We had a lot of personal touches we were able to include – such as a sweet bowl with love hearts in for our guests to take upon arrival, a gin station for the reception drinks, and a Photo Booth set up that we brought along ourselves, including props for the guests to enjoy and take snaps of!
Carla’s aunt Claire helped design the table plan, place settings and table names. The table names themselves were all Welsh beaches, with Wales being close to our hearts and of course where the proposal started the wedding journey. Carla’s family and friends also joined in making many decorations, from the bouquets to artificial flowers and buttonholes. We also used empty gin bottles with fairy lights to have around the oak barn and orangery, again with help from plenty of friends for providing the bottles :).
Carla’s family also made boxes for our favours, with green or pink ribbon to match the colour theme, alternating per seat.
The favours themselves were sourced from one of Adam’s customers, which were unique candles made in the UK and had our own personalised labels on as a memento.
In the atrium we had a “memorial table” including candles and photos for loved ones that have sadly passed away… We also had a photo frame of when we first met, and F1 caps of the teams we support – the significance linking to our love for formula one being the reason we met.
Tekla and Maddie, Carla’s nieces, did a wonderful job as flower girls, whilst her brothers each had a reading – a Star Wars one as mentioned, and a Beatles reading. Her sister and maid of honour, Hania, had a very important job of making our wedding cake, and she delivered! Our three-tiered cake had figures of our cats, and paid homage to places we have been on holiday together, it was perfect 🙂
Severn Duo, a string duo, performed some lovely music before the ceremony, during the signing of the register, and then afterwards during the reception. They had kindly learned two songs of our request, and also played some Star Wars music which fitted one of our themes, our guests loved it.
After the ceremony, we had pink and green smoke grenades to set off in the stunning grounds in front of the Bredenbury Court manor house, and were able to get some great action shots outside. The view was fantastic and although it just started to rain, we were able to squeeze the staged shots we wanted with our families and friends.
During the wedding breakfast, Adam performed card tricks in front of our family and friends, which was a fun way to meet and greet everybody too. We also incorporated some sparklers in the evening, and luckily had bought a personalised umbrella – which was needed in the end, but did not dampen our spirits. If it wasn’t for the rain, we would not have had the amazing photo of us in the rain, which is one of our favourite photos of the day!