A real wedding couple with a love of travel and all things vintage, inspired the Champagne style of this day… Sophie and Joe got married in May 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Sophie and Joe

WHERE: Cosheston Church and Trefloyne Manor

WHEN: May 2010

PHOTOS: S6 Photography


The proposal

“I’m the organiser, so Joe always knew whisking me away for a romantic mini-break would be a total giveaway!” laughs Sophie. “Last April, I arranged a trip to Snowdonia for my birthday, and Joe made good use of the opportunity – with a proposal on top of Mount Snowdon!” she adds

“We love old, pretty things with a story to tell. This was the theme for our day”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Sophie looked stunning in her Mia Mia gown. “The dress was made from an ivory-duchess satin. I definitely wanted something a little bit different, and although it was quite simple, the beauty was in the fit and the layered style,” recalls Sophie. “I’m really not the tiara type! My friend Sarah Pellow has a gorgeous online vintage shop I Heart Vintage, from which my lovely colleagues bought me a vintage-bow brooch that I wore in my hair.”

The groom’s outfit

Stylish groom Joe chose his own real wedding suit from T.M Lewin. To complement the wedding’s vintage styling, the groomsmen also wore antique tie pins of pearls and amethyst

The bridesmaids

“We found lovely Champagne tiered dresses in John Lewis that would complement the layered style of my real wedding dress. To give their outfits a bit of colour, we ditched the existing sash and added ribbon in a plum colour,” says Sophie

The flowers

Were designed by Lucy Harvey of Forget Me Not (07899 681716)

The ceremony

“We had three readings – The Relationship Promise by Luke Wright, an extract from Les Miserables (I work at a theatre!) and Why God Gives us Two by Khalil Gibran,” recalls Sophie. “Three good friends read them, which added so much personality to the service.”

The stationery

“Joe runs a graphic design company Design Dough so we were able to get really creative with our stationery. We used vintage images of birds and flowers on the invitations, and Joe used lots of lovely effects like antique paper with lace embellishments to decorate,” remembers Sophie. “We were really pleased with the table plan – Joe added images of old stamps, compasses and other travel images to a world map, and we pinned luggage tags on for the names.”

“We spent time hunting sales for mis-matched china and quirky props, like a soda stream!”

The decor

“We spent time hunting car boot sales, collecting mis-matched china, lace table cloths, cake stands and quirky props like a Singer sewing machine and an old soda stream!” smiles Sophie. Sophie has since set up Once Upon a Teapot to share her treasures with others

The entertainment

“We are lucky enough to know lots of talented musicians, who provided a mixture of entertainment from live bands, to a DJ duo,” says Sophie. The couple’s first dance was to Sway by the Plain White Tees

The honeymoon

Was to Italy dividing time between Tuscany and Rome.