Wedding of the Week: Sian Williams and Tom Morris
10 Apr 2017
Not only did this couple give their dog, Ralph, a starring role in their big day, the wedding theme even centred around him and his favourite walking places
How did you meet?
The Plenty of Fish dating website.
Tell us about the proposal.
In Pineda de Mar on the beach at nighttime. It was our three-year anniversary and Tom made me walk ahead. I thought he was crazy and was getting annoyed, telling him to walk next to me and cuddle me. He called me to turn around and was down on one knee. I told him off because I thought he was joking and then I saw he had a ring. I said 'yes' and we celebrated in the hotel with mojitos.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We love our dog, so the table names were photos of him and his favourite walks; the theme was dog walking with mostly wildflowers and wood decorations. The colours were all purples, as we both love lavender and thistles, and Ralph came for a visit at midday.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I had only tried on tight dresses as I had lost three stone and wanted to show myself off. The woman in the shop advised that I try on a big one, just to shock my mum and mother-in-law. I tried on my beautiful Stella York gown and they both cried. I called Tom while stood in the dress in front of the mirror and said I knew I had found 'the one'.
Where did you find your suits?
Tom’s dad has always gone to Blooms in Wolverhampton. They got Tom a suit with matching waistcoat, shoes, belt and shirt buttons. We never knew how detailed a suit could be.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Our floral arrangements were beautiful. We asked for messy, wild flowers. I asked for hard flowers in the buttonholes because I knew that flowers can wilt and I wanted them to last. I went through so many bouquets with our florist and I chose nearly every flower in the bouquet one by one.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
Our bunting was made from photos of ourselves and I made sure to have photos of every single guest. I had a large frame I covered in ivy with all our guests on and framed photos of all our parents and grandparents getting married. Our table names were based on dog walks that everyone said was original and we had beer instead of champagne at our drinks reception. We had a confetti canon, limbo and noughts and crosses. Our dog came for the wedding to say hello which everyone thought was lovely. We also had a lot of giant balloons with ivy.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was so emotional. The wrong song played initially and I just wanted to see Tom. I nearly ran down the aisle. Tom said I bounded. I cried and hugged and kissed him as soon as I saw him.
What was your most memorable moment?
People were throwing confetti and we were just smiling, so overwhelmed while looking at each other. Then we saw our dog, Ralph; we both looked at each other, squealed and ran to him. The way Tom and I both reacted and ran to Ralph for a family hug, I knew I had married the love of my life.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
I have chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome so am constantly tired and worn out. One bridesmaid lives in Kidderminster, one in Wrexham and the closest one didn’t have a car, which meant I was very busy as we really wanted a personalised wedding with all the touches. And my partner is more an ideas man than a helper. I had a lot of nights where I wrote the place settings, printed the table names and plan with individual letter stamps and tied all 40 favours together with the charms and poems we had found online.
What was the most important investment for you?
We go to Center Parcs twice a year and chose to go on honeymoon to the Center Parcs honeymoon lodge. We kept questioning it as we didn’t know whether the honeymoon lodge was worth the extra money… it was. We had a hot tub, sauna and were right on the lake. It was so beautiful and secluded and we even had a friendly maid who came in every day.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We chose Van Morrison, Crazy Love. We must have listened to hundreds of playlists and songs but when we heard this we couldn’t even practise how we would dance as I just cried. I didn’t want to commit to a song for a while, but whenever Tom played the wedding playlist he put on that song and I ended up singing it all the time.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We chose two wedding cakes which everyone loved and lots of flavours: lemon, chocolate, vanilla and raspberry. My sister’s friend has a cupcake shop so we chose to go there and had a purple cupcake tower with lemon and vanilla cupcakes and a double chocolate cake on top. As I am vegan and can’t eat certain things, one of my bridesmaid's mum made a beautiful tiered naked cake with pink icing. We managed to eat most of the cake but still had enough to take on honeymoon.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would remember to take a photo of myself and my brother-in-law. He had a groomsman outfit and was there all day, but for some reason we forgot all about him for the photos. Definitely a regret.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
Do not worry about whether people will enjoy themselves. I wanted lots of games to keep everyone happy and as soon as the wedding came I realised everyone was the entertainment. We made our own fun. Although the limbo was amazing later on in the evening.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Plan an Excel sheet of what you want to spend and you can refer to it. I thought invites were really expensive, but when I looked at our Excel plan I realised they were what I expected. You always over-stress, so try to keep calm.
Tell us about your wedding video.
We didn’t choose a videographer initially. However, we won the most amazing videographer in a competition. They were an amazing family and we couldn’t have imagined the day without them. I advise everyone to have a videographer and take part in competitions.
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