The perfect match

With a theme that brought the outside inside, Verity and Ian created a golden day to remember

Internet dating has had its share of bad press, but for Verity and Ian, it was the start of something special when they 'virtually' hooked up on 1st November, 2009. With Ian being based at a military camp far away, they met midway and soon discovered they had lots in common – especially when it came to anything competitive. On 31st October, 2014, Verity got the surprise of her life when Ian popped the question. “We spent what was to be the hottest Halloween on record looking around the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels exhibition. We walked to the Shard for a late lunch and went to the Chinese restaurant, Hu Tong, where we had a table with an amazing view,” she recalls. “Ian proposed as the sun was setting.”

Being a perfect match themselves, it was fitting that they called their big day the same. They even had a rugby theme running through their stationery. And all this was against an autumnal backdrop.

Here, they share some special moments…

“We knew we wanted to get married in Wales and close to my family home. My parents and brother had been to a wedding at the Coed but I'd never visited. We made a booking for dinner and never visited another venue: we were sold on the 'flow' of the setting with it being on one level, not too vast and boasting amazing grounds with different rooms.” – Verity


The bridesmaids' elegantly long, navy dresses were an ideal match for the groom's party outfits.


“I settled on a lace dress with a keyhole back and slight fishtail by Suzanne Neville called Apollo. I knew I wanted a long veil that was all one length – I found one with lace edging, which complemented my dress. I also wanted a bit of sparkle so I found a beaded belt that I had added to ivory ribbon and stitched onto the dress.” – Verity

Matching the beads in her belt to a headpiece, the bride also found some sparkly peep-toe Jimmy Choo shoes as the final touch.


“Ian doesn't wear suits for work and although he toyed with the idea of wearing a kilt he settled on a navy three piece suit with a bow tie,” says Verity. After a struggle, they found navy and orange paisley ties for the ushers and father-of-the-bride and bow ties for the best man and groom, with matching handkerchiefs.


“We decided on a four-tier cake made up of different sponges and fillings from Victoria sponge to chocolate with salted caramel. It was covered in ganache to look like tree bark and had flowers to match the bouquet added to each layer.” – Verity

The autumnal theme was centred on the colours of burnt orange, gold and navy, and the brief for the flowers was that they were to reflect the rustic charm of the décor – such as pine cones, leaves and moss – that featured throughout the venue.


On the morning of the wedding, the bride drank champagne with her bridesmaids, mum and mother-of-the-groom. “Our hair and make-up artist did a fantastic job and fitted in perfectly, helping to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere in the run-up to the ceremony.” – Verity.


“In the main room for the wedding breakfast we had tea lights in golden holders, Mr and Mrs wooden table confetti, trees with lights and a big light 'cwtch' sign.” – Verity


Verity and Ian's contact book

Bride's accessories
Jimmy Choo

Bride's dress
High Society Bridal

Bridesmaids' dresses
For Him And For Her

Coed Y Mwstwr

Chair covers
Coed Y Mwstwr

CWTCH sign
Written In Lights

Disco DJ and reception Jazz band
Coed Y Mwstwr

Amanda French Flowers

Groom's suit
Dyfed Menswear

Groom's suit
Thomas Pink

Hair and make-up
Sheer Glam

Live band
The Edge Band

Orchid Films

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
Sapphire Dresses

Martin Phillips Studio

Popcorn machine
Fun day Events

Harriet Printers

String Quartet
Caradog String Quartet

Venue & accommodation
Coed Y Mwstwr

Venue styling
Lavenders of London

Venue styling

Venue styling

Wedding cake
Little Cake Cupboard