Sara & Alex | Romantic Castle Wedding in Wales

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Today’s wedding takes us to a castle in Wales! How romantic is that?! With a stunning backdrop and timeless photos from Depict Photography, I know you’re going to love this one…

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The bride shares a bit about the choice of venue: “We chose to be married in the castle ruins on the hill above the house I grew up in. I had played there as a child and the setting is stunning, overlooking the Welsh countryside. We then held the reception in the garden of my parent’s house which is a short walk from the castle through a wooded pathway. Because we met at the age of 13, my husband, Alex, was also attached to the house. My two sisters had their weddings in the garden as well and so the tradition could not be broken.”

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All of the ladies carried bouquets of baby’s breath, with the addition of roses to the bride’s.

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I asked the bride if they included any traditions in their wedding: “We didn’t stick entirely with tradition. For example, we had no top table; I also forgot to throw my bouquet and Alex did not want a first dance. But much of the wedding was traditional and we did not see each other on the morning of the wedding and my father walked me down the aisle in the castle ruins.”

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“A home wedding meant a serious amount of organization,” says the bride. “From the generator to decorations, everything had to be done by us. We created a picnic theme with hundreds of paper lanterns floating from above. This involved hoisting a huge net up to the ceiling of the marquee from which to hang the lanterns. All our friends and family came to the house to help set up in the days and weeks before the wedding. It really was a team effort which made it all the more special.”

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to be very informal and relaxed. That was the most important element to the wedding planning. We wanted it to be fun and homely which prompted a picnic themed wedding breakfast with a buffet style dessert table and fish and chips served at midnight.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite part of the wedding was the speeches. I have not laughed so much. I was also blown away by the effort made by our friends and family in the run up to the wedding and on the day. Walking down the aisle and seeing all our nearest and dearest there to share our day was the best feeling in the world.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every minute of your day. Ask your bridesmaids to every so often keep an eye on your glass in case you need refills of champagne because you don’t have time to get your own drinks and also let your guests come to you as you will spend so much time trying to speak to everyone.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Spend money on a good photographer. The photographs are a constant reminder of how beautiful and special your day was.

Vendor Credits

Photography: Depict Photography / Venue: Usk Castle, Plas Newydd in Usk, Wales, United Kingdom / Dress: Shanna Melville / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Earrings: Basia Zarzycka / Hair Flower: Legeron / Suit, Tie: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Karen Millen / Floral Design: Floralia Flowers of Caerleon / Music: Bluesy Susie / Catering: EJ Catering / Cake: groom's sister / Officiant: Registrar from Monmouthshire Registry Office


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