After meeting through university in 2005, Sophie says Mike caught her attention after drinks in a pub. “It felt as though we'd known each other for years,” she recalls. “He impressed me by walking down the road on his hands at the end of the night!” Some eight years later, Michael booked a table at his bride-to-be's favourite restaurant, The Blue Strawberry, with one big question in mind – unbeknownst to Sophie. “It was heavy snow so I suggested we stay at home but he insisted we go.” Luckily, Sophie agreed to brave the elements. “Between the main course and dessert, he turned to me and, while attempting to get down on one knee at a corner table, said 'I don't want you to be my girlfriend any more – I want you to be my wife.'” After a teary 'yes' Sophie says the whole restaurant erupted into applause, while the waitresses brought over champagne and a congratulatory dessert.
Here, Sophie shares all the details of their big day with An Essex Wedding…
"We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a garden party in the day and to dance and let loose in the evening – which they all did". – Sophie
My dress was called Catherine by Enzoani. I went to about ten bridal stores and tried on about seven dresses in each. It was the only one I tried on that I felt like a real bride in.
We displayed pink roses, astilbe and lavender in glass jam jars down the aisle, hanging from ivory shepherd's hooks.
My nieces Annie and Ellen were flowergirls and carried vintage, ivory wicker baskets of rose petals and lavender.
Six of our table centrepieces were flowers in jam jars and ivory jugs, while our three top tables had flowers in ivory birdcages. They were all set upon lace table cloths which had been handed down through my family for generations.
We had a vintage step ladder for decoration, displaying plant pots of flowers.
We used blackboards to write the order of the day on one side and our love story on the other.
We had giant garden games including Jenga, Connect 4 and croquet. They really helped to break the ice between all the guests who hadn't previously met.
Jennifer Cakes made us five tiers of cupcakes with a top cake for cutting. The edible bunting and lace cupcake holders perfectly suited our theme. We loved the handmade figurines of us and our cat Benny too!
We loved Rebecca Farries' style of photography and she made us feel very relaxed and at ease. We'd highly recommend her.
Prima Donna Bridal
DJ Terry Lewis
The Flower Mill
Rebecca Farries Photography
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