Real Wedding: Katy & Christian’s Gower Wedding by Sacha Miller

Katy & Christian got married on the 6th of September 2014 in The Gower, Swansea. Their day was photographed beautifully by Sacha Miller and you may have seen Katy in our cwtch of the week on Monday. We are pleased to be able to share the full wedding with you today. Thank you Katy for getting in touch :) King Arthur Wedding 0026

What was your budget? We were extremely lucky and our parents helped us out with the cost of the big day :) we didn’t go over board on the spending and kept things realistic.

How would you describe your wedding theme? We wanted a theme that was ‘us’ so we went with vintage. We made the most of the rooms oak beams and had fairy lights everywhere – which was beautiful in the night. Picking the decorations for the venue was one of my favourite parts of the wedding,there was so much to choose from I ended up with a different centrepiece on each table! Beth from Enchanted Decor did a fab job, the room was exactly how I imagined it. King Arthur Wedding 0033

What was your favourite part of your wedding? The last few months leading up to the wedding were amazing from the hens/stags final dress fittings, to cake testing!
I loved the whole day, from getting ready in the morning with everyone to walking down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. We had the most amazing day with our family and friends we couldn’t have asked for a better day.King Arthur Wedding 0016King Arthur Wedding 0024

Tell us about your Wedding Dress I hated looking for a dress!!! The first shop I went in I thought I knew what I wanted a short 50’s style dress …when I tried it on it really didn’t suit me. From there things went downhill I didn’t really bother looking for a dress as I had my heart set on a short one, I just concentrated on other aspects of the wedding!
I tried on so many dresses with my mum and my friends, I’m sure I must have tried on at least 30 if not more! Every dress I tried on my mum liked which was no help! The only persons opinion I really wanted was Christians – I knew he would tell me the truth!
With under a year left I still hadn’t found a dress, a friend sent me a picture of a beautiful lace dress which I fell in love with. I found a shop which stocked the dress, as soon as I put the dress on I knew it was on the one. King Arthur Wedding 0022

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? I had my oldest and closest friends as my bridesmaids. They were all fantastic from being dragged from bridal shop to bridal shop to planning my hen do’s to sorting out the finishing touches leading up to the wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. King Arthur Wedding 0006

My bridesmaid Hayley’s little girl Mia was our flower girl- she kept us supplied with sweets from the sweet table all day! King Arthur Wedding 0021

Christian had one of his closest friends Stew as best man – I think we were all waiting to see what he would come out with in the speech. Thankfully it didn’t involve anything too rude!

Why did you choose your venue? I’ve always liked the King Arthur, I spent many a summer down there when I was younger. It’s set in beautiful grounds and you always have a warm welcome there, if it’s going for food or to an event there. The reception room is beautiful with its high oak beams and rustic feel. King Arthur Wedding 0027 King Arthur Wedding 0035

How did the proposal happen?  Christian suggested we go to Paris for a city break when we were off for a few days in November. I’d be lying if I said I was excited …. Im much more of a sun person, but I eventually gave in after some persuasion!
On our first day we went up to the Eiffel Tower and I moaned all the way up… It was way to high for my liking! I walked around quickly and was ready to go down, at that point Christian got down on one knee!
It was a total shock we’d been together for 7 years at that point and I never thought we would get married! King Arthur Wedding 0029

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Christian made the favours (of course with my supervision!!) we had small jam jars which were filled with different sweets, I had labels printed with the date of the wedding on. When they were finished they looked really good! Although we did over do it when buying sweets – we were still eating them 2 months on!
We also made glitter milk bottles for the church windows which I found off one of the many wedding sites I used to look at! I loved the idea, it was just enough sparkle for the church! King Arthur Wedding 0034

What was your first dance & why? Sterophonics Indian Summer. We’re both big fans of the sterophonics and wanted something a bit different and upbeat which we didn’t have to slow dance to! King Arthur Wedding 0048

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? Nothing at all!! I’d love to do the day again just as it was! King Arthur Wedding 0042

Do you have any advice for future couples? Everyone says but enjoy the day it goes so quick! Have everything you want don’t have something just because everyone else had it, make your day be unique to you :) King Arthur Wedding 0026 King Arthur Wedding 0043

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? ‘Always be as happy as you are on this day’ King Arthur Wedding 0002

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? I enjoyed every aspect except finding the dress! It was great planning the day with our family and friends. One of the highlights was the excuse to eat lots of cake (not that I need an excuse!) The other highlight for both of us was our hen/ stag parties we both had an amazing few days with our friends. King Arthur Wedding 0003 King Arthur Wedding 0005 King Arthur Wedding 0030

The Suppliers

Photographer: Sacha Miller
Wedding Planner: Sarah
Ceremony Venue: Felinfoel Church
Reception Venue: The King Arthur
Bride’s Dress: Paola, Ronald Joyce
Bride’s Shoes: Ronald Cartier
Bride’s Jewellery: Tiffany pearl bracelet

Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kelsey Rose

Cake: Heavenly, Llandeilo
Flowers: Enchanted decor
Hair: Lynsey Rees, Bella Capelli
Make Up: 1192, Liberty Stadium
Stationery: Something Kinda Cute
Any Reception Decor/Props: Enchanted Decor
Transport: Swansea wedding cars

The Wedding Album

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Huge thanks to Katy for getting in touch with us, and thank you to Sacha for these beautiful images!

Featured Vendor: The iGency

On Sunday we made a big announcement… On Sunday the 19th of April this year Cwtch the Bride is hosting CWTCHFEST, Wales’ first major wedding festival. Featuring live music & DJ, workshops for all you DIY brides, an exhibition marquee with over 50 of Wales’ finest wedding suppliers (11-4pm), talks from wedding experts, food & drink PLUS lots more – it’s going to be HUGE!  Poster Webbuy tickets here

The iGency are working with us to provide a variety of live acts to keep you entertained throughout the day, if you watched the voice on Saturday night you will have seen the fabulous Shellyann from iLectric who will be performing at CWTCHFEST and is available to book for your wedding through The iGency. Here is Suze from The iGency to tell us Shellyann’s story. 

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Performing on The Voice was a moment more special for Shellyann than for most contestants.

In years gone by her grandmother Margaret Tucker performed at the same club as Welsh singing legend Sir Tom Jones.

But while Margaret turned down the chance of a contract to sing professionally to concentrate on family life, Tom took up the offer of a recording contract and has had soaraway success.

Now, Shellyann, aged 26, from Morriston, is hoping to shine on the top BBC One show on Saturday night before the judging panel, which includes Sir Tom.

Shellyann said: “It’s the third time I’ve tried to get on the show. I have got to the interview stage of the show twice.

“The mistake I made last time was performing a typical Adele track, I was not going to do it again so I sung Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together and House of the Rising Sun.”

She revealed out of the judging panel of American rapper Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, Sir Tom Jones and singer song-writer Rita Ora, she hoped to get the chance to work with Ricky.

Shellyann said: “I’m in a band so the one for me is Ricky as I thought I was more suited to him because he’s down to earth but at the same time my grandmother used to sing in the same club as Tom Jones. So she wanted me to sing with Tom.

“If any one of the judges turns around you are grateful. There were a few auditions before I got onto the show, it’s a long process before then.

“When you are on the stage you have got to embrace it and the crowd was fantastic. The whole thing for me has been mental.”

She revealed that she was praised by Sir Tom for her performance but that the judging panel gave her a balanced critique. But she refused to reveal how she got on during the show (although you can now see how she got on in the video above).

Shellyann said unfortunately her gran was too ill to be there and reunited with the singing star.

“Tom said he enjoyed the performance, he’s a genuine guy,” she said. “The judges give you good criticism.”

“Tom said basically he was singing in a lot of places but he didn’t remember my grandmother as a person but he had a great great time back in the day. My grandmother was too ill to be there but Saturday will be mad for her.”

Shellyann, who is mum to seven-year-old Regan Preece, said: “I have been gigging a long time on and off and it’s been tough — but this year has been amazing.”

To see Shellyann and The iGency’s other talented acts and meet many other amazing Welsh Wedding Suppliers (including the Cwtch the Bride team!) make sure you buy your tickets for CWTCHFEST now!

buy tickets here

 

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North Wales Styled Shoot: Bodysgallen Hall

We have a beautiful styled shoot to share with you today featuring some of North Wales’ finest wedding talent. North Wales based Make-up Artist Cathryn from Made Up by Cathryn contacted Cwtch the Bride to share these beautiful images by Ioan from Celynnen Photography, the styled shoot took place at the historic and beautiful Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno which would make a fantastic wedding venue!  

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The Shoot

Thank you so much for getting in touch Cathryn! We are thrilled to be able to feature more wedding suppliers from North Wales.

If you are a bride to be from North Wales we hope that this shoot has inspired you to check out this beautiful venue and these talented suppliers. If you wish to see your North Wales wedding featured on our blog email charlie@cwtchthebride.com

Bride to Be Diary: Victoria’s Best Girls

One half of our fabulous Bride to Be double act is back on the blog today! Victoria is here to fill us in on her planning and to pay homage to her six, yes SIX gorgeous bridesmaids!

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It’s official, along with a lot of Brides-to-be out there I can now say……”I’m getting married this year!” (cue excited face!) Dan’s rather ‘interesting’ proposal (despite my naked face,  questionable/scruffy hair & pyjamas with a haribo ring by the dining room table……every girl’s dream….who said romance was dead?!) back in August 2013 literally seems like yesterday and now the sudden reality that there’s less than 7 months until our lovely wedding in France is starting to set in….! My wise Dad is right….”The older you get, the faster time goes”- yep, you weren’t lying!!

Now anyone who knows me will know that planning is literally how I get through days, weeks and months. Lessons for work, what to cook for the week, and what I’m doing and when- obviously this has to be organised well in advance as spontaneity is not my thing.  Who doesn’t love a list or a plan?! With Dan still away until the end of March there’s a fear that our lovely home will start to resemble Hobbycraft after a burglary as I embark on the many ‘jobs’ we have planned –probably in no logical order; therefore I’m definitely going to need support on standby for when I inevitably have some ‘diva moments’ (kindly named by my sister, Kady who has already been subject to a few ‘crisis’ based calls to do with mismatching jewellery and don’t even get me started on ‘the’ dress!)

My bridesmaids are going to be my saviours over the next few intense months. They’ll keep me sane! Whether it’s a stiff talking to that I need to just calm the hell down (thanks in advance, Kady….!) or a sounding board to discuss ideas with, with my fabulous bunch of girls I’m lucky enough to have all bases covered.

Happy bridesmaids! Fingers crossed this is how we will look- only less pink....!

Happy bridesmaids! Fingers crossed this is how we will look- only less pink….!

 

We are having 6 adult bridesmaids (some people gasp at this point as it may seem like a lot?!) and 2 gorgeous little flower girls. Despite the abundance of oestrogen and progesterone, choosing who to have as our bridesmaids was painless; crafting surprise and personal little packages to ask them to be was enjoyable (some of the follow up calls were emotional) and irrespective of all of their different shapes, sizes, skin tones and colouring, as well as them living in separate parts of the UK, strangely, choosing dresses and getting those ordered was also sorted rather efficiently!

Handmade boxes were sent to all of the girls in order to 'pop the question'

Handmade boxes were sent to all of the girls in order to ‘pop the question’

Demo of how the message will be revealed.....!

Demo of how the message will be revealed…..!

With the tags attached to the lid, the message gradually unveiled, confetti hearts fell out & there was a small polaroid picture at the bottom of the box with a little message on the back!

With the tags attached to the lid, the message gradually unveiled, confetti hearts fell out & there was a small polaroid picture at the bottom of the box with a little message on the back!

Introducing the Girls

Kady- (Maid of Honour and younger sister) – Brutally honest, fierce and incredibly organised- (although the whole secret hen do she’s organising is driving me crazy!) We may have had some pretty horrendous fights and arguments growing up like a couple of aspiring cage fighters but she’s now one of my best friends.

Sisterly pile up!

Sisterly pile up!

Lily (or Frankenstein as per my contacts list/every time I address her!)- My littlest sister, who I absolutely love dearly as well as worry about constantly, (That’s what happens when there’s a 12 year age gap!) Given that she hasn’t worn a dress since perhaps the age of about 10, I feel pretty honoured and special that she’s going to sport a lovely long bridesmaid’s dress even though she’d probably rather snort wasabi sauce!

Kady (dress fan) and Lily (dress hater....!)

Kady (dress fan) and Lily (dress hater….!)

Laura (Dan’s sister)- Just like Dan she’s calm and so laid back. Although, like Frankenstein, a dress is not something that would ever be Laura’s choice of attire, she’s been so chilled about dress shopping and going with the flow. Maybe she’s saving the stress for buying and wearing dreaded high heels……?!

Me & Laura celebrating her Birthday!

Me & Laura celebrating her Birthday!

Amy/my dearest Pete aka Peter Pan, (my sister from another Mr and Mrs!)- Born only 4 days apart, we were brought up together and have embarked on too many mischievous adventures (not strictly limited to only our younger years…! ) to mention. Always guaranteed to make me laugh, she’s also always a shoulder to cry on.

Me & Amy,at least she'llbe wearing a better bridesmaid dress than I am in this photo!

Me & Amy,at least she’ll be wearing a better bridesmaid dress than I am in this photo!

Still the terrible twosome!

Still the terrible twosome!

Janine (friend from University)- We met on our first day when she was wearing a particularly eyecatching pink, corduroy jacket (over 11 years ago?!) and the rest is history! Our lives have intertwined since 2003- uni, living together whilst studying, living in the same apartment building afterwards and now we work at the same school. She’s creative, loyal and also straight talking, as well as being someone I greatly admire!

Bridesmaid for Janine on her special day and now it's role reversal time!

Bridesmaid for Janine on her special day and now it’s role reversal time!

Last but not least, Gemma (school friend)- my crazy, larger than life, fun and thoughtful pal! She’s always there when I need her and always has some wise words to impart……unless she’s tired/hungry or worst case scenario, both- in which case it’s best to wait….. haha!

Just your average Sunday morning, ay, Gem!

Just your average Sunday morning, ay, Gem!

I knew what colour I wanted their dresses to be- it was just a case of selecting the right shade. We went to High Society in Cowbridge (impeccable customer service even after being invaded by a swarm of excited, chatty women!) for the girls to try on some dresses and settle on a shade of my chosen colour. The sales assistant, Helen was so shocked that everything was selected, tried on and sorted within about 30 minutes! It was a huge relief as it could have been one of those infinite tasks where people start getting pernickety over ruching and the whole straps/no straps debate ending in people whom I love dearly feeling disappointed and uncomfortable!

The magic formula if you are faced with a panel of girls who are more different to one another in appearance than a tin of cadbury’s roses………….? Choose a colour and tone that suits them all (trust me it is possible- Laura is strawberry blonde, Janine (love her) has the same skin tone as Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture and Amy, well, she’s like a walking advert for the Californian sun) and then let them do the rest. Find a brand such as Dessy who produce a range of styles in the chosen colour. This will banish anyone’s personal fear of back fat/side boob/bingo wings etc., as although it’s your big day, don’t forget you’ve chosen these girls to be by your side to share it with you and be a part of it. I wouldn’t want any of them to feel like one of the ugly step sisters from Cinderella!

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Colour variety with Dessy group! Image source

I actually had the chosen dresses imported from America. Given that our budget had already been stretched and was continuing to be so, I did a bit of research and found the option of saving a good chunk of money- who would say no to that?! I highly recommend madamebridal.com – yes, the dresses took 3 months to arrive (which I was aware of!) but wow was it worth it! I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little apprehensive whilst waiting- every now and again thinking ‘OMG what if they turn up and they look like they have been stitched together by a bunch of blind mice?!’ as per the articles that are constantly shared on Facebook about scandalous discount sites….! It was with bated breath I opened the package and then let out a huge sigh of relief!

That’s another tick in a box of the never ending list. Bridemaids. Done! The downside for them of course is going to be the next 6 ½ months of ongoing questions/ updates/ help requests/ tears/dramas and diva moments! (Sorry!)

Fellow Cwtchers, how have you found choosing your Bridemaids and everything that goes with it?  How did you pop the ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ question (and what do you think of how I asked mine?)?

Until next time,

Victoria

Cwtch of the Week: Katy Getting Ready by Sacha Miller

Katy & Christian got married on the 6th of September 2014 at the King Arthur Hotel in Gower, Swansea. Their wedding was photographed by the talented photographer Sacha Miller and we will be featuring the full day in a few weeks. For now here is a gorgeous cwtch from that magical part of the day – Getting Ready! Photo 09-11-2014 17 21 26

Getting ready was probably my favourite part of the day, spending time with my best girls, drinking prosecco and feeling excited and chilled. Have you any getting ready photos you would like to share with us? Get in touch: charlie@cwtchthebride.com