Emma and Rhys - Gileston Manor, The Vale of Glamorgan
Tell us how you first met? Who what when where why? Give us all the dirty details.
We met whilst at university (UWIC) in February 2009. Both out after watching Wales V England in the Six Nations and met through a mutual friend in Walkabout on the dance floor.
Tell us about your first date?
Being students didn’t do a first date (no money haha). We went to Emma’s Hall to watch a film.
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?
Emma said “love” first, maybe a year after becoming official and Rhys shortly after. We were quite young so didn’t start thinking about being ‘the one’ or getting married for a couple of years.
How did your partner propose?
With Emma being English and Rhys being Welsh, Rhys decided he wanted to incorporate both into the proposal. We went for a walk and climbed the Eagles Nest (near Chepstow) and when at the top, standing in Wales looking out over England Rhys proposed - just shy of our 10 year anniversary.
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
Rhys loves Emma’s little giggle. Emma loves Rhys’ cuddles.
If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.
What’s your favourite trend for weddings right now?
Rustic weddings and pastel colours.
Tell us about your wedding?
Gileston Manor 17th July 2021 on what seemed like the hottest day of the year. No nerves just looking forward to doing it due to cancellations. Rhys got ready with his groomsmen and Emma and the bridal party got ready - all on-site at Gileston Manor. Limited guests but everyone we wanted there. Subtle tennis theme throughout the day as it’s such a big part of our lives. Mini Golf and Tennis to keep guests busy. Rhys dad and one of the guests sang outside (as requested but didn’t think was going to happen due to Covid) and all guests joined in which was a lovely memory.
What inspired your décor or theme?
Rustic theme with subtle tennis elements. Baby blue and peach colours.
Venue - Gileston Manor
Church - St. Giles
Caterers - Strawberry Shortcake Dining
Hair and Make-up - Minxies
Flowers - Dancing Daffodil
Cake - Devoli’s
DJ - SGDJ
Dress - Castle Bridal
Suits - Dyfed Menswear
Mini Golf & Rustic Cart etc - South Wales Party Booths
Favours - Craft Bunneys
What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?
Don’t go extravagant as your guests will just love being there and memories are made with the people there, not the expensive extras. Enjoy every minute and take it all in.
Besides getting married - what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Celebrating with family and friends.