We have a gorgeous relaxed wedding for you today thanks to the lovely Hannah from Rocksalt Photography. Welsh couple John & Sara got married in Shropshire on the 29th of May and it looks like the sun shone for them all day long. Here is Sara to tell us more, with gorgeous photographs from Rocksalt Photography.
What was your budget? Roughly £10,000. Supported greatly by father of the bride.
How would you describe your wedding theme? We wanted a laid back, stress free wedding and our theme reflected this with pastel greens and pinks.
What was your favourite part of your wedding? The favourite part of our wedding was when John and I finally saw each other as I walked down the aisle. All the anticipation and build up of the wedding had finally got to this point. Once by each other’s side we both felt it was just the two of us, and all the nerves of being the centre of attention had gone. This was the best, and most important part of our wedding.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress My wedding dress came from Wedding Belles at Laura’s in Llanidloes. In my mind I had the intention of buying a slim fitting full lace gown. The girls at Llanidloes helped me understand what styles suit me best, and I soon found myself trying on dresses I would never have considered. I was unable to commit to ‘the one’ and tried on more dresses in other shops, but my mind always came back to the dress in Llanidloes.
I finally returned to Wedding Belles at Laura’s and purchased my dress, along with a full length veil. With the support of my Mum, Bridesmaids and help from the girls in Llanidloes I truly found the perfect dress.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? The best man was Gideon Berends, a childhood friend of John’s.
Bridesmaids were my sister Emma Jerman, my brothers girlfriend Beverley Morris and best friend Nikki Gethin.
Why did you choose your venue? We chose the Lion Quays as we were looking for a venue a bit further away from home that matched our laid back and relaxed personalities. During a break away at the hotel, we met with Ruth Malone – wedding co-ordinator for a general chat and went from there.
How did the proposal happen? The proposal happened at home the night before our last holiday before our baby arrived. John had intended to ask me during the holiday but feared he would loose the ring, or be caught with the ring on him before he had a chance to propose.
He went down on one knee, and I was truly gobsmacked. I found out afterwards that he had asked my Dad for my hand in marriage a few days earlier, which made it perfect.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? My Mum made homemade raspberry vodka for the favours. We bottled them in mini demijohns along with handmade labels and name tags. This was a really simple but effective idea.
What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was to ‘The Calling – Wherever you will go’. This song is special to our relationship and takes us back to when we first started going out with each other 10 years ago.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? There is not anything I would have done differently about our wedding.
Do you have any advice for future couples? Remember it is your wedding, and make decisions that please both of you rather than other people.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Never stop holding hands with each other.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Spending hours on Pinterest finding amazing ideas then making the ideas a reality in my meetings with wedding suppliers and organisers.
Photographer: Rocksalt Photography
Wedding Planner: Ruth Malone
Ceremony Venue: Lion Quays, Oswestry
Reception Venue: Lion Quays, Oswestry
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero – Benita from Wedding Belles at Laura’s
Bride’s Headpiece: Debenhams
Bride’s Jewellery: Debenhams
Groom’s Outfit: Peter Posh suit hire
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Ebony rose
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Debenhams
Cake: Made by the Groom’s Mum
Hair: The Hair Boutique
Make Up: Claire Williams- Glo
Band: Dai Robs
DJ: Dai Robs & Rob
Any Reception Decor/Props: Elegant finishing touches
The Wedding Album