Rustic & Unique Yurt Wedding with Personal Touches

Fron Farm Yurt Retreat Wedding Cat Arwel Photography

There is just something so special about yurt weddings, these magical structures really bring a rustic vibe and a sense of cosiness all round. So I am just thrilled to be sharing Owain and Lucy’s wedding today, which was held at Fron Farm Yurt Retreat in Wales on the 5th October 2019. Their day was super fun, with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of personal touches. Think vintage Ford MKII Escort, beautiful blooms and car influenced detail such as the number plate table names.

I have to say Lucy looked stunning in her beaded high neckline gown and tulle veil, while Owain donned brown check tweed and burgundy chinos with a floral bow tie. Didn’t they look amazing?! Just wait until you see the cute bridesmaid outfits, they wore floral skirts and deep red jumpers. So stylish… All the autumn vibes.

Cat Arwel Photography, thank you ever so much for sharing with us these utterly gorgeous images.

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The Proposal

It was a very personal proposal. Went away to ‘Stow on the Wold’ in the Cotswolds for a couple of nights to celebrate our 1-year anniversary. The morning of 3rd November, 2018 Owain ventured out to get fresh croissants and the best take away coffee in the village for breakfast, whilst I (Lucy) was getting ready for the day. He rung me to say breakfast was ready and to come down stairs where he had set everything out on the patio table. As I sat down, he gave me a bouquet of roses. As he knows me inside out, he said, “I know you like everything in 3s (as it’s my lucky number) but they only had 5 red roses”. I was so chuffed and thanked him without thinking anymore of it…and then he knelt on one knee with an extra red rose and a beautiful engagement ring hanging from the stem and said, “Here’s the 6th. Will you marry me?”. I swore. I cried. I was ecstatic!

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The Vision

We love the outdoors – pit fires, S’mores, walks on the beach, picnics, shooting, car rallying… We always said if we ever got married, it would be low key and quite personal. We wanted to tie everything in to our big day.

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The Planning Process

We had 11 months to plan! Nearly everything that was out there was too big and glamorous which really wasn’t us. BUT, we found this little gem of a location and fell in love with everything about it. The planning process was stress free and fun. We both enjoyed picking and choosing what we wanted. We HAD to put our own stamp on everything so that it meant so much more to us.

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Budget

Under £16,000

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The Cake

My Mother (Jayne Thomas) baked a 3-tier fruit cake. She does the best fruit cake EVER!!!

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The Details & Décor

‘Fron Farm’ had already put the Yurts up and the lighting so Owain and I decorated the place with flowers (bucket of seasonal flowers that we had from our florist and 2 bouquets we bought from good old ‘Tesco’), extra fairy lights, candles, signs, blankets, Persian rugs, Owain’s creative masterpiece of ‘Mr & Mrs’, suitcases, number plate style as our table number, S’mores as our favours etc.

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The Venue

‘Fron Farm Yurt Retreat’

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The Readings & Music

Reading – ‘Marriage’ by Kahlil Gibran

Cellist – Megan Williams (‘Canon in D’ as I walked down the aisle)

Evening Band – ‘Tom Collins Band’ (they sung our first dance live – ‘I Don’t Dance’ by Lee Brice)

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Bridal Gown & Veil – ‘Me & Luce’ boutique (53 King Street, Carmarthen, South Wales)

The dress designer was ‘Motee Maids’

Shoes – ‘Phase Eight’

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Bridesmaids

Jumpers – ‘Marks & Spencers’

Skirts – ‘ChicWish’

Shoes – ‘New Look’

Accessories – ‘Etsy’

Junior Bridesmaid

Dress – ‘Roco’

Bolero – ‘Monsoon’

Shoes – ‘Monsoon’

Accessories – ‘Etsy’

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Groomsmen

‘Jackie James’ (King Street, Carmarthen, South Wales)

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Your Photographer

Catrin Arwel – she knew exactly what we wanted. We fell in love with her previous work and we knew straight away it was ‘Cat Arwel Photography’ we wanted to capture our special day…and she managed to do it beautifully.

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Beauty

Hair – Sarah Rees (Signature Style)

Make Up – Lucy Evans

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Your Filmmaker

We didn’t have a professional filmmaker, but my eldest sister managed to capture and film snippets throughout the day. She put them all together to create a stunning 10 minute video.

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The Flowers

Wendy Davies – ‘Blodwen’ (‘The Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019’ – Regional Winner)

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The Honeymoon

We went to ‘Mousehole’ in Cornwall for 3 nights as our “Minimoon” and stayed in a ‘Fisherman’s Cottage’ by the harbour. We’re planning to go on our Honeymoon in May 2020 (something else to look forward to)…not yet booked!

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Memorable Moments

Having all my sisters (all 5 of them) and Owain’s little girl with me in the morning getting ready.

Saying our ‘I dos’.

Driving off in the ‘MKII Escort’.

Celebrating with all of our friends and families.

The AMAZING food by ‘Strawberry Shortcake LTD.’

First Dance where Owain spun me around in the air!

Sparklers!

‘Build your own Bap’ – our evening meal.

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Advice For Other Couples

Enjoy every moment from the preparations to the Wedding Day. Make it fun and work together as a couple! Have your individual touch on your special day and don’t let anyone else pressurise you into doing something you don’t want. It is YOUR day…and you should do it the way you want to do it!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Band
@tomcollins.band

Car
@neilgriff30

Bridal Gown & Veil
Me and Luce

Dress Designer
Motee Maids

Bridesmaid Jumpers
Marks & Spencer

Bridesmaid Skirts
Chic Wish

Just so lovely.

Owain and Lucy, thank you both so very much for sharing your really wonderful wedding day with us xo Lou

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