Sarah and Gareth tied the knot in a flower-filled celebration - starring a handmade floral arch!
Sarah Tran, 30, a client relationship manager, and Gareth Wilce, 34, a regulatory capital manager, 34, held both their ceremony and reception at Llangoed Hall, in Brecon, Wales.
Gareth and I used to work for the same company in London. My manager thought we’d be a good match, introduced us over e-mail and we met up a few days later. And now we live in Singapore together!
We had our first date on 17 March and since then, we always have a date on the 17th of each month. Gareth had arranged an “art jamming’ session, as we were both keen painters at school. A staff member painted our portrait before revealing a canvas that said “Babe, will you marry me?” I turned to find Gareth on bended knee with a ring!
Our theme was luxury country garden, with a colour scheme of mint green, ivory, blush, copper and rose gold. Both of us wanted to get married in the Welsh countryside as that is where we grew up.
For our flowers we used pastel and neutral shades of David Austin roses, avalanche and amnesia roses. We created texture by adding a variety of wild flowers, succulents, waxflowers and brunia – some of which were spray painted copper to reflect the wedding colour scheme.
Flowers were extremely important to us. With our country garden wedding theme, we definitely wanted as many florals as possible within budget, and we worked really closely with our florist, Flowers by Becca Jane. They ensured that the flowers were consistent and flowed throughout the day.
My brother built a wooden arch and our florist styled it beautifully with hydrangea plants, urns, pillars, trees, wooden crates and logs. We saved money by having potted plants instead of everything being cut flowers.
The wedding breakfast continued the garden feel, where our long tables had moss table runners, decorated with hundreds of small glass and copper vases of flowers and mini potted succulents.
As we were in Wales, our favours were mini bottles of Penderyn Welsh whiskey and gin. London is special to us too, and we love chocolate, so we also gave Fortnum & Mason mint chocolate squares. We had a specially-created dessert which we named “Mekong-Taff Mess”.
We worked closely with the head chef at our venue who created a Vietnamese and Welsh fusion style of Eton Mess. It included pieces of toasted Welsh cake, sugared flower petals and a tropical Mango coulis.
The dance floor was lit with 4ft high retro illuminated initials of our surnames, which was our way of saying that the day wasn’t just about us getting married, but also about our two families coming together. We were the first ones on the dancefloor (our first dance was Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship) and we were also the last ones off. We didn’t want the night to end, but finally went to bed at 1am.
One of our favourite moments was when we had 10 minutes of quiet time together, just us two. It was amazing to realise we were actually married!
My tip for brides-to-be: Delegate as much as possible to friends and family. Try to not get overwhelmed with details, just focus on the absolute must-haves.
Steal their style!