Here's looking at you, kid!

Loy and Matt's Moroccan-themed wedding perfectly reflected the bride's vibrant personality

It was punctuality that first drew Loy and Matt together – or, rather, lack of it, as they'd both turned up late to the start of teacher training. Things started to flow after their first date, when Matt took Loy on a tour of Eton and they relaxed at the riverside with a coffee. “We laughed and it felt like the most natural thing in the world,” says Loy.

Timing was nearly an issue again when Matt proposed to Loy in Switzerland on her birthday. He'd spent the day trying to find the right opportunity and finally found it at five minutes to midnight, outside a cocktail bar. By the time Loy phoned her family, they'd already anticipated her happy news and were well into a celebratory dinner at the local Chinese restaurant back home.

Loy didn't want a classical wedding, and finally decided on a bohemian theme. Whether it was luck or fate, the first dress she saw turned out to be the one, and with that, their dream started to turn into reality.

Here, the bride shares the details of their day…

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The bridesmaids all wore pacific blue dresses, which was my choice of colour. Claire, my best friend from uni, helped choose the style.

 
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I didn't want a white wedding and wasn't even going to have a wedding dress. But after some suggestions from our planner, I went to a boutique where they knew exactly what would suit me. I was ecstatic.

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Coed Y Mwstwr had everything in one place; it's a beautiful Victorian mansion with lovely grounds, and had the potential to add a personal touch.

 
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My brother's daughter, Sofia-May, was the flowergirl; she wore a headdress just like me.

 
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I had radiant orchids for my bouquet and used these in the floral displays, along with hydrangeas, roses, stocks, dahlias and delphiniums.

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The reception room was filled with flowers from the table displays to the floral chandelier, a huge focal point, and even around the cake.

 
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For daytime entertainment, we had the Bridgend male choir, which was a massive success. My dad is part of the choir and even sang a special song for us at the wedding. In the evening the band Brother Ray played funk and soul. Perfect!

 
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We had a ribbon garland behind the cake stand which really set it off and every table had a gold sequin table cloth. We alternated the colours of the chair covers and coordinated the place settings to match. We even hired gold rimmed glasses.

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The cake was decorated with turquoise and gold flowers to match the wedding. The flavours were chocolate and raspberry, white chocolate and lemon.

 
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And they lived happily ever after!

 

Loyette and Matt's contact book


Bride's dress and accessories
Helina by Enzoani / Rowberrys
www.rowberrybridal.info

Bride's make-up
Joanne Humphries
Tel: 07866 368 330

Cake
Heavenly
www.heavenlychoc.co.uk

Chair hire
Wow Events
www.woweventhire.co.uk

Entertainment
Brother Ray
www.brotherraymusic.com

Entertainment
Bridgend Male Choir
www.bridgendmalechoir.co.uk

Flowers
Eve Francesca Designs
www.evefrancescadesigns.co.uk

Glass hire
Couvert
www.couvert.co.uk

Groom and ushers' suits
Moss Bros
www.moss.co.uk

Invitations
Emily & Jo Stationery
www.emilyandjo.co.uk

Photographer
Owen Mathias Photography
www.owenmathias.com

Venue
Coed Y Mwstwr
www.coed-y-mwstwr.com

Videographer
Arcadia
www.arcadiafilmco.com

Wedding planner
Eleanor Gail
www.eleanorgail.co.uk