Sophia & Jeremy

  • Photography by Emma Willetts

Jeremy and I met three years ago in London. Jeremy's cousin Fran is also my best friend. She tried to set us up but we didn't hit it off on our first meeting at a gig. However the following day Fran hosted a BBQ and Jeremy completely charmed me. He proposed in June 2016. He had been trying to plan various romantic getaways but life kept getting in the way. Eventually one night before he had to go to hospital for an operation he cooked me dinner at home then while we were watching a movie he dropped down onto one knee and popped the question. It was perfect. Our wedding took place 7 months later in January 2017 at the Mahurangi West community hall surrounded by about 100 friends and family.

Sophia & Jeremy
Sophia & Jeremy
Sophia & Jeremy

I wanted a dress that was comfortable and fairly floaty, nothing too fitted or tight, I didn't want to look too over the top or overly 'bridal'. I went to Hera Bridal and found a dress from Katie Yeung's 'Daisy' range. They are all so beautiful and designed to be more affordable than her couture dresses. My dress had slim straps with a keyhole open back, the top half has a very pale nude/peach underlay over floral lace and then from the waist down an ivory light chiffon material with a fairly long train . I had a dance around the shop to check that I would still be able to party in it. 

Sophia & Jeremy

We wanted a very informal, relaxed, fun vibe and I think having low lounge style seating as opposed to formal tables really suited this. Also the colour and the homemade style of the decorations just felt a lot more like a fun party than being too formal. We had a marquee and then used the lawn area too. We hired some low moroccan style sofas chairs and pouffes from raj tents and lots of morrocan and persian rugs and cushions from first scene to make lounge style seating areas. We bought lots of paper decorations from AliExpress, paper pom poms and paper lanterns to hang from the ceiling of the marquee. Lots of brass candle holders and lanterns. And I filled the space with coloured glass and brass vases I had bought from op shops and trademe. I then draped morrocan scarves and fabrics over the tables. The marquee was lit up with lots of fairy lights and multi colour festoons then the whole place was made beautiful with lots of flowers dotted around. 

The flowers were one of my favourite parts of the decor! We went to the very talented Leon at Enchanted Rose on Jervois Rd. I wanted very mismatched rustic style flowers. I sent him colour themes and some pictures and then we sat down together and he showed me various flowers that were in season in my colour pallette and i picked out which ones I liked. I wanted daisys, sunflowers, dahlias and peonies. He put everything together and the results were beautiful! 

Sophia & Jeremy

My sister and I made the cake with the help and kitchen of one of my best friends Kylie,  it was so much fun! We did a three-tiered sponge cake which we baked the day before then on the day we assembled the layers putting in berry jam and buttercream between the sponge, then we decorated with lots of fresh berries and flowers, by the time Jeremy and I got back from our photos the whole thing had gone, everyone said it was delicious! I was really happy with it, it looked and tasted amazing! 

Sophia & Jeremy

I've got two pieces of advice for brides planning their wedding. If you're doing things on a budget make sure you do lots of research, you can cut down so many costs if you put the time into looking around online before you go to view/buy/hire things. Don't be afraid to get stuck in and do things yourself. It's not as daunting as it seems and was half the fun for me! 

Sophia & Jeremy

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