Real Weddings Wales: Judy and Eurwyn’s beautiful hotel wedding

Judy Thomas went a long way to find her perfect dress and, after that, everything just fell into place for this couple’s beautiful coastal celebration. Our WED2B Real Weddings Wales feature reveals more:

Judy and Eurwyn met on Tinder and arranged their first date for just two weeks later. “Unfortunately I was an hour and a half late,” says Judy. “If the roles had been reversed I’m not sure I would have waited, but luckily he did!”

Eurwyn proposed two years later, the day before Judy’s birthday. “I was due to go out for my birthday with my daughters so he did it the night before,” she says. “He proposed using my Old English Sheepdog, by tying the ring bag on ribbon round his neck! My girls knew about the proposal and it was a lovely surprise.”

Finding the dress

Judy fell in love with WED2B’s Peta dress when she saw it online. “A few months later I phoned to check if ‘my’ dress was in stock at either of the two WED2B bridal stores closest to me (I live in Penmaenmawr in North Wales). To my dismay I was told there were only one Size 6 left in the country,” she says. “As this was THE dress I had to have it, so I called WED2B’s helpline to discover that the only one was in the Exeter store, nearly 300 miles away!”

Luck however was on her side, as two days later she was due in Cardiff for a meeting that by some miracle finished nearly two hours earlier than expected. “So I phoned, the dress was put on one side and the rest they say is history!” smiles Judy. “The team in Exeter were lovely – if somewhat surprised that I lived in North Wales!”

The big day

The couple married at the Quay Hotel on the North Wales coast. “I have always loved the hotel,” says Judy. “It’s beautiful and set on the banks of the River Conwy with views towards Conwy Castle.”

During the ceremony the bride was accompanied by her bridesmaids, her two daughters Holly and Jasmin, along with her brother who gave her away. “I walked down the aisle to ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars with my brother, as my Dad sadly passed away in 2012. We were preceded by my husband’s eight-year-old son who carried a sign with the words, ‘Its too late to run, Dad, she’s on her way’!”

A cake to remember

After the ceremony guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by the wedding breakfast before more drinks and dancing. The couple’s cake was also quite unique…Our cake was made by a local cake-maker and was topped by a Bear and a Squid,” smiles Judy. “Despite living in Wales for 12 years I still cannot get my English tongue around some Welsh words and cannot say my husbands name properly! So I called him by the nickname ‘Bear’ instead, which now everyone calls him by (even at work!). He used to call me Squidge, but his handwriting is awful. One of my daughters, on reading a card from him, demanded ‘Why are you calling my Mum a Squid?!’ – and the name stuck!”

Judy’s top tips

“Our big day was very chilled, relaxed and unstressed,” says Judy. “ My top tip is to just go with the flow and allow the venue to sort everything!”

Photography credit: Tony Fanning Photography

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