Lizzie and Lewis had a spot of luck on their wedding day held on the 25th July 2015. Their favourite place (Pwll Du Beach, Gower Peninsula in South Wales) where they got engaged and headed for their wedding portraits happened to have four wild horses waiting for them. It made for the most magical of moments. But that wasn’t the only thing, there was an air show they weren’t aware of, which entertained their guests while the BBQ was under way. Amaze.
A casual summery rustic feel was order of the day with a gorgeous country marquee. Much of their wedding was a culmination of talents from their loved ones. There were DIY blooms, custom designed stationery and collected stones for the place names. The dried flowers throughout looked totally stunning and the pink and green tones worked wonderfully.
Lizzie chose to wear an Allure Bridals low back gown with bow sash which looked sensational, meanwhile Lewis was the dapper gent in a bow tie, waistcoat and jeans combo. Be sure to keep an eye out for their cute dog too.
Jason Mark Harris Photography, many thanks for providing the joyful photographs today.
THE PROPOSAL | July 2014 at Pwll Du Beach, Gower Peninsula – South Wales (where we returned to the same spot for our wedding photo’s). We were walking the dog and he surprised me on one knee with a beautiful rough diamond ring. He’d even organised the party that evening, a BBQ with close family.
THE VISION | A casual, relaxed, rustic wedding with a summery laid back feel. BBQ food, informal dress code. We wanted everything to feel natural and handmade and be true to our personalties.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning was easy to begin with, we knew we wanted to get married in the village we were both from, so that limited our choice on venues. We wanted to get married as close to Pwll Du Beach as possible as its our favourite place. So, choosing our local church, and the rugby club was an easy choice. Everything else just fell in to place. I found the dress shopping so much fun. Obviously parts of the planning are always stressful, I found bridesmaid dresses quite tricky, and deciding on flowers with a budget, but we had so much help from family and friends and we were so happy with the outcome of everything.
THE VENUE | St Teilo’s Church, and reception at South Gower Rugby Club (marquee in field). We loved the marquee as we got to put our own stamp on it. We could dictate everything about the day, and it was a very relaxed environment. We were able to supply our own wine, and bring in our own caterers and all our own decoration.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | It was an Allure a line dress with beautiful lace, thin spaghetti straps and a very low back. I put a sash belt with it. And Jenny Packham T bar jewelled shoes. The dress had no sparkle on it as I wanted it to look plain, but I enjoyed knowing I had some pearly sparkly shoes underneath. I had dried flowers in my hair which I ordered from ‘Florence and Flowers’ on etsy.
FINDING THE DRESS | I loved dress shopping. I went to about 8 shops and tried on absolutely every style. It was so fun going with my Mum and maid of honour, and I loved the whole experience. As many different styles as I tried on, I just knew I wanted a big dress. Its what I always dreamed of. I found my dress in Teokath, in Wimbledon. I loved the Allure romantic tutu style dresses, and this dress just had everything going for it. It had the stunning low back, while still feeling traditional and fairytale like. I loved the way it looked, but also the way it felt, which I think is really important. I put a sash belt with it tied in a bow which just finished it off. I loved the big bow on the back.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Very casual. Brown jeans from Natterjacks, brown Dr Marten shoes, white fleck All Saints shirt, handmade dark brown leather and suede waistcoat, and hessian bow tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance music – Pachelbel’s Cannon. Whilst signing we had Lewis’ sister sing Songbird which is our favourite song. She sang it beautifully. We sang ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Guide Me O Thy Great Redeemer’ also known as ‘Bread Of Heaven’ Exit music – A Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin. Everyone laughed and it set the mood ready for the reception
Readings – 1 Corinthians, old testament reading from Song of Solomon read by close friends.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids wore multiway dresses which I ordered online from etsy ‘Dresslongbridal’ in nude pink and olive green. The colours looked beautiful together. They were so reasonable at £50 each including shipping. They were one size fits all which was perfect as I had one bridesmaid away travelling and one pregnant. I ordered a larger size for my pregnant friend. The dresses hung beautifully, I would recommend them to anyone. They wore their hair up with dried flower hair grips also from etsy from ‘Florence and Flowers’.
THE FLOWERS | We ordered button hole’s and my bouquet from ‘Florence and Flowers’ on etsy which matched the flowers in our hair and were very reasonable. We also ordered some bunches of dried flowers to hang in marquee. All the fresh flowers we bought from Morrisons and arranged ourselves for the table decorations. It was a fun day 2 days before the wedding with everyone mucking in. We also made pretty bridesmaids bouquets ourselves of Gypsophila and dried pink Daisies tied in twine.
THE CAKE | We loved the rustic, naked cake look. So we went for a giant fruit filled Victoria sponge made by ‘Great Cake Company’.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jason Mark Harris. He was an incredible photographer who captured our day perfectly. We love our photos and he made us feel very relaxed.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All our decoration was done by family and friends. Lewis’ sister Georgia Jones designed our wedding invites and order of services with a drawing of Lewis, myself and our dog. She also made a very creative table plan, hanging names on to branches of a tree. And we collected stones from Pwll Du Beach for our name places. We ate off colourful vintage china which added so much to the look of the marquee too. We hung fairy lights and bunting everywhere. The favours were also home made with the help of my bridesmaids. Swansea mixture sweets wrapped in brown paper, and tied with twine. I took a lot of inspiration for décor from pinterest. I am also very lucky to have very creative friends and family that helped to make things and put everything together.
THE HONEYMOON | Indonesia – Lombok and the Gilli islands. Stayed in Quinci Villas in Lombok, and Oceans 5 resort in Gilli air. Quinci Villas was stunning, luxury accommodation. The honeymoon was perfect although I would recommend paying a bit more to take 2 flights rather than 3.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | 1. Our horse and cart journey from church to Pwll Du Beach. Just the two of us drinking champagne and toasting our marriage.
2. Arriving for photos at the spot planned also where Lewis had proposed to be met by 4 wild horses. It was an unbelievable moment, like they were waiting for us. We had some incredible pictures with them, and it felt like something really special for us to share.
3. An air show in the sky right next to our marquee – unplanned. Everyone rushed out of the marquee to enjoy this moment together, whilst the BBQ was going outside and all the children were playing in the field.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It’s a very overwhelming day, make sure you enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly. And don’t worry too much about everything. I would recommend if you have the time to do your own flowers. And we saved a lot of money there, and we had so many compliments on them. I would also highly recommend doing something different with the food. We loved our BBQ sharing boards. It was a great way of people sharing conversation – sharing food. I would highly recommend our caterers.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Marquee | County Marquees
Caterer | Holdens Catering
Photographer | Jason Mark Harris
Cake | Great Cake Company
Flowers | Florence and Flowers
Bridesmaid Dresses | Dresslongbridal
Invites and decoration | Georgiajonespainting
Thanks so very much to Lizzie and Lewis for sharing their amazing nuptials with us xo Lou