Wow! What a DIY treat we have for you lovely lot today. Lowri and Geraint wed on the family farm on 27th August 2016 and the planning process truly was a labour of love. The whole family pitched in to make, grow and raise everything needed for a proper Welsh farm wedding, which of course was held in the barn. From the flowers grown by family to the meat fattened by Lowri’s parents, nearly everything was produced by the couple and their helpers.
Lowri and Geraint wanted a fuss free event, which focused on having a wonderful time with loved ones but there are plenty of simply amazing details. I love the classic Citroën vans that the pair used to serve gin and prosecco and the neon bar sign is just perfect for the barn setting. Of course it wouldn’t have been a Welsh wedding without a male voice choir!
Lowri found her dress in French Connection on a quick shopping trip and the excursion to choose the bridesmaids dresses was complete after just 30 minutes when other fun activities called!
Thanks so much to Nesta Lloyd Photography for providing these fantastic images of a brilliant wedding and breathtaking scenery.
THE PROPOSAL | On Lowri’s Mam and Dad’s farm on top of a mountain … not glamorous at all … which made it all the more unexpected. We were in our overalls and wellies and the jack Russell, Alfie, was there to witness it all. Geraint had asked Lowri’s Dad for permission on the tractor that morning while he was helping feeding the sheep.
THE VISION | To share the beautiful place we call home with our friends from near and far. One day wouldn’t be enough…we needed a week to celebrate. We had a feast for our closest friends on Thursday, Bride and Groom separate social on Friday, Wedding on Saturday , Bride v Groom game of football (full pitch and kits – the lot) on the Sunday followed by a BBQ and a family meal on the Monday.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We roped in the bride’s sister and Lowri’s friend as chief organisers who sorted the entire event, even picking the band, Port Lights, which the bride and groom had never heard play before – fair to say if they got it wrong they wouldn’t have been friends anymore! Every member of the bridal party took on some responsibilities: Mother and father of the bride fattened up a heifer and four lambs for the wedding breakfast, cleaned the shed, cut the hedges, grew the flowers and much more. Father of the groom built a bar and grew a tree in the shape of a heart, Mother of the groom made 300 welsh cakes for the favours. The day before the wedding we had all of the cousins and aunties picking and arranging the flowers – a real team effort.
BUDGET | We begged borrowed and stole at every opportunity to keep costs down, including growing own flowers, eating the meat from the farm and a booze run to France. Our friends had classic French vans which we turned into a Gin and Prosecco bar.
THE VENUE | A working farm barn which had a hundred cows living in it three months with a money can’t buy view of the Tanat Valley in mid Wales. We dressed it with marquee carpet, a marquee side and walls of straw.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I’m not a girly girl so the dress was bought for £60 from French Connection and a friend added a bit of lace to make it more bridal, it was knee length to make it ideal for dancing. Geraint bought me some Clogau gold jewellery which I’d always wanted and the shoes were a bargain for £20 (New Look cream Wedges)
FINDING THE DRESS | Done in 20 minutes flat whilst on my way back from work one day… but spent a few days getting it tailored to suit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | No readings but we had two local students who do a lot of musical theatre to sing a couple of duets in the chapel. Followed by a full on rap by the best man and sister of the groom at the reception, and let’s not forget Father of the bride’s Welsh Male Voice Choir singing during canapés and champagne on arrival at the reception.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses found in half an hour in London. We’d booked the whole day for shopping in London, but when we heard the boys were having so much fun in a ping pong bar across town, we got the job done in 30mins flat. They were navy dresses with burnt orange sandals.
THE FLOWERS | Majority were ‘borrowed’ from the gardens of our friends and families, with the top table and chapel done by a local florist.
THE CAKE | Now … there’s a story. Our friend Fran fancies herself as a bit of a Mary Berry in her spare time, so she agreed to make us a cake as our wedding gift. The cake took three weeks to make, contained 30 eggs and weighed 5kg. Fran had been part of the hen party, which wasn’t your usual hen party – we entered a rugby 7s tournament. Fran had broken a rib at the tournament and had bruises all over her arms, the day after the competition she went to a cake making class… in pain and in long sleeves to cover up the bruises. The cake had three tiers, and each tier represented different places the bride and groom and lived together. Tier one was Cardiff which featured silhouettes of The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and the millennium centre, tier two was London and included the London Eye and London Bridge, the top was Aberystwyth where the couple met and included the Pier and the University.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer blended in to our whole day like a member of the family. She was super chilled and relaxed and even had to be thrown in the back of the land rover to drive up to the top of the mountain for the pictures. She created the most beautiful video of the day which was a total surprise to us… we had no idea she was creating a video! The pictures were captured in a way which summed up our wedding perfectly…. No staged pictures, just all natural pics of friends and family having fun.
THE HONEYMOON | We had originally planned to go to straight after the wedding, but we ended up blowing all of our annual leave on supporting Wales in the Euros in France which meant we had to postpone until January 2017. We went to South Africa for two weeks where we hired a car and travelled along the garden route drinking too much wine and eating too much red meat and fish. Divine!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The day before the wedding, one of our groomsmen – who has a helicopter license, surprised us by landing on the field in front of the house and taking the both of us up for a ride in the chopper up our valley and over the mountains to Bala Lake, Lake Vyrnwy and back home again. The BEST wedding present and such a surprise.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t put pressure on yourself when you go to other people’s wedding and think their wedding is just perfect. Your wedding day has to be right for you. Control the controllables and don’t let things out of control get you down. Make sure everyone has enough drinks, that there is music and the speeches aren’t too long and dry.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Nesta Lloyd Photography
Gin & Prosecco Vans | Classic French Vans
Helicopter | Hover Helicopters
Band | Portlights
Dress Alterations | Fine Threads
Thank you Lowri and Geraint for sharing your incredible homemade day. Rachel x