Good morning one and all Cwtchers!
Well I know I promised this wedding last week, but we had a little mishap, so here we are with this stunning day, shot by Sandra Ace, to keep you on the edge of your seat no more!
Andrew and Courtney’s Pink Rose Wedding
What was your budget?
Our budget was £10,000 all paid for by ourselves. Courtney’s mum did pay for the church and beautiful flowers.
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Our wedding theme was based around a flower that the bride liked which was a pink rose. We used a lot of hessian and roses in our decorations.
All made by the bride and stationary from a company called The Vow.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
My favourite part of my wedding was saying my vows to Andrew. Then walking out of the church to our guard of honour by Tenby RNLI Crew and Mid and West Tenby Fire Brigade. While our string quartet played our favourite Oasis song ‘whatever’ – that for me was so wonderful as Andrew is a crew member of Tenby RNLI and Tenby Fire Brigade. The services are very close to our hearts.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I went to Allison Jayne Bridal Studio in Cardiff to try on wedding dresses and I chose eight to try on. My wedding dress was actually the second dress I tried on. It was a dress by Mark Lesley and had only been in the shop a week. I was the first person to buy the dress and I fell in love with it straight away, so much so that I ended up buying it 15 months before our big day. The bridal shop ordered me extra fabric from Mark Lesley which was used to create a different look to the top of the dress. Originally the dress had two thin straps at the front but I got a local seam stress from Tenby to alter it and make it more elegant at the shoulders.
Gina Clode was the seam stress and she transformed the dress into exactly what I wanted. Gina even made my veil from the remain fabric we ordered for shoulders. I loved choosing my wedding dress. I wanted something that was different and that I’d not seen another bride in.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I picked my 3 best friends Cassie, Marcie and Leah, then my sister Keeley and sister in law Nikki as bridesmaids. My 3 best friends have been by my side and supported me through such difficult times through my life and I felt they were the girls to be my bridesmaids and by my side that day. Our flower girls were my friends daughter Ruby and my daughter Halle Aston.
Andrew had two best men his life long friend Dean and his friend of many years Robert. Andrews usher were close friends Scott,Trevor and Peter. These also have helped Andrew through tough times in his life expescially when Andrew lost his father.
Why did you choose your venue?
We are from Tenby and a lot of the venues used for weddings we have visited over and over for Christmas parties and other weddings.We chose Broadway because we had never been to a wedding there and when we viewed it we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and location. We wanted a special place to create our own memories in a place we had no memories of others.
Tell us about your photographer
Our photographer was the lovley Sandra Ace. I came across her wedding photographs on Facebook and we both just loved her work. Sandra was amazing on our wedding day, capturing the most beautiful moments not only between Andrew and I but also between Andrew and his Nan. Sandra understood how Andrew felt about his nan and the bond they have, she was amazing. Sandra made us feel so comfortable and relaxed we loved every second spent with her.
How did the proposal happen?
Andrew proposed to me in Cardiff. He whisked me away for a night away when I was expecting our second child. The hotel room was filled with flowers and champagne on ice. It may not be a great proposal story but it was perfect.
Andrew knew that I liked a ring in a near by jewellers and although money was tight whilst we were renovating our house and with a second baby on the way, he went into the jewellers and paid off the ring weekly, just so I could have it.
I had no idea, until he got down on one knee.
What was your first dance & why?
Our first dance was by Zachary Kibbee called Baby Blue. Andrew was working on a roof one day and heard the song on the radio, so he chose the song as all he could think of was me throughout the song. We both love it and enjoyed dancing to it on our wedding day.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
We would not have done anything differently. I think our wedding was a true reflection of the love between us and the banter between us. We were so happy with everything.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Do not aim to please others. It is one day for you, so put yourselves first and do the best you can with it. Enjoy it and take 5 mins to yourself as a couple to take it all in, as it goes so quick.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Never go to sleep on a argument
(By Andrews nan Theresa Aston)
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Our favourite part about planning was hand making all our decorations and all the personal touches
Photographer: Sandra Ace Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church, Tenby
Reception Venue: Broadway Country House, Laugharne
Bride’s Dress: Allison Jayne, Cardiff
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club
Bride’s Headpiece: Etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Earrings by Pandora.
Bracelet by Joma Jewellery
Groom’s Outfit: Mr Roberts, Pembroke Dock
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Etsy
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Etsy and Joma Jewellery
Cake: Cake by Mairwen Head
Flowers: Flowers by Shelley Webb
Hair: Hair by Jamie Hughes of Jamies Salon, Tenby
Make Up: Make by Nicole Devereux
Singer: Mike Jones
DJ: Nikki and Annemarie WestCoast Mobile Disco
Stationery: The Vow
Any Reception Decor/Props: All made by bride and groom. Bought from various places
Transport: Top Class Cars
The Wedding Album