Sophie & Rob

Under the bright blue, sunny February skies at Hazel Gap Barn, Budby this rustic, beautifully chilled out real wedding caught our eye! Bridesmaids dressed in dusky pink tulle with Memory Lane rose flowers in their hair to match, fairy lights, classically beautiful blooms and candles with personal family touches to remember our loved ones. A day clearly full of emotion, love and laughter saw Sophie & Rob (after nearly 9 years of being together!), finally become Mr & Mrs Thorpe.

Sophie gives us all the details of how they created such a special day....


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Tell us about the venue?

We wanted to provide a day that everyone enjoyed – not just us. Making sure our guest were fully fed/waters (too much in some cases) and entertain was our biggest priority. We wanted a beautiful venue, which was demure, classic and spoke for itself. We wanted minimal decoration. Fairy lights, flowers and candles was the overall look and Hazel Gap provided 2/3 – WIN! We wanted everyone to be comfortable and relaxed, not having to move from place to place. Like we were having people over at our own home, we just wanted to host a great day for everyone.

Describe the style of your wedding?

Classic, traditional with a bit of personality and quirk added in. Dusky Pinks and greys were definitely the colour scheme for the day. We wanted to make sure that everything looked unformed – but almost effortlessly. From the matching flowers in the hair from the bouquets, to the chair flowers, button holes to the jam jars that decorated the lounge area. From one of my bestie’s creating Welcome Signs for the guests, to the use of my Great Uncle George’s suitcase that help the blankets for later in the evening. The pictures of the generations before us on their wedding days – including our parents and grandparents. We wanted to add personal touches which made everyone say ‘yeah, this is Rob and Sophie’s Wedding Day.’ From the Yorkshire County Cricket Club pin badge on the groom, to the photo charms on the bridal bouquet to remembered those who had passed.

What did you all wear?

My style is definitely bardot tops and statement skirts which I definitely wanted to incorporate to the day. So the bridesmaid wore dusky pink tulle skirts, with grey long sleeve lace sleeved tops. This blended well with my bardot lace White Rose wedding gown. The lads wore a darker grey suit, which added to the ‘palette of shades.’ It worked so well with the dusky pinks as the pocket squares were a dual combo of light and dusky pink matching the flowers in the bouquets and button holes.

What did everyone eat and drink?

WOW! Well this is the thing, Hazel Gap Barn was able to provide the ultimate Mixed Grill, allowing our guests to help themselves to whatever they wanted. A nice touch, while the canapes were going round the guests, they could see their mains cooking away outside by the chefs. Our canapes were Rosemary Halloumi, Mini Burgers and Cod Goujons. To start we had an amazing Cured Beef dish with the most insane Chocolate Brownie with Mascarpone Cream. All washed down with shimmering Prosecco, Estrella and Wine for the tables. Then in the evening, sharing a Bacon Sandwich and a glass of prosecco with friends, whilst toasting Marshmallows over the firepit – was just a winner for me.

How did you entertain your guests?

We wanted the guests to feel relaxed all day and so, we had acoustic sounds playing all day. During the Wedding Breakfast, our Master of Ceremony played a sweepstake with our guests, which broke the ice with those guests who didn’t quite know many people, added a bit of competition, heckling and banter through the speeches. Brilliantly, one of my gal pals won – much to the ‘cricket lot’ table’s dismay, but she did march her way over to the bar and grabbed a round of shots in – legend! Later in the evening we had a band (from back home in York) PRTY – I mean, if the name doesn’t sell it to you, then check out their YouTube. They did 2 full sets complete with songs they had learnt specifically for us and our guests. They later hit us with a DJ set so we could literally PRTY to the early morning.

Any words of advice for future brides and grooms?

As budget goes, you have one and that’s it. But do not settle for anything less than perfect. If you want something and you can afford it within your budget – go for it! It’s one day, it needs to be perfect and no one should apologize for that. Feed your guests well, food, drink and the band/evening are mostly what people remember, and what they talk about. Invest in good photography and videography (if the budget allows) because that is all you have at the end, and fortunately we have great albums and footage to help us relive it.


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