There were smiles all round for Charlie and Si’s loved-up wedding in Christchurch. Captured by Charlotte Sowman, their church ceremony was followed by one ripper of a party at a YMCA graffiti studio. Charlie tells us “I love the clash of the ceremony and reception being traditional and fancy, then a super party!”
Inspired by their home of Christchurch and its eclectic ways, they put together a day filled to the brim with colour and style. Their quirky studio reception venue gave them the freedom to craft a celebration that reflected their relaxed and fun vibe. ”We wanted something that gave us room to play and be creative, we also wanted a contrast from the formal feel of the ceremony”.
Not only did these guys look like they were having the best time on the day, it seems even the prep was fun! “The invites, menus, table numbers and signs were all just so much fun to put together. I loved that there were no rules when I designed them,” says Charlie, who moonlights as a freelance artist.
With a family full of artists on hand and plenty of talent themselves, Charlie and Simon were able to add plenty of personality with some pretty impressive DIY. From the gorgeous perspex signage, to the foliage adorned suspended ladder, under which they tucked into their favourite curries and mulled wine.
In keeping with the eclectic-boho style of the day, Charlie chose a bombshell dress by New Zealand bridal darlings, Rue de Seine.
Charlie’s bridesmaids mix-matched dresses in shades of grey and silver - an assortment of ASOS numbers and a few handmade.
Keeping things sweet and sentimental, Charlie’s friends put together the peony and protea bouquets, while her grandad collected the greenery for decorating the venue.
Si and the boys made quite the clan, decked out in Rodd & Gunn and Hallensteins with bow ties made by Charlie's mum. Making sure they all looked spick and span was Benny’s Barbour Shop with his impressively decked-out mobile set up, which doubles as a craft coffee truck.
Charlotte Sowman is the talent behind these beautiful frames. Charlie tells us “she directed so creatively and beautifully, she relaxed us and added so much! And the photos were a thousand times cooler than we were dreaming of.”
This stunning perspex signage was designed by Charlie and her sister Chloe, both are talented artists, which made for some lust-worthy wedding details!