countryside florals and bright colours for a Welsh wedding | uk wedding blog

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I was fully prepared to write this whilst it was dull, rainy and grey outside but it is actually a gorgeous morning so these bright colours fit in beautifully. Check out those Kate Spade heels! Glitter is always welcome on this blog. Avegayle and Richard fully embraced their love of colour, florals and their cultures. There are lots of money saving tips and advice given too so have a good read on your lunch break.

Photography by Nick Murray

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Dress – Augusta Jones (Chic and Elegant, Swansea), Kate Spade New York (shoes)- I got these shipped over from the States. I wanted fuschia shoes to match Richard’s tie and the shoes I found were super special, I loved the sparkled heels.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil/Accessories – Chic and Elegant (hair accessory and veil), Stella York (belt, Laura May Bridal, Cardiff), Hankerchief (Lyns Personalised Gifts), Wills Bees Bespoke Ltd, Liberty print clutch bag with our initials)

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Emma Webster, a creative, artistic florist. We met Emma a couple of times and after our conversations and selected images on Pinterest, we were confident that Emma could provide what we imagined. In fact, they were better than we could have ever imagined. I had so many compliments about my bridal bouquet, and also the button holes, posies and bridesmaids bouquets were amazing too!! Emma said she’d create a festival of colours and that she did. Our bouquets and button holes were what our florist called, “a festival of colours”, with some wild, natural, colourful, herbaceous and seasonal flowers.

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Andrew Bayliss (Hair), Shelagh Wall (Make up Artist).  I have super sensitive skin and Shelagh listened to my worries about wearing makeup which may cause irritation to my skin and on the trial she took into account our previous discussions, I was so happy with the look she created.  Shelagh used to work as a makeup artist for  the BBC for many years and she was recommended to me by my hairdresser at Andrew Bayliss.  I was fortunate that Andrew himself (owner of Andrew Bayliss, Monmouth) styled my hair for me, it stayed in all day!!

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Santori Rossi (suit and tie), The Greenwich Pocket Watch Company (pocket watch), Van Buskirk Jewellery (Cufflinks), Barkers (shoes), I Lovespoon, Not on the High Street (Personalised Handkerchief), Thomas Pink (socks).

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Dyfeds Menswear, Highland Angel, Not on the High Street (Initial Cufflinks), Thomas Pink, socks.

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Ceremony, The wedding ceremony was held at All Saints Church, a small country church in Llanfrechfa.  As Richard is a Priest at this church, we were blessed on our wedding day with the presence of not only our family and friends but also our church family.  The church was beautifully decorated, a gift from our parishioners to us.  The service was taken by the previous Vicar at the benefice, we were fortunate that Rev Kevin came back to officiate our service as he is a great friend of ours, it was extra special that he would be the one to marry us.

Reception, Caer Llan, Monmouth, Wales.

Our reception venue was held at Caer Llan, a family owned private house, with 15 bedrooms, nestled high up the hills near Monmouth.  The view was outstanding, lovely gardens and greenery (even a swimming pool!), and with the option of having the whole property to ourselves for the weekend, we were sold the first time we saw it.

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M & Co (dresses)- our baby niece, Liberty’s dress was handmade from an adult sized dress! Debut, Debenhams (Shoes)/Accessorize (pashminas)/ Penny Masquerade, Not on the High Street, bracelets with initials.

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I have many favourite moments from the weekend but if I had to pick a few… 

The pre-wedding celebrations the day before, we enjoyed a with family and friends who were staying at the venue where we gave our bride-groom party gifts for the next day, we then enjoyed some karaoke which is a Filipino pastime, it didn’t take long for our guests to participate in this!

On the day, I loved when Richard saw me for the first time when I arrived at the church, despite me being so emotional!

Walking down the aisle as husband and wife was truly amazing.

As the venue was 40 minutes away from the church, Richard and I had that time to spend together and try and let the morning sink in.  Time slowed down and for us, it didn’t feel like the day passed us by too quickly.  We loved being surrounded by our friends and family for the whole weekend but sneaking away for photos was really lovely to just take it all in with the husband!  We especially loved stopping over at Monnow Bridge in Monmouth for some photos on our way to the venue from the church.  Monmouth is a very special place for us, it was where our relationship blossomed in 2012- we regularly enjoyed a drink at the Gatehouse pub, just next to the bridge.  The blue sky gave us a great backdrop for some wonderful shots by our amazing photographer, Nick Murray. 

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Nick Murray, Nick is such a talented photographer, creative, artistic and has the most warm, friendly and relaxing nature which helped us feel amazing on the best day of our lives. It was like Nick was a good friend capturing our special day!

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Hampshire Slate, small slate hearts were chosen as part of the personalised feel to the wedding, they were favours and place names.  I wrote all of our guests names on the hearts and Richard was in charge of cutting the ribbon for them!

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We wanted to create a personalised ambience with a country meets classic theme.   

We were fortunate to have the venue to ourselves for the whole weekend, we wanted our guests to feel relaxed and at home, dotted around the house were photos of Richard and I at different stages of our lives and our respective families.  We also had a slideshow rolling on a projector in one of the rooms which showed lots of photos Richard and I and of our friends and family. 

Rev & Dr framed card (Betsy Jarvis, Not on the High Street)

Personalised Initials (Small and Gifted)

Personalised wedding crate (The Plantbox)

Personalised tote bags (Cinnamon Bay Ltd.)

Wedding Trivia Game Cards- (Dearest Daisy)

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Videographer – Arcadia Films, Chris Chucas and Becky his partner.  Chris and Becky created a short and long film of our wedding and they definitely captured the emotion of the day.  We were so glad we have this as a reminder of our day. We love watching our vows and will look at them over the years to remind us of the day we became husband and wife.  We’d definitely recommend couples to have a videographer at their wedding. 

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Riu Touareg, Cape Verde, Boa Vista for one week of pure relaxation.  Followed by a night in the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, finally three nights in Carbis Bay, just out of St. Ives in Cornwall.  We stayed in a luxurious B & B called Headland House; they even delivered our breakfast to our room each morning! There was also a bottle of champagne awaiting us when we arrived along with two homemade pieces of carrot cake (two slices of cake were delivered each afternoon). We highly recommend this place!

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My Beautiful Cake, Tracy created our cake based on our own ideas.  We wanted our initials and date we got married featured on the cake, but we wanted this to be subtle in keeping with our classic theme.  Our wedding rings are both engraved with our initials and the date we got married in roman numerals.  The cake had three different flavours, fruit, lemon drizzle and mint chocolate chip- each was amazing in their own way. 

Homemade Welsh cakes made by our friend Julie Heseltine Smith!

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DJ/entertainment – The Bristol String Trio (The Bristol String Quartet) and Ourselves (using Spotify)

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Richard and I chose to have our wedding in May because we liked the idea of being married in the Spring, with new beginnings and as new flowers start to change colours.  Our main colours were fuchsia and navy blue, decided only a few days after Richard proposed last May in Florence when he purchased a navy Italian suit with a fuchsia silk knitted tie.  we really wanted our wedding to be full of colour, but at the same time we wanted to create a chic, classic and country feel to our  wedding.

I loved the dress that Toni Collette wore in the film ‘In Her Shoes’ and it just so happened that the dress I found was really similar to the one she wore. 

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Use for all your planning! This website really helped on different levels…to keep note of what you have spent, it’s surprising how costs increase without you thinking about it.  And because of those little things you buy along the way it’s difficult to keep a tab on who bought what so the wedding budget planner was really helpful for us. We also used it to create our own wedding website, there are different templates to choose from and you can personalise the site with your own photos, descriptions, maps to the ceremony, venue and even RSVP using the website.

The website also allowed you to add guests as they RSVP’d or if they did it they did it the traditional way, it was easy for you to confirm guests.  The website also had an option of creating a table plan with your guests so it was easy to visualize where guests would be sitting, you could create the table plan to be an exact replica of what the room looked like, so this was really handy!

I fell in love with a dress and it was out of budget…I tried on more dresses to see if I could find one within budget but I couldn’t get the dress out of my mind.  I searched for the designer on google and called around different stockists and eventually found the dress £400 cheaper, as I wanted to buy a belt and a veil it became much more manageable and I could buy the dress that I loved! So do check out other stockists.

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