Real Wedding: Rachael & Chris’s Leopard Print and Sloe Gin Wedding by Carly Turner

Morning you beautiful lot. We are so excited about this wedding! When we get an email about a wedding with gin and leopard print we couldn’t open it up quick enough! We were not disappointed and loved the way they used the theme subtly throughout the whole day. I am sure you will fall in love with this couple and their big day just like we have. Without further ado I give you Rachael & Chris’s Leopard Print and Sloe Gin Wedding by the very talented Carly Turner.

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What was your budget? 

Our approximate budget was reasonable!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

We were adamant we wanted ourselves to be visible in the day. We ran a pub in a beautiful village of Mathern near Chepstow and we also wanted to use the day as a thank you to all those who supported us there.

As we were also getting our son, Thoran, christened it was to be a celebration of our new family. Very relaxed based in the country just being us, with great food, great drinks and lots if laughs which we achieved.R&C-381

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Being surrounded by friends and family as they are spread far and wide. The closeness we felt during the brilliant church service conducted by Reverend Julian White of St Tewdrics Church, Mathern. Julian knew us and he holds very similar love of fine red wines as we do. He made the ceremony exceptional and very personal and included many laughs for all the guests to enjoy. Many guests have said the service was a great part of the day as we also got Thoran christened.R&C-529

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew I didn’t want the full meringue dress and I am a very eclectic dresser at heart. The main focus was comfort and to feel me!

I read an article in the Telegraph on where to find bohemian dresses and Minna Brides of London was included. The dress was ordered on line with measurements and I loved it from the moment I saw it. Simple, relaxed and beautiful. R&C-504R&C-261

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Initially I was not having bridesmaids as I felt too old. However, my beautician, Essence of Beauty in Caldicot talked to me and I then asked my two oldest friends from school.

The groom was in a quandary and asked Dean as he was the one who could provide the relaxed laughs and Evo as he had shared many years of footy and laughs and provided the sensible arm to the day!

I love leopard print and wanted us all to have the same beautiful shoes. Both Chris and Thoran had specially made bow ties from Mrs Bow Ties. R&C-186R&C-191

Why did you choose your venue?

It was a village where our son was born and we had been part of for the previous 5 years with our business. Good friends of ours own Mathern Palace and they offered us the use of their gardens which we thought was fantastic as they it the most beautiful place.R&C-620

Tell us about your photographer

Originally we were not going to bother due to budgets etc and the fact that neither of us enjoy having our photo taken. However, we finally decided to but they had to make us feel relaxed and understand what we wanted. The grooms sister was friends with Carly Turner and as soon as we met Carly we knew she was the one.R&C-182

How did the proposal happen?

We had been together for 8 years and had a 4 year old son with a very busy business to run. However, one day after many drinks the bride was dared to propose to the groom and ‘The man from Delmonte said yes’!!R&C-395

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

The night we met was the day we drank my homemade sloe gin. This was imperative it was made for the wedding favours also. Some good friends made the mead for the day. Everybody had a job to make things such as mum to bottle the gifts, step mum made the embroidered table cloths and leopard print bunting and everybody came to help set it up the day before.R&C-510R&C-427

What was your first dance & why?

We struggled on our first dance as everything the groom wanted was inappropriate!!! We finally decided on the evening on Rewind by Paulo Nutini as that’son the album we used to play when we met. R&C-795

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Not tried to have done most of the catering ourselves as it left a lot of cleaning up the next day for everyone!!!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do what each of you want and enjoy every moment as it goes so fast.R&C-582

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Laugh and listen with one another.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Involving everyone and tailoring it to just what we liked.R&C-604R&C-625

The Suppliers

Photographer: Carly Turner
Ceremony Venue: St Tewdrics Church in Mathern, Chepstow
Reception Venue: Mathern Palace, Mathern, Chepstow
Bride’s Dress: Minna Brides of London
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Minna Brides of London
Bride’s Jewellery: Monica Vinader
Groom’s Outfit: Slaters and Mrs Bow Tie
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Fairy Gothmother
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Kurt Keiger matching shoes with brides
Cake: Own cheese wheel cake
Flowers: Crownhill Nurseries, Leechpool, Caldicot
Hair: Grooms sister
Make Up: Alex Gallop of Abergavenny
Band: Don Fox Scandal
DJ: Sam Bradshaw Get Dancing
Stationery: Pretty in pink
Caterers: One Call Caterers
Any Reception Decor/Props: China white company photo booth

The Wedding Album

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Lets Hear it for the Boys – The Carried Groom!

Traditionally, you see the bride being hoisted up by the groomsmen, in a slightly awkward but always funny, pose.  Carly Turner however, decided it would be better if the Groom got lifted this time, by his mates, and it is fab! Here is Chris the groom with his boys….

Lets Hear it for the Boys – The Carried Groom!

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Fabulous dapper looking boys! Congratulations Chris! You make a fabulously elegant groom and the others don’t look like they’re struggling to hold you at all! :-)

 

Real Wedding: Laura & Nick’s relaxed and Rustic wedding by Carly Turner Photography

Today we have the lovely Carly Turner Photography sharing one of her recent weddings with us today. Laura & Nick organised a fabulous, relaxed and rustic style wedding back in July and are here to tell you all about it. 

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What was your budget?

£7,000

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Rustic/relaxed

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Standing at the Isle with Nick saying our vows in front of friends and family.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I ordered my dress online from Etsy.com from a lady based in Turkey called Esra Bridal. The dress was a Waters inspired dress. It cost £250 including delivery! I felt uncomfortable at the thought of spending a lot on a dress I’d only wear for one day and was amazed at the quality of dress for the money,it was perfect. I loved my experience of ordering my dress online, I was able to have my dress tailor made to my taste without the fear of debt. This was only the 2nd dress I tried on, so luckily it was perfect.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I had my two best friends from school as my bridesmaids and my 84 year old grandmother as my maid of ‘dis’honour. She’s such as character, naughty and full of laughter and cheekiness! She made the wedding extra special. L&N-27L&N-55
The best man was Nick’s childhood friend Jamie, who became friends over their love of snap bands and causing havoc at the age of 9, when Nick moved from Hereford to Cardiff. Jamie was Nick’s first cardiff friend.

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Why did you choose your venue?

We chose Radyr golf club in Cardiff. It’s a pretty venue. There are no rooms at the golf club, which I liked. I didn’t want a grand hotel, just something pretty and simple.

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Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was fantastic!! She was a friend of mine from work. She’s a Nurse by trade but photographer at heart. She’s extremely talented lady, who even managed to get flattering photos of the most camera shy bride and groom. Carly took some lovely candid photos of the day, which we loved as it captured the day as it unfolded naturally. She’d also gone to the effort of having a wooden box customised (in the style and colours of our wedding) where she’d put Polaroids of the day and the memory stick containing 750!! Photographs. The memory stick was custom made, to look like a message in a bottle. Carly Llewellyn went above and beyond for our big day. I can’t express highly enough how important a good photographer is at your wedding…For us Carly wasn’t a good one, she was fantastic.

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How did the proposal happen?

Nick had spent 6 months in Afghanistan, and as soon as he’d left I knew he was the one I couldn’t be without. Once he was safely home, he’d planned to propose on Christmas day, our first Christmas living together. However 10 days before, we had been out for a few drinks. Once home, we’d decided to break into the Christmas biscuits we’d bought someone as a gift. Inside was a ring shaped chocolate biscuit. Nick joked and placed it on my finger, pretending to propose…he then asked me properly with the ring he’d picked out himself. It was perfect and the size was exact. By the time I’d said yes and placed the ring on my finger, he’d eaten the biscuit!! To this day I still think the only reason he proposed early was because he wanted that biscuit for himself.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Between myself and my mum and dad, we made everything for the wedding. The favours, table plan, centre pieces the lot. My Dad was suprisingly good as making all the pretty extras for the wedding.L&N-65L&N-63L&N-66What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance was Ed Sheran ‘thinking out loud’ because it said everything we felt at the time. A line in the song was about loving you since 23 and that was my age when we got engaged.L&N-99

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Not a thing! I’d do it all again tomorrow

Do you have any advice for future couples?

You really don’t have to spend a lot to have a good day and more importantly don’t stress the small stuff. The day will come and go in a heartbeat and you’ll waste the best day of your life stressing over insignificant things. We wanted our day to be relaxed and fun and that it was.L&N-41

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

The basis of a good marriage is good friendship.L&N-70

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Definitely all the smaller details, such as the favours and the bouquets etc. All the finer details that make a wedding unique to you as a couple.L&N-52

The Suppliers

Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Radyr Cardiff
Reception Venue: Radyr golf club
Bride’s Dress: Etsy
Bride’s Shoes: Blue shoes (from Newlook…shhh!)
Bride’s Jewellery: My mother’s
Groom’s Outfit: Slaters
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS
Cake: Devoli cakes
Flowers: Flowers I Do by Lucy
Make Up: Done myself
Stationery: Prostate cancer charity pens
Transport: Vintage Dubs

The Wedding Album

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