Carpenters Arms Coed y Paen Wedding Photography
How did these great people meet?
“We first caught sight of each other across a busy office, after which we became work colleagues.
I (Andy) was reminded by Helen that I had once circulated an email to her and others which unintentionally maddened her to the extent she thought I was complete pr!#k! Little did she or I realise our paths would cross and that we would eventually agree to marry.
When our home situations changed and after some months later, we decided to date and very quickly realised that we were right to take the plunge. We have not looked back, even now continuing to learn about each other and just when we thought we could fall deeper, we continue to grow closer and closer all the time.”
How did you both know that you were the “One” for each other?
“Not one event stands out but both agree that it’s been the little things, thoughtfulness and a type of love that cannot come around too often in a lifetime. So we’ve grabbed it!! Aside from fancying the pants off each other, we realised we had lots in common in terms of simple pleasures (walks, gardening, music and laughter, camping, being clowns) and simply enjoying each others company. We both have an immature streak a mile wide! We relax together, feel safe, secure, be ourselves and not pretend to be something we’re not!
We are better together than apart, sadder with distance and a little washed up without hugs and filling our boots. We laugh, sing and we support one another.”
Tell us about the proposal.
“I (Andy) had made my mind up 3-4 months prior to the proposal but I was unable to find out Helen’s ring size! She hardly ever takes her rings off but one day, she left 1/2 on the side and I quickly found paper and pencil to circle the diameter.
Ring ordered – arrived – YIKES!!
I’d planned to take Helen away but knew she might suspect something so instead quietly booked a restaurant for the Sunday when I planned to pop the question. Sunday morning arrived, I cancelled as just didn’t feel right.
Helen suggested we take Ozzy for a walk up the mountain from our house. I wore an oversized raincoat as it was drizzling and I needed a deep pocket in which to place the ring and its box. Pretty damn nervous walking behind Helen, chatting away but thinking “This is it !! This is it! I’m doing this!”
At the top, we walked back and forth watching Ozzy. When Helen turned away, I went down on one knee (wet knee) and she was surprised to see me messing about. Told me to get up before falling over but quickly realised what was actually happening! Our favourite spot where we go to talk, enjoy the views out to Forest of Dean and across to the Severn, was where Helen burst into tears, we hugged and realised this was happening.
She said yes (obviously), the ring she loved, it fitted and Helen said she couldn’t think of a more perfect spot to be proposed to as it’s about us and she was able to allow her emotions to run freely without others looking over. It was a moment we’ll never forget and after walking carefully back down to the house (with jellied limbs), we opened a bottle of champagne and we adjusted to what had just happened and SMILED, SMILED, SMILED. :-) ”
What inspired your décor or theme?
We didn’t want stuffy and high ceiling hotel function rooms. Just warm, slightly rustic and more relaxed in keeping with our values, relaxed outlooks. Colour theme stems from bridesmaid dresses (nude and light lavender) and rest is wood, candle lit and intimacy in wanting all of our guests to feel very much part of proceedings. The Carpenters Arms Coed y Paen fitted the bill totally!