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Charlie and Ash’s Beautifully Rustic Wedding In Cheshire

Charlie and Ash’s Beautifully Rustic Wedding In Cheshire
How gorgeous is this photograph of Charlie and Ash?

How gorgeous is this photograph of Charlie and Ash? The couple had such a gorgeous rustic wedding. 

You can’t help but adore Charlie and Ash’s stunning rustic wedding. When I interview key figures in the bridal industry, I often ask them what ‘style’ means to them. For me, being ‘stylish’ has nothing to do with your bank balance. On the contrary, it is something inside of one, that is very difficult to imitate or emulate. When I saw the rustic wedding of Charlie and Ash, photographed so exquisitely by Kate Hopewell-Smith, I knew that the bride Charlie was one innately ‘stylish’ individual. Charlie and Ash are Arboriculturists (in other words, a person who cultivates and manages trees). She spends her days wearing no make up, climbing trees, but knows looks like a modern day ‘Titania’ from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.’

You may think that Charlie and Ash’s big day is far removed from that of a certain supermodel Kate Moss, but in my eyes, I believe their day has echoes of Kate’s country style wedding. And to think they achieved all they did without the budget Kate must have had is completely incredible!

Charlie and Ash got married on 20th July 2013 at Worleston Church in Cheshire and their reception was at The Shed, (yes, you heard it, The Shed, which is a 60 x 45ft agricultural steel frame they built to house their business on a small holding that Charlie’s family own.

The couple first met when they were 14, but according to Charlie, ‘he didn’t pluck up the courage to ask me out for 16 years!’ They got engaged in the moonlight sat by the water in Los Abrigos, a fishing village harbour near Ash’s parents apartment in Tenerife. The couple were engaged for a couple of years before getting married as they were simply too busy setting up their business.

The main inspiration behind Charlie and Ash’s wedding was naturally trees. ‘We love what we do, we have no aspirations to be anything other than we are,’ says Charlie. ‘I am a farmer’s daughter who climbs tree for a living and Ash’s love of the rustic and rural equals me. So the style came from what we do and who we are.’

I am sure you will adore Charlie and Ash and their gorgeous wedding as much as I do! What is clear from Charlie and Ash’s photographs is how well Kate as a photographer got to know them. ‘The only way I can describe the beautiful Kate Hopewell-Smith is AMAZING!,’ says Charlie. ‘Not only did she take the most beautiful photographs capturing the love, effort, and fun of our day that we and our families will always treasure, but she helped us stay calm, have time for ourselves and assured us how wonderful our day was and how amazing we looked.’

How gorgeous is Charlie's slightly bohemian wedding hairstyle? Charlie's florist Jacqui created her headpiece and her hair and make up artist Cat Fransham added them into her hair.

How gorgeous is Charlie’s slightly bohemian wedding hairstyle? Charlie’s florist Jacqui created her headpiece and her hair and make up artist Cat Fransham added them into her hair. The perfect hairstyle for a rustic wedding. 

Charlie designed her dress with her mum and a little help from Mariee Bridal Couture, who also made her bridesmaid, Emma's dress. It was Charlie's mum though who actually made her dress, and was helped with the hand stitching by Charlie's sister in law.

Charlie designed her dress with her mum and a little help from Mariee Bridal Couture, who also made her bridesmaid, Emma’s dress. It was Charlie’s mum though who actually made her dress, and was helped with the hand stitching by Charlie’s sister in law.

Charlie's bouquet, created by Jacqui at Jacqui Fairytale Flowers, was a mixture of roses, lady's mantle, cow parsley, thistles, rosemary and succulents. The lace around the bouquet was a piece left over from making the layers on her dress.

Charlie’s bouquet, created by Jacqui at Jacqui O Fairytale Flowers, was a mixture of roses, lady’s mantle, cow parsley, thistles, rosemary and succulents. The lace around the bouquet was a piece left over from making the layers on her dress. Her bouquet was ideal for the couple’s rustic wedding. 

Charlie and Ash's flower girl, Liv's dress was made by Charlie's mum out of the same fabric as her dress. Her sash and that of Emma's dress was made from the same fabric as the groomsmen' ties.

Charlie and Ash’s flower girl, Liv’s dress was made by Charlie’s mum out of the same fabric as her dress. Her sash and that of Emma’s dress was made from the same fabric as the groomsmen’ ties.

Charlie, her dad and bridesmaids walking to the church.

Charlie, her dad and bridesmaids walking to the church.

Charlie and Ash saying their vows.

Charlie and Ash saying their vows.

The newly married couple walking down the aisle as man and wife.

The newly married couple walking down the aisle as man and wife. Ash’s suit was tailored by Jepsons of Nantwich to his own design. Ash based the design on a suit his grandfather used to wear.

I love the relaxed feel of this photograph ofCharlie and Ash.

I love the relaxed feel of this photograph of Charlie and Ash.

The beautifully rustic reception venue.

The beautifully rustic reception venue.

Ash's cousin Rachel made the 'Mr and 'Mrs' chair covers from upholsterer's hessian.

Ash’s cousin Rachel made the ‘Mr and ‘Mrs’ chair covers from upholsterer’s hessian.

I love all the little rustic touches at Charlie and Ash's wedding reception. The chair backs were tied with hessian, green ribbon and Ash tree seeds collected from a field tree.

I love all the little rustic touches at Charlie and Ash’s wedding reception. The chair backs were tied with hessian, green ribbon and Ash tree seeds collected from a field tree.

Charlie made Rhubarb and Ginger jam, poured it into small hexagonal jars and then tied muslin squares over the lid with twine and luggage label place name cards.

Charlie made Rhubarb and Ginger jam, poured it into small hexagonal jars and then tied muslin squares over the lid with twine and luggage label place name cards.

The couple didn't have a wedding table plan, but instead used large luggage labels that Ash's sister made for them. They were tied onto bunches of cinnamon sticks.

The couple didn’t have a wedding table plan, but instead used large luggage labels that Ash’s sister made for them. They were tied onto bunches of cinnamon sticks.

Charlie's sister organised the wedding cake out of cheese as their wedding present. It was from the Chester Cheese Shop.

Charlie’s sister organised the wedding cake out of cheese as their wedding present. It was from the Chester Cheese Shop.

This is such a romantic photograph of Charlie and Ash.

This is such a romantic photograph of Charlie and Ash.

 

 

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  1. so beautiful and magical… lovely!

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