Charlotte truly was a delight to have as a House of Snow Bride we enjoyed every fitting and visit from her and her lovely family. Charlotte and her husband Rhydian tied the knot last summer, on 27th August 2017 at Riva Lago Hotel, in Lago d’lseo Italy. We asked our beautiful bride Charlotte about her big day, so we could share it with you all.
The Day“We chose the venue within weeks of getting engaged and actually never considered anywhere else! It’s a beautiful boutique hotel on Lake Iseo in Italy, we had visited as a family for the last 12 years and it had become a place associated with total happiness, relaxation and calm – away from the world. We knew that it was the place for us.”
The dressCharlotte wore ‘Mayfair’ by Suzanne Neville teamed with a handmade antique belt and soft Italian Silk veil. “Well finding the dress… what a daunting but exciting experience. If you were like me and knew NOTHING about dress designers, the fabric, the fit or didn’t have any idea what to go for then it’s a bit overwhelming. We visited a couple of wedding dress shops and while there had been a couple that were ‘OK’ there was no specialness about it or advice or direction from the store”. From the moment we stepped foot in House of Snow, we knew it was the place for us. The collection of dresses is stunning and we all instantly felt at ease. Harriet sat and chatted to us, like we’d been friends for years, wanted to know EVERYTHING about the wedding and was so incredibly enthusiastic and happy that you couldn’t help but have a smile on your face. She asked us questions about the venue, the style of the wedding, how I wanted to feel on the day and we instantly knew that we were in the safest hands! “Looking back, I know Harriet knew instantly which dress was for me, she has this priceless skill, where she knows the dress for you and can see you on your wedding day in that dress with all the alterations, bespoke additions and veil even before you’ve chosen the dress. Harriet should be bottled and given to every bride, she makes you feel so special and truly beautiful that you just want to take her with you on the day!”
“At 5ft 2 I knew I needed advice to not end up swamped by a dress, Harriet has incredible knowledge of the alterations, the options of how to change a dress and could really tell you how it would look once everything had about a foot off the bottom! I tried on about 10 dresses at House of Snow, and the moment that I put on my Suzanne Neville dress I knew that I loved it. It was exactly what I wanted before I knew that I wanted it! I totally fell I love with it, the fit, the simplicity and the hundred buttons down the back! Harriet sealed the deal when she added one of her beautiful embroidered belts to the dress, when my family all gasped then we all knew it was the one! I loved the fact that it had that detail without changing the simplicity of the dress. Lara is also a totally hidden gem, we were all astounded that while we were all chatting, laughing and not paying attention that Lara had pinned the dress to perfection. With one round of alterations Lara had it altered perfectly, perfect length to show off my Emmy London wedding shoes but also perfect fit at the top- the part I was most nervous about! It fitted like an absolute glove, I didn’t touch it once during the day, no pulling it up or it feeling tight or uncomfortable. I didn’t want to take it off, it was perfect! Lara and Harriet are one amazing team!”
“I brought my twin sister and Mum for our first appointment and absolutely loved Harriet and the boutique, it was such a fantastic experience, exactly as you dream of, spotless boutique, with spotless dresses, floor to ceiling mirrors and the most beautiful collection to choose from. We loved so many of the dresses and finally put together a shortlist of our three favourites. Then came back about a month later with my Dad, within that month I really knew the dress that I loved (as did Harriet I think!) and we went for it! Harriet couldn’t have made my family feel more welcome, we just loved every visit and had such a great time every time we visited. None of us wanted it to end!”
The day“The venue is so beautiful, there was little we needed to do to decorate it, but we decided to stick with the hotel colours of calm pinks, blues and lilacs for the flowers. I just loved the mixed ombre hydrangeas and this very much became the theme of our day, the bridesmaids’ dresses were blue and blush to compliment and it all centred around that colour scheme. We wanted the feel of the day to be pretty relaxed, the food and drink was just amazing. One of the highlights was the dancing, having all of your loved ones in one room all dancing and enjoying themselves was just so special, lovely to see everyone so happy!”
“My favourite part of the day was walking out arm in arm with my Dad and walking towards Rhydian to say “I do!”, I remember feeling SO happy and proud, the whole day was so magical. Standing by the lake and saying our vows was just beautiful, we were both incredibly happy. It was also amazing as we walked back down the aisle, we chose to give our guests bubbles to blow rather than confetti. It was totally magical walking back down with all our guest blowing bubbles and enjoying themselves. I get emotional thinking back on the day, it was just all so perfect and beyond the expectations that we had. It was just A M A Z I N G.”
“One of my clearest memories is sneaking off during dinner, for a moment, just the two of us, away from the bustle to take in the moment. Standing looking over the indigo lake, with the moon surfacing just behind the island, it was so special and a stolen moment just for us.”
This is without a doubt one of our favourite things out of Charlottes Q&A… that you should remember to step away for a moment together and enjoy a stolen moment where everything is still and reflect on everything is going on around you.
Words of wedded wisdomSmall, everyday acts of love are the most important.
Thank you Charlotte for sharing all about your big day. I think everyone will agree Charlotte looked effortlessly sensational. Congratulations and wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together, love the House of Snow team x Suppliers Venue: Riva Lago Hotel, Lago d’iseo Flowers: Bohem, Sarnico Photographer: Frederico from S.Bardolini Catering: Barbohlio De Gaioncelli Bridesmaids: Needle and Thread for Maid of Honour and Watters Wtoo for bridesmaid Menswear: Reiss