Hazel and Mike – September 1st 2018
Oldwalls Gower Wedding
I was extremely delighted after meeting with Hazel & Mike that they then chose me to photograph their stunning wedding day at oldwalls . Hazel and mike are such a wonderful couple and their love for each other was clear for all to see. I had the best time capturing and creating gorgeous images on their wedding day and working alongside Simon & Dave of ‘We Create’ videographers.
I have spoken to Hazel and Mike since their wedding to find out how they felt planning their wedding. And how they felt on the day and after. Below are just a few images that tell their story.
What was your inspiration for your wedding?
At first the inspiration was going to be based on Italy as we got engaged in Sorrento. So we were going to have yellow as the main colour to represent the lemons grown there and a possible lemon table arrangement and have a vintage relaxed affair with pizza as the evening food. However, it all changed when I found THE dress… and THE dress is pink. The dress dictated the theme of the wedding from that moment. The colour scheme changed from grey and yellow to grey and pink and as the style of the dress is very fairytale and whimsical this look was carried on through the whole wedding-from the flowers used to the tails on Mikes suit.
How did you find the planning? fun, stressful, or a mixture!?
We went through a mixture of emotions throughout the planning of the wedding. We planned the wedding in 9 months from the moment we got engaged which had its pros and cons. The pros were that we didn’t have time to get too carried away with the little things or spend more than we wanted as once we had sorted the main things we just about had enough time to do a few finer details and not obsess about things we hadn’t got. The cons about planning it in under a year was that we had limited dates to choose from and then found it harder to find the services to fit the date- this was a little stressful. Once we had found the main things which we felt were important (the venue, the photographer, the videographer, the band, the dress and bridesmaid dresses) we could relax and enjoy doing the home made touches and sourcing the rest. Planning a wedding certainly was a mix of highs and lows, busy times and lulls, but we look back at the process and are proud at what we achieved to create the perfect day for us.
On the day how did you feel?
Hazel – Once I walked up the aisle and saw Michael I could not stop smiling! The smile didn’t leave my face all day! I was just full of love for not only Mike but my friends and family around us. It was a truly happy and magical day for us.
Mike – I felt quite calm as we were in good hands with the venue, the photographer and the videographer. We trusted that they would do a great job and they did! This allowed us to relax and just enjoy the day. I was a bit nervous on the morning, but good nerves which then went away as soon as I saw Hazel walking up the aisle. The rest of the day I felt so happy-it was lovely to spend the day with everyone we love.
Best moments were a mix really.The funniest best moments were when I got stuck walking up the aisle because my dress was too big and also me forgetting my vows- it just made me laugh so much at how clumsy I am.The most romantic moment was our first dance, we were dancing on cloud nine to our song (Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer) that we heard in Sorrento shortly after getting engaged.
However my absolute favourite and most precious moments was when my nan read a poem at the ceremony and delievered it with such heart that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. And my grandad delivered an amazing speech which was heartfelt in places and hilarious in others. He even had everyone singing ‘What a wonderful world’. To have both my grandparents play a part in our big day was incrediblely special to us. I am very lucky to share it with them and to have that memory of them is the best moment for me.
How you feel looking back?
I look back on the day with pride in what we achieved- we brought all our family and friends together and that was the most important thing. To share that happy moment in time with everyone was awesome.
Everyone on the lead up was saying that the day will go past in a blink of an eye so I made the concious effort to absorb everything. After the wedding I could remember the day in such detail but as time moves on my memories are fading which is why I am so happy I hired a fantastic photographer and videographer (We Create) to relive the day.
Venue – Oldwalls Gower https://www.oldwallsgower.com
Videographer – We Create http://wearewecreate.com/wedding#wedding-cinema
Wedding dress – Jasmine Rose http://www.jasminerosebridalstudio.co.uk
Suits – Dyfed Menswear http://www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses http://www.asos.com
Cake – Bella cakes http://www.facebook.com/bespokebellacakes/
Flowers (Flowers including floral arch display, lanterns and vases) Bluebell and Rose www.facebook.com/bluebellandroseflowers/
Make up – Laura Batchelder http://www.instgram.com/lb_bridalmua
Hair – Lehanne Reed,Tonic Hair design http://www.instgram.com/tonic_hairdesign
Photography – Sian Owen Photography http://www.sian-owen.co.uk