Alice & Dan’s Country House Wedding by Christopher Ian Photography

We have the lovely Christopher Ian Photography back on the blog today. This time he is sharing the beautiful wedding of Alice & Dan.

They chose the glorious Nanteos country house hotel, near aberystwyth, mid wales for their big day. There is also a little cameo from their awesome labrador, Leri (a very special guest!). 

Lets hand you over to the lovely couple to fill you in on all the details of their special day. 

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

A country house wedding, with craft and natural elements. Dan has a bit of a thing for old maps and stamps so they formed a theme for the crafts, as well as references to local nature.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Transforming the venue into our own country home for the day and then sharing it with our family and friends. And everyone larging it up 90s Ibiza style on the dancefloor with glowsticks!!!!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Alice’s two sisters were the bridesmaids because she grew up side by side with them and couldn’t imagine it being anyone but them. Our friend Greg was the best man, and we also had an awesome usher team and our special friends to do readings.

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How did the proposal happen? (we love a good proposal story! :) )

We went for a walk with the dog at Ynyslas beach near our home town of Aberystwyth. We stopped at a favourite spot, and just as I had the perfect moment and went down on one knee, Leri (the dog) stole the show as she decided to start licking me in the face!

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

We saved a lot of money by doing most of the craft ourselves (with help from family and friends!), and gives it a nice personal touch too. We made our own invites, favours and decorations, and the dried petal confetti came from our families’ gardens – it took a whole summer of collecting and drying out petals but it was worth it!

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What was your first dance & why?

Imagine Dragons – Top of the World. We wanted a fun, upbeat song that was easy to dance too. It captured our mood on the day perfectly and was a great way to get the party started.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

The day went so quickly, so we would start it a little earlier to give us more time to spend with the guests.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Have a clear image of what you want the day to be and be prepared to stick to it.   The things we enjoyed the most were the ones that we had to insist on, don’t be afraid to put your foot down, it’s your big day!

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Why did you choose your venue?

We were looking for a venue that was nestled in the countryside and provided the opportunity to create a homely feel for the day, whilst also having a bit of grandeur at the same time!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

At my hen party, my sister wrote on my love spoon – ‘Keep him on a short leash as give him an’ inch and he’ll take a mile!’ But seriously- treat every day like your wedding day filled with love, family and happiness.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

We really enjoyed making all the crafts and having the opportunity to be creative, even the late night craft sessions were worth it when we saw it all on the day!

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Splendour by Suzanne Neville from The Mews, Bristol

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The necklace was a present from my husband that I opened on our wedding morning from TJ Davies, Aberystwyth, and the pearl earrings are my mums.

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Rachel Simpson

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Dessy Group

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Made by Rachel (mother of the bride), Mums make the best cakes, even with edible lace!

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Expressions Aberystwyth

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Hayley’s Aberystwyth

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Eddy Underwood

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Wedding Album


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