Ryan & Dylan

How I'm supposed to write about this wedding without crying I'll never know.

This was mine and my husband's magical day back in the Summer of 2022. Me being a creative type, I struggled to narrow down a vision for our day. Dylan didn't mind of course, he just wanted it to be special. After months of venue visits we landed at the Celtic Manor, and felt their team of co-ordinators really listened to us and we felt in safe hands. We also had guests coming from both the US and Australia so accommodation was a must. We fell in love with their Rooftop Garden Terrace. We hadn't imagined an 'outdoor' wedding but once there the entire vision for the wedding fell into place. The relaxed, informal nature of the space reminded us so much of our much cherished time living in Australia and we knew that we could throw a wedding there with a focus on bringing everyone together again for a good time. Our wedding breakfast was a barbeque - doesn't get more Aussie than that! (Except maybe had we served sausage sizzles from Bunnings.)

Once I had a vision, I was on it. Those who know me well won't be surprised to read that I had moodboards, a style guide, and every element of our wedding neatly planned and accounted for on Google Drive to easily share files with suppliers. I am THAT person.

Our wedding had a palette of neutral tones, soft pinks, greens and touches of gold. We wanted the champion the garden-vibe of the space and trusted Amanda French with our beautiful flowers, and she really did deliver. Those beautifully reflexed roses hold a very special place in my heart. Naturally, I incorporated lots of stationery, and used watercolour floral details to carry the garden theme through, from personalised welcome notes, custom wrapped macaron favour boxes, and Order of Service paddle fans to help our 120 guests survive the heatwave! The cake we kept simple and classy, a beautiful 4 tier with gold detail and the Summeriest fruity flavours.

One of our best friends Claire, is a phenomenal harpist and hearing her play had me in tears before I even stepped foot down the aisle. her and her talented husband Chris Marshall wrote the arrangement for our first dance too; 'Simply the Best' after falling in love with Schitt's Creek and feeling just a little bit like David and Patrick ourselves.

As you can probably tell, there were many very special moments and I feel so lucky that Dylan and I get to carry those memories with us forever.

The Celtic Manor Resort

Venue: Rooftop Garden Terrace at Celtic Manor Resort
Photography: Anderson Photography
Videography: Anderson Film
Flowers: Amanda French
Hair: Katie Alice
Make-Up: Nicola Anderson
Groomswear: Jaeger
Bridalwear: Maids to Measure
Stationery: Dwynwen Invitations
Cake: Wish Upon a Cupcake
Macarons: Let Them See Cake
Confetti: Petals & Roses
Harpist: Claire Jones
Band: The Groove Membership
Embroidered Handkerchief Gift: Extra Special Touch