The wedding of Emily Perry & Owain Hill

PUBLISHED: 15:52 14 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013

The wedding of Emily Perry & Owain Hill

The wedding of Emily Perry & Owain Hill

Both bride and groom dreamed of a white wedding when they started planning their wedding day but neither expected the weather that lay ahead for them

Bride and groom
Emily Alice Perry and Owain Rhodri Hill of Brecon.

Emily is a milliner and owner of Hat To Have it in Hay-on-Wye and Owain is a website designer and director at .comdesign ltd.

Howard and Zo Perry and Wendy Hill. Owains father, who passed away 10 years ago, was remembered in spirit with the favours being a donation to the British Heart Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Best man
Aled Hill

Master of Ceremony
Tom Cragg

Amy Abbott, Ellena Farnham and Helen Brady.

Flower girls
Millie, Grace and Isabella Connolly.

Where and how they met
When Emily was 17 and Owain 15 but university took Emily, and then Owain, away from Brecon. They remained in contact. It was only when they both returned to the area years later that their whirlwind relationship started, and they were engaged after six months during a trip to Sydney, Australia and married seven months later.

Location for wedding and reception
At St Gwendolines church in Llyswen conducted by The Rev. Ian Charlesworth, followed by a reception in a marquee from Burgoynes of Lyonshall, at brides parents home, and where Emily grew up.

Brides gown
Papillion by Jenny Packham, which gave the day a butterfly theme, worn with an ostrich feather New York shrug by Sasso. The shoes were by Rachel Simpson. All purchased from Sally at White Bride in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. The cluster of ivory butterflies and Swarovski beads was designed and made by the bride.

Bridesmaids dresses
From All about Eve, Newport.

Bridal and bridesmaids bouquets from The Flower Shop, Hay-on-Wye. Simple arrangements of roses and gypsophila with a hint of Swarovski sparkle. The brides mother and family decorated the marquee and church. A huge Christmas tree decorated with gold and cream baubles made a wonderful feature in the marquee.

Special touches
Hair by Rebecca Witcomb at Reflections, Brecon. The bride designed and made hats and fascinators for family and friends.

The day
Both bride and groom dreamed of a white wedding when they started planning their wedding day but neither expected the weather that lay ahead for them. On the morning of the wedding, the whole area lay under two feet of snow, which turned it into a Narnia wonderland. The bridal car was quickly changed for something more appropriate a 4x4. The wedding buses from Williams Coaches escorted everyone safely to the church and on time.

Despite the rehearsal being cancelled the night before due to the weather conditions, the service went without a hitch. A harpist played Silent Night for the bridal entrance and the newly-weds walked out to the Holly and the Ivy. With the groom being Welsh-speaking there was mixture of both in the reading and throughout the service.

After a Champagne reception, the wedding breakfast included Welsh leek and potato soup, fillet of roast beef and treacle sponge followed by a selection of Welsh cheese and biscuits. DJ Gwilym Price and Bod Fletchs band from Builth Wells kept the party going until the early hours.

Precious memories
The glistening snow under the beautiful blue sky and family and friends making it to the wedding despite the weather conditions. Friends travelled from as far as Sydney, Australia, and the Philippines.

Oliver Jones Photography, 02920 635804

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