Happy 3rd Birthday To Us!

YAY! Not only is it the most romantic day of the year today but we are also celebrating our 3rd Birthday!

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us….

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Cwtch The Bride has come a long way in three years. We’re now averaging over 20,000 views a month, we’ve introduced our super popular LUSH LIST and organised Wales’ first major Wedding Festival, CWTCHFEST. We’ve also been shortlisted for some very prestigious awards and rubbed shoulders with some of the worlds best wedding bloggers.

But shhh… none of us are professional writers. I for one take photographs for a living and find this writing malarky really hard at times. It really is a labour of love.

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This whole blog was a crazy idea I had that has somehow snowballed into this beautiful loveable monster which I wouldn’t change for the world.


Three is a good age to be. As a blog, we’ve found our feet, our voice and our curiosity is telling us to try even more new things. We now collaborate with more creatives businesses, explore more ideas and push all those buttons!

Lucky for us, Wales has a great wedding industry that supports our development. Without all these local welsh wedding businesses investing in us, we wouldn’t be able to grow. And all of my crazy ideas would simply remain ideas. So a huge thank you to everyone that has been involved in Cwtch The Bride, I love you all dearly.

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I guess if we were to be called that, I’d take the role of Hannibal (not Lecter). I’m sure they’d be arguments over who’d be BA Baracas or Murdoch…  I’m not saying a word!

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My team is simply the best! The Cwtch Team has grown a lot over the years. These ladies above (besides me in the black) have been more than just work colleagues. They were initially my clients who had each booked me to photograph their weddings. They then each became voluntary writers for the blog and now… we’re all firm friends! I love them all to bits.

Some have now had babies and have reluctantly moved on (once you become a cwtch girl, its hard to leave) However, I now have some equally talented and inspiring ladies now working with me which I’m looking forward to introducing very soon.

What has now become very clear to me as the blog continues to grow is that Cwtch The Bride is more than just a resource for couples and the Welsh Wedding Industry. Its a community. A place for brides to not only seek inspiration but to share their own experiences and offer their own unique advice. I cannot wait to see where the next 12 months will take us.

So… today… lets eat cake, sip prosecco, party and make a toast to the best wedding blog in Wales!

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Cake by The Little Cake Cupboard. Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

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Make sure you pop back to the blog this afternoon. We have a fabulous Valentines Day offer you are going to love!

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And finally… if you have woken up this morning to a beautiful wedding proposal and find yourself now engaged. A HUGE congratulations from all of us here at Cwtch The Bride! We are ridiculously happy for you!


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Cosmo Blog Awards: Last Chance to Vote!

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Hello lovely readers, a few weeks ago we shared the incredible news that we have been shortlisted for “Best Wedding Blog” at the Cosmopolitan blog awards. This is a HUGE deal! We are up against some of the biggest and most established blogs in the business as you can see here:

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We only have until the 29th of August to get as many votes as possible and we really hope that the whole of Wales will get behind us. We are so proud that our WELSH wedding blog has made it onto the radar of someone as HUGE as Cosmo and we really need you to vote for us to show them just how great the Welsh can be!

To vote for us please just click HERE we are in category 8.

A big cwtch to all of you who have voted so far, thank you xxx

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If you love our blog, run an inspiring welsh wedding business and would like to work with us, we want to hear from you!

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We love showcasing the best places to get married in Wales. If you run a really cool wedding venue and would like it to appear on Cwtch the Bride, get in touch. We have lots of ways you can get involved.

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Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus

Beth am Dathlu dydd Santes Dwynwen….?

Heddiw, ar 25 Ionawr, yw’r diwrnod rydy ni’n dathlu dydd Santes Dwynwen, nawddsant cariadon cymru.

Mae stori garu Dwynwen yn un digon trist.

O ganlyniad I’w profiad gofynnodd I Dduw Wireddu gobeithion gwir gariadon. Fe gafodd ei dymuniad, ac er mwyn diolch I Dduw, treuliodd ei bywyd yn ei wasanaeth.

Cael eich ysbrydoli gan Hanes a Diwylliant Cymru, a chael golwg ar gwaith dylunydd priodas Cymraeg Amy Mair Couture, y mae eu dylanwadau yn cynnwys hanes tirwedd Cymru….

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For our readers that don’t speak or read welsh, here is the English translation:

Let’s Celebrate St Dwynwen’s day ….

Today, on January 25, we celebrate the day ‘dydd Santes Dwynwen’ St romantic wales.

The love story of Dwynwen is quite sad…

Due to her sad experience Dwynwen asked God to fulfill the hopes of true lovers. Her wish came true, and so she spent her life in his service.

Be inspired by the History and Culture of Wales, and have a browse at the work of Welsh wedding dress designer Amy Mary Couture, whose influences include the history of the Welsh landscape ….

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Many thanks to Amy Mair Couture for writing our very first Welsh post :)

For those that would like to find out more about St Dwynwen’s Day you can read the full story here

Cwtch the Bride – The Cwtchmas Party!

Here it is, in all its glory, Our amazing Cwtchmas Party!

We have so many people to thank for what was an incredible evening on the 11th December. Firstly, the incredible National Museum Cardiff for hosting our event and to Elior for providing all the amazing food! They were a dream to work with and if you are yet to book your wedding venue, may we strongly suggest you take a look at what they can offer. We were blown away :)

We were also thrilled to have the fabulous Ben Walton on hand during the evening to capture the night on film – take a look below. If you were there on the night, let us know if you spot yourself! :) and if you have already booked Ben to film your wedding, you’ve made a great choice! Also, a big thanks to Tim Bishop who photographed the entire event and who’s images are featured in this post!

The team and I had a fabulous evening and were truly overwhelmed at how many of our readers, leading wedding professionals and press came along to celebrate with us. Hey, even Santa paid us a visit:) Cwtchmas Party 205748

Having never organised an event on this scale before, I was incredibly nervous and my stress levels quickly peaked when I realised the amount of work involved. That’s when I knew having professional planners would be key to it success. A HUGE thanks goes to Deeanne & Ruth from Finesse Planning

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These ladies are worth their weight in gold. As a wedding photographer I have seen many brides over the years convinced they don’t need help planning their wedding and afterwards wishing they had. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. This event wouldn’t have been as great as it was if it wasn’t for the organisational skills of these two ladies. They took control of the planning, communicating with everyone involved, setting up (we only had an hour!), managing the event itself and then when we all left to carry on the party, they stayed to clear up. Amazing!

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We were also thrilled to have The Boutique Disco involved. Initially I thought, like most DJs, they’ll just provide music. OH NO… not Grant. Not only did he provide background music but he created the lighting, provided the LED furniture AND an amazing screen which stood at one end of the Museum. It looked awesome. All of these are available to hire for your own wedding too :)

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Check out our ‘Cwtch the Bride’ cake provided by Heavenly Exquisite Desserts They are based in Llandeilo and if you’ve not yet tasted their cake, you really need too! Mmm!

Our live entertainment for the evening was provided by some very talented Welsh musicians. The amazing Sion Russell Jones, Coverland & our regular blog sponsor Brother Ray. Do check out their music, we’re big fans of them all :)

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Another big supporter of our blog, Hannah Emily Bridalwear gave our guests a lovely treat throughout the evening by showcasing some of the wedding gowns available in her boutique… Hannah Emily Bridalwear

…As well as Amy Mair Couture, who travelled from Pembrokeshire to share a selection of beautiful gowns from her Freda May collection.Amy Mair Couture

Big thanks to Yume for doing all the model’s hair (and mine!) and to Glamour Fix for the make up.

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Malc the Magician worked the room with his close up magic and was a big hit…

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Finesse Planning also wowed our guests with some beautifully styled tables. This gave our readers some wonderful inspiration, with thanks to Kelly at White Crafts, By Jo, Snow White Laundries, and a special thanks to Hilary’s Floral Design who were already super busy doing flowers for Prince Charles yet still made time for us :)

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The sequined tablecloths attracted a lot of interest on the evening. I loved the way they shimmered! All thanks to Gilded Linens.

Gilded LinensWho got to try out WOW Event Hire‘s inflatable Chesterfields? We did, super comfy!  :) These super stylish sofas are great for any event and ridiculously quick to inflate and deflate :) If you are having a marquee wedding, how cool would these look in the chill out area?
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All our guests received a goody bag filled with lots of treats, one of which was a delicious cupcake by Love, Peace & Cupcake.

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Queen Of Cakes also supplied us with branded biscuits too! how lucky were we :)

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Oh my, how could we forget the amazing  Pick ‘N’ Mix Circus who entertained our guests with a host of things ranging from ringmaster, compere, toastmaster extraordinaire to juggling, balloon modelling, a giant snowman and much more. It astounded me how much this company can offer in terms of entertainment.

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If you have a sweet tooth, you will love  The Good Ship Lollipop They offer all your old favourites in a super cool pop-up sweet shop :) How cool would this be at your wedding? Our guests certainly enjoyed it :)

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There are loads more photographs to look though. We had a brilliant grotto/photobooth. Thanks to Celtic Prop Hire for providing a sleigh, christmas trees and lots of other cool props for Santa and our guests to be photographed amongst.

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Also a big thanks to Aquila from Love & Lovelier for making us these beautiful, custom badges! :)

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& of course huge thanks to Shell (the lovely lady on the right) at Something Kinda Cute for designing our fabulous invitation for us! :)

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Wow! I think we covered everyone. The evening was a great success. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope we have inspired you with this post. There are some truly talented wedding suppliers on your doorstep, each offering you something different from the ordinary. Not only are each of these suppliers great at what they do on a day-to-day basis but they are genuinely lovely people who go that extra mile for you. And lets face it, when you are planning your wedding, isn’t that what you want?

Finally, from me, personally, I was really touched by how many of my favourite wedding professionals each gave up their time and talents to help us on the evening. It really means a lot to me that you all came out to support Cwtch the Bride. You were all a dream to work with :) And to all the readers that continually visit the site for inspiration. THANK YOU!

Love

Maria

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Cwtch the Bride would like to thank the wonderful suppliers who have all
contributed to our wonderful party!

Venue and Catering
Cardiff National Museum – www.museumwales.ac.uk – 029 2057 3387/3129

Event Production and Management
Finesse Planning – www.finesseplanning.co.uk – 07580 075558

Disco, LED furniture, Projections
Boutique Disco – www.boutiquedisco.co.uk – 07988 684728

Chesterfield Sofas and coffee tables
WOW Event Hire – www.woweventhire.com – 029 2061 8052

Photobooth props and displays
Celtic Prop Hire – www.celticprophire.co.uk – 029 2068 9686

Floral displays
Hilarys Floral Design – www.hilarysflowers.co.uk – 01873 858636

Stationery
White Crafts – www.whitecrafts.com – 07841 623403
By Jo – www.byjo.co.uk – 029 20813329
Something Kinda Cute – www.somethingkindacute.com – shell@somethingkindacute.com

Table Linens
Gilded Linens – www.gildedlinens.com – 07565 294290
Snow White Laundries – www.snowwhitelaundries.co.uk – 029 20233550

Bridalwear
Hannah Emily – www.hannahemilybridal.com – 02921 152357
Amy Mair Couture – www.amymaircouture.co.uk – 07531 520158

Hair
YUME – www.yumecardiff.co.uk – 029 20233271

Make Up
Glamourfix – www.glamour-fix.com – info@glamourfix.com

Vintage Pop Up Sweet Shop
The Good Ship Lollipop – www.facebook.com/goodshiplollipopsweetshop – 07586 528544

Cakes & Desserts
Heavenly Desserts – www.heavenlychoc.co.uk – 01558 822800
Love, Peace & Cupcake – www.lovepeaceandcupcake.co.uk – 07401 841739
Queen of Cakes – www.queenofcakes.org.uk – 07815 018570

Photography
Maria Farrelly – www.mariafarrelly.com – 07814 574 462
Tim Bishop – www.timbishop.co.uk – 07793 733699

Videography
Ben Walton – www.benwalton.co.uk – 07772 482691

Entertainment
Brother Ray – Acoustic Duo – www.brotherraymusic.com – 07731 357952
Sion Russell Jones – www.sionrusselljones.com – Morgan Bell Management
Coverland band – www.coverlandband.co.uk – 07738 858048
Malcolm Haley Magician – www.facebook.com/MalcHaleyMagician – 07510 282321
Peter Gamble Circus Skills – www.pick-n-mix.co.uk – 07875 826773

Click any photo to see a larger version :)

All photos taken by the lovely Tim Bishop. Thanks Tim! :)