“Rich and I first met in October 2008 under the bright lights of Wind Street in Monkey Bar. I had just had my 19th birthday and Rich had just turned 21. We had a few mutual friends and we knew a few of the same people, however our paths had never crossed. The rest is history, with a little bit of help from Facebook messenger…”
“We bought our first house together in October 2013, in a small village near where I am from. It was an old house that needed a ton of work done to it. We decided to completely renovate the house and build an extension on the back. The building took way longer than I expected and we eventually moved in 2 years later. On the night that we moved in, amongst the nags, boxes and piles of clothes he asked me to marry him with the most beautiful and perfect ring I could have ever imagined. It really did make the 2 years wait worth it and made the first night in our first and brand new home even more special.”
Planning the wedding
“It was important to Rich that we had a small and intimate wedding with our closest family and friends. He doesn’t like fuss (unlike me) and he really wanted just a low key wedding. I love the Autumn, its my favourite time of year and I had my heart set on an Autumn wedding. This proved difficult with setting a date. Rich is with the Scarlets and I am a teacher. Since October is in the rugby season, we couldn’t get married on the weekend due to games being played and our
time off never matches.
Me, my mam and nan went to every wedding fayre and looked at a few wedding venues. Everywhere was lovely, but we all agrees there was something different about Ocean View. We had an appointment with Lynne and we loved everything about the place. The oak décor was perfect for my autumnal vision ad the views were breath taking. Lynne was very accommodating, helpful and everything was very personal. I left the meeting with a date. the deposit was paid and we didn’t look back.
The wedding planning was great and relatively easy as I knew most of what I wanted I definitely surprised myself, my friends and family about how laid back I was throughout the planning stage. I became more of a “bride chiller” then a “bridezilla”.
I planned the whole wedding without Rich, he was more than happy to let me, my mam and nan crack on with everything. The first time he saw everything (including the venue) was when he turned up on the day!! Lynne used to joke about whether Rich even existed as nobody saw him. My mother and grandmother were instrumental in the planning, they really were amazing. I couldn’t have planned it without them – they were my wing women and the three of us made the best team and took care of it all.
Throughout the planning process, Pinterest was my best friends as there are some really amazing ideas on there. The theme I went for was bohemian glam. I had lots of candles, silver mercury glass, fairy lights, photo frames, chalkboards and even pumpkins. I wanted Autumnal colours so I went with deep shades of pinks and berry tones against silver, ivory and blush.”
“My mother and grandmother made all of my stationery and they did the most amazing job. We spent hours printing, cutting and sticking. My mother had very late nights trying to get it all done in time! “
Hair and makeup
“My very good friend Rachel did my hair. She is super talented and there wasn’t anyone else I would have had to do my hair. She also did my bridesmaids and flower girls and they all looked amazing. She came down to the cottage the morning of the wedding and it was great having her there to get ready with us all.”
“The one and only Farhana Ali – who else would I have had? Before I even got engaged, id spend hours stalking – I mean scrolling – through her social media pages, hoping that someday I would be lucky enough to have her for my big day. Her work is phenomenal and I felt incredibly lucky that I had managed to book her.”
“I bought my dress from Allison Jayne. I found the dress online and Allison managed to get it in store for me. I also bought my veil and belt from here.”
“My florist was Sarah from Blooming Bells. She was amazing and this was definitely my favourite part of the planning process. She was very patient with me whilst I changed my mind every two hours (I am very indecisive). In the end she did her thing from the brief I gave her (`boho glam` with big blooms, eucalyptus leaves, autumnal colours and no gyp!!) The flowers were phenomenal and exceeded all of my expectations. She even made me silver pumpkins as we got married a few days before Halloween. Everybody commented on how beautiful my flowers were.”
“I know everyone says this, and it does sound rather cliché, but enjoy it!! Looking back I wish I had taken the time to enjoy the planning more. It really does go way too fast and I had the post wedding blues – they definitely do exist.
Don’t stress over the little things. Remember what is important – you are marrying the love of your life! Ultimately the dresses, cake, flowers, accessories etc will have no bearing on the success of your marriage, so don’t sweat the little things.
Another tip I would give is you cannot make everyone happy, so don’t try to. Remember its your day and its about the two of you and hopefully you will only have one chance to do it – be selfish (within reason). People will, no matter how we;;-intentioned, will undoubtedly give their advice, opinion, and even objections to your decisions and its easy to get caught up in it. Ensure every choice is yours alone. Keep your focus on what matters to you both the most.”