How they met
“We met during Freshers Week at university, so I guess I was feeling nervous and a bit over excited,” remembers Emily.
“He got down on one knee half way up Cadair Idris (my favourite Welsh mountain) in the snow,” says Emily. “It was just before Christmas, so we were on holiday in Wales, staying at my family home. We had been planning to walk to the top of the mountain but it was too snowy, so we stopped for a picnic at the lake half way up, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. I couldn’t imagine anywhere more beautiful,” she smiles.
The bride’s outfit
“A friend of mine recommended the designer Johanna Hehir, so I went to her boutique in Chiltern Street to take a peek at her dresses,” explains Emily. “Naturally I ended up walking away with one, too!” Emily looked like a modern day Tess of the D’ubervilles in her ‘Primrose’ gown, that featured a French chantilly lace bodice, and an A-line tulle skirt. We love!
The groom’s outfit
Gorgeous groom Dave looked perfect in his black tailcoat and pinstripe trousers from Hackett. He accessorised these with a soft grey waistcoat and a Liberty tie. “When I first saw him he looked so happy and handsome – I couldn’t wait to marry him,” beams Emily.
“I had four adult bridesmaids and a little flowergirl – my gorgeous two-and-a-half-year-old niece. My bridesmaids were my three closest friends (one from university, one from school, and one I’ve known forever!) plus the groom’s sister,” explains Emily. “We bought their dresses from Diane von Furstenberg. I fell in love with the colour, and the style wasn’t too ‘bridesmaidy’ so they could hopefully wear them again. They wore slingback espadrille wedges from Pied a Terre – wedges were a good idea since the reception was in a field!” she adds.
Emily walked down the church aisle with her father to the sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, performed by their harpist. A religious service followed with traditional Welsh readings. “My favourite moment was definitely the sound of the congregation singing their hearts out to our favourite hymn Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer,” smiles Emily.
“Aileen and Sharon from Lavender Blue Events provided all the flowers for the day. They did an incredible job – the flowers were just gloriously pretty,” says Emily.
Was held in a marquee at the bride’s family home, just a mile or so up the hill from the church. “We had about 150 guests for the whole day. Everyone came to both the ceremony and the whole reception, since we wanted it to be worth their while travelling to the middle of nowhere in the Welsh countryside,” explains Emily.
Were a family affair, with everyone helping out and getting involved. “We mainly decorated the marquee with miles of bunting made by my mum,” explains Emily. “She also decorated coat hangers (we were expecting people to bring their raincoats, given the reputation of the Welsh weather!) by braiding them with scraps of ribbon. We strung up a length of ribbon with clothes pegs on it for people to hang up their hats, too. On the tables, as well as the flowers, we put little tealights with ribbon round them. I made the table plan and wrote the names by hand on luggage tags, which we attached to the menu cards using pretty wooden heart-shaped pegs, which were also the wedding favours for the guests. Outside we put out hay bales for people to sit on and bought lanterns to light the path after dark,” she adds.
“Dave’s mum made the cake. It was a traditional fruitcake, simply decorated with smooth white icing and blue ribbon to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, with real flowers on top. It was absolutely delicious!” beams Emily
Following their wedding, Emily and Dave jetted off to Tanzania for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. They enjoyed a breathtaking safari and spent time relaxing by the beach in Zanzibar.
Emily and Dave’s real wedding gallery