Weddings – The wedding of Lucy & Aiden Lloyd

They met whilst studying the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University in 2009. They were initially introduced through mutual friends, but met properly on a night out in October 2009, when they found themselves next to each other at the bar waiting to be served. They were friends until April Fools day 2010 when they had their first kiss!

Aidan’s favourite comment about us is that we are the longest running April Fools joke!

Lucy and Aidan wanted to get married at the village church in Llanfoist and thus looked for for a suitable venue near to the church.

When they first visited Drybridge House they both fell in love with it.

The building had so much character and Lucy loved the fact that Heather Vincent, the wedding coordinator, was willing to do everything she could to create their day for them.

Heather, Zoe, Dave and everyone at Drybridge were absolutely fantastic throughout. Heather was always on hand, whether face to face or by email to answer any questions the couple had.

Rather than just showing them around the venue and talking them through options, Heather took the time to get to know Aidan, Lucy and their family in order to provide the best possible service..

Lucy purchased her dress from Satin & Silk in Hereford, which was about the fourth shop she visited on the dress hunt. The shop was beautifully laid out and Julie the owner was very helpful. All the Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride clothes were purchased at All about Eve in Newport.

Aidan was not too keen on the idea of a wedding photographer, as he’s not as much a poser as Lucy so it was important to them that whoever they chose would put them both at ease.

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They didn’t want over posed images, or very modern “arty” images, they wanted to have these precious moments captured naturally.

They choose Ann Lewis Photography and met with Ann at her home and within five minutes of sitting with her browsing through her photo albums they both felt completely at ease.

The photos Ann took were exactly what they had requested. Everyone that attended the wedding said how lovely Ann was, and you can tell from the photos she took that everyone felt at relaxed. Ann was always on hand throughout the day and willing to help where needed.

Lovelily was Lucy’s choice for flowers. They used
Emma numerous times over the years for various
special occasions and her flowers have never

They went to see Sugarloaf Catering fairly late on in the planning, having had some unsuccessful quotes and appointments with other suppliers. Instantly they were impressed with both Mark and Claire, and liked the fact that they had catered at Drybridge before, so had knowledge of the venue.

When the couple met Mark and Claire at the initial appointment they had a taste of the meals and they almost licked the plates clean!

The choice was made and a successful one it was with numerous compliments on the food during and after the event.

It is worth mentioning that three of their guests were gluten intolerant and when Lucy approached Mark about this, he advised that it would be easier to speak to the guests directly.

The guests reported that Mark was absolutely fantastic, he gave them time to review all three courses to ensure that they could eat everything he was going to provide. Absolute excellence in service.

Lucy was really concerned about getting the right DJ because she loves dancing and wanted to make sure she had a DJ that could create the right atmosphere. The objective was simple; get everybody up and dancing throughout the evening.

The couple contacted Darren Tipples from DJ Sound and Light, and as with Sugarloaf Catering, they liked the fact that Darren had played at Drybridge before.

In their wedding invitations  Lucy and Aidan asked their guests to provide song requests for Darren which is an excellent idea and means the DJ comes prepared!

Darren played a lot of the requests and he also arranged a tunnel for the couple to run out of at the end of the night, a really special way to end a party.

There were numerous times during the night that all of the guests, young and old, were on the dance floor singing and dancing, and there was never a lull in the dancing or the music.

The overall verdict was that they had a fabulous wedding, a gorgeous wedding day and an unforgettable evening.

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Pictures courtesy of Ann Lewis Photography
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