- Posted on Friday, 19 August 2016
Whisking us off into the weekend is rally raid motorcycle rider Sam Sunderland and makeup artist Sophie Leach’s wedding at Baba Nest, Sri Panwa Phuket, planned by The Bridal Planner Thailand. Their dreamy circular white floral altar by I AM FLOWER is pure bliss, adding rather than detracting from the panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. We’ll be remembering every step the bride took in her plunging, beaded wedding dress with illusion back captured by Darin Images for a long time to come.
What do you both do for a living?
“I'm a makeup artist based in Dubai.” ~ Sophie
“I race in off-road rallies for KTM/Redbull.” ~ Sam
How did you meet?
“We met through a mutual friend in Dubai after Sam had been there for just a month, when I was 17 and Sam was 19. A few months later we found out that we were next door neighbours.” ~ Sophie
What was the proposal like?
“Sam asked my dad for my hand in marriage in September, and my dad told me straightaway as he was so excited. But Sam didn't propose until December! It was a few days after Christmas before Sam left for the biggest race of the year. He took me to where we first started to hang out together – a park in the neighborhood where he used to live and where my parents still are.” ~ Sophie
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be planning a destination wedding?
“We knew what venue we wanted so we went there first and then looked for a wedding planner. I would advise you to get your wedding planner from the very beginning! It was a huge help to us once we did and we could have saved a lot more time if we had hired from the start.
We arranged a lot of pre-wedding activities which were a huge hit (especially for those who hadn’t been to Thailand before) and everyone got to know each other.” ~ Sophie
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Communication! Always appreciate and respect each other.” ~ Sophie
A word from The Bridal Planner Thailand…
“Sophie found us through our Instagram. After a few email exchanges, we became their wedding planner and we learned about what the couple wished to have on their big day. We particularly loved working with Sophie and Sam because we love their style. The couple trusted us to handle everything from the styling, rundown, budget management to flower and props so they could fully relax and just have a great time with family and friends. I think this is how destination weddings should be. We were very happy with the wedding: it was so authentic, simple and beautiful.
We were so blessed with good weather. February is definitely the best month to be in Phuket. Sophie and Sam's wedding day had one of the most beautiful golden sunsets I have ever seen. The couple exchanged vows with a gorgeous 360 degree view of the sea from the popular Baba Nest at Sri Panwa, and this beautiful day full of love and joy was everything I had hoped for.”
Congratulations on your marriage, Sam and Sophie! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Sri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Photography: Darin Images
Wedding Dress: Lesley de Freitas
Hair: Neil Donkin Elite Hair & Makeup
Flowers: I AM FLOWER
Planning/Styling: The Bridal Planner Thailand