I met the lovely Sophie Stafford at the Stylist Magazine Networking Event last month and of course, as with most people, we got talking weddings. Sophie and her husband, Shaun, were married in August of last year with their ceremony in St. Luke’s Church and their reception in the all too gorgeous Claridges Hotel. I’m pretty much obsessed with how gorgeous this wedding is, from the tiny details like the little pins in Sophie’s hair all the way through to how they customised it and made it their own.
Thanks very much to Julie and Damien of Lovegrove Photography for these gorgeous photos and make sure to check out their site for more fab weddings and even more fab photos of Sophie and Shaun.
Their ceremony was decorated traditionally with snow white blooms adorning the stage walls and the entrance of the church with romantic storm lanterns flickering down the aisle while their reception had a Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Tropical Holiday Wedding sort of feel. (FUN!) The stairs and ball room reception floor were covered with peach and white rose petals and a variety of storm latern candles led up either side of the stairs, creating an dusky evening mood as guests went through to the ball room reception hall.
They had a a steel drum band trio playing as guests arrived and the hall had occasional cocktail tables which each had a cluster of rose scented dyptique candles and rose blooms in little glass bowls. The ballroom theme was based on Sophie’s favourite acting job back home which was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sophie wore a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier two piece gown, veil and sash with Gina shoes with antique diamond chandelier earrings and her heart shaped diamond engagement ring, while Shaun wore a suit made by Neil and Palmer. The bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast, and Sophie’s maid of honour wore Gina flat sandals while the others wore accessorize sandals (all in antique gold).
The bride and groom personalised some of their wedding day details by asking Sophie’s sister to make their invitations and order of service cards (the invites had a drawing of the two of them on the front). The wedding cake was made by Sophie’s Aunt so they made it the main attraction on a round table in the centre of the room surrounded by dozens of peach and white roses and with antique cake stand. The cake was surrounded by over 200 multi coloured macaroons (which was 5 tiers, each tier a different flavour and made to match Sophie’s dress with every other layer decorated in white lace to match her top and every other tier tied with a green sash and brooch). They also had photos of our parents on their wedding days on the table for the guests to muse at. The seating plans were on display in two large antique gold frames outside the ballroom and the tables were named after Sophie & Shaun’s favourite movies. Flowers & centerpieces by Simon Lycett. Talk about details!!
Advice from the Bride: Don’t have a set idea of how you think the day should be, just let it happen and take as much in as possible! Make sure you make a list of all the photos you would like to have i.e hen party, best mates as well as family. We also had a BBQ at our place the next day which was lovely as it gave us a chance to talk to people we’d missed the night before (I wore the lace top part of my gown with denim shorts for this). (OMG HOW CUTE IS THAT?!?)
Any regrets? Having our photos done during the champagne reception, we missed all the canapes and macaroons and quality chatting time. Also not dancing enough!!
Best decision made: Having the photo booth, everyone loved taking home their instant photos and it was a bit different. Also the steel drum band as apposed to a string quartet!
Last but not least, Sophie does temporary eyelash extensions as well as hair and make up so check out her site! What a fun thing to do before your wedding which also contribute to how FAB you will look on your honeymoon, as they can last up to 4 weeks! (secretly wanting these VERY BADLY!!! I’m a huge lash girl. Love em.