Real Weddings: Allie & Rafe’s Day, Their Way

 

 

 

 

So its nearly the weekend so we thought we would treat you, as usual, to another beautiful Real Wedding.  This week we give you Allie and Rafe, shot by the wonderful Andrew at Silverbirch Photography. Oooooh its so so lovely! The attention to detail, the venue, her coy smile, those shoes, his tweed, their little boy! I shall stop banging on about it and leave it to you to discover instead.  Over to Allie and Rafe to tell us all about their day……
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Real Weddings: Allie & Rafe’s Day, Their Way

What was your budget? 

We didn’t really have a set budget in mind. We knew we could only spend what we had so worked with that. We decided what was a need and what was a want then priced everything up. That sounds really boring I know but it really worked for us. Our rule of thumb was ‘does it sound reasonable’, if it did then we went for it. We had all the needs then had a few nice splurges too!

All together I’d say just under £7000 in total.

How would you describe your wedding theme?

The whole thing was perfect from start to end. My favourite part was how relaxed everyone felt. It was a casual laid back day with our closest family and friends. We were able to be ourselves and so were our guests. No pretending and no drama. Rafe was able to perform wuthering heights with the boys, the dance as well as the singing, I over indulged in Jagerbombs and no body batted an eyelid. Our families and friends mingled like they had all known each other for years.

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I also loved seeing Rafe and our little boy Dylan dressed in the same outfit. It made my heart melt seeing him in his miniature tweed coat and brogues.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I didn’t step foot in a wedding dress shop. It just didn’t appeal to me at all. I knew I didn’t want a traditional dress and I knew trying on dresses in a shop just wasn’t for me. I initially chose a vintage Ivory embroidered full length gown but I just didn’t feel comfortable and didn’t feel like myself. In the end I went for a Chi Chi London lace baroque tea dress from ASOS. It was a bargain but I felt really special in it and more importantly felt like me.

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I was actually more bothered about my shoes! I didn’t like traditional wedding shoes and knew I wanted something colourful. I found the most amazing burgundy shoes on Mod Cloth and instantly ordered them, they were perfect.

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

I chose my two best friends, Bobbie and Becci and my Cousin, Jess. Even though we have spent long periods of time miles apart and sometimes go weeks without talking and months without seeing each other they are three of the most important people to me in the world. It was definitely an easy decision. There’s never any expectations and when we do see each other it’s like no time has passed at all.

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Rafe chose his two closest friends from when he was a teenager, Brad and Drinkel (Tom). Both live overseas now so it was amazing that they were able to join us for our day.

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Why did you choose your venue?

As soon as we walked into Rosedew Farm we knew we wanted to get married there. It was the only venue we actually looked at. A big old empty barn by the sea. It was just perfect for us.

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Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was one of our splurges. I saw his photography on a wedding blog and I fell in love. I love Andrew’s style of photography and photos are really important to me so we contacted him. It was important to us that moments were caught on camera rather than just a posed image. I love our photos so much.

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How did the proposal happen? 

We were chatting one day about our next travels. We love to travel and usually have our next two trips planned. I was saying to Rafe that I really wanted to go to Japan next year and he said “well can’t we get married instead?”. So that was that and we started planning.

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

The whole day was more or less DIY. From the invitations to the centrepieces to the cheesecake. Even the flowers were DIY. My mother in law and I spent many an hour digging in charity shops and antique shops for dream bottles and teapots, and evenings spent tying wooden cutlery and napkins. Rafe and I particularly enjoyed sampling the cheese in the shops before deciding which ones to have. My bridesmaid Becci was chief ‘florist’ and handtied all the bouquets and button holes. I think doing things DIY is more stressful and time consuming however you get to have things exactly as you want (whilst being a lot more cost effective too!). It just made the planning more exciting too as we could see everything coming together.

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What was your first dance & why?

We didn’t want an announced first dance so we asked the DJ to play our first dance song later in the evening unannounced. We didn’t fancy the awkward sway with everyone watching. We danced to Bob Marley, Could You be Loved at a random point of the evening. It brings back happy memories of traveling around Central America and the Caribbean (then after returning home finding out we were going to have a baby!)

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

I don’t think so. It was perfect.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Relax and enjoy yourself. You only do it once and it goes so fast. Stop worrying and just enjoy your day. There’s not enough time to sweat the small stuff.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

CHEESE! I’m not kidding. Cheese shopping was so good. Getting to go around all the cheese shops and deli’s and taste loads of different cheeses before making our selections for our cheese cake.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Silverbirch Photography
Ceremony Venue: Rosedew Farm 
Reception Venue: Rosedew Farm 
Bride’s Dress: Chi Chi London
Bride’s Shoes: ModCloth 
Bride’s Headpiece: Asos
Bride’s Jewellery: Brides own
Groom’s Outfit: BHS and Gap
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: H and M, ASOS
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Their Own
Cake: Various cheese shops
Flowers: The Flower Monger
Make Up: MAC 
Caterers: Garth Fish and Chips, Mr Creemy LTD, Alan John Butchers
Any Reception Decor/Props: Dear Florence, Bella Rose Wedding Planners

The Wedding Album

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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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Jessica and Rickie’s Relaxed Country Wedding By Maria Farrelly

 Morning you lovely lot!

We have such a treat for your eyes today. This outstanding, relaxed country wedding in Pembrokeshire was photographed by one of Wales’ leading wedding photographers, the super talented Maria Farrelly (who is also the founder of Cwtch The Bride and photographed my own wedding as well, She rocks!).

I love all the homemade and personal details of this wedding and I think this will be a huge inspiration to you all. ~ Kate. 

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Relaxed country vibe with a nod to festivals!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer033maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer071maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer110What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Tough question! Actually probably the one thing I didn’t plan, the impromptu game of cricket. That and the silent disco at midnight.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer100maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer123

Decoration wise I loved the flower chandelier our very talented florist Linda from The Woodland Farm created. I thought she’d run for the hills when I started describing it but she was really up for the challenge.

I should probably say these all come after marrying my husband!!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer030

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

My dress was actually the very first I tried on! I love it. Its the Lillie Mae by Charlotte Balbier. I wanted something a little boho but also traditional. I went to Whitebride in Narberth with my Mum and Aunty. All the lovely things I’d heard about Sally White from my friends was spot on. She was a fountain of life hacks beyond wedding attire!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer068maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer016maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer002

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

I had three bridesmaids. Kirsty and I have been friends since forever. We lived a few doors apart growing up and shared the same obsession with horses. Which also ties me and Rach together. Sian’s very nearly my sister. She’s set to marry my brother next June. I can’t wait. Their two sons Hewi (three) and Finley (14 months) were my strapping pageboys and my niece Alexia (eight) was my mini me flower girl. 

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The best man was Matthew, Rickie’s best friend since they were tots and the reason Rickie and I first met.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer063

Why did you choose your venue?

The venue is less than three miles from our home and we often walk our dog there. Its not actually a wedding venue but we contacted the County Council and they were happy for us to use it provided we sorted the licences. Its such a beautiful setting. There’s so many established flowers and plants it changes drastically every month. I think they plan to use it as a wedding venue more now.

We chose a yurt as we wanted to keep the rustic feel and to still be light and airy. We hired this from Herf Yurts in Chepstow.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer070maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer124

Scolton Manor has so many beautiful enormous old trees so we made a feature of one, now called “the disco tree”. We rigged a disco ball and hung lampshades from the branches – easier said than done. Big thanks to the ushers for this! We then had a silent disco under the tree at midnight. So much fun!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer044

Tell us about your photographer

We were so lucky to have Maria Farrelly shoot our wedding. I can’t recommend her enough. She maintained a ridiculous level of excitement for 14 hours! And yet gets people to jump when she’s says. so no waiting around for hours posing. From the “sneak peek” of photos we’ve seen so far we’re blown away. I love them.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer046maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer097maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer061

How did the proposal happen? 

Rickie and I met at a festival in 2011 and have been to lots together since. We love them! So naturally Rickie popped the question at Glastonbury last year. It was such a lovely setting. We had so many strangers jumping on us and congratulating us and then where better to celebrate than straight to the Pyramid Stage with the bottle of bubbly Rickie had smuggled in!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer066

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

A lot of the wedding was DIY. I loved the horse shoes sprayed in glitter. We made a few wooden signs. I realised after the first one I should’ve sanded the surface I wanted to paint to stop the paint running. This is probably common sense mind!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer045

What was your first dance & why?

Stereophonics – You sexy thing. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, its Welsh and Kelly’s voice is sexy as hell!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer104

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

Honestly… no. Maybe not to leave my beautiful bouquet at the alter in the Church!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer067Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy the planning and all the creativity because its over before you know it.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer050What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

To set aside time during the day with just you and your partner. Rickie and I stole a few minutes outside the church before the confetti throw and before we were announced to the wedding breakfast.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer037

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I’ve since realised planning your wedding is a celebration of you as a couple. So every detail has a little nod to your personalities and history together. I’m soppy at heart so loved that. Seeing everything come together the day before the wedding was such a high.maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer048

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church Spittal
Reception Venue: Scolton Manor
Bride’s Dress: Lillie Mae by Charlotte Balbier
Bride’s Shoes: Traditional ballet shoes from The White Ribbon
Bride’s Headpiece: Silk flower crown and veil by Flo & Percy
Bride’s Jewellery: My something borrowed was a bracelet from my Mum and my other bracelet was a gift from Rickie on the wedding morning.
Groom’s Outfit: Three piece from Marc Darcy and tie from Lewes Bow Tie
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Pandora gifts and gyp and wildflower bouquets
Cake: Naked cake baked by Rickie’s Aunty Jose Thomas. My friends Rachael Lusted and Gina Rees also helped decorate.
Flowers: Wildflowers with peonies by The Woodland Farm. This included a flower chandelier!
Hair: Rachel Blockwell and Lauren Rees
Make Up: Alexandra Morgan from Debenhams
Band: We had three bands! Evers Steel Band during arrival drinks, Rosey Cale after the speeches and Daisy B for the night
Stationery: Lauren Owens
Caterers: Strawberry Shortcake
Any Reception Decor/Props: The table centre pieces were kindly leant to us from Sharon Owen
Transport: Vintage VW Beetle from Eternity Wedding Cars

The Wedding Album

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Ceri And Johnathan’s Relaxed Traditional Wedding By Lloyd Williams

Yay! It’s Friday!

What have you lovely lot got planned to tick off the wedding To Do list this weekend? 

Today’s wedding is by the lovely Lloyd Williams and is a lovely example of a relaxed traditional wedding. So grab a cup of coffee and a couple of biscuits, settle down and enjoy this beautiful wedding. 
DSCF2290-2What was your budget? 

We didn’t want to spend a fortune. We very much wanted to have an amazing, special wedding day, but we also didn’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of money! We decided to get married in a venue that we loved and then made sure that we budgeted the rest of the wedding and we were very mindful of what we were spending.DSCF2122

How would you describe your wedding theme?

I would say we had quite a relaxed traditional wedding! There was no real theme on the day. We had a colour scheme of burgundy and cream and incorporated this in the flowers, bridesmaids dresses, wedding party ties etc.
We decided to base our table plan around photos from significant dates in our relationship. We put photos from each of the significant events on the tables to let the guests know where they were sitting. We had a photo from the day we got engaged on the top table and then on the guests tables we had photos of the day our daughter Ellie was born, our first holiday abroad as a couple, our first holiday as a family of 3, our first home and a photo of us doing it up, a photo from the day we found out we were pregnant and photos from rugby trips we have taken (we both love rugby and try to get to 6 nations games when we can!).DSCF1896

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We loved every second of our wedding day! I honestly can’t pick one specific part that I loved above any other moment. It was perfect. I was so choked up waiting outside the door to walk down the aisle with my dad and when the music (Ellie Goulding, How long will I love you?) started I really teared up as I though of seeing Jon! I was so happy seeing his face as I walked down the aisle. I loved the speeches and listening to everyone I love. I really enjoyed getting ready in the morning with my mum, my daughter Ellie and my bridesmaids. It was so relaxed and I felt so at ease! It helped that the prosecco was flowing too!
Jon’s has said that his favourite part of the wedding was seeing me walking down the aisle. He says this was when he felt the most emotional!
The evening was spent on the dance floor and that was a lot of fun. Dancing to our favourite songs with everyone that was love was amazing and such a lot of fun. I just remember that we spend the whole day smiling and feeling full of love and joy!DSCF1991-2

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I was really looking forward to going wedding dress shopping! I think every girl dreams of this from a young age. I decided that I wanted to take my mum, and only my mum dress shopping with me. I wanted my dress to be a surprise to everyone else and I didn’t tell anyone any details about it at all!
When I went to look at wedding dresses for the first time I was really overwhelmed! I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted and remember just standing there looking at racks of dresses not knowing what to do! My mum suggested I just try on lots in my size to get a feel for what style I liked. I tried on one in the first shop that I loved but decided to look in other dresses just in case.
We went to 3 or 4 different shops during our hunt for THE dress! 3 of the shops were gorgeous and really helpful but unfortunately I did have a bad experience in 1 of the shops I went to. I had a very specific budget for the dress. I didn’t want to spend more than £500. We had an appointment in one shop, and they were aware of my budget, but when I arrived and we spoke to the lady about my budget she suggested they didn’t have any dresses to suit my budget and then asked me if I wanted to try on bridesmaids dresses. As you can imagine that did not make me feel very special and spoilt that day for me.
Luckily the next shop we visited were absolutely amazing, and this was the shop I bought my dress from, Laura May on Crwys Road.
The first time I visited the shop I found 3 dresses that I really liked! The shop assistant Francesca was so helpful and let me try all 3 on again and again! I left the shop being torn on which one I liked the most. I returned to the first shop to try on a dress and then back to Laura May and on my second trying on session made my mind up that I had in fact found the perfect dress for me! It made me feel like a princess and I was so excited for Jon to see me in it!DSCF0627DSCF1758-2

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

I picked 4 bridesmaids. 3 of my bridesmaids (Viki, Gemma and Kathryn) have been my best friends since school! I went to primary school with Viki and Gemma, they are my oldest friends, and I met Kathryn in Comprehensive school. They have been there for me whenever I have needed them and we have shared so many good times together I couldn’t imagine standing there and getting married without them! My fourth bridesmaid, Sarah, was one of my best friends and a house mate who I lived with in University! We shared alot of laughs and good times and I couldn’t wait to ask her either! They threw me the most amazing hen do and did an amazing job as my bridesmaids and they looked absolutely stunning on the day!
Jon had 3 best man, Rhys, Luke and Gareth. He met them in school and they have been close ever since! They have loads of hobbies that they share (rugby, football, running, gym, drinking!) and do alot together. Jon couldn’t even think how to choose between them so decided to have 3 best men instead, or as they called themselves, the 3 worst best men! They did an amazing job and I have to say their speech was the best I’ve heard!DSCF1552DSCF2592

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted to get married somewhere where none of our friends had gotten married. We have been to a fair few weddings over the last few years so this was no easy feat! We visited a few places, but we chose The Manor, Crickhowell because when we went to visit it we fell in love with it! The people were lovely and venue was amazing. We could picture ourselves getting married there and the views were stunning!DSCF0265

Tell us about your photographer

Looking for a wedding photographer was quite a daunting task. We had a specific budget to stick to but wanted to make sure we were still getting a high quality, professional photographer. We looked online and asked around for recommendations. My brother is a wedding photographer so I had high expectations of all the websites and portfolios we looked at.
We decided to only meet 2 photographers that we’d narrowed our search down to. One of those was Lloyd. We loved his style and the photos featured in his website were amazing. He was the second of the two photographers that we met and we found him so personable and down to earth. He really made us feel like he wanted to photograph our wedding and he gave us so much confidence that he was going to do an amazing job. We knew as soon as we met him that he was the photographer for us and weren’t disappointed.
On the day he was fab. You didn’t know he was there! He caught so many special, intimate moments which really do paint a picture of our amazing day and looking through them bring back such strong memories it feels like we’re reliving the day again! He always made us feel comfortable, and had a real eye for a good photo!
I don’t think there is one photo from the day that we didn’t love! He even got the seal of approval from my brother which is hard to get!
Me and Jon love Polaroid photographs and have many of them displayed in our house. Lloyd knew this and brought his Polaroid printer with him to print a few pictures off instantly for us. This was such a lovely sentiment, he really knew us and this showed in his photos!

How did the proposal happen? 

For Christmas 2013 Jon bought me loads of presents which I had to open in a specific order. After I had opened them he laid them out and told me that they spelt out a word. After thinking for a while and getting some help from Jon (some of the clues were not easy!) I realised he had spelt out Edinburgh. He was taking me to Edinburgh for New Years Eve to go to Hogmany! We arrived in Edinburgh very early in the morning on NYE and couldn’t check in yet so decided to go to the shops and buy some supplies ready for the evening (Prosecco, glasses etc to drink in the street party). On our way back to the hotel Jon asked if we could stop off in Murrayfield stadium to have a look as he hadn’t been there for a while (it was across the road from our hotel). As it was close to where we were staying I said why not. When we got to the gate it was locked so he said lets try another one. We walked a short distance to the next gate and again, that was locked. I thought that we’d go back to the hotel now as we were carrying bags full of bottles which we quite heavy, but Jon had other ideas. He insisted that we walked through a housing estate to the next gate to see if that one was open. I was getting a little tired and frustrated but went with it! The next gate was the main entrance to the stadium and had a ticket office outside. We went in and Jon asked if we could go in the stadium to which they replied yes and told us which gate was open. We went in the open gate and arrived on the middle tier of the stadium looking over the pitch. Jon asked me why he’d brought me here. I said I didn’t know. He asked me what our proper date was as a couple, to which I replied, Wales v Scotland in the 6 nations (2010). As I turned around Jon was on one knee with a ring box and asked me to marry him and obviously I said yes! He wanted to propose somewhere that meant something to us! We love rugby and regularly go to 6 nations matches together so as the first match we saw was against Scotland and I have always wanted to go to Hogmany he decided to propose in Murrayfield Stadium! It was perfect!
We drank a bottle of prosecco there in the stadium and then as we left told the lady in the ticket office what had happened. She was so lovely and offered to take us on a private tour of the stadium where we went into the changing rooms etc!
We then went on to celebrate Hogmany!DSCF2245-2

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

We tried to make a few things in our wedding. We made our save the dates by simply printing out a photo of our engagement with the wording over the top and stuck it on brown card.
We also made our invites. As we share a love of rugby Jon suggested our invites should be rugby tickets! He designed them on the computer and we had them printed. They looked fab!
We also made our place settings, table plan, favour tags etc and packaged our favours too. I did this by buying bulk packs of brown card and some stampers from not on the highstreet. They were really simple to make but looked really effective and fitted in well with everything in the wedding.
My mum also made us some beautiful bunting to put on the top table by sewing burgundy felt hearts onto burlap bunting which cost a fraction of the price that they were selling it on the shops.DSCF2764-2

What was your first dance & why?

Stereophonics – Could you be the one?
We always knew that if we ever got married this would be our first dance! We both love the phonics and when we first got together we listened to the album with this song on a lot and instantly loved it.
When planning the wedding it was one thing we didn’t even need to think about! We would listen to it in the car and always say, when we get married, this is the one! It makes me teary when ever I listen to it.
We wanted a band at our wedding and the criteria when booking was that they could sing our song! We booked Bespoke Duo who said they knew the song, and on the day, they played it beautifully!DSCF4196

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

One thing, we both would have made sure we ate some of the hog roast that we had out for the evening buffet! We were having too much fun to eat but heard it was amazing!DSCF3727

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Plan the wedding you want!DSCF1647-2

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

Marry your best friend.DSCF2843-2

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Trying the wedding food was up there for both of us!! I loved trying on dresses! The whole thing was magical!DSCF1636-2

The Suppliers

Photographer: Lloyd Williams
Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Manor, Crickhowell 
Bride’s Dress: Laura May 
Bride’s Shoes: Carvella, Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Simply Gold 
Bride’s Jewellery: John Lewis
Groom’s Outfit: Next
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dorothy Perkins
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Bridesmaid Own
Cake: Bryn Awel Creative Cakes 
Flowers: I Love Lily 
Hair: Lisa Bidwell
Make Up: Bride did her own
Band: Bespoke Duo 
DJ: Hotels own
Stationery: Made ourselves

The Wedding Album

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Heather and Pete Classic And Fun Wedding By Cross-Jones Photography

Sometimes there are those weddings that come across your desk and you just fall in love. Cross-Jones Photography really captured Welsh couple’s Heather & Pete’s classic wedding held in the beautiful city of Bath. Its a fun and relaxed wedding that brought friends and family together. Sit back and enjoy this little beauty with a coffee and a welsh cake. ~ Kate

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

We wanted a classic and fun wedding.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Marrying Pete. After 6years together I already felt committed to him for life so I was surprised by the strength of my emotion when saying my vows and hearing him return those promises.Heather & Pete-164

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

My mum booked the wedding dress shop and my sister chose the dress!

I went with my mum, sister, gramma, mother-in-law and one of my two Auntys.

It was a fun day, with my energy sustained by gramma’s chocolate stash!

In the first shop, my sister pulled a dress off the rack and said try this, and that was that, I loved the first one I tried on. We still went to the other appointments so I could make an informed choice – but I knew that I’d already found one I’d be happy wearing.Heather & Pete-40Heather & Pete-45

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

My lovely little sister, Charlotte, was my bridesmaid and Pete’s best man was his brother, Phil.

We are so close to our siblings and as we were having a simple wedding it was enough to have one person each for support on the day.

Charlotte’s partner Chris was also a great help to us both on the day, you could say he was a spare bridesmaid/groomsman!Heather & Pete-79

Why did you choose your venue?

The Bath Cricket Club fitted our needs… spacious, located in the centre of Bath, short walk from the Guildhall, and most importantly-reasonably priced.

Oh, and Pete is cricket mad!Heather & Pete-217Heather & Pete-1

Tell us about your photographer

Cross-Jones Photography were my only choice as we are lifelong best friends!

It’s a good thing Pete and I have always loved their work and we absolutely LOVE our photos.Heather & Pete-422

How did the proposal happen? 

Christmas Eve 2014 – Wandering through beautiful Bath on our way to a meal in our favourite Thai restaurant, Pete stopped by the river side (suspiciously also by Bath rugby ground!) and simply asked me to marry him – 7.5months later and the job was done!Heather & Pete-180

What was your first dance & why?

We decided to have a first dance about 2 weeks before the wedding. Our tastes in music differ greatly – in 6 years we have only agreed on one song; CeeLo Green’s ‘I want you ‘ …. so the choice was easy!Heather & Pete-456

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

No. I had no expectations or dreams about the day, apart from to end the 7th August 2015 married to Pete. This mind set unintentionally allowed us to have a perfect day.Heather & Pete-304

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Although I was tee total on the day (I wanted to remember it all and was already on a high), we both felt like we had massive hangovers the next day. I think the adrenalin, excitement, emotion and dancing wiped us out. I couldn’t imagine having to travel to a honeymoon destination that day.

I would advise giving yourselves a day of rest immediately after the wedding day just to chill and take it in…. and then go on hols!Heather & Pete-275

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Seeing the excitement it gave my family and friends.Heather & Pete-482Heather & Pete-423

The Suppliers

Photographer: Cross-Jones Photography
Ceremony Venue: Guildhall – Bath, Alkmaar Room
Reception Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Bride’s Dress: Elegant Occasions – Neath
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Guiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Elegant Occasions – Neath
Bride’s Jewellery: Brides Own
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Silk -Skewen
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Bridesmaids Own
Cake: Heather’s Aunty Lynne!
Flowers: Family friend –Daphne Smith
Hair: Phylosophie 
Make Up: Brides Own
DJ: Pete’s mate Will
Stationery: Paper Baker 
Any Reception Decor/Props: Mum’s handmade bunting
Transport: Our legs!

The Wedding Album

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See I told you it’s such a cute wedding! If you are still looking for a some inspiration you better hurry and get some tickets to Cwtchfest. The suppliers are top notch and there will be music all through the day. Buy your tickets here. ~ Kate