The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff
with Sarah and Lesley
12th November 2017
Name: Lesley Barr and Sarah Thomas
Reception & Ceremony Venue: The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff
Dress: Carols bridal wear Bargoed
Bridesmaids dresses: eBay
Florist: The Flower Shop, Ebbw Vale
Cake: Crafty Cakes, Ebbw Vale
Hair: JHD's, Brynmawr
Make up: Bev's Beauty, Brynmawr
Centrepieces and Room Decoration: The Exchange
DJ/Music: John Lenny, Cardiff
Tell us how you first met? Who what when where why? Give us all the dirty details.
We first met online and had mutual friends. We became friends first then the rest was history. I used to drive down all 376 miles every weekend to spend time in Wales with Sarah.
Tell us about your first date?
Our first proper date was 29th July 2005 when Sarah flew up to Scotland for the weekend.
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?
I knew Sarah was the one the minute I saw her smile, something just clicked as it was her smile that drew me to her and I just knew we were meant to be.
How did you or your partner propose?
It’s a long story lol. I took Sarah to New York in October 2005 when I gave her an engagement ring. We’re engaged for many years then Sarah asked me to marry her but I didn’t feel the time was right so we just plodded along as we were. It wasn’t until we had a short break (3 weeks) that I then asked Sarah to marry me and she said yes. I seen the venue online, showed Sarah it and that’s what inspired me to ask her.
Tell us about your wedding?
As I am Scottish we had a traditional Scottish wedding even though we’re married in Cardiff. All males including kids were in highland regalia. It was a very emotional day as my brother who gave me away has a terminal illness. From listening to our live singer singing bridesmaids down to the piper playing “flower of Scotland” for me walking down the aisle. I wasn’t nervous at all I was so looking forward to marrying my true love. It was a mad rush getting ready as both of us were running late because the bridesmaids had no idea how to tie our dresses up lol. In the end I had to get the hairdresser and Peter helping me and Michelle from the Exchange had to help Sarah.
If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does?
Sarah can be rather childlike but it’s lovely and gets so excited easily. Gets all excited when she says “my wife”
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other?
I love Sarah mostly for her caring aspect and the unconditional loves she gives. Sarah loves most about me just because I’m me (so she says) lol.
What’s your favourite trend for weddings right now?
Has to be traditional and Cadbury purple.
What inspired your décor or theme?
My patriotic side of me inspired it. Scottish theme throughout.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?
A professional videographer!
Besides getting married - what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Was so proud to have my brother walk me down the aisle and have my family from Scotland there.
Thank you both for your time. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to capture your big day.
Love Pete and the team.