Our special day…
We got married in July 2017 at Tower Hill Barns.
Rich proposed the day before my birthday on 10th May. He took me to ‘Llanddwyn Island,’ where the welsh Saint Valentines lived and died, and there he proposed on a small private beach. Very romantic.
On the big day itself, we were both very chilled and super excited. We have been together for 10 years and had been waiting for and planning this day for over 2 years. We were really relaxed, and the whole day ran perfectly from start to finish, including the weather.
The Tower Hill Barns venue speaks for itself. It’s romantic, rustic, and decorated beautifully. My late Grandma always had a saying if anyone asked her where she had been. She would always say, ‘under the bridge’. So we knew as soon as we saw the bridge ceremony area at Tower Hill Barns, that we had to get married outside in that very location – which we did!
I walked down the aisle to the sound of a harp. Ceinwen Roberts was the harpist, and she played the song, Yellow, by Coldplay. That marriage ceremony under the bridge was everything we wanted. It was just like a fairytale.
On the wedding day itself
For the wedding breakfast, we started with baked camembert with homemade bread. For the main course we chose a roast beef dinner, and for pudding we had banoffee pie. We didn’t have live entertainment during the meal, but of course we had the traditional speeches afterwards, from the father of the bride, the father of the Groom, the Groom himself, and both best men. All were beautifully written and delivered perfectly.
In the evening, we had a 5 piece band from Chester, called Soul Revolver. They even learned the song for our first dance – Coldplay’s Magic – and they sang too. The day was perfect from beginning to end. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, not just for us, but for all of our families too. So many of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was, as well as the weather and the relaxed atmosphere.
As for a honeymoon, we’re off to LA and San Francisco in August.
Here are my top tips for other brides
If we had to give a top tip for other couples, we’d say, we wish we’d known how amazing the day would be, and how quickly it goes. If you blink you’ll miss it, so make sure you take time throughout the day to enjoy it as it’s happening.
Our wedding suppliers
The first dress came from The Ivory Lounge, Chester, and the second dress, from Berketex Bride, also in Chester. I tried on about twelve dresses before I found the one I wanted. I knew exactly what I was looking for – I had a checklist for my perfect dress!
The suits came from Attire Menswear, in Sandycroft. The bridesmaid’s dress was from Dorothy Rose. It was baby blue, as we both love that colour. The Mother of the Bride wore an outfit from Coast. She didn’t want a traditional Mother of the Bride outfit.
Our rings both came from Ernest Jones in Chester, and the flowers were from Alison’s Pot Pourri in Mold. Richard’s sister, Lisa Galbraith, kindly made the wedding cake.
The wedding stationery was homemade, with the invites chosen from Bespoke Boutique Designs.
We hired the cars from Heavenly Cars, which is a Shropshire based company.
Makeup was done by Rachel Ward of Benefit Makeup, and hair was by Hannah Bradley Hair.
Our photos were done by Karl Coppack of Peanut Butter Jelly Photography, and the videographer was Tim Cowell.