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Once upon a time

Posted by Melissa Barker on 12 January 2022

Zoe and Dan met on Bonfire Night in 2004. "A friend of mine asked Dan for his number," says Zoe. "Dan shouted asking for a pen and paper as everyone was leaving, and a lady handed it to him and said 'invite me to the wedding.' We didn't contact each other for nearly a year, but we've been inseparable ever since."


Dan proposed on Valentine's Day in 2018. "I wanted to get married before I was 30, so I told Dan he needed to pop the question soon," laughs the bride. "He asked me to be his wife while we were in bed with our three kids."

Horse and carriage "I wanted a princess-themed wedding, and Hensol Castle was the perfect setting," shares Zoe. "It had everything we wanted, and we fell in love as soon as we saw it."
The couple gave their guests wax melts as favours. “My friend made them,” recalls the bride. “The men also had sample perfume, and my mum baked chocolate, lemon and plain Welsh cakes that went down a treat.”

Walking down the aisle To decorate the space, Zoe and Dan chose blossom trees. "I saw them at a wedding fair at the castle and loved them," adds Zoe. "We placed pink and ivory centrepieces on glass plates to match our theme. For our tables, we sat our guests with people that they were comfortable with. Our table plan was displayed on a mirror that we decorated ourselves during lockdown."

Cake display

"It was only right to have a horse-drawn carriage at a fairytale-themed wedding," laughs the bride. "Kilvey Carriages took me to the castle, and the boys went in a Bentley."

Horse-drawn carriage

The cake was made by Dan's family friend. "We left it all to her, and she made an amazing design with lights and a carriage," says Zoe. "We didn't see it until we were married, and it was out of this world. The rest of the food was lovely, and when we had our tasting, we instantly agreed that it was something everyone would love."

Just married "I wore a Ronald Joyce dress from All About Eve Bridal Ltd," shares the bride. "I bought it off the rail and accessorised with pearl earrings, a veil and beautiful shoes."

Walking to reception Dan and the groomsmen opted for silver waistcoats, top hats and tails from Dyfed Menswear.

Bride's fairytale gown
Dove release

Bridesmaids and newlyweds The bridesmaids purchased long chiffon dresses with short sleeves at Ruckleys.

Reception room "We wanted something that would keep everyone entertained, so we hired Luke Close-up Magician to perform between the ceremony and breakfast," recalls Zoe. "Caricaturist Picasso Griffiths then did drawings of everyone between the meal and reception. We also had a bouncy castle for the kids, plenty of sweets, a chocolate fountain, popcorn, candy floss and fireworks in the evening."

Couple pose on jetty
Bride's gown

Couple sat on tree "We loved every minute of the day, and everything was perfect," says the bride. "We had so much fun on the bouncy castle, so much so, my dress ripped! We also did the Macarena and Conga on chairs and loved watching the fireworks."

Couple and veil
Bride stands on jetty

Black and white "Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we didn't go away as planned," explains Zoe. "We did manage to spend the weekend together as a family, which was lovely."

Zoe and Dan's contact book

Bride's dress

Bridesmaids' dresses

Cake

Caricaturist

Picasso Griffiths
www.picassogriffiths.com

Entertainment

Groom's suit

Dyfed Menswear
www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk

Hair stylist

Magician

Luke Close-up Magician
www.lukecloseupmagician.com

Make-up artist

Photographer

Styling

Sweet Brothers Events
www.sweetbrothers.events

Transport

Kilvey Carriages
www.kilveycarriagehouse.com

Venue

Hensol Castle
www.hensolcastle.com
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