SOPHIE + JAMES

SEPTEMBER 2019
MARQUEE AT THEIR PRIVATE HOME
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BECCY GODDARD

Floral Fantasies for a Romantic Wedding At Home

For Sophie and James, happiness begins at home, so it made total sense for them to host their wedding reception in their beautiful family house.

Proving that hosting at home can be as glamorous as hiring the most luxurious of traditional venues, the couple made use of large gardens to host the reception for their nearest and dearest, opting for an epic Papakata Sperry tent for their dinner, drinks and dancing. This was a wedding with real personality – Sophie and James had a clear idea of the sort of atmosphere they wanted to create: a relaxed and meaningful celebration, with a focus on florals and an all-out evening extravaganza. This was music to my ears, and when they told me that there were only eight months to go to bring this amazing wedding to life, I sprang into action!

Foam Free Florals With Flair

Don’t think that a home reception skimped on any of the details. There were fireworks, cocktails, a stunning marquee, saxophonist, amazing food and floral installations that could draw a tear from those with the stoniest of hearts.

Let’s spend some time with the flowers for a moment. The couple chose to say their vows in a quintessentially English church ceremony, and talented florist Fiona Perry created a floral arch for the church entrance. This archway alone had the effect of taking you down the stone steps and into a new and enchanted world. Hops were woven around the church pillars, delicately pink roses peeped out of the soft foliage and everywhere you looked, the eye was drawn by new and interesting arrangements. Fiona uses British-grown flowers and is totally foam free, and I am in love with her creatively wild and distinctive designs.

The floristry and foliage continued from church to the couple’s home, where the Sperry Tent was adorned with a fully dressed hoop “chandelier” dripping with elegant florals. Another dramatic archway beckoned guests inside where an elegant interior featured crisp white tables and chairs and sofas for lounging on provided by Wedhead London. The house featured a grand floral installation that was woven all the way up the staircase. There was even a meadow in front of the stage.

Ready To Party

Dinner was a deliciously informal affair, followed by cocktails in cut crystal glass deftly mixed, shaken and spun by the Mixology Brothers. Here’s when the saxophonist started to serenade guests and pick the beat of the day up, before the main band picked up the reins and led the evening into a jaw-dropping crescendo of fireworks.

Bao buns were served to keep the dancers fuelled, and Katie Sanderson’s Couture Cake was soon demolished after it had been cut. The grand finale was watching the groom and his sister taking to the stage to sing with the band – I couldn’t help but whoop and cheer!

To say this wedding went down a storm is an understatement. Sophie and James, thank you for being so creative and so welcoming. You were an absolute dream to work with, and you made me feel like part of the family. I’m over the moon that I now get to plan James’s sister’s wedding. Watch this space for more!

“We gave you a MASSIVE challenge to plan our wedding in such a short time frame. After meeting you on that first day, we just knew you understood us and had our back! You have been AMAZING throughout and made this magical day possible. We will never forget this day” – Sophie + James

“Thank you so much for the stunning wedding you planned for Sophie and James. It was just perfect in ever way. I’m now in sever Nat withdrawal. As I have said before “everyone should have a Nat in their life”.  You know where we are, when ever you are passing….” – Mother of the Groom

 

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