Real Wedding: Heledd & Geraint’s Black & White Wedding by Keith Morris

Heledd & Geraint wanted a relaxed, fun day for their wedding and it really looks like they got their wish! :) We love the bold choice of a black and white wedding dress – such commitment to their theme! :) All photographs in the post were provided by their photographer, Keith Morris.

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We asked them a few questions about their day…

How would you describe your wedding theme? With a gorgeous black and white facade, the venue made our theme quite obvious. Though everything wasn’t black and white as I think it would have been a little over the top, it was certainly reflected in my dress and the bridesmaids, as well as some of the decorations. It was also quite understated. Also, we had a bit of a Welsh-Irish theme in the food, to reflect our Welsh roots and my time in Ireland.

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But – more than anything, we wanted a fun and relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by our friends and family. There’s a famous printing press in Gregynog, and our wedding invitations were made by the man who used to work there. They were simple and elegant, but also meant that every guest had a little part of Gregynog.

What was your favourite part of your wedding? Apart from the actual wedding ceremony, seeing family and friends mingle and enjoy themselves. There were some hilarious photographs from the photobooth, and not from the usual suspects. Also, we had some spontaneous singing by the piano at some stage by many of the guests, which was amazing. Everyone mixed with each other, and everyone threw themselves into having fun. It was great to see al the smiles and laughter.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My friend Wendy lives in Vancouver, but prior to moving there, we spent four wonderful years living together during University in Dublin. She’s the sweetest, bubbliest and kindest person on earth and was an obvious choice to be my Maid of Honour. I was thrilled that she flew all the way to be there with us.

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My other two bridesmaids were Gwenno, Geraint’s daughter and Aoife, my friend’s daughter who I’ve known since she was a little girl. They were perfect bridesmaids. Geraint decided against a best man, but chose his son, Gethin, to look after our rings, which he did brilliantly!

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Why did you choose your venue? Gregynog Hall was a perfect venue for us. It’s somewhere I’ve visited and loved since I was a little girl, and there’s lots of pictures of me there from a very young age. Luckily, when Geraint saw the place for the first time he loved it as well. Though it looks quite grand, the staff are down to earth and were so flexible in allowing us to make the day our own.

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So many places we saw were so stuffy, and forcing menus and so on upon us but they let us plan the day just as we wanted. Bar open until 3am? No problem. Hog Roast Buffet rather than a sit down meal? No problem. Punch bowls rather than wine? No problem. I think you get the picture! Also, there was enough space for over a 100 guest to say which meant that many of us were there from the Friday until the Sunday. It meant more time to see family and friends, especially ones who had travelled from Ireland, Canada and Australia to be present. Plus more time to have fun!

How did the proposal happen? We were over in Dublin at my friend Annie’s wedding, having just returned back from a romantic holiday to Seville. The night before the wedding, we went out. We had food in a lovely Italian restaurant, and I could tell Geraint was a little quiet. Just as the main course was served, I saw a friend of mine from my college days as a nearby table and went over to chat to him. He then came over to say hello to Geraint, and chatted for a while.

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After finishing dinner, Geraint and I went on to a pub and there was some fantastic live music. And that’s where he asked me! I thought he’d just had one pint too many, but he’d planned to ask me in the restaurant until my friend showed up. Of course I said yes! Some people may not think a pub is the most romantic place, but the atmosphere and the music were perfect for us. It also meant a lot to me that he’s asked me in Dublin, somewhere that will always be close to my heart.

How did you find the wedding planning? A month after we booked our wedding, I found out I was pregnant! Tomos Geraint arrived on the 12th of May and our wedding was four months later. It meant that we had other priorities, so took quite a relaxed approach to the day. I chose a dress that I wouldn’t have to starve myself to fit into, which really took away the stress. I didn’t suit traditional wedding dresses anyway, so having something a bit different was more my style anyway.

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My biggest treat to myself for the day was a pair of custom, handmade shoes by Hetty Rose. They are stunning, and are ones I will be able to wear again. As they were made to fit my foot, they were so comfortable which meant I was able to wear them all day!

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Our photographer, Keith Morris, really captured the spirit of the day and was brilliant company to have around. We love his informal photographs rather than some of the more traditional type.

Both the hair and make up girls – Bev and Leah – were amazing. They were fun, but also so professional. They did a fab job, and I can’t recommend them more highly.

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As we are both Welsh speakers, we wanted the ceremony and the speeches to be in Welsh. To include everybody, we asked a friend of ours who’s a translator to translate everything. All the non Welsh speakers had a headset and were able to follow the day without a problem.

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What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was Ring of Fire, because it’s a song that both of us love – and it’s short so we wouldn’t have to dance too long!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? I would have danced more to the fantastic band!

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Do you have any advice for future couples? Stick to what you want, and don’t let other interfere. Plan a day that suits both of you, and choose a venue that allows some flexibility. You don’t have to please everybody else – just yourselves! But also – let people you trust help. My Mum did so much to help, and her friend, Elliw, was invaluable on the day.

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She did the flowers for the venue beautifully, she helped me tie my dress and even leant me her earrings! Also another relative, who’s a famous harpist – Elinor Bennett – offered to play the harp at our ceremony. It really added to the atmosphere, and it was a real honour for us to have her play.

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Never let an argument fester, and never to go sleep angry.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Doing things our way, and not having to conform to what a wedding ‘should’ be like. We walked into the ceremony together hand in hand, we chose readings for the ceremony that meant something to both of us, we had punch bowls on every table with quite a strong vodka punch rather than wine, we didn’t have a wedding cake but rather a chocolate and guinness cake on every table. In other words, we planned a day that reflected both of us. It was amazing to see everything come together.

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Photographer: Keith Morris
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gregynog Hall
Bride’s Dress:  Twobirds from Mr & Mrs Bridal Boutique supposed to be a bridemaid dress, but I chose it as a wedding dress
Bride’s Shoes: http://www.hettyrose.co.uk/wedding-shoes/
Bride’s Jewellery: Borrowed. Wedding ring custom made.
Groom’s Outfit: Take Four, Llangefni
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Gilly Gray and In One Clothing
Cake: Gregynog made a chocolate and guinness cake for each table
Flowers: Ordered flowers as decorations from a local florist. Bouquets and buttonholes were the vera wang collection.
Hair: Beverley Dunkley
Make Up: Leah Sims
Band: Yr Amendments
Stationery: David Vickers
Any Reception Decor/Props: The China Library
Photo booth: Giggle Booth
Favours: Retro sweets for the sweet table and favours (halen mon sea salted caramels)

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