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A Rainy Day Wedding of University Sweethearts

Communications Executive Sophie and Tom, an instructor, were married on Easter Sunday – 1st April 2018 in Devon, a location that held exceptional significance for them both for a lovely number of reasons.

Sophie’s lace wedding dress is a lace lover’s dream, having a soft blush under-dress, long, tapered sleeves along with a row of elegant buttons running on the back. I loved the gown the second I use it, the gorgeous sleeves and also the unique style just felt like ‘me’.

The bridesmaids each wore white camisole tops and dusky pink-hued shoes paired with romantic tulle skirts. As gifts, Sophie commissioned necklaces made from sparkling rose druzy, including each bridesmaid’s initials and matching earrings. In their hair, they wore beautiful dried flower combs.

“Tom and I met as students at Dartington College of Arts, which was previously on the Dartington Hall Estate (the campus has since gone to live in Falmouth University) this year. We became boyfriend and girlfriend there this year (he inquired about in the Rat and Emu pub which was previously on the campus!) and he inquired about marrying him towards the top of the Tiltyard in Dartington Gardens in 2017.”

“Tom proposed this past year in Dartington Gardens whenever we went away for that weekend for the 7th anniversary at Dartington Hall. We had some champagne after in the White Hart after which we asked to see the marriage coordinator the following morning and booked our wedding!”

“Our families were slightly surprised whenever we came home on the weekend not just engaged but also having a wedding booked just 10 months away. We always wanted to get it done quickly – Tom wanted to get it done that summer (we got engaged on 20th May, however, they didn’t have dates (which was good, once we also had no money!).” Click

All the benefits and laughter were captured effortlessly and in style by the photographer, and Sophie is filled with praise for Clare’s approach and creativity, as well as how she took the task of the wet weather all in her stride.

“From as soon as Clare arrived in the house I was staying at to organize, all of us immediately felt comfortable and I knew we’d chosen the best photographer. Looking at the photographs in the morning, it’s incredible that they managed to capture a lot of tiny moments and details, as I was barely conscious of her there. There were no awkward moments in which you felt as if you were being posed for any photo, it had been just once we would have been receiving our own, however with lovely memories.”

“The photos are a lot better than we’re able to have ever imagined; each one of these tiny moments that you simply didn’t even remember is captured on film so when you look back in the photos, you don’t imagine ‘wow we look lovely’ however, you remember just how you felt when it had been all happening. To be able to capture that sort of emotion is a true talent. We’ll cherish Clare’s photos forever and we’re so incredibly grateful for that fantastic job she’s done.”

For their first dance, Sophie and Tom chose These Arms of Mine by Otis Reading.

“We did one secret rehearsal after which I got on stage on the evening of the marriage and sang among Tom’s favorite songs, ‘Call Me Al by Paul Simon. It would be a surprise to everyone except my mum and seeing everyone’s faces was amazing – especially my father who loves seeing me perform!”

Words of Wedded Wisdom

“Don’t get hung on everything being perfect – you don’t have to spend a lot of money on everything! Choose what parts are probably the most important for you, and invest in those.”

“Remember, it’s concerning the two of your marriage, not how beautiful your flowers are, or how perfect you appear. Just be happy with one another, and disregard the rest.”

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