Sophie and Jeff’s glamorous, vintage styled real wedding had amazing dramatic touches…
WHO: Sophie and Jeff
WHERE: Inglewood Manor, Ledsham, Cheshire
WHEN: March 2012
PHOTOS: Liam Crawley
How they met
“We were 16 when we first met, and 19 when we started dating – it was all very exciting,” explains Sophie. “I was about to leave home and go to university, everyone said we wouldn’t work, but we proved them wrong. Jeff came to visit me, and I think it’s true: absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
“Jeff took me away to York for my birthday to a gorgeous boutique hotel. I had secretly been hoping he’d propose soon, but he had recently told me that he wanted to wait a while before we got engaged as we were still quite young. It was such a shock when he actually did pop the question!”
The Bride’s outfit
“I have a distinct taste and style so I was quite picky when it came to choosing a dress – my tight budget didn’t help either. After searching everywhere, I found my dress in a sample sale, a real bargain. I cleaned it up, accessorised it and it was as good as new. It’s cream ivory colour of the dress with Aurora Borealis and had a 20s style pleating down the front,” describes Sophie. “I wore a Richard Designs headdress and a veil, which I sewed together to create a dramatic rouching at the back of my head – the drama was perfect for my theme.”
“Jeff took me away to York for my birthday to a gorgeous boutique hotel.”
The Groom’s outfit
“Jeff got his suit, and his ushers’ suits from Next, and bought matching pink ties for all of them. The suits were mid-grey three-pieces with a slight sheen. When I first saw him on the day, I was in a bit of an emotional wreck, but he looked great,” she remembers.
“I had seven bridesmaids! I’ve been a bridesmaid so many times, and have such big family I just couldn’t choose. I had a tight budget so getting outfits for all of them was tough, but I still managed to make them look very glamourous without spending too much. I got their dresses from Coast in the sale, for £30 each,” smiles Sophie. “To make the dresses fit with the glamorous and dramatic theme I wanted them to wear little feather capes. Whilst I was out shopping one day, I spotted vintage style beaded capes in Primark for £2 each, as well as some bargain tights!”
“As I had no budget left, and am quite particular about make-up, I did it myself. I kept it simple, but used statement lipstick which matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. I also love thick eyebrows so had HD Brows done by Ellie at Escape Hair and Beauty, in Ellesmere Port – you have to have your eyebrows done here – they’re incredible!” laughs Sophie. “I had my hair done in a retro style by Niki Sheridan; it was sewn in to place to look like roses at the back of my head. Niki is amazing as she does quirky styles with a classic touch,” explains Sophie.
“To make the dresses fit with the glamorous and dramatic theme I wanted them to wear little feather capes.”
“We had a string quartet play She by Elvis Costello as I walked down the aisle, and then All You Need is Love at the end of the ceremony. I’m not usually an emotional person, but the moment when everyone stood up as I walked in the room made me feel completely overwhelmed and my eyes filled up. I was walking down the aisle telling myself not to cry as I’d spent so long on my make up!” smiles Sophie.
“Our venue was Inglewood Manor in Ledsham, Chesire – it was so beautiful, but small and intimate, like a dream! For our wedding breakfast, we had our favourite foods – goats cheese to start, stuffed chicken with plum for the main, and banoffee tart for dessert”.
“Candy by Paulo Nutini was our first dance that the DJ we hired played, it was beautiful and hilarious. We should have practiced dancing before because we were completely out of sync!” she laughs.