For Sophie and Pete, it was love at first sight. "We met at a manager's meeting," says Sophie. "That evening everyone in the office went out for drinks and Pete and I started chatting. Before we knew it, everyone had left, and we were still deep in conversation. Two months later, we were living together and had never been happier."
Pete popped the question during a trip to Paris. "I told him we were going to Devon for the weekend for his birthday to try and mislead him," shares the bride. "Little did I know Pete had a surprise of his own. On the Saturday evening after a beautiful dinner, he took me to the Pont des Arts and got down on one knee some distance away. As he proceeded to get closer, he pretended to trip over the curb and throw the ring into the Seine. I watched in horror only to find out that it was wasn't the real ring!"
Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...
We fell in love with Cottrell Park. The sweeping driveway, immaculate lawns and incredible view from the marquee were more than we could have asked for. The venue has two separate rooms for the ceremony and reception, which gave us lots of freedom to make the space our own.
For our centrepieces, we chose tall glass vases that we placed on top of mirrors with beaded edges.
Pete and I chose a three-tier sponge cake.We wanted to keep the design simple, so we chose ruffled icing and beautiful pink roses.
We're both emotional, and I was worried that I'd get too upset during the vows, but once I'd walked down the aisle, I felt incredibly calm and enjoyed every moment.
Our flowers were large topiary arrangements brimming with soft pink and white peonies and roses.
I wanted a romantic but glamorous theme with a blush pink and champagne colour scheme.
We hired the very talented Katie Bayliss Harpist to perform during our ceremony and drinks reception. In the evening, one of my best friends, Gavin Sheppard, sang for us. He got the party started and made sure everyone was on the dancefloor.
The bridesmaids opted for floor-length chiffon dresses with lace Bardot tops. I hada fantastic seamstress add straps to make them feel more bridal.
My dress was a Pronovias design from Allison Jayne. Pete and I love the 50s, and I wanted to incorporate the era into my gown without settling for a tea-length design. I accessorised with droplet earrings, a cathedral ribbon-edge veil and a pearl and diamanté headband.
I wanted a custom backdrop that would cover the top table, but I couldn't find a designI liked. I met the amazing Sarah from MST Events, and she spent weeks sewing yards ofmaterial to create the most amazing design.
We loved sitting at the top table and watchingall of our friends and family laughing andenjoying each other's company.
Pete and the groomsmen chose navy suits with pink ties and pocket squares.
As we were on a golf course, we decided to use buggies as transportation. With Pete atthe wheel, he instructed me to signal left, and as I did, I dropped my dress, and it gottanged in the wheel! He slammed on the brakes, but it was too late! We managed tolaugh about it, and after some gentle cleaning, it was fine.
For our honeymoon, we went to Mexico for two weeks. We did lots of excursions, and it was a trip of a lifetime.
Remember to slow down and take five minutes alone to take everything in.
All of our suppliers went above and beyond. MST Events and Eden Wedding Design guided me through the day, and Watson's Walkies made it possible for our dogs to attend the wedding.