Sophie and David’s shabby chic wedding is just so lovely. The couple began their wedding planning by deciding what they wanted their day to ‘say’. Which I think is a fantastic way to really map out how you want your wedding to be. If every decision comes back to that idea you’re trying to portray, then you’ll end up with a day that’s personal and full of joy, just like Sophie & David’s.
Talking with Sophie she really did just want to have a day that would show their love for each other, love for music and spend this day with their family and friends. They chose Wight Photography to capture their day, knowing that they wanted a relaxed portfolio to capture those unforgettable moments. Glass House Productions produced the videography for the day and watching their video did showcase the emotion of the day as it unfolds. If you’re after a cosy and personal wedding, then I think you’re going to love this one…
SOPHIE: Having met at school and with a few mutual friends and we just hit it off straight away. Back when we used MSN chat we would talk until the early hours of the morning! We got married in our 10th year of being together. The weekend of our proposal David booked a spa hotel in the New Forest as a surprise! We had a lovely spa day and went for a walk in the fields just before dinner and he got down on one knee in a secluded little clearing in front of some horses. It was very romantic as we were completely on our own.
We got married at St Johns Church in Sandown and it was my Godmother – Anne Hibbert who actually married us, this made it feel so much more personal. Sandown & St Johns Church is special to us as David went to school there when he was younger and his mum also worked in the church as part of a children’s club. My dad used to be the vicar of the church so it felt right getting married there with both families having ties to the church.
From the moment Ashleigh took us into the function room we knew The Spinnaker would be our venue. We had a long weekend of looking at about nine venues and nothing matched up to The Spinnaker. It’s bright, airy and spacious room is so welcoming with its little patio doors outside. The Spinnaker has a stunning chandelier in the function room which reflects light and gives it a classy look. We really liked the fact you got your own private bar and also had sole use of the garden which was lovely on a summers evening.
Ashleigh sat us down, offered us a cup of tea and gave us an information pack and gave us the opportunity to ask any questions. We felt very reassured by her and trusted that the day would run smoothly if she was in control. We didn’t want a wedding that needed lots of our input as we lived on the mainland and just didn’t have the time. Ashleigh gave us the confidence that everything would be perfect for our special day (and it was!)
I didn’t have a theme as such, I wanted vintage vibes with lots of colourful pastels blue, cream and pink to be running through everything including the flowers and a strong music theme running throughout. David and I also are big music lovers so we wanted to make sure this came across in the day. I wanted the day to look a bit ‘DIY’ and to be relaxed and not too formal. We opted for a buffet lunch and hog roast dinner to make sure guests felt at ease and that they could go up for seconds! David and I made sure that after we finished our dinner we moved around the tables greeting our guests, we felt this was important to give the day a relaxed feel. We used Isle of Wight Wedding Cars for our transport and travelled in the 1936 Rolls Royce to the church and then onto The Spinnaker.
We looked at a few photographers work online and really liked the look of Martin Wilkins from Wight Photography work as he had lots of bright fresh photos in his client’s galleries. Martin was clearly very talented and had a good sense of humour in some of his pictures. This was something that was really important to us! We had good fun on the day and I think this does show in our photos. Martin managed to capture some really amazing photos and we are really pleased with the quality of them.
We stopped off before arriving at The Spinnaker for some photos down at Yaverland with Culver Cliff in the background. We also went early evening to catch the sunset at Bembridge lifeboat station.
Reuben from A Glass House Production was fantastic and very professional, we felt he really listened to what we wanted and knew that he would tell our story well. We are over the moon we booked him as our wedding video is a really special memory of our wedding day. He created a short video of our day which includes all the highlights, it is done like a cinema trailer and captures so many important moments that thanks to GlassHouse we will never forget.
My dress was my dream dress and I knew it as soon as I saw a version of it in from Forget Me Not Designs in Ryde. I discussed with Katrina and Gerry about what my vision for the dress was and we started to create my perfect dress based on a version I loved. I also bought a matching veil from Forget Me Not as it had the scalloped edge like my hemlines had on my dress. I didn’t wear much jewellery other than a necklace I borrowed from my mum and some matching earrings I bought from Accessorize! I bought my shoes from Debenhams half price in the January sale, I went for comfort over style as they had memory foam soles (very glad of this when I was on the dancefloor in the evening!)
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Lynsey Marie from Isle of Wight Beauty was excellent and was really happy with my trial as she gave me the opportunity to try out a few different looks until I was happy. On a special day, it was stress-free as we all knew what styles we wanted and the look we were going for. We were all so pleased with the hair and make-up and think Lynsey did an excellent job My bridesmaids and I had a small number of gypsophila in our hair as we wanted to look natural rather than having lots of bling. It always meant it didn’t cost much and we all thought it looked lovely.
WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE
The groom, ushers and groomsmen and fathers all hired suits from Osborne’s in Ryde. The suits looked excellent and so smart. The suits had tails and colours that were in keeping with our colour theme of the day.
My three bridesmaids wore a multi-way dress from Lipsy London which I ordered online. You could style it many ways but they happened to all prefer the same style on the day and I think they looked beautiful in them.
My friend Emily who owns ‘Jammy and Jelly’ did my invitations. She created a martini glass on the front with two olives in the cup and one of them saying ‘olive you.’ This was perfect for our wedding as it injected a bit of humour and also was a play on my new surname, Martini!
Our tables were as follows: The Smiths | Arctic Monkeys | Arcade Fire | Bowie | Oasis | The Libertines
My mum and I made my table plan by buying a large piece of cardboard and stuck on small vinyl records to them to signify the tables. I bought an old vintage ladder which I assembled old pictures of David and me over the last 10 years, I also included musical lyrics in photo frames on the ladder and scattered around the room of all of our favourite lyrics and songs. I made small confetti love hearts just out of coloured paper, I printed out a music score of our first dance ‘Bright Eyes- First Day of My Life’ and then scattered these around the tables. Most people wouldn’t have known that it was, in fact, that music score, but we liked it that way.
My talented cousin Peter made our post box for all of our cards and we have started a tradition as a family now that this will get passed down to the next person who gets married (I have quite a few cousins so is a really nice thing to do!)
Fairy lights adorned some of the windowsills and in also in the logs by the dancefloor giving the evening a little bit of a different ambience. We placed bunting up all around the garden at The Spinnaker, this really brightened it up out there and was in keeping with the vintage feel.
All Seasons based in Shanklin for our flowers. We dealt with Jill and she was fantastic. I have limited knowledge when it comes to flowers and I went in with some pictures to give her a rough idea of what I wanted and she got what I meant straight away! Our flowers were amazing and we were so pleased with them. They made us up a bridal bouquet and three bridesmaid bouquets, some corsages and buttonholes. I then bought some loose flowers from them to assemble for my centrepiece in my vintage jugs. I wanted my flowers to look a bit ‘DIY’ in keeping with the vintage theme, I was really pleased with the end result.
Inspired Island Events provided our chair covers and sashes in pale blue sashes with a white chair cover. They looked absolutely beautiful on the day. We dealt with Chris over the phone and they were excellent as they dropped it all off and assembled them and picked them all up.
Sarah Matthews Flowers provided a hanging silk love heart which was above our top table in the main bay window. We hired it at a good price and it really made that window a focal point and looked beautiful on the day.
We didn’t do favours as we were trying to not go overboard on costs. Instead, I collected pebbles from the beach from just near the Spinnaker. I then painted these pebbles with people’s names on and the date and popped a little gem on them. This was the place name but also doubled up as a favour as people could take them home as a memory of the day.
I sourced all the decorations myself and Ashleigh made sure they were all organised and arranged exactly how we discussed. The room looked even better than we could have imagined on the day!
We used Bars N Events booked through The Spinnaker. We upgraded to include the LED dancefloor which looked fantastic. We were thoroughly impressed with the DJ as we were able to send over a few requests before the wedding and the music on the night was really good. David and I are big indie fans so it was nice they included a few indie hits of our favourite bands.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY!
The highlight was getting married (obviously!) Getting into the wedding car we both were full of adrenaline and it was so nice to just sit there with us two and think about what had just happened! We loved going down to the beach to get some photos, that was really good fun (even though I thought my veil was going to blow away!)
A big highlight was turning up at The Spinnaker and seeing all of our guests there and seeing our reception room all set up for the first time. We both felt quite emotional as we thought that it looked beautiful and that The Spinnaker staff and Ashleigh had done a great job.
There were many people who contributed towards our special day, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Our family and friends really helped us out and made it such a special day, we couldn’t have done it without their love and support.
WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR HONEYMOON?
THE BRIDE: We went for a minimoon for four days in Majorca which was lovely and hot! We basically slept the whole time as we were shattered after the wedding! We then had our proper honeymoon to Mexico in November. We stayed in the Sensatori and it was pure luxury, we could even swim from our room to the bar! The weather was amazing and we came back feeling so refreshed.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A BRIDE ON HER WEDDING DAY?
THE BRIDE: Don’t get carried away with all of the extra things as the guests won’t notice them anyway! It is very tempting to upgrade, we kept everything fairly basic and tried to keep the cost as low as possible without compromising on the quality. I got lots of quotes and kept a spreadsheet of costs so I could make sure costs didn’t run away with me. Keeping our decorations fairly simple and straightforward, along with a few DIY projects saved us a lot of money.