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Essence of Australia for a relaxed celebration at Foxholes Farm – Sophie & Vincent

Katie Byrne

Considering a marquee-held reception for your wedding? Then you’re going to want to read all about Sophie and Vincent’s relaxed Sheffield celebrations that we are sharing on the blog today.

This couple checked into Foxholes Farm for their wedding, with relaxed styling, excellent food (hello, taco bar) and a tip-top dancefloor all contributing to their dream day.

Keep your eyes peeled for those multi-tasking favours and try not to be too envious when you spy the dessert table (which featured a delightful array of cakes and sweet treats handmade by the guests).

Spoiler alert: it’s practically impossible to look at Sophie and Vincent’s photos without feeling the pure love radiating out of every image, so you might need to grab the Kleenex. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

With images by Stevie Jay Photography


Sophie says

: We got engaged on Holy Island, Northumberland, in February 2018. Vin had planned to propose to me in Bamburgh Castle just after we finished a half-marathon there, but I didn’t give him a chance as I’d arranged lunch with a friend without telling him.

So, after that, he drove us up to Holy Island – thankfully the tide levels meant we could actually get across. We walked around for a bit and I remember he kept commenting on there being too many people around (I’d always said I wouldn’t want a public proposal) and eventually we found ourselves on a quiet hillside overlooking the sea and he knelt down and asked me.


We got married on 25th May 2019. We chose this date as we wanted a spring/summer wedding and our venue had a Bank Holiday weekend available.

We got married at St Nicholas Church in High Bradfield and held our reception in a marquee at Foxholes Farm. The Farm is about 15 minutes from where we live and I think we had both been drawn to it before even getting engaged. It’s a relaxed venue in the Peak District with great views of an area we love spending time in. Vin was keen for a church wedding and St Nicholas is five minutes from the venue and beautiful. Once we met everyone there, we were sold as they were all so lovely.

You definitely have to do a lot of planning yourself but it’s a fab venue with plenty of space and great views. The venue hire includes five cottages for two nights, so most of the wedding party could spend the weekend with us which was great. Rachel who runs the venue was really helpful on the weekend and her colleague Katie helped the day run smoothly.


It was a celebration of us, and I guess all the things we love about Sheffield. We’re not from Sheffield originally so enjoyed showing off all the wonderful things about it to our friends and family.

Our colour scheme featured a lot of purples and blues. Being in the Peak District, heather was the colour inspiration. As it wasn’t the right season for us to actually include heather, we instead used a lot of lavender, thistles and other wildflowers to get the effect we wanted.


My dress was by Essence of Australia and I bought it from Emily Bridalwear in Sheffield. The shop had been recommended to me by friends and it was the only one I went to. The staff were really helpful in finding dresses for me – despite my very vague brief! I chose the one my dress as I loved the beading and the shape it gave my waist (I had very recently had a baby when I bought it).


Vin’s suit was by Marc Darcy. He wanted something that wasn’t too traditional and that he could wear again. He loved the elbow-pads and waistcoat. The groomsmen wore matching suits.


My bridesmaids wore chiffon multiway dresses from Goddiva. They were all very relaxed about what they wore, and the dress worked for their different figures.

My flower girls were my 12-year-old niece and seven-month-old daughter. They wore matching dresses from Matalan – I was surprised by the great quality of them.


Amanda Humphreys did our makeup and she was a dream to work with. My bridesmaids and mum all raved about how lovely she was after! Hair by Eve did a fab job on our hair and again, was lovely to chat to.


Vin’s parents own two classic cars, an Austin Ruby and a Standard. Vin drove himself and his best man in the Ruby. Vin’s dad drove me and my dad in the larger Standard.

Vin’s dad even arranged a special hat to wear while he was chauffeuring us which was great. The hills were very steep, so he did very well to get us up them in such an old car.


Stevie Jay was our photographer. Her style is very relaxed and we love our images of everyone enjoying the day.


I had a bouquet by Flower Bowl in Hillsborough. My bridesmaids had similar ones and the groomsmen had complementing buttonholes. We were really happy with the flowers and impressed by the price too .

Flower Bowl also provided lavender plants wrapped in hessian for our tables and an arrangement for the top table. The lavender plants were given to friends and family after.


A friend cut wooden logs that we wrote people’s names on for the place settings. These doubled up as coasters and wedding favours for those who wanted them! I didn’t want a wedding favour that created unnecessary waste.


My mum made our wedding cake using a similar recipe to the one she made for her own wedding, nearly 40 years earlier. It was a three-layer fruit cake using slightly different variations of fruit in each layer.


Good (and interesting!) food was one of our main aims in wedding planning. We really wanted local food that we enjoy eating and we were spoilt for choice. Pie Eyed provided a range of pies for the wedding breakfast which were amazing. We then had a range of incredible homemade cakes made by friends for dessert.

For the evening party, we had tacos provided by Street Food Chef. There was, of course, too much food but we were happy to eat leftovers for the following week! We provided wines: my favourite Sauvignon Blanc and my mum choose the red.


Our band was Psychoslinkys. My parents had seen them at a party previously and said they were great – it was quite a last-minute booking, but Mick was really easy to deal with and they did a great job, including playing our first dance song with very little warning! We also had a family friend play the piano for us during the drinks reception.

Special touches

We put a lot of effort in to making it a fun day for everyone. We had a bubble machine and garden games for the kids (and adults!). We had an empty frame for a photobooth area where people could take pictures in front of the nice backdrop. We had more fairy lights than we knew what to do with and the night before the wedding Vin built a giant lightbox which turned out amazing.

Best bit

I really enjoyed sitting at the top table, eating pie, drinking a nice glass of wine and watching all our friends and family laughing and smiling.

I also loved the brief bit of dancing I did when the band were playing!


We are saving our honeymoon until next year when our daughter is a little older. We keep changing our mind on where to go but are in agreement it needs to be more relaxing than our previous trips – we’re tired!


My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – do what you want to do! You spend so much time and as hard as you try not to, a lot of money, planning so it needs to make you happy.

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