Our wedding, part 1

Well, the honeymoon dust has settled and things are a little more normal around here – although, admittedly, we are still housing a lot of leftover wedding paraphernalia (does anyone want 50 squashed pom poms and 20 giant paper flowers!?). Anyway, the official photos have arrived so it’s time to share them. Huge thanks to brilliant photographer, and our lovely friend, Llinos Griffiths, for snapping away like a mad woman.

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We got married at Bodrhyddan Hall in Rhuddlan, surrounded by grey clouds and beautiful lush gardens and greenery. We had a fairly short ceremony, which felt completely “us”, including having a piano solo version of the Jurassic Park theme as our wedding march! I really wanted a reading to be included in the ceremony, but everything I found felt old or obvious or just not right. Eventually I stumbled across a children’s book called I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, which I fell in love with straight away: sweet and funny and just the right amount of cute. My lovely friend and bridesmaid Penny did a beautiful job of reading it, and as she pointed out, the poem also applied to our silly friendship. My beautiful bridesmaids wore coral dresses from Warehouse, found two months before our wedding day!

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We had vintage Morris Minor 1000 cars from Regent Classics, which were impeccable. And then there were the flowers. Oh, the flowers! Our brilliant pals Helen and Laura did the most amazing job. They are true friends and I can never thank them enough for listening to me and completely hitting it out of the park. I wanted peonies, ranunculus, yellows, pinks and corals, and they added new colours and shapes, and flowers I’d never heard of. So many people commented on how beautiful the flowers were, and at the end of the night we sent guests home with bunches to enjoy while we went off on honeymoon. I loved thinking about everyone enjoying the flowers as a memento of our day. Helen also created my flower crown, which, well. There are no words really. I showed her lots of photos and rambled on about peonies, and she went for it. This baby was big, and it was heavy, and I absolutely loved it. It completed my outfit perfectly. I have had so many people say how much they loved my crown that I may need to request one from Helen for every wedding anniversary. Helen, I can’t thank you enough. I still have the crown, dried and hanging on our airing rack.

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It took me a good while to find my wedding dress, trekking to Manchester and London. Eventually I discovered Glory Days Vintage through a friend and hot-footed it up to York with my mum and future mother-in-law. Hayley at Glory Days has a huge selection of stunning gowns from the 1920s right up to the 80s, as well as vintage floral hats, gloves and veils. It is a true treasure trove, perfect for the vintage-loving bride. Trying on a 1970s sheer polka dot number, I never thought it would be the one, but it was such a perfect fit that I was convinced straight away. I stepped out of the changing rooms and the mums just nodded at me. My dress was really comfortable, and light enough to dance to our ceilidh in. I loved it.

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After the ceremony we fed our guests delicious pizza courtesy of Matilda’s Bakehouse, which everyone raved about. We sent our guests off to the reception in a vintage coach from Llandudno, which proved a big hit, not least because of the entertaining driver. I’ll leave our reception photos for next time, because this post is long enough already, and there are a lot more details I want to share…See you soon!

A wedding

So, we did it! We got hitched. We’ve since been on honeymoon around the American deep south, which was so much fun, and deserves its own blog post.

Our wedding day was chilly and grey, but full of smiles, happy tears, hugs and laughter from loving family and friends. The weather simply didn’t matter. I loved my dress, my flowers, the ceremony, the reception, the food, the dancing, oh all of it! I also loved my dapper groom. I’ll share more on all these details soon, but in the meantime, while we relax back into normal life at home, here are a few of my favourite photos from the day, taken by our friends.

It feels good to be married, friends!

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