- 4 weeks ago
We got married on Saturday and it was perfect! I didn’t think I’d be able to share a recap for ages but our photographer is a legend and has already sent us a gallery of about 100 pictures as a sneak peek despite it only being a few days ago.
We got married in North Wales on a largely overcast but fairly mild day. The ceremony venue was in a medieval hall from the 14th century (LOVE that place) and our reception was in the National Writers’ Centre of Wales where I’d done a course in the past. Our wedding was almost entirely DIY and we brought in everything then had a co-ordinator for the day (really happy with that choice as things just seemed to happen and I didn’t notice anything going wrong!)
Here are some pics:
Our flowers- all the bouquets and centrepieces used dried flowers and paper book page roses which I made. I did get a lady on Etsy to put the bouquets together but did the centrepieces myself.
Ceremony! We walked in together. My dad did a reading at the ceremony and his dad did a speech and acted as chauffeur; we had our mothers act as witnesses.
My cousin took this fab confetti shot.
My husband (!) with the best men
After the ceremony our photographer whisked us off to a rather windswept beach…
Love my dress here. It was Sophia and Camilla and I got it dirt cheap on eBay as a sample, then added the topper. The alterations cost more than the dress did! It wasn’t an especially budget wedding (we had some big splurges on alcohol, the stretch tent etc) but I felt funny spending a lot on dress and flowers given you can only use them once. The dress is extremely muddy now!
We served English sparkling wine from our local vineyards for the drinks reception (we live in South East England despite having gotten married in Wales) – one of the aforementioned splurges!
The band for the ceremony and the drinks reception. These guys were AMAZING. They played unplugged for the ceremony and then with their full PA set up at the reception. They learnt four songs for us including an instrumental piece that my husband wrote, and recorded a copy for us! Literally cannot recommend them enough. Would recommend to anyone wanting an atmospheric, folky duo in the UK!
People opening their favours. To go with our vague literary theme we gave poetry pamphlets by Candlestick Press and tried to match the topic to the guest. These went down surprisingly well considering many people wouldn’t declare themselves poetry fans and they all got taken!
Fav dress photo!
Another nice dress photo!
Opening our cards to each other
We had a self service ‘whisky lounge which went down well – rather too well with some people!
Cutting the cake which my amazing bridesmaid made
I was a bit worried about the dancing later in the evening as we only had about 55 guests but needn’t have worried – I don’t think it was empty at any point. We had mainly younger guests which helped, also the open bar!
Don’t really have any regrets – the only thing I wish I’d done differently was seen the cheese cake which we had before it got demolished! Hopefully there’s a photo. Also the rose on my husband’s buttonhole got knocked off in the impromptu receiving line which happened after the ceremony – but it still looked good even without the rose. I wasn’t sure about my hair at first as it looked quite different to the trial on the day but having seen the pro pics I love it again 🙂
And most importantly we are MARRIED! We head off on honeymoon in France tomorrow for 3 1/2 weeks