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Country chic was the perfect theme for this couple’s glorious big day in Wales…

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WHO: Elizabth and Owain

WHERE: The King Arthur Hotel, Gower

WHEN: August 2011

PHOTOS: Oliver and Ruth Photographers

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The proposal

“It was a beautiful, warm, April Friday evening, and we went for a walk to Rhosili where we spent our first date,” remembers Elizabeth. “We were sitting down overlooking the sea nearing sunset and Owain said: ‘I brought you here for a reason…’ – to which I uttered a few expletives that cannot be repeated! Eventually he asked ‘so will you?’ and produced the most beautiful ring. It wasn’t the most ladylike or gracious acceptance, but I was very surprised,” laughs Elizabeth

The bride’s outfit

“I found my wedding dress very quickly, too quickly,” says Elizabeth. “It was very ‘me’ and I felt amazing in it. It just felt right and after I left the shop it was all I could think about. However, after ordering the dress in July, I never actually received it. Due to complications it got to 12 days before my wedding and I had NO dress whatsoever. We left the shop with a damaged stock version and went to the most fabulous woman called Sarah Joseph. She made me a stunning couture dress in eight days flat! She literally saved my wedding, without her the entire day would have been ruined.”

“Just 12 days before my wedding I had no dress whatsoever!”

The groom’s outfit

“Owain chose the suit himself, I had nothing to do with that or the honeymoon,” says Elizabeth. The groom, best man and both Dads wore Prince Edward suits, with plain ivory waistcoats and ivory cravats. “Owain looked very smart, I wasn’t used to seeing him so formal!” smiles Elizabeth

The bridesmaids

“I had the bridesmaids’ dresses made by a local Gower dressmaker called Audrey Thomas – she was amazing. I talked through what I wanted and Audrey whipped up a design, which the girls all loved,” remembers Elizabeth

“My cake was made by my good friend emma – she designs and makes cakes on the side and she’s amazing!”

The ceremony

“Our ceremony was in the beautiful church that my Mum and I both attend,” explains Elizabeth. “We have known Canon Flook for years, so that made it far more personal. Before my arrival, a family friend played hymns on the cello, accompanied by Claire Gorvett on the piano,” she adds

The flowers

“We used a local florist, Daphne Furneaux – she does all the Gower weddings, and recently won a top prize at the Chelsea Flower Show!”

“I’m obsessed with Cath Kidston, so I had her style in mind throughout”

The reception

“I’m obsessed with Cath Kidston and had her style in mind throughout the planning process,” says Elizabeth. “The bunting was the most important item – we had 225 metres in total!”

The honeymoon

“Was a 10-day trip to Dubai and the Maldives – it was heaven on earth, and by far the best holiday we have ever experienced!”

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