Elen and Stephen finally got to tie the knot at Talhenbont Hall on the 2nd October 2021 after postponing due to you-know-what. Top to bottom their wedding was an ode to their favourite season (and ours), autumn. I still have huge admiration for couples who have had to wait to celebrate their big day, and let’s be honest getting together in larger numbers is still a bit of a novelty!
They opted for a sumptuous, rich colour palette from the flowers, to the cake, to Elen’s deep, bold lip – so chic! This beautiful wedding really is perfect for this time of year. Enjoy…
We knew we wanted a venue that would hold a large amount of people without having to put up a marquee, and we stumbled upon Talhenbont Hall whilst searching online. We knew as soon as we walked into the Main Hall – we got goosebumps and were sure that this was our dream venue. The deal was sealed once we met owner Alicia and her family. They made us feel so welcome and the whole experience felt natural and luxurious. The Coach House was a shell of a building when we first saw it, so we had to use our imagination to picture what it might be like for our wedding day. It truly is a credit to Alicia and Paul who have worked so hard to make it the beautiful building it is today! It was exactly what we wanted; a rustic but stylish venue that would hold over 100 guests.
The theme we chose for our wedding reflects our favourite time of year, which is autumn. We got engaged in the autumn and it is always a special time of year for us. The grounds at Talhenbont Hall at this time of year are stunning – bursting with all of the rich colours of nature, surrounding the venue. We wanted an autumnal-luxe vibe and that’s exactly what we got! We went for a vibrant, rich colour palette to match the season and venue. The bridesmaid dresses were floaty and sparkly in a deep maroon, which complemented the groom and groomsmen’s suits, which were a deep blue textured tweed with a fine maroon pinstripe. My wedding dress was a warm champagne colour with high neck and a subtle sparkle – the perfect companion to our autumnal theme.
We booked florist Springbank after meeting them at an open day at Talhenbont Hall. I clicked with Anna Liisa straight away, she understood my vision and we discussed at length what could be achieved in the different spaces. She has worked at Talhenbont Hall previously and knew exactly what was needed to dress the venue. We chose a rustic, relaxed style of floral decoration, with lots of warm natural lights to complement the deep colour palette. We chose a feature autumnal tree that was put together by Springbank to frame the coach house. It also doubled up as a stunning backdrop for photos.
The cake was provided by Cariad Cakes by Pippa. We opted for a rich chocolate cake which was then dressed with a beautiful flower hoop provided by Springbank. Our caterers were Cheeky Chilli Events. We opted for canapés, which were beautifully presented, Welsh lamb for our main, followed by a delicious dessert.
LoveClic Photography were our brilliant photographers. We also met them at an open day at Talhenbont Hall and booked them after we saw their work – it was exactly what we wanted. Their work is natural and fun without being too serious. We had a pre-wedding shoot which was amazing, it gave us the opportunity to get to know them and for them to get to know us before the big day. They were also brilliant with our two year old son, and did a fabulous job of capturing him on the day. They are a fun, confident double act that are amazing at what they do and complement each other well. We are so pleased with the finished product, they captured our day perfectly. The photos really bring the day back to life and that’s exactly what we wanted.
Best part of the day
I don’t think we can choose our favourite part of the day mainly due to the fact that we decided to do a wonderful long weekend of celebrations instead! We had use of the estate for the weekend from Friday-Sunday and we really did make the most of that! We reserved the private dining space at Dylan’s restaurant in Criccieth down the road from the venue the evening before the wedding. When we arrived back at the Hall we were greeted by Paul and Alicia with a glass of bubbly and a roaring fire where we enjoyed a relaxing drink before an early night. We got married at 2pm which meant we could relax on the morning of the wedding, and were able to take our time getting ready which I really enjoyed. The wedding day went by in a flash, before we knew it the band had started up signalling the evening, this was a highlight of the day! The following day we had a hog roast at the venue for our close friends – the perfect end to our magical weekend.
From one couple to another…
The only words of wisdom we have would be to enjoy the process. Make the most of every minute and make the day as long as you can because it really does go by so quick. Make the most of the festivities by making a weekend celebration of it if possible. Being organised really helped me relax over the weekend knowing everything was going to run smoothly. Finally, remember that it’s your day and no one else’s so do what you want and don’t be pressured or influenced too much by other people.
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