Becky the Bride:
Being an Interior Designer, my outfit was the last on my list. I was adamant I didn't want to spend a lot on it, but being 6ft tall and leaving it to the last minute left me with very little options...so I took to Ebay! I managed to find an extra long skirt for £100 on Ebay and then (after a lot of online shopping and returning) I settled on a sequined crop top that I found in the sale in Zara
! Being tall, I wanted to wear flats, so I finished my outfIt with a pair of sandals from ASOS.
I had a whopping seven bridesmaids, all of whom are very different shapes and sizes and one was pregnant at the time of the wedding so whatever I chose had to be flexible and suit everyone. My bridesmaids being comfortable and confident was my main priority, I didn't mind what they wore (within reason), as long as they felt happy. We eventually settled on a skirt and top combo. The skirt (ASOS) had an elasticated waist and fit and flattered all of them. I then gave them free rein to buy whatever white top they wanted. I loved the idea of a relaxed, boho, mismatch vibe - I think it worked really well. My pregnant bridesmaid, Christie, wore a grey maternity dress from Boohoo, it matched the ASOS skirts
perfectly. The girls all wore a selection of grey shoes and silver jewellery.
Mike is in the Army so he wore No1 Dress, as did the Guards of Honour. He also had two ushers, one in the Royal Marines and one the Army, they wore No2 Dress. This saved us a lot of money and they looked fantastic! The Army is a massive part of our lives, I'm very proud of Mike and it was important to me that he wore his uniform. I chose maroon and dusky pink flowers for my headdress and for the button holes to match Mikes maroon beret.
I was brought up in the Brecon Beacons, moved to Cardiff (where I met Mike) to go to University and have been moving around with the Army ever since, so I was adamant that I wanted to get married back home in the beautiful hills of the Black Mountains. We found Caerhyn Farm
, three adorable little barns, remotely nestled in the village of Llangadog - where I attended primary school many years ago and we fell in love. The Venue is a blank canvas, they allowed us to completely transform it into the bohemian, relaxed paradise that we had envisaged! The three barns sat in a way that created a perfect courtyard to accommodate our hay bales, Persian rugs, floor cushions and fire pit. One barn housed the bar and the band/dance floor, another was where we sat down for our wedding breakfast and the third was beautifully converted into accommod'tion for up to 10 guests!
Mike and I own a VW T3 Syncro adventure camper, it is a part of our family and we love nothing more than travelling Europe in it. Although we live quite a cosmopolitan lifestyle with real-life jobs, we're hippies at heart. Our aim was to combine our bohemian, traveller lifestyle with the other side of our life which is heavily influenced by the military. Our main priority was to ensure our guests were relaxed and comfortable, we did this with floor cushions, Persian rugs, relaxed bench seating and hay bales all scattered around a fire pit with marshmallows to roast and buckets of ice full of bottles of beer at an arms reach.
Flowers were also quite a large part of the concept, I didn't want any structured floral displays or anything too formal, so the random rustic containers full of wild flowers and greenery dotted around did the job perfectly! Our florist was actually a local gardener, 90% of our flowers were grown in her garden, at the foot of the mountain of Llyn y F'n - right next to our church. In the dining barn, it was kept very simple with greenery running down the long trestle tables, church candles dotted along throughout and a large feature macrame wall hanging behind the top table.