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‘It was absolutely perfect’: Five generations of same family attend wedding

A Cardiff bride’s big day turned into the perfect family reunion – with five generations from her family attending.

Laura Roach married her husband Chris in a moving ceremony at Llandaff Cathedral in front of family who were last united almost five years ago.

Reuniting especially for the big day were great-grandmother Evelyn Partridge, 85, grandmother Annette Shavé, 66, mum Debbie Webb, 47 as well as 25-year-old Laura and her daughter Megan, 5.

For the blushing bride, the day was better than she could ever have imagined.

She said: “It was absolutely perfect to have everyone there. I really couldn’t have asked for a better day.

“It meant so much to have them all there in one place. I think the last time we were together was around five years ago.”

While Evelyn and Annette both still live in Cardiff, it was the first time Laura and her sister Danielle O’Halloran had seen mum Debbie in almost a year, as she now lives in Virginia in the United States.

Also travelling from the other side of the globe were Laura’s aunt and uncle, Joanne and Steve Teague, who had travelled from Hong Kong.

Laura said: “We sent out ‘save the date’ cards around a year ago, so we knew everyone would be there.

“I think it was particularly emotional for my Nan (Evelyn). She loves her family and would love to see them more often, so for them all to be in the same room at once was quite overwhelming.

“For me, it made the day extra-special to have everyone there at once.”

The venue was particularly apt for the former Cathedral School pupil, who was both head girl and head scholar of the school choir in her time there. Marrying the couple on Saturday was Reverend Canon Graham Holcombe, who knew Laura while she was at school.

She said: “Getting married somewhere so familiar where I had grown up was really lovely.”

The day finished at Celtic Manor in Newport, where the five generations were treated to casino tables and chocolate fountains.

Summing up the day, Laura said: “It really was perfect in every single way. A few people said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to!”

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