Hello you beautiful bunch!
What have you got planned to tick off your wedding “to do” list this weekend? We thought we could be of assistance and show you an amazing homemade farm wedding by Clixx Photography to get the creative juices flowing. I hope that it can help with a little bit of inspiration.
What was your budget?
We were on a limited budget as we had/have been busy saving for a deposit for a house. Fortunately the mother of the bride was very artistic and managed to create some beautiful bunting, arranged all the flowers for us among many more things. This allowed us to save vastly on some areas! We pulled in a lot of favours from our neighbours- we were lucky enough that one happened to have a vintage cream tractor….perfect for our vintage farm theme wedding! Let’s just say we spent under 10k in total!
How would you describe your wedding theme?
So my (now) husband is a farmer and we currently live in the idyllic location of Ystradfellte right in the heart of waterfall country…. so what better place to get married! We were fortunate enough to get married in the village church ‘St Marys’ one of the oldest churches in Wales-which had only recently been saved from going into ruin by a fantastic effort by the local community and contributing tourists. It was also the same church as Morgans mother and late father got married.
After the ceremony and exiting the church under a traditional ‘pitchfork’ arch by the young farmers we departed on our very own vintage cream Dan Brown tractor driven by one of the groomsmen, only a short stones throw away from Morgans farm where our marquee was waiting!
The exterior was surrounded by our mismatch outdoor seating- including some old church pews I managed to get my hands on from a reclamation centre! And of course no farm wedding would be complete without hay bales!
Interior was decorated with pretty bunting surrounding the marquee, tables laid with vintage embroidered table cloths (charity shop raid!!) and pretty vintage china (hired and bought). Morgans brother in law kindly used his sawing skills and created some wooden discs for our enamel jugs (Range job!) to sit on. We had our cake table all laid out with large pieces of wood. One of our friends kindly made our wedding cake which compromised of Morgan holding a sheep, then me with a orange glove on (just to explain I am a vet) ‘lambing’ the sheep- needles to say it looked epic. As I am not a so sweet person…..I couldn’t have a wedding without some cheese so I had a ‘cheese cake’ as well which my mum managed to assemble and decorate on the morning of!
To top it off we had pictures against the farm as a backdrop then we took our photographer up to the top of the farm with Pen-Y-Fan in the distance ….and the cows decided to join us! So there are some lovely pics with his cows coming and having a picture with us!
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
I’m not quite sure which was my favourite part, it all went by in a bit of a blur! It was a very relaxed day that seemed to flow effortlessly . None of it seemed real to be honest it still doesn’t! I think my favourite bit was perhaps chatting to all the guests and having a good laugh, (swift) catch ups and just seeing they were enjoying the day as much as we were. There were moments where I was truly touched and got a bit emosh-I am not a very emotional person! But yes an all round great day!
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I am a Cardiff girl at heart so still go to town to do most of my shopping. I had popped in one Saturday to get some other bits and bobs. Wedding dress shopping wasn’t even on my mind! But as I passed Alison Jayne I noticed there were huge ‘SALE’ signs up. So, me not being able to refuse a sale, I popped in to have a look. I knew you had to make appointments sometimes weeks before fittings-but I thought I’d just have a browse. Low and behold they had a spare hour so I went about trying on different dresses, I had decided what sort of style I liked and had picked out a dress that I thought was ‘The One’. I wanted to go to other stores and try on the other gowns. My day out turned into mass wedding dress shopping. None of the other dresses compared to that one and I was sure that was it. So a week later I made another appointment at the dress shop and tried on the dress…..it didn’t look the same…so I started trying on more with the help of my mum and now an extra bridesmaid. All the dresses were blurring into one and I started getting overwhelmed. Then my mum picked up a dress from the sample sale (see…sample sale amazing bargains!) my 1st reaction was ‘I hate that belt’ but when I tried it on I loved it! The only thing was it was 2 sizes too big and the under slip was in ivory…I wanted a champagne colour. My mum then pipes up she thinks she can dye the slip so I take the dress a 1/3 of the original price (I could of had if I wanted at a mere snippet at 1400. I suppose is not too bad for a dress but I wasn’t prepared to pay that much for it).
So a heads up- you can’t dye polyester….unless you want it in a primary colour…let’s just say I didn’t fancy a brick red dress! My colleague had recommended a seemstress so I got in contact with her to see if she could help. Pam, what a lovely lady based in Gross Faen she created a bespoke underslip for me in my chosen fabric did a fantastic job of altering the dress- including lifting all the lace patterns up when shortening it. My belt- which I hated she used some of the champagne underskirt material to make the loops of the belt (may I say totally my idea!) Which gave a lovely tone to the dress. So I had my ‘Sottero and Midgley’ wedding dress for half the cost of a brand new one and it looked beautiful!
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I had my two friends from school as the ‘adults’ Rachel I have known since I was 3, we were in the same school throughout primary school and remained good friends throughout high school and thereafter! We decided in year 4 we should be marriage councillors when we were older! As for Laura we first started to ‘hang’ out in year 9 and our friendship really grew later in 6th form and post A levels and as a 3 have always kept in close contact.
Morgan chose Eiffion – a good neighbour and close friend who was there for him during some difficult times, he helped to guide him when sad circumstances ment Morgan had to take over the running of the farm when he was just 21. And has been a great support since. Plus he makes good speeches.
Why did you choose your venue?
As I mentioned before we live in the heart of waterfalls country in the Beacons national parks with views of Pen Y Fan – whole wouldn’t want to get married here!! There were also sentimental links and reasoning behind our choice.
Tell us about your photographer
Les Davies of Clixx Photography Aberdare did our photographs. We met him at a wedding fayre in Penderyn after haggling with him (sorry Les!) We arranged for him to come and shoot the wedding. We both had to say how relaxed we were around him both of us hate having our photos taken and he made us feel relaxed through out the whole day. It was like he wasn’t there at times! So a massive thanks for getting some amazing shots…..and sorry you got licked by a cow!!
How did the proposal happen?
So I had gone to the farmhouse to visit our neighbours to give them a late Christmas present- it was the 1st time they had met my newly removed dog as well so what started as a 5 min pop in turned into a 3hour chat and coffee….you know how it goes! So Morgan came knocking at 1pm to come and fetch me for dinner. He turned round and said for me to chuck my wellies on and to put the dog in the car he needed to go up the top to check the sheep before we went for dinner. So we hopped on the quad and went to the top of the farm. It was absolutely freezing (31st December 2015) he stopped the quad and he got off all I could think of was ‘I can’t see any blinking sheep up here what’s going on’ we then started talking about random rubbish and I could tell something was off (actually though he may have been breaking up with me!) Then he went to the front of the quad and went rummaging and shaking …he turned round then got down on his knee producing a very pretty ring (he apparently knew Mr better than I did!!) I of course said yes (still sat straddling the quad-not very lady like at all….Hood up and all!)
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
Just fair warning that doing it yourself is not easy! Its fun but stressful!! In fact because we (and by we I mean my mum) made most of the stuff/bought it we are now going into a small venture of hiring out vintage wedding items!
Another heads up….painting wooden furniture Ron seal is really watery and needs a million coats!!
What was your first dance & why?
Our 1st dance was Counting crows ‘big yellow taxi’ when I was a lambing student this was the song he played over and over and over again in the tractor and it kind of became our song from there.
The story behind how we met reminds me there is such thing as fate.
I was a 2nd year vet student and my friend in the year below needed a lambing placement- so through a mutual friend a farm in Ystradfellte was arranged. I had already done lambing but loved it so much I thought I’d do it again after speaking with the farmer he advised me his neighbour would be in more need as his father just passed away. So I decided to go and help out.From the minute we met we got on like a house on fire and sparks flew. We were on and off for a couple of years as I was studying in London and it was too far to travel, but a few years ago ….at a ram sale! We decided to make a proper go of it…and here we are now!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
I would have taken some more time off before work to prep!!! But to be honest I think that was the only thing I would have done. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for us and we couldn’t have ordered better weather!!!
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Ladies just accept the men are probably going to say…’you decide’ so just decide- that is what I did in the end! Just remember to enjoy yourselves and that you’ve decided to make that big commitment to one another!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
I don’t think we really had any to be honest! …..not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!!!
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
It was going to different fayres and getting ideas together it was only until the last couple of weeks that everything started to fall into place. I understand why people buy packages in hotels etc it takes away a lot of stress- an we both had strains both working full time jobs- Morg 7days a week right in the middle of lambing the month previous!! But we wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as we did…we got to appreciate the fruits of our (and others!!) Labour!
Photographer: Clixx Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Marys Church Ystradfellte
Reception Venue: Plas y Darren Farm
Bride’s Dress: Sottero and Midgley ‘Lara’
Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Bride’s Headpiece: Flowers
Bride’s Jewellery: Goldsmiths-pearl and diamond pendant, and my great aunts pearl earrings
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Hobbs
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Pia
Cake: Elaine Llewellyn
Flowers: Mum-Sian Mohamad, bouquets -‘Karen the florist’
Hair and Make Up: My bridesmaid/makeup artist! Laura Beard
DJ: Chris Lauriello
Stationery: Myself and my mother Sian
Caterers: Waterfalls ‘Glynneath golf club’
Transport: Sumo taxi and Gareth on Dai Brown