Today’s wedding meant that we were once again off on a bit of a road trip. This time the destination was the sticky out bit top left of Wales. Or more precisely, Llandudno. With this being around 200 miles from our home in the Cotswolds we set off the night before. Cunningly avoiding Friday evening rush hour traffic we headed North West.
On this occasion AM decided that the preferred dining option was in fact McDonalds. This is not something we resort to a lot but I made an exception on this occasion. We found a suitable establishment somewhere just South of Wrexham. Whilst you wouldn’t describe this as fine dining it served a purpose and we then headed on way once again to our evening accommodation. True to form (creatures of habit) we had found ourselves a Premier Inn just on the edge of Conwy only a few miles from the Church where the wedding was the following day.
With some time to spare in the morning before the 1.30pm kick off, we headed up to Llandudno to explore. Avoiding the Premier Inn breakfast we were fortunate to find an M&S cafe which offered a rather decent breakfast to set us up for the day. Whilst this blog may so far seem like an obsession with food (ok so Jules is a bit obsessed) it is something we have to consider as most weddings keep us busy over lunchtime and into the afternoon / early evening!
Anyway after our breakfast and short diversion to Primark for AM to satisfy her shopping bug, I then decided to go on a short road trip before the wedding! This took the form of the marine drive toll road which goes around Great Orme which did afford us some stunning viewpoints on the short drive.
Anyway, all of which brought us nicely to about mid day at which point we turned our attention to the business of the day!
Loren and Harry
St Tudno’s Church and The Hayloft @ Bodnant
Saturday 19 November 2022
The first order of the day was a Church Ceremony in the beautiful church of St Tudno on Great Orme.
The first thing one notices on arrival is many signs requesting that doors be kept closed in order to keep the sheep and goats out of the church! One or two sheep did sneak into the churchyard whilst we were unpacking our kit but we managed not to let them into the church!
The ceremony music
Nightbook – Ludovico Einaudi
La Vie en Rose
Can’t help falling in love
Blend of the Bridal March and Turning Pages
Fairytale – Ludovico Einaudi
Kiss the rain – Yiruma
Accidentally in love – Carin string Quartet version
In addition Jules played the three hymns on our Nord Stage piano as there was no organ at the church.
We always love a good mashup for the entrance of the Bridal party and this was the first time we had blended the traditional Bridal March with Turning Page. Nevertheless it went well and luckily we had a good view from the back of the church to see exactly when Loren was ready to walk in.
The Drinks Reception
After the ceremony we packed away quickly as the reception was taking place a few miles away at The Hayloft @ Bodnant. Luckily some photos and confetti were the order of the day for the bride and groom with their guests and so this afforded us a head start.
A short drive back down the Great Orme bought us to the second venue of the day and we had a little time to set up ahead of the guests arrival.
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Music for Drinks
As we arrived we were greeted by the staff at the Hayloft who promptly bought us a drink of our choice! This is always a pleasing thing. Not only that everyone was extremely welcoming and before long we had ourselves set up in the designated space ready for Loren and Hary’s drinks reception.
We had been advised that guests would be arriving ahead of the newly weds (perhaps they went for a scenic drive around the Great Orme too!). But we also had a playlist of music for when Loren was there which included:
Here comes the sun – Beatles
Never ending story
Paradise – Coldplay
(unsure how many we need in total – can discuss further if we need too )
(Can we have the ones below when bride and groom have arrived)
Come What may – moulin rouge
Wildest dreams – Bridgerton style
River flows in you – Piano Guys
All too soon evening had fallen and it was our time to head back to the Cotswolds as Loren and Harry, along with their guests headed in for the wedding meal.
We really enjoyed being part of Loren and Harry’s wedding. They were a lovely couple – AM even got talking to Harry about trains (as you do!). We were made most welcome throughout the day and we wish them every happiness in their married life together.
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