Rachel and Daniel’s North Wales castle wedding, with Darren Williams Photography

Hey lovelies! Happy Sunday 🙂 Today I’m so happy to be sharing Rachel and Daniel’s castle wedding from North Wales. They opted for a very traditional wedding style which perfectly fits their incredible venue – and I know there are lots of you reading who are planning an elegant, classic wedding so I wanted to share this with you today.


Rachel has written a great wedding report at the end of today’s feature, full of advice and styling ideas. Do take the time to read it after you’ve scrolled through all of the lovely images by Darren Williams Photography.

I know you’ll agree Rachel is a truly stunning bride and her bridal style is just beautiful! Together with Daniel she looks radiant – and their adorable little boy still almost steals the show! Watch out for him – he’s such a cutie! Enjoy!
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Our wedding report: Daniel and Rachel

Wedding photographer’s website:

Darren Williams

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

More than we could describe!! He was incredible in every way.

Wedding venue:

Service at Bodelwyddan Castle followed by reception at The Faenol Fawr Hotel

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Our day and every one in it was the stuff dreams are made of!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

I cried- I still do…. everytime. They are a perfect reflection of our day.

Your wedding style and theme:

Our wedding style was very regal in a classic sort of way. A Castle, horse and carriage, string quartet etc, and we tried to carry that through with ivy in the flowers and decoration, candelabras on tables with the ivy climbing up it and our very own shield-like crest with our initials on, which we had placed on all stationery, painted on our cake and hand painted on each champagne flute for guests as our favours.

Any happy tears on the day?

More than I imagined actually. I had never thought i’d be one to cry on my wedding day, however I was overcome several times with just pure emotion and happiness. One of my favourite moments was when the castle doors opened for me to walk down the isle and My Husband to be turned round to see me for the first time and i saw him fill up too, That really set me off – lovely tears of joy x

How did the two of you meet?

We met on day one of rehearsals for a show we were both in, Mamma Mia in the West End. We were married exactly 3 years later!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months really. We chose our dream venue and our dream date, and from booking, it was 18 months till the big day. (Although really I’ve been planning it in the most part for the past 27 years)

Best bit of budget advice?

Decide what’s most important to you both and spend the money on that. Whether it’s venue, dress, transport etc, put it in order of importance and divide the money accordingly- However right up there for us was the photographer, we knew We would spend what ever we had to, to get the best photographer. After the big day it would be all we had left to look at, keeping the memories alive. And he was undoubtedly worth every penny and more!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I was very specific about stationery and knew exactly what I wanted, I had lots of help from wonderful friends and family which was incredible and i made them all myself. from save the dates to invites and table plans etc. We even had a wax stamp made with our initials on to seal everything with!!

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, I was told you don’t chose your wedding dress it choses you and mine most certainly did. I tried many beautiful dresses on but mine was perfect for me! Layers and layers of super soft material giving an almost blurry and dream like effect at the edges with a dropped waist, and a belt of detailing- pears and diamontes. I loved it!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Justin Alexander

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I wore a stunning jewellery set with a matching tiara from Ivory and Co which I instantly fell in love with. It was perfect for the style of dress and wedding I wanted. Even the silver it was set in had a deep dark colour to it, much more in keeping with the old style.

The groom wore:

A gorgeous dark charcoal tail suit with an ivory cravat, shirt and waist coat. My favourite flower as his button hole- a picasso calla lily. They are normal white lilies but with a deep purple colour inside getting lighter in shade as they get further up the petal. It matched the ones in my bouquet perfectly!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My girls wore stunning purple dresses, although they were almost 2 tone. They were lilac dresses with dark purple chiffon over the top giving different shades of purple as they moved. they had stunning detail under the bust, made up of diamontes and beading and I bought them all matching jewellery and hair slides to say thank you for putting up with me!

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

We went to a wonderful hair salon called Ego in Conway local to where I live, which opened just for us and we all went there- pink champagne in hand and had our hair done. the girls all had matching classic french rolls with their slides in and I had mine slightly up to frame the tiara but the rest down and curly! And I loved it!

Wedding flowers:

My wedding flowers were provided by the same company that did our decoration- Top table wedding services. They were a mixture of purple shades and whites with the greenery being ivy. And my favourite flower being the picasso calla lily which i was so lucky to be able to have. I also had 2 or 3 flowers in each bridesmaid bouquet glitter tipped, so the tiniest amount of the very end of the flower was sparkly, barely enough to see for looking but just caught the light ever so slightly, perfect subtle little hints of magic!

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

The food was incredible, taste sensation and portions big enough for 3! I remember looking out at our guests from the top table and seeing them all smiling and happy and having such a wonderful time and feeling truly blessed!! Then of course was the speeches. They were incredible. People are still talking about my dads speech now it was really perfect! A beautiful mix of funny childhood stories, touching comments and love for my new husband too, not a dry eye in the house!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Both our chosen venues were incredibly beautiful and on their own, set in beautiful surroundings creating great photo opportunities so very little needed to be done. We had some stunning floral arrangements in both venues and the dining room dressed in white with tiny lights set in the backdrop and top table. Then candelabras as table centre places with climbing ivy. Then we had champagne flutes for each guest as their favours. They were hand painted with the shield like crest with our initials on and the guests name across the top of the glass so they were also the name places.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Our wedding cake was traditional to look at but with a few personal touches. I worked closely with Let Them Eat Cake in Llandudno to make it just perfect, It was 4 tiers; 1 vanilla sponge and jam, 1 lemon sponge, 1 chocolate and 1 fruit cake layer. All wrapped in ivory icing with white lace effect icing on the top. We with hand painted sugar flowers dividing the bottom tier. Then real fresh flowers matching the bouquets on the top. And on the middle was our crest, matching all the stationery and the champagne glasses. It was beautiful and tasted incredible.


We had a beautiful string quartet for my walking down the isle. They then played for 2 of my closest friends to sing a beautiful duet while signing the register and they continued to play throughout the day. There were canopies and drinks at the castle while we had some photos taken and then everyone went to the reception venue. After the wedding breakfast and speeches we had a disco to celebrate and dance the night away.

On the day tips and advice:

Just enjoy every minute!! A few people had told me the day flies by but I couldn’t believe how quick it actually did. And make sure you get a wonderful photographer because when it’s all gone in a blur you miss so much and it’s wonderful to be able to look back at stunning photos to remind you of the day.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Becoming one with the person you love most. Dan and I were best friends before, but becoming man and wife and getting married with all your friends and family around you is just an incredible way to stay that way forever. It was such a perfect day, there isn’t anything we would change, We would just like to do it all in slow motion so we could take it all in.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Darren Williams Photography – the ultimate photographer!! incredible looking cakes that taste like heaven! wonderful decoration and flowers


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 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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