Lee and Claire's Country Garden Themed Wedding at Sopley Mill

July 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Lee and Claire's Wedding was at Sopley Mill in Christchurch Dorset. A beautiful rustic 18th century watermill, surrounded on both sides by the Millstream of the River Avon.

The day was super relaxed with the speeches outside as well as the first dance. The theme was 'Country Garden' which used a number of different colours with no set colour scheme as such, but Lee and both dads wore Tweed to keep the country garden and rustic feel.

In addition to this, the ceremony room at Sopley Mill had lots of Stoneware pots along the aisle with beautiful summer and country flowers in them which Claire found at numerous Sunday car boot sales. The chairs were set out in a more relaxed fashion too. Claire had done a lot of shopping to find the perfect Stoneware pots as well as borrowing two large milk churns from a local farmer whose land they use to go shooting on. The shooting theme which they love to do in their spare time was utilised in the Riverview Reception room for the table decor as well as the stoneware pots and garden theme table names.

The flowers used throughout the day were designed by Arcade Flowers, but the main influence on them was from Claire's Grandma. Claire always had her Grans garden in mind when she thought about the flowers. Wild and colourful was the plan as she used to go on walks, and she would pick seeds from wild flowers and then 'chuck' them on the garden and hey presto, they would just grow! Plus they grew their own veg in the back garden - hence the table names etc.  

The day started at Lee and Claire's home where lee got ready. They knew that I'm known for finding interesting and creative places to put the brides shoes so Lee wanted me to do a few with his shoes which he loved.

Sopley Mill had it's very own bridal preparation room which is fantastic for brides and bridesmaids to have access to and made a great location for makeup and dress shots as well as utilising the Mill to find great places for the shoes.

The day was so relaxed that in addition to the speeches and first dance being outside, when guests arrived, Lee and his dad were serving drinks to their guests which was a lovely gesture to see.

I thoroughly recommend Sopley Mill to any couple looking for a wedding venue. It ticks so many boxes and is incredibly inkeeping with any plans for a rustic/country wedding theme.
 

Dress: "Paula" Sotterro and Midgely
Shoes: L K Bennett London
Bar: Barouche
Flowers: Arcade Flowers
Makeup: Jess from Model Makeovers
Car: Friends
Cake: Clare's Cupcakery
Videographer: Alex from Wedding Memories 
Caterers: Tickled Pig Events
Confetti: Shropshire Petals Confetti
DJ/Sound/Up-lighting: We Perform
Magician: Roger Lapin 
Reception Singer/musician: Lee Rasdall-Dove 

 

View Lee and Claire's Engagement Shoot at The Abandoned Village in Tyneham


IMG_leeclaire0002.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0004.jpg

nick-rutter-photography.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0016.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0006.jpg

wedding-socks.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0010.jpg

johnston-and-murphy-groom-wedding-shoes.jpg

grooms-shoes-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

grooms-tweed-jacket.jpg

tweed-wedding-jacket.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0022.jpg

groom-getting-ready.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0031.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0032.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0033.jpg

christchurch-wedding-photographer-nick-rutter.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0035.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0036.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0038.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-venue.jpg

sopley-mill-river-avon.jpg

sopley-mill-dorset.jpg

sopley-mill-flowers.jpg

tickled-pig-events-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0046.jpg

wedding-sign-sopley-mill.jpg

mind-your-head-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-chalk-board.jpg

stoneware-pots-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

boatroom-vintage-suitcase-sopley-mill.jpg

vintage-teddy-suit-case-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0050.jpg

clares-cupcakery-wedding-cake-sopley-mill.jpg

wedding-cake-clares-cupcakery-sopley-mill.jpg

the-granary-wedding-ceremony-room-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-ceremony-room.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0077.jpg

sopley-mill-ceremony-room.jpg

stoneware-pots-country-garden-wedding-ceremony-room-sopley-mill.jpg

stoneware-pots-country-flowers-granary-ceremony-room-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0074.jpg

ceremony-room-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-venue-christchurch-dorset.jpg

country-garden-seating-plan-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

rustic-sacks_and_sack-truck-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0085.jpg

country-garden-theme-table-plan-sopley-mill.jpg

riverview-sopley-mill-reception-room.jpg

riverview-sopley-mill-reception-room-bride-groom-names.jpg

bride-groom-chair-signs-sopley-mill.jpg

country-garden-theme-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0100.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-country-garden-theme.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0097.jpg

paula-sorretto-and-midgeley-wedding-dress-sopley-mill.jpg

paula-sorretto-and-midgeley-wedding-dress.jpg

sottero-midgeley-paula-wedding-dress-sopley-mill.jpg

l-k-bennett-wedding-shoes-sopley-mill-cogs.jpg

wedding-shoes-sopley-mill-l-k-bennett.jpg

l-k-bennett-wedding-shoes.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0133.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0135.jpg

the-avon-suite-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0111.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0114.jpg

bridal-preperations-avon-suite-sopley-mill.jpg

model-makeovers-wedding-makeup.jpg

bridal-preperations-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0166.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0169.jpg

bride-dress-sopley-mill-avon-suite.jpg

bride-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0172.jpg

mens-button-holes-sopley-mill-arcade-flowers.jpg

grooms-bespoke-buttonhole-flower-sopley-mill.jpg

grooms-tweed-jacket-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0178.jpg

sopley-mill-bar.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0180.jpg

military-wedding-guest-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0197.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0207.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0210.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0203.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0217.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0218.jpg

brides-entrance-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0221.jpg

grooms-reactions-to-bride-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0209.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0208.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0225.jpg

granary-wedding-ceremony-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0233.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0241.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0242.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0236.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0235.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0252.jpg

first-kiss-sopley-mill-wedding-ceremony.jpg

register-signing-copley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0258.jpg

confetti-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0263.jpg

bride-groom-cake-cutting-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-guests.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0282.jpg

bride-groom-crocket-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0325.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0333.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0349.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0331.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0351.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0352.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0337.jpg

father-of-the-bride-sopley-mill-wedding-speeches.jpg

speeches-sopley-mill.jpg

wedding-speeches-outside-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0347.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0377.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-guests-speeches.jpggroom-speech-outside-sopley-mill.jpg

wedding-speeches-at-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0362.jpg

outside-speeches-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0375.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0363.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0392.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0383.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0373.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0357.jpg

best-mans-speech-sopley-mill.jpg

best-man-speech-sopley-mill-outside.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-group-photo.jpg

flowers-bench-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

arcade-flowers-sopley-mill.jpg

flower-detail-arcade-flowers-sopley-mill.jpg

wedding-sopley-mill-photography.jpg

wedding-sopley-mill-photographer.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-venue-dorset.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0314.jpg

sopley-mill-recommended-wedding-photographer.jpg

recommended-wedding-photographer-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-bride-groom-brick-wall.jpg

dorset-wedding-photographer-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

sopleu-millwedding-bridge.jpg

rustic-country-wedding-flowers-sopley-mill.jpg

bride-groom-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-inside.jpg

inside-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0429.jpg

roger-lapin-magician.jpg

roger-lapin-magician-sopley-mill.jpg

roger-lapin-magician-wedding.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0444.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0446.jpg

magician-roger-lapin-sopley-mill.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0461.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0458.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0459.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0462.jpg

IMG_leeclaire0472.jpg

sopley-mill-patio-wedding-guests.jpg

singer-songwriter-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

wedding-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-dorset-wedding-photographer.jpg

dorset-wedding-photographer.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-photos.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-photography.jpg

christchurch-wedding-photographer.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-photographer.jpg

wedding-photographer-sopley-mill.jpg

sopley-mill-wedding-first-dance.jpg

first-dance-sopley-mill-wedding.jpg

sopley-mill-first-dance-bridge.jpg



Category: Weddings