rooms they organised separate male and female quarters for the morning preparations so the bride and groom did not see each other.
Charlotte had discussed with me beforehand that she wanted to create a reveal of the dress to her dad and bridesmaids. It was a very special time as just Charlotte and her mum were together as she put on the dress. The mood was calm and intimate and I felt privileged to be both invited and trusted to share in this precious moment.
The ceremony took place in St Mary the Virgin Church, located in the centre of the quaint village of Gestingthorpe. It was the village where Charlotte grew up. The church has a lovely old lychgate at its entrance which Charlotte and her mum decorated in beautiful flower garlands. The church also boasts huge ancient trees which provided a wonderful carpet of autumn leaves. Charlotte and her mum decorated the church personally with lots of rustic country style touches. Vintage styled enamel jugs full of flowers were placed at the church entrance. Lots of pretty Gypsophila and even fun welly boots full of flowers stood at the romantic kissing gate. Perfect touches for an autumn wedding.
The majority of guests had travelled long distances to the wedding so the couple organised a hot drinks and biscuits station in the corner of the church. Keeping their guests warm and cosy was so sweet and thoughtful and perfectly seasonal too.
The bride, Charlotte, is a member of a choir and many of her close friends are members too. As a very special wedding gift they sang during the ceremony and even wrote a piece of music especially for their big day. The singing was amazing. There really is something very special about hearing beautiful choral singing in a church, but when it is close friends singing a unique piece of music the emotional levels are off the scale!
The couple were keen to have lots of the photographs taken at the church as it held so many fond and happy memories for Charlotte. With old wooden church doors, a beautiful lychgate, a kissing gate and surrounded by picturesque fields it was the perfect backdrop.
The confetti shots are always a favourite of ours and couples alike. It’s one of those moments where the reactions are always totally natural and fun. That moment of catching a rose petal or two in your mouth as the wind takes your veil high into the sky above, just cannot be rehearsed!
The wedding reception was held at a favourite venue of ours, The Compasses at Pattiswick. It seems to suit every season. On a rather blustery day in late October with its roaring log fires and charming cosy atmosphere, it could not have been more welcoming. The perfect venue for an autumn wedding.
Again Charlotte and her mum created all the table decorations sourcing an assortment of vintage glass vases of varying shapes and styles and standing them on rustic wood slices. The venue’s shaker style dresser was cleverly used to display an unusual table plan. Each table number corresponded to a different herb plant presented in a rustic look hessian planter.
The wedding was at the very end of October and the couple really used this to their advantage bringing lots of autumnal touches to the day. The bridal party bouquets and buttonholes, created by the talented Hannah Louise Flowers, used deep purple berries and flowers of dark purples and pinks. Conkers proved a great hit with both children and adults alike and should be on top of any couple’s autumn wedding list. The couple also purchased sparklers. Although by nightfall it was bitterly cold this was one of the most romantic moments of the day as the married couple stood in an avenue of burning twinkly sparklers. It looked just beautiful.
And finally before we end this blog we must mention the ‘Pattiswick Sunset.’ It’s fair to say that Mother Nature had not been its kindest to us throughout the day. We had not been treated to any of that warm autumnal golden light we had hoped for. Instead it remained a dull overcast and very windy day. But as the sun began to set across the fields beyond The Compasses we all witnessed an awesome sunset. The sky was alight with vivid colours of pink, purple and orange.
The newly-weds were ecstatic to see such a spectacular sunset. It had been the one wish for their special day and we were over the moon we could capture it for them.
The wedding suppliers that helped make Charlotte & Bill’s autumn wedding at The Compasses at Pattiswick special.
Videographer – Pedro Portela
Wedding dress – Justin Alexander from Emily Bridalwear in Sheffield.
Make up artist – Alice Wotton
Hairdresser – Family friend, Jo.
Florist (bridal & bridesmaids bouquets) – Hannah Louise Flowers
Wedding Cake maker – Brooke’s Bakes
Transport – Vintage Dreams
DJ – Aurora Pearl