Before we even mention how sensational Claire, this stunning bride, looked, having the groom as Tom ‘The Conman’ Connors was always going to mean ball skills were going to be incorporated in there somewhere!
Tom is a record breaking internet sensation, with 300,000 followers on Facebook. His company, SBX, came along to help with the entertainment which included football skills, break dancing and were spinning basketballs on the brides heels!
All of this captured by the wonderful Les of Clixx Photography. Over to Claire to tell us all about this fabulous day……
Claire and Tom ‘Con-Man’ Conners Family Wedding
How would you describe your wedding theme?
We both wanted an intimate ceremony with only family and extremely close friends. We chose all the wording very carefully and both mums gave beautiful readings.
It was simple and understated with the main importance being on the words and the commitment we were making to one another.
Following the ceremony we just wanted a fun day for all our guests and the children to relax. We spent a long time choosing the right entertainment especially as it was an 11am wedding we wanted to keep the day flowing. Also as Tom owns an entertainment company it was also great to have all the SBX entertainment team involved and of course Tom also had to perform during the evening!
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
We both agree the ceremony was the favourite part of our wedding. We were both so nervous, we could not wait to say ‘I do’, we literally counted down everyday until the wedding and chose to get married early in the day so we could say ‘I do’ as soon as possible.
Isabella, Claires youngest daughter also could not wait for the ceremony, every morning in the run up to the wedding she asked, Tom how many sleeps until the wedding?
Tom also loved signing the register, he said the reality hit him then that he had married his dream girl he was overwhelmed that he now had this amazing woman to spend the rest of his life with as his wife.
When I looked over and saw the girls crying happy tears following the signing I couldn’t hold back my own tears. Our family felt complete and I could not believe this wonderful man was now officially my husband and step father to my two beautiful daughters. We both struggled to take it all in, it was a highly emotional moment, something we both wanted from the minute we met one another and it had finally happened, neither of us could really believe it but we also loved it!
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I loved trying many different wedding dresses on, and of course all my original ideas of what type of dress I wanted went completely out the window as soon as I got in the shops. I was somewhat limited in styles as I only had a couple of weeks to get the dress. I originally thought I wanted a long sleeve lace dress however once I got them on I realised I would not have felt comfortable all day in those styles. My maid of honour booked all our appointments and was on hand to offer opinions. We had some great days, the shop assistants were amazing. I found a Justin Alexander style online and luckily a stockist that could get my size in with the limited time frame as there was one in production in America.
Much like the ceremony I wanted to keep the dress simple and understated. I wanted a style that would be timeless. My mother came along and saw the dress when it arrived and advised on the alterations required.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Maid of honour was my best friend Dawn John, who has been an amazing friend for the last 10 years.
Bridesmaid was my youngest sister Charlotte Campbell, we are extremely close and both Charlotte and Dawn are always on hand to help me with whatever crazy requests I come up with. I was also extremely nervous so I needed calming influences around me on the morning of. My daughters looked gorgeous, and every time I looked at them they filled me with pride and love on the day. The first time they met Tom they said, Mum can you just marry Tom? And so I think for them they were very happy with the whole day.
Two smaller bridesmaids, Sophia (Claires eldest daughter), Lily (Tom’s sister).
Two flower girls, Isabella (Claires youngest daughter), Rihanna (Tom’s little sister)
Pageboy, Ryan Tom’s brother.
Best man, Chris Poole, Toms brother, and the person that understands how important this day was to Tom. Tom had been waiting for the one and Chris understood how much the wedding meant to him.
Toms youngest sisters and brother are adorable and get along so well with Sophia and Isabella and of course love their big brother so it was only right that they were part of the day too. They are always full of hugs and kisses for Claire and I was so proud to see them all do such a wonderful job of walking down the aisle.
Why did you choose your venue?
St David’s Spa Hotel was where Tom proposed, so it felt right to also get married there. The staff were amazing during the engagement evening and now St David’s will always hold a special place on our hearts.
Tell us about your photographer
Les is an amazing photographer and really had his work cut out. Due to Tom’s work he loves the camera, he’s a natural entertainer and definitely knows how to strike a pose, just check out Tom ‘Conman’ Connors on Facebook and all other social media! Claire on the other hand is extremely camera shy so poor Les had to really work hard to build confidence quickly. Not only is Claire camera shy she was also shaking with nerves. Les was a real calming influence on the day and was determined to get the shots we had discussed previously. The wind picked up whilst we were outside so we all had to fight with the veil but les kept spirits up and the veil shot is actually my favourite.
He was a complete professional but also completely up for anything, as Tom is a professional Street basketball player, currently holding 15 world records it was of course necessary to have photographs with the basketballs. He even taught me a few tricks during the evening show, such a spinning the ball on a pen and on the heel of my shoe!!! Les caught all the action and we simply adore our wedding album. Les was awesome from start to finish, which was a very long day and the images he captured blew us away, we can’t thank him enough.
How did the proposal happen?
Tom had designed abdarranged for a ring to be made by Roger Williams, Pont canna, however he also got a TV job in Singapore during the same period. He went leaving the jeweller strict instructions as he wanted to propose as soon as he got back.
He arrived home from Singapore on the Thursday and the Friday he took me for a lunch and a pamper session. He then said just go home now, relax and tonight we will chill out in St David’s.
I was in the shower when his dad called and asked could I meet them at Castle Coch as they needed to give me something for Tom, obviously I said I couldn’t but they were welcome to come to the house and leave it with me; by which time I should have been able to throw some pj’s on 😂 his dad was a bit flustered and little did I know I had spoilt the start of the plan!!
His dad, step mum brother and younger sisters arrived, the little ones where all dressed in fairy tale costumes and looked fab! They had a card and gift but would not say one word. I thought they were going to a party and wondered why they wouldn’t answer any of my questions; apparently Tom had given them strict instructions not to give anything away. They left and so I opened the card; it read , the thing is with fairy tales is that they don’t come true…..until now! Make your way to dawns and I had some champagne and chocolates to take. I was somewhat confused but excited so made my way to my best friends house with the card. When I arrived she passed me another card with another message from Tom asking me to make my way to st David’s suite for a relaxing night together, the room key was in the card so I was super excited to get there and see him. When I got to the room I expected to see Tom but when I opened the door there was another card and gift. The card asked me to go back to reception and ask for Steph the manager. I was shaking now, Tom had been away and I just wanted to see him and have quality time together. I practically ran back down to reception and as I came through lifts Steph was waiting for me. She asked me to follow her and walked me over to the Dahl suite. As I came around the corner I saw a red carpet and then some petals. On my next step i saw Tom waiting at the end of the carpet and there was some music playing. I started crying as I walked towards him, he held me when I got to him, kissed my face then dropped to his knee and presented me with my beautiful ring; he asked me to marry him; he was shaking and crying, I said yes and started crying too. We held each other for ever. A table was set in the room for us to have an intimate meal and our waiter was great, taking hundreds of photos for us whilst also serving our meal. After the meal Tom said we should have a drink in the bar before we head up to our room, little did I know; he had arranged one final surprise and some of our family and closest friends where already there and waiting to congratulate us. It really was a fairy tale evening.
What was your first dance & why?
Craig David – Nothing like this, after out first date we both got in our cars to drive home and obviously must have been listening to the same radio station as this was the first song that we both heard, following that everytime we went somewhere together it came on, it was a sign!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Just make sure you do everything exactly as you want. We had great fun planning everything together, wedding planning lunches became my new favourite thing! We would get to sit and eat whilst planning and we would always end up super excited. We were determined to not be guided by anyone else. The wedding was only about what Tom and I wanted and that what makes it special to us.
It was also very important to Tom that there were only guests there that were very much part of our lives. We didn’t want to be looking out to distant family or friends, we wanted everyone there to be close to us and understand our relationship and how much it truly meant to both of us.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
For Tom: happy wife, happy life! 😄
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
We did every single thing possible together so it was all enjoyable, we love each others company and we are completely on the same wave length as one another so it makes decisions very easy. Claire is a psychology graduate working on building her property portfolio so we both work from the same office meaning we get lots of time together; this was great during the planning stages.
Photographer: Clixx Photography
Wedding Planner: Gemma King, St David’s Hotel and Spa
Ceremony and Reception Venue: St David’s Hotel and Spa
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander
Bride’s Shoes: Carvela by Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Alison Jayne
Groom’s Outfit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Monsoon
Cake: St David’s Hotel and Spa
Comedian- George Lucus
SBX– Ash Randall, freestyle footballer, Ryan, Beatboxer,
Frankie and Ricky, breakdancers.
The Wedding Album