Cwtch the Bride is going to take a short break while we are all on our summer holiday (sadly not together!) but fear not when we get back we will be bigger and better than ever. We will have all new Real weddings, more style inspiration and fabulous vendors, all the gossip from Cwtchfest and a new bride to be competition. If you are a bride to be, recently married or have a fabulous story or supplier recommendation please email email@example.com to register your interest in appearing on our lovely local blog.
In the meantime we are leaving you with this beautiful wedding from Cwtch the Bride favourite: Rocksalt Photography. Sarah and Mathew got married in beautiful Mid Wales with their reception in Maesmawr Hall Hotel. Sarah tells us all about it here.
What was your budget? 15,000 pounds
How would you describe your wedding theme? It was special places. The table names were sign plaques of special places to either us or friends or family. For example we had one of Accrington Stanley, my Grandad’s favourite football team. We have a few people who work in Barry so had a Barrybados table and also our favourite places we have travelled such as Rio de Janeiro and Sydney Harbour. The table plan was a couple of signposts with all the different locations.
What was your favourite part of your wedding? Having all those close friends and family altogether under one roof to share the day with laughter (they all went out of their way to make it special!).
Tell us about your Wedding Dress Purchased from Timeless Elegance in Cardiff (designer Cristiano Lucci). The dress was a sweetheart top followed with a see-through material with sparkles up to the neckline. The dress was fitted to below the hips and then a slight fishtail with train.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
1. one of my oldest friends (known each other since the age of 3) – we’ve always been close and have never lost touch
2. My closest and dearest friend from university who I lived with for 3 years
3. my cousin who I treat as a sister!
They did an amazing job! Whenever I needed anything (help with veil / train etc) they were there giving me a hand and supporting me throughout the day. They also made sure everyone was ok and the day went smoothly!
Why did you choose your venue? The venue was a lovely old country house with lovely greenery around it.
The wedding co-ordinator was amazing and helped us organise prior and on the day…we didn’t have to worry about anything not running smoothly on the day!!
How did the proposal happen? On a winter’s day surrounded by snow on top of a mountain in Mid Wales over-looking where my Taid used to own a small holding. I used to take Mathew up there when we were 18 years old (we’re now 31). Mathew proposed, we had some mulled wine from a flask and enjoyed the views of the Mid Wales countryside.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? We were very lucky that we had so many useful friends and family who wanted to help out. A family friend baked 400 heart shaped shortbreads for our favours. Mathew made the table plaques and table planner with help from my Dad and our neighbour. Mathew’s Auntie made the cake. It was good to get as many people involved to make them feel a part of the big day – it just meant Mathew’s speech was a bit long.
What was your first dance & why? The first dance was ‘you and me song’ by the Wannadies. It’s just good fun, starts off quiet then explodes in the chorus. The lyrics are also very cute.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, not really….the day just flew and difficult to speak to everyone properly (just not enough hours in the day!).
Do you have any advice for future couples? To enjoy the build up and not let things get to you. The most important thing is the people that you want to share your big day with….the small things will sort themselves out.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To love, care, enjoy each other and lead a happy non-regretful life together as one.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? The catch up’s with friends and family – dress shopping, bridesmaid dress shopping, pre wedding drinks the night before and of the course the HEN DO!
Photographer: Hannah Evans, Rocksalt Photography AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!
Wedding Planner: Lee Kendall (wedding coordinator at the venue)….he was also amazing
Ceremony Venue: Crescent Christian Centre, Newtown (Powys)
Reception Venue: Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws
Bride’s Dress: Cristiano Lucci, Timeless Elegance
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow
Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski
Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed’s Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Family friend
Flowers: Bizzy Lizzy’s (Llanidloes)….fantastic!
Hair: Hairevolution, Newtown…fantastic!!
Make Up: Chrissy….again fantastic!
Stationery: Family friend
Transport: Celtic Travel and family friend
The Wedding Album
We’ll be back after a week off so make sure you come back to see the amazing posts we have lined up! In the meantime why not scour through our blog for some inspiration for planning your big day xxx