Sophie’s Perfect Wedding Day
How did your partner propose?
He took me on holiday to one of our favourite places that we had visited quite soon into our relationship in Cornwall, where we had made lots of memories before. We went out for a lovely walk to watch the sunrise at Porthcurno Beach, however the weather had other ideas! Still undeterred, he got down on one knee in the pouring rain and asked me to marry him. As he got up he was covered in mud from the path, but it made it all so memorable! The rain passed and we enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach newly engaged!
What’s the best piece of advice you received in the run up to your wedding?
I know it is said a million times, but don’t sweat the small stuff! We made sure we had an excel spreadsheet of outgoing costs and finances as well as guest information. It helped us out so much with juggling payments etc and gave us a little bit of piece of mind when you have all the added stresses of normal life and work going on too!
How did you go about finding your wedding dress?
I had seen a few of my friends had visited Fross to find a dress. I knew it was a place I wanted to visit, as they had so many nice dresses in the window. I also followed a range of different dress designers on Instagram. I saw that Fross were holding a trunk show weekend of one of my favourite designers so knew that had to be the perfect opportunity to see all the dresses I had previously seen on their social media page.
How many dresses did you try on before you found ‘the one’?
It was the first dress I tried on! Granted, I did try on another 10 after this, but nothing compared to the first!
Do you know the name of your dress designer?
What made you fall in love with the dress that you chose?
I loved the way it gave me a waist line and the fitted top and detailing was beautiful. The skirt of the dress was such a lovely material and also gave it quite a traditional look which I loved.
Did you wear a veil and/or any other bridal accessories?
I wore two sparkly pins in my hair and stud earrings. I didn’t want to wear too much and detract from the dress! I also wore a veil, also from Fross, however only kept this on for the ceremony and a few photos as never planned to keep it on for long.
Tell us a little about your wedding day – the vibe, what inspired you, etc.
I would say it was quite a relaxed day surrounded by all our loved ones. I loved the rustic feel and our colour theme was dusty blue. I wanted the flowers to be as bright and beautiful as possible, which they were! I wanted to make sure everyone had a good time and not let anything stress me out.
What was your favourite moment from the day itself?
Walking down the isle and seeing my husband to be there waiting! Being surrounded by everyone we love, but also having photos as just husband and wife – make sure to take some time for just the two of you!
Is there any advice you would be happy to share with other brides?
I think in the time we are in, where finances can be a struggle at times, is just to budget accordingly each month. We took slightly more time planning our wedding to make sure we had everything the way we wanted it and didn’t want to compromise on certain aspects of our day. There is also so many second-hand items out there. So many people are selling unwanted items, which don’t cost nearly as much as some hire companies will charge! Just take the time to shop around. There is so much choice out there too, once you have an idea it’s best to stick with it.
Are you taking a honeymoon and if so when (in relation to your wedding, ie, immediately after, or sometime later) and what are your plans?
After our wedding, we went on a little UK tour, visiting Yorkshire, Wales and the Cotswolds. It was such a lovely time away and needed after a very busy few weeks. We hope to fly abroad next year for another late honeymoon.
Photographer – @jordanmansfieldweddings
Venue – @hendallmanorbarns
Shoes – @quizclothing
Groom’s suit – @astares_menswear
Bridesmaids – @jjshouseofficial
Florist – @flitterbrookflower
Cake – @mdfood4thought
Entertainment – @ianforestdj
Rings – @carterandfollows
Catering – @mdfood4thought
Hair Stylist – @ambermarie_hair
Makeup Artist – @emiliemakeupartistry