Date for Your Diary: Cancer Research Wales Wedding Fayre

Cancer Research Wales is running it’s third annual Wedding Fayre and we are delighted to be able to offer our support by promoting it to our readers.

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  • Free entry
  • A unique wedding fayre organised by Cancer Research Wales
  • Two fashion shows showcasing new and donated wedding dresses
  • Hair and make up demonstrations
  • Wedding exhibitors to inspire brides for their special day
  • Goodie bag for everyone who attends
  • For more information follow this link or visit their Facebook page

Date and Time

12th of October 2014 11am – 3pm

Bridal Suite fashion show will run at 12pm and 2pm


St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
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Show your support by going along on the day :)


Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair – Part 2 How to wear Two Birds Bridesmaid Dresses

You may remember back in July we ran a competition to find models for a top secret epic styled shoot we were planning. Last week Cwtch creator Maria Farrelly revealed the inspiration behind the shoot and showed us our first look from the Vanity Affair shoot that took place in the gorgeous Hensol Castle. We have many more posts to come which will showcase the AMAZING suppliers that got involved, starting this week with the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses supplied and styled by Laura May Bridal.

A Vanity Affair-Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

A Vanity Affair-Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

All images in this post below are by the fabulous Christopher Ian Photography unless otherwise stated. The models are our wonderful readers :)

Two Birds Bridesmaid – One Dress, Over 15 ways to wrap!

Grecian Twist Backless – modelled by KateCWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 197 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 200

One Shoulder – modelled by Pippa (and baby!)CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 202 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 203

Knotted Tank – modelled by Celyn CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 204 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 207

Bucklewaist Short- modelled by Sara CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 208 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 210

Halter – modelled by Hayley CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 241 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 243

Grecian Twist Middle Back – modelled by Bryony CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 212 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 215

Halter – modelled by Natalie S CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 217 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 219

One Shoulder Twist – modelled by Gemma CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 221 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 223

Cap Sleeve Shoulder – modelled by Sian CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 225 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 228

Full Coverage – modelled by Jo CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 229 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 231

The Floral piece attached to the back of the dress was created by Charlotte Davies, Senior Florist at Hilary’s Floral Design, Abergavenny.

Front Neck Twist – modelled by Stephanie CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 233 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 236

Cap Sleeve Tank – modelled by Nerys CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 237 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 239

Grecian Twist Cross Back – modelled by Natalie W CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 246 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 247

Halter Bow – modelled by Bethan CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 249 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 251

Halter Bow – modelled by Caitlin CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 253 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 255

Knotted Tank – modelled by Nikki CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 257 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 259

For all the ways you can wear Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses click here.

Thank you to all the suppliers who got involved in this shoot, we will be dedicating full posts to the hair and make up artists very soon but in brief thank you to-

Yume – Hair

Kate Petersen – Headpieces

e.l.f. cosmetics, Sarah Jane Outten and Jessie Harries – Make Up

Katie from Laura May Bridal for dressing our brilliant models

Christopher Ian for these stunning photographs

Special thanks to our wonderful models- you all look incredible!

Next week we will be showcasing the gorgeous House of Mooshki wedding dresses, make sure you don’t miss it!


Featured Vendor: Cherished Memories Wedding Films

We have a beautiful wedding highlights video to share with you today which was sent to us by Craig at Cherished Memories Wedding Films. Samantha & Greig got married on the 28th of June this year at Llanrhidian Church followed by a reception at Oldwalls, Gower. Groom Greig made lots of vintage fair games to keep the guests entertained!

The Video

About Cherished Memories Wedding Films

Cherished Memories Wedding Films are a multi-award winning cinematography company established in 2005 by Craig. Cherished Memories produce ‘short form’ wedding films (approx 25-30 minutes long) which tell the story of the wedding day. They are filmed using multiple cameras in high definition and with the use of other equipment a cinematic feel is given to the wedding film. Cherished Memories use their unique and unobtrusive style to produce a modern wedding film that captures all the memories and emotions of your day.

To find out more, contact Craig here.

Thank you Craig for getting in touch with this beautiful film, and thank you to Samantha & Greig for allowing us to share your day with our readers. 

If you have a wedding film or would like to see your story featured on our lovely blog, email me at

Charlie x


Cwtch of the Week: Debs and her Daughter Liv

Debra and Mike got married on the 14th of September 2013 in Castell Coch. We are featuring the full wedding on Friday but for now here is a lovely photo of Debs and her daughter Liv having a big cwtch. Debs describes Liv as delicious, kind and thoughtful and said she was her rock on the day. This beautiful photo was taken by Photography by Jules.


You may think Debs looks familiar? She is the super talented woman behind Love, Peace & Cupcake and The Deck Coffee House & Cakery, Cardiff Bay. There will be a lot more about these fabulous businesses over the coming weeks :)

Charlie x

Real Wedding: Annie & James’ Vintage Welsh Wedding in Berkshire by Gareth Scanlon Photography

Annie & James have had almost a whole week dedicated to them on Cwtch the Bride! On Monday we featured James and his best man Gareth in a big bromantic Cwtch of the Week, yesterday Annie told us how her & James got together and we shared their gorgeous E-shoot, today we finish the hat trick with their gorgeous wedding which was captured by Gareth Scanlon Photography

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What was your budget? We didn’t set out with a budget but paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves (with a bit of gratefully received help from parents) we knew we didn’t want to get into debt. By giving ourselves over a year to prepare we were able to save and pay for things along the way and saved a lot of money by making things ourselves. Overall we spent roughly £8000.

How would you describe your wedding theme? The wedding took place in a village close to where I grew up in Berkshire. Getting married in England, we wanted to bring a bit of our life by the coast in Wales to the wedding.  Having a fifties style dress also naturally gave the wedding a vintage feel. So I guess you could call it ‘Welsh seaside with a vintage twist’! DSC_4219

Most of the decorations were handmade in sea blues and greens and we found some fantastic sea themed table clothes and napkins. We used photos I’d taken of local beaches as our table names and for the invitations. Other details ranged from wearing a stunning silver and sea glass bracelet, to having a welsh love spoon attached to my bouquet,  to serving heart shaped welsh cakes to guests on arrival, baked fresh that morning in Swansea Market! DSC_3859

DSC_4074What was your favourite part of your wedding? The whole day was incredible from start to finish. It was such a happy day. Obviously marrying James was a highlight! Walking down the aisle to see all our family and friends and James waiting for me at the front was an amazing feeling. It was so great to celebrate our relationship in front of all the people who have been with us along our journey so far.DSC_4300

Our friends and family helped a lot with making the day run smoothly. I loved all the personal touches they’d created; from a table worth of delicious cakes, to making decorations, to my brother singing as I walked down the aisle and reforming his old school band The Playthings for a short set at the reception! One of my favourite moments was in the evening. We hired an amazing funk band The Snitch to play and I stopped to look across the room and the whole place was full of people smiling and dancing, it was great to see everyone else enjoying the day as much as we were. DSC_4977DSC_5307

Tell us about your Wedding Dress My dress was Josie by Lizzie Jayne Designs. I always thought I wanted a shorter style fifties dress but did the dutiful bridal shop visit first and tried on everything from a sleek Grecian style gown to a giant puffball, much to my bridesmaid Meg’s amusement! Within 5 minutes of being in a full length gown my suspicions were confirmed, I felt far too constricted for a bride that planned to spend A LOT of the night on the dance floor! I was recommended to check out Lizzie’s dresses by my sister who lives in the same village as her. I instantly loved her designs and the way she uses a bit of colour to help make the dresses stand out. I was extra lucky that Lizzie had a sample sale on at the time. I tried on a range of dresses and Josie was “just right” from the outset – a perfect fit that required no alterations! The lace and darker ivory colour also went perfectly with the 150 year old family veil I wore. The blue silk bow completed the dress for me. I absolutely loved wearing the dress it was comfy, beautiful and perfect for dancing :) DSC_4685

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My older sister Evie was my maid of honour and my two nieces were my flower girls. I’m lucky to still have a close group of school friends. I chose one of my oldest school friends Alison, who I was paired with by the head teacher aged 5 when Ali joined the school, and we have been firm friends ever since! My other bridesmaid Megan is a friend from Swansea. I found a kindred spirit in Meg almost a decade ago working in a pub together. Meg was an absolute trooper in the lead up to the wedding and coaxed me along to BMF (British Military Fitness) three times a week to get me in tiptop shape for the day.  Between them they threw me the most amazing hen do and I could have asked for lovelier ladies to be by my side on the day. James chose one of his oldest friends, Gareth, to be his best man. DSC_4496 DSC_4515

Why did you choose your venue? There were a few factors that came into consideration when choosing our venue, including cost, location and size. My mum was the one who originally suggested considering Hampstead Norreys, a small village near where I grew up in Newbury. The setting was perfect. It’s such a picturesque village. The church is beautiful and the congregation in the lead up to the wedding were so helpful and welcoming. Having a village hall for our reception was great, as it was a blank canvas so we could really make the venue our own. Not to mention it was big enough for all our guests! I also loved being able to spend the night before the wedding at my parents. I felt so relaxed on the day and think that was helped by being in such a familiar place. For James I think a venue which had a cricket pitch outside sold it for him! DSC_3974 DSC_4896How did the proposal happen? Click here for Annie & James’ proposal story

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? To keep costs down and make the day more personal a lot of things were handmade. Pinterest became my saviour during the preparation stages and I created a board ‘Operation Wedding’ to save any good ideas I came across. Family and friends then helped to make paper hearts, giant pompoms, and other paper decorations from the tutorials I found.

Our seaside theme also meant James and I beach combed for pretty shells for the tables. We also collected over 120 pebbles from our local beach which I then decorated to double up as place names and favours. We created table names using photos I’d taken from local beaches and creating stands for the pictures out of rocks and copper wire. I also used photos to create invites making them into postcards using an online site. Keeping in theme I wrote the table plan onto an old surfboard of James, a simple idea but it looked really effective.DSC_3906DSC_3927

What was your first dance & why? James and I have never had a song as such. However, the song that always gets the two of us on the dance floor is Stevie Wonder Superstition but the lyrics are not very appropriate for a first dance. So we chose to have Moondance by Van Morrison. It’s a song I remember hearing live years ago and saying to a friend at the time that I wanted it to be my first dance at my wedding. Not been keen to be on our the dance floor alone for long we ensured we had some key friends to start dancing halfway through the song, then got the band to break into Superstition straight after and got funky!DSC_5265

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, other than get someone to put us aside a spot of the evening buffet. We were too busy dancing and having fun, and it had been well and truly demolished by our guests leaving us none left for a midnight feast!

Do you have any advice for future couples? The best advice we received was not to worry about what anyone else wants you to do but do what you like. It can be too easy to get bogged down trying to please others and lose sight of what you’d like and what the day means to you.  DSC_4663DSC_4650

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? We didn’t receive much advice as such, having been together 11 years already I guess we’re already doing something right!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? All of it! There is nothing better than planning the best party ever with someone you love, which involves inviting all your favourite people, where you can pick exactly what you want, including amazing food (tapas and paella, yum!) and have your favourite type of music playing all night long :) DSC_4544 DSC_4754

The Suppliers

Photographer: Gareth Scanlon Photography

Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary’s Church, Church Street, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, RG18 0TD
Reception Venue: Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, Dean Meadow, Newbury Hill, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, RG18 0TR
Bride’s Dress: Josie by Lizzie Jayne Designs
Bride’s Shoes: Nora in Teal by Agnes & Norman
Bride’s Headpiece: Starfish hairclip by Anthropologie; 150 year old family veil
Bride’s Jewellery: Sea glass bracelet by Tania Covo at
Groom’s Outfit: Gibson Marriot Slim Fit Suit from House of Fraser; wave print tie from Asos; shoes from Clarks;  cufflinks were his late father’s. Handkerchief made out of a bit of spare material from the brides sash.

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Pretty Dress Company – Seville Hourglass Swing & Pencil styles
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Bridesmaids own
Cakes: Made by family and friends
Flowers: Bouquets & ButtonholesWillow & Blooms, Newbury; Church flowers by church florist; Table centrepieces by mother of the bride.
Hair: Annika Brindley
Make Up: Done by bride and bridesmaids themselves
Bands: The Playthings and The Snitch
Stationery: Designed by the bride
Caterers: Facing Heaven Food Company
Any Reception Decor/Props: Most décor collected/made by bride & groom, family and friends
Transport: Courtesy of Voodoo VW

The Wedding Gallery

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I’m so glad we got to share this super laid-back, fun-filled wedding with you, huge thanks to Annie & James for getting in touch. Please show them some love in the comments below :)
Charlie x