Midsummer Magic: Colourful Star Lantern & Elegant Tents Wedding: Faye & Rhys

Faye & Rhys had a beautiful wedding in Penpont, Brecon in Wales. The stunning venue had an arrangement of elegant tents with a fun & colourful star lantern and dash of midsummer magic theme!

Words by Faye. Images Jake Morley Photography.

We worked with Emma Butler from Sylvie and Joan put to design and style our wedding. Emma found our perfect wedding and sourced talented local suppliers for our tents, flowers and cake. She also led on all the on the day co-ordination.

I wanted a wedding dress that was both designed and made in Britain – this was quite a challenge!

All of Stephanie Allin’s dresses are made above her shop in the Mumbles, near Swansea, and she personally took care of me during the fitting process.

The dress I chose had a light polka dot pattern running through the fabric which gave it an air of fun. I added a lace top and diamante belt, both also from Stephanie, to give the look I was seeking.

We were searching for a gorgeous countryside venue in Wales which could provide a stunning backdrop and the laid back feel we wanted.

Penpont had all this and more: a truly beautiful venue set amongst the rolling hills near Brecon, with a small church on site, space for us to put up wedding tents, and friendly owners.

Our wedding planner Emma conducted a venue search for us which made all the difference to shortlisting locations.

We wanted something as local and seasonal as possible for our wedding flowers – so we left much of the choices down to the florist Cathy and our stylist Emma.

It was liberating to not worry about things carefully matching – and to let Cathy choose. She was able to use flowers grown in fields overlooking the venue which was a lovely touch.

It also meant it was a great surprise to see the flowers on the day! We had lush pink and white peonies and roses. We had flowers throughout the venues, both inside and out, styled in milk churns, boxes and vases. They were spectacular.

Rhys wore one of his own suits, which he’d had made a few years ago. He also wore a waistcoat and shoes from John Lewis. and a tie and pocket square from T M Lewin.

We worked with Emma Butler from Sylvie and Joan to design and style our wedding. Emma found our perfect wedding venue and sourced talented local suppliers for our tents, flowers and cake. She also led on all the on the day co-ordination.

We wanted to do all we could to show off the beautiful venue we had invited everyone to.

So we chose a design and other features which celebrated nature and local produce as well as giving a festival feel to our celebrations.

Our wedding photographer was Jake Morley Photography.

Jake’s style: beautiful rich images which capture the day with the minimum of posed photographs. He has a wonderful ability to spot and capture intimate moments.

We worked with the most wonderful tent company, Tents4Elements, to design the layout of our tents.

We went with a combination of 5 tents, joined together to give separate areas for dinner and dancing, plus a bar area. We also had a chillout yurt.

Rhys’ mother made Welsh cakes for everyone to take away. These were a great hit and helped manage any sore heads the next day!

If I could pass on any advice I would say…

Not to worry about the weather – it really played on my mind. We ended up with every kind imaginable, from scorching sun to light rain. You can’t do anything to change it so just enjoy the day, rain or shine.

Find the suppliers you want – we moved our wedding date so we could work with the caterers and wedding planner we wanted rather than choose another option. If something feels right, trust your instinct.

If you are a bride thinking of making a speech, then do it.

You can’t order too many flowers or bottles of wine.

Hold your flower bouquet tilted down in photos to really show it off.

If people are travelling to your location, then consider getting together the night before. We did this and had pizza and drinks out on the lawn – giving us even more memories.

Go easy on the coffee tequila (ouch).

The Brecon and District Choir sang for guests as we walked down to the house from the church and during the drinks reception.

We’d kept it a surprise and as their beautiful voices started to drift up the drive there was a real frisson of excitement!

There was also no first dance for us. We’d decided to do away with that tradition along with the cake cutting and a receiving line.

I worked with this lovely couple for over a year and loved every minute of it. I knew after our first chat that beautiful Penpont with its spectacular grounds would be the perfect setting and we set to work putting together a team of talented, local wedding suppliers.

Faye and Rhys have a natural, elegant style but also wanted to have some fun with the decor and tent rental. We worked with a palette of pinks, navy and gold. We brought in pops of colour and some Midsummer magic with rows and rows of glittering star lanterns!”

– Emma at Sylvie and Joan

Such a beautiful and fun wedding – loving the midsummer wedding ideas too.

wedding credits / photographer: jake morley photography / wedding venue: penpont, brecon wales, tents4element / stylist: sylvie and joan / brides dress: stephanie allin / brides accessories: noths / grooms suit: unknown / brides shoes: john lewis / bridesmaid dresses: jenny packham for debenhams / bridesmaid accessories: marolsha /bridesmaid shoes: new look / hair & makeup: jessie makeup, beauty style uk / florist: brecon blooms / wedding cake: carys cakes / catering: purple carrot / entertainment: farewell fair ground, brecon choir / stationery: the charming press

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