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University pair Gareth and Leanne tie the knot in style.

The couple: Leanne Gwyther (nee Lee), 32, and Gareth Gwyther, 33, both of Cardiff.

The venue: The ceremony took place at St Mary's Parish Church in Whitchurch and the reception was held at the New House Country Hotel in Thornhill.

How they met: The couple are both Cardiff born and bred, but didn't meet until they were studying at Swansea University. Leanne and Gareth lived near each other and went on a few dates while they both still lived in Wales' second city, before eventually having a long-distance relationship when Leanne graduated and moved back to Cardiff.

Since then, Gareth has joined her and the couple have been together for 10 years.

The proposal: Gareth decided there was only one place he could pop the all-important question: back in Swansea, where the couple first met.

Leanne said: "It was really lovely walking around the city with all these memories. We even went back to the place we first went on a date."

The wedding: For Gareth and Leanne, the crucial ingredient to bring their wedding day together was help from their family and friends, who lent a hand with almost every aspect of the day.

"When we first started planning, we had all these ideas - we couldn't have pulled it off without their help."

A close family friend designed a bespoke print for the couple, which included their chosen colour of sage green. The design was used on all of the invitations as well as to label the handmade Welsh-cake wedding favours.

Bird-cage centrepieces were also made by friends and family and floral arrangements for the church and the reception were made by Leanne's mum.

The bridal party were each given a unique gift of handmade jewellery, again made by a friend of the family especially for the wedding. Each bridesmaid, who wore sage-green floor-length dresses, had matching necklaces.

Leanne's tiara was also specially-made and matched a miniature version worn by the flower-girl. Her dress was made out of lace and had a sweetheart neckline.

Gareth was kitted out in a traditional grey suit with tails, paired with a white waistcoat and kravat to match Leanne's dress.

Guests were ensured plenty of entertainment at the reception, with wedding band the Velveteens proving a big hit.

"We had people coming up to us asking who the band were because they were so good," said Leanne.

"Everyone said they had the time of their life. They even surprised us with a second first-dance, which was amazing."

Summing up the day, she added: "We couldn't have wished for a more perfect day. We loved every moment. We're so lucky to have such great family and friends."


Leanne and Gareth with pageboy Jack Ellis, six, and flower-girl Catrin Ellis, three

PICTURE: Sally Uphill Photography
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 22, 2013
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