After working together and being friends for years, it was a Spanish-themed meal Sean cooked for Sinead in 2007 that changed everything. “He'd been learning Spanish, so he themed the meal around the country, accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a menu he'd written in the language,” explains Sinead. “It went really well. I was super impressed that he'd made such an effort and although it was a little weird having him cook in my house while I wasn't allowed to help or see what he was doing, it was really romantic and showed how much he cared.”
From then on, their relationship went from strength to strength – Sean even visited Sinead in Thailand while she was travelling for five months – and on Boxing Day in 2012, Sean popped the question with Sinead's dream vintage-style ring. “He'd originally planned it to be on New Year's Eve; however he discovered that my best friend Nicola's boyfriend had the same plan after he asked me to help pick a ring for her,” remembers Sinead. “Sean wanted his children and my parents to be there, as it meant a lot to both of us to share the moment with them too. His son Finnley was ready with a bottle of champagne to pop and his daughter Charlie-Ann handed me a card to open from Sean. It was a Christmas card, but when I got to the back page it said 'will you marry me?' Sean got down on one knee, opened the ring box and asked me himself. I burst into tears and said 'yes'.”
Newly engaged, the excited pair began searching for the perfect venue at the start of the new year and wanting to get married as soon as possible; their summer wedding planning started from there. “We fell in love with Oldwalls right away. We wanted somewhere near the beach, with high quality accommodation and food, and that was dog-friendly so we could have our beloved Sammy with us – it ticked all the boxes,” says Sinead.
Here, the bride shares the details of their day…
Sinead Waters, 35, married Sean Johnson, 36, at St Joseph's Cathedral followed by a reception at Oldwalls, Gower, on 24th July, 2014.
My dress was beautifully tailored with a heavilyembellished belt that added a touch of elegance. It was chic yet comfortable enough to dance all night in
I found the one in Suzanne Neville in London but sourced it locally in Cowbridge. The staff at High Society were amazing and really helpful. I'd always wanted a low back on my dress so they contacted Suzanne directly and had her sketch a different design for the back, which made it bespoke to me.
We had the venue exclusively for three nights, so the day after the wedding we organised games for the kids, an acoustic singer, and a big barbecue and casino night. It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy some quality time together.
When looking for a Catholic church close to our reception venue, as we both wanted a church wedding, we discovered St Joseph's Cathedral, which was spectacular.
My bouquet was made of large white roses and hydrangeas, as we had these growing in my garden when I was a child. Our florist was really helpful and found flowers that would withstand the hot weather.
My bridesmaids were my closest friends Nicola, Sanaz and Louise, and my chief bridesmaid was Sean's daughter Charlie-Ann. They looked stunning in elegant knee-length dresses from High Society, with mini versions of my bouquet finished with brooches that matched our stationery and décor.
My hair was styled by good friend and award-winning hairdresser Nathan Pithers. As soon as he first did it, I knew it was the style for me. I wore a beautiful crystal hair clip that tied in with the belt on my dress.
Make-up artist Farhana made me up on the day, which was a similar look to what I would normally have for an evening do.
Sean's son Finnley and his brother Vince were his best men and our ushers were his uncle Charlie and my cousin John. They all, including our dads, wore coordinating suits from the same tailor.
Sean wanted a three-piece suit rather than the traditional wedding attire, so he had one tailor made.
Me and my dad travelled to the venue in a wedding car, which Sean, the kids and I travelled from the ceremony to the venue in, stopping at the beach for some photos.
The wedding team at Oldwalls were really helpful with details and timings. We had meetings with them along the way to ensure everything was covered.
I wanted candelabra so we used these to display the flowers on each table but opted for low glass and mirrored vases on the top table so it didn't interrupt our view of the guests.
Our cake was a neutral delicate design made by Clare Pascoe- Clogs, who was recommended to us by a few friends. I loved how pretty and detailed it was, and each tier was a different flavour to suit all tastes.
We had a DJ and band for the evening. The DJ was recommended by the venue, as was the photo booth that went down a storm. The band was amazing and really got everyone up dancing.
Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses
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St. Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea
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