A fab real wedding with pretty purple details and a Beatles theme… Kelly and Ryan got married in September 2010. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Kelly and Ryan

WHERE: Oldwalls Leisure Complex, Gower, Swansea

WHEN: September 2010


The proposal

“Ryan proposed on Christmas morning 2007. It was a complete surprise to me. I thought I was getting a new computer, because there was an enormous present for me under the tree,” explains Kelly. “Ryan had wrapped the box really well. I think it had two layers of paper each time! I finally opened it up, and a large helium-filled balloon floated out, and tied to the string was a note and a plastic ring saying; ‘try this on for size, and then find the real thing!’ The box was also filled with shredded newspaper, so I had to rummage about, but eventually found a ring box – and Ryan down on one knee!”

The bride’s outfit

“I knew I didn’t want a big princess-style dress, it wouldn’t have suited my height and body shape at all. I chose a fishtail design from Benjamin Roberts,” recalls Kelly. “As soon as I saw myself in the mirror I had a tear in my eye, because I could imagine Ryan’s happy reaction and knew it was real wedding perfect!” she adds

“I made all the flowers myself. My bouquet was made from tiny beads…”

The accessories

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“I also knew I wouldn’t have felt comfortable in a tiara or veil, so I wanted a 40s-inspired birdcage veil instead,” explains Kelly. She bought her veil from Bird Cage Veils, her dusky-pink hair flower from Etsy, her ivory lace appliqué necklace, also from Etsy and finally, shoes from My Wardrobe. “My Vivienne Westwood heels were definitely the best bit. I’ve been obsessed with jelly shoes ever since I was a little kid, and they smell as good as they look!” says Kelly

The groom’s outfit

“Ryan and I both talked about what he and his groomsmen would wear, and both agreed on light-grey suits like the Beatles wore in the film A Hard Day’s Night,” recalls Kelly. The boys bought their outfits from M&S. “Ryan even managed to find himself some 60s-style black boots to complete the look – I was very impressed with his shopping skills!” adds Kelly

The bridesmaids

“I had one bridesmaid, and one bridesman!” smiles Kelly. “Sarah wore a gorgeous purple-silk dress from Coast, while Anthony wore the same suit as the other groomsmen. He did say I could put him in a dress if I wanted to, but I didn’t have the heart!”

“My bridesman did say I could force him into a dress if I wanted, but I didn’t have the heart!”

The flowers

“I made them all!” smiles Kelly. “The bouquets and corsages were made from glass beads, using a technique called French Beading, and were modelled around peonies. The table centres were made from recycled paper, printed with the lyrics from All You Need Is Love. The men’s buttonholes were Beatles album cover pin badges that we bought from The Beatles.”

The decor

Lime green and purple pom poms hung from the ceiling, chair covers were provided by Dragon Events and a post box from Your Wedding Post Box kept the couple’s cards and gifts safe

The honeymoon

Two wonderful weeks in Bali.