A joy filled summer wedding with a botanical theme. YES it’s time to share WWW readers Catherine and Steffan’s wedding day, which was hosted on the 12th August 2017 in Wales. Catherine’s family farm was just the most perfect setting to their celebrations, with ample room for the gorgeous pole tent marquee, outdoor ceremony and beautiful countryside portraits with their brilliant wedding photographers; Bowtie & Belle Photography.
Laid back and fun was the vision and I think these two pulled it all off to perfection. It was a real DIY day with so many of the elements and details hand crafted. Some of my fave touches have to be the floral arch way for their ceremony, the hay bale bar (genuis!) and the festoon lights decorating the wonderful marquee reception. There were ferns and pink florals all over, which also complimented the bridesmaids mismatched dresses.
I am also loving their chosen attire. Catherine’s gown was simple and sleek and she chose to wear her hair flowing and loose. Beautiful! Steffan went for a grey jacket, black trousers and tan shoes complete with pale green tie. So stylish. Enjoy it all in full folks.
THE PROPOSAL | I’d been on an afternoon tea celebration for a friend all afternoon while we lived in London, and Steff was starting to ask when I was getting back a lot. I didn’t think anything of it at the time.
Then as I walked into the flat all the doors were shut and Steff was nowhere to be found. All I could see was a sign telling me to answer this first question, which would lead me to a clue to where the 2nd question would be. He used mugs for answers A, B and C with a clue under the right answer. They were personal questions like ‘What was I obsessed with eating while on holiday in Vietnam?…. Answer was… bread!! So I went to the bread bin and found the next question!
Eventually, I got to the last question (took a while! I’m so useless at quiz’s! haha!) and under the mug for the correct answer was a box… Steff then appeared out of nowhere (he’d been hiding behind the bed for a while!) and got down on one knee and asked the big question. I had no idea whilst trying to finish the quiz that this may be what it was leading to! You’d think after 10 years of dating I knew what was coming! I think I immediately started blubbering and said yes!
THE VISION | We didn’t start planning until a few months after, but we knew we wanted something laid back and fun that was outside at the end of summer! We also knew that I would design the wedding invites and stationery so there was going to be a strong botanical theme happening!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The initial planning was done quite quickly. We started with the marquee, food and drinks, band, and church and then as we got closer dealt with the details. Steff was amazing with his spreadsheets and emails getting it all done, while I got to do the fun things of choosing photographers, florist and imagining the details. We were a pretty good team!
BUDGET | We were always very aware of how much weddings can cost, and wanted to keep things as low as we could without compromising on quality, details and fun! We did a lot ourselves and had an amazing team of family and friends to help us in the lead up!
THE VENUE | The venue was an easy choice. We both grew up in mid Wales and so it was a natural choice to have the wedding at my home farm in Cwmystwyth. We have one flat field by the river that the marquee could go and crossed everything for decent weather!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was ‘Solange’ from the French collection from BellaDonna by Wendy Makin. It was simple in shape with incredible lace and beading work but was so comfortable and had a boho laid back feel. I loved it!
FINDING THE DRESS | I was pretty nervous to go dress shopping! My mum and a bridesmaid came with me to some appointments I’d made in Cardiff for the day. I tried quite a few on at Laura May Bridal but wasn’t blown away by any.
At the end of the appointment they pulled out a competition they were having to celebrate their new store. I chose from a big selection of envelopes to see if I’d win anything… I picked one and read what was inside… I quickly handed it over to the lady serving us and she read it out loud… I’d only gone and won a dress of my choice from one of their stores! I couldn’t believe it! Who wins a wedding dress! Mum said my gran who we’d lost earlier that year had something to do with that after she spotted a vase full of Freesia’s her favourite flowers on the shop counter.
I then quickly made an appointment with their other store and we headed there to have a look (after a celebratory lunch with bubbles!) I tried a few more on and then came across ‘the dress’. It was exactly what I’d hoped to find. Thank you Laura May Bridal!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | We headed to Next to find all the suits. They had a great collection and we chose a really lovely grey one for the ushers. Steff and his best men had the same suit jacket to the ushers but we added darker grey trousers and waistcoats.
Finding the right tie was a little harder. We wanted a nice green tie to match the pocket squares I’d designed to tie in with the stationery. Eventually we found some on Etsy.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a traditional bilingual Welsh / English Church ceremony in the village but wanted to make it feel more personal by having our very talented friend play the keyboard.
I walked in to ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons that he’d reworked to be slower and beautiful and we left the Church to ‘Pompeii’ by Bastille.
The band Indienational for the evening were amazing too! We did our first dance to the same ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons where everyone jumped in and I don’t think we stopped dancing until the end of the night! Brilliant band that everyone enjoyed.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids, my two sisters and two of my closest girls, and a maid of honour. I also had my niece as a lovely little flower girl.
They all wore different dresses in similar shades of dusky pink that we chose from different high street shops. I think it turned out really nicely and they all looked amazing and felt comfortable, which was the main thing I wanted for them.
THE FLOWERS | I knew we’d use a lot of foliage and wild flowers from around the farm for the wedding, but I needed someone to professionally make the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, flower crowns, buttonholes and the floral archway in the field. I contacted Annabel from ‘Flowers by Annabel’ and it was made easy from there! She knew exactly the feel I was going for, wild flowers in pinks and whites and nailed it on the day! The archway she adorned was incredible too.
For the table flowers I foraged around the farm and designated the arranging job to my maid of honour and bridesmaid. I left it all to them and they did an amazing job!
THE CAKE | We had 2 amazing cakes… a chocolate and a Victoria sponge made by Beth, a friend of ours. Decorated with icing and then edible flowers added to tie them in.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our choice for Bowtie and Belle Photography was easy, they have a lovely style and once we got in contact the process was incredibly simple and relaxed. We knew Samantha and Thomas would capture our day perfectly, and be the friendliest pair that put us all at ease whilst snapping away! We’re still in awe of how they managed to get so many stunning photos!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | This was definitely a DIY wedding!
I’m very lucky to have a handy Dad and little brother who made a swinging bench, a fire pit, the archway, festoon lighting poles and helped with so much more technical stuff prior to the wedding!
Myself and Steff trawled so many car boot sales and vintage shops for months collecting patterned plates that people would have dinner from, glassware for the flowers, fabric for the hay bales…etc. It was a part I really enjoyed, and it was great how it all came together on the day!
I have a big collection of vintage botanical books that we used as centre pieces for the tables and popped the flowers on top. I used the illustrations from the wedding invites for the table numbers and the order of service.
Steff’s parents made beautiful troughs full of flowers, which lead to the floral archway. My sister made the Welsh Cake wedding favours, Mum got her sweets bar in and then we had hay bales outside with a beer pong table, which even a little rain didn’t spoil!
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Bali for a couple of weeks in the sun. It was amazing.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | So many to choose from! The morning getting ready was a bit of a blur with so many people at the house, but walking down the aisle with dad was lovely and leaving the church to a big cheer was great!
At the end of the night we got lifted and thrown in the air together to the last song by the band, it was a brilliant way of ending the evening.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every second. I know everyone always says that, but it really does go so quickly! Relax and enjoy the day with all your family and friends, don’t fret over the little things that don’t really matter and make sure to have a moment where it’s just you two! It can be a little overwhelming so a little moment together is essential!
Also, do what makes you happy! Everyone will have opinions on what you should and shouldn’t do, who you should invite, food choices, etc but it’s your day to do as you both want!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Bowtie & Belle Photography
Marquee | Fedwen Tentage
Food | Tom Holden Catering
Bar | Dragon Event Bars
Wedding Stationery | Catherine Lewis Design
Hair | Sioned Rees Hair Salon
Dress | Laura May Bridal
Veil | Blossom and Bluebird
Bridesmaid Dresses | Asos / Whistles / Lipsy
Flower Girl | Monsoon
Suits | Next
Flowers | Flowers by Annabel
Cake Flowers | Maddocks Farm Organics
Huge thanks goes to Catherine and Steffan and their photographers for sharing their wonderful wedding with us today xo Lou