A TV presenter who has provided the floral decorations for scores of church weddings will get married this week in a rather different location – on a hillside overlooking the Vale of Clwyd.
And guests attending the ceremony on May 7 have been warned to bring their wellies, while those unable to walk up the hill will be transported by quadbike and trailer.
As country lovers, Sioned Rowlands and her fiance Iwan Edwards had little hesitation in choosing the location at Moel-y-Parc, 1,500 feet up in the Clwydian Range above Llandyrnog.
Sioned, 34, a lecturer at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University’s Northop campus and a
presenter on S4C’s popular gardening show “Byw yn yr Ardd” (“Living in the Garden”), was brought up on her parents’ farm on the hillside and she lives just a short distance away in a converted chapel.
“From the dining-room window I can see the exact spot where I wanted the wedding to be held,” she said.
“I love these hills, and so does Iwan, so it was natural that we should choose a place like that.”
Iwan, 33, who is originally from Denbigh, is employed as a gardens officer by the World Wildlife Trust based at Loggerheads, which is also within the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
About 100 guests have been invited to the wedding, which will be followed by a reception at the Rowlands’ family farm.
“The parking will be at the farm, and they will have to walk about a quarter of a mile up the hill, though we realise that not everyone will be able to walk it,” said Sioned.
The couple do have a “Plan B” should the weather be too inclement, when the service will be held in Capel y Dyffryn, Llandyrnog. In either case the service will be conducted by the minister, the Rev Wayne Roberts.
And not surprisingly, Sioned herself will be organising the floral arrangements.
Though most of the weddings she attends are in churches or chapels she has provided the floral decorations are various unusual venues, including the car-park on Moel Famau and under the rugby posts at Denbigh Rugby Club.
On Friday Iwan’s family and friends were concentrating on a different wedding to that London event which will be watched by millions throughout the world as his cousin, Eurwyn Edwards, will marry Katherine Ceby at St Marcella’s Church in Denbigh.
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