A fab real wedding in Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch, Bridgend filled with sunshine and sparkle. Kelly and Lee got married in August 2008

WHERE: Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch, Bridgend

WHEN: August 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jacqueline Swift

How they met

Kelly and Lee met in 2000, while Kelly was a student. “He proposed on the morning of one of my friend’s weddings,” Kelly says. “Lee just cooly and calmly suggested finding me a big rock to wear!”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“I knew my dress was ‘the one’ as soon as I put it on,” Kelly says. “It was a Mon Cheri dress – one of the first dresses I ever cut out of a magazine.” Kelly bought her dress and veil from Wedding Belles and borrowed a tiara from her sister. Shoes from Bag Boutique finished the look.

“I fell in love with the black and white theme – it was just so easy to match!”

The groom’s real wedding outfit

Lee hired his suit from Watkins.

The bridesmaids

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Kelly had four bridesmaids and found the perfect dresses and necklaces in Tesco.


Big day details

There was a relaxed start to the day, as Kelly and her wedding party stayed at the ceremony and reception venue, Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, Bridgend, the night before. “The ceremony was relaxed and informal, but we opted for traditional vows,” Kelly says. Next, guests moved on to the reception and wedding breakfast, including a meat and fish carvery. “We also had a melon starter and chocolate fudge brownie for dessert!”.


The theme

“Being a graphic designer, I went through many colour schemes,” Kelly says. “But I fell in love with the idea of everything being black and white – really sophisticated and smart. I bought candelabras from Next and birdcages from The Bee Orchid in Bridgend to add a romantic touch to our real wedding”.

Favours for all

Guests found bags of coconut marshmallows waiting at their reception place. Kelly lovingly made all 80 bags herself!.


The cake

The cake was from Marks & Spencer. “My dad put it together and decorated it for us,” Kelly says.


The entertainment

A friend of the family DJ’d for the happy couple after their real wedding – their first dance was Leo Sayer’s When I Need Love really recommend having one if you can! You find out about new products and techniques – and the.

The honeymoon

“We were planning to go a year after the wedding – maybe to Australia or Italy – but we just found out I’m pregnant so the honeymoon will be postponed for a while!”