If you are debating whether to invest in having your wedding filmed. I’d like you to watch this before making your mind up. Wedding films have changed so much over the years. They are now becoming more and more like timeless epic story telling pieces and just as important as the photography. Investing in a good film maker as well as a photographer creates a beautiful collection of memories. Theres no doubt about it.
Remember, your wedding day is probably the only day in your life you will have all your favourite people in one place sharing in your happiness. I think its worth investing in having that documented in the best way possible.
As the years then begin to pass, only then will you truly understand the value of how special that investment was.
A question we ask our Brides and Grooms for our ‘Real Weddings’ feature is ‘Is there anything you would change about your big day?’
Often the answer is ‘No, we wouldn’t change a thing’, but more and more, we are getting the answer, ‘We wish we had booked a videographer.’
25 years ago or so, a wedding video was often quite cheesy, with a mixture of still images and video, showcasing the day to the sound of the Peter Cetera’s ‘Glory of Love’ (actually, that song is epic!)
But lately, wedding films are incredible. With new awesome technology that I don’t even begin to try and understand, what you are left with is a beautiful cinema look, with emotive music and the most breathtaking result.
Aurora Wedding Films creates the most stunning films you will ever see. Richard Shelton of Aurora has shot well over 300 films, throughout Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as destination weddings, and with 12 years experience, you’re guaranteed a wonderful result.
We have the pleasure of sharing one of Richard’s latest films, of Victoria and Olivers wedding, shot earlier this year. So I will hand over to Richard himself to tell you all about it, before you feast your eyes on this delight – you’re going to need a tissue.
Victoria & Olivers Wedding Film by Aurora
After meeting whilst studying at Millfield School, Victoria and Oliver were married at Hensol Castle in June this year. What promised to be a warm summers day changed dramatically when the skies opened and we had some of the most torrential rain I’ve seen in years, just as Victoria arrived at the church in Cowbridge!
Luckily, it was just a short shower and the guests were treated to warm sunshine for the rest of the day at Hensol. They booked us after seeing one of their friends wedding films, which we shot in 2014. They were so pleased that they’d got one too and had a special ‘screening night’ at Victoria’s parents for all their family and friends.
I will be honest, I do cry at the drop of a hat, adverts, cardigan inside out, but I defy anyone to not shed a romantic slow tear down the cheek at this film! Beautiful Richard. Just beautiful x
Today we have the first of a little series of favour inspiration! Its one of those lovely traditions, to gift your guests to say thank you for coming and celebrating with you.
The tradition is steeped in history and began in 16th century France as sugared almonds. The intention behind this gesture was meaningful, as it was believed that sugar had health-giving properties.
Sugared almonds also carried additional significance at weddings, as the bitterness of the almonds and the sweetness of the sugar was thought to symbolise the bitter-sweetness of marriage.
This lovely ritual has remained as a perfect opportunity thank guests, for centuries.
However, the prospect of finding a small something for each and every guest can be daunting. You want to find something meaningful, that won’t be thrown away and that will remind your guests of your day.
Well fear not. We are here to help you and inspire you. The first we have is a wonderful little business, Mrs Browns Bakes. She makes the most beautiful (and delicious) biscuits, with personal messages stamped on. Its can say anything you like, the couples names, date of the wedding, a special message to your guests, really, anything.
I have loved baking for as long as I can remember.
Baking, for me is like this
“…..when she baked, she could feel herself coming back to centre,
that everything else fell away, and she remembered who she was supposed to be”
(from ‘Handle with Care’ by Jodi Picoult)
So starting a bespoke biscuit company that includes working with couples to create a favour that is unique to them as they plan their special day, has been an absolute joy.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to making bespoke biscuit wedding favours with the wide range of cutters available.
One recent example is wedding favours I made for Michelle & Kathy. They are intrepid explorers and had travel as their wedding theme, including boarding pass invitations.
We worked with lots of different ideas but in the end they chose aeroplanes with their initials and wedding date on trimmed with ribbon to match their colour theme.
Their wedding was in Northern Ireland and was my very first wedding favour postal order. They landed safe and sound and so now I now feel confident and able to offer that service to other couples across the UK.
Working with wedding venues and organisations, such has Pride Cymru, is exciting. They hosted a ‘Wedding Fayre for All’ early this year.
Then working with Wye Life magazine who worked with Glewstone Court in Ross of Wye to host a wedding fayre this month, has also been an exciting development of my new business.
As well as giving couples and their families an opportunity to taste the product and see what I offer it’s also a great networking opportunity, which is an important aspect for any business.
Particularly when, like me, you are a lone worker. It helps to make you feel part of a team and to promote one other’s business & celebrate in one other’s success.
So I am excited about the future, for all the couples I have yet to meet and all the memories I will have a part in making.
To find out more, make sure you contact Mrs Browns Bakes, they truly are gorgeous and a wonderful addition to any wedding.
Good morning lovely people! Today we have a very special Featured Post. A wonderful new bridal boutique has opened in the gorgeously leafy Cardiff superb of Whitchurch. However, this is no ordinary bridal boutique. Fancy buying a stunning wedding gown which not only is incredible, but also leaves you with a warm and fuzzy ‘I helped someone’ feeling? Read on and find out how…….
All images courtesy of LJ Meeks Photography
Pritchard and Moore – Wedding Boutique with a twist
Wales’ newest bridal boutique opens with a unique twist
A NEW bridal boutique with a unique twist opened earlier this summer in the heart of the popular suburb of Whitchurch.
Pritchard and Moore is a luxury stand-alone bridal boutique on Tyn Y Pwll Road, stocking designer wedding dresses and accessories from the likes of Ellis Bridal, Jonathan James, Justin Alexander, Blue, San Patrick, Eva Jordan, Catherine Jane, and Ronald Joyce.
The shop itself offers an indulgent atmosphere with beautiful, high quality dressing room facilities and the attentive, specialist service expected from a bridal boutique.
Yet unlike a traditional independent boutique, all the profits from sales of wedding dresses go straight to Cancer Research Wales, the Welsh charity behind Pritchard and Moore.
Cancer Research Wales has sold wedding dresses at its Bridal Suite in Whitchurch since 2011, but has expanded the idea to launch Wales’ first stand-alone, not-for-profit bridal boutique.
Many of the dresses stocked at Pritchard and Moore have been donated directly by designers or are ex-season stock given to Cancer Research Wales from other bridal boutiques. Other designer dresses have been donated by former brides who would like their special dress to be worn again and raise money for a vital cause.
Brides searching for their dream dress for their wedding day can expect the same level of service and luxurious surroundings that they would find in any other bridal boutique, but also know that the money they spend is going straight to teams of leading cancer research scientists in Wales, who are making progress every day in the search for better treatments and cures for cancer patients.
Prices for a typical designer wedding gown range from £300 – £600, which is a significant saving on the usual prices of a designer wedding dress.
The store’s name comes from two longstanding Cancer Research Wales trustees and eminent research scientists, John Pritchard and John Moore, who have both contributed enormously to the landscape of cancer research in Wales and beyond.
The charity was set up in 1966 by a team of scientists and is marking its 50th anniversary. All the money raised by Cancer Research Wales stays in Wales to fund pioneering research into earlier diagnosis and developments in prevention and treatment of cancer.
Alison George, Pritchard and Moore Manager, said: “From the moment you set foot into Pritchard and Moore, you are our special guest. With unparalleled customer service, we ensure your visit with us will be one to remember. Our warm and welcoming staff believe your dress search is more than simply shopping – we provide a luxurious and exclusive experience tailored exclusively for you.”
Laura Priddle, Fundrasing Manager of Cancer research said: “This is really a unique opportunity for brides to make the world of difference to the fight against cancer when finding their perfect dress. Weddings can be expensive events but by purchasing a dress from Prichard and Moore, they are not only potentially saving money but making a long lasting contribution to a vital cause.”
As a little added bonus, one of our Real Wedding brides, Lisa, donated the dress featured here! To see the dress in its second wedding (Lisa was the second bride, and it will no doubt make another bride very happy thanks to Lisa), have a look here, at Lisa and Steves beautiful DIY Barn Wedding! Thank you Lisa xxx
So we are all well and truly into the countdown to #Cwtchfest2016 St Fagans now – only 44 days to go. Which means you only have 43 days to buy your tickets!
But fear not. To help you out, this coming weekend, we have a huge 50% discount on all tickets bought! Starting at midnight on Friday!
So time to ring around that bridal party – who’s coming?! Brides, Grooms, Best Man, Bridesmaids, the Mums, Dads, Groomsmen!?
For now though, onto the wonderful St Fagan’s. Lets face it, its such a blummin wonderful place, the more we all know about the place, the richer our lives will become! Today we have an overview of what truly is a magical venue.
For a wedding steeped in history, look no further than St Fagan’s National History Museum, the venue for our upcoming Cwtchfest this September. Home to over forty historical buildings, including the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute and St Fagan’s Castle, the venue offers an incredible location for the big day.
ST FAGAN’S CASTLE is Grade I listed Elizabethan Castle, with its opulent rose-wood and oak furniture, represents classical taste and style, creating a magical atmosphere for a special wedding day.
The Castle’s Main Hall and Dining Room is an intimate venue for up to 40 guests. The Hall was the height of Victorian style, decorated in dark oak with an intricately carved fireplace bearing the family coat of arms. The Dining Room was completed in 1896.
OAKDALE WORKMEN’S INSTITUTE –St Fagan’s also offers the grand Oakdale Workmen’s Institute as a beautiful reception venue. In the early twentieth-century it was the focus for social and cultural life in Oakdale, a mining village in South Wales.
Its rich wooden interior provides a traditional feel for ceremonies, echoing the time-honoured vibe of the venue as a whole. For your reception, the concert hall on the first floor can accommodate up to 90 guests. Its sprung floor and stage mean you can dance the night away in style.
Civil wedding ceremonies are licensed at both the Castle and the Workmen’s Institute and there is also a purpose-built MARQUEE available, erected on the lawn of the Castle, providing a blank canvas for any couple to fill with ideas and personal style. Set on the Castle Lawns, marquee weddings can be accommodated between May to September, 4pm to midnight.
The Museum benefits from beautiful natural surroundings and is set in 100 acres of lush green parkland, the grounds of a sixteenth-century castle that was donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.
When it comes to your photographs, you will be spoilt for choice. The Castle’s elegant landscaped gardens include the Italian Garden, the Thyme Garden, fishponds, fountains a mulberry grove and an exquisite Rose Garden.