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Real Life Wedding; A Scandinavian Bride

Michael Nicholas and Tone Hokland took their cues from Scandinavian style for an effortlessly cool celebration filled with fresh foliage and plenty of love at Pencoed House.

How did you find planning the wedding, how long did it take you?

Planning the wedding was not as stressful as we had anticipated. The hardest process was probably finding the perfect venue, we had lots of inspiration from reading Your Wedding Day magazine. We viewed a few different places but instantly fell in love with Pencoed House.

As we drove through the tree lined driveway and arrived at their arched entranceway we knew we had arrived somewhere rather special. It had everything we wanted and it kind of fell into place from there.

The ceremony and reception both took place at Pencoed House Estate. The venue offered an idyllic and serene setting in the heart of the South Wales countryside. Having the ceremony and reception both at the same place meant that we had more time to enjoy ourselves with the guests.

What was the colour theme or inspiration for the wedding?

There was no real colour theme to the wedding, instead we decided on a scandinavian inspired minimalistic approach with soft sandy colours for the men’s dickie bows and braces and dusty pink for the bridesmaids. All the flowers were white with lots of greenery to keep it natural and not too overpowering letting the beauty of the venue show through.

Who designed the wedding dress?

The dress and veil were both from Timeless Elegance Bridal at the High Street Arcade in Cardiff. The dress was designed by Eddy K and was teamed with nude strap heels from Jimmy Choo.

Did you do anything unusual?

For the evening we hired ‘The Ultrabooth Mirror’ which was great fun for guests and not as large as some of the other photo booths, so again it worked well with the venue. They also created an album with copies of all the guests photos for us to take home at the end of the night which was a nice surprise. Also instead of wedding favours we decided to make a donation to two charities close to our hearts; Diabetes UK and a Norwegian cancer charity.

What entertainment did you have?

Live music throughout the day created an ambient atmosphere. We hired John Adams and his band for the whole day. John Adam’s ability to capture the moment with his fantastic voice made it extra special. He sang the bride up the aisle to Kodaline’s ‘the one’, Elvis Presley ‘can’t help falling in love’ during the service and Vance Joy’s ‘riptide’ as we walked out after the ceremony. This then followed by setting up outside in the sun to get the party going with drinks and canapes. John’s music and style was perfect for what we wanted and suited the venue perfectly. Not only is John an amazing musician but he is also a great entertainer – we would highly recommend John and his band to anyone planning getting married or hosting other significant events.
We also had the resident DJ play a great mix of our requests. Safe to say, the guests were dancing from start to finish!

Tell us about the photographer?

Jake Morley was brilliant from start to finish. He understood what we wanted and his style suited the relaxed feel that we wanted for the wedding. Jake was great in understanding our thoughts on this and managed to capture the day perfectly. We would without doubt recommend Jake to everyone. His relaxed approach and interaction with guests takes any added stress away, just what you need on your wedding day.

What was the highlight of the day?

The highlights of the day for the both of us was the emotional service and finally tying the knot, this combined with seeing two nations mixing, coming together and having a fantastic day made it all worthwhile.