Real Weddings: Abigail and Jonathan by Angharad Thomas

Good morning and happy Friday Cwtchers!

We have a blummin beautiful wedding for you today. Images by the gorgeous Angharad Thomas, Abigail and Jonathan had a gorgeous, blustery wedding – not one that was planned as the wind changed it, but what do you do in those situations, embrace it! And goodness the results are breathtaking. With so many personal touches and fantastic DIY items, you’re about to get hugely inspired……

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Abigail and Jonathan

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What was your budget?

Anything in region of 10-15,000. 

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Fun, comfortable and homely. We got engaged in January 2016 so our timeframe was maybe a little shorter than most people. We both wanted people to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves and wanted them to experience the beauty of Pembrokeshire. Our service was in Emmanuel Christian Centre, we are both Christians and this part of the day was our focus.

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It was emotional and moving service, with abundance of prayers, songs and teaching from the Bible about marriage. Making the commitment in this way was the most important thing for us and was a ceremony that really touched a lot of our guests. There were lots of little things touches across the day which made it personal to us. Jonny had used a type writer as part of the big marriage proposal, via a poem, so the type writer and poetry made an important feature of the invites and day. The invites and orders of services were painted by myself, with some help of a graphic designer friend!

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We also brought an old Mini which we wanted to use as our wedding car, which we named “Gale”. I (Abi) didn’t fancy being driven by a hired driver but wanted my two favourite men, my Dad and new husband to drive around.

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Other touches included; our vegeterian menu and served on long tressle tables ‘family style’, we had pebbles from Druidstone beach for place names, our bridesmaids and groomsmen were mix and match and we had a “naked” wedding cake made by my Mum.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I had many moments which really blew me away on the day and can cherish these. It am so thankful that I took on plenty of people’s advice to me to try and absorb the day as much as possible. Seeing it all come together so beautifully and to have all our loved ones in one place was so overwhelming. In addition – finally seeing Jonny as I entered the church was so much more hitting emotionally than I had envisaged, and the church service was so emotional and personal.

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It was so special to stop and pray with my bridemaids and parents before we went to church too. One particularly fun moment was when Jonny and I were waiting at Newgale beach on our own for the arrival of the bridal party – Seeing my bridesmaids stroll along the beach front in their wellies and dresses made me chuckle, whilst children on the beach shouted congratulations.

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The speeches, especially my Dads were amazing! Leaving the wedding venue with Jonny is a vivid memory too, our bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents gave us massive hugs and kisses as we were cheered away by all the guests in our Mini “Gale” – which had of course been hijacked with tincans!!

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

My wedding dress was bought from Brides of Winchester BOW and it was a Charlie Brear design. I went wedding dress shopping about a week after getting engaged and much to my surprise picked it out first dress shop. I must admit it was the last dress I wanted to try on out of the collection I tried.. It was very slim fit and simple dress, which could have easily been ignored alongside the big, beautiful sparkles which the shop had to offer. We added a lace overcoat, then lovely seamstress Emma Watling added sleeves, a modesty panel of lace and a belt. With the option to take off the overcoat – I was very in love with the fact I could go from pretty and lacey to tying up the bustle and showing off the low cut back.

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I also chose a long, simple veil which was wonderfully wild as we faced the gale force winds of the wedding day. I had visions of wearing it with my wellies and wild flowers and it worked beautifully.

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

Choosing bridesmaids was ever so easy, yet ever so difficult at the same time. I am blessed with many friends who mean to much to me so ummed and ahhed over the option of having nine (!!). In the end I chose those girls who really knew me at that time and could support me knowing the highs and lows of the last few years, with whom I could be completely human with. Grace and Emily I was at university with and Cat and Rachel I lived with for three years after this. They all feel like my sisters and was so honoured to have them alongside Jonny and I.

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Why did you choose your venue?

We decided straight away we wanted to get married in Pembrokeshire, where my (Abi’s) parents and brothers still live. We are both fans of being outdoors and being a bit childish – we heard of a friend who hired Southwood Farm at Newgale beach last year and we looked into Tipi companies. After choosing the Timber and Canvas company and chatting to Paul at Southwood Farm we were excited by the idea of everyone bringing their wellies and gathering around a fire pit late into the evening overlooking Newgale beach. We imagined hay bales, playing in the fields, tucking into homebaked cakes and ceilidhing the night away. We had a slight blip in the plan, two days before, gale force winds were issued across the county and our Tipi venue had to be taken down. After some quick thinking and a lot of family/friends and village camaraderie – we managed to hire and decorate a local village hall.

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Initially, when I was faced with an old hall, I was overwhelmed and disappointed. However, tables built, bunting up, an explosion of fairy lights and a delivery of hay bales equalled a gorgeously decorated hall and a wonderfully setting for a party. Noone minded the lack of sea views …and I still put on my wellies !

Tell us about your photographer

Angharad Thomas was our photographer – had met her in April for an engagement shoot too which was included in our wedding package. We absolutely adore our photos and she said what we said she would, she was discreet and captured Jonny and I and our day perfectly.

How did the proposal happen? 

Jonny took me to the Isle of White for the day. I knew proposal was in the pipeline as we had talked a lot about it and he had asked for ring ideas. Jonny had mentioned in passing a handmade jewellery shop on the Isle of White so I admittedly had an inkling it might happen when he planned this day out, and therefore had minimal sleep the night before (!!). We began on the ferry and Jonny’s car needed help starting as the battery died as we reached the island! It was a sunny January day, quite a classic date day for us – picnic in the car and a walk along the beach. I had then convinced myself he wasn’t proposing today as it all seemed so normal! Jonny took me up the coastal park and after a walk he stopped and pulled out a piece of paper – a poem that I had to read out loud. After a “yes” and chuckle that he was down on one knee next to a bin, we called our parents to let them know, and my parents then told me they had been asked by Jonny the previous week. We spent the rest of the day walking on the beach, picking up the ring from “Rust” jewellery and tucking into pizza and prosecco!

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

There were a number of things homemade – our invites, order of services, place names, the cake, flower crowns, flower arrangements, bunting.

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Advice would be to ask around – it was amazing at the amount of people out there who had already spent hours sewing bunting or collecting jam jars for their daughters wedding and were more than willing to share their collection ! Our flowers at the venue were wild flowers – which was so super easy to create. My Dad and I literally shoved lavender and gypsophila into jam jars with ribbons tied round and it looked great. Our place names were pebbles from a local beach which was again easy to do with a permanent pen and half decent hand writing!! My mum is a clever lady and made the cake and flower crowns with help from my bridemaid Cat and Jonny’s Mum.

What was your first dance & why?

We didn’t have one! We had a ceiledh band who called us up first to the dance floor, quickly followed by our closest friends we had kindly ordered to come up. We didn’t fancy the added attention and wanted to avoid that awkward shuffle.

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

We had an issue with our wedding venue a couple of days before. To see the family come together and demonstrate such team work and getting everything sorted – I should have utilised people around me more before!! I also forgot to make sure we got a picture of all the wedding guests together. Don’t plan an outdoorsy wedding without a back up plan…

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Make sure you stop and just absorb whats going on at least once. I stood/ sat down for maximum a minute (not much alone time when you’re the bride!) and just looked around at all the fun going on and seeng all the people we loved in one place. Remember and remind yourselves why you are doing the wedding – you will be married – yay!! Practically – get wedding insurance!

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

Ephesians 5 v 2 “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ”

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I enjoyed having the excuse to channel my creativity into something, and also having families come together to organise the event.

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Photographer: Angharad Thomas Photography
Ceremony Venue: Emmanuel Christian Centre 
Reception Venue: Southwood Farm Bed and Breakfast
Bride’s Dress: Charlie Brear
Bride’s Headpiece: Home Made

The Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: Lindsey & Mark’s St Fagans Wedding by Maria Farrelly

Good morning one and all and happy Friday!

What a week at Cwtch HQ. Maria’s (Cwtch the ride realtor) birthday, which in turn lead to up climbing Pen Y Fan (we thought she did suggest cocktails when we said we’d do whatever she wanted for her birthday), National Cwtch Day, St Dwynwen’s Day and we announced the sale of #Cwtchfest2017 tickets! Wooooooo

As you know, the amazing wedding festival that is #Cwtchfest2017, will be held at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum. So how perfect is it that we get to have a little throwback to our very own #Cwtchfest Organiser, Lindsey’s big day to her Mark, where you can see how stunning St Fagans is as a wedding venue …

Lindsey and Mark got married on the 7th of June 2014 at the amazing St Fagans National History Museum and their beautiful day was captured by our very own Maria Farrelly Photography. We asked Lindsey some questions about her and Mark’s big day. 

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? The vows and how much in that moment I felt how much I meant it and how much it meant to Mark. He’s only ever cried to the film Marley and me so to hear his voice trembling with emotion gave me goose pimples. I have felt in a little happy bubble ever since. Also, our band Raspberry Jam were sooo incredible, we love live music and they just blew everyone out the water.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress This is the point where I learnt Pinterest can be dangerous. I fell in love with a dress which I soon came to realise was a couture dress from a boutique in San Francisco. Very within my means. I probably drove my bridesmaids mad searching for something similar and to limit my choices it had to have sleeves! I found that the only place that exceeded my expectations of wedding dress shopping was Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth, I believed she really cared about making me feel like I wanted to feel in that dress. However, the dress I fell in love with was an Augusta Jones Mai dress from the lovely Laura May in Roath who were brilliant. My belt is my keepsake from the day made by Ashley from With Love from Bobbin it’s the only thing I’ve allowed myself to keep. I love it. St_Fagans_wedding141 St_Fagans_wedding146St_Fagans_wedding029

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? Mark had 3 best men as there was no choosing between them. They have been through thick and thin together. However they each had their own roles. Matt planned the stag, Jamie was at the end of the aisle with Mark and poor James got the speech.
I originally decided I would have no bridesmaids as I have a lot of very close friends and just didn’t know what to do. However, I read an article called ‘bridesmates’ and how since the recession brides have cut back on bridesmaids yet their friends are still bearing the stress and responsibilities and of course cost of being one. It quickly became apparent my four Cardiff girls were these girls they became my go to for everything I love them to bits!! St_Fagans_wedding389 St_Fagans_wedding399 St_Fagans_wedding404

Why did you choose your venue? We debated for ages whether to have our wedding in St Fagans as it’s where I work but when viewing other venues I just found myself constantly comparing it to there. I also love the fact that we can take our kids there and can visit when we are older etc. St_Fagans_wedding334St_Fagans_wedding527Tell us about your wedding photographer: 

From the second I saw Maria’s photography and met her I knew she had to be part of our day.  Her love and enthusiasm shone through the way she spoke and her work.   It was all I talked about with Mark that evening- I actually got up and danced when she said she had our date free.

It was really important to us that we did not spend hours having staged photographs and the results are stunning!! I cannot believe how Maria has captured the important moments in such a way that didn’t impact on the day and yet are still so beautiful.

As someone who works in the wedding industry I respect Maria’s professionalism and how much she cares for each and every client. I could not recommend anyone else more highly.

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How did the proposal happen?  Mark took me to Edinburgh for my 30th as a surprise. That in itself was a massive deal so I was blindsided when after climbing up to King Arthur’s seat on the morning of my 30th in the snow (after arguing all the way up as I kept falling as it was so slippery) with 2 plastic bottles of wine and strawberries he proposed. I made him call my dad straight away as he hadn’t asked permission and I know it would have meant a lot to my dad. St_Fagans_wedding149

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Everything I did was DIY. As I work in my venue I knew I could do everything myself. Invites were done by my fabulous bridesmaid Lisa. Flowers were delivered in massive buckets on Friday morning and we spent all day doing arrangements. Jars were collected and decorated by friends for their wedding and donated to us. Tables runners were cut the night before. Table plan was written on a mirror night before.
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What was your first dance & why? We had no first dance. Music means a massive amount to both of us but neither of us wanted to do a first dance. So we didn’t.

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Do you have any advice for future couples? I meet so many brides who are stressed and do not enjoy the process of wedding planning. The only thing I can say is no one else knows what you have planned and what is supposed to happen when. Your friends and family will come have a great time and you will be in a big happiness bubble. The stuff people get stressed about does not matter. St_Fagans_wedding296 St_Fagans_wedding352 St_Fagans_wedding444 St_Fagans_wedding450

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To never take the other person for granted and to end every day with ‘I love you’

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Realising how much I personally knew about weddings and how to save money but still get the look and feel I wanted. I’m a geek sometimes and my inner arty self loved being crafty and also saving pennies. St_Fagans_wedding552 St_Fagans_wedding560 St_Fagans_wedding705 St_Fagans_wedding709

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Photographer: Maria Farrelly 

Ceremony Venue: St Fagans Castle

Reception Venue: St Fagans Oakdale Workman’s Institute
Bride’s Dress: Laura May Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packham from Debenhams
Bride’s Jewellery: Debenhams
Groom’s Outfit: His Own
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: With Love from Bobbin
Cake: Mark’s mum
Flowers: Bareblooms
Hair: Jackie at Yume Cardiff
Make Up: MAC
Band: The Raspberry Jam
Stationery: DIY
Caterers: elior@st fagans
Any Reception Decor/Props: DIY
Transport: Taxi
Other: LOVE letters from Cwtch the Bride

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Such a beautiful wedding! If you would like your wedding to feature on Cwtch the Bride you can get in touch here. And if you would like to hire our amazing LOVE Letters click here!

Real Weddings: Our Traditional Brides Beautiful Big Day

We have the absolute pleasure today of showing you all our gorgeous Traditional Bride’s beautiful big day!  You may have been following her story.  As one of our Brides to Be, Kathryn has been making us laugh and cry with her planning stories and inspiration.  And now her day has been and gone and we can now show you the stunning results.

Shot by Martin Ellard of My Big Day Photography.

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Our Traditional Brides Beautiful Big Day

Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

What was your budget?

We didn’t actually have one! We chose the venue before anything else, so once we had a rough idea of what that was going to cost, everything else would just have to just go on top! I have my own part time business as well as mine and Rich’s full time jobs, so it was just a case of seeing how much money we had to save and spend each month depending on what I was earning from the business, and what we could afford as we went along! I didn’t want to set a proper budget because I didn’t want to limit myself. The pair of us are pretty rubbish with money, so budgets don’t usually work with us anyway, we just went for it and hoped for the best! We had some help from my amazing mum and dad, and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t have a few sleepless nights towards the end when it came to paying everything off but we literally just about managed it!

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All together, it came to about £13,000. I think. Even with all the planning and spreadsheets I mastered over the months, I never actually made a ‘final total!’

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Rainbow fairytale, bling-tastic, sparkly and BRIGHT! Just like me!

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Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

There were so many amazing moments throughout the day, I don’t know how I’m going to pick just one! I loved getting ready in the house in the morning, the journey in the limo with my parents, sisters and nephews, the simple but lovely ceremony, the food, my dad’s speech, the dances, the party, it truly was an epic day!

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But my very favourite part has to be the photo and video shoot down the beach. Rich and I had finished the ceremony and family photos and were led down the beach by Martin, while our videographers Richard and Dan disappeared off to a van down the lane alongside the beach. I dragged my dress through leaves, twigs and stones, shimmied my massive skirt through the gate and kicked off my shoes, flinging them at Rich to hold, desperate to get my toes in the sand! I had been a bit nervous about the “coupley” shoot, Rich and I don’t tend to spend hours gazing lovingly into eachother’s eyes, and I was worried our smoochy shots would look forced and awkward, but when we were walking towards the shoreline with the wind billowing my veil high and fluttering my gigantic eyelashes, I felt this surge of love and excitement start in my tummy and I couldn’t help but cwtch and kiss my gorgeous husband, the smiles and touches were REAL and felt as natural as the sea breeze through my hair

Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

Picture by MY BIG DAY PHOTOS tel: 07903 809884 - www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk Permission is granted to print from this image by the photographer / My Big Day Photography. Kathryn and Richard, OxwichBay Hotel 16th September 2016

Martin my photographer was a dot in the distance and it felt like we were alone in the world! Then suddenly, this almost deafening buzzing sound came out of nowhere, we turned around to see the gigantic drone swooping towards us, circling and taking long cinematic shots from the bright blue sky above, the noise was incredible, the wind was picking up, my heart was racing and I was almost squealing with excitement, we could see people in the distance hovering around the edge of the beach pointing at us, probably wondering who the celebrities were! It was a truly exhilarating part of the day, and those moments will stay in my mind and my heart forever.

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my gown from Cariad Bridal in Swansea. It was nothing like what I had in my head. I wanted classy, perhaps some lace, maybe sleeves to cover my much-hated bingo wings, and definitely under no circumstances did I want strapless. I took one of my besties with me on that special first shopping trip, and as soon as I walked into the dressing area, my gown sparkled from between the rails, a strapless sweetheart bodice encrusted with a million Swarovski crystals above a gigantic flowing tulle skirt dotted with even more crystals. No, it actually winked at me. I could hear it whispering “look how sparkly I am! Look how princessy! You’ve wanted me since you were 6! Try me! You know you want to!” Ohhhh I wanted to. And so I did. And my God did it sparkle! The massive skirt poofed and swirled, and when they pulled in the corset, my waist disappeared! I’d been in there 10 minutes. I looked at my friend Kayleigh and she was reading my mind with this grin on her face but I was like NO WAY. Not the first one!? So I tried on a few more. About 14 more. But over 2 hours later, sweaty, exhausted and underwhelmed with every other beautiful style, shape, material and length, I admitted defeat and tried on the princess dress one more time. And this time, we shed a little tear.

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But I didn’t buy it on the spot. I wanted to ‘browse’ other shops, stretch the experience out a little longer, when deep down, my mind was made up. After 2 different boutique visits, I couldn’t wait any longer and booked into Cariad again, this time with my mum and sisters. When I stepped out and saw the look on their faces and my mum’s very words to me were “I can’t imagine you in anything else, love” I knew this was The One. And so the theme was born! Sparkle all the way!

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

I’ve got a lot of friends! Old friends from nursery, new best friends, favourite drinking buddies, confidants, and college chicks, I love them all so much! But choosing bridesmaids can be a little cray-cray. It was gonna be like “I couldn’t have her without her, but I’ve known her longer so should have her, but that means I can’t leave her and I definitely have to have her, which means she is in too, but then it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t have her…” And so on, and so on. I could have ended up with about 15. But I’m lucky enough to have 2 beautiful sisters so I made the decision early on that my maids would ONLY be my sisters, Sandra and Suzanne. And what beautiful maids they were too! And they did an amazing job! They supported me and every decision I made, not to mention throwing me literally the most amazing and best hen party I’ve ever been on in my life! I honestly can’t love them and thank them enough.

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Rich’s best man was his friend Terry. They’ve been friends for a long time and he was the perfect choice, he supported Rich through the day, was funny, chatty, and full of beans, and kept the dance floor busy! Rich’s brother John was also a special presence, he had travelled such a long way from the top of Scotland and was the only member of Rich’s family able to make it so it was lovely having him at Rich’s side. And lovely for me to have a new brother in law!

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Why did you choose your venue?

We had been to The Oxwich Bay Hotel for a friends wedding in 2014 and absolutely loved it, but didn’t initially think of it for our own venue as I didn’t want to copy my friend… Although she was flattered when I said I had decided to go and check it out, what bigger compliment is there to your wedding than one of your friends enjoying it so much that they want their own big day there too?! And I’m so glad we did. I remember walking up the drive on a dark cold January night and seeing the trees lit up and swaying in the winter breeze and hearing the sound of the sea crashing onto the shore beyond the wall, I had chills and not just from the cold!

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Everything was perfect from start to finish, we had an amazing wedding coordinator Jess who was like Wonder Woman, nothing was a big ask, she didn’t say no to anything, and literally helped me empty the contents of my wedding fuelled imagination out into real life. The food was superb, gorgeous drinks, fabulous staff and the view, well… you can see for yourself, it’s truly breathtaking. It is the jewel on the Gower and we couldn’t have picked a better more beautiful location, it was everything we had dreamed of and more!

Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was the gorgeous Martin Ellard of My Big Day Photos. I chose him without even meeting him, I was wandering around a wedding fayre and spotted his display where a beautiful photo of a bride looking tearfully up at her father making his speech caught my eye. Actually, it caught my heart, my breath, and my surprise as my own eyes welled up with emotion. Martin doesn’t just take pictures, he captures moments, and while he was busy chatting to another couple, I swiped a business card and that was that! And what a service he provides. We chatted on Facebook, I bumped into him in a couple more wedding fayres, he came to the house a few days beforehand and he really took the time to get to know us, listened to my ideas, brought up some amazing ones of his own and was an absolute superstar on the day. From encouraging me to eat more toast in the morning, calming me down when I was having a makeup breakdown, helping my sister tie up my dress, fixing my veil in place (and it didn’t budge all day and night!) he was literally like an honorary bridesmaid!

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He was so unassuming, we barely noticed him hovering around, and yet along with Jess, he ran the day with such precision and grace, organising the shoots, arranging people, making sure we were in the right places at the right times, always on hand if I yelled for him with some inane question that wasn’t technically in his remit, such as “does my hair still look ok?” “Have you seen my dad anywhere?” “What’s happening next?” “did you see where I put my wine?” He was amazing and I can’t thank him enough for everything he did. And as you can see from the results of the stunning and breathtaking moments he’s captured… Well I think the pictures speak for themselves. Unlike me, who couldn’t speak for tears when I saw them! He even managed to capture a moment where my own dad was making his speech and I was looking up at him with the same love and emotion that I’d seen in that very first photo of his that I saw, but this time it was my wedding, my tear filled eyes and my dad.

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That made my heart burst. He was a dream come true, and I can’t recommend him highly enough.

How did the proposal happen? 

Our proposal story isn’t actually very traditional, despite being The Traditional Bride that I am! There was no blended knee, no grand gestures, Rich didn’t even ask my dad’s permission! It was Christmas Eve 2013, I was shattered coming home late after a shift behind the bar when Rich suggested we open our presents there and then. He’s so impatient, but we were heading off to my sister’s for a big family Christmas dinner and were going to have a long and busy day the next day so I agreed. We took it in turns opening gifts, and I noticed Rich starting to do this weird heavy breathing through his nose, like a bull about to charge. He had gracefully accepted his dressing gown, cd and other standard man-gifts and I was chuffed with my trainers, jumper and obligatory perfume and smellies so I didn’t know why he was looking so stressed out. The last gift was taking me ages to unwrap, it was sellotaped within an inch of its life and I was tearing and shaking and flapping the gift around (cleverly disguised in a much larger box than a ring!) while Rich was frowning and breathing more and more heavily, it was all a bit awkward if I’m honest! Then ta daa, this smaller box flew into my lap and I opened it, barely registering what it was til it caught the light from the kitchen behind me and BOOM there was my sparkly future. I looked at Rich in shock and he croakily uttered those 4 words every girl dreams of: “Put It On Then.” 9 years after we first met and we had finally sealed the deal!

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

I’m quite artistic and wanted to do a few things myself, but boy did I regret it! I had quite a quirky idea for my Save The Dates, I ordered loads of little plain, flat wooden door-hangers (similar to the “do not disturb” signs you get in hotels) decorated them with diamantés, glittery flower stickers and just printed the info on to coloured shimmery paper, along with a few pics of Rich and I, and glued them on. They were easy and fun to make and really cheap, I ordered everything from Amazon.
But the invitations… I never ever want to make any kind of papercraft ever again! They took me MONTHS! From emailing one of my Wedding Squad all the various info I wanted for her to kindly print out in reams (because there’s only so much sneaky printing I could get away with in my own workplace!) to the cutting on the guillotine of all the sheets into all the various ‘inserts’ and creating little pocketfold flaps in each invitation (the basic cards I bought off Amazon) to gluing it all together and adding various diamantés and patterned tape and sparkly stickers… Each invite took at least 30 minutes to complete and I had LOADS! With a full time job and a part time business, I was only averaging 2 or 3 a night, I struggled to find the time and after all the day guest invites finally went out, I lost all motivation, ran out of time, admitted defeat and all of my night guests received Facebook messenger invitations! Well, we are in 2016 after all!
I made my own table plan just printing off the names of my guests and putting them in a tall, narrow and cute stand-up photo frame with a couple of pics of Rich and I.
And my favours were little sample sachets of the aloe vera products which I retail with my business. Nothing wrong with a bit of promotion to all of my nearest and dearest! They went down a storm and I even had a few sales after the event!
But never ever in a million years would I make invitations like that again! Everyone loved them, but I get bored writing Christmas cards after a while, and I still haven’t got through my thank you cards, so how I thought I’d manage creating over 100 intricate fiddly little paper creations, I will never know!

What was your first dance & why?

The first dances were very special. Yes, you read that right, dances… We had 3!
I’m a daddy’s girl and having a father/daughter dance was important to me, but I didn’t expect my dad to be that up for it! But he totally was, and he spent ages trawling YouTube until he decided on Nancy Sinatra’s ‘For My Dad.’ It was emotional and fun all at once, being twirled by my dad around the dance floor, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

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And then Rich and I smooched and swayed to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Strong’ by London Grammar. The song had no special meaning to us, I just loved it, every time I heard it, it gave me goosepimples and it’s a little bit different. But the third dance was definitely the most entertaining! Because what Rich didn’t know was that half way through our ‘first dance’ I was going to tell him to take my shoes off and go and sit down.

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He had to take them off for me, partly because I couldn’t really reach them under my enormous dress, and partly as a cue to the DJ who would be pressing play on the third song… Which wasn’t really one song, it was a compilation of 5 different songs to which me, my sister/bridesmaid Sandra and my 2 oldest besties Emma and Louise had been practicing an absolutely fabulous (if I do say so myself) group dance under the amazing choreography of my friend Sarah. We had spent weeks in the function room of my old local rugby club spending every spare evening we could get together without suspicion, we even managed an on-site practice in the marquee of the Oxwich Bay a week before the wedding thanks to my amazing planner Jess!

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And Rich didn’t have a clue! His face as he wandered awkwardly off the dance floor clutching my shoes was hilarious… But the penny soon dropped as we got into formation and he was cheering down the front! As a former holiday rep, I loved the idea of throwing some shapes in front of a crowd, but my poor girls were almost sick with nerves all day beforehand and were very glad to get it over with! But I can’t thank them enough for their participation. You can watch the end result here

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

There’s only two things I would have changed about my wedding day…
I’m a social media addict, so keeping my pictures, and especially my dress, offline until I was ready to share was a big deal to me. I wrote it in my order of service, I got the registrar to make an announcement before the ceremony, under no circumstances were any pics or vids of my day to be posted on social media until the evening, after the night guests had arrived. But the message got a little lost in translation, and people were terrified to touch their iPhones throughout the service, which was fine, I wanted everyone to feel it with me through their eyes, not their screens, but I forgot one very important thing… My beautiful and talented friend Nikki had travelled all the way down from Newcastle on her own with her 1 year old baby to sing me down the aisle at my wedding. We lived together in Menorca during our holiday repping season, she was an Entertainer, and her opera-trained voice gave me goosepimples, so despite not seeing each other for 5 years, I chose the song, she learnt it and practiced it and sent me a whatsapp video of the final version, and on the big day, I barely heard a word! That couple of minutes when my dad walked me down the aisle and everyone was smiling and crying at me was such a blur that’s hardly heard Nikki sing a note.

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And of course, nobody recorded it. Everyone told me it was beautiful but I could kick myself, months of her hard work, and I didn’t even think to dedicate one person to just film Nikki singing from start to end. How nice would that have been, for her too, her first live performance in years, and such a beautiful song and singer, I wish I had just asked one person to point their phone at her and record the whole 3 minutes! My videographer has told me he has the majority of it recorded so I’m hoping to watch it properly at some point but I am gutted I didn’t think of that before. So be careful with an unplugged ceremony dudes and dudettes, you may miss something you wish you had captured!
Oh and I forgot to throw my bloody bouquet! I’ve caught a few in my time, and couldn’t wait to throw my own, but the day ploughed on, and it just never happened! But I was glad a few days later when my bouquet was still intact and I got to place it on my Nanna’s grave.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

As my mum said a million times to me in the last 6 months, “don’t sweat the small stuff!” Coming from me, who was having a breakdown when I realised I had forgotten the matching pen for my wedding guest book, this may sound a bit hypocritical, but that’s why I’m saying it. Before my big day, every wedding disaster scenario was running through my monkey mind, I was having genuine wedding nightmares every night, panicking about colour-coordinated drinking straws, distance between tables and dance floor, timings, weather, car crashes, things catching fire, the photobooth collapsing, nobody turning up, the list (I love lists!) goes on.
So if I could just get it through to you brides-to-be that you’re going to wake up on the morning of your big day without a care in the world, matching drinking straws or not! You won’t care about anything except loving every second and marrying the man of your dreams!

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I just wish I had listened myself, because I wasted a lot of time and lost a lot of sleep over things that were either out of my control or completely irrelevant. Enjoy the run up, enjoy the planning, embrace the mess your house will be in, because when it’s all over, if you’re like me, your house will still be messy, but it won’t be full of car ribbons, pom-poms, crystals, confetti and excitement! So let go of the outcome, do what you can to make your wedding the day of your dreams but don’t let it get to you, because even if the odd thing goes wrong, your decorations are slightly squiffy or God forbid you have to have a regular biro for guests to sign your guestbook, in the wise words of Dr Seuss, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!
Remember as much as you can. It sounds obvious, but if you can take seconds throughout the day where you just look at your partner and enjoy a mutual WOW moment, it really will soothe the soul and keep the memories alive long after the day has been and gone! Take a breath, look around at all the people you adore who are smiling, laughing, loving the experience alongside you, squeeze your partner’s hand, smell the aromas of your chosen yummy food, taste the champers and feel the fizz on your tongue, feel the glow, feel your own heart beating and literally soak those seconds up because it’s over in the blink of an eye.
Oh, and break your shoes in, ladies. And if you don’t do that, take flatties for the night, you’re gonna need them!

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

I’ve had so much amazing advice from everyone (including sage words lovingly/drunkenly written in my hen party guest book such as “always look both ways when you cross the road” “snog lots” and “always have sex”) but the best thing I’ve realised has been more of an example than actual imparted advice. My parents have been married for 52 years and even now, when they’re alone together, they laugh and laugh and laugh, it melts my heart. I LOVE laughing, and a giggle can brighten up any situation. So don’t take yourself too seriously. Be silly, be yourself, and laugh as much as you can.

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There are going to be hard times, that’s life, but if you can turn a frown upside down, you’re in a better position to get through anything. It seems to be working so far. But I’m still in the buzz, still living the dream! Ask me this time next year how I turn an argument into a giggle and I may not be as gracious as I seem now! But if you’re lucky enough to have a husband who is as secretly weird and stupid as you are, you’ll be alright.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Everything. Literally, there is nothing I disliked about the planning. For almost 2 years, my mind was laid out in spreadsheets, scrap books, budgets, clip files, brochures, appointments, lists, lists and lists! And I enjoyed every second of it. The last couple of weeks were hectic, I lost 6lbs in a week when things got so stressful at the end, but it was the most luscious feeling of stress ever and I miss it intensely. There is such a thing as the wedding hormone, it’s not just planning an event, so much thought, time, effort and incredible attention to detail goes into your wedding day that it’s easy to lose yourself completely in it, I felt like my day job was just a nuisance, from morning til night my head was in this wedding bubble and I’m actually in the depths of despair now that it’s all over! I have no more lists to make, no more seating plans to painstakingly arrange, no more timescales to meet and no more appointments and meetings to organise and there’s a hideous wedding shaped hole in my life right now! Planning was a dream but I can’t take full responsibility because I had an amazing team of friends and family behind me helping me tie up all the loose ends, but I can honestly say, the last 6 months were the busiest and best few months of my life.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Martin Ellard – My Big Day Photos
Videographer: Richard John
Wedding Planner: Jess Morris at The Oxwich Bay Hotel
Ceremony Venue: The Chestnut Room at The Oxwich Bay Hotel
Reception Venue: The Marquee at The Oxwich Bay Hotel
Bride’s Dress: Cariad Bridal Swansea
Bride’s Headpiece and Veil: Cariad Bridal Swansea
Bride’s Jewellery: New Look, Warren James
Bride’s Shoes: Iron Fist
Groom’s Outfit: Armani
Bridesmaid Dresses: Quiz
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Quiz, New Look
Cake: Rhian Higgins – Higgins Home Bakes Ammanford
Flowers: Petals Florists Ammanford
Hair: Emma Whitley from Sparkles Hair, Nails & Beauty Crosshands
Makeup: Mac, Urban Decay, Rimmel
Band: “Them 2 Fellas” Andy Given & Pete Smith
DJ: Starlit Events
Photobooth: Starlit Events
Stationery: Amazon
Decor/props: Amazon
Transport: Dusk Til Dawn Limos Ammanford

The Wedding Album

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Real Weddings: A 2016 Favorite – Tammy and Dan’s 1950’s Americana Wedding

Todays Real Wedding is a throwback one. Today I saw a massive vintage american car and it just reminded me of this amazing wedding that we featured last March.  I absolutely adored it.  Seen at it is the New Year, I thought I would take a little look back on a firm favourite of 2016, and here it is.  Tammy and Dan’s 1950’s Americana Wedding.  Its just superb! And not just because it was shot by our very own Maria Farrelly!

So without further ado, you’re about to be overloaded with inspiration! Enjoy!

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding for AGES!

As well as running Cwtch The Bride, some of you many not realise I’m also a professional photographer. This here blog was initially a little side project for me which has now snowballed into Wales’ best wedding blog EEK! Anyhow, besides having a great team now working with me on this blog, I still photograph weddings. And the one I’m sharing with you today is flipping awesome!

I had the privilege of photographing Tammy & Dan’s 1950’s Americana style wedding last July and hand on heart, it was probably one of my all time favourites! It had everything I love about a great wedding. An awesome Welsh venue, wonderful friends and family, loads of laughter, fabulous music, drinks flowing and bucket loads of love.

So grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy!

Oh…and before I forget… this brave couple commissioned me to return the morning after and photograph all their guests hungover (some of which hadn’t slept!). it was great fun and i’ll be sharing those images with you all tomorrow morning! don’t miss that, they are hilarious!

Lets hand you over to the beautiful bride Tammy to tell you all about her awesome wedding!

Maria x

All images by Maria Farrelly Photography

Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon142Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon071What was your budget? 

Our budget was whatever we could save over 3 years including any gift money from Christmas & birthdays, think it amounted to £20,000 which included our dream honeymoon.
It was hard work trying to be strict and save but totally worth it the end and not without a lot of help from family too!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon086
How would you describe your wedding theme?

50’s Rock & Roll with a splash of Americana :) We love America (especially Florida) and the closest available date for the venue we wanted was 4th July – Independence Day… how could we not add some American touches to the theme :)
We had sparklers and chocolate pretzels for the favours and went all out with American style food such as hot dogs, pulled pork, sweet potatoes and waffles with syrup and ice cream for dessert.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon016Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon127Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon095
What was your favourite part of your wedding?

My favourite part of the wedding was walking out as Mrs Hagerty back down the aisle and halfway down realising it wasn’t a CD playing ‘All You Need Is Love’… it was a surprise full brass band booked by my father in law and to top it off one of our groomsmen Nathan was singing along with Scott on the drums who plays in a band with Dan – ‘Eric Unseen’.
The BTM Brass band sounded amazing and technically our first dance ended up being straight after the ceremony right there in the aisle.
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Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon050Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I saw a dress in a wedding magazine that was a short 1950’s style with lace sleeves, the dress was by Ellis Bridal.
I wanted to get my dress from the same place that my best friend Kate got hers as they were always very friendly, Sentiments in Bridgend.
I heard that Sentiments had a trunk show for Ellis Bridal so booked myself an appointment.
The dress that I wanted to try on wasn’t there so I tried on a beautiful fishtail version of the dress and it just suited my curvy figure so well!
I tried on plenty of other dresses including shorter styles and as fab as they all were I knew the fishtail style was the one and still in keeping with the 50’s style.
Lots of people commented on my look being very Priscilla Presley which I was over the moon about! Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon007Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon078Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon143
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

We had 6 Bridesmaids and 6 Groomsmen.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon087Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon088All of them crazy in their own way and we loved having our best friends, sisters and brother by our side!
Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon091Dan couldn’t choose just one best man so he had two … Carl & Rickwood, I think they are now taking bookings as compares! They really were a double act on the day and kept everyone entertained.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon105As for the bridesmaids they really helped me keep calm getting ready and then once their duties were done got up to their usual antics including photo bombing our professional pictures haha!

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Why did you choose your venue?

We really wanted a barn venue, and once we saw the Barn at Brynich with its beautiful on site cottages we knew we didn’t need to look any further.
The team at Brynich were brilliant, especially Simon who really looked after us from start to finish of the wedding planning and made sure the day ran smoothly!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon109
Having the venue for the full weekend was perfect as we really got to make the most of spending time with the family and had plenty of help the day before with making sure everything was set up!
The sunday after the wedding was then time to unwind laugh and reflect! Oh and take morning after shots of the bridal party just for the fun of it! :)Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon069
Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Maria Farrelly, I was at a wedding fayre in the Millennium Centre (Cardiff) and after seeing quite a few portfolios I came across her stand and knew that I needed to book her straight away!
The work on her displays and portfolios were the exact style I was after and after speaking with Maria, she was so lovely and genuinely excited about our ideas so far!

Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon152I think after the venue, Maria was the next big tick off the list as it was so important to us that we had a great photographer. We are so happy with how the pictures turned out! Every moment was captured!

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Dan took me to Cardiff bay to where he had asked me out 5 years prior, he was so nervous and I was just thinking about what steak I was going to have in Cafe Rouge… then he popped the question! I was over the moon and ended up too overwhelmed to eat my food!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon043Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon042The following week we jetted off to Venice which was absolutely amazing! No cars from the moment we got off the plane, it was just fascinating.

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

As we both love music we had an idea for a lyric aisle backdrop to hang from the ceiling to the floor and with flowers either side.
It would have been too expensive to have real flowers but thanks to ebay there’s always an option to re-create a similar look cheaper.
The end result looked fab!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon001Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon002I also made my own american style menu with vintage pictures of celebrities stuffing their faces! The idea just popped into my head and it may have taken me a couple of hours to create it but it looked fun and quirky on the tables.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon021
We bought lots of sparklers on ebay and then used a template on Pinterest to print out and use as sparkler tags. Its definitely worth seeing what you can find online if you are trying to stick to a budget as all these little things could add up!

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance song was Elvis Presley ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’… its one of our favourite songs and we didn’t want anything too modern.
Even though its a slow tempo song, everyone loved to join in swaying around the dance floor and singing the song at the top of their voices :)Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon120Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon121
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I do wish we had more video footage of the day but our budget couldn’t have stretched any further.
We have had a few video’s sent to us of the brass band surprise, our first dance and lots of our friends at the end of the night singing in the tipi around the campfire so we will be putting it all together and make our own video mixed in with some of the amazing photo’s we have from the day.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

As much as I love Pinterest, try to remember what is unique to you as a couple and how you can incorporate it in to your day.
The little things really do pay off!
Once all the handwork has been done upfront, when it comes to the actual day… what’s done is done and what isn’t, you just need to forget about!
The most important thing is getting married with all your loved one’s surrounding you.Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon040I had bought a lovely personalised cake topper but when we were decorating the tipi the day prior it had gotten lost… still haven’t found it to this day so I am glad I didn’t spend any time stressing out about it on the wedding day.

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

Never go to sleep without resolving an argument :) Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon059What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Our favourite thing of planning the wedding was shopping for the last bits and pieces like table decor, balloons, bunting and sweets!Brynich_barn_wedding_brecon017

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly
Ceremony Venue:The Barn at Brynich 
Reception Venue:Wedding Tipi (Placed at Barn at Brynich) 
Bride’s Dress:Sentiments Bridal  
Bride’s Shoes: Schuh 
Bride’s Headpiece: Veil by EnVogue and Flower Crown by The Flower Shop
Bride’s Jewellery: wedding ring handmade from Etsy
Groom’s Outfit: Next and Mrs Bowtie 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JJ’s House (online)
Cake: By my bridesmaid’s aunty :)
Flowers: The Flower shop Hay On Wye inc my flower crown
Hair: Bella’s Hair Boutique – Styled by Jess Davies (A friend)
Make Up: Amy at Dollybirds Beauty 
Band: Jammy and the dodgers – go see them at The Brewhouse 
DJ: None – We hired a jukebox 
Stationery: Be Our Guest (Etsy)
Caterers: Five Star Chef 
Any Reception Decor/Props: Bunting & Balloons – Not on the high street/hobbycraft , favours – ebay , pretzels – Holland & Barrett
Other:Ceremony Band – BTM Brass Band

Our Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: Claire and Tom ‘Con-Man’ Conners by Clixx Photography

Before we even mention how sensational Claire, this stunning bride, looked, having the groom as Tom ‘The Conman’ Connors was always going to mean ball skills were going to be incorporated in there somewhere!

Tom is a record breaking internet sensation, with 300,000 followers on Facebook.  His company, SBX, came along to help with the entertainment which included football skills, break dancing and were spinning basketballs on the brides heels!

All of this captured by the wonderful Les of Clixx Photography.  Over to Claire to tell us all about this fabulous day……

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Claire and Tom ‘Con-Man’ Conners Family Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

We both wanted an intimate ceremony with only family and extremely close friends. We chose all the wording very carefully and both mums gave beautiful readings.

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It was simple and understated with the main importance being on the words and the commitment we were making to one another.
Following the ceremony we just wanted a fun day for all our guests and the children to relax. We spent a long time choosing the right entertainment especially as it was an 11am wedding we wanted to keep the day flowing. Also as Tom owns an entertainment company it was also great to have all the SBX entertainment team involved and of course Tom also had to perform during the evening!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We both agree the ceremony was the favourite part of our wedding. We were both so nervous, we could not wait to say ‘I do’, we literally counted down everyday until the wedding and chose to get married early in the day so we could say ‘I do’ as soon as possible.

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Isabella, Claires youngest daughter also could not wait for the ceremony, every morning in the run up to the wedding she asked, Tom how many sleeps until the wedding?
Tom also loved signing the register, he said the reality hit him then that he had married his dream girl he was overwhelmed that he now had this amazing woman to spend the rest of his life with as his wife.
When I looked over and saw the girls crying happy tears following the signing I couldn’t hold back my own tears. Our family felt complete and I could not believe this wonderful man was now officially my husband and step father to my two beautiful daughters. We both struggled to take it all in, it was a highly emotional moment, something we both wanted from the minute we met one another and it had finally happened, neither of us could really believe it but we also loved it!

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I loved trying many different wedding dresses on, and of course all my original ideas of what type of dress I wanted went completely out the window as soon as I got in the shops. I was somewhat limited in styles as I only had a couple of weeks to get the dress. I originally thought I wanted a long sleeve lace dress however once I got them on I realised I would not have felt comfortable all day in those styles. My maid of honour booked all our appointments and was on hand to offer opinions. We had some great days, the shop assistants were amazing. I found a Justin Alexander style online and luckily a stockist that could get my size in with the limited time frame as there was one in production in America.

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Much like the ceremony I wanted to keep the dress simple and understated. I wanted a style that would be timeless. My mother came along and saw the dress when it arrived and advised on the alterations required.

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

Maid of honour was my best friend Dawn John, who has been an amazing friend for the last 10 years.
Bridesmaid was my youngest sister Charlotte Campbell, we are extremely close and both Charlotte and Dawn are always on hand to help me with whatever crazy requests I come up with. I was also extremely nervous so I needed calming influences around me on the morning of. My daughters looked gorgeous, and every time I looked at them they filled me with pride and love on the day. The first time they met Tom they said, Mum can you just marry Tom? And so I think for them they were very happy with the whole day.
Two smaller bridesmaids, Sophia (Claires eldest daughter), Lily (Tom’s sister).
Two flower girls, Isabella (Claires youngest daughter), Rihanna (Tom’s little sister)
Pageboy, Ryan Tom’s brother.

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Best man, Chris Poole, Toms brother, and the person that understands how important this day was to Tom. Tom had been waiting for the one and Chris understood how much the wedding meant to him.
Toms youngest sisters and brother are adorable and get along so well with Sophia and Isabella and of course love their big brother so it was only right that they were part of the day too. They are always full of hugs and kisses for Claire and I was so proud to see them all do such a wonderful job of walking down the aisle.

Why did you choose your venue?

St David’s Spa Hotel was where Tom proposed, so it felt right to also get married there. The staff were amazing during the engagement evening and now St David’s will always hold a special place on our hearts.

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Tell us about your photographer

Les is an amazing photographer and really had his work cut out. Due to Tom’s work he loves the camera, he’s a natural entertainer and definitely knows how to strike a pose, just check out Tom ‘Conman’ Connors on Facebook and all other social media! Claire on the other hand is extremely camera shy so poor Les had to really work hard to build confidence quickly. Not only is Claire camera shy she was also shaking with nerves. Les was a real calming influence on the day and was determined to get the shots we had discussed previously. The wind picked up whilst we were outside so we all had to fight with the veil but les kept spirits up and the veil shot is actually my favourite.

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He was a complete professional but also completely up for anything, as Tom is a professional Street basketball player, currently holding 15 world records it was of course necessary to have photographs with the basketballs. He even taught me a few tricks during the evening show, such a spinning the ball on a pen and on the heel of my shoe!!! Les caught all the action and we simply adore our wedding album. Les was awesome from start to finish, which was a very long day and the images he captured blew us away, we can’t thank him enough.

How did the proposal happen? 

Tom had designed abdarranged for a ring to be made by Roger Williams, Pont canna, however he also got a TV job in Singapore during the same period. He went leaving the jeweller strict instructions as he wanted to propose as soon as he got back.
He arrived home from Singapore on the Thursday and the Friday he took me for a lunch and a pamper session. He then said just go home now, relax and tonight we will chill out in St David’s.

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I was in the shower when his dad called and asked could I meet them at Castle Coch as they needed to give me something for Tom, obviously I said I couldn’t but they were welcome to come to the house and leave it with me; by which time I should have been able to throw some pj’s on 😂 his dad was a bit flustered and little did I know I had spoilt the start of the plan!!
His dad, step mum brother and younger sisters arrived, the little ones where all dressed in fairy tale costumes and looked fab! They had a card and gift but would not say one word. I thought they were going to a party and wondered why they wouldn’t answer any of my questions; apparently Tom had given them strict instructions not to give anything away. They left and so I opened the card; it read , the thing is with fairy tales is that they don’t come true…..until now! Make your way to dawns and I had some champagne and chocolates to take. I was somewhat confused but excited so made my way to my best friends house with the card. When I arrived she passed me another card with another message from Tom asking me to make my way to st David’s suite for a relaxing night together, the room key was in the card so I was super excited to get there and see him. When I got to the room I expected to see Tom but when I opened the door there was another card and gift. The card asked me to go back to reception and ask for Steph the manager. I was shaking now, Tom had been away and I just wanted to see him and have quality time together. I practically ran back down to reception and as I came through lifts Steph was waiting for me. She asked me to follow her and walked me over to the Dahl suite. As I came around the corner I saw a red carpet and then some petals. On my next step i saw Tom waiting at the end of the carpet and there was some music playing. I started crying as I walked towards him, he held me when I got to him, kissed my face then dropped to his knee and presented me with my beautiful ring; he asked me to marry him; he was shaking and crying, I said yes and started crying too. We held each other for ever. A table was set in the room for us to have an intimate meal and our waiter was great, taking hundreds of photos for us whilst also serving our meal. After the meal Tom said we should have a drink in the bar before we head up to our room, little did I know; he had arranged one final surprise and some of our family and closest friends where already there and waiting to congratulate us. It really was a fairy tale evening.

What was your first dance & why?

Craig David – Nothing like this, after out first date we both got in our cars to drive home and obviously must have been listening to the same radio station as this was the first song that we both heard, following that everytime we went somewhere together it came on, it was a sign!

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

Nope! 😊

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Just make sure you do everything exactly as you want. We had great fun planning everything together, wedding planning lunches became my new favourite thing! We would get to sit and eat whilst planning and we would always end up super excited. We were determined to not be guided by anyone else. The wedding was only about what Tom and I wanted and that what makes it special to us.
It was also very important to Tom that there were only guests there that were very much part of our lives. We didn’t want to be looking out to distant family or friends, we wanted everyone there to be close to us and understand our relationship and how much it truly meant to both of us.

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

For Tom: happy wife, happy life! 😄

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

We did every single thing possible together so it was all enjoyable, we love each others company and we are completely on the same wave length as one another so it makes decisions very easy. Claire is a psychology graduate working on building her property portfolio so we both work from the same office meaning we get lots of time together; this was great during the planning stages.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Clixx Photography
Wedding Planner: Gemma King, St David’s Hotel and Spa
Ceremony and Reception Venue: St David’s Hotel and Spa
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander
Bride’s Shoes: Carvela by Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Alison Jayne
Groom’s Outfit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Monsoon
Cake: St David’s Hotel and Spa
Comedian- George Lucus
SBX– Ash Randall, freestyle footballer, Ryan, Beatboxer,
Frankie and Ricky, breakdancers.

The Wedding Album

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