Cwtch Of The Week: Beautiful Beach Cwtch

Morning you lovely lot!

I think we can all agree that summer is on its way. Yes, we might be having the odd shower but the leaves are on the the trees, the flowers are filling our gardens and the days are getting longer. This also means that wedding season is in full swing. The excitement is building for many of you who will soon be walking down the aisle.

This beautiful beach Cwtch of the week was taken by the South Wales Wedding Photographer Clare Adams from Loveseen. This photograph smells of summer. The lighting, the setting and the way her dress is bundled up in such a carefree manner. The other thing that I love is the fact that Caroline is on her tip toes. It reminds me of my husband and I, as I’m a shorty as well.

On Saturday I was at Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire, to photograph the wedding of Alain and Caroline. They are literally the coolest couple around and lead such amazing lives; spending 6 months of the year on the slopes as ski instructors and the other 6 months on the waves teaching water-sports. Their wedding reflected their outdoor lifestyle in all the little details and it was very fitting that their first walk of married life was to the totally unspoilt Barafundle Bay.” Clare Adams

Beautiful Beach Cwtch Of The Week

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Real Wedding: Nicola & Dan’s Humanist Vintage Wedding in Pembrokeshire by Whole Picture Weddings

Nicola & Dan had a beautiful humanist wedding at Dan’s family home in Pembrokeshire in September last year. The day was captured beautifully by Whole Picture Weddings, huge thank you to Naomi from Whole Picture for submitting! As always we asked the bride and groom a few questions about their day.


How would you describe your wedding theme? I would best describe our day as a Vintage Tea party. We didn’t have any firm ideas to begin with but we knew from the very beginning that we wanted to have as relaxed a day as possible, with not too much structure. Neither of us wanted to get married in a church, but we didn’t want to settle for a registry office, and both of us loved the idea of getting married outdoors, but it seemed like that was not an option, until we came across Dee Phillips who is an accredited Celebrant with the British Humanist Society, and as soon as we met her we knew we wanted a humanist ceremony and we had the perfect spot! I had my heart set on afternoon tea instead of a sit down hot meal so we worked around that and everything else fell into place.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? It’s really hard to pick my favourite part; the ceremony was really special to us, but I was so nervous that at the time it seemed like a bit of a blur! I really enjoyed mingling with our guests and seeing everyone enjoying all the little details we had put together. We were so lucky that we had amazing weather on the day and it couldn’t have been more perfect as we had giant garden games and a ice cream van which seemed to go down a storm.


One of the things I loved the most was having all of our family and friends together. My family and friends from home had a long way to travel and it was a lovely opportunity for them to see where I live.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress My dress was a Charlotte Balbier dress which I found at White Bride in Narberth. I wasn’t really looking forward to wedding dress shopping and after me and my mum had an awful experience at a discount wedding dress store I put off dress shopping for a while. I visited 3 bridal stores and in the end narrowed it down to 2 dresses, but the Charlotte Balbier dress was perfect; it had the vintage look I wanted and most of all it didn’t feel restricting! All along I didn’t want a dress with a train but in the end, after being talked around I decided to keep it and I’m glad I did. Sally at White’s made the experience so enjoyable, walking into her boutique is like stepping into a fairy tale! The shoes I had for the day were the ones Sally gave me to try on when I first tried my dress and from hen on I couldn’t imagine any others!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My best friend Robyn was my Maid of Honour, she has known Dan and I since we first became a couple and we were all at university together. I also asked one of my closest friends Emily, who I met when I moved to Pembrokeshire. I didn’t know many people at all when I moved here and she made it so much easier for me to settle in here. I also asked my cousin Ashleigh, who was really excited to be a bridesmaid for the first time, and Dan’s two nieces Teagan and Shaylyn, who I think nearly drove my sister in law Shauna mad in the run up to the wedding!

Dan’s best man was his friend Gethin. They’ve been friends since play group and Gethin was one of the first of Dan’s friends that I got to know when I moved here.


Why did you choose your venue? We were so lucky to be able to have our wedding at Dan’s family home which has a lot of happy memories. With such a magnificent setting right on our doorstep it felt silly to go elsewhere! Our ceremony overlooked the lake and my now parents in-law put it so much hard work to make the place look amazing.


How did the proposal happen?  The proposal was no grand affair but it was our style and I think sums us up as a couple. Dan proposed on my birthday, whilst we were staying at my mum and dad’s house. I woke early and dan was already awake. He said happy birthday and pointed to my birthday card which was propped up on the bedside table. I took the card and behind was a ring box. After opening the card I opened the box and saw a lovely ring inside, but I assumed it was a birthday ring, and not “the” ring, so I said thank you and placed it back on the side so I could wake up properly. This was when Dan told me it wasn’t just any ring, and that was how we got engaged! It was just like his style and it was perfect. When we got back home we went shopping together to pick out my engagement ring, so now I have 2 beautiful rings!


Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? I set out with the intention of doing most things myself. I’m quite crafty and handy with a sewing machine, but it didn’t take long to realise maybe I needed to be more realistic. In the beginning I wanted to make the bridesmaid dresses myself and even did a trial run, but my dad talked me out of it as he was worried I was taking on too much, and I think he was right! I did make all the bunting myself, and was sewing until 3 in the morning a couple of nights in the week before the wedding, but I was so pleased with the way it looked in the end. One of my favourite details was the glass jars that we used as centrepieces. I collected coffee jars for months and with the help of 2 of my friends, Jane and Rachel we decorated them with ribbon and string etc to fit in with the vintage theme, they looked fab! I had a lot of help from family and friends. My mum came to stay for a week and we spent most of it making bunting! I had loads of ideas pinned on Pinterest and I didn’t get round to half of them, but it didn’t matter in the end. I also made some beaded flowers for each of the bouquets and my mum and Dan’s mums buttonholes. They took me a lot longer than I anticipated but I was over the moon with the way they looked. I found all of the instructions for the things I made online.

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I also spent a lot of time collecting vintage tea cups and saucers, and I had a ball! My friend Jane and I visited all sorts of places from auction houses to flea markets, charity shops and car boot sales. I was quite sad when I didn’t need to collect anymore! The vintage china was one of the things I wanted from the beginning to tie in with the afternoon tea and I was so pleased with how it all looked.


What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was to The Guillemots, Made up Love Song. Neither of us were looking forward to this part, and it was the longest 3 minutes of our lives, but it’s an important rite of passage and I think we would have been disappointed had we not had a first dance. I told my friends that they had to join us quickly on the dance floor, which they all ignored, and thought was hilarious!


In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? We had the perfect day for us and we wouldn’t change it for the world. There were times in the lead up that we said we wished we had gone away somewhere and had a low key wedding but after the amazing day we had with our friends and family and now being able to look back through our beautiful photos we wouldn’t change anything at all.

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Do you have any advice for future couples? Stick to your guns with what you want even if it’s a little out of the ordinary. When we said we were going to have a humanist ceremony no one knew what to expect and were a little apprehensive but it was the perfect ceremony for us, and we had so many comments afterwards about how lovely and personal it was.

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? My dad gave Dan a good piece of advice in his speech, he said the best way to remember an anniversary was to forget it once!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? One of my favourite things about planning our wedding was letting my creative side run wild and trying out making all sorts of different things.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Whole Picture Photography
Videographer: Simon Clarke Films
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dan’s family home
Bride’s Dress: Charlotte Balbier Annabelle from White Bride, Narberth
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Bride’s Headpiece: Glass Oyster at Not on the High Street
Bride’s Jewellery: Jon Richard
Groom’s Outfit: Mr Roberts Formal Hire
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy
Cake: Edward Taylor
Flowers: Mary Adams
Hair: Sarah @ Ava Marie, Narberth
Make Up: Amrie Dassen
Band: Sounds Familiar
Stationery: The Noble Hound
Caterers: Four Cooks
Any Reception Decor/Props: Cake Stands from The Vintage Tea Party Company, Carmarthen
Other: Ice Cream Van: Top Class Wedding Cars, Whitland.
Post box: Floatations Balloons, Narberth.

The Wedding Album

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How beautiful! How many cwtchers have considered a humanist wedding? We’d love to hear from you, the why’s how’s and where’s! Leave a comment in the box x

Baz & Jess’s Manorbier Castle Wedding by Maria Farrelly Photography

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb! Happy New Year everyone!

Our first real wedding feature of 2015 is a great one. Full of fun, laughter, love and fabulous people. Our couple, Baz & Jess tied the knot on the 31st May last year at the gorgeous Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire. The wedding was photographed beautifully by our blog founder, Maria Farrelly Photography.

Lets hand you over to the newly weds as they share all the details of their big day. 

Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly096Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly093How would you describe your wedding theme?

Vintage and shabby chic! We wanted a relaxed afternoon tea sort of feel!

Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly081What was your favourite part of your wedding?

So hard to decide because EVERY part was amazing! Barry loved the part once the ceremony was over and he was able to relax with a beer (or 3) and have a good chat with everyone.Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly062Jess: I really loved getting ready surrounded with people I loved, and the speeches – we laughed a lot, really glad we made them fun and light hearted!

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When I first got engaged I made a conscious decision NOT to rush into anything and make any hasty decisions without Barry (or my mum when it came to my dress). That went straight out of the window!!

I went to stay with my best mate Ffion in Cardiff when there just happened to be a wedding fayre. I had the most unpractical underwear on, hadn’t even realised there would be dresses to look at or try on! Totally unprepared.

I saw a couple of dresses I wanted to try ‘just to get a feel’. When I tried on THE dress I loved it but when I looked up at Ffi with tears in her eyes there was no going back! I loved the style and I got my head piece at the same time!!

I didn’t try on many dresses really to be honest. I was surprised to find the ones I thought would look best, didn’t so my advice is try on all different styles to start with and THEN decide on a dress. Don’t disregard styles, they surprise you!!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly020Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly019Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Jess: I didn’t even try and narrow mine down. I have amazing and beautiful friends that I wanted to share my day with me!! I had 3 school friends, my best friend from university, my sister and my beautiful niece as my flower girl. Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly075Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly071Barry: I chose my brother and my best mate, I couldn’t choose between them.

Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly069Why did you choose your venue?

We fell it love with it! Simple as that! We didn’t want a religious ceremony and we wanted something really chilled out. The venue was BEAUTIFUL in incredible surroundings. It was rustic and simple. The views were also amazing!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly079Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly030Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly064How did the proposal happen? 

Well…Barry booked a holiday and just said “Pack warm clothes” (I was SURE it was Scotland or North Wales!!) The alarm went off at 5am when he announces we are getting up and going!!

We drive to Birmingham and arrive at the airport where I start to panic that at no point did I pack my passport! Of course Baz had it!

He then gives me this spiel, “I would love to propose to you, I have no money at the moment, let’s just enjoy it for what it is etc” and we board the plane to VENICE!!

Barry had booked a beautiful hotel where there was champagne and rose petals scattered (I must be stupid still oblivious!!)

We then go off wandering streets, drinking lots of red wine and eating local foods etc.. We have such a beautiful and perfect day it seems so cheesy. Anyway, we get back to the hotel and I am lying on the bed and Barry is on the balcony and he tells me to come out and see the Gondola… so off I trot and I am watching this Gondola. When I turn around and Baz is on one knee with a beautiful vintage box in his hands!!!

I stood there while he proposed not quite knowing if he was messing about, until he gave me the ring. I didn’t answer like a normal person would but grabbed the ring, ran into the room and cried with joy while Barry was still waiting for the answer!

He had bought the vintage art deco ring months before, kept it in his drawer in work where he looked at it every day. Snuck it out to Venice in a sock and FINALLY popped the question,

Perfect!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly053Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

We made a LOT of things ourselves. I think the easiest was the centre pieces. We collected old vintage bottles from antique stores, flea markets, car boot sales and tied bits of twine, lace, pears etc to them. They looked simple and beautiful and we used about 8 per table and filled them with peonies and gypsophila. Our table names were also written on chunks of driftwood we found on walks together with our dog.  Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly083Our tables were names of all our favourite countries/cities we visited when we went travelling together. Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly082We made everything from the seating plan (an old smashed mirror frame) to the napkin holders (little hessian and flower fabric pouches with bows). They were VERY effective and gave the tables a really shabby chic feel. Guests loved them and took them home!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly087Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly084Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly086Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly118Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly123What was your first dance & why?

We mulled this over for a good old while. We had a few options but finally got it down to Ray Lamontagne ‘You are the best thing’, Lifehouse (Jason Wade) ‘You belong to me’ and a song from Toy Story by Randy Newman, ‘You got a friend in me’.

We chose the Toy story song because it was light hearted and fun. We’re not really soppy and serious so we wanted it to suit us!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly127 Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly126In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

We wouldn’t have got stressed and would have accepted no matter how hard you try you simply cannot please everyone. It worked out perfectly in the end!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly097Do you have any advice for future couples?

Barry: Don’t drink too much the night before!

Jess: Enjoy EVERY single second of the build up. Nothing is worth getting stressed about – it’s such a special time!

Barry: If your considering making everything yourself, just remember how long it takes and the cost of buying everything, it can be cheaper to get them made!

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

Be kind to each other.
Barry: Just let her wear the trousers!Manobier_Castle_wedding_Maria_Farrelly150What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

The stag and hen doo’s – they were Epic!


Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: Christina & Jonathan’s Pembrokeshire Wedding by O&C Photography

Happy Friday Cwtchers, I have a gorgeous real wedding for you today brought to us by bride Christina and photographed by O&C Photography. When I first read Christina’s email it brought a tear (well, more than one!) to my eye, here is Christina with her story and how they came to plan it all in just 5 months!

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Jonathan and I got engaged on October 27th, 2012.  About a month later, we decided that we would get married on 23rd of May 2015, giving us plenty of time to save and plan our day.  But at the beginning of this year, my Dad fell poorly with cancer and he wasn’t given a very good prognosis, so on the 6th of February this year, we officially changed the date to July 5th THIS YEAR! That very morning I contacted Sally from White Bride in Narberth and she fitted us in for an appointment that afternoon!  We all lived and breathed the wedding for the 5 months leading up to it and it was a welcome distraction from the hell of the reality we have all had to face. Dad spent the 5 months, between rounds of chemotherapy, occupying himself with finishing the renovation of his lorry, as he was determined that at any cost he would be taking me to church in his pride and joy! It was a great project aside from the wedding, which we all got involved with in the end to get it ready to Dad’s pristine standard.

Everything that happened in the planning, even down to choosing my dress, was all by chance; everything was just meant to be.
It was literally the most perfect day. We put so much thought and effort into every tiny detail of the day, to make sure it reflected our personalities and I think we managed to achieve that!!
To top it all off, Dad has responded really well to his treatment and is doing well.
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We asked Christina some questions about the big day:

What was your budget? (If you feel comfortable sharing this) We started out with a rough budget in mind.  However, once we changed the date of the wedding, as it wasn’t far away we had to just go with what was available, and everything we chose was perfect, but we had to spend a little more in certain areas than we had hoped.  As long as we could afford the things that we wanted, we went ahead with them as we didn’t want to have any regrets.

How would you describe your wedding theme? I think ‘Rustic Country Garden’ is probably the best way to describe it.  We had lots of hessian, bunting, rustic buckets, lanterns, logs and loads of gorgeous flowers!  We also had a backdrop with a fireplace behind the top table which just finished off the room.  We then found a perfect wicker heart which fitted beautifully above the fireplace to complete the backdrop.  We hired chairs for the day too, as the chairs in the venue didn’t really help to create what we had in mind. They made a huge difference to the whole feel of the room.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? I know everyone probably says the same thing – but every second of it! Obviously the most important part of the day for us was where we got to say our vows and the moment we became Mr & Mrs.

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One of the best bits for me was going to the church with Dad in his lorry and getting to walk down the aisle with him. It was great for us all that he was feeling so well on the day, which meant he could enjoy it as much as we would.  We were blessed that we got to share our day with him.

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The whole day was everything we imagined and so much more, if I could relive the day I would make more of an effort to take everything in, as there are parts of the day that are a bit of a blur as there was so much going on! We were the last to leave our reception, I had tears in my eyes that the day was all over, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! 

Tell us about your Wedding Dress It was pure chance that I ended up with my dress.  We visited White Bride for a second time and there was a dress hanging on the end of the rail which we hadn’t seen before.  Sally had got it in for somebody else to try.  It had arrived a few hours before we got in the shop and was being sent back 3 days later.  I tried it on and it was just meant to be! We left the shop that day having ordered my dress – Sassi Holford’s Ruby! Everything about it was just beautiful and perfect for me.

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Sally was amazing and was so accommodating, going into White Bride was like a haven where I was the most important thing and nothing else mattered.  She even came to our house to dress me on the morning of the wedding, as mum was struggling to do up the dainty buttons. She was great from start to finish.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? It was an easy choice for us both as we have both always been so close to our friends.  Jon chose two of his oldest friends to be joint best men, as he couldn’t choose between them.  They did a fantastic job on the day, making sure that everything ran smoothly.  I had my sister, Jon’s sister, my younger cousin and two old friends as bridesmaids, as well as two of my best boy friends, who were my bridesmen.  Having grown up with them being such a big part of my life, I was determined that they were going to be a big part of our day.  They were a great support throughout the whole planning process and on the day. Jon’s niece was our flower girl and my cousin’s little boy was page boy. They did a perfect job of looking cute and were so well behaved all day.

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Why did you choose your venue? The venue we chose, Wolfscastle Country Hotel in Haverfordwest, was due to have a big revamp, adding an extension consisting of a garden room, whilst modernising their current function room.  The food there has always been notoriously good too and they have an excellent reputation.  We went to meet with them to discuss what we wanted for the day and that was it, we booked it there and then.  Their good reputation meant we didn’t have to worry about the running of things once we got to the reception venue.  The completed extension was also an amazing addition to the place, making it light, airy and spacious, perfect! I have to say the food, their service before and on the day was second to none.  We couldn’t fault it.

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How did the proposal happen? When we first started dating, Jon quite often would take me to different beaches around the Gower.  One day we went to Rhossili Bay and this was where we had our first kiss.  Little did I know at this point that this would be the place where he would propose to me 5 and a half years later! We decided to go off to Rhossili for the day one day.  When we got to the car park there was a charge to park, at this point Jon realised that neither of us had enough money on us to pay for it! I suggested that we go to another beach, taking money out on the way.  Jon was determined to scrape the money together – only afterwards I realised why!  So he counted the money out using 5ps and coppers.  Panic averted, we went down to the beach and after walking across we sat on this giant rock.  Jon was acting very strange and all of a sudden got down on one this point I didn’t know whether he was joking or not, but then I saw the ring box! Needless to say I immediately said yes! It was perfect, a truly sentimental place which will always hold a special place in our heart.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? I really wanted bunting, but I couldn’t find any in the colours that I liked.  I am really lucky to work with some really talented people, so when I expressed my frustration at not being able to find any suitable bunting, one of my friends suggested I make it and said she would help.  So, I found fabrics that were just right (although they cost a fortune!) and we spent four or five full days making 95m of bunting, with the help of two other work friends on two of the days.  We had our own little production line going. I now understand why bunting is so expensive to buy!

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To decorate the church windows we spent five months looking for quirky ornaments/decorations to put together so that each window had its’ own display.  Every time I saw something which I thought would look good, I got it and put it to one side.  Then one day we went down to the church and created a display for each window, even if I do say so myself, I think they all looked great!

I loved being able to get creative!

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What was your first dance & why? This was the most difficult decision of everything in the whole wedding! We had loads of songs which brought back lovely memories of when we first got together and lots of songs which held special memories for us both, but when we were choosing we couldn’t really find one where the words said what we wanted them to say.  We had to make a playlist for the videographers to include in our wedding video.  So we decided that it would be one of those songs. After much deliberation we eventually chose Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me, it says just enough, but is not overbearingly cheesy.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? One of Jon’s ushers, Liam, was unable to make the day, as we had changed the date with only five months notice, he wasn’t able to get the time off work at the last minute. If we could change anything, it would be that he could have made it.  But he sent a photo of himself at work, with a note for us both, which one of the best men read out to us all.  He made it in so many photographs thanks to the picture he sent!

Other than that, there isn’t a single thing I would change.  The day was absolutely perfect.

Do you have any advice for future couples? Be organised – I never thought we would plan a wedding in five months, but we did! Get a Pinterest board going, it was my go-to place for inspiration or whenever we needed to make a decision about something.

Keep track of what you spend or it could easily spiral out of control.

Pick your photographer wisely. Owen and Charis were great. They helped to make sure that everything ran smoothly, and most of the time you didn’t even notice they were there. To top it off, they are two of the most lovely people. The pictures they took captured every little detail. They are just beautiful. As there are two of them, you get lots more pictures!

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Within reason, make sure you do what you want to do for your big day, don’t try and please other people.  It is your day so do what you want.  You will never please everyone!

Enjoy every second because it flies, everyone says that before you get married, but when the day comes, it goes so much quicker than you would ever imagine!

If anything goes wrong on your day, don’t let it spoil the best day of your life! Everything that happens, happens for a reason! We had organised a camper van to take the bridesmaids to the church, and a beetle to take Jon and I from the church to the reception venue.  Ten minutes before we were due to leave, someone mentioned that the camper hadn’t turned up yet.  The morning was so hectic that it hadn’t even crossed my mind.  I got a bad feeling, so rang the company (we had booked, paid for and received confirmation of the transport for the day).  They told me that they didn’t have a booking in our area for that day.  My heart stopped and I could feel my eyes filling up with tears – for all the wrong reasons! They realised they had misplaced our booking when transferring information from one diary to another.  I was furious at this point. My uncle was great at calming me down and helped me realise that there was nothing that we could do about it.  I was determined that these people were not going to ruin my day.  We sorted transport for the bridesmaids and mum to get to the church and off we went, albeit a bit late!  I went to church in my Dad’s renovated lorry, and this then meant that Jon and I would go from church to the reception in it too – it made Dad’s day! We had some lovely pictures with it later in the day and it was a huge talking point.  As much as we would have loved to have the transport we had chosen, it filled me with pride to be able to take our first journey as husband and wife in Dad’s lorry, which he had worked so hard to complete in time for the wedding, despite his ill health.  

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Never go to sleep on an argument!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Under the circumstances, when we started to plan and arrange things it was done with a heavy heart, as we were still absorbing the bad news that we hadn’t long received. But as time went on and dad began responding to treatment, it became more exciting and enjoyable.

We loved being able to create something that reflected us. I loved getting the chance to be creative. Making the bunting was great! Putting all of the little ideas we had together to make this one big thing was quite special. I was overwhelmed at how well everything came together on the day. I couldn’t believe that we had created it all!

The best thing of all was getting to plan it all together, with our friends and family involved from start to finish.  It was an honour to chip in and help Dad complete the lorry in time too, even if it was just hanging the curtains and a bit of polishing.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: o&c Photography

Videographer: Eight Wood Studios
Ceremony Venue: St Peter’s Church, Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire
Reception Venue: Wolfscastle Country Hotel
Bride’s Dress: Ruby by Sassi Holford, from White Bride, Narberth
Bride’s Shoes: Mimosa by Rachel Simpson, from White Bride, Narberth
Bride’s Headpiece: Rachel Willet from White Bride, Narberth
Bride’s Jewellery: White Bride, Narberth.  Wedding rings from Audrey Bull, Narberth
Groom’s Outfit: Dress for the Occassions, Haverfordwest
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: TwoBirds from White Bride, Narberth
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Jon Richard hair clips
Cake: T’isie Teisen
Flowers: Elements Wedding Floristry
Hair: Chris’s Hairstylists
Make Up: Delwedd Beauty Salon
DJ: Steve Briers
Stationery: Sarah Wants
Any Reception Decor/Props: Make it Pretty
Transport: Dad’s Lorry
Other: We hired the chairs for the reception venue from Dingle Marquee Hire 

The Wedding Gallery

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Thank you so much Christina, I am so glad we got to share this with our readers… I am sure everyone reading is pleased to hear that your dad is doing well. Wishing him the best of luck and we hope you all have many happy years together! 
If you loved this wedding please show it some love in the comments box below :)

Charlie x


Wedding Video: Carl & Annabelle from Ben Walton Films

Carl and Annabelle’s chose the stunning Hilton Court Gardens in Pembrokshire as their wedding venue in August 2013. Ben Walton was on hand to capture the day in motion, check out their beautiful wedding video below! :)

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