Classic elegance

Claire and Paul had a laid back celebration at The Cliff Hotel & Spa

Claire and Paul were introduced by his mum. "Jackie and I were good friends," says Claire. "I met Paul at The Three Brewers in Cardiff. He plucked up the courage to come and talk to me after a few drinks and we spent the rest of the evening talking. Since that first conversation, we've been inseparable. We have a lot in common, including a passion for rugby, an obsession with Love Island and a love for good food."

Paul popped the question in the hospital after Claire had given birth to their daughter. "We moved in together within a matter of weeks," shares the bride. "Months later, despite previously being told by medical professionals that I was unlikely to be able to have children due to fertility problems, I became pregnant. We were overjoyed to say the least. Charlotte was born on the 4th July, 2018. I didn't think anything of it when Paul said he was going to his mum's house to have a shower and get changed. When he returned, I was still a bit dazed, so you can imagine my surprise when all of a sudden, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I had been so blessed with a beautiful baby girl and I was also going to marry the man of my dreams. It's a day that I will never forget and we celebrated with champagne around my hospital bed."

Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day...

Classic elegance: Image 1 We chose to have our ceremony at St Thomas' Church in St Dogmaels. It holds a special place in my heart and it's a beautiful setting alongside the ruins of a Medieval Abbey, which made the perfect backdrop for our photographs.

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For our centrepieces, we chose mirrored plates that we placed underneath large martini glasses filled with flowers.

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Our favours were jars of personalised M&M sweets.They were pink and white and featured our names and wedding date.

Classic elegance: Image 3 I grew up in Cardigan and later moved to Cardiff when I was 18. When our daughter was born, we decided to move back to Cardigan as we wanted Charlotte to experience the same environment that I had. I took Paul to see The Cliff Hotel & Spa and he loved it as much as I did. It's been transformed by the current owner and the views are second to none.

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Paul and I decided to decorate the venue with giant balloons and a sign that asked our guests to share their pictures on social media with a personalised hashtag.

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We wanted a simple, classic and elegant cake from Cake Carousel. It was made up of sponge, chocolate and red velvet and was decorated with ivory icing.

Classic elegance: Image 5 Paul wore a blue Italian tail suit with a matching tie and contrasting grey check waistcoat from Dyfed Menswear. His shoes were tanbrogues, with suede detailing and I bought him personalised cufflinks as a present.

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Flowers were a majorpart of our wedding.The arrangements were bright pink and included some greenery. We hired Flowers by Annabelto create displays in the church, reception area and to supply my bouquet, bridesmaids' posys, flowergirls' corsages and groomsmen's buttonholes.

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We chose a pink and blue table plan that we placed on an easel.

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Ceir y Cardi provided our transport. Once we were married, the team gave us a glass of champagne each and it gave us a chance to take a moment alone before we joined our guests at the reception venue.

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My maid-of-honour and four bridesmaids wore royal blue chiffon dresses with spaghetti straps from Laura May Bridal. The four flowergirls opted for ivory gowns, with lace detailing on the bodices and satin bows on the back from Debenhams.

Classic elegance: Image 8 I wore a simple but elegant satin ball gown by Grace Philips called Adriana. I visited Pleser in Swansea and fell in love with the gown right away. It had crystal detailing around the neck, a cut out back and an unusual neckline. I knew I wanted something classic yet eye-catching and it ticked all of the boxes for me. Every time I went for a fitting, I didn't want to take it off! I accessorised with a long, single-tier, satin-edged veil. It was secured in place with a comb that was decorated with the same crystals as my dress which had been sewn on by an incredibly talented lady in Cardigan. It was absolutely stunning and I've since put it in a memory box for my daughter, Charlotte, to wear on her wedding day.

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We hired The Singing Waiters who travelled all the way from London to wow our guests during the wedding breakfast. Everyone was roaring with laughter and waving their arms along to the music. Our guests haven't stopped talking about them since.

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I have to admit, the morning of the wedding was quite stressful with so many of us getting ready in the same room and our hair and make-up artist working hard to make us look and feel like a million dollars. Once everyone was at the church and we were saying our vows we felt like we were on cloud nine. We knew it would be emotional, but I don't think either of us realised how moving it would be standing in front of our loved ones making such profound promises.

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The night before the wedding I stayed at The Cliff Hotel & Spa and Paul stayed next door at The Gwbert. The next morning, he left his things in his room and asked his groomsmen to transport them to my suite so they'd be there on the night of the wedding. The groomsmen handed his things in at reception, however, that's where they stayed so we woke up the next morning with no clothes! He remembered his nan was staying in the room below us so without thinking he opened the sliding door, walked out onto the balcony and shouted down to her. Unbeknown to Paul, my sister-in-law, Susan, was also on the balcony next door, admiring the view. Let's just say she saw more than she'd bargained for!

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The speeches were extremely emotional and at times, hilarious. A lot of tears were shed and my parents have since sent me a copy of their speeches which I'll cherish forever. Paul's best man pretended his mobile was ringing and had to leave the room to take an urgent call. Before we knew what was happening, a video started playing on the big screen, which told the story of how we met with some rather embarrassing clips of me singing on a night out.

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Our wedding wouldn't have been perfect without our incredible friends and families. My two sister-in-laws made the most stunning cupcakes and personalised gifts for the wedding party. My brother's wife also made cones of confetti and my niece made a sign to go alongside the basket of flip flops that we placed near the dancefloor.The list is endless and we'd like to thank everyone for their help!

Claire and Paul's contact book

Bride's dress and accessories

Bridesmaids' dresses

Laura May Bridal


Ceremony venue

St Thomas' Church


The Singing Waiters

Flowergirls' dresses


Flowers by Annabel

Groom's suit

Dyfed Menswear

Hair stylist


Sarahjane Absalom Harpist

Light-up dancefloor and love letters

Make-up artist


Lauren Amelia Wedding Photography

Reception venue and catering

The Cliff Hotel & Spa


Love-Lee Wedding Stationery


Ceir y Cardi


Clic Productions