The Welsh lighthouse wedding of Cat and Jon Burnett

27 Jul 2016

Wedding ahoy! This lighthouse wedding in Wales was truly charming, with personal touches that meant the most to the bride and groom

How did you meet?

Jon used to be a car mechanic and he serviced my car for me. As a thank you, I made him
cakes. We then chatted and became friends, and it evolved from there.

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Tell us about the proposal.

It was just lovely. We were on a skiing holiday in Alpe d’Huez, France. We were skiing along
Les Rousses ski run, Jon then stopped at a beautiful view point and got down on on knee. I was
totally taken by surprise and said 'yes' instantly. Jon had been carrying the diamond around for three days trying to find the perfect spot to propose. Jon had put a lot of thought into the proposal and had bought a diamond in a box from Diamond Centre Wales. We then went and designed the ring/setting together when we got back home.

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What was your theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Hessian and lace with a hint of soft pinks.

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When did you know when you'd found the dress?

It took me a while to find the right dress as it's such a big decision and you want it to be perfect. In the fifth shop I went to I finally found the dress. I did go back a second time to try it on to make sure and only then did I know.

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Where did you find your suits?

Jon got the suit from Slaters in Cardiff.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I am a sentimental person and like the idea of being able to keep your bouquet. I had Dream Bouquets make me a brooch bouquet. This incorporated pieces of jewellery from family members who are no longer with us, meaning they were able to be part of the day too. My sister and niece - my two bridesmaids - had there flower bouquets made by them too, along with the all the buttonholes.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

A lot of people said that they found our wedding very personal. We made a lot of things ourselves for the wedding and we had the wedding how we wanted. We had a small ceremony in the day with just 11 people and a big evening reception with all our family and friends to celebrate. I was very lucky that Jon was fully involved with all the planning and preparation. Jon and I made the invites and wedding favours. I made bunting and chair covers for the lighthouse. My best friend drove me to the lighthouse, our fantastic photographer (Rebecca Northway) is a family friend and photographed my sister's wedding. My mum made the cake, Jon’s mum made table decorations for the lighthouse.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Very emotional. You plan for so long and put so much time and effort in to the day and it was
finally here. I was excited to see everyone as well. As we got married in a lighthouse it wasn't much of an aisle; I had to walk up a staircase so was nervous about tripping up.

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What was your most memorable moment?

There isn't one moment I can think of, but lots of really special moments. Our favourite moments include seeing each other for the first time as I came up the stairs in the lighthouse. The second one is dancing together in the evening reception feeling really special and loved by all the people who had travelled so far to celebrate with us.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Jon and I both work shifts and spend weeks at a time on opposite shifts. So trying to make decisions together was sometimes hard.

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What was the most important investment to you?

The honeymoon - having that perfect holiday to unwind afterwards, and the photographer - as the day goes by so fast you want to remember it all for forever.

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

'Home' - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, because the words are just nice without being all soppy.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

My mum made it. Growing up, mum made all our birthday cakes and cakes for special occasions. She made my sister's wedding cake, so she had to make our cake too. I made the mini bunting and we ordered the cake topper.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

To make the day not go so fast.

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Was there anything you wish you'd known before?

How the wedding planning takes over your life sometimes without realising.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Dubai for a few couple of days, then Mauritius for 10 days - totally amazing and everything we
wanted from our honeymoon. Beautiful, relaxed and adventurous.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

You can never be too organised. Try and keep chipping away at the to-do list. Do something
every couple of weeks. The last few months will fly by. We made our wedding favours of Welsh cakes. We made them three months beforehand and froze them. Also try to have your wedding how you want, not what other people want. We wanted a small ceremony and it was just fantastic.

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Steal their style:

Photography: Rebecca Northway, www.rebeccanorthway.com
Dress: All About Eve, www.allaboutevebridalwear.com
Suit: Slaters Cardiff, www.slaters.co.uk
Wedding Venue: Nash Point Lighthouse, www.nashpoint.co.uk/weddings
Wedding Reception: Court Colman Manor, www.court-colman-manor.com
Rings: Diamond Centre Wales, www.diamondcentrewales.com
Band: Brother Ray, www.brotherraymusic.com/wedding-entertainment
Reception Chair Covers & Table Decor: Wedding Events by Jan, www.weddingeventsbyjan.co.uk
Flowers & buttonholes: Dream Bouquets, www.dreambouquets.co.uk
Hair: Angie Thomas, www.eleganciahair.co.uk
Make-Up: Nicola Dewar
Vintage Bus: Champagne Wedding Cars, www.champagneweddingcars.co.uk
Wedding Favours: Bespoke Laser UK, www.bespokelaseruk.co.uk

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