Lorna & Tom’s traditional family wedding took place on the 25th August 2013. They tied the knot at St Martins Church (Caerphilly) followed by a wedding reception at Fonmon Castle. All images by James Bailey Photography.
We asked the the lovely couple some questions about their big day…
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Traditional family wedding.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
There were so many things – we particularly enjoyed our car journey from the church to the wedding. Thankfully the weather was good enough for us to have the roof down and see those ‘passers by’ who waved and tooted their horns.
It was also lovely to have some time to ourselves in what is otherwise a hectic day. Another highlight was walking into the wedding breakfast and seeing all our family and friends.
Finally, it was great seeing all ages up in the night dancing to some classic welsh music – particularly Tom Jones’ Delilah…
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Lorna: I chose four of my schools friends and my two sisters. Whilst I was wary that six is a large number of bridesmaids for a relatively small family wedding – I really enjoyed having all the girls there in the morning to share in my excitement.
Tom: No brainer for me, my best mate Bobby was an obvious choice. We have known each other since infants school, been through thick and thin and with his wicked sense of humour, I knew his speech would be great (and he didn’t disappoint!!!)
Why did you choose your venue?
We chose Fonmon Castle because it is a unique and beautiful venue. The Castle itself is steeped in history and the interior has so much character and quirky details that we fell in love with it on first viewing. The Castle also benefits from beautiful gardens, which are full of flowers and colour – making for great wedding photos.
Practically, it was also the perfect size for a small family wedding. Somehow it felt both grand and intimate.
How did the proposal happen?
We were on a three week trip around Italy and had arrived in Rome. After seeing all the major sights, we decided to get away from the crowds and went to Park Borghese for a picnic and some sunbathing. Tom being concious of not wanting to make a public scene seized this opportunity and got down on one knee and of course I said yes…
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
We were keen to incorporate some home made touches to our day and include our family in the process. Therefore, Tom’s mum made some welsh cakes, whilst Lorna’s sister made the families prized chocolate crispy cakes.
These were then packaged and distributed to our guests for the bus journey from the church to the reception venue. Not only did this add a personal touch but it helped to keep costs down by removing the need for canapés on arrival. In addition, we decided to combine the favours and name place cards with Tom utilising his carpentry skills to create individual wooden hearts with our guests names engraved upon them. This provided a lasting memento for both our guests and ourselves to keep.
What was your first dance & why?
Our first dance was to ‘For Once in My life’ by Stevie Wonder. Although we met to AC DC ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ – we felt that this would be inappropriate for our first dance so Stevie Wonder was a worthy substitute.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Whilst it is a cliché there is nothing we would change – we had the perfect day.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Just enjoy it and try to include your family and friends in both the day and the preparation in order to make it a truly special occasion for all involved.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Be patient and enjoy each others company.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Delegation… we believe that is the secret to a successful wedding!!!
Ceremony Venue: St Martins Church (Caerphilly)
Reception Venue: Fonmon Castle
Bride’s Dress: Laura May Bridal, Cardiff
Bride’s Shoes: Next
Bride’s Headpiece: Laura May Bridal, Cardiff
Bride’s Jewellery: Borrowed from Bride’s sister
Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: M&S
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Not on the high street
Cake: Baked by the Bride’s Sister
Flowers: Guttridge Florist
Hair: Alex (Bridesmaid)
DJ: Matt AM Discos
Stationery: Made by Groom
Caterers: Really Fresh Food Company.
Transport: Champagne Wedding Cars