How does hanging hops and suspended Edison bulb lighting sound to you? This wedding really is a feast for the eyes so enjoy!
Having photographed Thomas’ sisters wedding back in 2015 I was so excited to hear from Tom & Sophie. For me this is always the biggest compliment I can have – returning families!
Sophie & Thomas chose to host their wedding at Sophie’s parents home. The perfect Shropshire wedding was due! Marquee weddings are always personal favourites of mine. They are a blank canvas and allow the couple to put their personal stamp on the day. Sophie and Toms was no exception.
Sophie wore a stunning Caroline Castigliano dress with a lace top for the church ceremony. Her glitzy Jimmy Choo’s brought some sparkle and a cathedral length veil completed her look.
Gemma Sutton and her squad were the hair and make up team for the day. It’s always such a pleasure to work with Gemma who is incredibly talented.
Tom arrived at the house and met his groomsmen for a pub lunch.The boys got ready in a family friends home just a stones throw from the church.
The bridesmaids wore full length navy gowns with a cawl neck. Sophies flowergirl wore a matching navy dress with lace detail top to compliment both her and the older bridesmaids.
With the church being just down the road the bridemaids, flower girl and page boy were able to walk there. Sophie and her father had a drive around the village to extend their journey. A lovely moment as everyone in the village had come out of their homes to see the bride.
The Vicar was from Sophie’s old school and he was able to make the service more personal by talking about her childhood years.
The Scottish nod with pipers and drummers meeting the newly weds was wonderful! They created an electric atmosphere outside of the church. They then led the couple down the confetti tunnel and to the reception with all of the guests following behind. A clever way to move your guests and avoid that post wedding lull when guests aren’t sure what to do/where to go.
The drinks reception took place in the first of 3 marquees. It was a great space with the temperamental weather we had for the day! Gemma Bond styled and coordinated the wedding with the help of an epic team….more on them below!
Goose on the Loose were the caterers at the wedding. I cannot recommend them highly enough! The presentation was so impressive and unusual. The wedding breakfast was divine too! YUM!
With the number of guests being quite high, a couple of the groomsmen wore additional table plans towards the end of the drinks reception. This really helped to avoid a holdup when guests began to be seated.
For the bridal couple shots I utilisted parts of the house whilst the weather was poor and then when we had a dry spell I took them outdoors where the sun shone!
For the wedding breakfast gests were invited into a grand, clear marquee. Hanging hops and light bulbs ran the length of the tables from above. The clear roof created a magical backdrop, an alfresco dining experience but with the warmth and without the weather headache! The hanging hops made the space more intimate and oh so beautiful.
Can you spot the on trend Edison bulb lighting too suspended through the hanging hops?
Sophie & Tom had a strong Greek theme running throughout the day which was the inspiration for so many of the details throughout the day. The floral colours were blues and creams which added more colour from the greenery that the hanging hops provided.
A super fun entrance to Zorba The Greek music ensured the wedding breakfast energy was high!
The long tables were perfect for sharing platters. They create a sociable platform for guests to strike up conversation freely.
How amazing do the hanging hops and Edison bulbs look against the dark sky though the clear marquee?
Outside, what had been the champagne reception area was now a gin bar and ‘chill out zone’, complete with rugs, sofas, fire pits, animal statues and many more eclectic items.
The most beautiful wedding still had one more surprise up it’s sleeve. The bride and wedding guests were in for a big surprise….fortunately I’d been tipped off so was ready to capture the reactions!
Guests were invited into the 3rd marquee, a black out one with a star ceiling, disco ball, dance floor and stage. The scene was set for a great night ahead. Sophie & Tom chose The Lighthouse Family to be their first dance, although no one had anticipated The Lighthouse Family to be playing it! What a moment to capture. With a few other classic hits belted out, the party had well and truly started.
Testimonial from the bride: I always knew I wanted Lucy Davenport to capture our big day and in fact, booking Lucy was the first thing I did after getting engaged. Having seen the photos Lucy had taken of my sister-in-law’s wedding and was wowed by her work. As I hate posing for photographs and loved how Lucy captures natural and amazing moments. I really enjoyed spending time with her on the big day.
The florist, Emily Wisher took a time-lapse on the day to show the work that went into the hanging hops in the main marquee. I had to share this with you as it’s staggering!
Below is a huge treat to be ale to share too, Will’s video of the day!
This breathtaking hanging hops marquee wedding has been featured on Rock My Wedding! Click the badge below to view the post.
Save The Date, a wonderful publication based in the North have featured this on their blog!
Clear marquees are on trend! Back in 2015 was my first clear marquee wedding at Stefanie & Harrys home wedding.