October 19th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
The Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait provides the stunning and dramatic backdrop to the beautiful real wedding that we’re sharing with you on the blog today.
After a 12-month engagement, Vicky and Richard tied the knot on Easter Sunday in the picturesque Grade II-listed Chateau Rhianfa in North Wales.
Complete with striking turrets, exquisite grounds and stunning views of Snowdonia, we can see why the couple fell in love with this enchanting venue.
Newly sprung daffodils and white roses added a springtime-inspired splash of colour to the wedding, and as a lovely nod to Easter, guests were even treated to a little chocolate.
With images by Andrew Keher Photography.
vicky says: We got engaged on 7th March 2015. Richard took me away for a surprise weekend and proposed to me at Conwy on the north coast of Wales, overlooking the water. Shortly after his proposal, he took me to The Quay Hotel & Spa, where he had pre-booked lots of pampering treatments!
We got married the following year on 27th March 2016. There was limited availability at our chosen wedding venue, Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey, North Wales. The Easter weekend was free though, so we chose Easter Sunday as our wedding day.
While on holiday in North Wales the previous summer, we called into Chateau Rhianfa on our way home and fell in love with it straight away. It was actually a venue Richard had considered for the proposal, too!
We had a non-religious civil ceremony at Chateau Rhianfa and chose a yellow and grey colour scheme. Yellow to symbolise spring and Easter, with the grey complementing this beautifully.
We had an Easter theme, too. For our wedding favours we filled jars with mini eggs and attached a Welsh love spoon pewter keyring. As for the flowers, we chose yellow daffodils – a traditional Welsh flower which also ties in with Easter and spring – and white roses, as we are both from Yorkshire, which were supplied by Acacia Flowers in North Wales.
My wedding dress was a fairly simple design by Justin Alexander, purchased from The Bridal Path in Childwall, Liverpool. It had decorative diamanté detailing around the waistline, across my chest and the top of my back. Richard, meanwhile, wore a three-piece charcoal grey suit from Ted Baker.
As for the best man and ushers, they all wore three-piece grey suits and yellow cravats from Burton Menswear. Our pageboy was also in grey with a yellow bow tie – we purchased his outfit from Jasper Conran in Debenhams.
Andrew Keher was our photographer – and he was fantastic! He was great on the day and kept everyone calm and relaxed; we didn’t know he was there half the time! He’s provided us with some fantastic pictures to look back on.
For the wedding reception décor we hung wooden hearts around the room on yellow and grey ribbons. I created our table plan, table numbers and wedding favours.
We decided on a four-tier cake from Oh Crumbs in Wakefield, consisting of two fruit cake tiers, one Victoria sponge and a carrot cake. It was beautifully iced and decorated with sugar daffodils and white roses.
As for the wedding breakfast, our guests could choose from Anglesey asparagus or salmon fishcakes for starters; followed by either Welsh rump lamb or Pumpkin ravioli, with chocolate pave or blackcurrant crumble for dessert.
Entertainment included Simon Brown, aka Singing Piano Man, who played and sang before the ceremony, at the wedding reception itself and during the wedding breakfast. We also hired a band called Baker Wicked who played in the evening. They sang a diverse range of songs and didn’t stick to one genre.
Instead of a photo booth, we bought our own props and a big photo frame printed with our names and the date of our wedding – our guests loved it. We also had sparklers for our guests, which they held up while we walked through for some fun photos.
Our choice of venue for the wedding was perfect and we’d recommend it to other couples. It had such a relaxed feel, gorgeous views and friendly staff. It was great to stay at the venue the night before too and have everything under one roof.
For our honeymoon we went to Morocco. We stayed in a resort with a spa – it was so lovely and relaxing.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – make as many things for the wedding as you can yourselves as it makes the day more personal.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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