30th Jul 2018

Sophie & George


The Big Question

George and I are huge animals lovers. We were in South Africa on safari. He had organised a sunset on foot safari which I thought everyone could go on.  Turns out it was just me, him and our Zulu tour guide.

Our tour guide took us to an amazing little place with the most incredible view of the Savannah and in African beads, hung in the tree were the words ‘Sophie will you marry me?’ When we got back to camp everyone had set up a little party. It was just amazing!

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Shop 'Til You Drop

I went to a couple of shops in one day with my mum, mother in law, MOH and sister. I felt like a little girl dressing up trying in dresses. I didn’t feel very womanly or bridal. 

The penny dress was the 9th I tried on. It was completely different to any of the other dresses I tried on and it made me feel really beautiful. I suddenly felt like a bride and I could dance in it! That was very important!

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The Perfect Day

The whole day was a dream! It was super emotional and full of love and laughter. Abbey house hotel and gardens were THE most incredible venue. They made our vision a reality. Nothing was too big an ask. The hotel and grounds are simply stunning and the team there so personal and lovely.

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 My dad is really sick and is fighting hard against glioblastoma (brain cancer). He managed to walk me down the aisle and everyone clapped. Moments like that we will treasure forever. It was just amazing. Everything was perfect and Everyone danced the whole night! We felt so lucky and blessed! 

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Wise Words

Don’t stress. And ask for help if you feel it. Planning a wedding should be fun. When it comes to the day, what will be will be. Enjoy every second and don’t even think about a table plan.  

Also, make sure you schedule 15 minutes into your day for just the two of you. Our master of ceremonies bob was amazing at this. Whilst our guests went from the drinks reception into the wedding breakfast he took us somewhere to sit for a little while to just absorb everything.  

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Photographer: Adam Bird Photography
Dress: Penny
Location: Abbey House Hotel
Stockist: Isabelle Grace Bridal
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