Natalie + Gareth | Pencoed House Estate

We were set up by mutual friends, one of whom was our Best Man Jason, we went to his brother’s wedding party where we started talking and exchanged numbers, and then for the next few weeks, our friends Jason and Natalie kept pushing us together and on Natalie’s birthday we got together on a night out in Carmarthen.

Fast forward four years, we went on holiday to Abu Dhabi, back to the same hotel we had our first holiday together, and we also went back to for our honeymoon. Whilst walking to go for food one evening Gareth stopped got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and obviously said yes. Our parents then flew out to meet us to celebrate our engagement a few days later.

When planning the wedding, we wanted to have something different, and didn’t want our wedding to be exactly the same as everyone else’s. We looked at about 10 venues in total, and when we went to Pencoed House we just knew this was the perfect place for us, and when the day came around we know now that we definitely made the right choice. Simplicity was key for a lot of things. For Natalie making decisions is always difficult, but a lot of the wedding decisions just seemed to fall in to place. Luckily being a laid back bride still managed to get everything done, and everything seemed to go pretty smoothly. Whilst planning the wedding we had started building our own house, which meant a lot of the decisions for the wedding were made quite quickly as we had more pressing matters with the house.

From the outset Gareth said he wanted all the men in Tuxes, it worked perfectly and everything looked really classy. With flowers we wanted to keep to neutral colours, with as much white as possible, Calla lilies and orchids were first choice, after lots of hours on Pinterest we were decided. The men’s button holes and the bouquets looked incredible with these. For us the wedding was a celebration, and we wanted everyone to have a really good time. From early on we knew we wanted some sort of shots as favours, and then decided on Patron Tequila, we ended up going for a DIY version, I think there was mixed views on the tequila, but overall people enjoyed them!!

Waking up on the morning of the wedding I had never felt so sick, it was all down to nerves but I could barely bring myself to eat or drink anything. Even though I knew there was nothing I needed to be nervous about, I was just a bit overwhelmed with everything. Getting ready with the girls in the house was a good fun and lightened the nerves slightly.

After we drove away from the church, Natalie didn’t know anything about the helicopter. Gareth decided to take the wedding car for a spin, which seemed a bit ambitious!! When we started to pull in to the farm where the helicopter was going from even then I foolishly couldn’t work out what was going on, and somehow missed the helicopter in the field. The helicopter was incredible, It was an exceptional surprise, but Gareth is always full of surprises! We had the most perfect weather, I don’t quite know how we managed to pick one of the nicest days of the summer!

When we got to Pencoed House, we got to see the room set up for the first time and everything just seemed to fall in to place and had just worked like we had wanted it to.

Natalie’s Dad’s speech seemed to bring all the guests to tears, Gareth even said he’s glad he didn’t have to follow on from him. People kept coming up to us saying, I couldn’t stop crying in Mike’s speech. Luckily we had a few more light hearted speeches to follow, and Gareth, his Dad, and the two best men definitely had everyone laughing, which led us in perfectly to get the party started for the evening.

For most of the evening the dance floor was packed and drinks were flowing, which is just as we had always wanted it from the start. I think Pencoed House maybe regretted extended happy hour, they obviously did realise how much our friends and family can drink! I think the only thing we could have wished for was for it to have carried on all night.

Vendor Details

Photographer: Richard Savage Photography

Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church, Kidwelly

Reception Venue: Pencoed House Estate

Bride’s Dress: Laura May Bridal

Bride’s Headpiece: Laura May Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker

Groom’s outfit: Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters

Usher’s outfits: Crush Mens Outfitters

Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS

Cake: Zucchero Patisserie

Flowers: Sheila’s Flowers

Hair: Katie Morris Mobile Hairdressing

Makeup: Sophie Walters Beauty And Cosmetic Lounge

DJ: Chris Peach

Stationary: Michelle Wallace

Caterers: EJ Catering

Reception Decoration/Props: Sheila’s Flowers

Other: Monkey Photobooth


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