The team at the Beaches Hotel in North Wales provided their usual warm welcome to Natalie, who looked amazing for the getting ready photographs. Some lovely touches were evident - we especially liked the personalised dress hangers. The use of Scrabble tiles throughout the day was a brilliant idea and really complemented the bohemian chic styling. The flowers were stunning throughout the day: the mixture of dusky pink and white went so well with the hessian and log roll styling in the main room and really helped give the whole day a lovely coherent feel.
A trio of vintage Rolls Royces delivered everybody in the main party to the beautiful St Melyd's church, where a triplet of male voice singers blasted out some contemporary songs in a traditional church style. The big voices in the small church sounded awesome and, I bet, did little to settle Dean's nerves.
The ushers looked brilliant in grey tweed and mustard bow ties and braces and they did a brilliant job in helping to make the day run smoothly. Dean's nerves were soon settled; once Natalie entered the smile on his face was amazing: bursting with pride, genuine love showing on every muscle in his face.
Back at The Beaches, courtesy of the Rollers, the guests were treated to drinks and canapes and then escorted upstairs to the patio for more drinks. The sun was trying desperately to come out and so we took advantage of the nice light to get the formal family shots done. The speeches were brilliant, just the right length and sentiments expressed with sincerity. After the meal the patio games proved a real hit and, punctuated with cigars and Buckfast wine, spirits were really running high.
There was time for some quick posed photographs during the cutting of the cake, which was a work of art! The stunning naked cake with matching flowers made an amazing centre piece. After the cake there was a lovely first dance which saw the kids join Mum and Dad, before Natalie's dad took over and danced with the new bride - which all the guests loved.
In the evening the band came on, and I have to say they were pretty awesome. They did two full sets and there was even a guest singer, Dean Binnsy, who really blew the crowd away.
The final shots of the day were saved for the single most competitive game of Jenga ever - to be fair I think there was £20 on it! Natalie's dad was the winner but he was pushed right to the wire before the blocks all tumbled down.
All in all it was an amazing day - so glad we were part of it.