Friday, 18 November 2016

Real Life Weddings - Charlotte & James

Welcome to our very first Real Life Weddings features, and what better way to kick it off than with one of TLWB's own suppliers....


photo credit : Deeside Photographics Charlotte-Jane Mitchell, manager of Papeterie Crafts met James Ainscough in the queue of Aunty Betty's ice-cream boutique in Stonehaven, although they almost didn't meet at all because Charlotte was on the phone to work while she stood in the queue. But cupid struck and James got his chance and charmed Charlotte with his unusual accent - he originally hails from Ormskirk but had travelled widely in the R.A.F,
Fast forward eight months and James whisked Charlotte away for a romantic weekend away to celebrate her birthday at a stately hotel in Edinburgh where he planned to propose at Edinburgh Zoo, but he was so nervous that he couldn't do it there, or later at the restaurant and because he was acting funny, Charlotte thought he was breaking up with her. But once again, cupid intervened and James got them upgraded to the honeymoon suite at the hotel, told the staff he was going to propose so they delivered heart shaped pizzas and champagne on room service and James got down on one knee and proposed.


photo credit : Deeside Photographics

So then the serious wedding planning started and the couple's first priority was securing their venue, they visited Maryculter House Hotel, instantly fell in love and secured it for the May Day holiday weekend to make it easier for James' family and friends travelling up from Liverpool.
The next thing on the list was deciding a theme, and the couple had no trouble with this.... their first date was to the cinema to see Spiderman so they wanted to incorporate that as well as Charlotte's favourite colour being red, which tied in rather nicely with James supporting Liverpool FC and of course Charlotte can't resist a bit of bling.
Because Charlotte works in the wedding industry herself and being manager of Papeterie Crafts, she was always going to be making her own wedding stationery, all featuring their red colour theme and lots of lovely, sparkly bling.

photo credit : Deeside Photographics

The bling carried over into the venue styling, and Alison from North East Events helped Charlotte to choose sparkly table cloths, crystal chandelier centrepieces as well as chair covers and sashes which Charlotte accented with red napkins folded into roses and red glittered wine glasses she had done herself.


photo credit : Deeside Photographics
The creativity didn't stop there and Charlotte managed to create a whole host of clever finishing touches from Hangover kits for guests staying over at the hotel, to Doric to Scouse phrase books to help the guests mingle, and lots of other special touches including her own brooch bouquet.


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Charlotte organised Hair-Marianne Gibb to style hair for some of the ladies of both families  and the flower girls for the ceremony while the bridal party were getting ready.



Not done there with all her finishing touches, as well as a "pimp your prosecco" bar, and ice cream cart Charlotte had also enlisted SillySnapz to provide a photobooth, vodka slush machine, popcorn and candyfloss and a hotdog cart for the end of the evening so that the guests had something to eat while they travelled home on the coach.


photo credit : Deeside Photographics

And as a special present for her new husband, Charlotte had secretly organised a Pipe Band from Alba Bagpipes and a spectacular fireworks display from Fireworx Scotland across the river.


photo credit : Deeside Photographics

We asked Charlotte what advice she would pass on to readers who are planning their own wedding and she replied "I would say that if you can get a discount or special offer for your wedding then take it. We saved money using The Little Wedding Book suppliers and it maybe didn’t seem like a big saving at the time but it soon mounted up to a great saving over the course of our wedding."


photo credit : Deeside Photographics

many thanks to Charlotte & James for sharing their special day with us, and wishing them many happy years together x