Olly and Laura met at work. Olly had just come back from a holiday and Laura wanted a holiday! They talked a bit more and emailed regularly and toyed around with the idea of going on a city break together. They spent a weekend in Barcelona and when they got back home, Olly asked Laura if she'd fancied hanging out more. A few years later they went to Thailand where Olly proposed to Laura.
Olly and Laura live in Surrey and loved the idea of having their wedding somewhere where they like to often visit like Dorset and Hampshire. Olly Dad and Lauras Dad both live in the Dorset/Hampshire area and they came across Sopley Mill just inside Hampshire and just outside of Dorset and very close to The New Forest.
As an experienced Sopley Mill Wedding Photographer, I can truly say it has so many beautiful features around the grounds including the River Avon running through the mill and under a beautiful bridge to the main grass area which is a fantastic size for at least 120 people or more in the evening. It also has a lovely patio area and chairs for guests to relax around. It has beautiful Water Meadows backing onto the grounds, where on a good day, the sun sets perfectly.
Sopley Mill is a historic building featuring 3 stunning floors and a preparation room which is superb for a couple to freshen up in during the day or using as a dedicated bridal preparation room for a bride and Bridesmaids. Sopleys ground floor, called 'The Boatroom', has exposed and protected historic original features of the building showing off, a bar and chill out area, all with beautiful rustic original beams. The second floor which is an incredibly beautiful and bright ceremony room (a photographers dream!) is called 'The Granary' which turns around in the evening to the reception room and dance floor.
The third floor is the reception room, called 'Riverview' and again with beautiful hard-wood floors and exposed wooden beams. The whole venue works so well for a rustic/country feel to a wedding and a blank canvas for couples to decorate/theme as they wish.
Olly and Laura thought the Mill looked beautiful and blew them away. They loved how rustic it was, all of the different floors, all the exposed beams and brick, and the views. They felt like they were in the middle of nowhere - and knowing the whole building would be ours for the day was a bonus.
They wanted a small wedding, their closest friends and family and wanted it to have all the traditional elements but be personal to them. They wanted everyone to relax and have a good time. They knew if they had great food, a great bar and some great evening entertainment, everyone would be super happy. Olly and Laura love live music so to have The Brightside Band play on their big day was amazing for them. They made it as personal to them as they could, with all the little touches which made it really special. The venue offered so many options, where you could sit with a cocktail in front of the fire, have a cigar outside overlooking the river or dance the night away with the band.
“A perfect day and perfect way to start our married life together!”
Venue – Sopley Mill, Hampshire
Catering – Merlins Catering
Band – The Brightside Band
Drinks – Tom’s Bar
Hair and makeup – Bridal Treats
Flowers – Settled Petal
Videographer – Camera Chaps
Cake – Olly’s step mum