Sarah & James, Winter Wedding, Sopley Mill….

Sarah and James got married last winter at Sopley Mill… I think there’s something truly magical about winter weddings… you get to embrace the dark wintery afternoons with fairy lights and cosy candles, creating the ultimate enchanted environment. It wouldn’t matter if the rain was battering on the windows, because you’re all tucked up inside, nice and warm with good food and wine, family and friends…

Here’s what Sarah and James had to say about their big day…
We knew we wanted a winter wedding – we got married on our 6 year anniversary and so the date was special to us! However, I really didn’t want the ‘traditional’ winter wedding with a Christmas colour scheme. For us it was important that it was relaxed and informal and Sopley Mill was the perfect setting. We loved the building itself but also loved that we could put our own stamp on it. The beams at Sopley are the main focal point, crying out for some serious decoration… We adopted Clair as she was described to us as ‘The Foliage Queen!’… We wanted to created a magical enchanted forest feel, incorporating the beam decor into the tables themselves so our guests would feel all cosy and warm… we decided on clustering hanging globe tea lights from the beams, creating a central point above each table. This met a medley of cosy candle light styling by the fabulous Linen and Lace… Flowers were really important to me. I love fresh flowers and always have them in the house without fail. I knew from the start that I wanted lots of foliage, rustic yet glam! The flowers and foliage we picked not only looked, but also smelt amazing. I went into the ceremony room just after it had been set-up (still in my dressing gown!) and the smell of the foliage was amazing. I also wanted candles to feature heavily, again I’ve always got candles lit at home. Someone gave me a great tip to have a wedding scent for your candles and so I opted for orange, cinnamon and clove and this combined with the flowers and foliage set the scene beautifully. We had so many comments on how the Mill not only looked amazing but smelt amazing too.
Finding a dress was a lot harder than I expected…I’m fairly petite and vertically challenged and so a lot of dresses swamped me! I therefore opted for something more fitted, however I still wanted a bit of drama and I achieved that through my long train and full length veil…it may not have been the most practical given the winter weather but it did create some stunning photos when the wind picked-up!

To continue the relaxed feel to the day we had canapes of sausage & mash, mini cheeseburgers and halloumi fries served with craft beer alongside prosecco. We wanted our wedding breakfast to be informal too and so we opted for sharing starters followed by host a roast where each table nominated their head of the table who was given a chefs hat and apron before a turkey crown was placed before them for carving! Next came the speeches followed by dessert and sparklers on the terrace. We completed our informal wintery fare with a Pimp your mac ‘n cheese in the evening! the entire day was just magical, we were absolutely thrilled and can’t stop looking at our wedding images, reminiscing about our very special day.

Image by – Peppermint Love

Styling by – Linen & Lace

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