Venue: Llangoed Hall, Brecon
Date: November 2016
Kind words from Dave:
From the outset we both had an idea of the type of wedding that we wanted, but little idea of how to make it happen.
Once we were engaged we were keen not to wait too long to tie the knot, we set about buying wedding magazines, reading blogs and basically devouring anything wedding based. We live in the Cotswolds so we are inundated with potential venues all vying to host your special day.
Having looked through various websites we visited a few venues locally and weren’t impressed. Everything seemed impersonal and formulaic rather than listening to what we were looking for and trying to accommodate us we were offered packages “£000 will get you this, that plus 1.25 glasses of fizz per guest” the opposite of what we had dreamed of and not lighting our fire at all.
We moved on from here feeling a bit disheartened and explored hiring a large venue where we could accommodate our guests overnight but we would have to organise absolutely everything from the caterers to chairs and so on, we would get the (very large and impressive) house but that was it, the rest was up to us.
We booked to view it, feeling a bit daunted and Nicky mentioned it to Gail who simply said “if you’re looking at that why don’t you come and have a look at this” and so began our journey with Gail and Llangoed Hall. We agreed to visit soon afterwards having scoured through their website and pretty much agreeing that unless it was horrendous we would book it on the spot. Which we did, thankfully!
Having secured the venue we then had to fill in the blanks. Llangoed had given us a folder full of brochures for various providers, photographers to florists, wedding favours to DJs – we didn’t know where to start!
We turned to Gail for her help through the maze and she started by giving us two photographers. We booked the first one whose style we preferred, encouraged by her professionalism we leaned on Gail more and more, she introduced us to the florist, make up artist and many others who we went on to use. She steered us through the process, the etiquette and some of the seemingly minor things that made our day just extraordinary.
Throughout this time Nicky and Gail were in constant contact, occasionally I would chip in with the odd question for clarification but I felt that we were in safe hands. Our day soon came around and Gail’s finishing touches such as the hand produced order of the day and the mirrored table plan added those final bits of magic to the day. I could be biased but I feel that because of Gail ours was the best wedding that I have ever been to, a sentiment echoed by many of our guests, they loved how we did everything and the relaxed but smooth way that the day ran.
My overriding memory of Gail is her telling us “make sure you practice how you’re going to kiss when the registrar tells you, you want it to look right and you only get one chance” – now that’s dedication and why you should have no hesitation in hiring Gail for your special day.
Nicky & Dave