Nadine and Nick – An Intimate Welsh Wedding
Nadine and Nick were introduced at a party in August 2014. Then, in summer 2018, Nick proposed on the top of Langland Bay Head. Two years later, the couple tied the knot at Oldwalls Gower on August 22nd 2020 with 30 guests in attendance.
As with many couples in 2020, Nadine and Nick found planning their wedding during a pandemic stressful. With weddings cancelled from March – July, the couple’s intended date of August was worrying as they didn’t know what the restrictions would be. However, Nadine and Nick made a pact to get married if they physically could. So, once they adapted to this mindset, they were excited and looked forward to the day.
The couple had a call from Oldwalls in May to see what they wanted to do, whether to stick with the date or postpone. Once they knew the wedding could go ahead, Nadine and Nick decided to go for it. The restrictions for music were lifted the day before the wedding along with the capacity for indoor receptions. So, the couple were so glad they didn’t postpone!
The day ended up being quite similar to what the couple had originally planned, just with fewer guests. They still had all their suppliers so, to them, the day didn’t feel restricted at all. Despite the disappointment of guest list restrictions, it felt more intimate and special as they got to spend more quality time with their guests and with each other.
Nadine’s parents are from Mumbles, which is a 20-minute drive to Oldwalls. So, Nadine and Nick went down to view the venue and it just stood out for them. The staff were so professional and really knew what they were talking about. The venue itself was just beautiful. While they had originally planned for a big wedding, it still suited an intimate style perfectly. There was also accommodation on site which was perfect for those who were travelling down for the wedding.
The staff made a massive difference from start to finish. They were friendly and nothing was too much hassle, everyone was so happy on the day. Nadine and Nick’s wedding was one of Oldwalls’ first weddings back after lockdown, and one of the first weddings in Wales after restrictions eased! So, it was a celebration for everyone involved!
The Fashion and Flowers
Nadine wanted to find a bridal boutique in Cardiff so she decided to try Laura May Bridal. She was looking for something fitted with lace and, while she tried a few different dresses on, Nadine fell in love instantly with the first dress at Laura May Bridal. In fact, she cried when she tried it on! The bride wore a gorgeous Martina Liana gown intricately adorned with detailed lace from the bodice to the bottom of the flowing train. She completed her look thanks to a big bridal prep team! Jody Amner created a natural and enchanting makeup look while a team from Lara Johnson Lifestyle created gorgeous looks for the bride, mother of the bride and all the bridesmaids!
The four bridesmaids wore beautiful light blue dresses with delicate silver beading. The groom wore a navy, three-piece suit with a light blue waistcoat. These outfits complimented the couple’s colour scheme for the wedding as their stationery was rose gold/silver foil and navy blue. The couple went for big bouquets, in peach and ivory, with lots of rose and foliage, with peachy coral flowers throughout the venue, all beautifully created by Eve Francesca Designs. For the buttonholes, Nadine and Nick decided on flame lilies from Zimbabwe as a link to Nick’s family.
Nadine and Nick opted for an intimate wedding ceremony. They originally planned a big wedding with 120 guests, but due to the Covid restrictions, the couple had to reduce their guest numbers down to 30. Both bride and groom were nervous in the build-up to the day, but, in the end, it was everything they could have imagined and more.
Megan Morris played the harp with beautiful Welsh songs and classical music playing throughout the day. The couple found that they couldn’t stop crying throughout the emotional day as everything turned out perfect. The ceremony was really special, knowing that their closest family and friends were there to celebrate the couple’s special moment was truly magical. For Nadine, coming down the aisle with her dad and seeing Nick, her close friends and family meant the stress from months of planning was worth it!
After the Ceremony
When the couple attended a food tasting event at Oldwalls before their wedding, they found it difficult to pick their favourite food as it was all outstanding! In the end, they decided on a Goats cheese salad to start, followed by Welsh Lamb or hake for the main, and crème brulee or caramelised pear tart for dessert. Then, they had a two-tiered cake from Cake Cwtch, consisting of lemon sponge with curd and buttercream. They also had cake pops and cupcakes!
Initially, Nadine and Nick had booked a band but they weren’t able to play due to COVID restrictions. So, they decided to have a solo singer with a guitar, Lloyd Jerwood, which went down a storm with both the newlyweds and their guests. The couple danced to High by Lighthouse Family out by the lake for their first dance, creating a magical moment. Nadine and Nick also had a magician, Adam J Reeves Magic, also known as the Wedding Wizard, who brought a fantastic atmosphere with his amazing talent.
Finally, the newlyweds went to Rhossili with their photographer, Catherine and Angharad Photography, which was a lovely private moment for the two of them. Nadine and Nick found themselves both overwhelmed with emotions as they were thankful to have the support from their suppliers and venue need to pull off the most magical wedding day, despite everything going on with the pandemic.
- Venue: Oldwalls Gower
- Dress: Laura May Bridal
- Harpist: Megan Morris
- Photographer: Catherine and Angharad Photography
- Florist: Eve Francesca Designs
- Hair: Lara Johnson Lifestyle
- Makeup: Jody Amner
- Cake: Cake Cwtch
- Musician: Lloyd Jerwood
- Magician: Adam J Reeves Magic