For this Welsh duo, only a day filled with their national heritage would do. Read on for a stunning real wedding in the Brecon Beacons!
WHO: Fran and Jon
WHERE: Peterstone Court, Brecon, Wales
WHEN: September 2011
PHOTOS: Nanette Hepburn
“We met through mutual friends at university. I had a feeling he could be the one, as soon as we were first introduced. He was handsome, witty and 6’4″ to my 5’10” – perfect! Finding out he was Welsh, like me, was the icing on the cake,” smiles Fran. “Jon popped the question while we were holidaying with my parents on the Greek island of Samos. After dinner one evening, we went for a walk along the peninsular and he proposed to me at sunset. I was really surprised, and, of course, very emotional!”
The bride’s real wedding outfit
“I found my wedding dress at Fleur De Lys Bridal in SaffronWalden,” remembers Fran. “The gown was a silk, Justin Alexander design, with a sweetheart bodice, mermaid cut and embellished with beautiful pearl and diamond clusters,” she adds
The groom’s outfit
Jon and his groomsmen wore traditional black tail suits from Moss Bross. “When I first saw him he looked nervous, but still incredibly handsome,” beams Fran
“It was very hard to choose my bridesmaids, because I am very lucky to have lots of lovely friends! However, I decided to keep it simple with two adults, one flowergirl (Jon’s cousin Laurel) and one (very cute!) pageboy,” says Fran. The older girls’ dresses were peacock blue, full-length designs from Mia Sposa.
“Jon looked quite nervous, but still incredibly handsome!”
The ceremony for the real wedding in the Brecon Beacons
“Our real wedding in the Brecon Beacons took place in the beautiful Brecon Cathedral, right at the heart of the area” remembers Fran. “We can’t thank our wonderful Reverend, organist, bell ringers and flower arrangers enough for making our wedding so special. With us both being Welsh, we were keen for our guests to experience some of our culture, o we asked our Reverend to conduct elements of the service in Welsh, and we also asked the Brecon and District Male Voice Choir to sing some of our favourite Welsh songs, including Calon Lan. I loved it!”
Were designed by florist Mirwen Mackintosh.
“Our Reverend performed parts of the ceremony in Welsh…”
“We opted for a striking, three-tier, white and dark chocolate ganache wedding cake with blueberries from Marks and Spencer – it was delicious! My work colleagues made a ‘bride and groom’ sheep topper, too!” laughs Fran
“We booked our African adventure through Rainbow Tours,” explains Fran. “We spent five days on Safari, then seven day relaxing in Zanzibar.” Bliss!