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Jenny: We like what we like – blow everyone else, we do what we like!
Sara: We both got married in winter...
Jenny: And the dresses are quite similar...
Sara: Yes, they’re very similar to be honest. We both arranged our weddings quite quickly too...
Jenny: We didn’t dilly-dally, in case they changed their minds!
Jenny: Years ago, a wedding was an event for the whole village – and buses had come down from somewhere to watch the wedding!
I knew my own mind, and I knew what I was looking for really. Since I’d lived and worked in London before I came back to Cardiff (in Jaeger on Regent Street), I knew the places to go.
I didn’t go to Harrods. I used to do fashion shows there, so I also knew how much they charged for a dress! I went up for the day with Euryn. Gwyn Llywelyn was also there because they were filming something for theTV programme ‘Y Dydd’. I needed a wedding dress so I had a look around! I went to D.H. Evans on Oxford Street and saw this one dress, Empire Line, velvet, white with fur on it, off the shoulder and straight to the trail. That was it. I knew that was the one! And since we were getting married on the 1st of January, it was suitable – I didn’t need a vest because it was made of velvet!
Had you always dreamt of getting married and imagined yourself in a dress like that?
Well, I’d thought about getting married. Before I married Euryn, I was courting – I was so young, only seventeen, and I remember coming back from London and Dad picking me up from Swansea station. I said ‘Right, I’m getting married’ and Mum and Dad thought it was ridiculous, but I remember deciding what I wanted to wear then. That fell by the wayside of course. Thank goodness! I was young then, of course. But I was only twenty-one when I married Euryn.
Your wedding was a bit of a ‘celebrity wedding’ wasn’t it? And yours too Sara?
Jenny: It was in a way, it was a news item that night.
Sara: Because I was the face of Cardiff at the time, the Western Mail and Wedding Day magazine were there – but we didn’t make OK Magazine!
I wanted everyone to feel special. I didn’t want to stand out too much with everyone wearing their mother of the bride suits and everyone looking so glitzy! I wanted everyone to feel like stars!
I was determined not to let Mam see the dress before the wedding!
Jenny: And even though Sara had brought the dress down the night before, and it had been in a bag in her bedroom, I hadn’t even peeped. I was really tempted!
Sara: I knew I didn’t like meringue-y dresses and I wanted something plain and simple. I didn’t know which way to go but as I sat down with the designer we found a picture of my mother’s dress and decided to copy it!
Jenny: When I saw it I thought, that’s my dress!
Sara: No, I really didn’t know I was going to get one so similar.
How much input did you have in helping with Sara’s dress, Jenny?
Jenny: I had one experience and I don’t want another like it ever again – going to London to look for buttons!
Sara: That’s the only thing I’d decided with the designer about the dress, that I wanted buttons all the way down the back because it’s really important that the back looks nice when you’re standing in the chapel and everyone sees you from the back. But I didn’t get buttons in the end.
Jenny: We went around every shop in Soho, or wherever all the haberdashers are, and by the end of it I was begging Sara to change her design, telling her there was no need for buttons.
Sara: I don’t know why I got so obsessed with the buttons!
Jenny: Then we went to the 5th Floor in Harvey Nicks for a Bellini each – couldn’t handle it!
I’m going back forty-two years when I talk about my wedding. It was only a wedding breakfast, and there was no talk of parties then. You did well to marry late and go straight into the evening party – if I could have my time again I’d do the same as Sara and go straight onto a party!
- CWPWRDD DILLAD