Bohemian Homespun Countryside Wedding in Wales

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WWW readers Laura and Stephen chose Treadam Barn, South Wales to host their wedding reception and had a beautifully relaxed atmosphere to their day. They hoped to achieve a wedding in the country with home spun touches. There were the prettiest blooms, bridesmaids in soft grey, a pot plant ladder seating plan and scrumptious food.

Stephen looked so very dapper in tweed, braces and bowler hat, while Laura donned a gorgeous circlet of fresh gypsophilia. Love love love.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Nick Murray Photography for sharing his imagery with us today.

 

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The Proposal… 21st April 2012, down on one knee after a gorgeous day in the sunshine with friends!

The Vision for the Day… We didn’t have a set theme, we just craved a chilled out country wedding, portraying our personalities and faith through home-spun touches.

The Planning Process… The year and a bit of planning flew by, but we did all of the planning and sourcing ourselves and loved every minute! Inspired by features on wedding blogs such as WWW, we got crafty and made lots ourselves; including designing the wedding stationery, making the confetti packets of dried petals and commissioning the laser cut banner which hung from the barn beams.

Budget… £8,000

The Venue… Our Ceremony was at Ty-Isaf Baptist Church in Risca, where Steve’s dad is the minister and where we worship when we are visiting family in Wales, making it so special. The reception was at Treadam Barn, Abergavenny- a stunning, restored 15th century barn in the middle of the countryside.

The Dress + Accessories… My dress was made by a dressmaker in London, I wanted something very simple and decided a dress maker was the best route having not seen anything in wedding boutiques. I accessorised with red shoes by Carvella, a vintage veil which I swapped for a circlet of fresh gypsophilia in the evening.  I wore a diamond cross necklace and my grandmother’s diamond stud earrings too.

Groom’s Attire… Steve knew he didn’t want a typical wedding suit, and after only a short search, we stumbled across a gorgeous brown tweed suit from Wolsey which was what he had pictured! He accessorised with a bowler hat from a hat makers in Soho, vintage braces and tan brogue boots.

The Readings + Music… I entered the church to instrumental of You are my sunshine and we left to: Into the West from La Señor de la Anillos Trilogía.

Our Hymns were: Amazing Grace and How deep the Father’s love for us, which was accompanied by acoustic guitar played by our good friend Luke.

Our readings were: Luke 12:12-34 and Philippians 4:8-9

Beautiful Bridesmaids… My four beautiful bridesmaids wore mis-matched grey dresses. Two were vintage, one was a dye to order dress from Ghost and the other was from ASOS. They wore grey heels and fresh gypsophilia in their hair.

The Flowers… I had envisioned soft, all-white bouquets, so I had white peonies and gyposophila and the bridesmaids had simpler bouquets with just gypsophilia. At the church we had 30 slim glass vases of blue bells, cow parsley and gypsophilia which smelt wonderful. We picked out the lilac- blue tones of the blue bells, with faux wreaths of lavender at the windows- which worked out cheaper than fresh lavender but which looked the real deal! At the reception venue, I decided to have poted plants instead of fresh cut flowers which we picked up from a local garden centre- and it meant I could leave something behind for the barns owners as a thank you and reminder of our wedding day!

The Cake… The most delicious white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake you could imagine, decorated simply with fresh blueberries. The day was so chilled out, we forgot about the cake until 10pm because it was stored in the fridge. We got it out and just let everyone tuck in! It was the perfect sweet treat before the dancing really started.

Your Photographer… We knew finding the perfect photographer was so important and as soon as we found Nick Murray’s website, we knew he was the photographer for us! We were pretty nervous emailing to ask about his availability as people book so far in advance- but thankfully he was free on our chosen date. We actually didn’t get a chance to meet until a few days before the wedding, but he is so chilled out, that we felt like we had known him years and we found we could be so natural in front of his camera as soon as our wedding day started.

The Details + Decor… We had a white cabriolet VW beetle from Love Dub Weddings- which was called Cariad meaning Love in Welsh! It meant a lot to Steve to have that car as his uncle was a VW aficionado and had a white beetle himself. Our driver Sharron was an absolute star and even provided a hamper- full of quirky little treats including pre-mixed cocktails, chewing gum and even a small packet of tissues- for happy tears of course!

Sugarloaf Catering created a two-part menu for our wedding day, starting with an English-Welsh high-tea with champagne when we arrived at the barn and then a sumptuous hog roast in the courtyard in the evening sunset.

I gave the ladies Welsh love spoons as favours! I loved the fact it was a traditional Welsh token of love and friendship. For men we had an open whiskey and cigar bar although I think there were a number of ladies visiting that it too!

The Honeymoon… We had a mini moon in Tenby- the weather was so good the week after the wedding, we were even sunbathing on the beach! We will go on safari in Kenya one day as a belated ‘proper’ honeymoon- perhaps for our 2nd anniversary!

Memorable Moments… So many! But to mention a few- the 30 minute ride together from the church to the reception- we were laughing and singing the whole way- we were finally married and it felt so good. Another was whilst taking photos in a field next to the barn, a herd of calves came charging at us which was both horrifying and hilarious at the same time, and made for some wonderful photos! And perhaps my personal favourite moment was Steve surprising me with a 4 set gig of some of my favourite songs- we had been let down by a band we had booked but Steve’s very own wedding band was infinitely better!

Advice for Other Couples… Don’t be afraid to not to plan your day down to the last second!  We only had rough timings for speeches, first dance etc. which made the day so relaxed.

Credit Where Credit is Due

Ceremony | Ty Isaf Baptist Church

Venue | Treadam Barn

Photography | Nick Murray Photography

Car | Love Dub Weddings 

Catering | Sugar Loaf Catering  

Flowers | Lily’s Floral Design 

Dress | Embroidery Effect 

Grooms suit | Wolsey 

Cake | Monkley Made 

 

Oh so beautiful :-)

Thanks so so much to Laura and Stephen for sharing their wedding story with us this morning XOXO Lou

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