Peter's best man is married to Jane's maid of honor. "We met at their wedding as their bridesmaid and best man almost 8 years ago. That's how we first met..."
"We rented a little cabin on a farm, it was called 'Cowboy Cabin' which I thought was a bit of a sign, given we always said we like calling each other our 'partner' because it makes us sound like cowboys."
"...we danced the night away. Sweating, no shoes, didn't care what we looked like. We just wanted to have fun with the people we love."
Charlotte is a stay at home mum, and Mitch plays soccer for the Japanese team Shimizu S-Pulse. She's English, while he's Australian. They currently live in Japan at the moment.
The afternoon started with Charlotte and Mitch getting ready at Meriton Serviced Apartments at Pitt Street, Sydney. The ladies donned their matching lovely robes while getting their makeup and hair done.
We asked them how it all started and how they met. Charlotte narrated, "I was working at a 5-a-side soccer centre (in a cafe) in Tuggerah on the Central Coast called Soccer5s, and Mitch was playing for the Central Coast Mariners at the time. After having small talk for about a year when Mitch would come in for coffee, he decided to message me at 3am in the morning, then the rest was history. We've been together for 5 years now!"
How did you know that your partner is "the one"?
Charlotte shared that before Mitch even messaged her, "he was 'the one,' but when he serenaded me with R. Kelly, how can a girl resist! Haha! He tried, and it worked!"
"We flew to a little island called Okinawa, and Mitch took me to a waterfall. It was stinking hot, and a snake chased me on the walk to the waterfall (he just laughed!). On the walk to the waterfall, there was a little path in the rainforest, and Mitch got down on one knee and proposed! We got some amazing photos at the waterfall as his sister and brother-in-law were there too. And they were ready with the camera!"
Charlotte and Mitch had a baby together. Then they had to do the wedding organization - everything by email, as they were overseas, so Charlotte said that she had to be relaxed about it. "In the end, it was the most incredible day we could have ever asked for!"
We asked them what the inspiration was behind their wedding theme or vibe. They said, "We went with a light travel theme," as Charlotte's family and friends all came over to Sydney from England. "We thought it would make them feel welcome, and it went down a treat."
Charlotte made all of the name places with mini white boards and photos of everyone! She said, "It took forever, but I'm so happy I did it. Also, I made all of the favours." As you can see, it was such a lovely personal touch to the wedding.
We asked if Charlotte incorporated any family or religious traditions into their wedding day, she answered, "I had a lucky sixpence stuck to the bottom of my shoe!"
The wedding dress
"My dress is from The Sposa Group in Sydney. They were absolutely brilliant! I rang up 2 weeks before the wedding as I hated my dress when I saw what it was like after the alterations. I cried in the car and didn't know what to do! A few close friends had recommended The Sposa Group, so I rang up and said I needed a dress as my wedding was in 2 weeks!
"They had the biggest selection to choose from and were absolutely amazing to me! They recommended me to an alterations lady and she was flawless."
To The Sposa Group, Charlotte extends her thanks, "Thank you so much girls for making my dreams come true!"
The dress looked absolutely divine on our bride, Charlotte! It's amazing it was just two weeks from the wedding.
Advice for other couples
We asked our lovely bride if she had learned anything or wanted to share some advice to other couples planning for their wedding.
Charlotte shared, "Don't rush into anything. Research everything properly before making a commitment. Don't jump into the first dress you like. Research your photographers and florists, etc. Make sure they have the style you absolutely love.
"Write down a list of all the photos you want taken, as the day will be such a blur that you don't want to miss any special moments or anyone important! Relax and enjoy the day. Try to take it all in."
We, as wedding photographers, do want to know what you have in mind for your wedding photos. It's really important to us.
We especially like what Charlotte pointed out, "Take a minute to yourself with your new husband in the evening to watch all your friends and family having a good time!"
Getting ready: Meriton Serviced Apartments Pitt Street, Sydney, 329 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000, AU
Wedding ceremony, portraits, and reception: Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, NSW 2009, AU
The Sposa Group - http://thesposagroup.com.au
Hugo Boss - http://www.hugoboss.com/home
ASOS - http://www.asos.com
Valentino - https://www.valentino.com/au
Cerrone - https://www.cerrone.com.au
ASOS - http://www.asos.com
Roger David - http://www.rogerdavid.com.au
Bowties or Ties
Aussie Ties - https://www.aussieties.com.au
Hair and Makeup
Veronika Moreira - http://www.veronikamoreira.com
Veil or Hairpiece
Lovisa - https://www.lovisa.com.au
Hanako Floral Designs - http://www.hanakofloraldesigns.com.au
Doltone House - http://www.doltonehouse.com.au
Leanne Rose - https://www.leannerosemarriagecelebrant.com
Wedding Stylist/Event Planner
Doltone House - Elise Paddison - http://www.doltonehouse.com.au
Cakes by Kyla - http://www.cakesbykyla.com
Etsy - CakeTopperHappyDay - https://www.etsy.com/shop/CakeTopperHappyDay
Limo/Wedding Day Car/Transport
WOW Limos - http://wowlimos.com.au
Etsy - BlueLionessDesign - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueLionessDesign
Unreel Photo Booths - http://www.unreelphotobooths.com.au
The Big Bright Letter Co - https://www.thebigbrightletterco.com.au
Dave Clandra - Guitarist (Brilliant!!) - http://www.davecalandra.com
House 2 Home - http://house2home.net.au