I hope you’ve been enjoying the incredible blue skies and beautiful sunshine this week – we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will last for the weekend so we can do some gardening! Today’s wedding is a gorgeous rustic affair set in the stunning landscape of the Vale of Glamorgan. Anwen and Hywel were married on 23rd August 2014 at the picturesque Rosedew Farm, surrounded by friends and family, and an abundance of pretty!
“We wanted a relaxed day that our friends and family would enjoy and loved the flexibility that Rosedew offered. We were able to decorate it ourselves and choose our own caterer, band etc. Being able to stay on site before and afterwards was a massive bonus too.”
Photography by Rhys Parker
These cheerful, ‘just-picked’ blooms and this pretty floral installation were supplied by Eva from Flower Hive.
“Eva has a stall at our local farmers’ market, and grows her own flowers without chemicals and air miles. She did the most gorgeous flowers, and totally understood the unstructured, colourful look I wanted.”
I’m a huge fan of these bridesmaid dresses – such a beautiful shade of purple. They’re by French Connection.
Rhys Parker was the couple’s photographer. I adore these beach portraits (talking of which, did you see this feature on beach bridal style)?
“Booking Rhys Parker was without doubt one of the best decisions we made whilst planning the wedding. We were both apprehensive about having our photo taken but Rhys really put us at ease. We’re so pleased he persuaded us to have photos taken on the beach because we love them.”
“I never wanted to spend a fortune on my wedding dress so when I saw a dress I liked on Sell My Wedding Dress I contacted Laura, its owner, and arranged to meet. This turned out to be the perfect solution as I really enjoyed wearing it and we were able to put money saved towards other elements of the day”
I love Anwen’s pretty updo, by Lauren and Rosie from Blush Hair and Beauty.
“I decided not to have a veil, but wanted something pretty in my hair. I fell in love with Sara Kim’s range of bridal headpieces online and got it shipped over from the US. It was an excellent decision as it was so gorgeous in real life.”
“Whilst engaged I had read that wearing a new perfume on your wedding day can bring back memories when you smell it at a later date. I went with was Elie Saab Le Parfum Intense. I loved it, and it’s true, when I wear it again I do think of our wedding.
Talented bride Anwen designed all the stationery and had it printed by printed.com.
“Hywel and I dated for six years before getting engaged when skiing in Samoens, a beautiful French ski resort where Hywel had taught me to ski a few years previously. To his credit Hywel had planned a beautiful proposal, overlooking a scenic valley. Unfortunately I totally misinterpreted that he wanted me to stop and skied right past him! However his later proposal in a tiny bubble lift is undoubtedly one of my favourite ever memories.”
“I walked down the aisle to ‘Promenade – Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky. This the same piece of music that mum walked down the aisle to when she married my dad, so it had special meaning for us.”
“Hywel said early on he didn’t want a wedding ring. That was fine – neither of our dads wear them either. My ring was my great grandmother’s which makes me cherish it even more.”
“Hywel comes from a Welsh speaking family and therefore having Welsh elements to the ceremony was important to us. Our registrar Dulyn, also a Welsh speaker, helped us plan a ceremony which celebrated both English and Welsh languages.”
“In the bar there was a large Welsh dresser which we decorated with vintage china. Hywel’s brother John runs Cow and Ghost, a small business which specialises in vintage bone china rental in the Swansea area and his collection left us spoilt for choice!”
“Charlotte Roskill was incredible. She was recommended to us and far exceeded our expectations. We wanted something informal that would hopefully get people talking. When she described her picnic hampers we were sold.
We are big cake fans so knew the only thing better than one wedding cake was five! In the end we didn’t actually end up eating any of them as we were too busy chatting (Hywel) and hitting the dance floor (me).”
Fairy lights, flowers and bunting were used to decorate the barn.
“The barn was a blank canvas so, together with our families, we spent the day before decorating it with bunting kindly lent by some friends who had also recently got married.”
“Going down to the beach, just for a few minutes allowed us to have some time together to reflect on what was happening during the day and how lucky we were to have such amazing family and friends who were there to share it with us.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Enjoy it! Not only your wedding day but also every little bit along the way; being engaged, planning, doing some DIY (if that’s you’re thing).
On the day just relax and have the best day of your life, there are other people who will make sure things run smoothly. If things do go awry, chances are you’ll never notice anyway!”
What a lovely wedding, and in such a beautiful setting too – thank you Anwen and Hywel for sharing your day with us! Thanks too to Rhys Parker for the exquisite photography today. Have a wonderful and sunny rest of the week all!
Love Louisa x
Photographer – Rhys Parker
Venue – Rosedew Farm
Wedding dress – Paloma Blanca via Sell My Wedding Dress
Bride’s hair accessories – Sara Kim
Bride’s shoes – L.K.Bennett
Bride’s perfume – Elie Saab Le Parfum
Bride’s jewellery – Earrings by Tom Foolery and bracelet by Monica Vinader
Bridesmaid dresses – French Connection
Groom’s suit – Next
Groomsmen – ties and pocket squares from TM Lewin
Stationery – designed by the bride and printed by printed.com
Décor – Cow and Ghost
Catering – Charlotte Roskill
Florist – Eva from Flower Hive
Hair stylist – Blush Hair and Beauty
Entertainment – The Velveteens