A Hogwarts-style hall for a wedding day filled with music and poetry, oozing romance at every turn. We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling inspired by this Scottish-Welsh celebration…
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Gradual attraction. We met at our mutual friends’ barbeque in Oxford in August 2011. We’d actually both been guests at the same friends’ wedding the year before, but hadn’t met until then. Lots of trips to London and Swansea followed, and Rhyd moved to London about a year later.
HOW WAS THE QUESTION POPPED?
On Christmas Day 2012, on the banks of the River Dee in Louise’s home city of Aberdeen. Rhyd’s plan to propose at a nearby park was scuppered when he realised it was undergoing refurbishment and full of tractors and dug-up land! We sat on a park bench and I spotted the ring box coming out before he had a chance to get down on one knee! When we went back to my mum’s house, I asked her if she “had a nice hat”. It took her a while what to figure out what we were speaking about – it was so cold in Aberdeen, she thought I meant I wanted to borrow a hat to go out in!
No particular theme, just very “us”. As Rhyd is a trumpet player, we knew from the beginning that music would play a huge part in the wedding. Four of his friends played the trumpet as I walked down the aisle, during the hyms and when we walked back down it. Rhyd arranged all the fanfares and descants. Later in the evening, Rhyd himself got up and played the trumpet with the band.
I graduated with an English degree from Aberdeen University, and working as a journalist, words and poetry are very close to my heart. I knew I wanted some quotes on the tables, so prepared lots of Scottish and Welsh ones, which we put in simple, silver frames. I also broke from tradition and spoke during the speeches something I would definitely recommend more brides doing! My auntie and one of Rhyd’s friends both did readings during the wedding – Roger McGough’s Vow and I’ll Walk Beside You by Edward Lockton. I was already emotional walking down the aisle, and there were more tears when we heard those!
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
Louise: My two lovely grandmothers, both of whom I was lucky enough to have at our wedding joked that they were my something old! Something new was the necklace my mum gave me and I had a blue garter. I also had a lucky sixpence on the bottom of my shoe. And Rhyd wore his grandfather’s watch.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION? ?
A bit of both – a traditional church service and reception – but as I mentioned, I spoke during the reception.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
Nothing dramatic! Dancing during our ceilidh in my wedding dress was a bit more difficult than I’d anticipated! Actually, what was unexpected in a wonderful way was the fantastic photo Donna took of us a bit later in the evening, when the rain came down! Our silhouettes with raindrops. See – rain isn’t always bad at weddings!
Ultimately, there will always be things that don’t go to plan – both on the day itself and in the weeks leading up to it. What’s most important is that you have your day and the people that you love helping you celebrate it. That’s what really matters.
BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
Just the number of guests who said they had a really wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think lots of them liked our reception venue with the candles – one guest compared it to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts!
Honeymoon or Mini Moon?
Two-week honeymoon in Mauritius. Snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, walking with lions, as well as time to relax! Sheer bliss.
CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY… NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS… ?
Happy. Fun. Perfect!
Personal highlight of your wedding?
Our favourite part of the whole day had to be the service- saying our vows was such a special moment and we enjoyed every minute.
Although we both live in London, I’m originally from Aberdeen and studied at the university. Also, I have so many dear family and friends in the city, I knew it had to be Bonnie Scotland. Rhyd is Welsh but studied at Oxford, and our setting reminded him of his university. So it was actually an easy decision!
Favourite thing about being hitched?
The warmth and love we felt on our wedding day from our family and friends was overwhelming. Many had travelled from Wales, England, and further afield. Knowing that we’ll always be there for each other, and looking forward to all the things we’ll share in the future as man and wife. Affirming our love for each other. And the laughing. There’s always lots of laughter!
I love that Louise spoke at her wedding. Brides-to-be, any of you planning a speech? Alie x