Jade & Iwan’s contemporary west coast wedding

What’s not to love about a wedding by the sea. Jade and Iwan got married at Bach Wen, near Caernarfon in North Wales.  Bach Wen is full of character; positioned on the often blustery west Wales coast.  There is a barn, holiday cottages for you and your guests, a shepherds hut and even a private beach.   Then to bring a more contemporary and special touch to the day Jade and Iwan hired a geo dome for the wedding breakfast.

Jade runs a wedding planning and hire business down the road from Ivy Pip & Rose HQ! We have worked together on a couple of projects so I was delighted when she asked me to do the flowers for her wedding.

Most important to Jade and Iwan was to celebrate their marriage with Lwsi and Elsi their two daughters, their families and friends. They also wanted their wedding day to be relaxed and unstuffy.

THE SARTORIAL ELEMENTS

Jade has an incredible sense of style and less is definitely more.   Her dress was by Willowby Watters, from The Silk Loft and was a sleeker take on a lace number, with an ivory cut patterned fabric and subtle contrasting lining.  To help combat the weather Jade teamed the dress with a cool leather jacket, for the beach photographs, and a white oversized jumper in the evening.

The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS (in the sale Jade tells me) and the flower girls dresses from Matalan.

THE FLOWERS & STYLING

Classic whites and greens were the predominant palette.  The focal flower was the ‘panda’ anemone with their strong black/navy centre.   When we started discussing the design for Jade’s wedding florals, we looked first at the bridal party.    The wedding was in March, so the perfect time ranunculus and anemones.  Hanoi ranunculus brought the palest hint of blush, along with the sky blue delphiniums giving a slightly different look for the bouquets, finished with some beautiful silk ribbons.  

For the ceremony the focus was an asymmetric arch, which Jade dressed with grey and white fabric and pillar candles.    Around this we created a relaxed style arrangement with lots of foliage and just a few ivory delphiniums.  There was also a fabulous Welcome Sign with wild style flower bed display growing from underneath it, set on perspex plinths so it looked like they were floating.

As the geo dome itself was so special,  the flowers were kept simple.  Jade sourced lots of earthy toned vases for the tables, and combined them with dinner candles and a few tea-lights. The finishing touches like the acrylic name places and ghost chairs completed a modern and stylish look.  

Then in the evening a mid-century modern bureau and typewriter were used to put cards and type your own notes. As well as a beautiful cake and mini sweet treat table by Hayleys Piped Dreams.

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

When writing these kinds of posts we tend to focus on the end result, a beautiful day after months of planning don’t consider the hiccups on the journey and when things go awry. As mentioned the weather on the coast can often be blustery! The week of the wedding there were relentless storms (much like at the moment) and this hampered preparations leading up to the wedding and putting the geo-dome up itself.

We arrived to start the floral set up late afternoon on the Friday. However, given the wind the geo-dome (which should have been ready on Thursday) was still only partially built; with the build team hunkering down from the elements inside the barn.  Thankfully the wind subsided enough, to finish the installation in the nick of time. However, Jade and Iwan then worked until midnight with their friends to get the tables and chairs in situ, and make a start on setting the tables. It really did look fabulous and the hard work paid off as you’ll see from the super pictures by Heledd Roberts. But before you do, here are Jade’s top tips…

Jade’s tips for brides to be:-

  • Jade and Iwan, did a lots of the wedding planning and DIY-ing themselves (Iwan even made the tables), however on the day Jade had a wedding coordinator. Jade said that “having Nia there on the day really helped me be a bride” and enabled her to get on with enjoying their day.
  • “Involve your future spouse in the process as much as possible, including the design process (not just budget/logistics). It’s really easy to do it all yourself, but it was lovely to come up with styling ideas together and have the day really represent us as a couple.
  • Only spend money in areas important to you. For us, it was food and styling – hopefully that showed!”
  • “Let it go! As long as you become a wife on the day, that’s the most important thing! Sometimes things do go off plan, and that’s OK. In the weeks and days before the wedding, do what you can to sort any issues but on your wedding day, let it go!

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