A Black & Red, 50s Rock n Roll Wedding: Hannah & Lewiss

August 1, 2012

Hannah & Lewiss’ small and sweet wedding was held at St Fagans Castle, the National History Museum of Wales. For their evening party they moved to the trendy Jolyons at No.10, a boutique hotel in the heart of Cardiff. The venue choices were important to this couple and they both wanted places that stood out. Hannah explained, “We both didn’t believe in long engagements so we set a date for 9 months after we got engaged. Finding a unique venue was important to us, but this was harder than we imagined. Living in Cardiff, we wanted somewhere in South Wales but it seemed to be flooded with chain hotel venues or vast historic buildings which were too big for the small wedding we had dreamed of. After overlooking it a couple of times we went to visit St Fagans Castle. St Fagans is the National History Museum of Wales, an outdoor museum full of historical buildings from all around the country. The Castle is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Manor House set in the most fabulous gardens. Even though it wasn’t what we originally had in mind, we knew straight away it was perfect. Also it’s in the area where Lewiss grew up and his parents still live, so it being local meant a lot to him.”

For their wedding theme, they oped for a subtle 50s theme, but really, they just included anything they loved. “The last thing we wanted was a one colour themed cookie cutter wedding”, Hannah continued. “We are both really creative so we did pretty much everything ourselves. Not only did this help us stamp our personality on the whole day, but it worked well with our smaller budget too. We started off with quite a strict theme idea, but over time, we stopped thinking about it too much and just let our natural style and quirkiness shine through. I love the classic look of the 1950s so that inspired what I wore as well as some of the decor; we went for a simple black white and red approach. I was very specific about what decorations I wanted so ended up making a lot of it myself. I did a lot of sewing with the table runners and tablecloths, and we designed and printed the stationary ourselves. We both LOVE rock music, I’m all about 1970s classic rock, and Lewiss is obsessed with 1980s metal, so we threw a bit of that in too with the table names and some of the decorations. We filled the day with music we love; I walked down the aisle to Joe Satriani, we signed the register to Led Zeppelin and we walked out of the ceremony to Creedence Clearwater Revival. During the day reception we had on Free and more Led Zeppelin while everyone was enjoying their lunch and our DJ in the evening loved British Punk music so we danced to a lot of The Clash which was amazing!”

“We wanted to make the day really relaxed and chilled out”, Hannah concluded. “We did an informal ‘dinner hall style’ seating plan and put people together with people they knew so there was no forcing people to talk to strangers. Due to it only being a small wedding everybody ended up mingling and talking to each other anyway which was wonderful. We had fish chips and mushy peas for lunch with tea and cake for afters. Even though our non-standard menu choice caused many disagreements with my family before hand, on the day it went down a treat and everybody loved it! We added our own personal touch to the food too. Lewiss is an incredible writer so he put together a front page of a newspaper which told our ‘story’ and we had it printed and served as the base to the fish and chips. People loved it so much, they took the newspaper home with them as a reminder of the day!”

Gorgeous indeed! Thank you to Hannah & Lewiss and their photographer Bethan of Haywood Jones Photography for sharing!

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Haywood Jones Photography
Ceremony/Day Reception Venue: St Fagans Castle, the National History Museum of Wales
Evening Celebration Venue: Jolyons at No.10
Bride’s Dress: Ellis Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Alexander McQueen
Bride’s Headpiece: Tessa Kim and Alan Hannah
Cake: Designer Cakes 
Flowers: The Flower Lodge
Hair: Sophie at Bauhaus, Cardiff
Band: Klezmer Kollectiv
Transport: Happy Days Cars