Charlotte & Carl’s Wedding

A Spring Wedding by the River Derwent in Derbyshire

Charlotte and Carl met on their first day at Loughborough University. They were living in the same accommodation, his room directly below hers. They became part of the same friendship group and remained friends for 18 months. It wasn’t until halfway through their second year that they noticed a spark. 8 years later they are married!

Charlotte told us “Marrying one of your best friends is truly very special!”

 The Proposal

The couple have always loved Barbados, both travelling there with parents when they were young. The first time they went together was with Charlotte’s mum and stepdad for her 21st birthday. It has always been a special place for them as Charlotte’s stepdad proposed to her mum during this holiday and they went back a year later for the wedding.

In November 2018, Charlotte and Carl visited again. They were on the beach, just the 2 of them. Charlotte told us “Carl kept asking me to get out of the sea, I was enjoying floating about on my lilo, so I didn’t cooperate… little did I know he wanted to propose!”

The moment had gone, so later that afternoon, he suggested a walk along a lovely little path directly next to the sea. This time she cooperated and was taking photos of the fish in the sea, when Carl got down on one knee and proposed. Charlotte told us “It was perfect – just the 2 of us in that special moment together.”


The Big Day

Charlotte and Carl were married on their 8 year anniversary at The West Mill, a magnificent Grade I listed building situated along the River Derwent in Derbyshire. Charlotte knew as soon as she drove up to the venue and stepped inside with her mum that it was the venue for them.


Charlotte told us she felt surprisingly calm on the morning, after a sleepless night due to the excitement she couldn’t wait to get to the front of the aisle and see her husband to be.


We asked Charlotte about her special memory of the day. “Everything!” She told us, “From getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids, to seeing Carl at the end of the aisle, to dancing the night away. But, if I had to pick, I would have to say the time we had just the 2 of us straight after the ceremony was so special, it is so important you take time out together to take everything in,”



Charlotte’s Dress Me Pretty Experience

“I had been to a few appointments at other bridal shops, never quite finding ‘the one’. I live in London now but had seen Dress Me Pretty through one of my friends at home in Leicester. The boutique looked so different and beautiful; I had a feeling this was where I would finally find my dress. In the other boutiques, I tried some nice dresses, but I kept wanting to change aspects of them, they were never completely perfect! When I arrived at Dress Me Pretty, I explained to Kerry what I thought I wanted, and she chose a few dresses for me to try on. My dress was the last one I tried; I think she saved the best until last! As soon as I had it on, Kerry was doing up the corset back (which takes time!) and I was just staring at myself in the mirror thinking ‘this is it!’. I finally came out of the dressing room to my mum and bridesmaid and I knew instantly by the look on their faces too!


‘The’ Dress

Charlotte wore our Mala dress, by Essense of Australia and doesn’t she look stunning.

“I never thought I would go for a fitted dress, but they really are so flattering, especially the corset back which gives so much support! I felt amazing in the dress, like a proper bride! I just wish I could wear it again!”  she told us

Charlotte’s advice for Brides-to-Be

Don’t worry about the small details! I spent so much time making the décor and wanted it to look perfect. But on the day, you won’t mind if something isn’t done quite as you imagined because it really doesn’t matter! The day goes so quickly so take everything in and try and speak to all your guests throughout the day!

Supplier Shout Out



Tom Durn

Dress Alterations

Kerry Arnold


Bluebell and Ivy


Laura’s Beauty Bar


Jade Young

Hair piece

Eden B Studio

Macramé backdrop made by our bride @handmadeweddingco