Wedding of the Week: Sophie Allam and Chris Sharpe
03 Apr 2017
Beautiful rustic touches and a guest appearance from the bride and groom's pet dog leads this big day in Berkshire to claim Wedding of the Week
Images: Shane Webber
My dress was 'Marcella' by So Sassi. It was such a positive experience to try on dresses in Boo Bridal and I felt comfortable and respected. Anna was a pleasure to work with and picked out my dress as a suggestion to try on. I instantly liked it and had some additions added by Bahbua bespoke dressmakers and I was thrilled with the final result.
The Tithe Barn at Ufton Court is a stunning building with wonderful old beams and finishes which make it full of character. For the ceremony, half of the barn was sectioned off so that it felt intimate when we were saying our vows. The outside space was perfect for canapés and drinks after the ceremony and the grounds and manor house were ideal for post-ceremony photographs.
Our wedding had many handmade touches and a group of my friends helped with creating mini-bunting for our wedding invites, and nearer the day we had a whole team sticking lace onto jam jars and labelling our chutney wedding favours.
My maid of honour, Helena, wore a pale pink dress by Lipsy. This was a last minute change and I didn’t see the dress until the day before our wedding. My young bridesmaids and flower girl wore pale gold 'Estella' dresses by Monsoon.
Chris wore a three-piece, deep blue suit by Scabal. Neither of us wanted the groomsmen to look too 'matchy', so they each wore their own suits and had matching buttonholes.
With help from Charlotte, our florist, we chose quicksand, faith and amnesia roses, cream lissianthus and lily of the valley, alongside sage green foliage. Our centrepieces were a mixture of these flowers and lots of herbs so the room smelt amazing. We also filled jam jars with them to spread around the venue which brought a bit of extra colour.
On the day:
I got ready at the Forbury Hotel in Reading with Helena. It was raining when I woke up so I was a bit anxious about the weather spoiling our day. Chris was in charge of setting up the venue and making sure everything was where it was supposed to be, and together with the groomsmen (and a detailed list from me) they did an excellent job. Chris and I decided to walk down the aisle together, so we got to see each other before the other wedding guests, which was such a special moment. The ceremony was a bit of a blur; we had lovely readings from my brother and Chris’ godmother. Our dog, Mabel, was our rather excitable ring-bearer and looked adorable in her flower collar.
Our caterer (The Great Food Company) was incredible; we had so many lovely comments about our wedding food. It was really important to us that our guests received plenty of delicious food and they certainly supplied it. We also wanted to get everyone talking on the tables so we had the food served family-style so that people would relax and share food.
Our cake was made by Unique Cakes by Yevnig and was totally delicious. We had four tiers: lemon, carrot, chocolate and Guinness, and white chocolate and strawberry, with a rustic butter cream finish and fresh flowers from our florist.
For our evening entertainment we had The Rustiques, who played two fantastic sets. They had the dance floor filled all night and learnt our first dance song (Thank You by Led Zeppelin). We also hired a photobooth from Gigglebooth which kept everyone entertained. It was a wonderful day.
We went to Malaysia for our honeymoon and went on the Monday after our wedding. We travelled around and did a bit of city break, then visited the jungle and travelled out to an island, which was fantastic... turquoise coral reefs, white sandy beaches, beautiful jungle and so much wildlife.
Top tip for brides-to-be:
I wish I had known how quickly the day goes. Take time to reflect and remember each special moment. Make sure that you focus on what you want as a couple, rather than trying to please everyone else; it is, after all, your day.
Our flower girl refused to walk down the aisle, then was playing hide and seek during the ceremony. Then our dog was extremely excited and practically ran down the aisle to meet us. It wasn’t really something that went wrong, but it made everything more light-hearted and we were able to relax.
Get the look:
Photography: Shane Webber Photography
Venue: Ufton Court, Reading
Dress: Boo Bridal, Hampshire, and bespoke touches by Bahbua dressmakers at Boo Bridal
Groom's suit: Scabal
Catering: The Great Food Company
Hair & make-up: Annie from Natasha Wiggins Make-Up
Lighting: Oakwood Events
Band: The Rustiques
Cake: Unique Cakes by Yevnig
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