Member Focus – Charlotte Nichols Weddings
Delighted to introduce to you Charlotte Nichols Weddings. Tell us about yourself Charlotte..
How did it all start?
I would probably say it all started back in December 2012 when I got engaged. What followed was a year of celebrations with family and friends, endless to-do lists, a LOT of DIY and eventually the most magical and rewarding day of my life!I knew pretty quickly in the midst of wedmin that I might just have found my calling. I am one of those rare species who love spreadsheets, lists and being organized. I am also a creative, love beautiful things and have always been obsessed by interior design, the latest fashion trends and stunning graphics.
Post-wedding I was whisked off to Canada by my husband for a new work opportunity for him so it wasn’t exactly the best time for me to start exploring a new career in the world of weddings. So, in the next few years I continued to pursue a career in marketing, whilst running my own fashion blog. In the Spring of 2016 I had my daughter, at which point we decided it was the right time to move back to the UK.
So during my maternity leave I decided to embark on an online wedding planning course with the UKAWEP. Since then I have been throwing myself into all things bridal – executing multiple styled shoots, assisting on a number of weddings and now I am ready to put that all into action, launching my own design-led planning consultancy that will become synonymous with modern, minimalist and breathtakingly beautiful events.
Do you have a favourite venue?
Yes one of my favourites which holds particularly fond memories is the gorgeous and super luxurious Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. It provides the perfect backdrop for a traditional country wedding with stunning interiors and a warm, homely charm. For me, this venue works equally as well for a cosy winter wedding amongst the roaring fires as it does for a summer party surrounded by the exquisite gardens. Not to mention the garden spa retreat which wouldn’t be a bad place to relax and unwind before your big day.
One of my other favorites in the city, although it definitely has more of a secluded country oasis feel, is the enchanting Petersham nurseries. Dining in a candlelit greenhouse amongst an abundance of fragrant flowers and plants on stylish, antique dining tables – what could be better?
How would clients describe you?
Calm and friendly, style-conscious, patient, and a complete perfectionist!
Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?
Katrina Otter has done amazing things in the past few years and I adore her elegant style and approachable nature. I have also had the pleasure of working with Louise of One Stylish Day and particularly admire her ‘not being afraid to break with tradition’ mentality.
How do you unwind?
Usually with a glass of chilled Chardonnay, in front of Grey’s Anatomy. Or if I’m feeling slightly more energetic, at a Pilates/ yoga class.
What trends are you seeing for 2018/19?
Braving it in Black – we were seeing an injection of black at the recent NY Bridal Fashion week, even if just the most subtle touches. I think brides will also start to incorporate this into their wedding design and decor with black cutlery and metals. High Drama, both reflected in the bridalwear and the style of the wedding itself. Unusual, quirky venues and particularly those that are more unknown and that add an element of surprise.
What is your signature dish?
I do make a mean bolognese – secret ingredients… coffee, cinnamon and balsamic vinegar 🙂
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to work on?
Killer couple Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes would probably have to be top of the list. I would imagine the perfect mix between understated luxury and an intimate, family affair. Plus, I dream of one day working on a magical Californian celebration.
What is your vice?
Caracoli’s London Porter cake – it is ridiculous.