Eclectic, full of our personalities, laid back luxury, classic in parts!
Sophie and Richard
What a treat we have in store with the floral wedding of WWW readers Sophie and Richard. They tied the knot on the 5th September 2019 in a church ceremony followed by a joyous reception at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire.
Sophie is a wedding florist (Sophie’s Flower Company) and so as you can imagine the flowers were always going to be out of this world beautiful. Teamed with her vast knowledge of the wedding industry it meant she had great contacts and know-how to create the dream wedding day for the both of them. Their colour palette was inspired by the Kingfisher (which you will spot in their divine stationery too); orange, navy, gold and teal, it worked so so well.
Do look out for sublime attire, fun transport and of course those fabulous florals too! A huge thank you to Rachael Connerton Photography for sharing these vibrant and happy images, wow!
It was very drawn out! We agreed to go ring shopping for my birthday in the October of 2017, we chose a ring and it went off to be resized… Richard finally got down on one knee on New Year’s Eve, an excruciating 3 months later!
Being a wedding florist almost made the vision harder, as every colour scheme just brought back fond memories of previous clients we had created for. Then, whilst out dog walking, I saw a flash of a majestic Kingfisher and that was it! We are both keen nature lovers, and it seemed so appropriate as a quirky little nod to us. And the best colour scheme ever! Blue, gold, orange and a flash of teal!
We included other touches that we adore, like Defenders… Richard surprised me with one the night before the wedding, my very own 25 year old red Defender!
Then we borrowed another three from our friends to drive us all to Church, which left the Groomsmen a little windswept and me needing a bit of a lift in and out, much to the hilarity of the guests!
The Planning Process
This was one of the easier parts; having been in the industry for almost 10 years, I knew who I wanted to work with to deliver our perfect day, so it was more a case of finding a date that suited the suppliers, rather than the other way round! Although, as the time grew closer, I realised how many finer details I missed, so thank god I have a great number of contacts to reach out to help us!
We got married in our tiny Village Church, in Hose, with the locals standing outside to wish us well, then onto Langar Hall. This incredible boutique hotel is local and close to our hearts, so it was a complete no-brainer. The staff are impeccable as well as adorable and I knew we would be in the best of hands. They delivered the most incredible food and the venue itself is so eclectic, stylish and quirky, we knew it had to be there. The grounds are simply glorious and make a fabulous backdrop for the photos and sitting round the fire pit with the sun setting across the fields.
The boys chose their suits from Gere Menswear in Lincoln, even our little boy Otto (aged two and half) wore his suit. They were navy tweed with a flash of mustard and orange running through the material. The page boys wore shorts from La Redoute, waist coats from John Lewis and converse trainers… then they all had matching mustard bow ties!
Your Outfits & Accessories
I had in my mind I would be married a blush dress, lots of fluff and whimsical! I was wrong! Julia from Frances Day handed me the dress as a wild card option. It was perfection. Classic but striking all the same, I felt like a film star immediately! Stiff straight high collar with a deep slit down the front, no embellishments, just a simple bow. We added a very plain veil; I couldn’t decide on short or long, so opted for both! Having said that, when the little page boys kept stepping on the back, I did think perhaps the short one would have worked better!
The dress was Jesus Peiro. The shoes were rose gold shoes by Florence.
I wore my bridesmaids earrings and just a simple silver collar band that I had from my 18th birthday.
Having never had my make up done professionally, it became apparent I really felt most comfortable with a very simple look. I wore lash extensions to prevent my mascara running, and the lovely Rachel Liney gave me a very natural look overall. I wore my hair up, with a slight quiff and low slung large bun at the back, so it allowed the high collar on my dress to stand up!
The Readings & Music
I walked into Church to an acoustic version of You Got The Love by Candi Staton and we walked out to ‘You’re in love with a Psycho’ by Kasabian, performed acoustically by school friend, George from George Simpson Music.
We chose child-friendly hymns, one of which included King of the Jungle, complete with monkey actions to keep the kids entertained – I think the adults loved it too!
The reading in Church was Corinthians.
At the reception, I surprised my new Husband and all the guests with a Singing Waiter! I cannot recommend them enough… bringing so much energy to the room just as people were flagging after the pudding… we were doing the Congo around Langar by 5pm!
In the evening, we had Adam & the Souljers. I met Adam through a wedding industry fair 8 years earlier and vowed they would perform at my wedding if I ever got married… so I actually chose them before I even met my Husband! They are the most energetic, uplifting band of dancing and singing talent; everyone was up immediately and commented on how incredible they were!
Our first dance was not romantic, it was Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now… and all my hen party ladies walked on behind us wearing masks of Richard. I think it freaked him out, but made everyone laugh and join in with us!
Darling Rachael Connerton – she has been a colleague in the industry for almost 10 years and I’m chuffed to say a pal as well. So we basically worked our date around Rachael and the band! It was fabulous being so relaxed with someone as you can really be yourself. We didn’t even notice she was there and Ian, her husband, doubled up as chief organiser for the Groomsmen!
Lara Elliott was a last minute decision, but I wholly recommend having a filmmaker there; it was glorious to be able to revisit aspects of the wedding we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
I wanted the flowers to be sustainable, reusable throughout and have the WOW factor. We created two huge arches; the first one in outside the Church was completely foam-free and created from foraged foliage and plants and ferns. The second arch was outside Langar Hall; I had our arch frame extended to create a 15 foot arch, again foam-free. We used locally grown foliage and then added hundreds of blue delphinium that shone like jewels against the terracotta paint work of Langar Hall. I was up the scaffolding at 5.45am on the morning of the wedding, adding the delphiniums – I have never been so happy!
In church, we created individual arrangements in glass cubes, with spires of orange Eremus and blue Delphinium. Then, after the service, the flower fairies whipped them and some enormous urns out and lined the staircase at Langar Hall with them. Nothing went to waste!
I made my own bouquet and it was a joy to be able to go wild and blow the budget!
My bouquet was a curation of stems collected from our own grown selection, along with a couple of other British growers nearby, and even some bits from my Mum’s garden. I used four differing hand-dyed silks in blue, gold, cream and orange from my supplier, and tied my Nana’s engagement ring to the bouquet with them.
On the evening of the wedding, my bouquet was taken by a family friend and laid on Richard’s mums grave – she was also a florist.
For Richard’s flowers, Charlotte, one of our flower fairies, created a dried glued design on a little square that pushed into his pocket. It was so detailed and we still have it on the mantelpiece at home!
The Details & Décor
Our invites and order of service were created by a dear friend who used to work with me at the flower shop and is also an illustrator. She designed the invites, with tiny watercolour Kingfishers and a drawing of Langar Hall inside the envelope. We felt so lucky to have such talented friends!
The rest of the stationery, such as menus and place names were hand painted and written by another industry friend, Vicky from Inviting Writing. They were a vibrant orange and placed upon a navy napkin.
I bought lots of beautiful dipped candles in the four colours for the dining tables, matched with lots of blue and white crockery that we had scavenged from all the charity shops across the counties. It was a real eye-catching display when laden with orange blooms!
We had a stacked cheese cake – essentially, we picked the cheeses by opting for the most inappropriate names, such as Fat Cow Cheese!
The adult bridesmaids wore navy dresses I bought in the sale from ASOS. The little flower girls wore the most beautiful netted little dresses also from ASOS.
We snuck off to Galway in Ireland for a few nights for a mini-moon, with the plan to book a safari next year, although the pandemic then struck and baby no.2 is on the horizon. So we may have to wait a few more years for the honeymoon!
- Richard’s face when the singing waiter started!
- Doing the Conga at 5pm
- Singing Proud Mary with the band
- Drinking champagne stood on top of our red Defender
- Everyone joining in for our first dance to Don’t Stop Me Now!
Advice For Other Couples
- Goodness, it goes so fast! We were married at 12pm, which I thought was early, but I’m so thankful we had 12 hours of partying!
- Remember to spend half an hour together at some point, I felt like I hardly saw Richard at times.
- Don’t stick with the norm, if it makes you smile and laugh, do it!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Rachael Connerton Photography
Sophie’s Flower Company
Hair & Make Up
Hose Church & Langar Hall
Oh those florals, just magnificent. So much floral inspiration folks!
Sophie and Richard I cannot thank you enough for sharing your wedding story with us xo Lou