Naomi Oluleye, 27, married Richard Walkland, 30, at Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 15th December, 2018. She says:
The first time we went to Soho Farmhouse we fell in love with it and always said that if we were to get married it would be there. The venue has a good relationship with St Michael & All Angels, which is why we chose it for our ceremony. It helps that the church truly beautiful and we got on very well with the vicar!
The team at Soho Farmhouse was amazing through and through. I'm also a member but working with them in a private-event capacity really demonstrated their brilliance. When you book a wedding there, nearly everything you need is provided – from interior stylists to beauty stylists – and they're all extremely talented. Everyone went above and beyond to create a special weekend for us.
For example, Farm Flowers, the exceptional in-house florist, delivered exactly what we asked for. I had a strong idea of the sort of arrangements I wanted at both ceremony and reception. The church is very pretty itself and I didn’t want to distract from it with lots of decorations, so we used candles and foliage with just a sprinkling of fluffy gypsophila. We then had a rustic, minimalist vibe at the reception: all neutral colours, candlelight and white flower species, including hellebores, anemones and David Austin roses.
The vision for our wedding was 'simple, understated and timeless'. Richard and I hate fuss and are advocates of 'less is more' in all aspects of our lives, so this was always going to be reflected in our wedding. In addition to this, it meant a lot that our day would feel intimate because we hated the idea of having lots of people there who we didn’t know well. We were firm in creating a guest list that stuck to this rule.
I've always wanted to have my wedding dress custom-made so that I could have my input and be involved in the process. Valli Colpani of Atelier Colpani is a family friend so it was an easy decision to work with her company. The company specialises in bespoke tailoring and evening wear, which made it a real honour that she agreed to make my wedding dress. I knew exactly what I wanted: simple and elegant, fitted, ivory satin, with a beautiful train. I produced several moodboards of inspiration which Valli worked from to create my dress. The process took nine months from start to finish to ensure it wasn’t rushed while allowing Valli and her team to perfect the dress and showcase their brilliant craftsmanship.
The gold bumblebee necklace I wore at my reception was a present from my colleagues at Bumble, where I'm EMEA Senior International Marketing Manager. They got it for me from jewellery designer Alex Monroe as a wedding gift. It's funny because I actually met Richard through the dating app that I now work for! After several recommendations from friends at the time, I decided to try it out for myself. Richard was the first person I matched with and, after an evening of conversations, the rest is history.
Photographs by Benjamin Wheeler