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Leanne and Nic were married on a gorgeous Summers day at Penpont in Wales and hoped to create a relaxed country day with no theme or set colours. They picked wild blooms from the venue for the bouquets and table flowers, which looked heavenly. The gents looked dapper in mismatched attire as did the lovely bridesmaids. Plus their talented loved ones performed during the intimate ceremony and during the reception. Talking of the ceremony Nic’s dad is a vicar and conducted the ceremony which must have been super special.
I just adore Leanne’s Caroline Castigliano gown and vibrant blue shoes, the rustic décor and classic red car.
Thanks so very much to Lemonade Pictures for providing these wonderful photographs with us.
THE VISION | We wanted a relaxed and laid back wedding. But with lots of personal details. The general feel was vintage country I suppose but we didn’t intend to have a theme. We are lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful area and we wanted to make the most of that in our wedding.
THE VENUE | As soon as we visited Penpont we knew it was the venue for us. It was perfect. It was stunningly beautiful but with a laid back relaxed feel. Some friends and family were able to stay there as well meaning that we able to make more of a weekend of it which was lovely. The owners were also a big draw. They were a huge help but were also pretty chilled.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I was pretty keen on vintage lace and I always wanted coloured shoes. The dress needed to be comfy and easy to dance in so not too structured or restrictive, I fell in love with my Caroline Castigliano dress. I wore my mums wedding necklace.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We have some pretty talented friends and family which we made the most of. My cousin played the piano in the church and one of the bridesmaids sang and played guitar at the reception.
Our ceremony felt really special. Nic’s dad is a vicar and conducted the ceremony for us. We got married in Nic’s family church.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The grooms outfit was harder to get together than the dress in the end. Nic wanted to look smart but he was not keen on a suit. Not easy to find. In the end we went for a mix and match country gentleman type of outfit (or as Nic would call it “hobbit chic”).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We wanted our wedding party to stand out as part of the wedding but not to be too uniform. We let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses so they were able to tailor what we wanted to their own style and shape. We then tied their outfits together by all having coloured shoes. We went for a similar approach with the groomsmen. They had the same jackets but let them choose their shoes and trousers.
THE FLOWERS | I have always loved wild flowers and this lent its self to the general country feel of the day. Bouquet flowers were wild flowers from the venue. Table flowers were also from the venue put in jars and bottles. We used a lot of lace and burlap in our decorations. We didn’t want to over dress the venue as it was already so pretty.
THE CAKE/ FOOD | Our wedding cake was from M&S and my Gran made the flowers to decorate the cake. It looked beautiful!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found Nichola at a wedding fair. As soon as we saw her photos we knew she was the photographer for us. We loved her style. Stunning photos with a natural feel. She also had a way of making people feel relaxed which was important for me and Nic who tend to feel awkward in front of cameras.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We did not have a colour scheme but instead we used wild flowers grown at the venue and we went for a mix and match approach with the outfits. It was quite a personal hands on wedding. We had friends and family play important parts of the wedding and we made the all of decorations and stationery ourselves. We had the traditional sit down meal and drinks but with some differences. The meal was hamper style sharing food which all our guests loved and instead of wine we had DIY cocktails which also went down pretty well.
I suppose you would call me and Nic “foodies”. So it was important for us to have good food at the wedding. We weren’t a huge fan of the sit down three course meal but we also didn’t want a buffet. So when we found Purple Carrot we were thrilled. They do excellent quality food at a reasonable price and they specialise in sharing picnic hampers. We loved the idea of our guests handing around the food from the basket. Many of the guests didn’t eat meat and PC paid as much attention to their food as the meat. For the evening meal we had a burrito bar. We didn’t have traditional canapés. Instead we had homemade Welsh cakes. Again this gave us a more personal touch.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing all our guests sat outside in the courtyard tackling their burritos was a pretty memorable sight.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It was quite a DIY wedding. We made all the decorations and stationery ourselves and had friends and family play important parts of the day. This helped in keeping the costs down but it also made the day feel much more personal to us and the people that mean a lot to us. It was quite a bit of effort but I would highly recommend adding your own touches to the day. You want the day to feel unique to you as a couple.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Shoes | Etsy
Veil/Headpiece | Victoria Valentine Bridal from Abergavenny. and I wore real flowers in my hair in the evening.
Florist | Flowers came from the venue or grown by friends. Flowers worn in my hair and bridesmaid hair came from Petals florist in Crickhowell.
Venue Décor/styling | Decorated the venue ourselves.
Cake Maker | Cake came from M&S plain. My gran made the flowers which decorated the cake.
Caterer | Purple Carrot
Bridesmaids Dresses/Groom & Groomsmen | All different from different shops and websites such as Asos.
Entertainment (day & evening) | Friends and family
Photographer | Lemonade Pictures
Ahh so idyllic.
Leanne and Nic, thanks so very much to you both for sharing your lovely story today xo Lou