Sophie & Peter tied the knot at St Olave’s Church in Ramsey in April this year, followed by a small reception and party at the Salmon Lake Centre in Laxey. Sophie looked stunning in a 1950’s style lacey prom dress and the couple kept their day personal with just close family and friends and lots of DIY finishing touches.
We caught up with beautiful Bride Sophie to find out more about their gorgeous wedding:
How did you meet and what was the proposal like?
We worked together in a pub while I was doing my nurse training and were friends for around 6 months before anything romantic happened and then we started a summer romance that hasn’t actually ended.
When Pete proposed, we were away visiting his family in Kent for a weekend in October last year. He surprised me with a night in a hotel in London. When we got to the hotel it had just opened and was so beautiful and posh. We got up to our hotel room which overlooked the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. When I turned around, he had a box in his hand and walked over and said “I’ve wanted to do this for a while now, will you marry me?” I obviously said yes and as I found out after all of my family and some of our friends knew as he had asked permission from my family. It was perfect.
What was the inspiration for your day?
I love fairytales but unfortunately Pete doesn’t we compromised with an enchanted forest theme which incorporates elements of some fairytales without being too princessy!
What helped you decide what venues to pick?
We went to look around The Salmon Lake Centre and instantly fell in love with the venue as it had beautiful ceiling lights which were perfect for our theme. Also the lake at the back of the venue was perfect for pictures and was gorgeous. We also wanted something different from the usual hotel venue and this was it.
Tell us about your….
Flowers: Our flowers were from Sarah’s florist in Ramsey. Gerberas were our main flowers, the buttonholes were all dusky pink gerberas. My bouquet was made up of dusky pink gerberas and vintage pink roses. My bridesmaids had cream gerberas to contrast to their dresses.
Cake: I actually made the cake myself as I enjoy baking and wanted to save money where we could. I made a 2 tiered cake, one tier was carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting and the other tier was a Victoria sandwich. All the cake got eaten so it must have been good.
Entertainment: We had Matt Fletcher DJ at our wedding, he was excellent and played every request that we and our guests asked for.
Table Decoration: Our room décor was enchanted forest theme and we had wish trees on every table. We bought wish tags and asked people to write a message on them for us and then hang them on the tree on their table instead of us having a guest book.
Favours: For favours I purchased flower pin badges from the Alzheimer’s society and all the money goes as a donation to the charity. These were in memory of my granddad who passed away last year from alzheimer’s just a week before we got engaged. The place cards had a small reading on them to explain that they were in memory of my granddad and that the money goes to charity.
The Rings: Our rings were from Wilkins the Jewellers in Douglas. As my engagement ring was from there we got 20% off each wedding ring. We both opted for palladium rings, mine with diamonds and Pete’s with a brushed and polished finish.
What details did you love the best?
I loved our room – the pictures of it do not do it justice as we had so many lights and in the evening it looked so beautiful. We also had a photo booth which was decorated to our theme and was lovely.
What made your day personal and unique?
I think having a small wedding and not having any night guests made our wedding more personal as it was small so we could talk to all our guests.
We also had dance lessons for our first dance to Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud. I loved our dance lessons and then doing it on the day was lovely. Me and my stepdad also learnt a dance to Frank Sinatra’s Fly me to the Moon as it was one of my granddad’s favourite songs so we dedicated it to everyone who was no longer with us. I know a lot of people do choreographed routines now but these were really nice dances and made it more special for us.
Where was your dress from and how did you know it was ‘The One’?
I bought my dress online as I couldn’t find the style I wanted in the shops over here. I didn’t know it was the one until after the wedding day. Even on the day I still wasn’t 100% on it but looking back at pictures I am so glad I stuck with it as it was exactly what I wanted. Thankfully it was made the one by Claire Boswell, my amazing seamstress who changed it slightly to make sure I loved it.
Where were your shoes and accessories from?
My shoes were from the Bridal House and were Pink by Paradox. My veil and hairpiece were also from the Bridal House.
Where did you find the Bridesmaids’ dresses?
I bought my bridesmaids dresses in the sale on ASOS They were very plain and summery and were exactly what I wanted.
Tell us more about how you felt on the day… what stood out as emotional, funny & romantic?
There were two most emotional parts of the day. The first was the church as I was so nervous walking up the aisle and seeing Pete at the top of it, then doing our vows both had us tearing up. The second part was the speeches, they were all so amazing and everyone paid tribute to the loved ones we had lost, it’s safe to say I was an emotional wreck during the speeches!
The most romantic part of the day was saying our vows and the giving and receiving of the rings.
As well as being the most emotional part of the day the speeches were also the funniest part! My sister and best friend did a joint bridesmaids speech which was just amazing and they had me down to a T!
Did anything stress you out?
For me the most stressful part was getting ready as I was running out of time and was trying to make sure everyone else was ready and that I had everything and was so nervous. After that I have to say there was nothing stressful and everything just ran smoothly.
Best part of the day?
I couldn’t pick a most memorable part – obviously the service was amazing as we said our vows and became husband and wife but the whole day was so amazing, It was the best day ever.
What are your top tips for other Brides?
Our best idea was having a smaller wedding on a Tuesday. We didn’t want to spend our day and night talking to hundreds of guests and so we only had 40 guests and no night guests. We also had our wedding on a Tuesday which made most things that bit cheaper.
I would say to do everything your way. We experienced some family resistance on having a smaller wedding but we stuck with what we wanted and it turned out to be a perfect day! You only get one wedding day so make sure it’s what you both want and not what other people want. Also shop around for the different aspects you need for the wedding as it means you can find things cheaper than going with the first supplier you find!
If you could go back, would you change anything?
I would change my timings of getting ready as I would have liked to have been ready earlier to enjoy myself with my family and bridesmaids before the church.
Sophie and Peter definitely looked like they had a truly magical day and they still have a romantic honeymoon to Santorini to look forward to next year.
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Sophie & Peter’s Supporting Cast:
Photographer: Nagle Photos
Dress: Online with alterations from Claire Boswell
Accessories: Bride’s shoes, veil and hairpiece from The Bridal House
Groom: Suit from Burtons & Tie from Etsy
Ceremony: St Olave’s Church, Ramsey
Reception: Salmon Lake Centre, Laxey
Flowers: Sarah’s Flowers
Entertainment: Matt Fletcher Entertainment
Room Decor: De-Zign Room Decor