The couple in the image above are Roxanne and Marc. They got married last year on the 10th September in Lower Machen at Saint Michael and All Angels Church. They both live in Machen where I was living at the time. When I was asked to shoot their wedding, I jumped at the chance as it was the first time for me to shoot there since i got married in 2006 on 2nd September. I loved everything about their wedding. Roxanne looked amazing in her very unique dress that i thought wow, she looks stunning when I first saw her. Marc also looked extremely smart mind!!
Well I know I promised this wedding last week, but we had a little mishap, so here we are with this stunning day, shot by Sandra Ace, to keep you on the edge of your seat no more!
Andrew and Courtney’s Pink Rose Wedding
What was your budget?
Our budget was £10,000 all paid for by ourselves. Courtney’s mum did pay for the church and beautiful flowers.
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Our wedding theme was based around a flower that the bride liked which was a pink rose. We used a lot of hessian and roses in our decorations.
All made by the bride and stationary from a company called The Vow.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
My favourite part of my wedding was saying my vows to Andrew. Then walking out of the church to our guard of honour by Tenby RNLI Crew and Mid and West Tenby Fire Brigade. While our string quartet played our favourite Oasis song ‘whatever’ – that for me was so wonderful as Andrew is a crew member of Tenby RNLI and Tenby Fire Brigade. The services are very close to our hearts.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I went to Allison Jayne Bridal Studio in Cardiff to try on wedding dresses and I chose eight to try on. My wedding dress was actually the second dress I tried on. It was a dress by Mark Lesley and had only been in the shop a week. I was the first person to buy the dress and I fell in love with it straight away, so much so that I ended up buying it 15 months before our big day. The bridal shop ordered me extra fabric from Mark Lesley which was used to create a different look to the top of the dress. Originally the dress had two thin straps at the front but I got a local seam stress from Tenby to alter it and make it more elegant at the shoulders.
Gina Clode was the seam stress and she transformed the dress into exactly what I wanted. Gina even made my veil from the remain fabric we ordered for shoulders. I loved choosing my wedding dress. I wanted something that was different and that I’d not seen another bride in.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I picked my 3 best friends Cassie, Marcie and Leah, then my sister Keeley and sister in law Nikki as bridesmaids. My 3 best friends have been by my side and supported me through such difficult times through my life and I felt they were the girls to be my bridesmaids and by my side that day. Our flower girls were my friends daughter Ruby and my daughter Halle Aston.
Andrew had two best men his life long friend Dean and his friend of many years Robert. Andrews usher were close friends Scott,Trevor and Peter. These also have helped Andrew through tough times in his life expescially when Andrew lost his father.
Why did you choose your venue?
We are from Tenby and a lot of the venues used for weddings we have visited over and over for Christmas parties and other weddings.We chose Broadway because we had never been to a wedding there and when we viewed it we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and location. We wanted a special place to create our own memories in a place we had no memories of others.
Tell us about your photographer
Our photographer was the lovley Sandra Ace. I came across her wedding photographs on Facebook and we both just loved her work. Sandra was amazing on our wedding day, capturing the most beautiful moments not only between Andrew and I but also between Andrew and his Nan. Sandra understood how Andrew felt about his nan and the bond they have, she was amazing. Sandra made us feel so comfortable and relaxed we loved every second spent with her.
How did the proposal happen?
Andrew proposed to me in Cardiff. He whisked me away for a night away when I was expecting our second child. The hotel room was filled with flowers and champagne on ice. It may not be a great proposal story but it was perfect.
Andrew knew that I liked a ring in a near by jewellers and although money was tight whilst we were renovating our house and with a second baby on the way, he went into the jewellers and paid off the ring weekly, just so I could have it.
I had no idea, until he got down on one knee.
What was your first dance & why?
Our first dance was by Zachary Kibbee called Baby Blue. Andrew was working on a roof one day and heard the song on the radio, so he chose the song as all he could think of was me throughout the song. We both love it and enjoyed dancing to it on our wedding day.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
We would not have done anything differently. I think our wedding was a true reflection of the love between us and the banter between us. We were so happy with everything.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Do not aim to please others. It is one day for you, so put yourselves first and do the best you can with it. Enjoy it and take 5 mins to yourself as a couple to take it all in, as it goes so quick.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Never go to sleep on a argument
(By Andrews nan Theresa Aston)
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Our favourite part about planning was hand making all our decorations and all the personal touches
The Procrastinating Bride is being forced NOT to Procrastinate!
Hey, Cwtchers! Time seems to have flown by since my last blog post, and I don’t really have many things to update you on. It’s the evening before the blog deadline, in typical Procrastinating Bride fashion, and I’m sat here wondering what to write…
I did, however, receive this lovely welcome card and badge in the post on the weekend, so I am now officially a Cwtch Girl. Yay! Although I’ll have to make sure that I don’t leave writing these blog posts to the night before going forward…
Anyway, while there isn’t much to report on, Steve and I have given some thought on centrepieces. We haven’t even considered our honeymoon yet but, for some reason, centrepieces have been the topic of conversation recently.
I’m leaning more towards a tall centrepiece, whereas Steve is drawn to something small, “so people can still talk across the table to one another”. He has a point.
The picture below is exactly why Steve doesn’t want a tall centrepiece, as he kindly pointed out when we went for drinks the other night:
And, of course, I’m planning on sticking tree trunks in the middle of the tables…
Anyway, our planning seems to be on track considering it feels like we haven’t done that much. The venue wants us to have things finalised 2 months before the wedding, so I can’t be my typical self and leave everything to last minute. We’ve finally decided on our menu choices, now we just need to make sure that we get our guests choices in on time; we really should get cracking with those invites!
I’ve been looking on Etsy, which is great for invitation templates. There is a huge range of wedding invitation templates to suit all tastes, colour schemes and budgets. However, it has been tricky to find a template that enables you to list the choice of starters, mains and desserts for your guests to choose from.
I’ve spent many evenings trying to find a template that would enable us to include this information, but we came to the decision that it wasn’t possible for us to use a template. The invites are currently a work in progress!
On a slightly more productive note, we did manage to send these save the dates out a while back:
By we, I mean my mum, my sister and I. Steve may have his view on centrepieces, but he’s not quite into the minor details. My sister found these cute little fridge magnets online and I love them.
I’d never thought about doing save the dates, but what with our wedding being just a few weeks before Christmas, we thought it would be a good idea to give our guests plenty of notice.
That’s all for now. I’m sure by my next blog post, I’ll have much more to tell you about.
Lowri and Simon, our gorgeous Carnival Couple, are back to tell us all about their Hag and Sten – and if yu don’t know what they are, read on!
The Hag and Sten
In the midst of all the planning and the exam marking we had been told to keep a weekend free for our stag and hen. However, we are older now and we are marrying our best friend so why have a weekend away from each other? We didn’t want a weekend of penis straws and strippers so our bridesmaids and best men planned together, which was probably a better idea anyway! So, the first weekend in June our friend Rich picked us up in his van and and drove us to the mystery destination so that we had no chance of knowing what they’d planned!
After a couple of hours we pulled into Bluestone. We were a bit aprehensive at first as it hadn’t been somewhere we had thought of visiting ourselves, but as we pulled up to our 14 person lodge in glorious sunshine to be greeted by a lot of alcohol and our closest friends our opinions were soon changed.
Our friends clearly know us very well. We had a fantastic weekend involving human body pictionary, time on the beach in Tenby flying powerkites, spa treatments (for the ladies), raft building (for the gents), time at the mini waterpark, lots of BBQ food and alcohol.
And some dressing up! Oh, and penis straws…
It was great having everyone together and also getting to spend some time with each other, which we hadn’t really had the chance to do with everything being so hectic!
We had a great weekend and would definitely recommend Bluestone for joint stag and hens! And we are already considering another weekend there. Back to reality with a bump and another 1000 exam papers between us, getting to the end of term and trying to squeeze in some carnival wedding creations we now have a week to go until the big day and are so excited!
Although, we are currently sailing in Greece for a week so there really is nothing we can do, apart from answer a few emails and phonecalls so it’ll be all hands on deck the second we return!
It really isn’t long until our carnival wedding and we can’t wait! We will share all with you in our next blog!
Gorgeous Cwtch to start the week off – how cute is this kiddie cwtch – the little girls face!? Hilarious. A tender moment and you can always rely on little ones to completely make the moment! Over to the lovely Steve Wheller from Art By Design to tell is about it…..
A Kiddie Cwtch
This was taken at Rebecca and Doug’s wedding on 28th October 2016 at Miskin Manor. I had just taken the group shots and Doug wanted a quick photo with the flower girl and page boy. As you know kids hate having their photos taken so I always try to get them to pull silly faces. In this case the little girl was the star and I took the photo just at the right moment as she pulled the best face. The natural and funny moments are always the best moments.