Wed 9th Mar, 2011
David and Elizabeth were married on 25 September last year at Canada Lake and Lodge, Creigiau and joined by 110 guests.
David and Elizabeth are both doctors and met in their first year of university, quickly becoming good friends. They began dating in their second year and the rest is history...
"We were away at my grandfather’s caravan in West Wales. Dave took me for a walk on the beach and asked me to turn around. He wrote “Will you marry me” in the sand before getting down on one knee with my gorgeous engagement ring.
We wanted our wedding to be a day to remember as we knew it was the biggest party we would ever have. As neither of us are religious we decided on a civil ceremony. We chose Canada Lodge due to it’s stunning setting. The simplicity of the lodge also gave us a blank canvas to create our ideal venue. I wanted the wedding to have a classic/vintage feel so the wedding would look timeless."
They chose Oliver and Ruth to capture their big day. Who, I have to say, did so absolutely beautifully. "The photographs were an extremely important part of the wedding and we knew we wanted the reportage style that Oliver and Ruth offered. Throughout the day they were unobtrusive and made both ourselves and guests feel at ease. We were absolutely delighted with the photos and have received many compliments."
The Ebury Collection wedding blog. Photography copyright 2011 Oliver and Ruth Photographers
"My dress was the classic Papillon by Jenny Packham - I instantly loved the cut and the intricate embellishment. It was completely different to any other dress I had seen."
"I didn’t have any particular colour in mind for the bridesmaid dresses so we spent an afternoon in Coast by appointment trying on a number of dresses. I wanted a dress that suited all my bridesmaids and that they felt comfortable in. We finally decided on ivory “prom-style” dresses with black sashes. This then gave me the colour scheme - we used black ribbon around the invites with a diamond buckle trim (in keeping with my dress) and black chair ties, this was carried through to the table plan and table decorations."
Dave and the ushers/best men wore kilts (Dave was born in Scotland) with black bow ties.
"I wanted the flowers to be colourful and loved the antique look of the old dutch and avalanche roses for the bouquets, adding hydrangeas for the tables."
"We made our own invites, table plans and menus using material from confetti, our table flowers were in Ikea plant pots and my aunt kindly made our favours - Welshcakes."
"We decided on a Ceilidh band as we felt it was a great way to get everyone dancing, this was then followed by a disco - the dance floor was full all night and we had so much fun!"
Your favourite bits and any extra special moments…
Dave: "Liz walking down the aisle, my brothers’ speech and the Ceildh dancing."
Liz: "The whole day was amazing. Everyone stood around us in a circle singing Loch Lomond at the end of the night was something I will never forget!"
Supplier info (UK):
Flowers: Ring ‘O’ Roses, Risca, South Wales
Photographer: Oliver Jones, Cardiff
Caterers: Strawberry Fields Catering, Bath
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast
Groom’s suit: Slaters
Transport: Happy days cars, Cardiff
Cake: Marks and Spencers
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