Our special day…
Jorge and I both love being hosts. As well as having everything we wanted in our wedding, we wanted to make sure the guests had an amazing time too!
Over the year and a half that we were engaged, we arranged and organised our special day; together with some help from family and friends.
Booking the venue was the first thing on the list. We first saw photos of Tower Hill Barns on the internet while we waited for someone to show us around another venue. An hour later we were there having a look around. Although Tower Hill Barns hadn’t quite finished being built, we could see it was going to be a stunning venue.
It turned out better than we’d imagined! The style of the new barn was perfect and the gorgeous landscaping meant that our guests were going to be able to enjoy themselves and relax in stunning surroundings. I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted but had a lot of fun looking for one. I probably tried on about 50 different dresses in various bridal shops in all.
I liked different aspects from different ones e.g. lace, illusion neckline, lace up back and a little bit of bling. I finally came across a Sophia Tolli dress called Lavinia on the shops website that ticked all the boxes. I arrived at the shop and learned that the only one in store had been sold off the peg but was still in the back of the shop awaiting collection. Thank God the lady who had bought it was kind enough to let me try it on. I had found my perfect wedding dress!
The theme of our wedding was a combination of Portuguese and Welsh as Jorge is from Portugal. He is from a city called Viana Do Castelo which is also called the city of love. It has a beautiful heart emblem that was perfect to use on our stationary that my friend Elin Williams designed. We gave a heart keyring and Portuguese liquor as favours for the Welsh guests, and a Welsh love spoon and Penderyn Whisky for the Portuguese guests. The tables were names of cities in Portugal and the cake was simple with a Portuguese pattern on the top and bottom tier.
On the wedding day itself
On the day, getting up at 5:15am for hair and make-up was no problem. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see Jorge. Walking down the aisle with my Dad at the church while the harpist played ‘A Thousand Years’ was simply magical. We also had the Denbigh Male Voice choir singing during the service and they were fantastic too.
Between leaving the church and arriving at the reception venue we’d decided to have photos taken in front of my Dad’s garage, which is a family business. It’s such a unique building and we absolutely love how the photos turned out.
The venue looked amazing and the good weather meant our guests could enjoy the outside area. Our wedding breakfast was a salmon confit to start, a blade of beef as a main, and summer fruits Pavlova for dessert. The presentation was beautiful and it was delicious.
We had booked a caricaturist for the evening which was a big hit. We also had a live band and lots of photo frames and props dotted around the venue to keep people entertained. Our first dance was Kodaline – ‘The One’, I got a little tearful as the words of the song are so beautiful. Afterwards we mingled and danced the night away with friends and family.
Two days after our wedding and after nearly missing the plane, we went on our honeymoon to Singapore then Thailand. It was a perfect mix of city, beach and jungle and we had the time of our lives, a perfect start to married life.
Here are my top tips for other brides
Little details do matter on the day and do get noticed and appreciated. I wish I’d known…… not to worry about everything coming together on the day. It really does just fall in to place. Did anything go wrong on the day? Not on the day but ….. At 5pm the day before the wedding, the cellist we’d arranged to perform at the church called us to say that he had sprained his hand. Thankfully they had arranged an amazing harpist to step in for us instead. An hour after the phone call from the cellist, we got to the hotel where I was getting ready only to find that they had double booked the suite we had chosen. Instead we were given the darkest room in the hotel which wasn’t ideal for make-up, hair and photos. Luckily we had an amazing team that managed and everything turned out perfectly.
Our Wedding Suppliers
Photography: Martin Lyons
Contact: 07907 945 679
Dress (Designer, name of dress and shop): Sophia Tolli, Lavinia, Bespoke Brides
Hair: Mandy @ Creative Image
1A Well St, Ruthin LL15 1AE ,Denbighshire
Contact: 01824 707388
Make-up: Sophie Bruno
Groom’s outfit: Ted Baker, Moss Bros
Contact: 0333 3206677
Flowers: Sioned Rowlands
Cake: Tillys Cake Company
Transport: Chester Wedding Cars
Contact: 01244 661033
Videography: Wedding Memories, Dorset
Entertainment: Band: The Gobots
Contact: 01270 501164
Caricaturist : Parody Portraits (Ian Lloyd) , Bristol
Sweet cart : Peaches & Cream Sweetie Cart Hire