Rock My Wedding readers Glesni and Owain Lloyd married on the 12th of August, 2011. The ceremony was in their local church in a small and rural village called Betws Gwerfil Goch in North Wales.
When I finished looking through this submission from Weddings Vintage I realised I was suffering from severe ‘dry mouth.’
At some point early on my Jaw had dropped – and there it had remained as I soaked up not only the amazing camera work but also the stupidy gorgeous wedding stationery. You see Vintage Weddings is a collection of super creative people and not only will they shoot your wedding and make it look fabulous, they will also create you some seriously-to-die-for papercraft too.
Anyway, over to Glensi…
The dress was Charlotte Balbier, Tabitha in vintage gold from Belles Bridal Boutique, Liverpool. I loved the vintage style of the shop and Geraldine the owner was so lovely, I new I had to buy my dress from this shop.
My hair piece was from Untamed Petals, and called a ‘poppy double headband’. I wanted a vintage and natural look and this headpiece gave me the look I desired.
A Comfortable Fit
My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, mimi. I tried them with my dress fitting and I loved the way they looked and they were so comfy.
A Local Do
I went to a local hair dresses in Llangollen for my wedding hair, I just needed a natural up do, no frills.
I decided to do most of the floral decoration myself; the local flower shop sourced the flowers for me. My bridesmaids, mum and mother in law and I decorated the hall all Thursday. It was a lovely but very busy day with everybody mucking in.
We made our own bouquets, I was much easier to achieve the look i wanted. I’d made a scrap book full of ideas, which was a great reference book.
I had 5 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from a shop in Cowbridge, South Wales called High society bridal. Since all the bridemaids we’re around the same age, I wanted dresses that would suit them and choose the Lela Rose , crinkle chiffon collection in Mint and the girls decided on the style they liked and we went for 5 different styles, for a more natural, less uniformed look.
The groomsmen attire we hired but we bought them gingham ties.
Bow Tie Bliss
Owain had always wanted to a bow-tie , so we found a grey bow-tie in Topman. He looked so happy as I walked down the aisle, the whole day was perfect for us.
Lovely And Warm
I wanted a photographer that could capture the natural, vintage style I was hoping to create. The photographer was important to me and I spent hours on hours surfing the internet. Somehow I came across the Weddings Vintage website and fell in love with their previous wedding photography. I sent an e-mail, and talked on the phone to Harriet, I knew she was the photographer for me. We shared some ideas and I new she understood the feel and look I was going for.
Harriet was amazing during the wedding, she meet up with us on Thursday afternoon, and took some photos during our practice in the church. She had a lovely and warm personality and I trusted her instantly. We love our photos.
The Perfect Postcard
Finding Weddings Vintage was a blessing. Hayley the designer, helped me create the perfect wedding stationery. I love post cards, and I wanted invitations that captured the feeling of our wedding day, and the beautiful scenery of home. I took some photo’s of my church, the village hall, the field in front of my house which holds so many happy childhood memories and the trees that all the guest would drive through on the way from the church to the village hall. I sent them on e-mail and asked for a vintage postcard design. I was blown away with the invitations, they were perfect, we had so many compliments about them, and we couldn’t wait to receive the rsvp postcards. They set the tone perfectly for the wedding.
A Family Affair
My mum made our fruit cake, my sisters and I decorated it simply with lace and wooden pegs. My bridesmaid made some cupcakes and decorated them with berries, they looked beautiful.
We hired a swing band Called Dr Jazz from North Wales. They were amazing a hit with young and old and just completed the night perfectly.
My husband choose the song and played it to me on youtube, and I instantly loved it. It was A Groovy Kind of Love from Phil Collins. We’d been together for 9 years and our relationship has always been chilled and relaxed and foremost we’re great friends. Our second song was Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini, I love that song and it was great to kick of the party mood.
We didn’t go for any favours. I just wanted to keep it simple but I collected a cup and saucer for every guest and placed the name tags on them. It was great seeing people sharing a pot of tea and reminded me of community events when I was young.
A Village Fete Feeling
Decoration was really important to me. The village hall gave me a perfect canvas to decorate the hall as I had imagined. I’d collected a scrap book full of ideas, and decided we wanted long trestle tables to create a village fate feeling.
We decorated the tables with candles and flowers. I collected a tea cup and saucer for each guest, a hundred and thirty. I went around charity shops and asked family members – they loved that they could help.
I wanted a relaxed garden feel where people could chill in the conservatory, so we hired a company called Posh Frocks and Wellies from Chester to decorate, they bought odd chairs, lamps, bunting etc and it just gave the room character and it fitted in great with our odd and ends. They we’re great and came to finish the work the morning of the wedding, since a whist tournament was taking place that Thursday night in the conservatory.
The locals all loved having an opportunity to have a peek at their hall transformed. We hired a company called stephanotis to drape the hall and hired a company called Outside from Conwy to cater for us. Their food was amazing, we had pate followed by steak, new potatoes and salad and nickerbocker glory for pudding, followed by homemade pies and hot dogs at night.
Make A Scrap Book
Our friends and family made our day. It was so lovely to have them all together celebrating with us. My advice would be to make a scrap book, It gave me the confidence to go for a vintage wedding. Rock My Wedding was a weekly fix, and inspired so many of my ideas. Having so many people helping and contributing to the wedding made it extra special. I love being creative and loved the opportunity to be able to make our special day perfect for us.
Photographer – Weddings Vintage
Stationery – Weddings Vintage
Dress – Charlotte Balbier
Boutique – Belles Bridal Boutique
Hair Piece – Untamed Petals
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaid Dresses – Lela Rose
Decor – Posh Frocks and Wellies
Hall Dressing – stephanotis
Catering – Outside
Entertainment – Dr Jazz
So much that I like about this wedding but I am going to hold back and just talk about my geeky passion… The stationery. What a great idea to take shots of your surrounding area to create a collection of postcards. And how beautifully executed by Weddings Vintage.
The Order of service right through to the table numbers and menu cards have had the same carefully considered treatment and they really do bring all the elements of this amazing vintage inspired wedding together.