04 Jun Portmeirion – Wedding Photography
Portmeirion Wedding // Laurie & Jack
Portmeirion; a cute, pastel coloured, Portofino inspired village in north west Wales. Loved by tourists, home to world famous pottery, location of the music Festival No6, backdrop of surreal 60’s spy drama The Prisoner, and more recently, the setting for the spring wedding of Laurie and Jack. Given that the couple are currently in the process of relocating to rural Wales from London, having bought an old train station (yes really!) to do up and call home, holding their wedding in Portmeirion seemed quite fitting.
Laurie and Jack both got ready at one of the village’s self catering apartments, the girls getting ready upstairs, and the boys downstairs. Tables in the girls apartment were full of flowers and makeup, and in Jack’s, birthday cards and gifts. The couple had picked Jack’s birthday as the day they’d become husband and wife; a double celebration and no chance of Jack forgetting their anniversary in years to come.
The ceremony was held in the Hercules Hall, a fabulous dark wood panelled room, with leaded windows at one end that would allow the light to flood in. The ceremony was wonderful, with Jack’s sister Sarah playing guitar and singing, and close friend Devin playing some beautiful music on the dulcimer. Once the register had been signed, the couple exited to the ubiquitous and infectious ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams.
A champagne reception was followed by dinner in the Portmeirion Hotel. The dining room has a lovely Art Deco feel to it, with Tiffany blue seating and views out onto the estuary, the sky and water merging into shades of grey on what was a fairly drizzly day! Speeches were interspersed with a surprise cake complete with sparkler for the birthday boy, and a performance from members of Jack’s very talented and musical family, including songs written by dad Sam especially for the occasion. This culminated in a sing along of Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, which even Laurie’s granddad joined in on.
The evening celebrations were to be held back in the Hercules Hall, but not before a miniature train ride around the rather lush, green forest surrounding Portmeirion. The dance floor was opened with Laurie and Jack’s first dance, and the floor soon filled. Music was provided by the unique and incredibly talented Gypsies of Bohemia , who, in their own words, are ‘Manchester’s first jazz manouche non-purists’. I would highly recommend them if you’re looking for something a little different and a little bit brilliant from your wedding band. The evening continued with dancing a plenty, and a dressing up box featuring pink wigs and Mexican wresting masks amongst other things…… A joyous day with the lovely Laurie and Jack, some favourites are below