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Sarah and Wyn knew each other as children, growing up in same area and attending the same schools. However they didn’t get together until 2007, a few months after Wyn was best man for Sarah’s brother in Cyprus.
Sarah and Wyn got engaged on 21st March 2008 after Wyn proposed on the beach at Saundersfoot, during a hail storm!
The theme of the wedding was art deco, as this reflected the cruise ship location. Being a wedding stationery designer, Sarah designed their stationery to match the theme and they had an ivory/blue and silver colour scheme.
The Bride’s Outfit
Sarah dress was a ‘Victoria Jane’ design for Ronald Joyce, full length with a train and beaded all over. It had spaghetti straps, sweetheart neckline and 26 buttons down the back. Sarah found her dress after her childhood friend Vanessa, owner of Cariad Bridal of Llanelli, called her to say the perfect dress was in stock!
The Groom’s Outfit
Wyn bought a tuxedo from Dyfed Menswear and teamed it with a dress shirt and bow tie, complemented with a silver waistcoat.
The Bridal Party
Sarah’s brother Gareth was best man, Wyn’s sister was bridesmaid and they had Sarah’s niece and nephew Maisie and Miles as their flower girl and usher. Lindsey wore a Raylia designs dress in cornflower blue and Maisie wore a Pierce II Fonda dress from Debenhams with a sash made to match Lindsey’s dress (Sarah’s handiwork!). The best man and usher both wore tuxedos.
The Ceremony & Reception
Sarah and Wyn had a civil ceremony performed by Captain Keith Dowd, which took place in the Ivory Suite onboard Ventura, attended by 38 guests.
The reception was in East restaurant, also onboard Ventura, where they had canapés and champagne. In the evening there was a 4 course meal at Cinnamon Restaurant.
The best man, both fathers, Wyn and Sarah all made speeches. The best man’s poem had everyone laughing as it was a nautical themed diary of Wyn and Sarah getting together!
Lynette Chilvers from the ship’s photography department was the photographer. Sarah and Wyn’s favourite picture is one where they are out on deck, next to the reflective windows of the Metropolis bar.
For wedding favours, Sarah and Wyn designed and printed handbag mirrors and bottle opener key rings to match their stationery. The ladies also received crystal paperweights, the men were given desktop calendars, again designed and printed by Sarah and Wyn, and the children had a gift bag each containing games and puzzles. Sarah’s mum worked hard decorating all the favour pouches with flowers, gems and tags.
Best Memories of the Day
“Seeing each other at the ceremony as Sarah walked down the aisle with her father, the speeches, the evening reception when the waiters all sang to us and the fun of having our photos taken all over the ship.”
Photography: Lynette Chilvers of P&O Cruises
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