The beach portraits of our Bride & Groom on Pembrokeshire’s coast are just gorgeous! The image of Sarah’s veil blowing in the wind is just too dreamy for words, and her bouquet well that is just a big bunch of peach heaven!
When Sarah struggled with her search to find the perfect shade of mint green Bridesmaids gowns she proved that with some clever research you can source the look & colour you desire to suit your budget without compromising on quality. Her best girls look the perfect pastel pretties stood by her side.
Look out for the gift Sarah received from Paul on the morning of the wedding, the little love heart notes are so romantic, this and the absolutely adorable portraits of Sarah & Paul at the church altar together, resonate how at ease with one another they are and utterly in love.
Sarah The Bride: We were engaged on Christmas Day in 2013 and decided we didn’t want a long engagement. We hoped for a fuss free day to reflect our relationship, with everyone enjoying themselves full of good food, drink and lots of dancing. Most importantly spending the day with the people we love. First issue, location…. Cardiff where we live and met or Pembrokeshire, a place we love and have made some wonderful memories. It was a decision between heart and head, Cardiff was easier for travel and accommodation but Pembrokeshire we love! Heart won! Pembrokeshire it was and more specifically the amazing Hammet House.
Good hearty food was the order of the day, with lots of drink to boot. We had Pimms and canapés on arrival. The wedding breakfast included a starter of mozzarella, local Carmarthen ham and tomato textures. We had a beef joint for each table with chunky chips and salad, plus chef hats and aprons for the dedicated server! Dessert was panna cotta. Delicious! The evening buffet was a table full of local cheeses, breads and chutneys plus a huge plate of chocolate brownies. We also collected loads of small port glasses for the buffet and provided bottles of port for our guests, the glasses doubled as favours. The port went down a treat, we definitely underestimated this!
The cake was delicious! We wanted a naked cake and considered using it as our dessert but once we tasted the panna cotta, we were sold! Paul’s Mum also made a fruit cake, to keep with tradition. We served this with coffee after the meal which confused a few people as they had just seen us cut a naked sponge cake covered in cream and strawberries!
I had two Bridesmaids, both old housemates from different stages of my life. I wanted mint green but a specific shade of mint green, I ordered dresses from the highstreet but it seems their idea of that colour was a LOT different to mine! The girls being different sizes meant the highstreet was a bit tricky. I thought the Twobirds style dresses would be perfect to fit in with the more relaxed feel we wanted for the day but unfortunately the budget couldn’t stretch to those. A lot of internet searching and colour swatches later I found a lovely lady on Etsy, a few weeks later we had two made to measure dresses in the perfect shade!
We decided to buy Pauls suit, it seemed pointless to hire something and a bonus that he’s got the option to wear it again. He also took the opportunity to indulge in some Brogues from Loake’s (honestly I feel I missed an opportunity to treat myself to some designer Choos!) We also decided to buy the Groomsmen their suits too, not much more than the hire price. He decided on a blue Daniel Hechter suit, we found mint green ties in Debenhams, different socks for all the boys in White Stuff and I made pocket squares for them all.
The dress, oh the dress! Such an amazing, fun, stressful, emotional process! I had NO idea on the type or style of dress I wanted, the only thing I knew is that it was a massive no to strapless. I had a day of appointments in Cardiff, and the same in Southampton with my Mum. I didn’t have an ‘oh my goodness this is the one’ moment but there was one dress I kept comparing everything else too. Therefore I figured it was THE ONE! I did have a (major) wobble a few weeks after the deposit was paid but frantic discussions with Bridesmaids and my Mum made me realise I had made the right decision and by the time it came to the day, I absolutely loved my dress (and still do!).
Colours and Decor
The decor of the venue was relatively grand so we wanted to keep any additional decorations quite relaxed and neutral, hoping to go for a rustic luxe look. I love flowers, so wanted to ensure there were lots of fresh flowers around then venue. We collected jam jars for the table centre pieces which I spent an afternoon decorating with lace / ribbon etc and my Dad knew a man who could provide large slices of wood for the centre pieces. I used blackboard as signs and decoration including the table plan. My Brother stepped up his woodworking skills and made the light-up LOVE letters for the dancefloor as well as large cut outs of our silhouettes which turned into a bit of a theme of the wedding.
We found choosing a band quite difficult as most have samples tracks on their website but Paul felt that 3 songs isn’t enough to get a good idea about them. We were recommended a local band by a friend at work. We found out they were playing at Walkabout in Cardiff so I sent Paul to hear them play. He came back saying they were ‘alright’. We decided to book them. They were AMAZING; the dancefloor was full all night despite the lack of AC in the ballroom at Hammet House! They played all night, well past the time specified, catered to the spontaneous danceoff (girls won!) and did at least 3 encores! Fantastic!
We wanted a relaxed style to our photos, capturing the day from the big to the little moments. We had seen Aled’s work from a couple of friends wedding and really liked his style. We met him and the deal was done. We had an engagement shoot as part of the package which I would definitely recommend to get to know your photographer better and for them to know you and how you act in front of the camera – I’m a bit flighty! Plus it allowed us to get some lovely shots of us as a couple that hadn’t been taken by one of our arms! Aled was great throughout the day making sure we got all the shots we wanted and more! We have since recommended him to other newly engaged friends.
Photography by Aled Garfield Photography
- Dress Designer Justin Alexander
- Bridal Boutique High Society Bridal
- Bridal Shoes BHS
- Bridesmaid Dresses Etsy UK Sophie & Smith
- Bridesmaid Shoes Dorothy Perkins
- Groomsmen Suits Daniel Hechter
- Grooms Shoes Loake
- Venue Hammet House
- Florist Amaryllis Flower Boutique
- Stationery Printing Printed
- Photo Booth Ultrabooth
- Entertainment Perfect Day Party Band
- Transport Richards Bros.
- Hair The Salon
- Makeup Love Bridal Beauty