Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb! Happy New Year everyone!
Our first real wedding feature of 2015 is a great one. Full of fun, laughter, love and fabulous people. Our couple, Baz & Jess tied the knot on the 31st May last year at the gorgeous Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire. The wedding was photographed beautifully by our blog founder, Maria Farrelly Photography.
Lets hand you over to the newly weds as they share all the details of their big day.
Vintage and shabby chic! We wanted a relaxed afternoon tea sort of feel!
So hard to decide because EVERY part was amazing! Barry loved the part once the ceremony was over and he was able to relax with a beer (or 3) and have a good chat with everyone.Jess: I really loved getting ready surrounded with people I loved, and the speeches – we laughed a lot, really glad we made them fun and light hearted!
Maria made the photo booth such fun too, really relaxed.. the photos (as I am sure Maria will agree) were HILARIOUS!!!Tell us about your Wedding Dress
When I first got engaged I made a conscious decision NOT to rush into anything and make any hasty decisions without Barry (or my mum when it came to my dress). That went straight out of the window!!
I went to stay with my best mate Ffion in Cardiff when there just happened to be a wedding fayre. I had the most unpractical underwear on, hadn’t even realised there would be dresses to look at or try on! Totally unprepared.
I saw a couple of dresses I wanted to try ‘just to get a feel’. When I tried on THE dress I loved it but when I looked up at Ffi with tears in her eyes there was no going back! I loved the style and I got my head piece at the same time!!
I didn’t try on many dresses really to be honest. I was surprised to find the ones I thought would look best, didn’t so my advice is try on all different styles to start with and THEN decide on a dress. Don’t disregard styles, they surprise you!!Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Jess: I didn’t even try and narrow mine down. I have amazing and beautiful friends that I wanted to share my day with me!! I had 3 school friends, my best friend from university, my sister and my beautiful niece as my flower girl. Barry: I chose my brother and my best mate, I couldn’t choose between them.
We fell it love with it! Simple as that! We didn’t want a religious ceremony and we wanted something really chilled out. The venue was BEAUTIFUL in incredible surroundings. It was rustic and simple. The views were also amazing!How did the proposal happen?
Well…Barry booked a holiday and just said “Pack warm clothes” (I was SURE it was Scotland or North Wales!!) The alarm went off at 5am when he announces we are getting up and going!!
We drive to Birmingham and arrive at the airport where I start to panic that at no point did I pack my passport! Of course Baz had it!
He then gives me this spiel, “I would love to propose to you, I have no money at the moment, let’s just enjoy it for what it is etc” and we board the plane to VENICE!!
Barry had booked a beautiful hotel where there was champagne and rose petals scattered (I must be stupid still oblivious!!)
We then go off wandering streets, drinking lots of red wine and eating local foods etc.. We have such a beautiful and perfect day it seems so cheesy. Anyway, we get back to the hotel and I am lying on the bed and Barry is on the balcony and he tells me to come out and see the Gondola… so off I trot and I am watching this Gondola. When I turn around and Baz is on one knee with a beautiful vintage box in his hands!!!
I stood there while he proposed not quite knowing if he was messing about, until he gave me the ring. I didn’t answer like a normal person would but grabbed the ring, ran into the room and cried with joy while Barry was still waiting for the answer!
He had bought the vintage art deco ring months before, kept it in his drawer in work where he looked at it every day. Snuck it out to Venice in a sock and FINALLY popped the question,
We made a LOT of things ourselves. I think the easiest was the centre pieces. We collected old vintage bottles from antique stores, flea markets, car boot sales and tied bits of twine, lace, pears etc to them. They looked simple and beautiful and we used about 8 per table and filled them with peonies and gypsophila. Our table names were also written on chunks of driftwood we found on walks together with our dog. Our tables were names of all our favourite countries/cities we visited when we went travelling together. We made everything from the seating plan (an old smashed mirror frame) to the napkin holders (little hessian and flower fabric pouches with bows). They were VERY effective and gave the tables a really shabby chic feel. Guests loved them and took them home!What was your first dance & why?
We mulled this over for a good old while. We had a few options but finally got it down to Ray Lamontagne ‘You are the best thing’, Lifehouse (Jason Wade) ‘You belong to me’ and a song from Toy Story by Randy Newman, ‘You got a friend in me’.
Barry: Don’t drink too much the night before!
Jess: Enjoy EVERY single second of the build up. Nothing is worth getting stressed about – it’s such a special time!
Barry: If your considering making everything yourself, just remember how long it takes and the cost of buying everything, it can be cheaper to get them made!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
The stag and hen doo’s – they were Epic!
- Photographer & Photobooth: Maria Farrelly photography
- Ceremony Venue: Manorbier Castle
- Reception Venue: Castle Mead Hotel
- Bride’s Dress: White Orchid Swansea
- Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
- Bride’s Jewellery: Mothers
- Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Men’s wear
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Etsy
- Cake: Tisie T’eisen
- Flowers: Florabunda St Clears
- Hair: Pippa Hayes
- Band: The Domino Band
- Caterers: Al Fresco Catering, Manorbier
All the images in this post were taken by Maria Farrelly (even the photo booth!) Maria is available for weddings throughout Wales, the UK and abroad. For details on hiring Maria for your wedding, you can contact her here
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We look forward to hearing from you xxx