There is a real opulent, rich and romantic feel to this wedding today. It’s also proof that rain on your wedding day really doesn’t matter, just see bride Justine’s words of advice in her report.
WWW readers Justine and Daniel chose to marry on the 30th August 2015 at Broadway Country House in Wales. They envisioned a small and intimate day which was all about their family coming together as one. Isn’t that lovely?
I love the burgundy and aubergine colour scheme with gold accents, the results are really luxe. What a marvellous job they did with the DIY details. Justine chose to wear Eileen by Maggie Sottero with a bolero by Justin Alexander which looked stunning, while the boys were suited in booted in blue. Amaze.
Thanks to much to Victoria Tyrrell Photography for sharing these beautiful photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Dan proposed to me on a beach near our hometown that holds special meaning for us. It was a very poignant moment and I didn’t actually say yes! I put the ring straight on my finger and just cried with happiness for a while before laughing about the fact that I hadn’t given him an answer.
THE VISION | We wanted a small and intimate celebration with our close friends and family. Something personal, meaningful and nothing too formal. We have two little girls my daughter from a previous relationship and a daughter together so our wedding was about our family coming together as one.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we found our venue and we had an idea of colours and themes we started collecting all the bits and pieces that we needed for decorating the venue. This happened over time. We designed our wedding invites and all of the stationery over time as well making drafts and changing aspects until we were totally happy with the end product and it tied in with all the other details of the day. We had around 18 months to organise the wedding and it went very quickly. I definitely recommend getting started as soon as possible if you are DIY’ing as it can put a lot of pressure on you. I felt we had an ample amount of time but some things ended up being so last minute!
THE VENUE | We had our wedding and reception at Broadway Country House in Laugharne. It is such a glorious location with beautiful views of the sea. It features a beautiful orangery where we had our ceremony and has a marquee where we held our reception.
THE DRESS AND ACCESSORIES | My dress was Eileen by Maggie Sottero and my bolero was A071 by Justin Alexander both were purchased at Emma Phillips Bridal Studio in Carmathen where the belt was made in-house. I wore a pearl and crystal hair piece from Debenhams and some pearl and crystal earrings from White Bride in Narberth.
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on a few dresses and found I loved parts of them all but I didn’t love everything about any one dress. Until I found Eileen by Maggie Sottero as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. It moved me to tears; I definitely had an emotional connection to the dress. It is a huge decision and commitment though so during the wait for my dress to come in I convinced myself that I had made a mistake and it wasn’t actually what I wanted. I started thinking I would have to find another dress! When my dress came in and I tried it on for the first time all my fears went away and I was in love again. Thank goodness!
GROOMS ATTIRE | We decided that we wanted blue suits for Dan and the groomsmen as it seemed more laid back not so formal but still super smart and they were actually very striking in person. We hired them from Dyfed Menswear in Crosshands.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our daughter did a small reading at the ceremony which meant so much to us as well as my sister who read ‘The Day’. I walked down the aisle to ‘Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. We had Ben Howard ‘Only Love’ and Adele ‘Make You Feel My Love’ playing for the signing of the register and then we walked out to Muse ‘Feeling Good’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids were dressed in aubergine Twobirds ball gowns. I fell in love with these dresses on pinterest! I loved the fact that everyone could have the same dress and wear it however they wanted to make it more ‘them’. After finding out they came in the aubergine colour I was so in love with I got into contact with Sally at White bride in Narberth who stocked them. I have to say Sally and the girls there were brilliant and made the whole process of ordering, fitting and altering so easy! My flower girl’s dresses were from Zulily.
THE FLOWERS | Our flowers were from Next Door in Narberth. I took in pictures of what I liked and swatches of our colours and then left the designing to Debbie. They were so beautiful and tied everything together nicely.
THE CAKE | Our cake was made by Heavenly Exquisite Desserts in Llandeilo. Tracey was amazing from the tasting session to making decisions about what we wanted it to look like and then finally seeing it on the day. It was absolutely breathtaking in person and a fantastic work of art! We chose triple chocolate sponge and butter cream for the 3 lower tiers and blueberry sponge with white chocolate butter cream for the top tier. It tasted just as amazing as it looked!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Victoria Tyrrell was amazing from the very beginning she was so friendly at our engagement shoot that we both just felt so comfortable with her. On the wedding day she just felt like another friend at our wedding. She kept in contact with us during the planning process and was happy to hear about all of the details that were going to make up our wedding day. She produces absolutely stunning pictures and we will treasure our wedding photographs forever!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our wedding could be described as a vintage fairytale. We had an eclectic mix of details ranging from oldie world to modern. We took lots of elements from our everyday life and incorporated them into the wedding for instance our family’s love of Disney (as this is a huge part of the magic in our household) the girls named our tables after our favourite Disney characters and so our top table ended up being once upon a time! I made everything I could for our wedding mostly inspired by my pinterest board. I made our invites, the table plan, table name signs, sweet buffet table, place name cards, favour envelopes, table centrepieces, decorations for the top table, cake table and orangery where our ceremony was held. I purchased lots of the design elements for the stationery and artificial flowers from Etsy. And all of the frames that helped make our table names and signs as well as the birdcages/vases were purchased from The Range and Dunelm.
THE HONEYMOON | We shared our honeymoon with our little girls and went to The Atlantis in Dubai for a week.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Hearing the music I was walking down the aisle to start and feeling a rush of emotion! The moment I let go of my mother’s hand as she was giving me away. Our eldest daughter’s reading during the ceremony. Seeing Dan’s face when he saw me. I remember how emotional the whole day was and at the end of the night we were just so ecstatically happy and that feeling continued for days!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Some good advice would be to definitely invest in a good photographer or videographer or both. The day goes so quickly I found in the days after it seemed just a blur when our photographs came back it was so wonderful to be able to relive it all again. And similarly when we first saw the preview of our wedding video all the emotion came rushing back!
It rained all day on our wedding day and I can tell you that it really didn’t make any difference to our day we were so elated despite not having the sunny wedding day we had dreamed of! So don’t worry about the weather!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Photographer | Victoria Tyrrell Photography
Videographer | Aurora Video
MUA | Jody Amner
Wedding Dress | Emma Phillips Bridal
Venue | Broadway Country House
Cake | Heavenly Choc
Flowers | Next Door Florists
Transport | Top Class Cars
Oh my, so lovely.
Thanks so very much to Justine and Daniel for sharing their wonderful story today xo Lou