Cerian and Matthew were married on 29th July 2017 at Trinity House, Tower Hill in London
How did you meet?
I (Cerian) was in search of a gym that I could develop my Olympic Weightlifting technique whilst also participating in some CrossFit training. Matthew owns a gym named CrossFit Llantrisant – we became friends and eventually went on a date.
How did the proposal happen?
We were with Matt’s family in New York for Christmas. Matt proposed in a Suite in the Tower of the Waldorf Astoria with Rose petals scattered on our bed with “Will you marry me?”
Matt had picked the most perfect Cartier Solitaire ring. The ring I had said I will never have when we’d discussed engagement rings early on in our relationship.
Matt attempted the proposal three times, but met issues each time. One being his flight being cancelled from Boston Airport after his skiing trip. We met Matt in New York; he had to have a Taxi from the Boston airport to NYC!
Where did the wedding take place?
The ceremony was held at All Hallows Church by The Tower and the Reception was held at Trinity House.
What did the bride wear?
A feather bust fishtail gown from Pronovias and Jimmy Choo Lang shoes.
What did the rest of the Bridal party wear?
Gold sequin Bardot style floor length dresses for the maids of honour. Gold, cowl back, sequined floor length dresses for the Bridesmaids.
What did you wear (groom)?
Matt wore a Tom Ford suit and Givenchy Shoes.
What was your theme?
Gold and White “luxe”
Describe your cake
We didn’t have a cake, we had a white and gold large Laduree macaron tower. We managed to give away the 390 macarons! Something we definitely have to credit to Zoe Turner, our Event Manager at Trinity House.
A blue bow on a garter that I had borrowed from my sister.
What were the highlights?
The ceremony, possibly the most nerve racking moment, however it felt very special and I absolutely loved hearing my Sister and Family Friend Jayne read. We also had my eldest niece Charlotte reading a Welsh poem about love.
Seeing all the guests enjoy themselves. We had hoped that the day would run smoothly with limited time waiting around and this definitely happened. It’s amazing sitting back and watching your guests enthralled in conversations on the tables and enjoying the day.
The speeches, from the introduction from Matthew’s dad (Captain Nigel Hope) who is an Elder Brother at Trinity House, to the emotional speeches given by both my Dad (John Phelps) and Matthew. It was lovely to have a bit of comedy injected into the day from Matthew’s 4 Best Men!
For our first dance, my maid of Honour Amy sang “ All of Me” by John Legend and it was flawless. I cried throughout the majority, as it was such a special moment.
The Laduree Carousse that served Ice Cream during the turn around.
Spending the day with all of my favourite people and loved ones.
Your best buy?
I can’t choose! EVERYTHING! I was so excited to wear my Dress and Veil.
I will however say that I’m so glad I didn’t scrimp with regards to the Florist we used (Karen Woolven Flowers) or on the Photographer (Stephen Bunn Photography) and Videographer (Richard Leng).
How did it end?
The day ended with the majority of us heading over to the Sky Bar at the Double Tree by Hilton, me and the bridal party still in our dresses.
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently?
No, it truly was the best day.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We are going to Disney World in September and staying at the Four Seasons. We LOVE Disney!
Photography: Stephen Bunn Photography (www.stephenbunnphotography.com)
Venue: Trinity House (www.trinityhouse.co.uk)