Here at Emporella we are very happy to introduce the beautiful, real bride, Charlotte Borrett who married her handsome groom Matt Wozniak in August last year. We are grateful to the couple who have shared every detail of their big day and the lead up to the wedding for this fabulous blog post, and we know that you are going to enjoy reading this just as much as we did!
Charlotte and Matt got engaged in June 2015, on holiday in Pula, Croatia – which incidentally, as they found out afterwards, was where Charlotte’s parents had honeymooned over 30 years previously! Matt had a romantic evening all planned – a meal at a restaurant near their hotel overlooking the sea, followed by a walk out of the resort to watch the sunset.
“Unfortunately the weather had other ideas (this will become a theme!) and as it got darker, the clouds rolled in and we never managed to see our sunset! Matt popped the question, in a way only he could “so, how about it?” before we had to run back to the hotel to avoid the incoming thunderstorm. Lots of bubbles were consumed from the shelter of our hotel balcony!”
The couple had just around 14 months to plan their wedding, which took place in the Isle of Man, in Matt’s hometown of Peel on the west of the island. We love that they stuck to Matt’s roots and decided on getting married in his hometown, I bet they have lots of happy memories in Peel.
“We planned an outdoor ceremony at Peel Castle, but after waking up on the morning of the wedding to rain (there’s that weather again) we had to relocate to our contingency venue to the local museum. Luckily, we managed to get photos at the castle after the ceremony! We then had a marquee reception at a gorgeous little restaurant a few miles away, at Niarbyl Bay, with views across the Irish sea.”
“Matt’s outfit was easy – we knew we didn’t want to go super formal, so we had in mind either a blue or grey suit when we started looking. We actually found *the one* in Suits Direct, it was a gorgeous blue 3-piece suit with a subtle grey check. His shirt was also from Suits Direct, with brown brogues from ASOS, and a Liberty print floral tie and pocket square from Mrs Bow Tie. Matt also had a dried flower buttonhole from the Artisan Flower Company, which matched the buttonholes we gave to our dads. I bought Matt a pair of wooden cuff-links as a wedding day present, engraved with our initials and the date, and also bought him a pair of socks with the time of the ceremony printed on them.”
How fabulous Charlotte opted for a made to measure wedding dress, Emporella loves individuality.
“My dress was MUCH harder to find, I started out with a lot of ideas about what I didn’t want with a list forming of no strapless, no satin, no ball gown, so on, but no idea of what I actually did want.. I did fall in love with a Grace Loves Lace dress, but couldn’t bring myself to take the risk of ordering a non-refundable gown from Australia with no way of trying it on! I visited lots of boutiques, and a few outlets, before a bridal shop in Leeds suggested I go and pay Claire Amelia a visit at her shop, The Bridal Emporium. Claire drew up 6 dress designs, and we went through each one, picking the components I liked, and eventually came up with a design for THE dress. Unsurprisingly, it was nothing like the long flowing boho gown I’d originally pictured.”
The incredible dress was a vintage inspired, sweet-heart neckline, tea-length dress.
“I was able to choose the exact lace I wanted, and worked with Claire to add a few unique touches, like mirroring the edging from the bottom of the dress across the neckline and sleeves. Like probably every bride, I had a couple of dress wobbles, but it was absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t imagine wearing anything different now!” Charlotte had a dried flower crown to match Matt’s buttonhole, and kept the rest of her outfit pretty simple, opting just for a pair of rose gold earrings to match her rose gold engagement and wedding ring, and a pair of powder blue Rachel Simpson shoes.
The ceremony itself was in the “Viking room” at the local museum in Peel.
“We got to sign the register sitting on huge carved wooden thrones! We didn’t have any specific decor at the museum, as it wasn’t the intended venue due to the weather. We had a harpist at the ceremony – so the only drama on the morning of the wedding was making sure she was set up at the right place!”
The reception in the marquee was the perfect way for Charlotte to get creative and inject some colour and some of her own style, as it was a completely blank canvas.
“I did quite a few DIY projects in the lead up to the day, the biggest job being the homemade limoncello and sloe gin we gave to our guests as favours. This was started around 6 months before the wedding.” Charlotte also made ribbons to hang over the backs of each chair, and a ribbon backdrop for the DIY photobooth. The ribbons were in pastel blues, yellows, and white, to match the paper lanterns hanging from the marquee ceiling.
Charlotte says “We also repurposed an Ikea indoor greenhouse into a cards box, decorated with some hessian bunting, with our own personal wine bottle labels. Each table was named after one of our favourite places, with a couple of photos for each table. We also put a postcard at each place setting asking for advice for the newlyweds – we had a LOT of fun on the ferry home looking at some of our responses as you can imagine!”
The wedding party was kept small, as the couple wanted the ceremony to be for immediate family only. Charlotte also chose not to have bridesmaids, and Matt didn’t have a best man or groomsmen.
“I had my best friend and sister with me the morning of the wedding to get ready with me, and Matt had stayed at his parents house the night before so he was with his family. We had about 50 guests for the reception, a lot of them had travelled over from the UK and it was so lovely to have everyone important to us there on the day.”
Invites & Stationary
“We sent save the dates out just under a year in advance – the date we picked clashed with the Manx Grand Prix, so we wanted to make sure no one had problems booking into hotels! We used the same supplier for our save the dates as our invites, and continued the hand-written informal design through to some of the stationery we used on the day for menu’s and place cards. We got our invites from The Old English Company, and we got all of our on-the-day stationery from ToastCrafts on Etsy – Toni from ToastCrafts is absolutely lovely, and I’ve ordered a couple of custom items from her since the wedding as well!”
The Wedding was documented by the amazing photographer Liam Gilman, who the couple reserved the date with Liam before booking anything else!
“Matt knew Liam, and after seeing his photos on Facebook we knew there was no one else who would compare! Liam focuses on relaxed informal photos which was exactly what we wanted, although as we knew our parents would like some of the more formal shots, we made sure we got a few at the ceremony and at the reception. Liam was with us all day, and definitely had some ideas that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise – I absolutely wouldn’t have suggested climbing castle walls or trekking through a forest in my heels, but the photos are absolutely stunning!”
The Rings were from McSorleys Wedding Ring Shop in Leeds.
“I had a rose gold band set with diamonds custom made to fit my engagement ring, and Matt got a stainless steel ring with a rose gold band inlaid. The service we got from McSorleys was fab, my wedding ring is a perfect fit against my engagement ring, and both mine and Matt’s complement each other perfectly.”
Hair & Make-up
“I had my make up done by Erica Stephenson. Make up was actually the area that stressed me out the most in the lead up to the wedding, because I’m not so much into make up and had no idea what would suit me, and my skin, which can be an absolute nightmare, but my make up on the day was perfect and it lasted all day even through getting rained on and dancing all night! My hair was done by a Utopia, a salon based in Douglas. I had a soft curled up-do on the day – which again, was still perfect by the end of the night.”
“All of our flowers came from a local flower shop in Peel. Elaine has supplied many birthday bouquets over the years for Matt’s family, so we knew that our wedding flowers would be absolutely perfect.” Charlotte had a wild flower inspired hand-tied bouquet, in mainly whites and yellows, with the same flowers used for arrangements on tables at the reception, and small arrangements for the table plan – which was arranged around a selection of gin bottles. The couple also asked Elaine to prepare a replica of her bouquet to give to Matt’s mum at the reception which was a lovely touch.
Cake & Food
Our beautiful cake was a TOTAL extravagance and by the amazing Choccywoccydoodah, and was very kindly brought over to the island by some wonderful family friends. The top tier was lemon cake, the middle was ginger, and the bottom chocolate! It was absolutely delicious, and there wasn’t a crumb left afterwards! Our food was prepared by the Niarbyl Bay restaurant who were absolutely fantastic. We sat down with the owner who let us design our own menu. We eventually settled on picnic basket starters to share amongst the whole table, followed by roast lamb with all the trimmings, and then double puddings because we couldn’t decide between my favourite of crème brulee or Matt’s favourite of sticky toffee pudding.
We had a DJ and a band for the evening, who were both great. Our band was Lava, who played some fantastic jazz and swing covers. Our DJ kept everyone dancing right to the end of the night.
The bride reveals that the most special part of the day was after the ceremony, when her and her new hubby sat in their wedding car (a vintage VW campervan called Nellie), with a glass of bubbles, and were just able to reflect on the day and the fact that we were MARRIED! “It really was the best day ever, but it flew by so quickly, so that time alone together was really special.”
Matt has since said that a memorable part of the day for him was arriving at the reception to see all of their family and friends waiting to welcome them as Mr and Mrs after the intimate ceremony. “We loved joining our friends in the DIY photobooth all night – we had a Polaroid camera and a box of props, with a guestbook for people to leave their photos for us along with a message.”
“We also both really enjoyed setting up the marquee the afternoon before the wedding. It was really rewarding to see our plans come together, and a relief after the stresses of trying to plan a wedding away from home that it was all as we’d imagined, and was a chance to spend some time together before going our separate ways for the evening! Matt’s parents also organised a barbecue at their house the next day, so we were able to spend a bit more time with family and friends before everyone had planes/ferries to catch which was a really special way to round off the weekend.”
Many thanks to Charlotte, Matt and their wedding party for the wonderful pictures and memories they have shared with us.
Dress: The Bridal Emporium
Photographer: Liam Gilman
Shoes: Rachel Simpson shoes
Suit: Suits Direct
Rings: McSorleys Wedding Ring Shop
Venue: House of Manannan
Make up: Erica Stephenson