Zombies may not seem like the most romantic of subjects, but it was a mutual love of the undead that inspired a close friendship between Kristy and George — and ultimately a romance. Three years later, on their anniversary, the two Brits headed to the Celtic Manor Resort for dinner to celebrate. Upon returning home, Kristy went upstairs to change into her pajamas. "When I came back downstairs, the living room was full of candles and roses. It was so lovely," she says of the proposal.
The couple searched high and low for a venue, but too many of the hotels they looked at were too modern. Then Kristy stumbled upon Pencoed House Estate, a 15th century estate bursting with character: Legend states that it was once the residence of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere! Kristy and George maintained the romantic vibe of the space, accenting it with gold sequins and blush flowers (and the bride and her mother designed and planned the whole thing themselves).
With shimmering details and a lush forest surrounding the property, this UK wedding, photographed by Nick Murray Photography, is straight out of a fairytale.
Kristy's bridal look was simple but incredibly romantic. She paired her net a-line White by Vera Wang gown, covered in hand-appliquéd lace, with a pearl belt and blush Jimmy Choo sling backs. To give her modern gown a more romantic feel, rosebuds and a gold leaf hairpiece were pinned into her loose braid.
A lover of peonies, Kristy's bouquet was a mix of Sara Bernhardt peonies, Duchess de Nemours peonies, white Marian Panda anemones, and Pink Hanoi ranunculus, edged with mint and rosemary.
George and his groomsmen wore blue slim-fit suits with gold ties, with the groom adding a vest to set him apart.
The ceremony took place in the Old Hall, where Kristy's father walked her down the aisle.
"We're best friends, so we had an inside joke moment as we were pronounced Man & Wife," says Kristy. "George and I fist-bumped before our first kiss!"
The bridesmaids and flower girls wore blush dresses to complement the color scheme. The girls wore floral headbands, while bridesmaids carried all-white peonies.
With an early afternoon ceremony, the couple treated their guests to a full day of celebrations. The "I dos" were followed by champagne, braised beef and vanilla cheesecake, then everyone hit the dance floor. Later in the evening, a hog roast fueled everyone for a few more hours of dancing and celebrating.
Kristy framed table assignments in gold, then arranged them on an old ladder decorated with bright flowers and candles.
At the reception, long tables were topped with rose gold sequined runners. The centerpieces were designed to look like bouquets of wildflowers, mixing roses, ranunculus and peonies in gold mason jars.
"I used gold glitter to cover the laser-cut wooden table numbers," says the bride. The three-tiered wedding cake (with layers of sponge cake and jam, chocolate cake with salted caramel, and carrot cake) was made by her maid of honor.
"We were so happy to share our special day with our favorite people," says the bride. "After two years of planning, the day went by so quickly, so we made sure to savor every moment." The couple headed to Florida for their dream honeymoon: Two weeks visiting the Disney parks! "It was far from relaxing, but we had an amazing time," says Kristy.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pencoed House Estate || Bride's Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Headpiece: Aya Jewellery || Belt: Get Noticed || Hair & Makeup: Jenna McDonnell || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Goldsmiths || Florist: Bella B || Catering: Cresta Caterers || Cake: Lavender & Lace Cakes || Rentals: Gilded Linens || Photography: Nick Murray Photography
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