Sophie’s grandmother was a keen gardener but sadly passed away before the wedding, so the bride wanted to pay tribute to her by focusing on stunning florals, including an amazing flower cloud installation.
Read more about the couple’s wedding day in Sophie’s own words below, with photos captured by Crofts and Kowalczyk Photography…
“My dad has played golf at The Renaissance Club near Archerfield House for a number of years and we would always drive past the main house on the way. My mum and I always said I should get married there and wave off the balcony (which Todd and I eventually did!).
We were able to have all of our family stay in Archerfield House over the weekend which was really special for us. We had a fabulous dinner the night before the wedding with our closest family and friends which was so nice, and everyone was able to catch up and be excited together. There were even a few great impromptu speeches!
Our florist Gemma at Planet Flowers helped arrange for the flowers to be taken to a local hospice after the wedding so that they were able to bring joy to others who needed it. This was especially heartwarming for my family given my grandmother had spent time in a hospice before she died.
Flowers were the most important thing to me and my mother. My late grandmother was a very keen gardener and the flowers were an important tribute to her.
Finding time was the most difficult part of wedding planning; I’m a doctor and have an unpredictable work schedule. It was sometimes hard to make appointments for things, and I did once come straight from a night shift to a meeting – which was interesting!
The biggest blessing was my mum and dad. I knew my mum would always be great and she was incredible – always there for advice, deliveries and phone calls!
My Dad was also extremely supportive and engaged – he sorted out lots of things including wedding cars, the grooms/groomsmen/fathers entire outfits and all of the accommodation for all the guests visiting from out of town.
He definitely was not your average hands off Father of the Bride.
The team at Archerfield were brilliant – their events planner Kirsty put up with a lot!
She was always calm and got everything sorted. She knew everything we needed to do so we literally couldn’t forget anything. The day ran perfectly without any hitches thanks to her and all of her team.
After the ceremony, our driver gave us some surprise champagne to drink in the car and took us on a scenic detour before heading to the reception.
It gave Todd and I some time alone together to digest everything that had just happened in the ceremony, which was lovely.
I got my dress from Kavelle Bridal Couture and had a great experience there. Kavelle herself was super friendly and patient. She was very knowledgeable when it came to alterations and knowing what would look nice and things like that.
It’s a beautiful and luxurious shop where it was easy to see all of her stock and try dresses on.
There was plenty of space to walk around in the gowns and lots of natural light to get a good idea of dresses would look like inside and outside.
Our photographers Simon and Sylwia at Crofts and Kowalczyk Photography were fab! As two slightly shy people in front of a camera they made us and our families feel super relaxed.
They captured so many amazing moments and details from the day that looking back through our photos really brings back great memories.They were always smiling and relaxed and never controlling or intrusive.
Plus they made us look pretty good too!
Our florist created a hanging installation or ‘flower cloud’ above the whole length of the top table which was the centrepiece of the reception.
She took all our ideas and still managed to completely blow us away with how incredible the flowers were on the day.
We cannot tell you how many people complimented us about ‘the best flowers they’d ever seen at wedding!’
We always said that being married wouldn’t change much because we were already so happy and living together.
When I look down at my ring on my finger when I’m at work or out and about, I get such a warm feeling of security and happiness; that is one of the best feelings in the world!