Budding romance

Laura and Tom celebrated their love with a beautiful church ceremony.

Laura and Tom met through mutual friends. “We were set up on a date,” says Laura. “I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it went really well. We bought our first house 18 months later and got engaged a year after that.” Tom popped the question during a holiday to Tenerife. “We talked about getting married, but I had no idea he was going to propose,” shares the bride. “The first night we got there, we went down to the beach and watched the sunset. He then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! It was amazing, and I cried with happiness.”

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

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We tied the knot at St Isan's Church in Llanishen because it's where I was christened, and my parents also got married there. By coincidence, the vicar who works at the church also used to live next door to Tom's family!

 

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We had a gorgeous flower wall supplied by Wow Event Hire that our guests loved

 

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I walked down the aisle to music provided by The String Quartet Company. We also had the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir sing hymns and entertain our guests while we signed the register.

 

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Our table plan and place names were created by Amanda Michelle Design & Stationery. I found her on Instagram and loved her work. She created a subtle grey watercolour design and hand-finished gold leaves, which looked stunning

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We wanted to create a romantic feel to our big day, so it was important we incorporated lots of flowers. We asked The Florist of Cardiff to make centrepieces in a variety of sizes to add some depth and interest to the room. The blooms included peonies, white hydrangeas, roses and trailing amaranthus sprayed gold.

 

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We looked at numerous reception venues throughout South Wales, but we decided on The Celtic Manor Resort. We liked the modern interior and the old Welsh stone used throughout.

 

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Tom wore a dark grey suit with pinstripe trousers and a light grey waistcoat from Dyfed Menswear. The groomsmen wore the same but with different coloured ties.

 

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I chose a bespoke Grace Philips dress from Laura May Bridal in Cardiff. I knew I wanted a timeless design, but I also wanted to feel comfortable in it. The bow on the back was a lovely addition, and I felt amazing on the day. I accessorised it with a cathedral-length veil and a gold headpiece made by What Katy Did Next.

 

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Our favours were supplied by a confectionary company. We chose prosecco-flavoured lollipops, decorated with sugar petals and gold leaf

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We decided on a four-tier bake created by DeVoli Cakes in Caerphilly. We'd seen some of Amy's work at a local wedding fair, and we knew right away we wanted her involved in our big day

 

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We loved hearing the speeches. My dad and the best men were brilliant, it was so heartfelt and a little cheeky at times!

 

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To tie in with the groomsmen's waistcoats, we chose elegant Sorella Vita dresses for the bridesmaids from Laura May Bridal.

 

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During the drinks rreception, we had Dave from Icicle Tricycle Wales serve our guests ice cream on the balcony. Everyone loved it, and it made a great addition to our nuptials.

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We felt a little nervous on the morning of the wedding, but once we'd said our vows, we were able to relax and enjoy the rest of the day. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and we wouldn't change a thing

 

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In the evening, we had an amazing band called Audio Sugar perform a variety of songs. They were great, and they made sure the dancefloor was full all night.

 

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We surprised our guests with a firework display, provided by Skydazzle, while our favourite Kings of Leon song played in the background.

 

Laura and Tom's contact book


Band
Audio Sugar
www.musichq.co.uk

Bride and bridesmaids' dresses
Laura May Bridal
www.lauramaybridal.co.uk

Bride's accessories
What Katy Did Next
what-katy-did-next.co.uk

Cake
DeVoli Cakes
www.devolicakes.co.uk

Ceremony music
The String Quartet Company
www.thestringquartetcompany.co.uk

Ceremony venue
St Isan's Church
www.parish.churchinwales.org.uk

Choir
Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir
www.cardiffarmsparkmalechoir.com

Fireworks
Skydazzle
www.skydazzle.com

Florist
The Florist of Cardiff

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Dyfed Menswear
www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk

Hair stylist
Henderson & Co
www.hendersonand.co

Ice cream
Icicle Tricycle Wales
www.icicletricyclewales.co.uk

Make-up artist
Minxies
www.minxiesbeauty.com

Mother-of-the-bride's outfit
Baroque Boutique
www.baroqueboutique.co.uk

Photographer
Sacha Miller Wedding Photographer
www.sachamiller.co.uk

Reception venue, catering and accommodation
The Celtic Manor Resort
www.celtic-manor.com

Stationery
Amanda Michelle Design & Stationery
www.amandamichelle.co.uk

Transport
Casey's Cars
www.caseyscars.co.uk

Venue styling
Wow Event Hire
www.woweventhire.co.uk

Videographer
KM Videography
www.kmvideography.co.uk