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13/08/2015

Weddings in Wales: 'Everything was perfect - like walking into a dream'

Sodira and Geraint Holmes on their wedding day

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This week's couple live in Fairwater:

Sodira and Geraint Holmes on their wedding day

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The couple

Sodira Holmes (nee Andreou), 26, from Danescourt, Cardiff, and Geraint Holmes, 28, from Aberystwyth. Sodira is an operations coordinator and Geraint is a supply chain manager. They both live in Fairwater, Cardiff

The venue

The couple were married at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, in Butetown, and had their reception at Cottrel Park Golf Resort on May 24.

How they met

Sodira and Geraint met six years ago at Square music festival, which is run by one of Geraint’s friends and held in Borth, Ceredigion. A few weeks later they went on their first date back in Cardiff at St Fagans.

Sodira said: “I liked the fact he was a bit random and quirky when I first met him, and he made sheep noises.”

Related: Read all our Weddings in Wales stories

The proposal

Geraint took Sodira back to where they first met in Borth to propose to her.

He took her up to a picturesque clifftop and got down on one knee before a rambler passing by stopped to see what was happening.

He then proceeded to watch how things turned out, including, of course, her answer to the big question, making for an awkward and tense

few moments for the couple.

Sodira said: “Before I said yes, I did a little shriek, like a sort of happy yelping.”

The wedding

80 people attended the ceremony, with about 220 present for the reception, which was an Alice in Wonderland-themed celebration. And everything from the cake to the bridesmaid dresses to the tables followed the theme, inspired by English graduate Sodira’s favourite childhood book.

The bridesmaids wore three different coloured maxi dresses with roses on one arm.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with pink bows.

Sodira and Geraint had their first dance to Muse’s Feeling Good, and prepared a routine after having about 15 dance lessons in preparation.

Sodira said: “On our wedding cake we decided to have the words “Holmes in wonderland” on it.

“And it really was just like being in wonderland. Everything was perfect, it was like walking into a little dream.”

The honeymoon

The couple went to Cuba, spending four days in Havana and then 10 on the coast.

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