Tell us a little bit about you two as a couple:
We met in Oceana, Swansea whilst we were both at university. We’ve been together 8 and a half years, living in Swansea, Cardiff, London and Hertfordshire – we’ve definitely moved around! We both love a night in chilling out with a glass of bubbly, a beer and a film and spending time with our family and friends.
How did the proposal happen?
After 6 years together we went on our first abroad holiday together to Gran Canaria. On the second night, we went to a local fishing port for dinner. We went for a walk and Andrew got down on one knee next to a gorgeous lighthouse by the sea and gave Becci the shock of her life!
How did you go about choosing your venue/s?
We knew straight after getting engaged that we both wanted to get married in Wales. Andrew is born and bred Welsh and I absolutely love Wales and our friends and family in Wales. We knew we wanted an exclusive setting with history. When we visited Pencoed House we fell in love instantly. It was a freezing cold, rainy January day and we still could see the beauty of the venue. We loved the history of the venue, that there was beautiful on-site accommodation for our family and friends and the staff were ridiculously helpful.
What was the general style and vibe of your wedding?
We chose on navy and white with gold accents for the main colour scheme of the day. No rhyme or reason behind it aside from the fact that we liked the colours! We had white and green flowers in my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s hair and bouquets as well as the trees, top table flowers, centrepieces etc. We also had candles throughout both the ceremony and the reception to give a softer romantic feel. The vibe was – chilled and fun! We wanted everyone to feel relaxed, to have fun and to enjoy celebrating the day with us.
Talk us through your wedding day outfits.
Andrew was wearing a 3 piece suit, navy with tails. He had a champagne coloured cravat with a matching waistcoat, along with a white rose and green foliage buttonhole, finishing it off with dark tan suit shoes. Becci was wearing a Justin Alexander princess gown with a lace bodice, a quite a long train! With a cathedral length, lace-edged veil and Dune heels. Swarovski necklace, Grandmother’s earrings and a beautiful (but heavy) jewel encrusted vintage hair comb.
Tell us all about your choice of catering.
We decided on a 3-course meal and we were a bit selfish and went for what we liked, not what we thought everyone else would like! We had French Onion soup with a cheesy crouton to start, Beef Wellington with a choice of potatoes and seasonal veg and gravy. We had prosecco cream and meringue with raspberries for dessert and coffee and mints to finish. In the evening we had a full hog roast with all the trimmings – it went down a treat with everyone, Andrew especially!
What did you choose to have as your wedding entertainment?
We had a great violinist and cellist perform during the ceremony, and for the drinks reception which we absolutely loved! We then had a DJ in the evening.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
We went for white flowers and green foliage including white roses, ivy, gypsophila etc. Becci had a white lily in her bouquet, to match the same flowers in her Mum’s bouquet, as well as white roses, ivy and carnations. The top table flower arrangements, the trees, centrepieces, buttonholes and the balcony flowers were all in the same colour schemes which we absolutely loved and fit in with our colour scheme so well.
Tell us a little bit about your photographer and/or videographer.
We shopped around quite a lot but we decided on Studio Enso when we saw their beautiful work on their website. We absolutely loved the documentary style and how relaxed they were when we met them. It helped our nerves as we’re not very good at posing for the cameras and Naim and Bee made us feel so calm and natural in front of the camera.
Any particularly funny stories from the day?
There’s so many! Becci being keen and saying ‘I will’ too soon during the vows, Andrew having numerous dance-offs, the photobooth, Becci ‘flossing’ in her dress. Everyone just having a great time!
What were your favourite moments of the day?
Becci loved getting ready with her bridesmaids and family at the cottage opposite the venue. Having everyone together laughing and sharing in those special moments to start the day was a memorable moment. Andrew enjoyed getting ready with his best man, ushers and Dad. Ultimately the best part of the day for both of us was finally saying ‘I do’. We had the best day of our lives.
Do you have any words of wisdom for future brides and grooms to be?
Enjoy every moment and don’t stress about anything! Take a moment to look around at all of your loved ones who are there to celebrate your big day and feel the love! It truly is the best day of your lives.