Mirain and Jak were introduced by a mutual friend who was fed up of them both making bad relationship choices! “He knew we were both going to the same festival in a few weeks, and started a WhatsApp group for us… then left us to it!” explained Mirain. “I can honestly say that I’d fallen for Jak before we even got to the festival. He moved in with me the following weekend!”
They used the festival to set the tone for their day – for it not to be ‘weddingy’, to focus on fun and for things to be a little bit different. The most important thing for Mirain was to celebrate everyone in the room. “I wanted it to be a gesture of my gratitude to all of these wonderful people who had stuck with us through the good times and the bad times, and who had got us both to where we were that day.”
Aesthetically, they used their love of animals as an overriding theme; “We’re both huge animal lovers, and last Christmas, Liberty of London had an animal theme, with monkeys, lions and owls hanging from a huge hot air balloon!” said the bride. “I fell in love with them, so I sent an e-mail to Liberty asking what was happening to these animals after Christmas not really expecting to hear anything back, but they were LOVELY! They said that if I could pick them up, I could take as many as I could carry, so that’s what we did! That set the tone for the rest of the décor.”
They hung monkeys and lions from the roof of the marquee, and painted dinosaur figures gold to hide in the jungle-themed table setting that their florist came up with to complement. “ I tried to stick to some sort of colour pallet with greens and golds, but other than that – if it made us smile – it was in!”
With a £25,000 budget, their day was held at Bach Wen in Clynnog, North Wales in October. Their officiant was a family friend, who conducted a beautiful, personal bilingual ceremony in Welsh and English. They had everyone belt out You’re Just Too Good To Be True early on in the ceremony, which helped to set a fun tone and get everyone involved. With a guest list full of professional singers and actors, they were spoilt for choice for people to perform readings.
They had friends read a Frida Kahlo piece, and a poem written by Mirain’s father. Others paired together to perform – a special mashup of Y Teimlad by Super Furry Animals and Beyonce’s Halo. “My two nephews were ring bearers, and I had to say my vows with my youngest nephew clinging on to me as he just wanted to hug it out for a bit! We then danced our way out to Stone Roses’ Fools Gold!”
The one thing that Mirain wished she’d done differently for their wedding day was to hire a day-of coordinator. “I wish I’d had someone to take over on the day. I was still in total control of everything, so couldn’t really relax. My wonderful friend, who is an event planner, could see that I was getting a bit overwhelmed during the meal and came up to me and whispered ‘Right – you can either be the gardener, and see all the work that needs to be done, or… you can sit back, and just enjoy the garden! THAT was a game changing moment for me!”