Nicola Cooper married Charles Betney at fonmon castle because they fell in love with the library and knew it was the perfect place.
How did you find planning the big day, how long did it take you?
We got engaged in June 2016 and we found our venue in November 2016 so it was pretty quick. Planning the wedding was overall quite straightforward because Fonmon Castle was fantastic and provided us with all the help we needed. We printed all our own stationery so didn’t have to finalise details with multiple companies miles in advance.
What venue did you choose to host your wedding?
I got ready at New Farm B&B, Barry, where my family had taken all the rooms. Then we had the whole wedding day at Fonmon Castle. We chose Fonmon because it has a wonderful atmosphere. Hannah at Fonmon was fantastic, she made planning the day very simple. We were able to drop off wine and other bits and bobs the week of the wedding, and on the day she kept everything running like clockwork.
What was the theme or inspiration for the wedding?
We had our ceremony and meal in the Library at Fonmon, we’re both big readers so this seemed very apt. We also used old family books in our centrepieces.
What was the food like? Can you describe a few of the dishes?
The Really Fresh Food Company provided the food and we had lots of compliments from our guests and we enjoyed it. The starter was duck pate with an onion marmalade and toasted brioche. For mains it was breast of guinea fowl roasted with shallots and herbs, served with a port and red wine sauce. dauphinoise potatoes, roasted baby carrots and green beans. We then had warm lemon tart with cream for dessert.
What was the service like from Really Fresh Food Company?
Very relaxed. We went and met Christine and Beppe and talked about our wants, likes and dislikes and they came up with a couple of choices. Food and wine was to us the most important part of the day, everyone remembers the food! We then went for a tasting with them and chose our menu. They also came up with some great ideas for guests with dietary requirements.
Your wedding dress was beautiful, where did you get it from?
It was the Pronovias Olalde gown from Allison Jayne in Cardiff, although I had my fittings at the Swansea store.
What were the flowers like?
My bouquet and the cake decoration were done by Budding Designs in Barry, we went for a very simple and elegant scheme.
What did you do to make the wedding unique and personal to you?
We run a dog boarding kennels so we named the tables after our favourite breeds of dog. We chose not to have a traditional cake and opted for a cake of cheese from The Fine Cheese Company. Neither of us have a particularly sweet tooth and this also meant we had some food for later on in the evening for any guests that may have still been hungry.
Was there entertainment in the evening?
We had DJ Fraser Lawson. He played a really great mix of music and the dance floor was full all night.
Tell us about your photographer?
It was Phil Harris, The Wedding Photographer Cardiff. We had an engagement shoot at Fonmon in November 2016, this was outside as our wedding was at 4pm so we knew we wouldn’t have outside photos on the day. Phil very quickly realised that we both hate posing for photos so his natural style suited us really well.
What was the highlight of the day?
Having everyone special to you in one place at the same time doesn’t happen very often so it was great to see all our family and friends.
Catering by The Really Fresh Food Company
01446 740 781, www.thereallyfreshfoodcompany.com
Photography by Phil Harris, The Wedding Photographer Cardiff
07850 740 350, www.theweddingphotographercardiff.com
To view a selection of Nicola & Charles’ wedding photos see the gallery above.