Swyn and Liam’s, relaxed summer wedding

Since moving from London to Wales a few years back, my work frequently takes me back to the smoke, to Chester and Liverpool. Swyn was my first local bride to work with, living on the Llyn Peninsula and for that reason her wedding was special to me.  Swyn and Liam got married in August, and had a relaxed, botanical outside wedding at Tower Hill Barns, near Llangollen.

For Swyn and her family their first language is Welsh.  Unfortunately my Welsh is limited to my school days, but I certainly understood that she did not want anything ‘hen fashion’ (old fashioned) and their wedding was certainly not old fashioned – with a botanical style and copper elements.

It was a relaxed mid-week ceremony; past the flower meadow and under a disused railway arch at Tower Hill Barns.

Swyn’s dress was an elegant ivory sheath dress with a copper belt from Charlie Brear, topped off with a classic lace trimmed veil. The bridesmaids, picked their own knee length white dresses.

Swyn’s sister runs Magnetig Designs and the stationery, had olive branches and copper foiling. All these details helped set the tone for the flowers… lots of greens; olive, eucalyptus and pittsoporum with beautiful summer peonies (yes, we were still able to get them in August), garden roses, scabiosa, veronica and wax-flower.

Swyn was without a doubt the most relaxed bride I have worked with.  We had a couple of meetings and exchanged a couple of emails and that was about it.  When I asked about small details about flowers she said she trusted me, and left me to get on with it which is the biggest compliment.  The bouquets were relaxed,  informal with lots of movement and not too done.  For a flower crown Swyn was worried about it being too much, so we opted for a simple wax flower crown.

The design process is an interesting one, although being relaxed Swyn had a clear idea of what she liked, using simple decor and one stand out element. Like the beautiful Kate Cullen trailing ribbons for her bouquet and the copper wire used on the buttonholes.

For the reception; simple foliage garlands, with the odd bud vase and a piece of olive at each setting.  We also strung some foliage across the barn for a extra special touch – ready for their steak and chips wedding breakfast.

Top tips… the backdrop we created for the ceremony, was re-used on the cake table later.  Also to eeek out the budget Nia, Swyn’s Mum had sprayed tin cans copper and bought some additional flower which they filled with flowers to decorate the outside areas.  I will be doing a DIY flowers post shortly so keep an eye out.

While I can ramble on, just have a look at the light filled pictures below, captured by Tash of LoveLuella.

Colours: white and muted greens;

Style: relaxed botanical.

Flowers: peonies, o’hara roses, wax flower and veronica.