Tuesday 17 December 2013

A Welsh Countryside Wedding with a Pretty Pink Theme - The Reception

Brides planning a marquee wedding are going to L-O-V-E the inspiration they get from this big day. Instead of a shabby chic or rustic look, Pippa and Martyn chose to go for glamour, and created the most fabulous look for their marquee. They didn't spend money on favours or an expensive wedding cake, saving their pennies instead for the most incredible flower displays, designed by The Bay Tree. I love the luxurious elegance of the pink and white table arrangements, and the gorgeous glass roofed reception-area of the marquee. Other stealworthy ideas include the chalk-board labels on the wine coolers, which doubled as table names, and the pink fizz cocktails, in keeping with the colour theme. A big thank you to Lucy Wallace Photography for her stunning pictures!

We got married in Ewenny in South Wales. The church was right next to my parents' house, so it had a special place in my heart {it was also where my husband proposed to me}. Our reception was in a marquee in a field behind my parents house.

We wanted our wedding to have a strong sense of family, so a marquee close to the church and my parents house was a natural choice. The idea of having a blank canvas was really exciting, I could let my imagination run wild!

We stayed with classic white and pink for our theme colours for both the wedding and reception. Our wedding flowers were our main detail, and we really wanted the colour to shine through.

We chose Lucy Wallace Photography for our wedding photographer. We searched for a photographer locally, but no one seemed to be able to capture the essence of a wedding as much as Lucy's photos. After meeting Lucy and seeing her portfolio, we realised her photos were so personal, and she seemed to really understand the feel of a wedding. 

My husband absolutely hates having his photo taken so we needed to find someone who understood that we didn't want a pushy photographer. We'd been to so many weddings where you feel like you're being hounded by paparazzi! Lucy assured us that she would make everyone feel comfortable. And she didn't disappoint, she was extremely accommodating to my husband's insecurities, and the photos are beautiful.

We used The Quarter Penny Cafe as our caterer. Not only was the food amazing, but they provided event organising as well. Natalie, the owner, took control of the whole day. 

It took the weight off my and my mum's shoulders – she organised the arrival of the string quartet, the band, the DJ and the florist. Natalie's hard work meant that the day flowed so well, and we didn't have to worry about a thing. 

We also used Accesi Videographers which gave us an additional memory source for the day. They filmed the entire wedding, and weren't intrusive at all. Watching our wedding video is the perfect way to look back and see peoples' faces!

Our flowers were designed by The Bay Tree in Cowbridge in Wales. The florist, Bryan Bird is so talented, that he understood exactly what look I wanted as soon as we met. 

Bryan Bird also designed the huge urn of flowers, which was the centrepiece of the marquee It was overflowing with flowers, a true show stopper when you walked in!

Enjoy every second of planning your wedding but make sure it doesn't take over your life! No one likes a bride to be who doesn't stop talking about their wedding! My biggest advice would be to sit down over a glass of wine with your husband to be and talk about what you envisage your wedding to be like and stick to it! 

It's so easy to get carried away with designs and ideas, and you end up with a wedding you don't recognise. Also, the biggest/longest part of the day is sitting down eating food, so make sure it's good! Everyone remembers rubbish wedding food, so make sure they remember how good yours was!

When it come to wedding favours, we thought that they are so expensive and no really misses them if they're not there. After all, no one's going to judge you on your wedding, if you don't have favours. So we saved a few hundred pounds there!

We didn't want to spend a huge amount on a wedding cake. We felt that no one truly remembers what the cake looks like, and it's a lot of money to spend, when you're just going to cut it up! So we opted for a plain white Marks and Spencer three-tier cake, which our florist decorated with a little posy of flowers.

I absolutely loved planning our wedding. My mum helped a tremendous amount, and working together, I think we planned the most magical day that everyone enjoyed. We planned it in just six months, which was plenty of time, but I wish we'd had longer, so I could read more bridal magazines and blogs! We had so much inspiration from reading them!

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