Claire and Luke met in 2009 on Myspace. “We started commenting on each other's pages,” says Claire. “Over time, this evolved into texts and phone calls – and the rest is history.”
Luke popped the question during a holiday to France. “We were at the top of Solaise in Val-d'Isère,” shares the bride. “It was my first time skiing, and I wasn't expecting him to propose! I was shocked and on cloud nine for the rest of the trip.”
Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...
Our wedding was the best day of our lives. Everything was exactly how we imagined, and we couldn't have been happier.
The flowers were absolutely incredible! Lucy from Flowers, I do, did an outstanding job. I asked her to incorporate greenery, eucalyptus, texture and soft colours. We originally wanted a large arrangement for our top table, but we later discovered there wasn't enough space. Luckily, Lucy had no problem redesigning it to be hung from the chandeliers instead.
Luke and I chose a three-tier cake from Marks & Spencer. We designed it ourselves and opted for a Lego cake-topper.
We looked at a few venues around South Wales, but nothing compared to Caer Llan. During our first visit, we fell in love with the views and knew straight away it was the perfect place for us. The property was big enough to cater for all of our friends and family, but it also felt quite intimate. The owners, Vicky and Jake, were so friendly, and nothing was too much trouble for them.
For the centrepieces, we chose copper and gold geometric tea light holders from Wilko, Asda and Hobbycraft.
I designed the stationery, place names and table plan using online design software. The final result made all the long hours and hard work worth it.
We wanted a relaxed, natural and modern feel to our big day. We opted for lots of greenery, with hints of copper and gold throughout. I had my heart set on a blue colour scheme, but it proved difficult finding things that matched.
My dress was the Enzoani design Juri from Laura May Bridal. I saw it on Pinterest and knew it was the one. It was modern, elegant and I'd never seen anything like it before. I loved the detailed train, low back and diamanté spaghetti straps. My seamstress added a beaded belt, and I accessorised with a cathedral-length veil.
Our welcome sign was from Handmade By Rose. I rested it on an easel I found on Facebook Marketplace that, with my dad's help, we restained.
Luke chose a blue French Connection suit from Moss Bros. My dad's parents sadly weren't with us at the wedding, so I asked my mum to sew the Douglas family tartan into the groomsmen's and Luke's suits as a way of representing them. It was understated and meant so much to me.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length grey dresses with appliqué bodices from Little Mistress.
We purchased string lights from Lights4Fun and hung them from the ceiling.
Our photographer, Nick, wanted to take photos in a gorgeous field behind the venue, but it was up a hill, and I had heels on! With the help of Nick, Luke and our amazing videographers,Tom and John, I made it to the top without falling over. The photographs made it worth the trip.
The speeches were brilliant and luckily not too embarrassing for me. Luke, however, wasn't so lucky. One of the best men showed a video of him when he was at university, goofing around. Everyone was in fits of laughter.
Moments before our first dance, our DJ, photographer and the venue's owners arranged for us to go outside on to the patio and dance as the sun was setting. It's one of our favourite memories, and we're so grateful to them for organising it.
For our honeymoon, we went to Turkey for four nights. Our hotel was all-inclusive, and we had a lovely time.
We had Steve from Pure Wedding DJ's keep our guests entertained during the evening reception. He did a fantastic job and made sure the dancefloor was full all night.