Maz & Dan

Shoes & Boquet
In March, our beautiful bride Charlotte (affectionately known as Maz) married her soul mate Dan in a beautiful spring wedding in the Hampshire countryside. We were lucky enough to be a tiny part of her big day and she has kindly decided to re-live her big day with us, so that you can draw inspiration from her memorable day. Pop the kettle on, find a comfy chair, and read the love story that is Maz & Dan.
Maz & Dan
“So 9 years ago I met a very young Dan at a pub. He was outgoing, sociable and it helped he was very handsome. After about 10 months we decided to part and if it was meant to be we would see each other again. Then around 6 years ago I was out with a group of girls on our annual Christmas dinner, we had gone for drinks after and low and behold who was there to catch my eye again? Dan. From then on we decided we weren’t ever going to leave each other again. Two years ago we went on the holiday of a lifetime to South Africa, everyone kept telling me “I feel like this is the time he is going to propose” he soon shut that idea down by telling me the whole 10 hour journey on the plane that we just weren’t at that time yet etc. So how shocked was I, when on a safari, 3 days into our holiday whilst we were out looking for hippos at sunset he got down on one knee next to the lake. I was so shocked I’m still not sure if I ever said yes. “
“We soon started to plan our wedding (if truth be told we had a date picked by the time the evening had ended the night we got engaged) and when home we went full steam ahead with planning. For anyone that knows me knows full well I was in my element with wedding planning, I love a list and I love to organise things. We very quickly made the decision to get married at south Warnborough church I have spent 27 years of my life in this village and it was the only place we could see ourselves getting married. We visited a few venues and then remembered a few years before we had been to one of Dan’s end of season cricket events at Audleys Wood in Basingstoke and from the moment we walked in and saw the pavilion again we knew that was where our reception would be. We loved the fact it’s very simple and it’s also a blank canvas so we could add as little or as much as we liked. “
“Then the wedding fayres began, trying to find photographers, videographers, dresses, suits and any extras we needed. We knew the moment we were getting married we would use the lovely girls at White Lilac for our flowers, they are amazingly talented and wonderful human beings they made picking our flowers so easy which was great as I didn’t know a daisy from a daffodil. Next we found our beautiful photographer Alexandria Hall at a local wedding fayre, by this time we had met quite a few photographers however we went with Alex purely because of her personality and how she made us feel so comfortable. On the day everyone commented about how wonderful she was, she made such a huge impact on our day, she was calm, funny, kept us going when we were starting to get tired of photos/video shots and she kept everyone in check.  Our videographer was Richard Sealey and I happened to come across him on google, he was wonderful and so professional we barely noticed him there on the day which was exactly what we wanted from our video. We found our band in a bar on a night out they are b’funkt we needed a large band as the venue was quite  big so we needed a sound big enough to fill the space and with 12 people they certainly done that, they also made the evening so fun with the sax and trumpet players getting out in the crowd while they were playing and they brought an amazing vibe to the wedding making sure everyone was on the dance floor. “
‘Then it came time for the big part wedding dress shopping.. I had made a few appointments with different stores and off I went. Now I never feel overly confident in a changing room let alone with someone there watching you and then having to give a little show to whoever has come with you. My friend had raved about BOO so I made an appointment here and I am so glad I did. From the moment I walked in I felt a huge sense of relief like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and at this point I hadn’t even looked at the dresses. I was made to feel so comfortable and by having an appointment it meant no one else but me my mum and my nan were in the store. I picked out a lot of dresses all which I thought I loved till I had it on, I was nearly at my last dress and was feeling a bit sad I hadn’t found my dress in such a wonderful shop. That’s when a dress got brought in the changing room for me, it was everything that I hadn’t even thought about in a dress and by first look I wasn’t really sure.. however the moment I put it on I knew it was the one. I was never expecting to get that feeling and when everyone used to say you will know when it’s the one I genuinely thought that it was not true. However the moment I was looking at myself in the mirror I knew I had that feeling and I didn’t want to take it off.. at this point I realised the ladies in BOO are actual goddess’ and know exactly what they are doing! “
Dressing The Bride
‘Wedding planning was amazing and even now (4 months on) I still miss it! One thing I will say is take every moment of planning in.. when it feels like it’s all getting too much just pop the kettle on, pop the tv on or phone a friend for a chat for something other than wedding bits and then just get back into it. I am so glad I had 2 years to plan our wedding as it meant we could take things slowly and break it all down. Each time we sat down to discuss something wedding related we could just see it all coming together and even on the day when you see it all you still never picture it looking the way you have planned and it’s like a whole new surprise and you feel nothing but beaming pride as you know you have created that.” 
Bride Tribe
“When I think back to the wedding day I can’t even pick one favourite moment as I had so many. From the moment I woke up and had my bridesmaids, my mum, dad and brother all around me I loved that. Everyone was so calm and it set the mood for the day for me. The 2 years we had been engaged Dan said to me on at least a monthly basis “I hope you don’t think I will cry as you walk down the aisle, that’s just not me” when me and my dad walked in I saw Dan’s face and then he started crying and that moment I will always remember. Also when we sat down at our reception I looked around and saw everyone we love and cherish all in one room and that was such a beautiful feeling. I just think back to our day and think it was so filled with love and happiness. “
“My top tip for any brides would be take as many little breaks the two of you as you can on the day. From the moment you get married until the end of the celebrations you have so many people around you and the day absolutely flies by. We went off a couple of times just for a walk and a sit down and to just talk about how amazing the day was and how much it meant to the both of us and to just take it all in.

My next tip would be get the speeches filmed even if you don’t have a videographer get someone to film them as the day was all such a blur when I watched our video back the speeches made me laugh, smile and cry all over again and I heard things I don’t even remember hearing on the day. 

Last but not least enjoy the whole process sometimes it can feel time consuming or it panics you but I promise it will all be worth it on the day. You will look around and feel nothing but love and happiness knowing you and your partner done this all and brought it all together and every one is there to celebrate the pair of you. “
Quiet Moment
“I have to thank Emma from BOO for making sure one of the most important people in my life was there with me on my wedding day. My grandad sadly passed away 3 years ago and he would have been in his element with the wedding planning and so excited to have been there on the day. As this wasn’t possible Emma sewed me a love heart in my dress made out of one of my grandads shirts, it even still smelt of him, it was one of the most important things for me on my day and I’m so grateful Emma made that possible. “
Grandads Shirt
Venue - Audleys Wood Basingstoke
Florist - White Lilac
Photographer - Alexandria Hall
Videographer - Richard Sealy
Band - b’funkt
Dress - Mark Lesley from Boo Bridal
The first dance

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