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Chic fashion-meets-country wedding in Wales

Jamie & Paul, Pantglas Hall, Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire

Jamie and Paul – The Proposal

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Photographer: Daniel Staveley

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When Jamie Owen’s boyfriend Paul Hawkins decided to propose, he planned to pop the question on Valentine’s Day. “However, I stumbled across something he was trying to hide and got cross that he was hiding something from me!” says Jamie. “He had no choice but to do it then and there – a few days before Valentine’s Day – and of course I said yes! The ring he produced was a family heirloom passed down from his grandmother to his Mum and now me. To have a ring with such meaning meant more to me than any ring he could have bought,” she added. A lecturer at the Art College in Camarthen, Jamie knew she wanted to add Sex And The City-style elements to her day at Pantglas Hall, Carmarthenshire.

Jamie & Paul – The Ceremony

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“We decided to get married in St Egwad’s Church in Llanfynydd. It’s a really pretty, idyllic village, which we thought would be perfect for our summer wedding,” says Jamie. “Paul’s parents also live in the village, walking distance from the church! I was very nervous arriving at the church, but as soon I got to the top of the aisle to meet Paul, my nerves went away. The vicar was excellent and the service was perfect,” added Jamie. Hymns included Lord of the Dance and Sing Hosanna.”

Jamie & Paul – Wedding Shoes

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“Our theme was country meets Sex And The City. My shoes were the same as Carrie wore in the film when she married Big,” says Jamie. “On a trip to New York, I dragged my friends around lots of shoe shops, but found nothing, then we found the Manolo Blahnik store tucked away down a side street just off Fifth Avenue.

“As I walked in the store, I saw them straight away – the ‘something blue’ shoes that Carrie Bradshaw wore in the Sex And The City film. I felt like Cinderella trying them on and there was no way on earth that they were not going to come home with me,” added Jamie. “My bridesmaids were also in different colours, just like in the film.” Tables were named after famous fashion and shoe designers as I lecture in Fashion Design – the top table was Manolo Blahnik.

Jamie & Paul – The Bride (Dress)

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“The first thing I did before anything was shop for my wedding dress,” says Jamie. “I knew exactly what I wanted; a La Sposa dress I’d seen in a magazine and I found at Bridal Elegance in Llanelli. It was full length lace, slim fitting with a train at the back and I wore the long matching veil with lace edging.

My bridesmaid Kate McKenny, who’s a milliner, made my two headpieces, one to wear for the ceremony, and one for the evening reception. She also made the fabulous headpieces that the bridesmaids wore.”

Jamie & Paul – The Bride (with bridesmaids)

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“Both my lovely bridesmaids had Karen Millen dresses: Kate was in a purple and red dress and Louise was in royal blue. Both wore headpieces by Kate McKenny Millinery (who was also my chief bridesmaid),” says Jamie. “My flowergirl’s dress was from TK Maxx, ivory with pink embroidered rose buds and ivory sash, shoes from Monsoon and headpiece by Kate McKenny,” she added.

Jamie & Paul – The Flowers

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“My flowers brought in the country touch – they were perfect,” comments Jamie. “My florist, Christopher Marshall, used hydrangea in ivory and lilac with some greenery. My bridesmaids bouquets were roses, dyed to match each of their dresses,” added Jamie.

Jamie & Paul – Wedding Breakfast (layout)

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“Table centrepieces were rustic-looking ivory and blue/purple hydrangeas,” says Jamie. “At the reception, each guest had a CD we had made with songs that were love related. Children were given gift bags with toys and sweets. I made the menus and tableplan myself with thick ivory card and blue ribbon,” she added.

Jamie & Paul – Wedding Cake

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“We served our gorgeous wedding cake as dessert,” says Jamie, “it was from Heavenly in Llandeilo and it was seriously heavenly!

There were two different flavours to the cake: raspberry and milk chocolate and blueberry and white chocolate, both served with fresh cream. The outside of the cake was decorated with milk chocolate pencils, fresh blueberries and raspberries. Delicious,” she added.

Jamie & Paul – First Dance

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“We booked Hard to Handle, a four-piece live band, who were amazing – they really got everyone up dancing and evening singing,” commented Jamie

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“One classic moment was when the band managed to get the groom and the usher up signing Mustang Sally and then I, my bridesmaids, my Mum and my step-sister got up to sing Valerie,” she added.