Keep calm and marry on

Sian and Sam's retro inspired nuptials were full of vintage touches and amusing diversions

Although Sian and Sam first met on the ominous date of Friday 13th, it didn't really count because, as Sian says, “After many hours of chatting, I made Sam a Jammie Dodger cocktail and we decided we had pretty much nothing in common.” Perhaps the 'many hours' was the clue though, because they did keep in touch, and started dating and were in a fairly long distance relationship for several years.

Then while holidaying in the Majestic Bus, a converted 1960s bus near Hay-On-Wye, in August 2015, Sam proposed. He originally had an elaborate proposal in mind involving carving a Welsh lovespoon. “Thankfully, for all involved he decided to be spontaneous and proposed in the kitchen of the bus, next to the washing up,” says Sam. “We fashioned a ring from a daisy in the garden and I, of course, said 'Yes.'” Less than eight months later, it was the morning of the wedding.

Here, the bride tells us more about their big day…

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I wore a vintage style, tea-length dress called Clara. It fitted in really well with the theme. Having a shorter dress meant I was able to choose some gorgeous shoes. My flowers were roses, mini daffodils, freesias and wax flower, which were mainly cream with a splash of pink and green.

 
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We were really keen to choose somewhere that we could hire for the whole weekend, so we could spend plenty of time with our friends and family. Caer Llan's views took our breath away.

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Sam wore a brown tweed three-piece suit. The mismatched groomsmen chose their own suits in keeping with the theme. Sam had a cream shirt, floral tie and handkerchief and accessorised with a vintage pocket watch.

 
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We walked down the aisle to an acoustic mash up (violin and piano) of several songs, including Bruno Mars' Marry You, Canon in D and Here Comes the Bride. Sam's brother Tom played I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons on guitar and When I'm 64 during the signing of the register, with audience participation.

 
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Our centrepieces were jam jars collected from the breakfast club at the school where I work, Oakwood Primary. The tables were named after different types of sea creatures (Sam's a marine biologist).

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Other décor included a finger-print tree guest book, and, linking with the holiday where Sam proposed, a vintage caravan called Blodwyn with a photo-prop basket and a 'Pimp your Prosecco' school desk with cordials, fruit and a slate sign.

 
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We entertained our guests with music and outdoor and indoor games, including quizzes, 'I Spy' photo cards and gift bags for the children containing retro toys. Margo the dog provided much entertainment too.

 
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“Sam proposed in the kitchen of the bus, next to the washing up, and we fashioned a ring from a daisy in the garden.” – Sian

 

Sian and Sam’s contact book


Bride's dress and accessories
Linda Gray Bridalwear
www.lindagraybridal.co.uk

Bride's hair and make-up
Lynn Taylor Hair and Beauty
www.facebook.com/lynny.taylor

Bride's shoes
Freya Rose
www.freyarose.com

Bridesmaids' dresses
Ariella
www.ariella.com

Bridesmaids' dresses
Ariella
www.ariella.com

Caravan
Blodwyn the Vintage Caravan
www.fabbydabby.co.uk

Ceremony and reception venue
Caer Llan
www.caerllan.co.uk

Ceremony music
Tom Peacock
www.tompeacock.net

Entertainment
Luke Russell, pianist
www.lukerussellflute.co.uk

Entertainment
Luke Russell, pianist
www.lukerussellflute.co.uk

Flowers
Triangle Nursery
www.trianglenursery.co.uk

Groom's suit
ASOS
www.asos.com

Groomsmen's suits
Next
www.next.co.uk

Photographer
Silver Birch Photography
www.silverbirchphotography.co.uk

Reception music
House of Chords
www.houseofchordsband.com

Sweets
Shear Sweets
www.shearsweets.co.uk