July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Wednesday afternoons always warrant a trip to the chocolate machine, don’t they? Save your calories – here’s a double dose of sweetness instead. Real childhood sweethearts and newlyweds Charlotte and Danny are here to share their love story, along with some bright and beautiful images from friend of the wedding blog Sarah of Folega Photography.
Charlotte says: Danny planned a surprise proposal in Hathersage atop of Mam Tor, the exact place he asked me to be his girlfriend on a school trip 10 years ago when we were just 12 and 13 years old!
Danny says: It was a surprise for Charlotte, but everyone else – her mum, sister, my mum and dad, my brothers and a few of my best friends were in on it.
We tied the knot at 3.30pm on Sunday 28th June 2014 at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Chesterfield.
The first time we properly met was our first day of secondary school as we were in the same class. With us being only 12 years old at the time, our first date was probably at McDonalds!
I don’t think we realised then how long we would be together, it was the norm really to swap and change your boyfriend or girlfriend each week in the school yard!
Personally I love the fact that because we grew up together, supported each other, shared sad and happy times together and experienced all our “first times” with each other – he is my best friend, we are completely open and natural with each other, nothing has to be forced with us, we genuinely enjoy spending as much time together as we can and I cannot wait to marry him.
We want to have a happy and loving marriage. Someday hopefully in the not too distant future we would like to start a family and live happily ever after!
I’ve been friends with our wedding photographer Sarah of Folega Photography for over a year now, and I just think everything she gets her hands on is amazing! I’ve seen engagement shoots by her before and thought “I have got to do one of these!” We spoke about using the powder paint and the sort of effects we could create and I think we were both excited.
I think Danny just couldn’t resist an opportunity to be able to throw paint at me and get away with it!
Danny says: I was really nervous about the shoot as I don’t really like having my photo taken at all, but Sarah made me feel really relaxed and I actually ended up having a really good time.
I like Brides Up North because I think it shows you real weddings, with real people which you can aspire to be like. The media nowadays is flooded with weddings that last less than 72 hours, or they’ve cost over a million pounds, but for everyday people, who genuinely want to get married it’s a great way to get ideas for yourself. We’d love to come back and share our wedding memories with you.
Congratulations Charlotte & Danny!
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…