Real wedding: A Stephanie Allin dress at Syon Park
Sophie and Oli first met in Singapore, having both started a corporate graduate scheme straight out of university and being posted out in Singapore for 6 months. “There was a good group of graduates out there but our first date was more of an accident. We ended up going out for dinner one evening & that's when the romance first started,” says Sophie.
Oli booked a posh hotel room to celebrate pre-Christmas before they went off to see their families. Sophie thought there might be something up but was thrown off the scent when Oli gave her a pair of trainers. But then he said there was "one more small thing" and he was down in one knee asking the big question!
Sophie and Oli fell in love with the light-filled Great Conservatory at Syon Park - the perfect setting for an indoor garden party. “We wanted a fresh and airy feeling to the day,” says Sophie. “We didn’t have a set theme, but we did know we wanted our wedding to be personal, fun, green and garden-like.”
When Sophie started dress shopping, she knew she wanted something “that was very unique with a hint of vintage as well making me feel amazing.” And she found just that in her <a href="http://www.stephanieallin.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Stephanie Allin</a> Peony dress. “I shopped around a lot and really just came back to this dress because it made me feel amazing, I thought it was totally me and was exciting about the different accessory options I could then start to think about once I’d picked the dress!” she says.
The wedding shoes
Sophie accessories with a fresh flower crown, which captured the bohemian style she was looking for. She also borrowed her mum’s vintage pearl necklace, teamed with a bracelet which was a wedding gift from her colleagues. Her long plain veil was the perfect finishing touch.
The bridal bouquet mirrored the centrepieces, with yellow craspedia adding fun pops of colour.
The bridesmaid dresses
“The bridesmaids had long coral dresses custom made in a style that they chose themselves. We had a big trying on session and they all looked incredible in the colour coral.“
Oli wore a navy suit hired from <a href="http://www.jackbunneys.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jack Bunneys</a>, with a peacock feather buttonhole from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Etsy</a>.
The church ceremony
There was a string quartet playing in the courtyard for the reception.
For floral inspiration, the couple visited London’s Columbia Road Flower Market and bought a whole assortment of blooms and foliage. Sophie played around with different arrangements and combinations, and sent pictures of the results to <a href="http://www.sweetpeaflowers.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sweet Pea Flowers</a>, who came up with the finished look. “We went with coral peonies and roses, and bright green hydrangeas with lots of foliage like eucalyptus and olive branches,” says Sophie. “The greens really complemented the bright flowers and helped the natural feeling we were going for.”
<p>"We discussed a range of different table names but eventually settled on herbs. This was great because it allowed us to add even more greenery to the tables and to the table plan (which was inspired from a Pinterest idea). Oli loved it because he got to name the top table rocket (Oli works on satellites rocket systems)," says Sophie.<br /><br />Her mum then grew all of the different herbs from seeds to be ready for the wedding.</p>
The table setting
The place settings
Sophie’s top tip? “Don’t try to do it all alone!” As well as enlisting wedding planner <a href="Somethingbluewedding.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Emma McDonald</a>, the couple had help from their loved ones with everything from the table decorations to the favours - little bottles of damson and sloe gin made by the bride’s parents.
The bride's friend Sarah of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Mawby-Rawson-Sewing-669103663100324/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mawby Ransom</a> designed their stationery, which included an olive motif.
The tables were named after herbs.
Sophie’s mum also baked their four-tier fruitcake and grew all the herb pots for the table plan, which added even more glorious greenery to the look.
The bride and groom
The first dance