Natalie & James tied the knot on the 9th of June 2012 at St Issells Church, Saundersfoot with their reception at The Grove in Narberth. We asked Natalie some questions about their venues, their day and that gorgeous fishtail gown :)
How would you describe your wedding theme? Romantic / chabby chic / vintage.
What was your favourite part of your wedding? I enjoyed it all. I loved getting ready with my friends and mum, walking into the church and meeting James. But one of the most memorable parts of the day was probably the speeches.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids and why? I had five bridesmaids, each of which are very close friends. I had one old school friend who actually designed all the stationery (Sian Elin, a welsh designer) and then four uni friends who I’d also lived with. James had a mixture of family and old school friends also.
What was your budget? We didn’t start off with a budget which properly quite dangerous, in the end the total cost was just short of £40k.
Why did you choose your venue? We choose The Grove based on the location in rural west Wales, the excellent reputation for their restaurant and the exceptional quality of their rooms and facilities. We also had the choice to have full exclusivity for the weekend and the ability to attach a marquee so that we could invite enough guests.
How did the proposal happen? James proposed on the way to meet family in France, the trip had been planned months so I didn’t expect it all as it was meant to be a mid October getaway. I thought we were heading to the house we had booked for the week but he did a diversion to Paris – I didn’t realise where we were until I woke up in central Paris! I still didn’t expect anything as he said it was a late birthday surprise, he later proposed on a bridge overlooking the Eiffel tower as I scuppered his plan earlier that day at the top of the Eiffel tower with a little panic attack over heights!
What was your first dance and why? John Legend – Stay with You, because we both love the song.
In hindsight was there anything you would do differently? No, I can honestly say it was just perfect. Looking back we could of probably cut down on what we spent slightly but you do get a bit carried away.
Do you have any advice for future brides ? Enjoy every minute as it does fly and in hindsight all the little detail and things you worry about on the day won’t matter as it’s so overwhelming and lovely!
Is there anything else you would like to add? It made a real difference using quality suppliers, we did lots of research into suppliers and it definitely paid off, everyone we worked with was excellent!
All photos in this post were taken by our very own, award winning Maria Farrelly :) (who did not write this bio herself!) Maria is located in Newport, but is always willing to travel. You can see all posts featuring her photography here.
Ceremony Venue – St Issells Church, Saundersfoot
Reception Venue – The Grove, Narberth
Bride’s Dress & Veil – Pronovias from All About Eve, Chepstow
Bride’s Shoes – Dune
Bride’s Headpiece – Halo & Co
Bride’s Jewellery – Tiffany
Groom’s Outfit – Perfection Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Two Birds
Cake – Made by a family friend
Flowers – Next Door, Narberth
Hair – Enigma, Narberth
Make Up – Mac Store, Cardiff
Band – ACAB
Stationery – Sian Elin
Any Reception Decor/Props – Chillie Breeze
Transport – Rolls Royce Phantom and Rolls Royce Shadow
(Drum roll…) It’s time for us to introduce our first featured vendor, The fabulous: Aurora Wedding Films.
Here at Cwtch the Bride, we want to start introducing you to some of the best suppliers in Wales. Suppliers that go that extra mile in delivering not only a great product or service but are genuinely lovely people to work with. Richard Sheldon is one such man!
We asked Richard to explain a bit more about his company for us.
Aurora Wedding Films offer stunning bespoke wedding videography. Based in South Wales we cover all of the UK and beyond with a style that few videographers are able to offer. We aim to make our wedding films as romantic, contemporary and as individual as our clients themselves and through various tailored packages, films to suit all budgets.
2012 was the busiest year on record for Aurora, creating films for so many fantastic couples. One of our most popular edits of the year was created for Bridgend couple Laura and Jonathan. Their wedding was held in a tiny Pembrokeshire church and the marquee reception was held in the grounds of Jonathan’s childhood home. As a professional rugby player, there were many of Jonathan’s fellow Welsh internationals in attendance. It’s an added bonus spotting the players in this unique film of Laura and Jonathan’s fab day.