Why hello there Lauren and Daniel, isn’t this header image by LoveSeen Photography just so dreamy and romantic!? WOW. We are so thankful to be sharing these remarkable photographs and the wonderful accompanying wedding story here today. Lauren and Daniel’s wedding was held on the most beautiful Spring day, the 19th May 2018 (the same date as the Royal wedding) to be precise at the Ceridwen Centre in Wales. The setting was out of this world and really was the perfect spot to host tipis and create a chilled out atmosphere. High on the agenda was creating a day which was different from the norm, with lots of handmade elements. Pretty much everything we love here at WWW then!
For the décor, think dream catchers, a ribbon adorned hoop centrepiece, rustic signage, industrial metal chairs and fun activity place mats to name a few. The flowers are also requiring a mention as they are so pretty, pale pink peonies mixed with greenery galore, what a triumph! I haven’t even mentioned yet just how stylish our pair looked in their chosen attire and I just adore how happy and loved up they look all day long. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for surprise transport for the bride and groom, Prosecco spraying and the sweetest little ones. Enjoy it all folks.
We’d planned a city break to Berlin in May 2017 and were so excited to getaway for some time together. Not only were we planning lots of sightseeing but we were heading to XJazz festival taking place there to see an amazing artist Pokey LaFarge the epitome of Modern American country jazz. Whilst enjoying the show in front of a few hundred people, Pokey announced a special guest in the crowd, much to my surprise Dan was invited on stage. Now I knew he didn’t play any instruments and he’s definitely not got the voice of an angel so it dawned on me something was about to happen. To my complete surprise I was invited up onto stage where Dan got down on one knee and in front of a room of fellow jazz lovers popped the question. I of course said yes! We spent the evening celebrating as all newly engaged couples do in a bar that doesn’t serve champagne….. Jager bombs! Followed by finding the nearest bar that did serve champers to celebrate in style.
Having both attended many weddings (we’re at that age!) we decided early on we wanted something a little bit different. I love unleashing my inner hippy and Dan just wanted a chilled out vibe so we knew we needed to look at alternative venues. As soon as we started looking we fell in love with Ceridwen Centre, it was the only venue we saw and it was love at first sight. Especially when we were told we’d be able to get married outdoors!
The venue really helped us to envisage our day, I knew I wanted to include lots of handmade elements, flowers were massively important and we wanted people to really get involved with things on the day. We both looked around places like Pinterest for inspiration and agreed we wanted to keep things simple and let the venue speak for itself.
Dreamcatchers were a huge part of the visions as they just went so well with the boho feel and complemented our theme from start to finish.
The Planning Process
We decided we wanted to get married quite quickly as we had some illness in the family. Unfortunately my Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016 and wasn’t given the best outlook so planning started straight away. We went to visit the venue just the two of us in early July and booked it straight away for the following May. We also went back with both sets of parents to visit in a very rainy August so they could fall in love with it too and despite the rain they really did!
Following the venue we began getting save the dates out right away and started to think about the elements we wanted in the day. The one lesson I learnt early on is to get enquiries out as soon as possible for photographers you love, hairdressers and make up artists. These are the elements that book up so quickly especially when you need people to come to you. We loved Clare our photographer as soon as we saw her Instagram and were so happy she when she told us she could make it.
We made a lot of lists and worked our way through with everything.
The Dress & Accessories
Meryl Lynette by Maggie Sottero
Customised veil by Richard Designs
Aristocrats of Chester
My best friend owns a bridal store in Chester, Aristocrats of Chester, so I was familiar with lots of bridal designers. I knew straight away I wanted a Maggie Sottero dress. Having been around them for a few years I just loved the beading and the details. Having visited the bridal show in September 2017 I saw Meryl Lynette on the catwalk and instantly fell in love. The catch was I needed to order my dress by October so I didn’t have time to wait for the sample to come to the store. So I pretty much ordered my dress without having tried it on but I knew the shape was what I was after and the lace was out of this world. Luckily for me I had the amazing girls in the shop to help me figure out everything and as soon as the dress arrived and I got to try it on I was in love!
Torre Blue check 3 piece suit – Purchased from City Gate, Chester
Paul Smith shirt
Louis Vuitton tie
Versace boxers and socks!
Jeffrey West shoes, cufflinks and collar stays
Groomsmen – Suits hired from Groom, Chester
The Readings & Music
Bob Marley on Love
He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.
An extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. that is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Walk down the aisle – Rebecca Ferguson, Teach me how to be loved
Signing the register – Percy Sledge, When a man loves a woman
End of ceremony – Lana Del Rey, Young and beautiful
The Details & Décor
We made a lot of things ourselves for the wedding from the name place cards all hand stamped by us and all corks our own (champagne corks for the ladies and red wine for the men) to the dream catchers hand made with love by yours truly.
Our amazing friends pitched in and helped us out with our pallet agenda, unplugged ceremony sign and bucket list. Plus lots of nights helping us with those finishing touches.
We are both gin lovers and decided to have our centre pieces as bottles of gin (empty unfortunately!) we love and beautiful decanters we found in various charity shops. We thrifted a lot of items and it helped to keep the price down and some of them are so gorgeous. It’s amazing what you can find in charity shops.
The favours we went for were pin badges from MacMillan Cancer Support, sometimes you spend money at weddings because you feel you have too and favours seem to be one of those where you can get so carried away. We thought a donation to charity would be the best thing we could do with the money we would spend. The charity themselves have helped my family so much throughout my Dads illness and were there at the end for all of us. We both agreed it was the right thing to do and I knew my Dad would have loved that little touch and for those at the wedding who knew what we’d all been through it meant a lot.
On the table we also had disposable cameras and an iSpy game for our guests to capture those moments we might miss.
We decorated the bar and other areas with beautiful bottles of gin with bottle lights in which come night time just gave a lovely ambience.
There was a hoop up in the tipi and we had this idea to turn it into a ribbon chandelier so my best friend Steph and I spent the day before tying hundreds of pieces of ribbon to the giant hoop and our florist Jill put the finishing touches to it with some beautiful ivy around the edges. It really kept the theme running and I just loved it! It’s nice to see couples have used it as is at other weddings this year!
We also had an adorable sweet cart where we have personalised bags and decorated it with more gin bottles and lots of cute fairy lights.
There was a small tipi to the side of the main one and this was used as a photo booth with a Polaroid camera and a pin board to put up your picture. It was such a cute little space and nice to see it being used.
Green and Wild Flowers
Jill was absolutely amazing and after walking the site with her and seeing her passion and style we knew she was right for our wedding. My only request was that if we could get my favourite flower, peonies, in the arrangements. She did that and so much more.
We didn’t want anything traditional so we spoke to the venue and Rob from Ceridwen Centre made us an amazing brownie tower with lots of fruit, honeycomb and edible flowers to decorate.
The dresses were Wisteria coloured Richard Designs dresses purchased from Aristocrats of Chester. My two bridesmaids were my best friend Steph and my sister Becky. They made sure I had the most amazing hen do and thought about lots of little touches for us both on the day.
We spent an extra night at the venue so we could just relax the day after the wedding, have brunch with all of our guests and sleep off the copious amounts of Prosecco! We then took a break to Lanzarote for 5 days staying in Arrecife so we could really relax, get some much needed rest and enjoy being Mr & Mrs. This summer we’re planning a very chilled out trip camping in one of our favourite spots in The Lizard, Cornwall.
Love Seen Photography by Clare Adams
There are so many moments to choose from, from guests falling asleep on the meadow, pile ons during romantic photo shoots and the boys almost breaking Clare’s camera with their Prosecco spraying antics.
One of our photos is extremely memorable and started the hashtag #lesbiandonkeys. As we strolled back from having some photos the two donkeys got a little frisky and we couldn’t ignore the fact!
For me the most memorable moment was getting to the end of the aisle and seeing Dan stood there waiting for me. He looked so nervous but as soon as we were together it felt like no one else was there, just us saying our vows.
We also kept a little secret from everyone and after the drinks reception everyone was told to head up to the tipi ready for the wedding breakfast and we’d organised for a horse and cart to take us up (why not you only get married once!). It was a complete surprise for everyone and was fantastic seeing the looks on all of their faces when we pulled up at the tipi.
Advice For Other Couples
Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Whenever you start to feel frustrated or things don’t go your way don’t sweat it. As long as you have each other your wedding will be everything you want it to be with the man/woman of your dreams.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Green and Wild Flowers
Welsh Green Weddings
Aristocrats of Chester
How utterly glorious.
Lauren and Daniel, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your super special wedding day with us xo Lou