Real Wedding: Chloe & James by David Holdsworth

This week Chloe and James share with us their gorgeous wedding photographs by David Holdsworth. Chloe and James got married in The Bear Hotel, Cowbridge on 22nd February 2014, Chloe tells us all about her day here…


What was your budget? 

The whole day came to just over £12k. We were lucky that my very generous parents paid for our reception, so we were able to pay for everything else between us. We spent money on the parts of the wedding that mattered to us such as the food, drink, photographer and band…and my dress of course!


How would you describe your wedding theme?

Our colour scheme was duck egg blue and silver, but we didn’t have a set theme otherwise – we wanted everything to be personal to us, so my mum and I made our centrepieces and favours, James’ auntie and nan made our cake, and we had framed pictures of family on the venue’s entrance table. We were relaxed about not having everything matching so we had different shades of light blue and silver throughout the day.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I’ve got three highlights: the ceremony (of course), the speeches, which all exceeded my expectations, and the band Perfect Day who played at the evening reception, who were fab and had everyone up dancing all night.

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

I had my best friend of over 20 years as my maid of honour, and my sister and two close friends from school as bridesmaids. They were my first choice of girls to have with me the night before and the morning of the wedding, and they were all great.

My husband’s closest friend was his best man, and he also had his brother and two other close friends as ushers. He would’ve liked to have had more than one best man, so it was important to him that his ushers were part of the day too.


Why did you choose your venue?

My parents moved to Cowbridge a couple of years ago so we’ve had many Christmas Eve drinks at the Bear! We’d both heard great things about it as a wedding venue, and the staff seemed so experienced in making sure everything ran smoothly.


How did the proposal happen? 

On a sunny Tuesday last April I came home from work as casual as ever, and walked into our flat to find our favourite song playing, champagne and flowers on the table and James dressed in a suit down on one knee holding an open ring box. He said after that he wishes he kept the ring box closed until after he proposed, as I was more interested in the ring than what he was saying (apparently)!

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

Don’t take on too much work by yourself! My lovely mum helped with our glitter jam jar centrepieces, and my maid of honour also helped with the favours so it was all manageable.


What was your first dance & why?

We had a song from the 50’s which I don’t think many of our guests knew – Wonderful, Wonderful by Johnny Mathis. We first heard it on a TV show a while ago, and it was the song James had playing when he proposed, so it holds special memories for us.


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

The only regret I have is that I didn’t even LOOK at the evening buffet food, as I was too busy having a good time! Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing, it was perfect.


Do you have any advice for future couples?

Don’t worry about post-wedding blues, you’ll still be on cloud 9 weeks after the big day!

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

From my mother: life can be boring sometimes, so make sure you marry someone you still have fun with when things are boring!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

The whole thing, it was great watching the plans for our day come together.


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Thank you Chloe and James for submitting your lovely wedding! All images are by David Holdsworth.

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