If you saw our Woodland Fairy Party feature on Rock My Family yesterday then you will appreciate that Kristy and George have re-created the theme to perfection! I particularly love all of the pretty portraits surrounded by the lush forest greenery.
Kristy’s Jimmy Choo “Mara” shoes are amazing and her hair? My very favourite style – a kind of Midsummer nights dream meets bohemian chic wave with fresh blooms and plaits. Talking of the floral aspect, the bouquet is a real stunner, and Kristy generously shares all of the detail in terms of the flower types and varieties in her wedding report below.
Kristy The Bride: I was slightly unconventional when choosing my wedding dress, I didn’t even try it on! I fell in love with it when I was browsing online, but it was available in America only. Luckily, a friend of a friend lives in Florida and I made the rash desicion to get her to buy it and ship it over. I’m so glad I did, because it was ‘love at first try’. It is a beautiful, very simple a-line Vera Wang gown from her ‘White’ collection for David’s Bridal. The style was exactly what I’d always pictured myself having, which I hear is rare! It was so comfortable and light, I didn’t want to take it off. My favourite detail is the hand appliqued lace & the quirky shoulder ties.
I’ve never been a veil girl, so went for a more relaxed ‘woodland fairy’ kind of vibe with my hair. I found a beautiful gold and pearl headpiece by Aya Jewellery on Etsy, which was a very close match to my sash. My florist gave me some spray rose buds and foliage for my hairstylist to pop into my braid. My adult Bridesmaids also had some in thier fishtails, along with some gypsophila.
I wore blush pink ‘Mara’ pumps by Jimmy Choo. I wanted a smaller, midi heel so I didn’t tower over George, who is a bit shorter than me (and for comfort, of course)! I instantly knew these were ‘the’ shoes when I saw them! I adore the delicate little bows and the super pointy toes.
When I met my florist, Lisa, I knew I’d gone with the right person. She totally got what I wanted, and was super excited as I’d picked her favourite flowers to work with! I had a blousy hand-tied bouquet of ’ Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony, ‘Duchess de Nemours’ Peony, ‘Anemone White Marian Panda’, Rosa ‘Mentha’, Ranunculus ‘Pink Hanoi’, White Gypsophila, Grey lambs tongue leaves, and Lisa even put some rosemary and mint with some wild leaves straight from her own garden. It smelt delicious!
My bridesmaids’ had simple posies of ‘Duchess de Nemours’ peonies tied with white ribbon, with lovely long stems. For the buttonholes, we chose a large Sweet Avalanche Rose with a ranunculus bud and grey foliage, tied with twine.
I wanted to get something my Bridesmaids could wear again, so we chose a beautiful blush midi dress from Debut by Debenhams.
Groom & Groomsmen Attire
George and the Groomsmen wore some lovely bright blue Kenneth Cole suits which we purchased from House of Fraser. George had a waistcoat, while the others just had the jacket and trousers. They all wore brown leather shoes from Burtons, and the champagne gold ties are from Marks and Spencer.
I’m lucky enough to have one of my very good friends Nick Murray be the best wedding photographer in Wales (not just blowing his trumpet, it’s a real award…he won!). We met a few years ago when I did some modelling for him, where we instantly clicked and have been friends ever since. He’s one of the kindest, greatest, funniest people I know and we had an absolute blast all day. It was so relaxed. The photos are more epic than I ever could have dreamed, we couldn’t be happier. His talent is out of this world.
My very best friend, and Maid of Honour, Lucy, is a brilliant cake maker. We stressed for months over what I was going to have, and I think she had a few mini heart attacks seeing some of the crazy stuff I hearted on Pinterest! In the end, I fell in love with a simple, rustic buttercream style 3-tier, which she did beautifully. My florist created 3 posies that complimented the table centres for us to add to it, and we finished it off with a fabulous custom wooden topper by Bespoke Laser UK (with added glitter, of course).
For the evening we had a great DJ. We have quite an eclectic mix of musical preferences in our families, so the poor guy had a strange list of songs to play. He did so brilliantly and we had a blast on the dancefloor.
We had a Fujifilm Instax camera for the guests to play with for our guestbook, which is brilliant to look back on, especially the drunk ones as the night went on!
Our first dance was ‘Faithfully’ by Journey. They are George’s all-time favorite band so it was a no-brainer. We can’t get enough of those 80’s power-ballads!
I was really struggling to find something that I really loved, until I finally came accross the hidden gem that is Pencoed House Estate in Cardiff. I always dreamed of having a rustic venue. Back in 2013 when we first found the Estate, they hadn’t been doing weddings very long and were only advertising on thier own website. I’m still so grateful that they popped up in one of my google searches, by pure luck really! The Estate was built in the fifteenth century, and the fab owners, Judy and Clive, live there. There are beautiful barn apartments on-site, which we stayed in the night before and night of. The staff were absolutely incredible and couldn’t do enough for us.
I wanted something really laid back and rustic, but still quite glam. I decided on a gold theme when I met with Bee, owner of Gilded Linens. She has the most fabulous collection of luxe linens and I had a vision of the whole theme when I saw her champagne sequin runners! For all of the tables, along with the runners, we had gold mason jars, filled with ‘freshly picked’ florals which accented the bridal party flowers. We also had votive candles and glittery laser-cut wooden table numbers.
I found an old ladder on eBay for £15, and added gold vintage-style frames for the table plan which I designed and printed myself, that reflected the design of our invites. My florist added more ‘freshly picked’ florals to this in mix and match jars.
We didn’t have favours, but my Mum & I sat and dipped 100 white goose feathers in gold paint and glitter, we tied blush pink cards to these with twine, and they acted as fancy place cards, which a lot of our guests ended up taking home as keepsakes.
Another little touch that I loved was our gold & pink ‘Hooray!’ flags, which our guests waved as we came out of the ceremony. These showed up in peoples hair as the drinks started to flow!
We really did have the greatest day. It was the most relaxed and fun time, and my face hurt from smiling even before the ceremony was over! I was extremely surprised at how chilled out we were, it was fabulous. The best bit was getting to marry my very best friend, surrounded by all of our favourite people. I wish we could do it all again!
Photography by Nick Murray Photography
- Dress Designer Vera Wang
- Bridal Shoes Jimmy Choo – Mara
- Belt Etsy Shop Get Noticed
- Headpiece Etsy Shop Aya Jewellery
- Hair & Makeup Jenna McDonnell
- Venue Pencoed House Estate
- Florist Bella B Design
- Cake Lavender and Lace Cakes
- Cake Topper Bespoke Laser UK
- Sequin Runners Gilded Linens
- Bridesmaid Dresses Debenhams
- Flower Girl Dresses Monsoon
- Groomsmen Kenneth Cole at House of Fraser