Mario & Natalie’s Sopwell House Wedding Day
Hey Folks! Today on the blog is Mario & Natalie’s Wedding Day! Mario and Natalie got married in a Greek ceremony at the Twelve Apostles Church in Hertfordshire. They then went on to celebrate with their guests at Sopwell House, St Albans, in a ‘Romantic Fairytale’ themed day.
Why did you choose your venue? We visited a few lovely venues but struggled to find one that had all the aspects we wanted for our wedding day. As soon as we arrived at Sopwell House I was impressed with the polite and attentive staff (oh and the glass of champagne upon arrival helped sway me!) It ticked our the boxes, beautifully lush green gardens with enough space for our big guest list. And the food was deeeelicious! We also wanted somewhere where my Bridesmaids and I could feel relaxed getting ready on the morning of the wedding. We took full advantage of the spa the day before too! Bonus, as I’m normally the one doing the pampering.
Which theme did you choose? The theme was us to a tea….I feel we captured it well. Being half English and half Greek I really wanted to bring the two worlds together. So we had a beautiful Greek ceremony at the Twelve Apostles Church in Hertfordshire. Both Mario and I have grown up visiting Greek churches with our families for special occasions and we love the traditions and the meanings behind them. The ceremony was followed by a relaxed drinks reception at Sopwell House, where we all drank pimms in the grounds and took pictures. Whilst listening to our pianist, Salvatore, play our favourite songs. This was such a special time, chatting and drinking with both of our wonderful families and special friends. Not forgetting couple shots at the back of the garden. I loved these moments with my new husband. And James made us feel so relaxed throughout and was happy to let us go wherever for the photos. I felt as though I was in my own fairytale, the flowers, the dress and the Prince. I wanted to capture my favorite season in our wedding day, so we chose spring coloured flowers, dresses and suits. These all complimented one another and added to the romantic fairy tale, theme for the day.
What did the Bridesmaids & Groomsmen wear? The Bridesmaids wow a soft lilac, Grecian style dress with a delicate sparkly belt and their hair was softly pinned to the side in waves. The Groomsmen wore navy suits and soft pink ties, complete with pocket watches and matching cufflinks. We tied in the lilac of the bridesmaid dresses by using a memory lane rose in their button holes. Whilst the Groom wore a gorgeous chambray three piece suit, delicate pink tie and a single white rose in his buttonhole. Our godsons were both page boys and looked so adorable in their mini chambray three piece suits and matching pink bow ties! And finally, our gorgeous Flower Girls wore ballerina esque tulle dresses in ivory. Their hair was pinned up and decorated with pretty gypsophila halos, they looked like fairies!!!
Which flowers did you choose? When I met my florist, Jackie I loved her and knew she would do a wonderful job, but seeing the flowers on the day literally bought all I had dreamt off for wedding to life! The feel for my flowers was ‘an English country rose garden’ relaxed and pretty, and smelt beautiful. We went for a mixture of Rose buds, Peonies, Stocks, Freesia, Sweet Pea with Forget-Me-Nots being my ‘something blue’. Simply beautiful.
Tell us about the Dress! I always imagined getting married in this dress; I even drew a picture of it years ago. It was everything I had in mind, elegant and pretty, feminine. I literally felt like a Disney princess for the day. I loved how many layers of tulle it had, and that it had delicate sparkle that faded away towards to bottom. Mia Rose, the boutique I found my dress in were absolutely lovely and literally so patient when I wanted to go and ‘play dress up’. When I finally tried on my dress, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to show my sister waiting the other side of the curtain!
How did you have your Hair & Make up? My hair was done by my cousin in a half up hand down bouffant style, with miniature flowers delicately placed above by ‘something borrowed item- my sisters beautiful veil. I did my own make up, I went for soft but defined eyes, and a pretty pink lipstick calked ‘tulle’ by Bobbi Brown.
How did you feel the day went over all? Over all the day was like a dream! The people around us, my Grandma being able to stay late and celebrate! The wonderful Groomsmen, Pageboys, Bridesmaids and Flower Girls! The moment I saw my little bridal party (the little ones) waiting patiently outside the church for me to arrive made my heart burst with pride. The moments before walking down the aisle, the excitement I felt to see everyone and to see my Mario at the end of the aisle. Our last dance – the band played one more song for us to treasure, it was Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Frankie valley and the four seasons. It was the end of a truly magical day, and I felt so happy and lucky to have the most special people to us, surrounding us as we danced as Mr and Mrs Savvides. And that’s where our story begins!