The First Dance

The first dance can strike fear into many a bride and groom. I remember the feeling of confusion when trying to work out the perfect song. I have no clue why I put so much pressure on myself to get this right but for some reason I started to feel really overwhelmed by it all.

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The first problem that we encountered is that I really wanted dance lessons. That was very quickly shot down. He hates dancing and was adamant from the start that we were going to do very traditional hugging, sway and shuffle. So basically it had to be a slower style song. I did however ask my father if he would join me for dance lessons and he couldn’t have been happier. It was a brilliant way to involve my dad, who didn’t want to know any of the details of the day, in one aspect of the wedding preparations.

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Secondly there was music taste. Our taste varied greatly and trying to find a some that we both loved was quite tricky. You could say that my music choice is very eclectic. My iPod has anything from Disney to Metallica. My dear husband on the other had is vary particular about what he likes and is also very vocal about telling me what he doesn’t. Every time I suggested something he would just give me this look. We even had a night where we sat trying to find a song and after that we were still non the wiser. I was at my wits end!

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One day we were driving along and I had my phone linked to the car playing music. Suddenly the song that I have been saving to walk down the aisle comes on, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Suddenly he stops what he was saying and starts to listen. Oh no…..I try and turn him off it by telling him its from Twilight. (Which he hates!) I can see that he is starting to really get in to it. He gets all emotional. Damn….I give in. Time to chose a new song to walk down the aisle!


Photograph: Maria Farrelly

“If you are like my husband and I and don’t actually have “A Song” then keep your eyes on the blog over the next few days for our First Dance Inspiration post.” Kate 

Non Religious Wedding Readings

“When I was getting married I really struggled to find a non religious reading that didn’t make me want to be sick. Some of them are so overly sweet and I felt that they were not the right fit for us. My husband on the other hand really didn’t mind what I chose. That was until I made my decision and he didn’t like my choice. (Facepalm!)  I have asked a few photographers and they can tell you all the ones that they have heard a thousand times I didn’t want that.The readings and the song to walk up the aisle to were some of my hardest decisions. I wanted them to tell our story and at the same time be a little bit different.  If you have any suggestions please mention them in the comments as I would love to share them with the rest of our lovely Cwtchers.” 

On Your Wedding Day 

Author Unknown

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife

It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be time when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of tru love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts.


Photo: Maria Farrelly

Cwtch Of The Week: Lisa & Carl’s Oxwich Bay Cwtch

Coming up this Friday, we have a fabulous festival style wedding by Richard Savage Photgraphy. This is a lovely photo of the beautiful couple Lisa and Carl just after they got married at the stunning Oxwich Bay 029Just wait till you see the back of this brides dress from Hannah Emily Bridal in Cardiff. It is absolutely stunning!  I have fallen in love with all of their little touches and the bright colours. The bouquets were so viberant. Sunflowers are honestly the happiest flower that I know. Make sure you have a look at their real wedding at the end of the week.