Today’s Blog post comes from the incredibly talented Hester Marriott Photography and via Tokyo. The lovely Sophie, lives in Toyko but visited BOW with her mum and found her dream Suzanne Neville gown. We were very excited to get a letter in the post  last week with a international stamp. Inside was the most lovely thank you card inside with a link to Hester’s blog post with lots of stunning pics.

Suzanne Neville wedding thank you card

Sophie wore the exquisite Ornella by Suzanne Neville. You might think living in Japan would be a problem for dress fittings, but not for the BOW team – just a bit of organisation and well planned trips back to the UK.

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So we will pass over to the fabulous Hester Marriott Photography: http://www.hesterphoto.co.uk/blog/

“If you’re Big in Japan (as these two are) you might baulk at the idea of organising the quintessential English country wedding at such a distance. But then you would have reckoned without a formidable team of mothers, sister and girlfriends aided and abetted by the wonders of modern communications technology.   Not for Sophie those long champagne-fuelled wedding shop visits and bridesmaid summits – in fact all of the unofficial bridesmaids had no prior knowledge of The Dress, and were surprised and amazed by its unexpected sleeveless style.   But if you’ve managed to pull off Michelle-Obama-style upper arms in the run-up to your wedding, why wouldn’t you want to show them off?

(The boys, meanwhile, had travelled to Spain for a little light bull-fighting.  Yes;  bull-fighting.  MoG not best pleased when younger brother George returned with an arm in plaster, but it could have been so much worse…)

This was a local (five minutes from home, might be a record) and largely home-grown affair – I arrived to shoot the preparations to find a team of bridesmaids sweeping, arranging, potting, weeding, decorating and gently perspiring.   Sophie’s sister Victoria in particular takes the credit for the stunning marquee interior and table design – and all those table decorations came from the garden which was in fullest bloom.    The doves released after the service were borrowed from a friend next door so wouldn’t have taken long to get home… Even the cake was made by Sophie’s aunt – and was surrounded by (not quite sure how many) candles as they’d chosen Freddie’s birthday as their wedding – that’ll be useful in future.

I love this crowd – so happy to see Daisy & Willsy from their amazing tropical wedding last year returning Best Man honours, and a bunch of Bristol University folk I’ve gone on to see several times over the course of this wedding season.  And so glad to say that Sophie made a speech – you’d be amazed how rare it is.   I’ve been doing this job for over 15 years, and have only heard four brides speak at their own wedding.  One of them was me.”

Make up:   Charlotte Cowan

Dress:  Brides of Winchester

Florist: Heather Coulter

Marquee:  Pole to Pole

DJ: Hey Mr Wilson

Film: James Hollingsworth at Digi-Scope

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