A Christmas Romance and a Summer Wedding

November 30, 2017

A Christmas Romance and a Summer Wedding

This is just the sort of story that leaves you feeling all warm inside, a true life Christmas fairytale! When Lalle contacted me to design her railway themed wedding table plan, I had no idea of the story that lay behind it. Photographs by Sacha Miller.

You see, Lalle met her Vince on a train just before Christmas 8 years ago, while they were both reading the same book (2066, by Roberto Bolano, in case you're wondering!). Vince had boarded the train at London Paddington and Lalle sat down next to him after joining near Oxford. 

Train station wedding table name number card

Lalle was extremely skeptical when Vince declared he was reading the same book she'd got out of her bag to read, however it was indeed true. They chatted all the way back to South Wales, where they were both travelling to to spend Christmas with their families. 

Fast forward 7 and a bit years and Lalle and Vince were planning their summer wedding back home in Wales. Struggling to find a way to weave their fairytale meeting into the wedding, Lalle then discovered an example of a train line table plan and it was just the ticket!

Vintage wedding train table plan

Lalle asked for the table plan to reflect the main colours of the wedding - blue, pink and apricot. She's originally from Swansea, so the table plan reflects stations on the route they met, from London Paddington (top table, and where they now live) all the way to Swansea, via Vince's home town of Newport. We created (at Lalle's request) a vintage Great Western style design, and they were delighted with the results!

As much as possible, they tried to match people to relevant table names - e.g. Lalle's bridesmaids and school friends were on the Swansea table; Vince's family were on the Newport table.

Blue bridesmaid dresses 

The couple were married at the family run, stunning Caer Llan. At almost 30 degrees, the Welsh weather and location left guests feeling as though they were abroad, creating the relaxed summer vibe they'd hoped for. 

Caer Llan summer wedding Wales

Lalle wore a full length gown made in Swansea, guided by the expert eye of Stephanie at Stephanie Allin in the Mumbles.

Welsh wedding at Caer Llan

Florist Emma Webster created a beautiful bouquet, bringing to life what Lalle had in mind exactly.

Harpist Wales

For their alternative to a wedding cake, the new Mr and Mrs treated guests to a gorgeous brownie tower! Made and supplied by Gower Cottage Brownies.

Alternative wedding cake brownie tower

Photographer Sacha Miller is described by Lalle as a calming influence and true professional, he's given them wonderful photographs with which to remember their unique Welsh summer wedding. 

Lalle and Vince, we wish you a very merry Christmas as Mr and Mrs!




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