A pastel colour scheme with delicate vintage accents created this pretty wedding celebration! Caroline also found the dress she had always dreamed of…
Caroline knew straight away that Geraint would be her someone special, and on their third anniversary he proposed over breakfast in bed. “He had made pancakes for me and proposed with a Haribo ring,” remembers Caroline. “Even though I knew it would happen
at some point it was still a total surprise and made me cry! We later went out to go ring shopping together. It was perfect.”
The bride’s outfit
It was while looking for bridesmaids dresses that Caroline found her dream bridal gown. “I asked if I could look at their range just to see if there was anything that caught my eye, and I fell in love with Amanda Wyatt’s ‘Olga’ dress,” says Caroline. The A-line lace design perfectly suited her shape and featured a scalloped edge, lace-up back and long train. “I felt pretty, comfortable and really happy when I tried it on,” smiles Caroline. “It felt like the dress I had dreamed of when I was little and used to play dress up wearing my duvet as a pretend wedding gown!” The blushing bride accessorised with a pearl and crystal hair comb, a diamond necklace that was a gift for her 30th birthday, and shoes from Rainbow Club.
The groom’s outfit
Geraint wore a navy blue Marks and Spencer suit with brown leather shoes. “We were lucky that they had a 20% discount that weekend so we bought all the men’s suits at the same time. It was a real bargain!” says Caroline.
Caroline chose her two close friends Hannah and Katie as her bridesmaids as well as Geraint’s nine-year-old daughter Millie. The two adult maids looked beautiful in full-length lilac Jasmine dresses and Millie and the two flowergirls accessorised with flower crowns from Hilary’s Floral Design.
The civil ceremony took place at Glangrwyney Court in South Wales. Caroline walked down the aisle with her dad and Geraint’s sister performed a reading. As well as saying traditional vows, this couple chose to read short messages to each other in Welsh. “As there were only three Welsh speaking guests at our service, it felt really special – like a secret message to each other,” says romantic Caroline.
Caroline and Geraint chose a vintage theme for their big day and treated their guests to afternoon tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, teas and elderflower bellinis. “Nearly all the decorations were handmade, borrowed or sourced from charity shops,” says Caroline. “We had a number of blackboards with messages to our guests, a Scrabble board with words associated with us, and glass bottles, vases and pastel bunting hung around the marquee.” Music was provided by both Replay Acoustic Duo and a band called C-90s, and the bride’s parents booked a magician called Jason Thomas as a surprise!
The newlyweds delayed their honeymoon and spent Christmas and New Year at a five star adults only resort in Mexico.