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Tom and Cher’s beautiful Welsh garden wedding with a touch of rock n’ roll

Tom and Cher were married in North Wales – their beautiful garden wedding makes me smile so much. They made the day really personal and their photos – by wedding photographer Darren Williams – are so full of character.

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You’ll love all the little touches which I think made their day so special. From Cher’s statement dress – which looks awesome on her – to the vintage world map table plan, via an awesome wedding cake with skull toppers – today’s real wedding most definitely rocks!

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I’ve included a couple of little sequences of photos here as well. First to watch out for is the bridesmaids and then gorgeous Cher making their way down the steps to their outdoor ceremony. It’s such a beautiful setting and they all look fabulous. Second, and my favourite moment of all, is Tom’s reaction to the registrar saying they’re married… brilliant! What a star!

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Cher and Tom’s beautiful Welsh garden wedding with a touch of rock n’ roll

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Wedding venue:

The Pin Mill at Bodnant Garden followed by Plas Maenan Country House, both in North Wales.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A beautiful garden wedding with a touch of rock n’ roll and plenty of fun.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were over the moon, they captured our day perfectly. Darren was excellent at capturing the key moments and was great to have there on the day. He was very respectful of us and our guests and produced fantastic shots. www.photographer-north-wales.com

Your wedding style and theme:

Pretty garden setting with a touch of rock n’ roll. We didn’t pick a particular theme, we just made sure to work with our venues and surroundings so everything flowed naturally. The result was an elegant and classic wedding with a few alternative touches.

Any happy tears on the day?

Plenty! Mainly from the Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?:

Around 12 months.

Best bit of budget advice?:

Flowers can be expensive so think of an alternative when it comes to centerpieces as there are so many beautiful options which come in a little cheaper.

Invitations and stationery:

Designed by the bride’s brother. The design was in the style of an old school tattoo, something we both adore, and was very personal to us.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, I tried on around ten and as soon as I stepped in to this one I just knew. When I tried it on my Mum cried and even the shop assistant gasped, it was a great moment. It was a statement dress and nothing like what I had in mind but I just knew it was the one… and you only do it once so why not go for it!

Glitz and sparkle; the bride’s accessories:

The dress had a bow around the middle with a little sparkle and it was quite a statement dress anyway so I kept the jewellery to a minimum. A delicate bracelet borrowed from the Mother of the Groom. I wore a beautiful sparkly hair comb which was quite big but perfect to balance out the dress. I also had bright red patent Jimmy Choos with a killer heel… gorgeous!

The groom wore:

A tailor made light grey suit – it was gorgeous (and he’s 6 ft 6 so a decent fit hire suit was out of the question!)

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

A light gold jacquard knee-length dress. Our venues were quite busy (our wedding reception venue has a quite ornate interior so we chose a subtle colour to compliment the venues rather than clash with them). I wanted something classic which would stand the test of time in the photographs. We chose a style which suited all the girls (I was lucky that they all have quite similar heights and body shapes) and teamed the dresses with ivory shoes and gold and ivory pearl accessories.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

A bit of both. A hairdresser did my hair and all of the bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride and a make up artist did everyone’s make up apart from mine. I love make up and wanted to do my own. I did, however, ask her to help me with my eyeliner… my hands started to get a bit wobbly at that point! They both did a fabulous job.

Wedding flowers:

As we were getting married in a garden I went for a natural scoop of flowers which wasn’t too structured and which wouldn’t clash with our surroundings. They were ivory and very light blush, silvers and golds. They were a mix of roses, spray roses, anemones, snowberries, silver leaves and many more.

The ceremony:

Was set in a National Trust garden at the end of a lake. It was stunningly beautiful. I grew up in the area and as soon as I knew it was licensed for weddings there was just no other choice. We were very lucky as they only hold six weddings a year. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

Wedding readings?

Three, all by very close friends. Excerpts by Shakespeare and Ernest Hemingway and we finished with an upbeat Dr Seuss poem which our guests loved (and was quite a feat to read, but our friend did a brilliant job!)!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Both venues are so beautiful we had to do very little to them. Our ceremony venue was just naturally stunning and we didn’t add anything else to it. We kept our decorations in Plas Maenan to a minimum as it is already ornately decorated.

We dressed the tables with cracked hurricane lamps and candles, lots of candles! The only colours we added were ivory and light gold.

We had an ornate gold mirror on which we showed childhood photos of us both.

Our favours were fun; temporary tattoos in little gold organza bags – they went down well with even our parents sticking them on their hands!!

Our place cards were photographs of one of us with that guest. They were brilliant and a perfect ice breaker. We either chose funny photos or old photos. For our Mums and Dads we chose ones from when we were babies which resulted in a few tears being shed!

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Quirky! We love everything rock n’ roll so went for a colourful rockabilly style cake complete with Mexican sugar skull toppers and a ‘Til death us do part’ banner.

Entertainment:

We love music and are quite particular about what we wanted but we found a perfect band – The Gobots. They were excellent and the dancefloor was full from start to finish.

On the day tips and advice:

  • Take your time. It can go quickly so make sure you continually pause and take it all in.
  • Escape together for a few minutes throughout the day and share that ‘oh my, we’ve just got married’ moment.
  • Talk to everyone, dance with everyone and just have fun.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Life – the marriage is even better than the wedding (and our wedding was a lot of fun!) And also all of our friends and family from all the eras of our lives being in the same room and laughing and dancing together. It was fantastic.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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