From friends to newlyweds

Mariam and Charlie are both solicitors and have worked at the same firm since 2014. "We were great friends but that turned into something far more fantastic," say Mariam.

So fantastic that eventually Charlie proposed. "He asked me to marry him on Tower Bridge on our anniversary," she says. "I wasn't too surprised to be honest.

The first proposal attempt was aborted – Charlie thought he covered it well, but he didn't!" she recalls. "It was supposed to be by St Paul's Cathedral where we had our first kiss, but the filming for a DC movie made it impossible."

Couple sitting Soon after the planning got underway, and the venue was decided upon. "We just loved Morden Hall as soon as we visited. The fact that it's a country house setting, but in London was great and it was large enough for our ceremony and reception, so it was a winner for us," says Mariam.

Venue Soon after the planning got underway, and the venue was decided upon. "We just loved Morden Hall as soon as we visited. The fact that it's a country house setting, but in London was great and it was large enough for our ceremony and reception, so it was a winner for us," says Mariam.

Bride's Dress

Mariam opted for a classic elegant look. "I found 'the one' at Fairytale London in Fulham. I wanted a bit of bling though, so I customised it with pearls and diamante detailing on the waist, cuffs and neckline," she says. She wore her hair in lose curls and accessorised with a tiered veil and crystal tiara to complement her dress.

Bride & Groom

Charlie and his groomsmen wore traditional morning suits with grey waistcoats and pink ties and their bridesmaids wore pale pink floor-length dresses in various styles, so all of the attire came together perfectly.

Flowers on Chair

Their day was brimming with blooms! Mariam's bouquet was created with roses in various shades of pink and finished with pink gypsophila and the bridesmaid handtied posies were similar in style with green foliage.

In the ceremony room, similar flowers were tied to the aisle chairs, a beautiful tabletop arrangement was placed at the alter and a stunning blush flower wall created a backdrop for their vows.

"With it being a summer wedding, we wanted bright flowers and we chose a mix of fresh and artificial to keep them going strong throughout the day," says Mariam.

Flowers

The aisle was also lined with matching petals and a range of pillar candles to create a romantic ambience.

In the reception room, a mixture of high and low floral centrepieces matching the bouquets and ceremony styling, were placed on the tables, surrounded by blush petals and pink napkins finished the look perfectly.

The flower wall from the ceremony room framed the top table and the tabletop arrangement was placed in amongst smaller vases of flowers to create a focal point where Mariam and Charlie were seated.

Cake For the cake, a three-tiered design complemented the summery look of the day. An ombre affect was created merging from cream to pink and pearls were used to add texture and elegance to the finished look. "We chose to have matching flowers cascading down from the top tier and it looked beautiful," says Mariam.

Harpist

Throughout the service, a harpist played romantic background music and into the evening, guests filled the dancefloor with a DJ playing until late.

"Our first dance was just perfect," says Mariam. "My top tip to all brides is to always give yourself more time than you need.

We had very little time to relax or be together until we got to the disco in the evening and it's so important to soak it all up together."

Dancing

For their honeymoon, the duo went to Singapore for three days and then onto the Maldives for a week.

"It was very much needed after the stress of planning our wedding.

The whole trip was amazing, and we loved having that time out together as husband and wife."

Holding hands
Guests

Mariam and Charlie's contact book

Cake

Simply Irresistible
www.simplyirresistiblecakes.com

Catering

Dress

Fairytale London
www.fairytalelondon.com

Entertainment

Surrey Event Services
www.surreyeventservices.co.uk

Entertainment

London Harpist
www.london-harpist.com

Flowers

The Floral Decorator
www.thefloraldecorator.co.uk

Jewellery and accessories

Lace and Favour
www.laceandfavour.com

Jewellery and accessories

Carat London
www.caratlondon.com

Make-up artist

Kajol Beauty
www.kajolsbeauty.com

Photographer

Paul Gapper Photography
paulgapper.com

Rings

Stephen Stone
www.stevenstone.co.uk

Stationery

Maison Creations
maisoncreations.com

Stationery

Suits

Table linen

Venue

Morden Hall
mordenhall.com
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