Photos by Holly.dphoto
The colourful & creative wedding of Sophie & Oliver…
I felt so lucky when this gorgeous and fun wedding hit my inbox last week. Not only did the couple put so much of their own time and creativity into making it such a colourful and visual wedding day, it was also held at one of my favourite venues Dewsall Court in Herefordshire (,they are also listed with Mr & Mrs Unique directory- here).
Here the bride Sophie tells us about their big day- This bride knew exactly what she wanted… there are lots of ideas and advice so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!
How did you met…
We first met when we were very young – I was 16, he was 19 – at our local pub where I worked as a waitress and he worked as a barman. We first kissed on a typical night out in Leamington Spa & I distinctly remember thinking before the kiss happened, ‘Ah, I’ll go for it – What’s the worst that can happen?’. Now we are husband and wife after ten incredibly happy years together filled with lots of laughter and fun and I am VERY grateful for that silly moment of fun!
What was your theme…
Above everything, we wanted a relaxed wedding day. We wanted it to feel informal and we wanted every detail to say something about us as a couple; fun, young-at-heart, spirited, and frankly a bit silly. I was desperate to ensure the wedding felt like ‘ours’ – I wanted people to see the venue and the decorations and immediately know that it was very ‘Olly & Sophie’ in style and feel. That’s why we made so much of the creative detail of the event – it’s a sure fire way in inject personality into a place if you’re the one who physically made it all. I couldn’t bear the idea of buying decorations that someone else had made, when I knew I could’ve done it at home.
Looking back, I think we rejected some traditional concepts of a wedding deliberately to try to ensure it immediately put people at ease – to make sure it felt more like a party, and less like a wedding. We told guests there was no need to bring gifts, no need to wear formal clothes. I didn’t want matching bridesmaids in long flowing gowns (who can dance like mad when they’ve got a gown on?), Olly didn’t want to wear tails (he’d never seen any of his mates in tails, why would they be forced to wear them on his wedding day?). In that vein, we decided there wouldn’t be a colour scheme as such but instead, we’d pick bright fun colours that represented the absolute JOY and EXCITEMENT we wanted to day to convey.
The mismatched tissue pompoms in bright pinks, clashing red, baby blues, acid greens and yellows, the home made uneven length tassel garlands hanging from trees and chairs, the blingy gold glittered animals from teddy bears, penguins and stags heads were all silly and abundant and a bit crazy! Things probably should’ve clashed – like the rustic hessian table runners on the big wooden tables, topped with delicate sweety jars and baskets filled with pink flat ballet ‘Dancing Shoes’, but we went with it, and it ended up looking exactly how we wanted. A bit random, very bright and mighty fun. Every time I introduced a new element or idea, my mum would say, “But that doesn’t GO with what you’ve already got” and I would think, “HORRAH!”
We wanted to celebrate 10 years of happiness with the people we loved most, who’ve been there for us from when we were teenagers to newer friends we’ve met in our London years. We didn’t want there to be any rules, no dress code, no long speeches or formal first dance. If we hadn’t got married, we would’ve thrown a very similar party to celebrate 10 years – somewhere in the country we could completely take over and have a blast. Olly kept talking about his vision for the Friday, setting up the decorations in the Wain House and Yurt with the music on, all working together to bring the MANY elements we had planned together. And he was right, that was one of the most special parts.
What was one of your favourite parts of the day…
Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’ was no.1 the week we got married and we hadn’t put it on our playlist but it was the last song the DJs played and everyone went a bit wild when it came on. It was so fun to see everyone we love absolutely going for it on the dance floor knowing it was the last song!
Advice to any couples about to get married…
Prepare, plan, enjoy every moment of the process of organising the day, but be ready on the day to just give it all up. Make sure you’ve handed over EVERYTHING you can, and ‘downloaded’ all the information in your brain to someone else so you’re free to be really ‘present’ on the day. It goes so quickly (what a cliché) that you can’t afford logistical stuff cluttering up your brainspace on the day.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Sophie… we wish you all the best for your married life with Olly!
Sophie is also selling her wedding dress, if you are interested please click here
So what did you think?! Told you it would be good!!!