The wedding of Sophie Hathaway & Thomas Bowsher

PUBLISHED: 09:50 14 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:33 20 February 2013

The wedding of Sophie Hathaway & Thomas Bowsher

The wedding of Sophie Hathaway & Thomas Bowsher

The betrothal of Sophie Hathaway to Thomas Bowsher was Shrewsbury society's wedding of the year

The wedding of Sophie Hathaway & Thomas Bowsher

By Howard Franklin, society correspondent

Caroline Sophie Hathaway, known as Sophie, was born and educated in Shrewsbury, graduated in anthropology and sociology from The University of Wales in Swansea and later qualified as a teacher. She teaches at St Georges School at Windsor Castle. She is one of four children of Charles Hathaway and the late Joan Hathaway, of Meole Brace Hall, Shrewsbury.

Thomas Bowsher, from Cardiff, graduated from Plymouth University in maritime business and law and is currently anunderwriter in the shipping market in London.

The betrothal of Sophie Hathaway to Thomas Bowsher was Shrewsbury societys wedding of the year.

The ceremony was at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace, followed by a reception in a grand marquee sited on the tennis court at the family home, Meole Brace Hall, a delightful Georgian house which stands at the end of a woodland drive next door to the church.

The couple met in Cardiff in February 2006 when visiting mutual friends. Thomas proposed in New York in October 2011.

Sophies beautiful dress was by American designer Mori Lee. It was strapless with a sweetheart neckline, subtly trimmed with tiny ivory feathers. The skirt was layered and tiered in organza with a beautifully embellished belt of crystals and beads.

Sophie carried flowers which I designed in tribute to her late mother Joan Hathaway, who died three years ago. Joan was a dynamic and truly gifted friend, wife and mother. I decided to create a show-stopping bouquet in crashing shades of cerise, magenta and purple orchids and roses with exotic foliage. Joan Hathaway was well-known for her love of vibrant pink and often wore that colour to great dramatic effect.

The bride used the private gateway at Meole Brace Hall to walk the short distance to the church door on the arm of her father, Charles Hathaway. She was attended by her closest friend Antonia Fryer, who looked stunning in a dress of crepe de chine in fuchsia pink and Sophies niece Maddy Hathaway, aged seven, who wore a dress of ivory silk organza.
Best man was Rhydian Morgan, from Cardiff, a best friend to Tom since childhood.

The church was gloriously decorated in flowers by Mary Lees, Pat Davies and Margaret Frew. The bride arrived to the processional march The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

The service was conducted by The Reverend Phil Cansdale, with hymns including Jerusalem, O Lord My God When I in Awesome Wonder, and I Vow to Thee My Country. A reading from Corinthians was delivered by the grooms mother, while the brides elder sister, Suzanne, read Elizabeth Barrett Brownings How Do I Love Thee? which has particular significance to the family.

Toms cousin William Thomas played Your Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow on piano during the signing of the register.The recessional music was the triumphant Trumpet Voluntary by
John Stanley.

Guests filed out from church to walk the short distance to Meole Brace Hall where a champagne reception was held in glorious sunshine in the garden before dinner was served in the marquee, catered by Roslin Catering.
The table names were all named after cocktails which Tom and Sophie enjoy; in fact, their ambition is to run their own cocktail bar.
Floral designs in the marquee were arranged by Sue Everall and Jane Fryer and the amazing table centre pieces were tall glass vases brimming over with either cerise pink or white ostrich feathers, designed by the Giant Card Company.

Guests danced late into the night before the couple departed for a honeymoon in San Francisco, Maui in Hawaii and Las Vegas.

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