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A colourful wedding at South Farm in Hertfordshire

A colourful wedding at South Farm in Hertfordshire


Written by Katie Byrne


Sophie and Fabz filled their outdoors celebration with flowers and fun!

Sophie Bulkeley, 27, an operations coordinator, and Fabz Raja, 28, a freelance hairdresser, said 'I do' in a civil ceremony at South Farm in Royston, Hertfordshire.

Budget: £25,000

Flower budget: £2,500

Photography: Ellie Howarth

Fabz and I met when we were around 15 through school friends. Years later we were on holiday in New York and Fabz proposed on the terrace of the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. It's right on the river, so you can see the New York skyline, which was amazing.

We didn't have an exact set theme for the day but as my dress had a lot of colour and flowers in it which set the tone for an outdoors wedding with plenty of wild flowers and lots of summer colours.

We chose our venue as it had such beautiful surroundings and really went with our colourful scheme. Also, our dream was to be able to get married outside and we just fell in love with the garden area and all of the gorgeous wild flowers.

My mum is a florist and she did our flowers for us, which meant so much. She added two doors at the beginning of the aisle decorated with flowers in rustic containers and had jars filled with flowers on shepherds hooks along the aisle. A floral heart over the ceremony table added a touch of romance. The table arrangements were in wicker baskets with a large central candle on a wrought iron stand. They were filled with hydrangea, dahlias and spray roses to name a few! My bouquet was made out of long stemmed 'Sweet Avalanche' roses.

Flowers were really important to the day, especially as I had them all over my dress! It was so special that mum did all of our flowers too. She used green hydrangea, 'Maroon Fox' and 'Diana's Memory' dahlias, asclepias tuberosa, purple clematis, orange spray roses, callistephus pink, callistephus purple and pistachio foliage. The bridesmaids' bouquets were made using the same blooms as in the table arrangements.

One of my favourite moments from the day was when I went to walk down the aisle and discovered that my mum had surprised me with the huge wardrobe doors leading onto the aisle – I had seen it before and thought we couldn't do it, but she managed it! I also love the speeches; they had everyone laughing.

Our evening party was so much fun; as my husband is Indian we wanted to incorporate a touch of India, so we started the evening off with Bollywood dancers.

There was a dance-off between the boys and the girls which got everyone in the mood. The DJ then took over and played all of our favourite songs!

My tip for brides-to-be: Be calm, everything will work out. It's not worth having fall outs and stress leading up to your wedding (even though the table plan can be a nightmare!). The whole day will be over in a flash, so try to take in every detail.

Steal their style!

FLORIST: Zoe Bulkeley at My Flowers VENUE: South Farm DRESS: Alida Herbst BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES: French Connection  GROOMSWEAR: Reiss CAKE: Godminster 





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