Chris & Vicky tied the knot in April this year at the beautiful Glangrwyney Court. This stunning modern wedding with a vintage twist was fun of laughter, cwtches and great fun (just what we love to see in a welsh wedding) and all wonderfully photographed by Anderson Photography. Lets hand you over to Bride Vicki for all the details…
What was your budget?
Our budget was £12,000 but we did go over slightly as most couples probably do! It is easy to get carried away even when you’re keeping track of everything on an excel spreadsheet lol!
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Kings of Leon Record – Our favourite band
Rugby Ball – Our love for rugby
Flintstones sign – We are known to friends as Fred & Wilma
World Globe – My traveling days & Chris days in the Royal Navy
Beans – Chris’ favourite food
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
I don’t think i could possibly choose as the whole day was absolutely perfect!! One part that stood out for me – i am a fluent Welsh speaker and my Husband is not but he learnt one of his vows in Welsh for the big day! I think our friends and family were all completely shocked to hear him speaking Welsh and it meant so much to me.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I purchased my dress from Celtic Brides in Cardiff and felt like a million dollars as soon as i put it on! It was everything i had been searching for over the 3 months i had been looking! it was perfect for me, a ‘Vicki’ dress!My wedding dress was the last one i tried on! 8 shops on, dress number 47!!! I know they say you can try too many on and start getting confused but i hadn’t found the one so had to keep on looking! and thank god i did! This is the most amazing and expensive dress you will ever wear so don’t just settle, make sure you feel like a princess and it’s the one!
I was sooo lucky, i didn’t have one bad experience in any bridal shops and they were all very accommodating and it was such an enjoyable experience, even if you do find ‘the one’ in the first shop, keep looking just for the fun of trying dresses on and feeling special! Shops i visited included – Laura-May Bridal, Perfections, Jadie-Leigh Boutique, Cardiff Bridal Centre & Timeless Elegence
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
We had 4 Bridesmaids in total – My two teenage cousins Skye & Sommer who came all the way over from Australia (they emigrated 10 years ago) and my two close friends Becky & Chloe who have been a part of my life for 15 years. Our best man was ‘EDDY’ (Daniel) who has been Chris’ Best friend for many years.
We choose these as we have been through so much together over the years and wanted them at our sides to witness our special day!
Why did you choose your venue?
We wanted somewhere where none of our friends had got married. And as soon as we viewed Glangrwyney Court we knew it was the venue for us. it had the rustic, relaxed, country look we were looking for. But most of all they offered the flexibility and freedom for us to plan our day the way we had dreamed. By simply offering the venue we were free to create our own bespoke wedding by hiring our own caterers, band an marquee company.
Tell us about your photographer
Our photographer was Anderson Photography. (David Williams)
We spent a good few months visiting different photographers but as soon as we met Dai we knew we wanted him to shoot our wedding! He was so friendly it was as if we had known him for years! And his albums were stunning! We had a pre-shoot (engagement shoot) a few months before the wedding where David made us feel right at ease in front of the camera! it was good to get to know him more before the big day and for him to know us as a couple.On the morning of the wedding David and his shooter Adam arrived first thing an didn’t leave until last thing at night! nothing was too much for them, even all the photos with nans, aunties, cousins, friends, girls, boys etc!
But what we loved most was the naturalness of his photos, half the time we didn’t even know they were there! You definitely get what you pay for, make sure you keep a healthy budget for a high quality photographer. A picture tells a thousand words and something you can keep forever! We are so pleased with our photos!
How did the proposal happen?
The proposal happened on the 24th July 2013 at 35,000 feet on a Boeing 737 on our way to Mexico! As we were late checking in we weren’t even sat together on the plane (obviously at this point i was oblivious to Chris panic) about 2 hours into our 10 hour flight the air hostess came to my seat and asked if i could follow her to the back as her manager wanted to speak to me! At this point i started panicking, going beetroot red, thinking they had found drugs or something in my bag! As i got up from my seat and turned around there was Chris on the tannoy of the aeroplane. As i approached the back of the plane all eyes were on me and Chris’ voice echoing over the tannoy – ‘Vicki, i know you love surprises and this is the biggest surprise of your life! you’re my best friend and i love more than anything, will you marry me’ at this point he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand and another air hostess was waving a camera in my face! i was so shocked that all i could say was OMG! The air hostess then asked me if that was a yes? to which i replied YES! She then announced to the other passengers that i had said yes and the plane erupted with applause! We were lucky enough to have another couple swap seats with us so we could spend the rest of the journey sat together enjoying complimentary Champagne!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
My sister-in-law made some vintage decorations for our tables. We spent months collecting empty wine / champagne bottles and jam jars which she then painted with pastel chalk paint and decorated with vintage lace, pearls and hessian. Really cheap and effective idea!
What was your first dance & why?
Our First dance was – Kings of Leon – Pyro. We choose this song as King of Leon is our favourite band and this was the song we were listening to when we first told each other we loved each other.Don’t worry if you think your guests won’t like the song or if you think it’s not lovey dovey enough. Go with what means something to you as a couple!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Embrace every second, it goes so quick and some of it becomes a blur! (book a videographer to catch the moments you may miss / forget)
Escape from your guests for just 10 minutes to get some alone time with your new Hubby!Don’t rush into booking vendors (especially photographers / videographers), look around and research, you will cherish your photos and video for the rest of your life.
Remember the day is about you and your partner, do it YOUR way!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Never go to sleep on an argument!
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
We loved all the Wedding Fayre’s, seeing all different ideas / vendors and piecing our wedding together bit by bit. (Cwtchfest is definitely worth a visit). I also loved putting all our ideas together on Pinterest! if you haven’t got this app – GET IT! But most of all seeing all your hard work and vision come together on the day, it all pays off!
Photographer: Anderson Photography
Videographer: Aurora Videography
Wedding Planner: Rebecca Gould
Ceremony Venue: Glangrwyney Court
Reception Venue: Glangrwyney Court
Bride’s Dress: Eternity @ Celtic Brides
Bride’s Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Bride’s Headpiece: Liza
Bride’s Jewellery: Gemtime Jewellers
Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: For her & For him
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Tresor Paris & Joma
Cake: Made by a friend
Flowers: Hilary’s Florist
Make Up: The Beauty Spot
Band: Killers of Leon
DJ: Dragon fly Disco
Caterers: Sugarloaf Catering
Any Reception Decor/Props: Cherry Blossom Fancies
Transport: Bradfords Coaches