Wow – the decor in this morning’s wedding is just gorgeous. Bride Nicy chose a selection of reds, pinks and golds and it makes such a vibrant combination. There are just so many details we love – the hand drawn signs, the festoon lights, the glittery confetti cones, the hanging floral displays, the stunning bouquet, the gold candles…and the choice of suits by the boys is pretty fabulous too (a great ASOS find!)
The couple married at the newly refurbished cow shed at Crug Glas Country House, which seems to have that perfect mix of character and ‘blank canvas’ to let your creative juices flow…which Nicy & Ade certainly did!!
Nicy The Bride: My family are all Spanish so I really wanted to wear a Spanish designer and loved the Pronovias dresses. I must have tried on between 50-100 dresses in total and really struggled to make a decision. I wanted the dress to do everything so it was hard to compromise, in the end I went for ‘Barbor’ and had a really close family friend make the dress strapless which was perfect for me.
I wasn’t too fussed on jewellery or shoes really. I’m quite tall at 5ft9 and my husband only has an inch on me, so flats were a must. The one thing I really wanted was a statement necklace for the evening and went all out then; rose gold, pearl, bling – the lot!
Ade is super laid back and wanted his and the ushers suit to reflect that. He loves grey and wanted the textured look rather than something shiny, so hiring wasn’t really an option for us. Ade wanted to look slightly different to the groomsman so went for a three piece, and the groomsman had two piece. Ade went with a coloured buttonhole and wore a pinned red peony with the groomsman were in white.
We struggled to find a venue at first. We live in Pembrokeshire which is really beautiful but were looking for a barn and there wasn’t a huge amount of choice out there. Crug Glas had recently finished the refurbishment of their cow shed and it was a real blank canvas that had lots of potential. The owner Janet and her husband were so lovely and flexible it really helped with the decision. It was a big space and would take a lot of decorating but the setting was perfect. Right in the middle of working farm and surrounded by trees and green fields and just a stones throw from the beautiful St David’s where Ade lived when we first met nearly 9 years ago.
Both Ade and I wanted the colour and décor to be a reflection of the both of us, this meant that wood had to feature in a big way. Ade is a tree surgeon and proposed using a zipline as he hung over 60ft above me in a tree! I wanted the Spanish theme to carry through so bright reds were everywhere. I love a bit of sparkle and my engagement ring was rose gold, so the sequin rose gold runners were just perfect. Charlie one of my bridesmaids made 100 pom poms!!
Flowers for me were one of the most important things – I just love them. We picked a late May wedding so that Peonies would be in season. I knew I wanted really bold and bright reds and pinks and worked with the brilliant Bridget at Amaryllis who brought my vision to life. The hanging centrepiece brought actual tears to my eyes – Ade found the tree bark and Bridget and the girls at Amaryllis made the most beautiful display and the boys hung it the day before the wedding.
The Wedding Party
I wanted all my girls to sparkle and shine! I wasn’t fussed on them wearing the same dress, I just wanted them in long dresses and for them to feel comfortable. I didn’t actually see the dresses altogether till the morning of the wedding and they looked even more perfect that I could of ever hoped for.
As we weren’t getting married in a church we still wanted the ceremony to feel special. We created an aisle and an altar, we used logs, ribbons, lights, candles and even a creeper Ade found when working one day to create an archway. We had a pianist and singer perform, Cat, who played Canon D as I walked down the aisle and song Adele ‘Make Me Feel Your Love’ during the ceremony and one of my best friends Jaffa (Jasmine) read a beautiful piece from Anne of Green Gable, which was just perfect for us.
Ade plays guitar and is really into music, so a live band was a must. We wanted to make sure we catered for everyone old and young and The Tailors just fit the bill. They played through the decades and even learnt our first song – Kiss from a Rose, Seal. They even let one of the bridesmaids join them for a song on stage!
We went rustic for the food, had tapas instead of canapes and lots of them! We had did help yourself on the table for mains with cold meats, salads and potatoes and finished it all off with an epic pudding table! In keeping with the Spanish theme we had a massive Paella for the evening food and Ade loved Pizza so Owen at the Cookhouse also brought a stone cook oven. The paella was so good, people were fighting over it at the end of the night!
Ade’s not a huge fan of having his photo taken, so one of the most important things was having relaxed photographer who really focus on natural shots and capturing the moment and that’s exactly what Roz and Kirsty did. They were so happy, friendly and you hardly noticed they were there all day. The shots they took captured every moment and we will be looking back at them for years to come!
Calligraphy – We couldn’t really afford to pay someone to do all our place settings, programs etc. So me and one of my bridesmaids Liz went on a calligraphy course two weeks before the wedding. Liz was a pro and ended up doing everything from the place settings, to the order of service, menu’s – Amazing!
Enjoy every single second of the day, everyone says it, but it goes in a flash. Make sure you take a moment to stop sit down and just breathe it all in. You get the most amazing feeling when you can see all your friends and family looking so happy and coming together to celebrate your wedding. It’s just the BEST DAY EVER!