WWW readers Gareth and Hannah’s wedding held on the 29th July 2016 was an utter delight. Chock full of personality, love and homely vibes, it was held at art centre, The Globe at Hay in Herefordshire. They really made the most of the quaint setting, by wandering the pretty streets with their photographer Larissa Joice for their adorable portraits. It was the perfect backdrop for their vintage feel rustic day all created on a £9000 budget.
To keep to budget they DIY’d much of the decoration themselves as well as snapping up little gems in charity and antique boutiques, the end result is cosy, atmospheric and welcoming. Books featured heavily with classic authors for table names and books stacked on the tables alongside flowers. The chalk board style cake has to be one of my favourite styling elements, it’s so fun and very stylish indeed, I bet it tasted sensational too.
The couple looked so lovely in their chosen outfits too. Hannah’s flowing Cathy Telle gown was very elegant and I adore the flowers in her pretty up do. Gareth and the boys were very dapper in floral bow ties, blue suits and tan shoes. Stunning.
THE PROPOSAL | Gareth: The proposal was on the 31st August 2012, which is a few days before Hannah’s birthday. We were heading off on a years travelling break to Australia not long after so I decided this was the perfect opportunity to ask Hannah to be my wife before we left. I had booked us into a hotel for a spa day and stay (birthday was the perfect distraction). Before we headed out for the evening, I took the opportunity and asked Hannah to marry me. It was a private moment between the two of us which felt more fitting. She said an astonished ‘yes’ and after some tears and make up re-adjustment, we heading out into the night to celebrate.
THE VISION | Relaxed, rustic, intimate and floral!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process was an odd one because we left for Australia a few weeks after Gareth proposed. After returning we focused on buying our first house so the wedding took a back seat. The starting point for us was finding the right venue, this took forever. Following that everything else consisted a lot of research to find the right suppliers that best suited our needs. We were really lucky that the venue were flexible with food and drinks, which saved a lot of time. Most of the odds and ends for the décor were bought from charity shops and squirrelled away until closer to the date. The plan was to do a lot of DIY bits but time just disappeared. If you are planning on doing DIY decorations, start early!
BUDGET | Under £9k.
THE VENUE | The Globe at Hay. We saw some amazing venues but this just felt right.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress by Cathy Telle, shoes by Ruby Shoo, bag was one of my mum’s vintage bags.
FINDING THE DRESS | This was by far the biggest challenge! I am admittedly extremely fussy with clothes so finding a wedding dress was not going to be easy. I saw the Cathy Telle dresses quite early on and decided that was the sort of thing I was after. Their dresses were elegant, floaty and ethereal but I was hesitant about ordering online. After scouring the internet and the most of the UK and not finding anything I liked I felt lost. In the end, I decided to chance it and order one of their dresses. Once it arrived it took me hours to open it (out of nerves!) but happy to say once I did I was not disappointed. The quality of the fabric was much better than any in the bridal stores and it was beautifully made. The team at Cathy Telle were very helpful throughout the process.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Suit by Ted Baker, shoes by Roland Cartier, cufflinks by Creaking Door (Etsy), bow tie/ ties from eBay.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music was really important to set the tone of the day. Hannah walked down the aisle to Bright Eyes ‘First day of my life’. It’s a song that we would listen to a lot when we first got together and the words fitted really well. We both held back a few tears during the song! We walked out to Hall & Oats ‘You make my dreams come true’, both loving a bit of an 80’s feel, it was a must. Our first dance was Penny and The Quarters ‘You and Me’, this was set to be our first dance within the first couple of years of being together after hearing it on Blue Valentine.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | There were three beautiful bridesmaids that I have been friends with for a long time. All very different characters but all equally amazing, I couldn’t have got through the day without them and their support. They each wore a Chi Chi London dress in similar styles but different colours. I wish I had given the girls more freedom with the dresses but with them living so far apart (Cardiff, London & Auckland) having a few shopping days wasn’t an option. They all looked beautiful which was important!
THE FLOWERS | My heart was set on wild flowers but they don’t cope well being cut so opted for rustic country garden flowers from Rhos Market Garden, a farm local to the venue. This worked out for the best, I loved the pops of colour and Alice (supplier) did a great job of the posies.
THE CAKE | Our cake was made by Cakes by Kim in Cardiff. She did an amazing job; the cake was just as I wanted it and was delicious. I think the two of us ate most of it!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Another job that took a lot of research and toing and froing between us. Larissa’s style instantly stood out to us, she adapts really well to the setting and captures the day so well. Our photo album has such a good selection of images it’s hard to have a favourite. They range from light hearted and fun to vintage looking to atmospheric and intimate… love them all!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Hannah: I love attention to detail and think it makes a big impact to the overall look. Throughout the whole planning process I looked out for little gems in charity and antique shops. We chose classic authors for table names, which tied in well with the location, Hay On Wye. The décor was a rustic, vintage, floral, copper medley… basically just lots of things I find beautiful! We had a ‘Wish you were here’ area, which had framed images of loved ones that we would have liked at the day.
THE HONEYMOON | Umm, does thinking about places we’d like to visit count? Honeymoon is currently on hold whilst we finish our house refurbishment but hopefully is not too far away.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Hannah: I had a pretty rough morning and a lack of sleep so wasn’t feeling my best. The look on my bridesmaids face when they saw me in the morning was priceless! Despite how awful I felt in the morning seeing Gareth waiting for me at the end of the aisle washed everything away. From that moment, I had a huge grin on my face.
Gareth: Hannah’s grandad was a huge fan of Elvis and had sadly passed away before I met Hannah. At certain moments, such as birthdays or memorable days, ‘Always on my mind’ would play somewhere whether on the radio or background music. Whilst I was waiting for the groomsmen to arrive, I took a moment for myself and listened to some music on shuffle. Out of the thousands of songs on my phone ‘Always on my mind’ played… gave me goosebumps!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | There will be many people just itching to express their opinions and give their advice for your wedding, smile and nod approvingly it’s the polite thing to do, but don’t lose sight of what’s important to you both. Ultimately it is your day and it is very much your call. Things will rarely work out perfectly, there will be times when a compromise has to be made. Make sure overall you are happy with your decisions, let’s not forget, it is your wedding after all.
Be sure for the two of you to take a breather together wherever possible and just step back and savour the moment, as this will be I promise, the best day of your lives.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Beautiful images | Larissa Joice Photography
Lovely venue, food and staff | The Globe at Hay
Flowers | Rhos Market Garden
Dress | Cathy Telle
Beautifully styling Hannah’s hair and support | Rebecca at Amaryllis
Awesome music in the evening | Esyllt Williams of Dirty Pop
Delicious cake | Cakes by Kim
Cute wedding favours | Boutique By Laura Ann
Groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts | The Creaking Door
Well wasn’t that just lovely?!
Huge thanks goes to Gareth and Hannah and their photographer Larissa for sharing it all with us today xo Lou