“Having known Sophie and Max since school, it was a real honour for me to write their wedding story. Forgive me if I get a little emotional!”


WHO: Sophie and Max

WHERE: Haselbury Mill

WHEN: April 2012

PHOTOS: Albert Palmer Photography


How they met

“Max and I first met through mutual friends, when I was 15 and he was 17,” remembers Sophie. “I think a lot of people have been pleasantly surprised that we have stayed together, despite us being very young, and having to deal with a long distance relationship for the three years that I was away at university,” she adds

The proposal

“Max popped the question while we were on a press trip to Lapland, arranged through my work here at Wedding Ideas magazine,” explains Sophie. “We’d had such an amazing time, driving snowmobiles, riding in a husky sleigh and even seeing the Northern Lights, but we hadn’t had much time to ourselves. On the last night, Max suggested we go for a walk to try to see the Lights again on our own. When we were out, he stopped, and turned to me, before getting down on one knee in the snow! As soon as I saw the Tiffany-coloured box in his hand, I was speechless. I’d been hoping that he would propose for a while – but was just so shocked that he’d managed to arrange it all in complete secret” she adds

The bride’s outfit

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“I originally tried on my ‘Trista’ by augustajones.com gown at Clifton Brides in Bath, but it was slightly out of my price range,” recalls Sophie. “Being an indecisive bride I booked another appointment at their Bristol store, to see if they had anything else. When I got there it turned out Trista had been put into a sample sale, meaning it was £600 cheaper! I knew it must have been fate – so snapped it up!”

The accessories

“I wore a gorgeous vintage-style comb from sweetheartvintage.co.uk and an earring and bracelet set from jonrichard.com. My shoes were ivory satin peep toes called ‘Kiss’ from paradoxlondon.com,” says Sophie.

She also had a second, one-shoulder evening dress from kittyanddulcie.com, which she changed into after the first dance

The groom’s outfit

“Max bought his suit from riverisland.com,” remembers Sophie. “He wanted something slim fitting and not too formal, and the three-piece, navy suit he chose was perfect. He accessorised it with a navy and ivory striped tie from tie-rack.co.uk, so he stood out from the other men in the party.”

The bridesmaids

“I had three beautiful bridesmaids – two of my best friends, Jade and Nicol and Max’s twin sister, Mel.

We chose navy dresses to match the mens’ suits, and they contrasted perfectly against the pastel flowers. I bought the dresses from the Coast concession store within Debenhams, and even managed to get 20% off the price using a voucher my Mum had cut out of a newspaper!” smiles Sophie

The ceremony

“We hired thebristolstringquartet.com to play during the ceremony,” remembers Sophie. “My Dad walked me down the aisle to Moon River by Mancini. My Mum told me how it reminded her of my Grandma and late Grandad, who used to dance the Waltz to it when she was a little girl. I thought it was a lovely touch to include it in our day. I also decided to do a reading during the ceremony, called The Future by Emma Salmon. I was going to ask someone else to read it – but I loved it so much and it really sums up what I expect from our future together,” she adds

The flowers

“Sabine from glily.co.uk created all our amazing floral displays,” explains Sophie. “She used lots of my favourite flower, Gypsophila, creating large arrangements in urns, to stand at the end of the aisle.

Later, we moved these nearer to the top table for the meal. It was so simple, but created a dreamy, pretty, vintage look.”

The decor

“I displayed pictures of Max and I as children, and our parents’ wedding days, in vintage frames on a table, which we also used for the guest book. I also used a large vintage birdcage to store our cards and gifts safely” smiles Sophie. The couple’s stationery was a bespoke design from lucyledger.com. “They were exactly what I wanted, and really tied all the pastel shades together – we would totally recommend her,” she adds

The transport

“I got ready at the venue, Haselbury Mill, meaning I didn’t need any transport on the day. But Max, who is a real car lover, hired a TVR to arrive in style!” smiles Sophie

The reception

“Our whole day took place at the stunning tithe barn at Haselbury Mill. It was such an impressive venue, with the rustic, country feel we were after,” explains Sophie

The cake

Was made by the very talented Lisa Notley (cakesbylisanotley.co.uk) and included two chocolate fudge tiers, and one traditional fruit cake

The entertainment

“In the evening we hired a local band called The Sidekicks (thesidekicks.co.uk),” recalls Sophie. “We’d heard them before at a friend’s wedding, so knew they’d get everyone up on the dancefloor. We also hired a Groovybooth (groovybooth.com), which was such a fun way to keep children (and adults) entertained. If the budget will stretch we would really recommend you have one, too!”

The honeymoon

“We went away for a few days after the wedding, to a little cottage in Cornwall where we chilled out and opened all our cards,” says Sophie. “We’re planning a honeymoon to Tuscany later in the summer, with the kind donations we received from the wedding.”