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A flower-filled garden-held wedding in Wales

A flower-filled garden-held wedding in Wales

Written by Katie Byrne

Jessica and Tamsin filled their beautiful celebration with endless, endless flowers


Jessica Sabljak, 27, a Masters student, and Tamsin Van de Weyer, 36, a retail manager, held their wedding at Tamsin’s family home in Mamhilad, south Wales.

Budget: £15,000-£20,000

Flower budget: £1,500

Photography: Rachel Lambert

We met in 2011, at the Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia. It wasn’t love at first sight but once Tamsin started dancing, there was no turning back! We live in Melbourne, so it meant a lot to Tamsin for us to get married at her family home in Wales.

As a couple, we’re both quite relaxed and we wanted this to feed into the atmosphere of the celebration. We settled on a laidback, bohemian feel for the day, which our florist really ran with when it came to the creative floral displays.

Flowers were key to creating the bohemian feel we wanted our wedding to have – and they were essential for decorating the archway and the tipi!

We used a real mix – roses, king protea, astilbe, hydrangea, snapdragons, delphiniums, ranunculus and more, as well as lots of foliage – and chose the ones we felt best complemented what the garden already had. The abundance of blooms really added to the look and feel of the celebration. They definitely contributed to the happy, joyful feel of the day.

As the ceremony and reception were both outdoors, we were a little worried about the weather. Beyond the tipi, we didn’t really have a plan B in case of rain – we were very, very lucky!

When it got darker, we adorned the trees with fairylights, which looked amazing. We also provided blankets – alongside the classic ‘to have and to hold, in case you get cold’ sign – for guests in case they started to feel chilly as the evening went on.

I wore bridal seperates from Theia. It was an elegant alternative to a traditional wedding dress and also had the bonus of being very comfortable! Tamsin wore a gorgeous gown from Daughters of Simone: it was relaxed and suited her style perfectly.

The décor was all very personal to us. My sister and her partner made our beautiful guestbook, which featured photo pages where guests could stick the Polaroid selfies they were taking.

We had a map-themed table plan as we both love travelling, and named the tables after our favourite destinations around the globe (including Iceland, where Tamsin proposed!).

We’re both Harry Potter fans, so when I found the ‘After all this time? Always’ signs on Etsy, I knew we had to include them.

For favours – and in keeping with the garden setting of the celebration – we gave our guests packets of seeds for planting after the wedding.

Our first dance song was Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, by Kylie Minogue. Originally, we weren’t going to have one at all but our guests requested the song and pushed us on to the dancefloor, so we went with it!

The dancing was one of the best parts of the reception: people really got involved! Tamsin’s group of university friends - fondly referred to as Team Bubbles due to a mutual passion for Prosecco - were the first on the dance floor and didn’t leave it until the very end.

My tip for brides-to-be: Your wedding day will come round so quickly. Instead of feeling stressed during your planning, enjoy the build-up!

Steal their style!

FLORIST: Sue Walton and friends JESSICA’S DRESS: Theia Bridal at The Bridal Atelier TAMSIN’S DRESS: Daughters of Simone from Embrace Bridal 


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