Charlotte and Liam McSherry celebrated their love with an August wedding in the countryside

For Charlotte and Liam, soulmates really do exist. After first dating at the age of 14, they reconnected at the age of 20 and sealed their commitment to each other with an August wedding at Priston Mill.

The proposal had been intended as a surprise for Charlotte, but after accidentally finding out the plan on Christmas morning, she didn’t seem to mind too much. “I felt bad but at least it meant I got to choose my own ring!” And after initially liking a Tiffany diamond cluster that was a gobsmacking £12,400, Charlotte found a very similar one in Fraser Hart. “I just fell in love with it.”

Getting married at Priston Mill was a very easy decision for Charlotte and Liam. Located in stunning countryside and bursting with history, it’s no wonder the couple chose it for both their ceremony and reception venue. “I suggested loads of different venues to Liam and his favourites were ‘the barn or the zoo’,” says Charlotte. “Priston Mill was the first and last venue we viewed and we both loved it.”

It was important for Charlotte that she had all of her guests attend the whole wedding, rather than splitting the day into two parts, and both of them wanted to make it a fun-filled day for guests, which they contributed to by stocking up on sweets and cakes, games and entertainment for the kids, a photo booth and a hog roast in the evening. “I was first in the queue!” says Charlotte. “I just wanted to make sure everyone was entertained for the whole day, as I’ve been to weddings before and it feels like it drags on,” explains Liam. “Thankfully we kept lots of energy in ours for the whole day.” The other priority for the groom? “To get to wear my top hat!”

Charlotte wore a gorgeously simple strapless dress from A Class Brides while Liam sported a dapper grey suit, along with his beloved top hat. Liam’s best friend Andy was the best man in matching grey, although for a while it seemed like he might be accessorising it with bare feet. “Andy thought he had lost his shoes the morning of the wedding. Thankfully he found them before I felt compelled to strangle him.” In striking mauve and grey lace detail dresses were the bridesmaids, Charlotte and Liam’s two sisters, with Charlotte’s two year old goddaughter wearing a beautiful pink dress.

Despite an August wedding date, the British summer nearly didn’t play ball. “We had the tail end of a hurricane but luckily there were some sunny spells! It didn’t faze us.” And looking at their gorgeous photos, taken by the talented Martin Dabek Photography, it is evident their spirits were far from dampened and happiness was present the whole time.

With a honeymoon in sunny Mexico to top it all off, the memories of this beautiful day will stay with Charlotte and Liam for a lifetime to come. “The day was all we had dreamed of and more,” says the bride. “It was so important to us that our guests were happy and enjoying themselves. Many of our guests told us afterwards it was the best wedding they had ever been to – they might just be polite but it was an amazing day!”

Details

  • Ceremony and reception venue Priston Mill, Priston, Bath BA2 9EQ T: 01225 423894 W: www.pristonmill.co.uk
  • Photography Martin Dabek Photography T: 0117 350 1032 W: www.photodabek.co.uk
  • Wedding dress A Class Brides, Sandy Park Road, Bristol BS4 3PQ T: 0117 919 3007 W: www.aclassbrides.co.uk
  • Groom’s outfit Moss Bros W: www.moss.co.uk
  • Flowers Flowers by Design, 558 Bath Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3JN T: 07876 346024
  • Cake Clifton Cakes, 120 St Georges Road, Bristol BS1 5UJ T: 0117 927 7693 W: www.cliftoncakes.co.uk
  • Cars Abacus Cars, 17 Tyler Close, Bristol BS15 9NG T: 0117 957 1222 W: www.abacusweddingcars.com