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Real Life Wedding; Love Story

With two brides, two grooms and a clever literary theme, the Sheridan-Shackley wedding in Hay-on-Wye was definitely a big day with a difference.

What could be more special than a wedding, right? Well, how about two weddings? When identical twin sisters Jenna and Joanne Harries found themselves engaged at the same time, holding a joint ceremony seemed the obvious conclusion.

As if that weren’t unusual enough, the pair tied the knot with their respective beaus, Philip Sheridan and Luke Shackley, at Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, celebrating their love of books as well as each other.

The ceremony took place on the top floor amongst the book shelves after closing time, after which the party walked the short distance to arts and social venue The Globe at Hay, forming a festive procession behind the brides and their grooms.

Here the literary theme continued, with everything from book themed photo booth props to a candy cart filled with Harry Potter inspired sweets by Sweet Caroline’s Candy Carts and Confectionery, and an incredible book cake designed by The Little Velvet Cakery in Ammanford. Every element was a true reflection of the two couples, who decorated the space themselves – the table decorations were even designed by Phil.

Personality and attention to detail were the order of the day, with a distinct lack of formality and plenty of fun all round, from the cleverly chosen Extra Love beer to the ice cream cone desserts and fun sparklers once the sun went down. The flowers, by Colette at Dandelion Wishes, were simple but beautiful arrangements displayed in glass jars decorated with gingham ribbon.

Jenna and Joanne looked stunning in different but blended lace covered dresses, with make up and hair expertly done by Stephanie Hughes and Jody Amner, while the grooms wore navy suits highlighted with buttercup yellow ties and pocket handkerchiefs.

Photographer Michelle Huggleston was on hand to capture every moment of the special and unique day, and returned the following morning to get the couple shots done at a more leisurely pace.

“I felt super excited when they asked me to be their wedding photographer,” she says. “A joint wedding in Hay-on-Wye – I knew the day was going to be incredible. And it was!”