Two brides celebrating their wedding day by swinging joyfully on a swing in the picturesque field near St Tewdrics House.

Our Wedding Day at St Tewdrics House

Hi, we’re Jodie and Tracey from Powder and Pearls Photography and Videography. We were recently in your wedding build up shoes and we know exactly how the whirlwind of emotions feel. We also know how incredible it is to get married surrounded by your closest family and friends and how exciting it is to get your wedding photos back! 

Our wedding last September in the stunning venue of St Tewdrics House was a day that will be imprinted on our minds forever and we are very grateful for the photographic and film memories we have to relive all of those moments whenever we like (which is most days right now)! 

Disclaimer!! We and our wedding guests filmed our wedding film on our phones for a true “home movie” style…

Filmed by us and our guests on phones and we edited the clips together for our home movie!!

So where do 2 wedding photographers get married and how an earth did we chose a venue when there are so many amazing ones out there?? Great question…

Having seen so many weddings over the past 10 years and having the chance to photograph and film at many glorious venues, we thought it might be a difficult decision. Nowadays, there are so many options to personalise every part of a wedding day, there really aren’t any rules holding you back. It’s exciting, but at the same time it makes it harder to choose when you can literally have anything. 

All we knew is that we wanted the day to be about family, friendship, fun and of course a way to show our commitment to each other. A beautiful venue with exclusive use, easy access for our guests and onsite accommodation was also high on the list. Any couple that has chosen their dream wedding venue will know there needs to be that moment of actually visualising yourself getting married there and feeling the magic and excitement. 

Being based in North Bristol, we decided to look into venues across the bridge and came across a brochure for St Tewdrics House. It was only 30 minutes drive for us, actually easier than driving into Bristol and we were intrigued as we hadn’t visited the venue before. St Tewdrics is literally just next to the M48 bridge, perfectly located for couples based on both sides.

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As soon as we arrived for our meeting at St Tewdrics House, we were greeted by an oasis of tranquility, perfectly manicured gardens, spring flowers, a relaxing trickle of the water, birds chirping and a breath taking view across the Severn. It was a very positive start and they say to go by your first impression! Carrie welcomed us in and offered us a glass of fizz in cut crystal glasses, we took a seat in the gorgeously decorated lounge area and instantly felt welcomed and at home. 

After taking a tour of the house, courtyard and the bedrooms (the bridal suite is incredible), we were giving each other that all knowing secret look. We had found our place 💕 Our boxes were well and truly ticked!! The interior was decorated and finished to such a high standard, it really did feel like we were in a 5 star hotel, but without any of the pretence. We knew that nothing would be too much trouble for Carrie and the team to ensure our day was perfect for us.

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Next we had to choose our suppliers. Again this turned out to be an easy decision as we had worked with many of them in the past or had a great feeling from meeting them for the first time. Suppliers are such a huge part of making a day run smoothly and helping your ideas and dreams come alive. We’d like to say a huge thank you to ours and we can highly recommend all of them. Thanks to everyone that had a part in making our day so memorable and filled with happiness. 

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Every wedding is completely different and that’s what makes them interesting and unique to each couple. This is how we designed our day and we hope it gives you some ideas when planning your own…

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Wedding invites: Digital

We decided to make our own wedding day website which everyone could have access to as well as designing a digital invite in our wedding colours and theme. It allowed us to add in all of the wedding details, helpful tips on taxi services and alternative accommodation (a helpful list was provided by St Tewdrics), and it was a place where people could rsvp online instantly. We also set up an online form so each guest could make their menu choices which we would then be able to pass on to the caterers. There was a wedding gift directory ideas page if anyone wanted to get a gift for us. It worked really well for us and we had all of our RSVPs back within a few weeks of sending out the invitations. 

Photography 📷: Tom Curno Photography

As wedding photographers ourselves, you might think it would be hard for us to choose one for our own wedding. We actually met Tom while we were filming a wedding and he was the photographer. Apart from having the same camera gear and offering a similar style of photography to us, we loved how friendly and easy going he was to the couple and the guests. It was more like having a friend at a wedding than a stranger which was important to us. He worked so hard on our day and we are so grateful for the gorgeous images he captured, capturing the natural moments and setting up some epic shots. Our wedding day images on this page were captured by the talented Tom. 

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Hair: SW1 Hair

We actually got really lucky with Sarah from SW1 hair Salon in Chepstow. She really is the queen of bridal hair and a talented lady. After looking for some stylists local to the venue, we spotted this salon and popped in for a chat. Sarah was so friendly and gave us some great ideas. After a trial, we knew we were in capable hands. On the day, Sarah and her colleague Stuart made quick work of our 6 bridesmaids hair and did an amazing job with ours. Our bridesmaids all had a slightly different style with the same decorative hair slide to tie it in. It made us feel absolutely amazing and all of our hair stayed in all day, even after hours of vigorous dancing. 

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Make up:

We decided to do our own make up as Jodie is an MUA and had an extensive kit. Tracey doesn’t normally wear make up so Jodie applied a light and natural look and the bridesmaids were happy applying their own just the way they liked it.

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Flowers: Ali:  Bloom & Bumble (07305 944691)

Our good friends (and wedding guests) Ali and Kat, had both recently started their own floral businesses and we had seen the quality of their work and knew they had amazing vision for creating the types of modern bouquets we had in mind. They worked together to create timeless arrangements that went above our expectations with lots of our favourite dahlias in soft pastel shades. As well as making our stunning bouquets, they provided table flowers set inside gold terrariums which added the finishing touches to our wedding breakfast set up. 

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📷Tom Curno Photography

Wedding Dresses: 

We knew we both wanted to wear a white dress but it didn’t have to be traditional; just something we felt pretty, yet comfortable in. Tracey chose an elegant column dress with a cut out back detail and delicate crystal belt. Jodie chose an a-line, v-neck dress encrusted with glitter, teamed with a shoulder cape veil. Our seamstress from Sew Happy was amazing and made our dresses fit like a glove. 

Although we absolutely loved our dresses, we knew they weren’t going to be very practical for an evening of dancing, so we also chose a different dress ready for our first dance. Still glitzy, but something we could move freely in and also wear again in the future. 

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📷Tom Curno Photography

Although we all got ready together in the Honeymoon suite, we separated when it came to getting our dresses on, then did a reveal to each other before the ceremony to get the inevitable tears out of the way. 

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The feature staircase is such a fabulous way to make an entrance. We decided to walk down the stairs together for our first looks with our dads, who then escorted us down the aisle.

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Harpist: Hannah Williams Harpist

We met the lovely Hannah at a wedding fair in Bristol several years ago and were lucky enough to be on the table next to her. We enjoyed her beautiful harp music through the day and loved the fact that she could play some well known songs too. We instantly knew that having her play the music for our ceremony and drinks reception would be a wonderful addition to our day. Hannah even learnt a song just for us as we walked up the aisle after getting married – “This is me” from the “Greatest showman”. Hannah was so thoughtful, she even went to the trouble of wearing a pink dress to fit in with our colour scheme.

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Venue Decoration: Cutesy Co

We found Cutesy as they were a South Wales Supplier and we liked that they had a physical warehouse location where you could look around to get ideas. They even bought a gold hexagonal wedding arch specially for our wedding to fit in with our theme (white, golds, greens and pink accents). It was the perfect backdrop to our ceremony (and later on, our top table). We decided on a circular seating arrangement which was laid out by the team at St Tewdrics and decorated by Cutesy. 

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As well as the wedding arch, we booked our chair backs, wedding signs, the wedding postbox, seating plan, cake stand and artificial flower arrangements with them. The girls at Cutesy are super friendly and helpful and they made our venue look wonderful, exactly how we imagined it. St Tewdrics House is so neutrally decorated, it fits with any theme and colour palette so we didn’t have to cover it in decor to get our dream look. 

Filmed by us and our guests on phones for our home movie!!

The courtyard room is so versatile for either a small wedding or larger cerebration. The great thing about having a large central room is that guests are all in one room together, enjoying the speeches and first dance without having to move to different spaces. We were lucky to have had a mild and sunny September day so our guests could enjoy the outside terraces and swing!

Videography: Us and our guests! 

We know how important films are to remember your day so we definitely wanted to film our ceremony, speeches and first dance. We set up our own cameras on tripods to film the day and our guests were requested to capture some moments with short video clips on their phones through the day. Everyone then sent us their clips which we edited together. It was lovely to see their perspective on the day and get lots of different angles. It was quite a funny moment when Tracey stopped the ceremony to press record on the video camera. It was all planned but our guests didn’t know at the time. 

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📷Tom Curno Photography

Celebrant: Lindsey Horton The Difference a day makes

This was a no brainer for us as Lindsey is Jodie’s step mum, but it was the first time we actually found out about the process of booking a celebrant and working together to write our wedding ceremony. 

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Lindsey had some wonderful ideas that we had never come across before. We were able to tell our story and vow ideas and have them turned into a beautiful, personalised ceremony. We incorporated hand fasting with coloured ribbons laid over our hands by our guests and tied by Jodie’s daughter Eden, which was such a special moment. We now have the knot in a frame to remember the personalised vows we made to each other. 

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Having a celebrant gave us so much more freedom to personalise our ceremony and include our guests. The circular setting layout allowed us to see everyones smiles as we walked down the aisle.

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Confetti: Yossi Flowers

St Tewdrics house (like most venues) only allow real petals for your confetti. We know after photographing all sorts of confetti lines that the type of petal can make a huge difference to the look of the images. Carrie organised a Passionfruit martini cocktail for us straight after the ceremony so we could enjoy our first toast as wife and wife while the confetti line was being set up. We went with big rose petals that we knew would flutter to the ground more slowly and they also had the most beautiful scent. We made sure we ordered a bit extra so everyone had a good handful. As a rough guide we had 50 guests and used 5 litres of petals. 

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Wedding guests:

We decided on a relatively intimate guest list of just over 50 guests that would be there for the whole day, with no extra evening guests. We both have very small families so most of the guest list was made up of close friends who are so much fun and always there for us. We also made the slightly controversial decision not to invite their “plus ones” unless they were good friends of ours too. This actually worked well, as it meant our friends could enjoy a night out without their partners or kids and had a ready made babysitter and taxi. 

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Bridesmaid Dresses:  Maya Deluxe

Our lovely bridesmaids consisted of Jodie’s Sister as Maid of Honour, daughter Eden as flower girl and 4 of our closest friends. They all looked incredible in their sage green sparkly dresses, and it was great that they could all choose their favourite design from the same range. Eden chose a very elegant pink tulle full length dress to tie in with our scheme. We have to give them credit for being very attentive bridesmaids and making sure we were well taken care of all day. We finished the evening with a bottle of champagne with them in the gorgeous farmhouse kitchen. We were all totally exhausted but bursting with happiness, reflecting on what an amazing day it had been.

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Photos opportunities: So many!

There are no shortage of wedding photo opportunities at St Tewdrics house. We didn’t even explore half of them. Our family photos had a beautiful back drop onto the open fields and pergola and later on Tracey and I had photos on the swing, by the house and in the gardens. 

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While we were having our pictures taken and spending some quality time together, our guests were looked after with fizz, canapés and background music from Hannah on her harp. Carrie, just one of the amazing wedding co-ordinators from St Tewdrics was always with us discreetly in the background helping everything run smoothly. From ensuring we were ready on time to holding a veil and playing our chosen music.

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The sun was shining and the terrace doors were open allowing people to find a comfy spot to relax and take in the day. 

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Wedding Breakfast:

The team worked quickly behind the scenes to turn around the courtyard room for our wedding breakfast set up. St Tewdrics will put out all of your table decorations, you just have to let them know where you’d like everything and they will work their magic. 

Filmed by us and our guests on phones for our home movie!!

We asked to have a sweetheart top table which was one of favourites things of the day as it and gave us some extra time together as a newly wed couple to enjoy our delicious meal. It’s also a great idea if you’re not sure who should be on the top table or don’t want to mix up families. 

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We wanted to give our guests something to do while they waited for their food and leave us with something lovely to keep and read afterwards. We added a wedding form and pencil to each table setting. It asked them to draw a funny picture of themselves and fill in the blanks to offer us some wedding day wishes and advice. 

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We went against tradition and both made a speech. We chose to do this after our main course to give everyone some time before dessert, which was an absolutely yummy deconstructed salted caramel cheesecake with a Bailey’s Irish cream milkshake shot. 

Catering: Epic caterers

To be honest, this was the icing on the cake for us! We had previously eaten food from Epic Caterers at another wedding venue we were photographing at, and at the time said how amazing it was. When Carrie told us that catering from these guys was an option, we were very excited as food was a really important part of the day for us and our guests. We had a selection of cute canapés, a three course meal and chips and dips in the evening. Everything was hot, delicious and presented wonderfully. Helen ran the show efficiently and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Both being gluten free, they catered to our needs without a problem and we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. 

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Name cards: Hand made by Eden

We looked at a few options for name place settings for the wedding breakfast tables and in the end thought it would be more personal to make them. Eden did a wonderful job of designing and decorating the name cards which all had a different look from the colours of the wax she used for the seal alongside dried flower sprigs (all from Etsy). 

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During the evening we had a “message in a bottle” jar where guests could write us a little message on a rolled up piece of paper, tied with string and popped inside the jar. The plan is to open the jar and read them on our anniversary. St Tewdrics also gives you the option to pop back for a celebratory drink and walk around the grounds on your wedding anniversary (subject to the venue being free of course). What a lovely touch and something we will enjoy doing later this year. Take a look on Etsy for these types of items.

Wedding cake: Lindor

We decided not to have a wedding cake as our ceremony was at 3pm, meaning the our guests would have canapés and a 3 course meal pretty close together. We did however want a centre-piece, and who doesn’t love chocolate right?! Jodie and her daughter Eden made this Lindor covered “cake” which wasn’t as easy as we imagined and took a few attempts! In the end, it looked cute and was very popular with the guests. 

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Cutting the cake: Valentina Piñatas

As we didn’t actually have a wedding cake, we decided to have fun and get our guests involved for a cake “smash”. We ordered a personalised Piñata in the shape of a wedding cake and filled it with treats. A guest from each table took it in turns to bash it with a stick before we had a go ourselves. It was pretty tough to break in the end, so Tracey ended up stamping on it. It provided lots of laughs and our DJ did a brilliant job of encouraging everyone. 

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📷Tom Curno Photography

First dance: 

We decided on a choreographed first dance, with a trio of mixed songs and dances styles: Tango, Bollywood and some classic swaying with the queen of ballads “Adele”. The next song was a popular Zumba track “Danza kuduro” which got everyone up on the dance floor and from that point, I don’t think we stopped dancing! 

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Evening entertainment: Fitsteps with Leah

Both being Zumba instructors for many years, naturally a lot of our friends also love to Zumba and learn new dance steps. Leah, a fitsteps/ballroom instructor taught some easy to follow dances which she had carefully prepared based on our requests. As you can see, she was a hit on the dance floor and provided some great entertainment for our guests who preferred to watch and clap along.

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DJ: AJ Rutherford

We initially saw Alistair in action at a wedding we were working at and were impressed with his minimal, modern set up and the way he mixed the songs to get everyone up on the dance floor. 

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We knew our dance floor would be a busy one as over half of the guests were dance crazy, but also wanted someone who would give us a custom playlist and also be able to announce and organise the evening plans. I don’t think the dance floor was ever empty from start to finish – it really was a party to remember! 

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After the big day….

Waking up in the Cariad honeymoon suite was so peaceful and the views were the best in the house. As there are 9 rooms onsite, all of our bridesmaids and some of our family could also stay the night. Our other guests either stayed at accommodation nearby in Chepstow or travelled the short distance home. We enjoyed breakfast pastries in the huge, well equipped kitchen and had a cup of tea out on the sunny terrace. The team had already gathered up our wedding decorations and sorted them into our personal items to take home and items for the decor company to collect. From the initial meeting to the actual day, we were incredibly impressed by the attention to detail, communication and organisation skills of everyone we met along the way. It was so easy to get married at St Tewdrics House and that’s the way it should be.

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We wished we could have stayed longer, but we knew that another couple were already getting excited for their dream day. St Tewdrics House is a venue that should absolutely be shared and enjoyed by as many couples as possible. With their growing collections of awards, we know they have a busy future as a leading wedding venue ahead of them. We are very much looking forward to photographing and filming more weddings there soon. 

Preserve your memories: Encapsulated memories and Kate’s kreations

We felt a little sad that our beautiful wedding flowers would not last forever, so we sent them off to Emma at Encapsulated memories to preserve for us in resin. We chose some coasters so we can enjoy a cuppa and be reminded of our day, and a hanging Christmas tree decoration with our wedding date printed on it. It’s such a clever way to preserve your day and there are lots of products to choose from. 

Another thing which we wanted to save but not store away in a box where we wouldn’t enjoy them, were our wedding cards. Our friend Kate who is very arty, made us a framed collage of our wedding cards and she even added our name place cards and some gold wedding petals from our aisle decorations. It looks amazing displayed on the wall next to our wedding photos and framed knot from our hand fasting ceremony. What a clever idea!

Honeymoon: One world Ayeveda Resort – Bali

A couple of days after our wedding we were ready to fly to Bali where we travelled to Ubud, famous for rice terraces and tropical scenery. We booked a “Panchakarma” wellbeing retreat, which is not generally something people book for their honeymoon – no cocktails for us! It was the perfect way to finish off our wedding celebration and wind down surrounded by nature.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your own wedding days! Remember, there are no rules for designing your dream day. Do what makes you both happy and suits you as a couple.

Becoming a recommended supplier for St Tewdrics house was such a “pinch me” moment, we absolutely loved getting married there and seeing things from the other side of the camera, experiencing St Tewdrics as a married couple. We also love helping you to capture your very own personal wedding day memories of getting married at St Tewdrics house and making the most out of everything this magical venue has to offer. 

If Powder and Pearls can help with your photography or video needs, please reach out and say hi. We’d love to hear from you and be a part of helping to make your day just as memorable.

Love, 

Jodie and Tracey xx

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