- Posted on Monday, 21 September 2015
Gareth and Sarah grew up in South Wales, met in London and then moved to Singapore. The couple’s decision to hold their garden soiree in the idyllic countryside of their hometown was effortless and Llangoed Hall (restored by the late husband of Laura Ashley) provided the luxurious yet cosy feel they desired. With a charming colour scheme of mint green and blush, and a backdrop of endless landscaped gardens, these wedding images by Craig and Eva Sanders are an absolute delight!
Please tell us all about your wedding!
“I must have tried on at least 50 wedding dresses, but I never had the “this is the one” moment. So five months before the wedding, I decided to have my dream dress custom-made by Olive Suites Bridal. I really wanted it to be separates as I loved the idea of wearing the pieces again for special occasions and anniversaries. My bodice had a low back and spaghetti straps, with ivory corded lace on top of ivory Chantilly lace, which was then hand beaded and 3D appliquéd. The Ivory silk chiffon skirt had a matching lace waist band, and a front centre split (with some shorts underneath to protect my modesty in case of strong gusts of wind!)
I added some subtle pops of colour with a pale grey-blue grosgrain ribbon at the waist and tied in a bow at the back, gold Christian Louboutins, pale green jade drop earrings, and my "old, borrowed and blue" was my bridesmaid's beautiful sapphire bracelet. For the evening reception (and ill-practiced first dance!), I changed into a simple white cap sleeved knee length dress.
Gareth's go-to place for a sharp, custom suit is Suits Supply in London. He chose a beige narrow lapel suit, with a double breasted waistcoat, a mint green diagonal stripe seersucker skinny silk tie, a green silk handkerchief, classic walnut brown brogues from Church's and a brown Prada leather belt I bought for him as part of his wedding gift.” ~ Sarah
Theme, Colour Scheme and Decor
“We were aiming for a luxe garden outdoor theme, with some Welsh and Vietnamese flavour to reflect our heritage! The ceremony took place on the lawn, and we created an outdoor lounge with a classic leather Chesterton sofa, French chateau chairs and rugs on the grass.
The wedding breakfast continued the outdoorsy feel under the clear roof marquee, with a Welsh and Vietnamese fusion menu. Wedding favours were mini bottles of Penderyn Welsh whiskey and gin, and Fortnum & Mason mint chocolates (which unfortunately melted as it was so warm!).
The evening reception also took place in the marquee, with the hope that it would feel like we were dancing under the stars. The dance floor was lit up with 4 feet high retro illuminated initials of our surnames (supplied by Aisle Hire It) to show that the day wasn't just about us getting married, but also about our two families coming together.
We are so grateful for our amazing wedding party and friends, who helped with the last minute preparations. This included setting the copper farm animal place card holders, hanging up glass baubles and tea lights in the marquee, and arranging our outdoor lounge furniture.
Our personalised wedding invitations were beautifully illustrated by Shhh My Darling. This introduced our theme, depicted our portraits within the gardens of Llangoed Hall and used our wedding colour scheme of mint green, blush and touches of rose gold and copper. We’re so very grateful to Sophie, my sister/bridesmaid, and her partner Alex for completing the wedding stationary suite, complementing the illustrated invitations.” ~ Sarah
“Our wonderful florists Flowers by Becca Jane did a great job styling our wooden arch (built by my brother) with white hydrangea plants, urns, pillars, trees, wooden crates and logs. The long wedding breakfast tables were decorated with green moss table runners, with hundreds of little copper, silver and glass vases filled with an assortment of wild flowers and mini potted succulents.
My bouquet was a variety of pastel David Austen roses, Avalanche and Amnesia roses, white waxflowers, Brunia (some of which were spray painted copper), other wild flowers and succulents. Gareth’s boutonnière included a Peach Avalanche rose, succulents, and grey and copper Brunia. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were made out of ivory flowers, Brunia and soft green foliage to complement their mint green dresses.” ~ Sarah
“Food was a very important part of the day for us. After the ceremony, local Welsh beer and Mr & Mrs cocktails (whiskey sours and pear mojitos respectively) were served with beautiful canapés. For the main menu, Nick Brody, the Head Chef at Llangoed Hall, created an absolutely amazing bespoke fine dining menu for us, and the food on the day was beyond perfect. We were especially pleased with the dessert which we named "Mekong-Taff Mess” – our version of a Vietnamese and Welsh fusion of the traditional English dessert Eton Mess. It included pieces of Welsh cake, and a tropical Mango coulis!
Our beautiful wedding cake was made by Scrumdiddly in South Wales. The wedding colours were perfectly incorporated into the cake, complete with hand sculpted sugar flowers and succulents. We opted to have a few cakes, with the main one a two-tier cake. We also had single-tier cakes in red velvet, carrot cake, lemon with poppy seed and an orange and coconut cake with fresh blueberries.” ~ Sarah
“The Gold Diggers, a New Orleans style brass quartet, played our processional (‘Pure Imagination’) and recessional (Michael Jackson's ‘Love Never Felt So Good) songs and then continued with some pop songs during the cocktail reception. For the evening, the fantastic Soul Miners, a seven-piece Welsh soul band, fulfilled their promise of a never empty dance-floor. We wish the night never ended!
During our wedding planning, we came across The Slow Motion Booth’s blog. It looked like so much fun, so we discussed this with our videographer Ben Walton who was very keen to help us set it up. This provided great evening entertainment, our guests really enjoyed taking part, and it got very messy to say the least!” ~ Sarah
What are some of your favourite moments from the day?
“Richard Patterson, our charismatic Humanist celebrant, expertly personalised the ceremony with reflections of fond memories, and entertaining audience participation (including asking our guests to say congratulations in both Welsh and Vietnamese!)
There were also a few funny mishaps, such as when Richard announced "...you may now kiss!" before Gareth and I had gotten around to exchanging rings! I then attempted to put Gareth's wedding ring on his right hand - I am still cringing!
Also, at the beginning of the ceremony, the cows in the adjacent field were quite intrigued with our brass quartet’s music, and decided to gatecrash the proceedings. We thank the cows for sticking around to witness our big day!” ~ Sarah
Some final thoughts?
“Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and we were so happy to share it with our closest friends and family. We love looking at all the lovely photos and videos of our friends and family having a great time with us.
Looking back, we found that during the wedding planning, the wealth of wedding inspiration ideas available was amazing, however we then ended up with far TOO many ideas. In hindsight, we think that we should have just focused on the absolute must-have details of the wedding; we would have had more time to relax then!
All of the details were personal to us, and as a result, some elements ended up being quite untraditional. This was fine by us, as we just had to keep reminding ourselves that it was our big day, and we could do whatever we wanted! So we did just that, and are so pleased with how everything came together.” ~ Sarah
Congratulations on your marriage, Gareth and Sarah! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Llangoed Hall, Wales, United Kingdom
Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders
Wedding Dresses: Olive Suite Bridal (solemnisation dress and veil), ASOS (evening dress)
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Groom and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Suit Supply, The Tie Bar
Groom’s Shoes: Church’s
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. (engagement ring), Carrie K. (custom wedding rings)
Hair and Makeup: Jess Mac Hair and Makeup Artist (hair) and Naomi Emmanuelle (makeup)
Flowers: Flowers by Becca Jane
Stationery: Shhh My Darling and Sophie & Alex
Illuminated Retro Letters: Aisle Hire It
Cake: Scrumdiddly Cakes
Catering: Llangoed Hall
Entertainment: Gold Diggers (day), The Soul Miners (evening) and Ben Walton Films (slow motion video booth)