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!
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.
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.
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.
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’!
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!
What 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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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! How 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.
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!
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.
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 :)
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 & Buttonholes – Willow & 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
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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