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Wedding at St. Donat's Castle

Sian and Rhys - September 10th, 2011 - St. Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Donats Castle Wedding

Our wedding took place on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at Saint Donat's Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. We used the Bradenstoke Hall of which parts date back to circa 1300. Also known as Atlantic College in the Bradenstoke Hall, the church used was St Donat's. Our theme was a rustic beach inspired idea with lots of hessian, driftwood and a surfboard guestbook. Our flowers were lilies, ranunculus and peonies and our colour scheme was browns and creams with my bouquet and my with only hints of pink. The guests place cards were driftwood 'pebbles' and the cake bases were wooden. My father in law crafted a sweet cart for the sweet buffet and we painted one of our old surfboards for the guestbook...

Donats Castle Wedding

I am a huge fan of real, scented flowers. I always have a vase or two of fresh flowers in the home and I had aspirations of a large spray bouquet from a local florists. However, after visiting several florists I became disenchanted with the idea, given the expense of the flowers and the urgency in which I was asked to finalise my order as there were so many other weddings at the same time...

Donats Castle Wedding

I had previously dismissed artificial flowers and by chance (whilst looking for florists on Google) I saw a link for Silk Blooms and clicked on it. The photographs were professional, the website easy to get around and I decided to give them a call. I think we had two phone calls in total and several email communications and straight away my ideas were incorporated into a spray bouquet of my favourite flowers and I was given hints about what other flowers would look good in that arrangement...

Rose Wedding Buttonholes

I was able to take ideas from previous bouquets they had made to make my own design and despite the short time span (only three weeks before my big day!) I was sent a photograph of the bouquets and buttonholes later that very same day. I received the flowers in good time ahead of the day with all the handles wrapped with my chosen theme - hessian and lace at no extra cost...


Rustic Bridal Bouquet

I don't think I even considered the advantages of having silk flowers over fresh flowers until I had actually bought them. There is the obvious advantage that they will not die and they will preserve our happy memories for many years. There's also the fact that nothing ever works out exactly as you planned! Ten days before the big day, I was contacted by the bridal shop whom I'd ordered my dress from to tell me that the dress wasn't going to be made in time for my wedding. I'd picked out specific colours for the bouquet to compliment the dress which was a honey-pink colour. You can imagine my mood!


Wedding Venue Decor

I was recommended a bridal shop who had just had sample dresses delivered and I was able to bring my newly delivered bouquet with me to make sure the dress and flowers matched. This was another huge plus point for artificial flowers. The ladies in the bridal shop were impressed by the spray and recommended a flower headpiece to go with the outfit too! The corsages were a huge hit with my mother and mother-in-law as they were fastened with strong magnets and not safety pins. My husband and his friends have used their buttonholes for other weddings which we have been guests at too...

Lily and Rose Wedding Flowers

I think everyone who took hold of the bouquets were surprised they were artificial. Recently, when decorating the nursery for my daughter, my grandmother-in-law was surprised to see my bouquet as she had always assumed the flowers had been real! My photographer was concerned that I hadn't placed them in water when she arrived at our hotel and my Dad was worried that the lily pollen may stain my dress! They were just exactly like the real thing...

Castle Wedding Venue

Price wise, taking into consideration all of the above, there really is no comparison. I believe I spent under £200.00 for my bouquet, two bridesmaids bouquets, two corsages and six buttonholes! I had been quoted £200.00 for the three bouquets of fresh flowers alone from one florist...

Donats Castle Wedding Venue

My bouquet is now hanging proudly in my newborn daughter's nursery and it will feature in my home decor for some time! It's a lovely reminder of our day and the style will stay in fashion for a good while I believe. Both bridesmaids were given theirs as a gift and they tell me that they are both sitting pride of place on their bedroom windows! One comment was that it doesn't seem to gather dust, unlike her other trinkets. As I mentioned, the buttonholes have been reused and also the corsages.

Bride and Groom Wedding Photo

Sian's photographer was Angharad from www.gwenterphotography.co.uk. Her dress (not as planned but worked out OK) was from Pleser Bridal in Pontarddulais, www.pleser.co.uk and was designed by Enzoani Frieda. The men's suits were from Dyfed Menswear, www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk.

Sian's flowers can be found on our online catalogue at www.silkblooms.co.uk



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