Charlotte & Kieran got married at the super cosy Burely Manor, in the new forest… This beautiful venue with authentic woodland setting, rustic barn, deer on the door step, and real fires are to die for… They chose to marry in the autumn, embracing all the season has to offer, combining this with super cool boho styling… After their honeymoon, I got in touch so they could spill the beans on wedding planning, proposals, and top tips…
How did Kieran propose?… At Disneyland Paris! We’ve both been numerous times over the years, both with our families growing up and just together. One of our favourite spots is the Piano Bar inside the Disneyland Hotel. On the very last day of a five day trip in December 2016, he proposed over tea and cookies in the bar. We went back for our honeymoon over the very same dates in 2019, and going back there as his wife was super special.
What inspired you for the theme of your wedding?… It’s very typical to say but… Pinterest! I’ve always loved 70s and bohemian styling, and we both love being outdoors, we both work together in the New forest, so it was a no brainer for us to choose a woodland location for the big day… Autumn is also our favourite time of year and we loved the thought of getting married in October. Bringing all of these things together just formed a very natural basis for the theme and styling of our wedding.
Why did you choose Burley Manor?… Over the years, Kieran and I have spent a lot of time exploring the New Forest, with our Scottie dogs in tow. One of our favourite spots in the New Forest is Burley. It’s just somewhere that has an air of magic… with its witchcraft history that makes sense really! It also helps that the hotel is incredibly beautiful, and the staff are just absolutely wonderful and made everything a breeze.
Tell me about your dress buying journey?… It was actually surprisingly simple for someone who is usually incredibly indecisive! I knew I wanted a dress that was elegant yet easy enough to run around a forest in, if needed! In my head, I envisaged something fitted, with a sweetheart neckline, thin straps and a low back. I ended up trying on a few variations of this style in about three shops before spotting the Inez by American based designer Willowby by Watters on Pinterest, and decided to try and hunt it down in the UK. Luckily Ava Louise Bridal in Southampton was having a Willowby trunk show. I asked if the Inez would be included, and they very kindly ordered it in especially to try with the current collection. I also had some extra length added to the train for a little more drama. I also purchased a lace and tasselled kimono from Bibi Luxe as an evening cover up, which was a thing of Stevie Nicks dreams!
How important was styling and flowers to you?… Massively! During our consultation with Clair, we said the flowers were probably the most important styling element… We wanted to embrace the forest, use lots of greenery and plants, bringing the outdoors inside and creating a woodland setting was the ultimate target… Knowing Clair was so on board with our ideas just made us even more excited and certain that she was absolutely perfect to bring our wedding vision to life. The result was beyond anything we could have imagined, I still get emotional looking back at the photos! Winterborne Vintage supplied our super cool boho furniture and beautiful rugs for the ceremony and reception finishing… we made our own birch wood tipi and welcome sign, which you added foliage and flowers… Fundoo Wedding stylists set up our beautiful fairy lights in the barn ceiling, adding that extra element of autumnal cosiness.
What was the best part of the day?… Absolutely the ceremony!! I know it’s a bit cliche, but you can’t prepare for how wonderful it will be. I was so incredibly nervous beforehand, not because I was getting married, but because there was a barn full of people waiting for me to arrive! As soon as I walked in with my Dad, all of my worries faded, and I was just in awe of the styling, stunning flowers, and glowing candlelight. I then saw Kieran waiting for me in front of the beautiful macrame arch. Our registrar was so lovely, and having Kieran’s cousin Carmen read a poem that she wrote especially for us, based on our memories and favourite things about each other, is something I’ll never forget.
Do you have any top tips for brides planning their wedding?… Enjoy every moment, plan a wedding that is true to you both and take time to savour the day together whenever you can. It’s advice we were given in the run up to our wedding and it’s true when people say the day will fly by!
Furniture hire… Winterborne Vintage
Venue… Burley Manor
Dress… Willowby by Watters
Photographer.. Mary Parker