Jo and Mike met at University and a humorous friendship blossomed into a romance. Mike proposed whilst on a skiing holiday with Jo and her family, much to the delight of all concerned. Due to their work commitments they set a date for the wedding only a few months afterwards. Thankfully the family, but particularly Jo's mum, was on hand to get this operation completed with military precision and with lots of classical touches too!
The wedding took place at St Cadoc's Church in the village of Raglan. The bride got ready with her family around her. We were given a warm welcome into the family home and could hear Jo's familiar giggle before we had even stepped into the hall!
Jo's dress and accessories were stunning in their classic simplicity. This was going to be a very tasteful affair!
As Jo started getting dressed with help from her mum and gorgeous bridesmaid Bex...
...the men were preparing in The Beaufort Arms Inn just a few hundred metres away. Mike was very ably supported by his best man Andy and half of the British services!
At last Ian's only daughter (gulp) was ready to melt his heart once more...
From here on in you might see that swords were quite a feature of the day - from the father of the bride's ceremonial blade to the groomsmen's...
Whilst Jo was driven he short distance to the church, the men walked over the road. The service was very personal and included readings, poems and a few giggles. The register was signed in front of a window commemorating Lord Raglan, himself an officer in the British Army. It was completely befitting that the newly married couple left the church through a guard of honour. Not only had the couple got a new marital status, but Mike had been presented with his first medal just prior to the wedding ceremony.
The reception party made their way to the Llansantffraed Court Hotel, set in rolling Monmouthshire countryside. This 4 star hotel did not disappoint. Not only was it beautiful, but everything from the food to the service of the staff was top notch.
The colour theme was that of Help for Heroes and the couple even staged a raffle for the charity after their sumptuous meal. Whilst the guests spilled out onto the patio and lawns to chat, relax and play croquet, we sneaked our newlyweds away for some couple photographs.
And just when we thought that their day couldn't get much more perfect, nature stepped in to give us a beautiful show...
We returned to the house in time for the first dance and the party to really get underway. These people really know how to get a party going. So much fun and laughter!!
There was only one way to finish off the photographs ... with a guard of honour in sparklers.
Finally it was time to say goodnight to the wedding party and this fabulous day. We walked away from the house with the sound of laughter filling the night air... ...and Jo's giggles could still be heard.
Wishing Jo and Mike and their family and friends a very happy future.
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To see their engagement photos, click here: http://www.unique-as-you.co.uk/blog/2015/8/raglan-castle-wedding-pre-shoot-mike-and-jo