Cwtch Of the Week: Lindsey and Sam

Bore Da Cwtch followers,

Its a rather gloomy wet monday here in Newport so we thought we’d share some great news and introduce you to someone very special.

A lot has been going on behind the scenes at Cwtch HQ this year. Not only do we run the best wedding blog in Wales, host the awesome CWTCHFEST and juggle our day jobs. But we are all mums too! raising our incredible children.

Todays Cwtch of the Week goes to our fabulous cwtch girl Lindsey who recently gave birth to her second child Sam. What a beauty!

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(photographs by Maria Farrelly Photography)

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I’m so proud of this cwtch girl and we couldn’t be any happier for her.
Maria xxx

 

Featured Post: ASOS Have Done It Again!

Good morning you lovely lot

This will be a brief one this morning, but I just had to share with you!

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I am always always looking at the latest fashions within the wedding industry, obviously! Apart from it being my job, I adore it! I also get a little cross with myself for wanting to get married again because I have found another ‘THE’ dress, but thats by the by.

On my internet travels, I always tend to check out what the High Street is up to as well.  Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to spend thousands on a dress, or maybe the money you have will be prioritised elsewhere.  Whatever the reason, its bloody wonderful that you can now get such gorgeous gowns on the high street.

The fashion thats really caught my eye this year is the cropped top with a gorgeous full skirt, heavy on the lace, and just so amazing.  As I have just had a baby (ok ok ok, it was over two years ago, but Im not ready to stop eating yet!) I am on the chunkier side.  Not the end of the world, but it does mean that I often look at these styles and wish I was smaller in order to be able to pull something like the cropped gown off.

Well, if you’re like me, worry not more! Not only has ASOS created a gorgeous version of the cropped gown, but its in Plus Sizes, so it is that little bit longer on the top, but still gives the look of crop.

Don’t listen to me though – have a look yourself.  An absolutely steal at £120, this gorgeous dress goes up to a size 28! Thank you ASOS!

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Turns out you can have your cake and eat it! x

Real Weddings: Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Its the turn of our very own Maria Farrelly today, who brings you the stunning wedding of Felicity of Dom at their local church of St Josephs in Penarth, followed by a reception at our gorgeous capital city’s Cardiff Castle!

And the sunset!! Wow.  Over to the bride and groom to tell you about their big day….

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Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Classic

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Walking down the aisle and seeing all our friends and family and my husband to be waiting there :)

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Arriving in the car at Cardiff castle and seeing all our friends and family again enjoying themselves

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my dress from all about eve in Chepstow. They were lovely. So helpful. The shop was very professional and has recently been refurbished. I went with my mum and tried some on then came back with my bridesmaids and mother in law as well. It was a really lovely experience and absolutely loved wearing in on the day.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

5 friends from school as bridesmaids, 4 for best men and a brother

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Why did you choose your venue?

We thought it was beautiful and the castle were so professional and friendly.

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Tell us about your photographer

Maria was brilliant. She met us beforehand to create a schedule for the day and she kept us on time thanks to this. She knew all the photos we wanted and then was fantastic on the day at spotting unique photo opportunities. She is very talented but also a lovely, friendly person who makes you feel comfortable all day. She was continuously checking I was ok which was nice and all the guests commented on how professional she was and lovely. Highly recommend!

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How did the proposal happen? 

On a mountain in Reykjavik under the northern lights. It was beautiful.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Instant print was brilliant for stickers, cards, posters. Items arrived very quickly and were really nice. Amazon sells lovely bags at good prices which can be used to make favours.

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What was your first dance & why?

Sweetest Thing-U2. The groom once personalised it for me :)

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nothing.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every minute it goes so quickly. Make sure you like all the people who are a part of your wedding they really make the day special. We met some fantastic people. :)

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Love your life and love your wife!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Dom: Choosing band and music.

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Felicity: Pretty much everything! Enjoyed making fun games and personal bits and bobs for tables and room. Loved meeting lots of people whilst planning wedding.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography 
Videographer: Craig from Cherished Memories
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue: Cardiff Castle
Bride’s Dress: All About Eve
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Jewellery: Pravins
Groom’s Outfit: Perfection Bridal and Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Cake: Friend
Flowers: Deacons Chepstow
Hair: Albion House Chepstow
Make Up: MAC
Band: Bring the Noise
Transport: Champagne Wedding Cars

The Wedding Album

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Bride to Be Diaries: Our Sporty Bride is living out her Girlie Fantasies!

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Our Sporty Bride is living out her Girlie Fantasies!

Hi all!

We’ve been very busy with friends’ weddings, engagements and a new addition to our little family…Dave the Sausage dog!

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We’ve also been busy trying to hand deliver as many of our wedding invites by hand as possible. Our invites were from Love-Lee Invitations and Kate created a lovely bespoke design for us- here is a little preview….

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310 days to go until my wedding. Where has that time gone?! It’s crawled right up until we hit the year mark…and now it seems to be speeding by. It’s crunch time, mainly when it comes to ensuring my wedding is paid for and then there is the bridesmaids dresses…or stresses as I like to call them.

Since my engagement I have been so sure about what I wanted for my wedding that planning it has been mostly a joy. Living out all my girly fantasises that I have been secretly dreaming about ever since I knew that I would eventually marry Matthew (About six months into our relationship…The first time he gave me food from his plate and went without himself just because I was eyeing it up).
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I’m one of those brides with many bridesmaids. I know what you are thinking, why give myself the stress of so many, but honestly at the time I had so many beautiful friends in my life I didn’t feel I could exclude any of them. Then there are my lovely sisters and I thought- it’s my wedding why should I have to choose!

My Pinterest board is littered with pictures of brides and their bridesmaids in beautiful dresses in many colours. My original idea was to have gold sequin showstoppers, but exploration into this highlighted how unrealistic it was. For a start, the price tag on the dresses in question was near enough £300 per dress, secondly following trying on one of the dresses I soon realised that sequins did not make for the most comfortable wearing experience- the fabric was heavy, itchy under the arms and did nothing to flatter my body type. I left that idea behind, feeling quite flat. My original color scheme was gold, blush and ivories…but now I’m finding myself choosing more pinks with silvers…so my color scheme is currently looking like this…but is evolving all the time.

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So I went on a bit of an exploration mission with my youngest sister to a local bridesmaids’ dress shop in Swansea. She must have tried on about 20 different dresses for me and was very patient. Chiffon was definitely starting to stand out as my fabric of choice as it just skims almost every figure perfectly, so would suit all my bridesmaids as long as the cut was right. Once I had decided chiffon was what I was looking for I turned my head to styles. My bridesmaids range from sizes 10 to 18 and so I wanted something that would flatter them all. It transpired that an empire line, flowing chiffon dress was just what I wanted. The assistant at the dress shop was so helpful but the same problem transpired…price tags- all the dresses I had picked out were marked up at £200 or more. £200 per bridesmaid…and that’s even before hair, make-up and accessories are counted in!

I know weddings are big business however it’s very frustrating. It’s certainly achievable if you have one or two bridesmaids but I have 8…I wouldn’t ever want to exclude any of them just for the sake of money. After some research and soul searching I had a discussion with my girls about contributing towards their dresses. I had done so at my sisters wedding and heard that it was quite common but felt so nervous asking seeing as I had asked them in the first place. I shouldn’t have worried at all, as all my girls were kind and thoughtful, and of the opinion that they would have spent money on outfits etc. if they were coming as guests anyway.

One of my bridesmaids has been asked to be a bridesmaid on three separate occasions in 2017. Luckily for me, it’s means she can let me know about dresses and shops she has seen whilst she is out with her other brides. This has been especially helpful on my affordable bridesmaids’ dresses mission. She pointed me in the direction of WED2BE in Cardiff. I went down with my sisters. It’s a bit of an odd set up compared to other wedding shops I have been in, as it’s more of a warehouse with racks and racks of dresses. The staff were lovely and pointed me to a rack of bridesmaids dresses- then let me crack on! To my absolute relief the perfect dresses were contained on the rack. A lovely flowing chiffon number with draped shoulders and I also managed to get a bit of that sparkly glamour I so wanted. I’ve picked two dresses in complimenting colours that I’m so excited about! I won’t show you pictures just yet…got to keep some mystery!

Cwtch of the Week: Our Carnival Couple Cwtch

Good morning

We have a blummin lovely cwtch, yet again, for you today! Our gorgeous Lowri and Simon, aka, The Carnival Couple, shared this amazingly beautiful moment on their big day on 5th August this year.  Shot by the very lovely Camera Sioned, we will be sharing their entire wedding very soon, so heres a little teaser…….

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Our Carnival Couple Cwtch

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What a wonderful day. I hope that the photographs help keep the memories alive and that they live up to your expectations. It really was a joy to work with you – and all your friends and family – on the day. I wish you all best for a happy and healthy future together – Sioned