After catching each other’s eye for years in their home town of Eton, Sophie and Carl were finally introduced on Facebook where their love story truly began.
Their Love Story
Sophie and Carl both worked in Eton and had passed each other countless times in the street, always making eye contact and sharing a smile until a mutual friend on Facebook meant they were finally e-introduced.
The pair chatted for around a month before the first date was arranged. They decided to take a day trip to the beautiful town of Windsor over the Easter weekend and enjoyed a lovely lunch before embarking on a light-hearted afternoon of crazy golf fun.
The romance continued for a further 18 months before Carl went ahead and popped the question to his now-wife, Sophie.
He decided to ask ‘will you marry me’ on her birthday in a card. As Sophie opened the most important birthday card of her life, she turned around to find Carl down on one knee with a beautiful bunch of flowers.
She gushed a huge ‘YES’ and the pair went shopping for her engagement ring together on the same day so that Sophie could get the square-cut diamond she’d always dreamed of.
The winner for this bride was a white gold engagement ring with a beautiful square diamond and three smaller stones set either side of the main diamond.
The Beautiful Dresses
Sophie and Carl wanted to waste no time in getting the wedding planning going and stated looking at venues and dates within the month of their engagement.
Sophie chose an ivory fit and flare wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and beautiful glistening stone embellishment to give it a bit of sparkle.
Her final choice was an Essence of Australia gown purchased from Bride 2 Be in Reading.
After trying on a total of seven wedding dresses, Sophie knew this beautiful gown was the one as it ticked so many boxes for her and she decided to wear it with a fingertip veil and wedding shoes from Rainbow Club which she had dyed royal blue as her ‘something blue’.
Sophie had three bridesmaids, her two older sisters and her niece whose dresses were the Vera Wang range bought from David’s Bridal.
They were a soft blue colour with a one-shoulder strapline and a fitted long-line bodice which released into a mermaid skirt.
The bridesmaids and bride chose the dresses together as Sophie wanted her girls to feel comfortable in a style which suited them all and the experience was something they all loved.
She also had Carl’s three nieces as her flower girls. They wore the same dress as the bridesmaids but a varied style with a strapless sweetheart neckline.
The Dapper Groomswear
Sophie’s groom, Carl, chose to grace his wedding day in a three piece grey suit with an ivory waistcoat and a peach paisley tie.
His groomsmen wore the same ensemble but with a grey waistcoat to make the whole three-piece grey and they and the groom wore brown smart shoes. All of the suits were hired from Moss Bros.
To add a bit of fun, Sophie bought all of the groom party Marvel super hero socks to wear underneath all of the formalities.
When it came to the wedding transport, the happy couple chose to hire a wedding car from Christophers Cars to transport the bridal party to the wedding ceremony.
The same car was then used to take the bride and groom to the reception after the ceremony.
The car was a vintage styled vehicle called The Badsworth. It had a gorgeous cream and black exterior with cream leather interior and a walnut finishing.
Although the car did have the opportunity for a roof-down journey, the weather unfortunately wasn’t on the couple’s side, although this didn’t dampen any spirits or effect the wonderful celebrations.
Having a vintage car fitted in perfectly with the vintage wedding theme that the couple dreamed of and it was a really nice addition to the day.
The Beautiful Ceremony
They chose the Lower Chapel at Eton College to have their religious ceremony in along with 70 day guests.
Sophie was walked down the aisle to the traditional bridal march played by organ with her brother who gave her away, closely followed by her bridesmaids and flower girls who followed behind.
The ceremony lasted around 40 minutes in the beautiful chapel and Sophie and Carl chose two readings read by the best man’s wife and their sister in law.
One of the readings was religous and the other non-religious.
The second reading was something that Carl came across when reading the book ‘The Bridge Across Forever’ by Richard Bach.
During the ceremony as the hymns were being sung, the vicar slightly lost his way causing the couple to start laughing at the altar.
Sophie and Carl were in fits of giggles having the time of their lives in their own little world which most likely left guests rather confused, but it was one of their most memorable parts of the ceremony all together!
The Amazing Wedding Flowers
At the chapel, the couple had two large flower displays at the front made up of pretty peach flowers which tied in with their vintage wedding theme.
They also had gypsophila and gerbera displays at the end of the pews in the chapel and all of these were arranged by Longacres Garden Centre.
Sophie’s chose a different florist, Seventh Heaven for her wedding bouquet and reception flowers. The wedding bouquet was made up mostly of peach flowers with the main element being large peach gerberas which is a flower very close to the hearts of Carl’s family.
The gerbera was joined in the bouquet by lighter coloured peach roses and some gypsophila to add to its beauty.
At the wedding reception the couple chose to have bird cages as their centrepieces with replicas of the bouquet flowers inside and smaller pots of peach flowers were also dispersed throughout the venue and placed on tables to add to the overall floral look.
The top table was decorated with the bride’s bouquet and that of her three bridesmaids too which acted as beautiful centrepieces – Sophie loved the idea of getting the most out of her gorgeous bouquets and this was a great way to do so.
The Wonderful Wedding Reception
The wedding reception was held at the Berystede Hotel and Spa in Ascot and was the first venue the couple visited when on the hunt for the perfect wedding location.
They instantly fell in love with it and couldn’t resist the generous wedding package and character of the venue.
The couple loved the fact it wasn’t too grand but still had so much space to offer them and had also recently had a huge make-over.
Despite its refurbishments, the venue still managed to maintain the old style character which worked perfectly for Sophie and Carl’s dream of a vintage wedding with a blue and peach colour scheme.
The wedding guests were served a beautifully cooked menu that not many people would be able to resist:
Starter – Vegetable and goats cheese tartlet.
Main Course – Chicken in whisky jus, seasoned vegetables and gratin potatoes.
Dessert – Vanilla panna cotta with fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce.
The wedding favours were a really sentimental touch at this wedding. The couple knew straight away they wanted to add a charity element to it so they decided on Cancer Research favours.
They made a donation for each guest and gave them a pin and card explaining that something had been donated on behalf of each and every one of them.
Lots of the guests wore their badges all night in celebration of not only the wedding, but the good cause behind the favours.
Their Fabulous Wedding Cake
The wedding cake was a three tier square cake with vanilla cream centres. Two tiers were chocolate and one was a vanilla sponge, the perfect combination for this couple.
The decoration was white icing and six large peach gerberas which adorned the corners of the cake which was made by a family friend and served on the night of the wedding to all guests.
A blue ribbon was placed around each of the bases and the whole thing was topped with a bride and golfing groom.
The couple chose this topper as Carl is a huge golfing fan and player (hence the first date!) and they even decided to carry this theme onto the table names having each one named after a golf course which Carl has played at.
The couple saw this as a brilliant way to bring golfing into the wedding as many of their male friends are also golfing mad so they knew it’d be well appreciated amongst the guests.
Along with the wedding cake, the couple also hosted a number of other entertaining details such as a sweet buffet, a photo booth set up by photographers Stone Photos and even a beer pong table for guests to get competitive.
The Little Touches
The wedding was filled with little touches here and there like a bathroom basket for the female guests which was filled with deodorant, hair pins, mints and other helpful things if anyone wanted to freshen up during the evening.
Sophie, being someone who isn’t great in heels herself provided a basket of flip-flops for her lady friends to make use of when the party got serious and the heels were no use.
The pair enjoyed their wedding thoroughly and only had one wish of just spending more time taking in the whole experience and day as it goes by so quickly.
Both working in industries where August is a busy month, they haven’t yet enjoyed a honeymoon but have a mini-moon booked to spend four nights in the wonderful New York this month.
Sophie has been three times before so she cannot wait to take Carl and show him what the big apple is really all about.
As a proper honeymoon, the couple have decided to embark on a luxury two week long trip to Mexico in March 2017 for a getaway filled with a mixture of relaxation and activity.
This will be both the bride and groom’s first time in Mexico and we wish them a lovely time!
Carl & Sophie’s supplier list
Wedding Dresses by: Essence of Australia
Bridalwear Shop by: Bride To Be
Bridalwear Shop by: David’s Bridal
Mens Wedding Suits by: Moss Bros
Cars and Travel by: Christophers Cars
Wedding Rings by: Ernest Jones
Photography by: Stone Photos
Florist by: Longacres Garden Centre
Florist by: Seventh Heaven
Destination Wedding by: Berystede Hotel, Ascot