Sophie Broockmann and Blake Virgo’s love story starts with a bit of office flirtation.
“He was charming, funny and – my boss!” Sophie, 28, recalls. “From the start he was always quite flirty, but he’s always denied it,” she laughs.
“One Friday night he invited me me over to his place for a ‘chat.’ In my head all the signs were pointing to a date… then Blake came to the point of the get-together – to talk about work!
“I sent him a message when I got home, making fun of the situation and my embarrassment about thinking it was a date. This was the catalyst for spending more time together and eventually really dating.”
Since then, Sophie and Blake, 29, have been on quite the journey. They went back to university together to become teachers and after graduating the couple packed up their life in Perth bound for Port Hedland.
A breakfast-in-bed proposal in 2014 led the loved-up pair to begin planning their modern vintage wedding. “From the moment we started planning our big day we knew we wanted the whole experience to be relaxed, stress-free and simple,” Sophie says.
The couple chose Faversham House, in WA’s historic town of York for their wedding and reception celebrations on September 12, 2015.
“We decided on a weekend wedding where we could spend as much time with family and friends as possible,” Sophie says of the big day, which was enjoyed with 74 guests.
“The vibe was vintage with a touch of country rustic. The ceremony was short and sweet with personal vows and the rain held off long enough to capture some amazing photos,” Sophie says.
“The reception was intimate and cosy with lots of laughter, good food and dancing.”
Photos courtesy of Ayesha Martin Photography.
Sophie’s pink sapphire engagement ring was designed by her and Blake.
Sophie says the couple’s choice of venue made them feel comfortable and at home.
“With help from some amazing people, our wedding day was the most relaxed and happy day of our lives,” Sophie says.
The bridesmaids were dressed in mismatching gowns from For Him And For Her.
The historic Western Australian town of York provided plenty of stunning photography locations.
Bomboniere: Ikea blankets / Brides Accessories: Brides By Design / Brides Gown: Brides By Design / Brides Shoes: Modcloth / Bridesmaid Shoes: Kmart / Bridesmaids Accessories: Park Lane Jewellery, Etsy / Bridesmaids Dresses: For Her And For Him / Cake: Family friend / Caterer: Citron's Catering, Naked Wines Australia / Celebrant: Esther Bliss / Ceremony Music: Southern Vibes DJ / Flowers: Travelling Jaspers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Tailor 4 Less / Grooms Shoes: www.taller.com.au / Groomsmen Attire: Tailor 4 Less, Myer / Groomsmen Shoes: Own shoes / Hair: Tarryn Jamie - Art of Hair / Honeymoon: Bhavana Private Villas - Seminyak, Bali / Invitations: Family friend / Lolly Buffet: Family friend / Makeup: Makeup Art & Direction by Siobhan / Photographer: Ayesha Martin Photography / Rings: Rohan Jewellery / Venue: Faversham House / Venue Decor: Travelling Jaspers / Wedding Night Accommodation: Faversham House / Wedding Planner: Travelling Jaspers