Boo Bride Sophie

Confetti photo

Last June, our beautiful bride Sophie married Anthony in a beautiful ceremony in the Hampshire countryside. Here, she delights in telling us how she pulled everything together with a few hints and tips along the way.

“Ant and I met when we were 17 back in 2008, its not an exciting story but we were both at a party of mutual friends, in the middle of field and met over some WKD’s!! Not sure at that moment either of us thought we would be married 12 years later!
After years of enjoying our early 20’s, travelling the world and then buying our very first house in 2015 Ant popped the question in 2017. We have a favourite small country pub that we only ever visit on special occasions as it is where we had our very first valentines. Ant surprised me with a visit here in July 2017, when we walked in it was empty and there was just one table with a bottle of champagne and that’s when we asked me to marry him, it’s a special moment that I will never forget!
And then the planning began!!!!!!”

sophie on her own
The Elvetham - car
“We always knew that we wanted to have a traditional English Country wedding that was relatively close to home. We visited several venues, and all had different feels and themes, however we just knew when we arrived that The Elvetham ticked all of our boxes. It had the traditional country feel and we booked for a Saturday which meant exclusive use for the day which made it even more special. We wanted to book the wedding for either May or June in the hope for some sunshine and then 1st of June 2019 was set.
Overall, we went for a traditional style wedding with lots of beautiful bright spring colours and it looked beautiful in The Elvetham. We mainly picked up on corals, creams, light pinks and golds. Once we had the venue and theme sorted all the rest followed quite easily!”
Table setting
“Some of our suppliers we got from recommendations from friends but also we got a lot of recommendations from The Elvetham. We found going to the open days at the venue (and some local ones) was super useful, we met most of them through here (Emma and Boo included!).
There were a couple of suppliers that we met at The Brides show in the NEC, meeting them face to face was really nice for us to get to know them!
One useful thing we found is that if the supplier knew of or had done a wedding before at the venue it was really good, they came out with ideas that we hadn’t even thought of because their knowledge of the venue was so good. I think also its important you can get along with all your suppliers, so building great relationships always went a long way, it made the whole process so much smoother and stress free knowing you had a friendly face to help you with all the questions! Our wonderful list of suppliers were as follows and I would recommend any of them in a heartbeat!”
FlowersWhite Lilac
CakeUnique Cakes by Yevnig
PhotographerSR Urwin Photography
VideographyDanny Mountain
DressBoo Bridal
StationaryI Love and Love Stationary
Entertainment and MusicSecret Singers, The Kicks (reception band) & Salieri String     Quartet (ceremony and drinks reception music)
Ceremony DecorationChair Covers of Hampshire
Reception DecorationFirebird Events
Make up and HairCatherine Taylor Make up
Ceremony image
We asked Sophie for her top tips for planning a wedding, and she was happy to offer these as a starting point.

  1. Plan ahead: We had almost 2 years to plan but we were always doing something in that time. We knew if we used all this time we could enjoy the final 3 – 4 months run up and just relax, plus we found the final few months a perfect time shopping and packing for the honeymoon!
  2. Don’t forget to ask for help: I think sometimes it can feel overwhelming with just the 2 of you planning, our groomsmen and bridesmaids helped so much when we asked them and actually on the day they knew what was happening more than we did! This allowed us to just enjoy the day as we could relax knowing they would just pick stuff up!
  3. Have trust in all your wonderful suppliers: They’ve got this! They are the experts, relax knowing they will do their up most to make your day fantastic.
Benny Hill trees
“Being able to see your theme come to life across all your different areas is the best feeling. This excited me so much each time we could see it all coming together, each time we ticked something of the list as complete it allowed us to just sit back and dream about the day ahead.”
Steps image
When asked what the most memorable part of her day was, Sophie couldn’t single out just one.

“It is so hard to choose, other than having THE BEST day of our lives I would have to pinpoint 3 moments that stuck out for me.
  1. I got ready at my parents home so putting on my dress with my Mum was a very special moment and then we walked down together to be greeted by my Dad, that is now a moment that I will treasure forever (captured perfectly in a picture by Steve!).
Dad’s first look image
  1. After the ceremony Ant and I had a moment just the 2 of us and that felt so special, being stood there with your new husband for the very first time felt immense. Just being able to chat to each other after the ceremony was a relaxing and treasured moment.
Dancing outside
  1. Before everyone went into the wedding breakfast room our toastmaster invited us in to have a look at it before everyone came in, well I cried, happy tears! All the planning and the dream had just come true. The room looked incredible and everything just exceeded what I had thought and planned….beautiful moment.
Dining room
We then asked her what she loved most about her visits to Boo ….

“Ah lovely Boo. This must be, as a young girl, the day you dream of…shopping for your wedding dress. We walked into Boo after meeting Emma at the Elvetham supplier day a few months before. From the moment you walk in you feel like you are part of the family. I took my mum, mother in law and 2 bridesmaids and we all started pulling off all sorts of styles to get started (I would recommend trying on all different designs as you never know until they are on which you prefer!). You have the dressing area to yourself and the lovely team (Aimee served us for our first appointment) make you honestly feel like the only bride in the world, everyone makes you feel so so special.
When we had seen Emma at The Elvetham a few months previous I saw a dress she had hanging on her rail and remember saying I think I really like that…it was a Mark Lesley dress, Bronwyn. Well I tried her on at my appointment and genuinely couldn’t stop smiling, she was perfect. In fact, I was so excited I came back a month later to try her on again!!! From there, Emma was great with advising on the right veil and accessories. We had one more try one after adjustments a few weeks before the day and we had a practice run. I couldn’t fault Boo in anyway the whole experience was effortless and so easy, they make you feel like royalty and its moments like this that live with you forever.”
Walking holding hands
“We were given so many tips for the day but we had a couple of things that we would now give to future couples having been through the day ourselves:
  1. Time out sessions: Ant and I made sure we had several time out sessions, these naturally came when photographs were being done at times, but we had a couple more. We took a step away from all the celebrations and just looked back at all the guests and the venue to take it all in.
  2. Don’t feel guilty for not speaking to everyone: We had lots of guests by the evening and each and everyone one of them I could have sat and chatted all night with, but don’t feel guilty if you don’t manage to fully chat with everyone. They understand and just to be part of the celebrations is the most important thing.
  3. Plan every part of your honeymoon before the day (if you are going straight): No better feeling than it all just being organised, we had the opportunity to just completely relax whilst we were away!
  4. Ask a Bridesmaid to hold a little bag of goodies for you: Mine included deodorant, hairspray, bobby pins, lipstick and flip flops! All of these things were needed!
  5. Put your bouquet in water at the breakfast: I knew I wanted to have my flowers dried and framed after the event, but even if you don’t do this ….. make sure they are in water while you are having your breakfast, they last that little bit longer.”
Night time
We hope that you have enjoyed reading all about Sophie’s magical day and that she has given you a few ideas for when your big day arrives.

Stay safe, and best wishes
Emma x

Boo Bridal
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