Charlie and Ben’s chic London wedding

Charlie and Ben's chic and sophisticated London wedding.

Charlie and Ben – The Proposal

Photography: Roger Brown Photography

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Charlie and Ben were colleagues and got together at their Christmas party in December 2008. They had been together just over a year when Ben proposed in March 2010. “It was a complete surprise,” says Charlie. “He proposed on Waterloo Bridge after watching War Horse on Drury Lane. He’d already asked my father for my hand in marriage.”

Charlie and Ben – The Venue

“We’d looked at about six venues beforehand, but as soon as we set eyes on the In & Out, we knew it was where we wanted to get married.” Charlie and Ben had their civil ceremony and reception at The In & Out Club. “It’s a grand, traditional venue with some amazing rooms, particularly the one where we got married.”

Charlie and Ben – The Dress

Charlie opted for a duchess satin dress from Evangeline Rose and sewed on a brooch to add a personal touch. “I first saw the dress in Harrods, it was from Pronovias,” says Charlie. “I shopped around to see if I could find it somewhere less expensive and found a great little wedding shop in Godalming. I wasn’t looking for such a ‘wedding dress-looking’ style, but as soon as I tried it on I just knew it was the one I wanted. It made me feel so special.”

Charlie and Ben – The Accessories

“I wore some amazing, very high jewel encrusted shoes from Karen Millen,” says Charlie. “Everyone warned me to wear low, comfortable shoes but they were just so beautiful I had to wear them! I also wore a bracelet from Wright & Teague, which Ben had bought me as a wedding present.”

Charlie and Ben – The Bridesmaids

The three bridesmaids wore grey silk dresses by Dessy, and Charlie gave them each a heart-shaped necklace, silver for the two young bridesmaids and gold for Charlie’s sister.

Charlie and Ben – The Flowers

In the centre of the tables were vintage handbags, filled with roses and hydrangeas from Rebel Rebel. “I was looking for something classic to fit the venue,” says Charlie. “My grandmother used to have hydrangea bushes in her garden and they always remind me of her.”

Charlie and Ben – The Transport

“We didn’t have wedding transport as we got ready, got married and had the reception all in one venue! We did hail a London taxi though to have photographs taken in Trafalgar Square.”

Charlie and Ben – The Stationery

“The table names were all bridges from cities where Ben and I have lived or enjoyed spending time,” Charlie explains. “And of course the head table name was Waterloo Bridge.” All stationery was from Heather Marten (theweddinginvitation.co.uk). “We didn’t want anything too traditional, and we felt this design was modern and chic.” The place cards were photographs of the guests as children, which Charlie and Ben made themselves.

Charlie and Ben – The Cake

Charlie and Ben broke with tradition and chose a cake from Marks & Spencer’s, rather than a caterer. It was a cream three-tier round design, decorated with flowers. “We chose chocolate cake, which we much prefer to traditional wedding cake.”

Charlie and Ben – The Reception

“We wanted a chic, sophisticated London wedding, but with a fun, informal party in the evening,” explains Charlie. “It was a great party with a full dance floor all night! Lots of drinking and dancing!” Charlie and Ben hired DJ Tony Winyard from Funky Penguin to provide the music. “Our first dance was to The Stereophonic’s version of You Sexy Thing. We love the song and felt it reflected our fun-loving, not too serious attitude.”

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What Charlie Says

“Make sure you shop around and always try and negotiate with all your suppliers,” advises Charlie. “Plan as much and as precisely as you can prior to the big day, but on the day relax and don’t sweat the small stuff! It is the most special of days and not even a second should be spent worrying about being a bit late or the table plan not being quite right. I am very particular in what I like and I am always punctual, but on the day I refused to wear a watch and just let the day unfold naturally.”