A look at the real wedding of Jennifer and Ceri Davies
Jennifer and Ceri met in April 2011 through mutual friends on a night out in Cardiff and immediately started discussing music and their favourite bands.
After a whirlwind romance, Ceri proposed on a chilly day in May 2012. The pair had been enjoying a relaxing day at home when Ceri suggested going out for dinner that evening. They went to a restaurant in Cardiff city centre where they enjoyed a romantic meal and ended up in a local bar for a few drinks. Before going home, the couple went for a walk down the Waterfront in Cardiff Bay, and to Jennifer’s amazement, whilst on their walk, Ceri dropped to one knee and asked Jennifer to become his wife.
Following the excitement of the proposal, Jennifer and Ceri set for their perfect wedding venue. Deciding on St Fagans, National History Museum, Cardiff, Jennifer said:
“We chose St Fagans because it felt really different from the other offer in Cardiff. We looked at a few other places initially but none of them felt special to us, all a bit generic and bland; hotels in particular felt clinical and without personality. When we walked around St Fagans I could see us having our day there. St Fagans feels hospitable, warm, friendly and unique.
“Our experience with the staff at St Fagans was wonderful. They were helpful, accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. They really helped us to create something special and watching it all come together on the day was fantastic.”
Once the couple found their perfect venue, Jennifer decided to look for her wedding dress. Jennifer had a clear image of what she wanted to wear on her big day and wanted something unique. Drawing on inspiration from designer wedding dresses and images seen in magazines and on the catwalk, Jennifer opted to have the dress made by a local dressmaker. Jennifer said:
“I knew straight away that I didn’t like anything in the shops. I wanted something simple and clean with long sleeves - something I felt wasn’t available in the shops or online. I found some images of dresses that I did like, so I took the picture to Mel Hobday, based in Cardiff, who made the dress for me. And it was perfect! I really loved the dress and it feels more special because it’s one of a kind.”
Having never attended a wedding before, Jennifer didn’t feel the need to follow traditions and wanted to opt for a day that reflected both hers and Ceri’s personalities and style - and above all wanted the day to be as relaxed as possible.
“All the music choices were personal to us and whilst there was a formal dining seating plan, Ceri and I got up between courses to speak to every table - I didn’t realise this wasn’t the done thing! But we were so nosy about what was happening on other tables and we were aware that we wouldn’t get a chance to speak to everyone otherwise!”
As for the catering on the day, Jennifer and Ceri opted for a pimms reception upon arrival, ham hock terrine with sweet apple chutney and continental leaves for starters, for mains, the couple chose chicken breast stuffed with pont gar cream wrapped in Carmarthen ham served with mash potato and seasonal vegetable with chilli and herb oil, and there was a dessert table with wedding cake, apple crumble, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate cake, and fairy cakes for the guests to enjoy.
Jennifer said: “In terms of catering we were thrilled with the choices we made, everyone commented on how lovely the food was and we were very happy with the service we received.”
Photo Credit: Rob Hudson