Real Wedding: Hafod Farm, Snowdonia

PHOTO CREDIT: STEWART BARKER

We couldn’t resist stretching our boundaries beyond our beloved northern patch to share the highlights of Rachael and Charles’ wedding day.

The happy couple met on an online dating site in 2012 whilst Rachael was studying in Sheffield and Charles lived in Manchester.

Charles popped the question down on one knee on February 5 2016 at Cloud 23, the sky bar at The Hilton hotel during afternoon tea!

The self-confessed ‘clip-board queen’ got to work and with the help of family and friends made light work of planning a unique and beautiful wedding.

They tied the knot before 70 family and friends on Hafod Farm, Llanrwst, Snowdonia on Saturday 6th May 2017.

Here’s what beautiful bride Rachael had to say:

The Planning
I started planning early and had a spreadsheet to keep everything organised! I really enjoyed planning everything and I made a lot of the decorations myself. It all came together perfectly on the day, although I did gain the nickname ‘The Clipboard Queen’!

I only used a hairdresser, florist and the venue. Everything else was styled by myself or family and friends.

The Venue

We knew we wanted a venue which was unique and had outdoor space to enjoy. When we saw Hafod, we knew it was the one and booked it immediately, we didn’t even view any other venues. It was everything we wanted, a quaint country farm with plenty of accommodation in the cottages and camping field.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was held in the stunning, Grade 2 listed barn followed by afternoon tea in the beautiful marquee. I think the thing we loved most about the venue was the freedom to make it so personal. We had access to the farm for the whole weekend, which meant we could spent the whole day before decorating and making it our own.

The Dress
I bought the first dress I tried on! Although I did try a few others just to compare. I knew I wanted a tea length, 1950’s style dress so I visited a shop I knew specialised in them – A Day to Remember, in Chester.

Bridal Inspiration
I used pinterest a lot for ideas when searching for the right look. Being short and curvy I wanted to go for a vintage look. I knew I wanted a tea length dress with a big skirt that would show off my shoes. I loved my hair, it reminded me of something out of a Jane Austen novel and I am so glad I didn’t attempt it myself. My make-up however, I did do myself and I was really happy with it.

On The Morning
I loved the morning of the wedding and I was surprisingly calm all morning. The bridesmaids and I got up at 5am for the hairdresser! So we were all really sleepy but we had so much fun getting ready. It was just the girls and Stewart Barker, our photographer and close friend, for most of the morning.

Because the wedding party were all staying on the farm we didn’t have to worry about travelling for the ceremony and I even had a last breakfast as an unmarried woman with my parents in their cottage which was lovely. At the last minute my Dad came to see me in my dress and we both shed a tear before we walked over to the barn for the ceremony.

The Photographer

Stewart was fantastic and really captured the day just as I had imagined it. He is such a lovely, approachable person and he managed to photograph every important moment of the day from getting ready at 5am to partying into the night.

Words of Wisdom
Start planning early, be realistic with your expectations and budget and make sure you make time for you and your husband!

Our wedding day was quite simply Perfection from start to finish. The best day of our lives.

Stockists and Suppliers

Wedding dress: A Day to Remember
Suits: Grooms suite was from Marks & Spencer (the rest were individually sourced)
Hair: Julia Nicholls Creative Hair
Make up: Body Shop
Flowers: Carol’s Garden
Musicians: Five Live Function Band
Venue: Hafod Farm
Photography: Stewart Barker Photography