If flowers have as much of a magical hold over you than they do over me, then you are going to adore today’s fresh and beautiful botanical inspired celebration, just bursting with the most amazing spring flowers. As the autumn nights draw in here, and there’s a decided chill in the air, how about grabbing a mug of something warm and spending a few minutes immersed in this lovely day?
Meet Asha and Ralph, who were married on the 28 April 2018 at the picturesque Plas Dinam Country House, Llandinam, Powys, in a relaxed and informal weekend spent celebrating with loved ones. Asha and Ralph chose McGill Sister Films to film their day, and are full of praise for their work.
“These guys were brilliant, we barely noticed them on the day and they captured all the best parts of the day as well as some of the things we missed.”
For her wedding gown, Asha chose the incredible off-the-shoulder ‘Emanuela’ gown by Grace Loves Lace, a brilliant designer who is also part of our super directory packed full of trusted suppliers – The Little Book.
The detail on the gown is just beautiful, and the contrasting botanical and chevron lace designs and delicate cape are striking and unusual.
“I tried the dress on a couple of times and loved the lace and the off the shoulder style.”
Images by Green Antlers Photography
An online search brought the couple to their photographers, Green Antlers Photography. The overriding emotion I get while scrolling through these images is one of such radiant joy – it jumps from every image and it’s completely lovely.
“Right from the beginning Diana and Sam were brilliant. We had an engagement shoot before the wedding and they found the most magical venue near the Cotswolds. It even snowed! They put us at ease straight away and it was great practice before the wedding. On the wedding day they were just as easy to have around, all our guests loved them and our wedding photographs are better than we could have imagined. We can’t believe how much we love our photos and we would recommend them to anyone.”
On her feet, Asha wore sandals from Office, and in her ears, chic earrings from Monica Vinader, which had been gifted to her by her parents at her Hen Party.
“My necklace was a gift from Ralph with our initials and the date of our first date on. My bracelet was a gift from Ralph from Carat London that he gave to me on the wedding day.”
Asha’s curled locks were swept back with a pretty pearl hair vine from Ivory & Co, which Asha’s mum picked up for her from The White Yard Bridal Boutique a week before the wedding, and she also added a simple soft tulle veil from Joyce Jackson, also via The White Yard.
“I was going to do my hair and make up myself and found Hair and Make Up By Saskia last-minute the week of the wedding when I realised I didn’t want the stress of having to do my own hair on the wedding day. She was brilliant and made sure I felt my best. She also did my mum’s make up too, which she loved.”
The bridesmaids wore the most wonderful spring-fresh floral print wrap maxi dresses in mint green, from Boohoo, which they teamed with their own shoes.
“I gave the girls bracelets from Links of London on the wedding day – they each received one that reminded me of them. All other jewellery was their own.”
The floral and botanical theme was the main focus for the decor, and so once Asha and Ralph had chosen their florists, Sassflower, they decided to keep the remainder of their decor choices simple, with lots and lots of flowers.
“We found Sassflower after our original florist had to cancel and she was so helpful. We had a few ideas of what we wanted – we chose a flower arch and a vague colour scheme then left the rest to Sasha. On the day she was super professional and our flowers were phenomenal – everyone has since said how beautiful they were and we couldn’t have been happier. Sasha was brilliant to work with and we are so glad we weren’t too rigid with our ideas because she created the most beautiful arch for us and it was a lovely surprise on the day.”
“We loved the idea of hiring a country house for our wedding weekend and Plas Dinam had everything we wanted in a venue – accommodation for our guests (and pup), a house full of history and of course the rustic stables for our reception.We also loved the surrounding area and the gardens were beautiful.”
Asha was accompanied down the aisle by her dad, while Erik Satie’s beautiful Gymnopedie No.1 played – a song the couple listen to together. The ceremony was held outdoors at the entrance to Plas Dinam, which was decorated with the most breathtaking floral arch in an abundance of spring blooms by Sassflower. I honestly can’t stop staring at this magical creation, and love how it perfectly complements Asha’s bouquet, with hydrangea, peonies, roses, protea (and so much more besides) in pastel tones of pink and apricot and purple against a neutral backdrop.
The couple chose two sweet readings for their ceremony, read by their siblings – an extract from Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass, and The Promise by Heather Berry.
“I chose The Amber Spyglass reading. It was one of my favourite books growing up and I remember being so moved by the passage when I was younger. Ralph chose The Promise.”
“We bought our wedding bands from Hancocks in Manchester. We both got matching plain gold bands and chose them together.”
Ralph chose a smart blue Prince of Wales check three-piece suit from Tweed and Groom via The White Yard, paired with a classic white shirt and red bow tie.
“We had a moment on our own before we walked into the Stables for the reception and to walk in to all our favourite people cheering and congratulating us was completely overwhelming! We loved it!”
In the light and airy stable space, trestle tables were laid for dinner, with a floral arch behind the top table and more garlands weaving their way down the tables, with vases filled with blooms, too. There were also paper flowers, which had been made at Asha’s hen party, and signage had been created by Ginger Ray.
There was delicious food, courtesy of Wild Garlic Event Catering.
“People have commented since how delicious the food was and we would definitely choose them again. They were really attentive on the day and the food was superb.”
“We did our table plan together on a chalk board a few days before the wedding. My brother and maid of honour helped make the animal place names complete with tags.”
The couple’s gorgeous, rustic semi-naked cake was made for them by family friend Ann, which they displayed on a log cake stand they had borrowed.
“She surprised us on the day with the most beautiful and delicious cakes! We had no idea what to expect but we had a lemon and elder flower tier, a chocolate tier and a cardamom and pistachio tier. All the cake was gone the next day!”
Asha and Ralph found their evening entertainment through Entertainment Nation, and went for band City Sounds.
“They kept the dance floor full and performed the song for our first dance beautifully. They were also really helpful on the day playing our ceremony music through their speakers for us – they were brilliant.”
“Our first dance was to Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me. We had it stuck on repeat on a trip to the Lake District so we chose it for our first dance!”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“We spent loads of time finding the right venue, our outfits and our photographers but these were all worth it!”
“I also spent so much time prior to the wedding looking at so many little things to decorate the venue with but I wish I hadn’t spent so much time on this. After we found our florist I am so glad we didn’t get too carried away with the decor and put more of our budget into our floral arch as it had a bigger impact on the day.”
“We’re so glad we didn’t sweat the small stuff in the end, it was just a really beautiful day with our favourite people and nothing else really mattered!”
Congratulations, Asha and Ralph. What a glorious, flower filled day in the wonderful Welsh countryside. It looks like you had a blast from start to finish! Many thanks to the talented team at Green Antlers Photography. You can view more of their charming work on the pages of this blog right here, as well as more stunning Grace Loves Lace brides here.
Until next time!
Credits & Thanks
- Photography - Green Antlers Photography
- Videography - McGill Sister Films
- Venue - Plas Dinam Country House
- Bride's Gown - 'Emanuela' by Grace Loves Lace + Shoes - Office + Jewellery - Monica Vinader + Carat London + Hair Vine - Ivory & Co + Veil - Joyce Jackson via The White Yard Bridal Boutique
- Hair and Make Up - Hair and Make Up By Saskia
- Bridesmaid's Dresses - Boohoo + Bracelets - Links of London
- Groom's Suit - Tweed & Groom via The White Yard
- Flowers - Sassflower
- Rings - Hancocks
- Food - Wild Garlic Event Catering
- Entertainment - City Sounds via Entertainment Nation