I have to start this feature with a mention of that proposal. Simple yet personal, and all achieved with a piece of sparkly red ribbon. You can read the story in their lovely report at the end.
WWW readers Laura and Andrew were married on 27th June 2015 in the same church as Laura’s parents and grandparents, which was so special. They then headed to Oldwalls Gower in Wales for their pretty reception. Their vision was a dusky pink old world feel wedding and it was pulled off to a T. Their day was kept simple with DIY touches throughout but the focus remained on the important moments.
These two have so much style. I mean just take Laura’s swishy dotty tulle gown by Stephanie Allin, it’s a beauty and Laura looked stunning. Andrew went for a simple navy suit adding a pop of fun with the cute bow tie. Dancing, love and a lot of smiles. The best.
Thanks so much to Marc Smith Photography for sharing these remarkable images.
THE PROPOSAL | Andrew: I proposed on Christmas Day in 2014. Laura loves Christmas and her favourite Christmas film is Arthur Christmas, so I took inspiration from a scene in the film. I draped one end of a red sparkly ribbon starting from her bedside all the way downstairs to the Christmas tree where I was waiting for her on one knee.
THE VISION | We wanted the day to have a classic and elegant feel to it, so we had a palette of dusty pinks to encapsulate that old-world romantic feel. We didn’t want the pink theme to be overbearing so we kept it subtle but made sure that our finishing touches all coincided with that particular palette.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Andrew: Laura did most of the planning herself and she absolutely loved it. So much so that she’s now even looked into becoming a wedding planner full-time. It became a hobby for her, not just a wedding!
THE VENUE | We got married in St.Pauls Church in Sketty, Swansea and had our reception at Oldwalls Gower. We chose this Church because it was close to our hearts as Laura’s parents and grandparents also got married there. It was lovely to have that little bit of history and tradition behind our day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Laura: I actually had two wedding dresses. For the ceremony and reception, I went for a Stephanie Allin Couture dress that I bought from Mumbles. I picked this dress because it made me feel like a princess. I added a sparkly belt to the dress to accentuate and highlight my waist. For the night, I changed into a Coast Bridal dress. We had a surprise dance routine planned so I wanted a dress that would move and flow as I danced!
In terms of accessories, I got the majority of my jewellery from Gill Clement. Although my earrings were a special touch; I wore my Nan’s diamond earrings as my ‘something borrowed’.
FINDING THE DRESS | Laura: I’ve loved dress shopping from a young age so I really enjoyed searching for ‘The Dress’, although it did sometimes seem like an impossible task to make that final decision! You just know when you’ve found the right one though.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Andrew: I wanted something relaxed and relatively casual, so I just went with a two-piece suit from Dyfed’s Menswear in Swansea. This particular suit was easy for my ushers to replicate with high street designs. I added a pair of Jack Wilis shoes and Ray Bans to my outfit to finish off the relaxed vibe that I wanted to emulate. I’m a bit a Lego enthusiast so I also made myself some pink Lego cuff links to tie it all together and to match the pink dickie bows that myself and our pageboys wore.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our first dance was to Sam Smith’s ‘Latch’. But we also surprised our guests with a rehearsed routine to Glen Miller’s ‘In The Mood’. More about that later…
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Laura: I had 3 bridesmaids; my two best friends Lucia and Emily, and my older sister Lucy.
THE FLOWERS | Laura: For our bridesmaids, we had bouquets of pink roses with baby’s breath; they also had rose buds styled into their hair. I kept it simple yet elegant with a bouquet of white roses. For our tables, we had a combination of white and pink roses. We used my nan’s vintage teacups for the head table and added a simple pink rose into each cup to keep it understated but personal.
Our florist also created an amazing Beauty and the Beast inspired display in the foyer at Oldwalls. I love Disney, so we wanted to incorporate that to our day somehow. Our florist put a pink rose in the centre of a jar with petals dotted around to replicate the enchanted rose from the film. We also put framed photographs of all the past weddings from both our families around this display.
THE CAKE | We had our cake from Jam Split in Swansea.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Marc Smith did our wedding photography; we’re even going to do an anniversary shoot in Iceland with him later this year that we’re very excited about! We also hired a videographer from Dream Wedding Video UK.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We made a lot of the decorations ourselves and we’d recommend that other couples do the same. We had so much fun and it really added that personal touch to our big day. Andrew is a graphic designer so that helped a great deal. We made our wedding invites, table names, seating plan and thank you cards. Andrew even hand painted a personal wedding sign for guests to find Oldwalls. It took hours but we had so many compliments on the day.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to St Lucia for our honeymoon. We booked through Virgin Holidays and stated at Rendezvous Hotel, which is an exclusive couples-only hotel set on a two-mile stretch of beach. We’d highly recommend honeymooning there; it’s a beautiful island.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Andrew: One of the most memorable parts for me was our surprise second dance to “In The Mood” by Glen Miller. Laura is a trained dancer but we both took lessons to ensure that we got our Lindy Hop down to a fine art! We’d actually recommend that all couples have a few dance lessons before their big day, it certainly takes away some of the stress. My friends didn’t know I had such moves up my sleeve so their faces and reactions made all the hours of hard work and rehearsals worthwhile!
Laura: I really liked our quirky little finishing touches, especially our personalised wedding festival bands that we gave to guests! Andrew also created a personalised cartoon for me as part of his wedding speech; that was pretty special. In terms of memorable moments though, I’d say relaxing with Andrew in Oldwalls’ hot tub the following morning.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Laura: Make sure your personalities shine throughout your special day. We tried to incorporate as much as ourselves into the day as possible. For example, Andrew loves Lego so we had Lego table names, whereas I love Disney so we had Disney quotes dotted around the venue. It’s also worth including your family in the process as much as possible; they know you better than anyone so they often have great ideas. Plus, they’re just as excited about your big day just as you are.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Marc Smith Photography
Reception venue | Oldwalls Gower
Jewellery & accessories | Gill Clements
Videographer | Dream Wedding Video
Andrew’s suit | Dyfed’s Menswear
Florist | Simone Robins
Mother of the Bride outfit | Monsoon
Bridesmaid dresses | Coast
Night wedding dress | Coast Bridal
Photobooth | UltraBooth Swansea
Sweet wheel | Little Luxuries
Make-up | Bare Minerals
Hair | Jordan’s Hair Centre
Cake | Mari Davies, Jam Tart Cakes
Wedding Dress | Stephanie Allin
Band | Coverland
Cars | SMJ Wedding Cars
Just so gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Laura and Andrew for sharing their lovely nuptials with us xo Lou