Weddings on the Gower, Beautiful day, Beautiful Wedding
Sitting in my office in the Autumn gloom with the wind whistling and the storm clouds threatening makes me think back to that wonderful day in June when our friends held their wedding in our paddock at Hael Farm Cottage. Clive and Ali’s son Seb and his beautiful bride Tanya wanted a relaxed and casual celebration of their marriage and what more idyllic spot than the field adjacent to Hael Farm. Tanya’s family took the cottage for the week before and after the wedding and by and large enjoyed magnificent weather for the entire fortnight.
During the week before the marquee was erected and decorated by Tan and her family, the poshest loos I’ve ever seen put in place, and most importantly the barrels of beer put in place in the bar to settle in time for the great day. The bridal arch was constructed, bedecked with flowers, and positioned, and cricket, boules and croquet areas prepared around the field for the post nuptial entertainment of the younger guests (and as it turned out some of the older guests).
We woke on the morning of the wedding to the most glorious of sunny days. The caterers arrived laden with a feast for Seb and Tan to entertain their guests and the preparations were complete. And the sun continued to shine. All was peace and tranquility and even the blushing brides preparations seemed to be progressing effortlessly with no panic in the least bit evident from Hael Farm Cottage.
Off we went to the beautiful St Mary’s Parish church in Pennard to witness the wedding ceremony and vows. The sun continued to beat down as we waited in the church yard for the principals to arrive. The ushers ushered us all inside and then……the beautiful bride arrived, everyone gasped as she made her way down the aisle on her proud father’s arm. The vicar conducted a joyous and humorous ceremony and less than an hour later Seb and Tan had made their lifelong commitment to each other in front of 60 witnesses.
Out again into the church yard for official and unofficial photos (Seb’s brother Sam is a professional photographer) under the continuing glorious sunshine. Back then for the reception with Seb and Tan conveyed by modern day horse and cart seated on straw bales and bedecked with flowers and bunting.
Back at the field and by now the sun was baking. More photos of bride and groom, bride and groom with immediate family, then individual families, then extended families, then with friends, then with younger friends and so on………..and all the time the pimms was going down a treat. At last we sit down for the speeches and the celebratory meal. The speeches were not disastrously embarrassing for either Seb or Tan and the food was excellent. Before we knew it the Ceiladh band arrived along with the evening guests and it was time to boogie or in our case ceiladh. The band struggled manfully to organise the dancers many of whom were either too dull, too sloshed, or both to follow instructions and more than one dance ended up in chaos….but we all enjoyed it immensely, and much preferable to the usual post nuptial disco. The balmy evening went on, the beer continued to flow and everyone agreed it had been a beautiful wedding and a beautiful day.
Next day we all returned to clear up. There was remarkably little mess and clearing up consisted of lighting the barby and “clearing up” the beer and wine left over from the night before. Another glorious sunny day and a very pleasant afternoon sitting around with Seb and Tan and their families.
Hael Farm was the perfect venue for the wedding thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Seb and Tan made a lovely couple, totally devoted to each other, and we wish them every success and happiness in their life together.