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Lleucu: The only thing we had on our minds was a party! Well, we knew how to organise a party!
Esyllt : We got married in different places – I got married in the chapel in Talgarreg and Lleucu married in the registry office in Aberystwyth. We had the party in the same place – in a marquee behind the pub in Talgarreg – the village hadn’t seen anything like it before!
I wanted a dress that was a little bit different. I’d been looking in shops like Monsoon and Coast but I was worried, if I got something from one of those shops, that someone would turn up in the same dress! So I went into Flannels in Cardiff, and the assistant asked if I was looking for something in particular, so I told her I was getting married and that I was looking for a nice summer dress in a light colour.
She showed me this Prada dress which had just come in the day before. I tried my usual size, the size 12, but it was too big. When I tried the size 10 it was perfect and so that was a bit of an incentive, that something size 10 fit me! I only have one sister, so I wanted Lleucu to come and see it, because I‘ve always trusted her taste.
Lleucu: When I saw it, I was pregnant and felt like a whale. She looked so pretty, like some kind of fairy in this stunning white dress. One half of me was really proud and the other half totally jealous! It was like a dress you’d see on the catwalk, but there was also a nice peasant-like feel to it.
Everything worked out lovely because they got married in Bwlch y Fadfa chapel, the one we used to go to when we were young! The place was full of Irish and Welsh and everyone was dressed up nice.
What was lovely then was, after everything had finished in the chapel, there was about a mile and a half to walk down to the village so she had to have some kind of vehicle. No-one expected it, but they’d organised a big tractor and a trailer – there were big chairs on the trailer and Welsh dragon fairy bunting and a red dragon umbrella because it was raining. I thought to myself ‘no-one’s ever worn a Prada dress and had a ride on the back of a tractor – that’s what I call style!’
Esyllt: But Lleucu’s wedding only just came together!
Lleucu: I bought my dress about a fortnight before the wedding, and only left myself a day to shop for it. I couldn’t see myself in a big long white dress at all, and I tried so many dresses on from early morning ‘til late in the afternoon. It was then I began to realise I’d left it a bit late – ‘what am I going to do?’! Towards the end of the day, we went into a shop called Frock Brokers in Convent Garden, which may still be there. You have to ring a bell to get in, and go up the stairs. It was like THE shop for every girl in the world!
And so we searched and searched and tried loads of stuff on but nothing suited me ‘til in the end I found these shoes. I tried them on and I never wanted to take them off! I thought – these are the shoes – I don’t care what else I wear, I’ll wear jeans, as long as I have these shoes! Then the assistant brought out a dress that went with the shoes...
Esyllt: I just remember Lleucu coming out and she looked so pretty with the flowery clips in her hair. She didn’t have a bouquet – she hadn’t organised one – that’s how informal the wedding was. But Mam had been into the garden to pick some wild flowers, and they went perfectly. The wedding was in July, and the yellow and purple flowers which were out at the time went perfectly with the dress.
Are you sentimental about your dresses now?
Lleucu: Well, I don’t know if I’m sentimental about the dress – because I don’t care about things, memories are a lot more important.
Esyllt: At the end of the night of the wedding, I didn’t want to take the dress off, I was thinking ‘I won’t get a chance to wear this for a while because it’s Prada’, and I don’t think I’ll ever have anything that expensive or pretty again.
Lleucu: It was a lovely dress and I’ve enjoyed wearing it since then too, so I think as long as I can squish myself into the dress I’ll carry on wearing it or maybe I’ll pass it on to my niece if I don’t have my own little girl.
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