Carys and Paul live in Ireland but married in Wales, hence the Irish/Welsh theme of their blue farming inspired wedding day. They chose the 4th July 2014 to hold their nuptials which were held in their family church followed by a reception at Cruglas Country House Hotel, Pembrokshire.
I so love the stylish attire, with Paul wearing a blue suit, bow tie and tan shoes while Cary’s was in a stunning embellished Ronald Joyce number.
There were pretty blue details throughout from the bridesmaids frocks to the rustic stationery. Gorgeous.
Thanks goes to the fabulous Hannah Miles for providing the images.
THE PROPOSAL | Living in Ireland, the proposal was on Sunday 23rd December 2013, as we were turning out the horses, it was a lovely Winter morning. We got to the top of the “Long Field”, both in our usual attire of Wellies and overalls and all of a sudden Paul got down on one knee! It was perfect, as we had the 3 horses looking on and were due to travel back to Pembrokeshire that day for Christmas!
THE VISION | The word ‘simple’ was the theme of the day! We were only engaged for 6 months so we started planning straight away – of course it was going to be a wedding held in Pembrokeshire and as soon as we found our Reception venue, we knew it was going to be a Country / Farming theme. Of course, with Paul being Irish there was going to be a big Welsh & Irish theme running alongside!
Most importantly we wanted to have all our family and friends in one place and for them to enjoy the day.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | It was certainly interesting planning a wedding in Pembrokeshire whilst living in Ireland! As a wedding Harpist I I had over 25 weddings to do before our own so to say we were emerged in wedding talk was an understatement!
We decided that the only way to get organised was to delegate and we were so fortunate to have lots of talented family and friends that we could get to help us out, we had cousins providing music, friends and family doing cakes, choir friends doing singing and table decorations that we really couldn’t have achieved as much without them!
THE VENUE | Tabernacle Chapel, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire was where we got married. Both sets of my (Carys’) grandparents went to Chapel there and growing up through the Sunday School it was the only place we could choose. It’s an amazing Chapel inside made from ornate wood carvings and has an amazing Pipe Organ, it was the only place we could get married and to have my Grandmother who is 92 at the wedding was the icing on the cake.
Our wedding reception was at Cruglas Country House Hotel, St Davids, in The Cow Shed (!) which suited perfectly with the theme we had in mind!
Cruglas is run by a local farming family who have been running a guest house for many years and recently converted The Cow Shed into an amazing function room – the only cow shed in Wales and Ireland which has a bar in it!
The food was so amazing, with an abundance of local produce it showcased Pembrokeshire and the Irish and Welsh theme could be seen from the very start with an Archway created using 2 x new telescopic handler machines which had 8 foot Welsh and Irish flags hanging from them to welcome the guests as they drove into Cruglas.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress shopping was an experience, with trusted advisors by my side, in 3 days we had tried on and bought a wedding dress and two bridesmaid dresses in 3 countries! My dress was from the bridal shop Brides of Eire in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland and was a Ronald Joyce Raffaella dress and jacket in Ivory with a Chapel Veil and the jewellery was hand made by a Cork based designer which was also bought from the bridal shop, Brides of Eire, with Rainbow Club Taylor shoes also in Ivory.
The bridesmaid dresses were Felix Dresses from Coast, which were floor sweeping and had a stunning draping low back in navy with a slim line belt embellished with beads.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Paul’s suit was found at Tom Murphy’s Menswear in Cork, Ireland and was a light blue Van Kollem suit with white detailed stitch. The Groomsmen were in Navy Wilvorst suits and everyone wore bow ties!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We were immensely lucky to have family and friends to call upon to help with our Ceremony. We had readings from Sian Williams (Corinthians) and Nicola O’Donovan (Wedding Day) with prayers from Eleri Davies, Shane Donovan, James Whelton and Master Dafydd Cornock.
The music for the Bridal Entrance was played on the chapel’s magnificent organ was Llety’r Bugail with 3 hymns the signing was every bit as good as it should be for a Welsh and Irish wedding!
During the signing of the Register, our bridesmaid Joy Cornock sang with local male voice group, Bois Y Wlad the lovely hymn Calon Lan and Wendy Lewis concluded the Ceremony on the organ playing Queen of Sheba for the Recessional.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our wedding party was made up of family and best friends and were:
Best Man: Colin O’Donovan (groom’s brother)
Groomsman: Paul Smith (bride and grooms friend and how we met!)
Bridesmaid: Nina Prichard (bride’s best friend from 3 years old)
Bridesmaid: Joy Cornock (bride’s first cousin)
Carwyn Evans (bride’s brother) and was the only person that could have walked with me down the aisle!
THE FLOWERS | Our wedding flowers were done by Amaryllis Florist in Fishguard and consisted of:
Bridal Bouquet & Bridesmaids – Hand tied bouquet using avalanche ivory peach and pale pink rose, a small amount of dill, white bouvardia and ivory phlox.
Groom and Groomsmen button holes were ivory rose and white chrysanthemum.
We had 4 large milk jugs which belonged Carys’ grandmother and were used in the Chapel, filled with summer flowers in pinks and whites and outside the Chapel doors we had 3 milk churns, 2 of which were filled my friends and family with blue hydrangea flowers and one was decorated by Amaryllis Florist.
We had a lovely Candle Arrangement in the Chapel where which we lit as part of the Ceremony.
At the Reception there were table decorations which were done by friends and Carys’ mother which used stock flowers, gypsophila, dill and roses.
THE CAKE | Once again we were blessed with having so many talented friends and family, our very dear friend Helen Williams made our 3 tier fruit cake and a chocolate cake which we cut on the day. The cake was decorated with over 60 iced flowers which were all hand made by a relative of Carys’, Gaynor Harries – it not only tasted amazing but looked incredible!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Hannah Miles and was so amazing, based in Cardiff but a local Pembrokeshire girl and shoots weddings in West Wales, she knew exactly what we wanted for our wedding and captured the day perfectly.
She met with us to do an Engagement Shoot which was lots of fun and was so professional throughout; she made sure she had all the right photographs, captured in a classic yet modern twist without us even noticing she was there!
We are delighted with our photographs and can’t stop looking at them!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Having all our family and best friends together under one roof was the best thing about our day!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It sounds like a cliché but honestly – enjoy every second as it really does fly by!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Reception Venue | Cruglas Country House Hotel
Photographer | Hannah Miles
Video | Teifi Films
Flowers | Amaryllis Flower Boutique
Bride’s Dress | Bride’s of Eire
Groom Suits | Tom Murphy Menswear
Tractor used to leave the Chapel | Riverlea Tractors
Hair | Laura Jane Hairdressing, Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire
Makeup | Sara Davies, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire
Band | Ilectric
DJ | Rob Thomas DJ, Pembrokeshire
Wedding Stationery | Carbon Copy
Carys and Paul, thank you both so much for allowing me to share your wedding XOXO Lou