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Our Names: Carla & Adam
Date of Wedding: 20/03/2023
Photographer: Lee Webb
Style or Theme:Spring style with a slight Star Wars and Moulin Rouge theme!

Your Love Story

…How did you meet?

We met in July 2016, through a mutual friend of ours. We both love formula one, and our friend Matty had arranged a trip to Belgium for the Spa Grand Prix, so we actually met for the first time at Heathrow Terminal 2! We spent a few days in Belgium getting to know one another, before Adam arranged a date with Carla a few weeks later. The rest is history as they say.

The proposal

Expected or surprise!

A surprise! Carla thought Adam was joking until she saw the ring. The ring box was hand made and Adam proposed on the clifftop at Barafundle Bay in Wales. We named the top table after this beach.

Choosing THE dress …

The sparkliest dress Carla could find!!
Something old – her grandma’s jewellery
Something new – the shoes
Something borrowed and blue – her sister-in-law’s blue garter! It happened to be an R2D2 one.

What was your inspiration/theme for the big day?

Adam has always liked the idea of a dark green suit which worked really well in March. The spring colour theme of dark green was continued via the table runners and chair sashes, with a floral pink for the bridesmaid dresses, and a mix of both within our decorations.

We also paid tribute to films we love through the ceremony – a Star Wars reading and a snippet of the Imperial Death March for the bride’s ceremony entrance – which tastefully changed to Your Song from the Moulin Rouge (Carla’s favourite film) for her actual walk up the aisle.

Why did you choose Bredenbury Court Barns?

The venue itself is beautiful but what made it stand out is the care and thought that the event managers put in, you could really tell they were on the ball with communication – which is a big plus in our eyes. Also it was a bonus being allowed more freedom to tailor sections of our day without extra costs and a bit more flexibility compared to other venues we had viewed.

Tell us all the details!

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!

What was on the menu?

We had some delicious canapes, and opted for 4 courses with Jenkinson’s, who looked after us really well. The sorbet was served in a shot glass and worked well as a palate cleanser.
Starter – Mango and brie parcels
Sorbet Course – 50/50 of passionfruit and prosecco blush
Main – Pork loin, with heart fondant potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Dessert – Warm apple and blackberry crumble, with custard

First Dance Song?

Come What May – Moulin Rouge version. We practiced our own dance routine just a couple of weeks before. Carla’s dress got in the way at one point but we managed to make it work!

Your favourite moment of the day?

It is so hard to pick one, but the first moment of being announced as a Mr & Mrs was a special moment, and then walking back up the aisle with confetti being thrown over us 🙂

A word of advice for future couples?

Remember to take time for yourselves and soak it all in. The day does go by so quickly, as everyone kept telling us – so make the most of it, enjoy yourselves! It is also nice to go around as a couple and chat with everyone who made the effort to join you, even if it’s just a brief interaction with all the guests. And look after your suppliers! We gave bottles of wine to each of ours as a way of thanks, we could not have done it without them.

Can you sum up your day in just 3 words?

Bride: Fairytale, Family, Fun

Groom: Magical, Memorable, Loving

Photographer: Lee Webb
Videographer: Confetti Moments (Dan)
Dress: Wed2b
Shoes: Amazon
Accessories: Peter Casey
Make-up: Make-up by Harper
Hair: Rob Moore
Grooms Attire: Peace Tailors, Vietnam
Cake: Hania (Carla’s sister)
Entertainment: Severn Duo
DJ: Matt Healey