Pre-Wedding Shoot: Sarika & Dipesh by Sheetal Varsarni

Hello you lovely lot of Cwtchers!

We have an absolutely gorgeous pre-wedding shoot for you today!

You may remember that we shared a completely gorgeous Cwtch of the Week of Sarika and Dipesh back in April? Well, the fabulous photographer Sheetal Varsani has now sent us the whole shoot and its just delicious!

Over to Sheetal to tell you more about it….

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Sarika & Dipesh by Sheetal Varsarni

I photographed Sarika & Dipesh’s Civil Ceremony last July and their pre-wedding shoot just a couple of weeks before their big day. Sarika & Dipesh’s relationship began in High School and after 10 years together, these childhood sweethearts got married with a ceremony at Cardiff City Hall.

For their pre-wedding shoot, we drove down to Ogmore-by-Sea to catch some of the beach’s gorgeous golden hour light. It’s one of my favourite spots along the Welsh Coast for the sunset and not a long drive from Cardiff. When the tide is in, Ogmore-by-Sea is mostly cliffs and pebbles, but the tide was out so we got to frolic around on the sand as well, giving us more of a variety of backdrops.

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Despite it being the middle of July, the weather was a bit dreary, but this made for some dramatic light and backdrop. Sarika & Dipesh embraced the cold wind and drizzle – they were even brave enough to get into the sea for some of the shots!

Sarika & Dipesh were both complete naturals in front of the camera. They got lost in each other and completely forgot I was even there most of the time!

Groom to Be Diaries: The RAF Grooms are getting somewhere!

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We have our handsome boys back to talk about how their planning is going! However, it would appear that Cwtchfest is responsible for some extra spending going on! Sorry boys!

Have a read about what else they’ve been up to…..

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Hey everyone it is us again- the RAF Grooms to be, and I bet that many of the other couples will agree with us in that time is flying by way too quick.

After proposing over a year ago, we only have just over six months to go.  Plus I am 22 this month! #FeelingOld #GettingOld.
James and Mike 3 With us both being so busy over the past few months since our last post, we have barely had much time to plan much together, and when we have it’s been quite rushed. I can’t wait for the day to arrive now to be honest, but I am sure you’re wondering what have those two boys been up to? … so I will tell you…

Well I have ordered my suit (finally). It’s a beautiful blue three piece outfit (but with a twist that I am keeping a secret for Mike to see on the day.) Mike…well he hasn’t even got that far yet. Typical groom leaving it to the last minute.

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Being the ‘Wife’ (as Mike calls me) I finally have my two maid of honours sorted. I am allowed two because I am not a usual bride to be and it is my wedding after all! The Hag (Hen/Stag) do is finally booked for Ibiza … which is just me and 4 girls going on a boozing holiday! I literally can’t wait. But I am having another one in October for everyone else. It is just an excuse to get some last minute tanning in.

We have sent out the day time invites to our guests, which the RSVPs have started to slowly trickle in, all positive in attendance which is great news. We designed the invites ourselves and only cost us around £25 for them all. They are nothing fancy but we are using an online free website to display all the information and details, and all our guests have to do is log in and follow the details.

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The invitations were all sent out with a wax stamp with our initials on it that we bought during our holiday trip to Venice last year. (They are just like the ones in Hogwarts!- yes I am a Harry Potter Fan). We have even created our own hashtag, where we are are encouraging our guests to post as many photos of the day on Instagram.We have started using it to post our own photos on it too of us together.  Feel free to have a look #JandMDY.

We have bought all our wedding favours too. Mike came up with the idea of individual sweet pick’a’mix jars so we have bought everything apart from the sweets. Mike thinks I will eat them all before the day so we are not buying them just yet.
To be fair he is probably right.

Finally last month we attended Cwtch The Bride’s #Cwtchfest2017 and caught up with our fabulous photographer, Maria Farrelly. Although we only stayed for a couple of hours the event was amazing.

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The live music being played definitely put you in the mood for a wedding and a party. We met so many stall holders that have given us more food for thought, even getting a few items from LUMI Designs for the big day. Obviously seeing Maria again was great, especially as Mike hadn’t met Maria yet. All three of us got on so well and we definitely felt the enthusiasm, passion and energy she has, so we are super excited to have chosen Maria. It is a great feeling in that we know we have the right person by far to capture our day.  The final part of the day was being attacked with hugs from one of the bubbliest people I’ve ever met – our friend Anna, Features Editor for Cwtch The Bride, and who works with Maria. I swear those two are sisters.

Well fellow bloggers I will leave it at that for the moment……only 6 months now till the BIG DAY!!!

We Stand With Manchester

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Waking up at 4am to attend to my eldest (something to do with a rabbit chasing him), I got back into bed and checked my phone.

I wish I hadn’t.

The alert on my phone told me that there had been a terror attack at a concert in Manchester.  There were still few details, but you don’t really need to know them at that point.

I watched one of the first videos of live footage, where you can hear the blast, and follows the panic and scream of children, running for their lives.

Children!

We can stand here today and demand strength from ourselves, and say ‘we will not be scared’.  But we’re big, and grown up (mostly).  These victims are children, at a concert of their idol.  Clutching a balloon and running for their loves. They will be scared.  They will be affected.

At times like this, we are all at a loss for words and can do nothing but send out so much love for those poor families who lost someone. The Mums and Dads who were waiting outside to pick up their children, preparing themselves for the onslaught of ‘OMG Its was Ammmaaaaaaazing!’

Certainly not preparing themselves for what actually happened instead.

We are thinking of you. We are thinking of the first responders.

We stand With Manchester xxx

Cwtch of the Week: A Sunset on Southerndown Cwtch

Hello again Monday!

But its just glorious out there today, doesn’t make a Monday quite so bad then does it!

And speaking of glorious, we have a truly stunning sunset cwtch of the week of you all today. Shot by the lovely Darren Thomas, and taken on the beautiful Dunraven Bay at Southerndown.  

I will hand over to Darren now to tell you more about it…..

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Wow, what can I say other than what a superb day to have shot this pre wedding shoot with Susie and Rob.

In August I will be heading to Clearwell Castle where I will have the pleasure of shooting their wedding.

So, having meet Susie and Rob last year to discuss their wedding, I was over the moon that they decided to book me for their big day and recently when Susie got in touch to arrange a pre wedding shoot at Southerndown beach I had all fingers and toes crossed that the sun would come out to play. Well, it worked. The weather man or woman, I’m not sure which :) said it would be cloudy and overcast all day. I should have known, as we all do, they are never right and I am so glad this was true.  The brightest and clearest blue skies that I have seen this year, not a cloud in the sky and the location Dunraven Bay, renowned by landscape photographers and many others as an amazing sunset location.

Susie told me that she and Rob were not lovers of the camera so I had to make sure that by the end of the shoot they were. Rob, well Rob clearly knew how to work that camera and even impressed Susie, well done Rob, obviously been practicing :)  It was a great day, plenty of laughs and what really made the day for me was when they both said how much of a great time they both had. Thank you both, looking forward to the wedding now.

Featured Post: An Alternative to Confetti

Good morning Cwtchers,

Today on the blog we are discussing alternatives to confetti.

With more and more venues refusing the use of confetti, we have put together a few ideas which will work as a great alternative and still look fabulous in photographs!

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Natural Flowers

We will start with most peoples first thoughts of an alternative. A company just over the border – Shropshire petals offers a wide range of natural dried flower petals

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Lavender cones- Image from Pinterest

Bubbles

Bubbles are a really popular alternative in lots of weddings I have organised.  They especially work well if you have children in your wedding party and gets them involved in the fun.  They can also be tailored to fit in with your colour theme by painting the tubes, attaching ribbon etc


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Birdseed

An alternative that feeds our winged friends as well as looking fab in photos and can be personalised.

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Etsy Bird seed confetti

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Wedding Wands

Becoming increasingly popular are wedding wands.  These can co-ordinated in with your colour scheme and can be silent or with little bells so all your guests can ring in your big day.
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Vintage lace wands with bells found here

 

Biodegradable Confetti

Confetti that dissolves on contact with water- Genius. Whether you wanted ‘snow’ effect cones for a winter wedding or butterflies floating on a summers day this could be a brill eco-friendly option.

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Paper Planes

This idea was found on pinterest and I am yet to see in a wedding I  have planned but I absolutely love this quirky idea.

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Sparklers

Of course you could wait until the evening reception to get some amazing photos with sparklers

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We hope you have found some inspiration from these ideas but please always check things through with your venue of choice.  Happy planning Cwtchers.