WED­DINGS Cou­ple en­joy laid-back wed­ding

South Wales Echo - - WEDDINGS -

The cou­ple: An­drew Clar­idge, 30, a wind tur­bine tech­ni­cian from Llantwit Fardre, near Pon­typridd, and Vicki Clar­idge, 31, a mid­wife from Stafford­shire. The cou­ple now live to­gether in Llantwit Fardre. The venue: The cou­ple were mar­ried at St Ill­tud’s Church, Llantwit Ma­jor, on Septem­ber 11, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at Rosedew Farm Barn. How they met: The cou­ple met in De­cem­ber 2013.

Vicki said: “An­drew and my cousin set up that I would meet with him when I was in Wales vis­it­ing my cousin.

“He ap­peared when we were at St David’s shop­ping cen­tre and met me play­ing a trum­pet.

“I wasn’t im­pressed at that mo­ment, or when he tried to kiss me un­der the mistle­toe, although when he came around to my cousin’s house the next day I got to meet him prop­erly and re­alised he was some­one spe­cial.

“We went on our first date in Jan­uary 2014.” The pro­posal: An­drew pro­posed dur­ing Vicki’s 30th birth­day sur­prise trip to New York.

The cou­ple were at the top of the Rock­e­feller build­ing the day be­fore her birth­day.

Vicki said: “I re­mem­ber there be­ing a lot of ner­vous laughs from both of us but of course I said yes.” The wed­ding: Vicki and An­drew opted for a laid-back wed­ding.

The theme was “rus­tic un­done” and they wanted it to be a re­laxed fam­ily oc­ca­sion.

Vicki said: “We both al­ways knew we wanted to marry in a church and our vicar at St Ill­tud’s was bril­liant.

“It was a beau­ti­ful ser­vice and many of our guests com­mented on it af­ter.

“We vis­ited many beau­ti­ful venues for our re­cep­tion but Rosedew Farm re­ally stood out for us be­cause of the laid-back na­ture.

“We had a ukulele player for the drinks re­cep­tion and a DJ for the evening.

“We also de­cided to have a car­i­ca­tur­ist draw­ing our guests in the evening.”

The cou­ple had a won­der­ful day. The honey­moon: The cou­ple jet­ted off to Texas in Septem­ber be­fore en­joy­ing a driv­ing tour of Florida.

They vis­ited places such as Or­lando, Mi­ami, Key West and St Pete Beach.

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