Photographer Andy Saywell SaywellHQ
For Charlotte and Zaks relaxed walled garden wedding, colour, music and plentiful celebrations were the order of the day.
It was October, the sun was beaming and The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields was a hub of activity when Lizzie arrived to dress Charlotte in her bespoke wedding dress. Charlotte’s wedding dress was based around our Bea design. To make it perfect for Charlotte we created a fuller skirt and sleeves so she would feel more relaxed, and hand appliqued all the intricate lacework on the bodice, sleeves and hem, to reflect her love of embroidery.
The Walled Garden at Beeston Fileds was the perfect venue for Charlotte and Zaks relaxed wedding vision. The stunning English garden setting with the victorian architecture created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding images. The whole day was stunning, full of emotions and love for a wonderful couple.
What was your proposal like?
Every year we visit York for a few days for my birthday. On this particular birthday
I was woken at 7am to homemade mimosas! And my presents to unwrap. One of the
gifts he’d bought me was a polaroid printer which allows you to print photos from your
phone. Before we went away he’d taken a photo of himself holding up a sign saying ‘Will
you marry me?’ which he then printed from his phone once I had unwrapped the printer!
It was absolutely perfect and one of my most treasured memories.
Did you pick up any tips during the planning stage?
Try and be flexible, if you can. Flexibility saves disappointment! Of course, we all
have certain elements of our dream wedding that we know are non-negotiable. But if you
can be flexible with others it saves so much stress as there is usually a way around most
wedding-crises that crop up!
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
Lizzie ensures that every step of the wedding dress process is calm and stress-
free, but most importantly enjoyable! Sitting in her beautiful boutique with my mum,
having a cup of tea and trying on beautiful wedding dresses, slowly building my own
dream dress, is one of my favourite parts of wedding planning. I wish I could do It all
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
I’m sure Lizzie will agree – I was not the easiest bride to dress!! Lots of girls know exactly what they are looking for when they begin wedding dress shopping, whereas I had no idea. I knew what kind of thing I liked, and more strongly than that what I didn’t like! But I found it very hard imagining those elements altogether. Because of this and because I can be so indecisive I knew I would never have that ‘the one’ moment when trying on a dress. But this is why I knew Elizabeth Malcolm was the perfect place because the dresses are tailored so perfectly to each bride. Lizzie was so patient and helped me work out which elements of each of her dresses I wanted to incorporate into my own, and even let me make changes along the way! But it meant that once it all came together, my dress was undoubtedly the one for me.
What was your most favourite part of your dress?
The beautiful embroidery. Once I’d settled on the style and fit I wanted for my dress, I knew there was still something missing, but wasn’t sure what. I wear a lot of clothing with embroidered flowers so Lizzie suggested we incorporate this and it was perfect! We had lace flowers and embroidery creeping across the chest and down the sleeves, as well as coming up from the hem of the skirt. It tied the whole thing together so brilliantly and made it even more ME.
What accessories did you go for?
I bought a matching necklace and bracelet set in a leafy design which wonderfully matched the style of the neckline of my dress. I then had lovely pearl earrings that belonged to my mum, and an absolutely beautiful hairpiece with flowers and leaves and pearls, tying everything together.
Who did your Wedding hair and makeup?
I was lucky enough to have my hair done by Vicky Rodgers who is my friend first and hairdresser second! Vicky and her colleague Rachael did my hair as well as my bridesmaids and my Mum, and did a brilliant job on all of us.
How did you decide on your look?
I think when it all came together; my overall look was very reminiscent of ‘me’ –
which is what I wanted for our wedding day. A day that encapsulated us as a couple and our personalities and styles.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Very relaxed. Lots of colours, lots of flowers and greenery, a little bit boho! FUN!
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
Here, there and everywhere. I knew I didn’t want a ‘theme’ to our wedding, but I did know that I wanted it to feel relaxed. Therefore I was able to include anything and everything that we loved! I took lots of inspiration from online and some magazines, as well as lots of wedding fairs. Especially those at our venue, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields. This meant we had a bit of everything at our wedding – a magician, an ice cream van, sparklers, temporary tattoos! You name it. But all these different aspects meant it was tailored perfectly to us and our characters.
Any small details that you would like to mention?
For our guest book, we had a polaroid camera to allow guests to leave a photo of themselves alongside their message which was a really nice touch. I love bees so we had ‘seed bombs’ in the shape of bees which when planted will grow wildflowers! And my husband has lots of tattoos so we put hundreds of temporary tattoos on the tables which went down very well with all the guests!
Did you follow any traditions?
We always knew our wedding wouldn’t be very traditional. We had all the usual things like being walked down the aisle by my Dad, the traditional speeches etc. but we didn’t get married in a church, we didn’t do the welcome line-up, my husband had 4 best men! We weren’t concerned with tradition and instead simply went with what felt right to us. Chilled and relaxed.
What music did you have during the ceremony?
We are big music fans and so getting this part right was important to us. We went with beautiful songs that either meant a lot to us or we felt fitted the occasion well. While guests were arriving and taking their seats we had The One by Kodaline and In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young. Me and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts – the loveliest song. While we signed the registers we had Can’t see Straight by Jamie Lawson, She’s Everything by Brad Paisley and Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band. Finally, we walked back down the aisle as Husband and Wife to Love Someone by Brett Eldredge. One or two of our guests commented on the music afterwards and asked if we’d picked it all ourselves as they fit so nicely together – so mission achieved!
What about your first dance song?
Our first dance song was Spin Me Around by Patent Pending. This is a song we’ve always loved by a band we’ve seen live many times. The lyrics are wonderful and make it the perfect first dance song. But to make it even more special we had a version recorded for us by our friend’s band Waking Vegas. The best wedding band ever!
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
I can’t decide! Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my Dad, seeing my husband for the first time, looking around during the speeches and seeing everyone we loved in one place, right at the end after an evening of dancing and being so happy and content. There is too many to choose from!
Do you have any tips for brides to be, for wedding planning?
Lists, lists, lists! Keeping everything in your head can make it seem so overwhelming as there is obviously so much planning that goes into your big day. Write everything down, split it into sections – “to pay” “to buy” “to finalise” etc and start ticking stuff off. Seeing it broken down into smaller sections makes it seem much less daunting.
Photographer: Ian Dearman Media
Venue: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Caterer: The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos!
Hair: Vicky Rodgers
Makeup: Amy at The Pout Parlour
Videographer: Ian Dearman Media
Cake: My Aunty did our cake for us!
Shoes: Dune London
“Lizzie is quite simply amazing! She is friendly, patient and understanding as well as being incredibly talented! She worked too hard to make my vision come to life and designed me the most beautiful bespoke dress which was unlike anything I’d tried on. Lizzie cake to dress me on the morning of my wedding as well to make sure everything was perfect. Such an incredible service. The whole experience of seeing my ideas coming to life was really special.”
Images by Martin Urch
Hair by Harriet Harvey Hair Salon
Makeup by Josie Clarke
Venue and Flowers by Floral Media
“Lizzie is just an absolute legend at what she does. I was incredibly anxious and undecided about my wedding dress but she has treated me with such understanding, care and friendliness the whole way through. I have been blown away by her attention to detail and her customer service.”
Claire and Steve were married in a beautiful outside ceremony at Bradgate Park, surrounded by stunning woodland with their closest family and friends. Then went on to have a wonderful Tipi Reception, full of love, laughter, sparklers and dancing! Steve even had a little rock out with the band!!
We had such a wonderful time creating Claire’s vision. When we first meet she had an idea of a green wedding dress, her favourite colour, which we were so excited about! Daring to be different, we searched for the perfect shade and came across a beautiful Laurel Green silk dupion that we both fell in love with. Basing the gown on our stunning Wisteria design, we added the asymmetric shoulder strap, rouched waist sash, super long train and a pair of cheeky little pockets, to make it that extra special for Claire.
Photography by Christopher Terry Photography
Hair and makeup by Laura Firth at Victory Rolls Bridal Hair and Makeup Parlor
Celebrate My Perfect Ceremony
Tipi by Sami Tipi
And Flowers by the amazingly talented bride herself, Budding Floral Designs