How they met
“Owain and I spent six months emailing each other, but after that we only had to go on one date, before knowing that it was meant to be,” remembers Beth.
“Well, the first time Owain asked me to marry him I said ‘yes’, but when he said we go tell all our friends and family, I had to say no! We’d only been together eight months. I was worried they wouldn’t take us seriously,” explains Beth. “A few months later, we went to Hatton Garden to pick a ring, so that was that!” she smiles.
The bride’s outfit
“My dress was from Tia by Benjamin Roberts. It was very simple, but pretty, and even made me look really elegant,” smiles Beth. “The clincher was that it only had two layers, so I could hitch it up easily to join in with the Ceilidh – I didn’t want to miss out on any of the dancing fun!”
The groom’s outfit
“Owain knew he wanted a grey slim-fitting suit, and he found his perfect one in River Island. He wore this with a slim black tie and tan brogues, which were also pretty quickly replaced with a pair of green wellies!” laughs Beth.
“We had three lovely little flowergirls – our nieces Mya, Enlli and Cadi,” remembers Beth. All three wore ivory dresses from Monsoon and bright pink cardigans from Zara. Beth was also joined by her unofficial grown-up bridesmaids, best friends Lexie, Laura and Stevie. “Although the flowergirls had matching dresses, I didn’t want the formality of the older girls wearing the same gowns. They did have all the traditional duties, though,” explains Beth.
“Well, the whole wedding was a bit different,” smiles Beth. “We held our own wedding festival affectionately named ‘Bowainbury’ at Fforest in Cardigan, West Wales. I arrived with my dad for our tea party lunch in my dress, so Owain and our guests saw me all dolled up before the ceremony. We all sat down and had lots of sandwiches, cakes, Pimm’s and cups of tea.”
“The venue had decorated the barn with mismatched crockery and because Fforest is set in 200 acres of woodland, they dressed the barn with flowers and foliage from their own wild meadow and farm,” continues Beth. “After the tea party, we did the ‘legal bit’ with a few close friends and family, and Owain and I said our vows. While we did this, all our other guests took part in a Bowainbury pub quiz… the winning team, who proved that they knew the couple the best, won the grand prize of front row seats to our blessing in the giant tipi!” she laughs.
The magical day was topped off with a hog roast and Ceilidh dancing long into the night. If that wasn’t enough, the wedding festival continued into Sunday, with Coasteering in the morning (for those brave enough!), and a cosy afternoon spent watching Back to The Future in the giant Tipi! Wow!