Nautical Inspired Welsh-Turkish Wedding | Becky Bailey Photography

Welcome Welsh beauty Jodie and handsome Hasan of Turkish heritage, who met through both being team players of St John’s Deaf football Club, in Stuttgart, Germany 2oo4, but it wasn’t until three years later when they found romance after a cheeky game of Twister at Hasan’s Christmas Party 2007!

Jodie and Hasan married in summer 2016 and had a beautiful nautical inspired wedding in stunning Wales, where Jodie grew up. They married  at Manorbier Castle followed by a reception at Tenby Sailing Club.

Manorbier Castle has some absolutely stunning views overlooking the beach coupled with equality beautiful views of the harbour at Tenby Sailing Club.

So wonderful to have superstar photographer Becky Bailey on the blog again today!

Over to Becky’s delightful images to tell the story of their beautiful day.


The Proposal

Normally Hasan can’t hide anything from me! (Nu Bride: They have their cunning ways!)

I was really surprised when he opened the box!

Hasan proposed on a beautiful coastal cliff path in Pembrokeshire. We had walked along that cliff path several times and had always enjoyed the walk. It has beautiful views of the sea. Two months before, Hasan had a knee operation so I was a bit wary when he suggested we go for a walk with our son Lucas.

Leaving the car in the car park, we set off. After about 5 minutes, Hasan said he had to go back, he left his mobile in the car. I said he didn’t need it. ‘But I want to take photos he said!’. I said we could use mine but no, he wanted his mobile. So off he went back to the car, and Lucas and I set off up the path. We eventually made it up with lots of shouts of ‘be careful!’ for I was worried he would hurt his knee. After stopping at the top to take photos albeit the bracing winds, I turned around and he said he needed to get something from his hood. It’s a box. Eh? He gets down on one knee and all I could say was ‘your knee, your knee!’, and then ‘Yes’! (Nu Bride: Brilliant!)


Coming Together


We wanted to keep things simple and my talented sister made my clever bouquets and flowers.

We wanted to have a relaxed wedding and created a nautical inspired wedding at Norman Manorbier Castle, Wales. We decided to keep things simple, for us, it was about bringing both our friends, families  and communities together.

We didn’t have a planner but my sister pretty much took on the role taking over things in Pembrokeshire while I was in London. She was a huge help and especially I was in my final year of University, I couldn’t have done it without her.

We did not shop around for a photographer, we both knew we wanted Becky Bailey Photography to capture our special day. We had seen photos that Becky had taken of other weddings, and we loved the fact that it was all very natural and captured the essence of the day.

We know we made the right choice, Becky was very professional in emails, meeting for the two-hour engagement photo-shoot and on the wedding day itself. We felt we both were able to enjoy the day without having an intrusive camera and Becky was so warm and friendly so the whole photography felt really relaxed.

When we received our photos, we spent ages just looking at every little detail of the day, we were thrilled with the photographs. Becky has such a great artistic eye for detail! We are looking forwards to printing the photos out for our wall at home!

For my wedding dress ,  I knew I didn’t want anything big, I just wanted to be comfortable all day and night. I googled Lace dresses and the first photo I clicked was a Maggie Emma and I just felt that it was the dress.

My sister said that that local bridal shop happened to stock an Emma in exactly my size. I tried it on and I felt really happy, it was an ‘almost’ perfect fit.


The suit

I knew I wanted a suit that I could wear again, so something simple and stylish. We looked in various shops and the style that suited me and my ushers best were Navy suits from Next.




The Ceremony



Our castle ceremony was absolutely beautiful.

Our ceremony was interpreted in British Sign Language by one of our dear friends and Catherine, my best friend read a sentimental poem.



The Reception


As for our favourite moment of our day? We loved every bit of the day, it’s simply impossible to pick! It was just so lovely to see everyone together.



We both don’t and can’t dance, so it wasn’t something we had thought about, we just knew it had to be done quickly! We had no idea what music we wanted. My sister picked Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love you. After dancing (not for too long!) we encouraged everyone else to join in.


Challenges and Triumphs

Managing to scrape through my last year of University and working and planning a wedding. It was hard.



Top Tip to Other Couples


Yes, there are some stressful times but it’s true what they say, the day does go by so quickly and relaxing, soaking it all in is something I am very glad I did.

 Jodie and Hasan – many congratulations and thank you again for sharing your day with us  – and have a wonderful 2nd anniversary !


The Talent


Photographer: Becky Bailey Photographer


Bride’s Fashion:  Dress: Maggie Sottero ‘Emma’

Accessories: Veil- The Bridal Boutique in Narberth

Jewellery: Rings: Diamonds Factory

Shoes: Rachel Simpson ‘Mimosa’ in Ivory  

Makeup: Utopia Salon in Narberth  

Hair: Utopia Salon in Narberth  

Groom’s Fashion: Suit & Shoes: Next | Shoes:  Ted Baker | Bow Tie – April Look

The Girls Bridesmaid Outfits: Vivienne of HollowayThe Bridal Boutique in Narberth

Bridesmaid Shoes: Ruby Woo

Flower Girls outfit: Monsoon

The Guys Groomsmen Suits: Next

Pageboy outfit: Marks and Spencer

Personal Touches: 

Cake: Gertie Gabble 

Food:  The Qube Catering

Invitations: Katrina Sophia

The Entertainment: Gina Jones Disco, SmartBooth Pembs, Luke Gravett- Magician, Pembrokeshire Falconry.

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One Response to “Nautical Inspired Welsh-Turkish Wedding | Becky Bailey Photography”

  1. Solvi
    April 25, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Wow, what a location. This is a tremendous location for a wedding. I wish my wedding could take place there too. Thanks for sharing this great story.

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