Wedding of the Week: Charlotte Dobson and Thomas Crease

14 May 2018

A DIY wedding in Dorset bursting with colour and character were the key ingredients for Charlotte Dobson and Thomas Crease's big day

The venue

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to get married at the seaside whether it was on a boat, in a hut or on a pier. We chose a venue that had the charm of a grand beachside hotel but also contained pretty gardens and easy access to a sandy beach - the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth.

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The theme

We love the aesthetic of 1950s vintage, and felt a beach theme which echoed our childhood trips to the seaside paired perfectly. We are a quirky couple so we wanted our day to reflect our personalities with as much vibrancy. Details included: pier style LOVE lights, pin-up halterneck dresses for the bridesmaids, a Polaroid camera guestbook, a confectionary filled ferris wheel, a 3D scanned cake topper of ourselves, and an ice cream cart that came from Tom’s parents’ favourite retro parlour from their younger days.

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The dress

My maid of honour and I had a lot of fun trying on dresses in specialist charity shops so this helped me rule out certain styles. After ASOS Bridal launched, I saw the online brand Chi Chi London and fell for the label's Flora dress with lace sleeves. I wanted my overall look to go with our theme so chose pin curls and a classic red lip. 

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The flowers

I chose foam roses that matched each of my bridesmaids' dresses and fashioned them into bouquets myself as a DIY project.

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The suits

Tom preferred the traditional top and tails route and went to Moss Bros to hire his outfit. I got all the men matching lavender cravats, silk pocket squares and white boutonnieres which matched with the father of the groom and father of the bride. I wore a sash of the same colour to tie in with my groom. To further complement, Tom had Vivienne Westwood Orb cufflinks to harmonise with my accessories.

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The bridesmaids' dresses

The bridesmaids wore brightly coloured Dolly and Dotty Penny Dresses with sashes to match each colour and petticoats from eBay.

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The memories

The most memorable part of the day was seeing Tom’s wobbling lip as I was walking down the aisle, as it was hard for me not to get emotional. I walked into The Piano Guys - A Thousand Years and waited to enter until the rise in the music which, in hindsight, was a little mean as I made everyone wait.

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The first dance

For our first dance we danced to the Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom version of Time After Time – we had been rehearsing for three weeks straight and were both nervous to put every step right.

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The cake

The cake was a Marks & Spencer custom four tier cake with pillars. Our 3D scan customised cake topper from TwinMe London was the cherry on top. 

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Top tip for other brides:

I wish I’d known not to stress about the weather as the forecast kept changing by the hour for our day and although we had a plan B to hold the ceremony indoors, the rain - however - did hold off just enough for our photos.

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Steal their style:

Photography & Videography: Gulab Chaggar at Creative Planets, https://www.creativeplanets.com/
Venue: The Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth, www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/the-royal-bath-hotel-bournemouth
Dress: Chi Chi London, Flora, House of Fraser, www.chichiclothing.com
Shoes: Karl Lagerfeld + Melissa Incence shoes, www.ebay.com
Wedding rings: Pandora, Hearts of Pandora ring, www.pandora.net and custom cast Claddagh ring, www.jewelleryrepaircentre.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dolly and Dotty Penny Dresses, www.dollyanddotty.co.uk (petticoats from eBay)
Hair & Make-up: Bridal Treats, www.bridaltreats.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros Hire, www.moss.co.uk
Stationery: Save the dates, Vista Print (invitations and orders of service were handmade by a family friend and place cards were from eBay)
Flowers: Handmade by the bride, using materials from eBay
Cake: Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com
Cake topper: TwinMe London, http://twinme.co.uk
DJ, lighting, postbox, chocolate fountain and ferris wheel: Charlotte Louise Events, http://weddingindustryexperts.com/company/charlotte-louise-events/

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