Sophie Nias returned to her roots for her wedding to Peter Harland. The 24-year-olds met during their first term at university and after four years together tied the knot at Sophie's old school.
Peter arranged a surprise weekend in Paris to pop the question. “We've been there quite a few times, so we spent most of the time just café-hopping and pootling around our favourite areas,” says Sophie.
They stayed in the design hotel Secret de Paris in an Opera Garnier-themed room complete with ballet shoes hanging from the bed. “Pete proposed on our first night just before we went out to supper. He got down on one knee, which was very romantic. He had a whole spiel ready, but nerves got the better of him, so I got the full rendition after I'd said yes,” she recalls.
The couple were married on 14th July, 2012 at St Andrew's Church, Mells, a stone's throw from where Sophie grew up, followed by a reception at her former preparatory school in Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore.
“Although we'd lived in London for three years, we both wanted a country, homely feel to our wedding,” Sophie adds.
Read on for her account of the big day...
My oldest friend Izzie Neville sang such a beautiful solo in the church, I think she had most of the congregation in tears.
A friend of my mother's made my dress. We chose all the fabrics, from the silks to the tulle and the lace. I picked a simple tiara with lots of sparkles to go with the dress and some pointed ivory shoes.
For the favours we made chutney for the boys and filled little hessian bags with sugared almonds for the girls.
As I studied art history at university, we decided to name the tables after famous artists.
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