Lizzy and Henry met five years ago and fell in love. It is not hard to see why; this is a couple who are really comfortable with each other and what they want from their life together. Henry likes to be laid back, although knows what is important to him... and Lizzy is his number one. We suspect that he is the perfect antidote to her stressful work life. Lizzy is warm and friendly and understands Henry very well.
The couple wanted a family centred wedding in the countryside and chose the characterful Treowen House, which they had the exclusive use of for the weekend. The house has a fabulous history - search for it on YouTube. The large rooms with their high leaded windows and time worn oak floors provided the perfect setting for the celebrations.
We popped in on the Friday, after the wedding rehearsal, for another look around. The family was just starting the big job of decorating and we couldn't believe the transformation by the next morning!
Lizzy and Henry opted for natural materials and recycled items; to reflect their love of the outdoors and Henry's gardening. The place settings were decorated with flowers, packets of seeds and home-made jelly. The rooms were bedecked with home-made bunting and fairy lights and the 'signing book' was pebbles for their garden. Many generations of their families were present in the eclectic mix of family photo frames.
We walked in to find Lizzy sitting sipping a glass of bubbly on a sofa in the drawing room; a beautiful space for bridal preparation! Sarah from Bouff was busy with little Florence, the flower girl, before working her magic on our bride.
Lizzy was very careful about who she chose to be part of her day and trusts Sarah completely. The reaction of Lizzy's mum, Clare, said it all!
Lizzy's maids were her two lovely friends and these gorgeous ladies were just wonderful; nothing was too much for them to ensure that Lizzy's preparations ran smoothly. Helen even had a Bride's Emergency Kit! The girls looked lovely in their robes and we just had to capture them looking fabulous:
At last it was time for Lizzy to put on her stunning beaded cream dress to be topped with a lace trimmed cream veil. After a final check; very eager hands helped her into her gown.
Her jewellery was simple as the gown did all the talking! She looked absolutely stunning and we couldn't wait to see Henry's face when he saw his lovely Lizzy walking down the aisle.
But first it was time for another man to capture a first glimpse of Lizzy - her father, Basil. He is not known for exuberant facial expressions, but even Basil's face couldn't help but show his joy at seeing his daughter.
Meanwhile, in the busy metropolis of Usk (well small, rural town), the groom and boys had gathered in the Three Salmons Hotel. The guys looked fabulous in their outfits. The shirts, ties, trousers and jackets were bought as separate components. The ties had pheasants in flight on - unique and oh so dapper!
Henry 's twin brothers, father and best friend were on hand to keep in check (or lead him astray - we are not really certain). After a little 'bonding' over a beer, they made the short walk to St Francis Xavier RC Church.
At last the Lovely Lizzy was ready to join her Henry at the alter. Henry may have taken a little while to get round to the proposal (managing to just get it in before his 31st birthday), but this was a union that was meant to be.
After some heartfelt words from Fr Sixtus and communion, the couple could leave as Mr and Mrs Dawson.
The newlyweds travelled back to Treowen in a shiny Beaufort. Friends and family joined them on the lawns for photographs before enjoying drinks and canapes, croquet and lawn games.
After enjoying time with their guests the couple slipped away for their couple's photos. Henry is a real character and we just enjoyed watching him being Henry and making Lizzy laugh.
So hugs were always going to be broken up with Henry 'Lord of the Manor' Dawson poses.
The gardens had to be explored...
...as did the amazing staircase... (not bad for 20 minutes!!)
Inside the guests were chatting away and ready for their meal. Lizzy and family had been busy making starters and desserts - and even the beautiful wedding cake. This really was a family affair.
The couple braved the dance floor for their first dance, watched by many of the guests (even though England were "playing" rugby)! They were joined in the closing bars by a tired, but still active, Florence.
How do a party group dance the night away? To the call of a ceilidh band of course!
Go Mr and Mrs Dawson!
The finale was as awesome as this couple - a firework display that could out rival an opening ceremony
What an incredible couple. What an incredible day.
Wishing them a very happy life together.
Click here for Lizzy and Henry's engagement session.