A North Wales styled shoot by Tony Fanning

Brides to be of North Wales… if you are looking for some inspiration from some local suppliers, then you are going to love this!

We are sharing a gorgeous styled shoot by Tony Fanning and a team of exceptional North Wales wedding professionals. Let’s hand you over to Tony to tell you all about it! There’s even some behind the scenes images for those interested in how a styled shoot works. Enjoy! ~ Maria x 

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North Wales Styled Shoot by Tony Fanning

A little while ago I brought together some of the best wedding suppliers in North Wales for a bit of a jolly, and to photograph two gorgeous ‘brides’ in the stunning location that is Caer Rhun HallNorth_Wales_bridal_shoot 1

I chose the end of April to do this shoot as we had the best chance of half decent weather. As it turned out it was the coldest it has been for ages. I cannot remember seeing models shivering quite so much. I really do have to thank them both for not throwing a diva strop and walking off.

I carefully chose the two models, Iwanted two different looks for the dresses I had chosen from Wedding Belles in Llanfair PG on Anglesey. I photographed Leanne’s wedding last year in Bryn Eisteddfod so I new I wanted her to be the ‘girl next door’ look the tea-length wedding dress. Jen was new to me but as soon as I saw a photo of her I new she would be perfect for the full length fitted wedding dress. Both of them absolutely rocked it!

Obviously we couldn’t do a shoot like this without immaculate hair and makeup. I asked Julia Nicholls Creative hair and Kay Evans make up artist along as I have worked with both of them before and I know their work is always amazing.North_Wales_bridal_shoot 5North_Wales_bridal_shoot 4

What do you need to finish off a bridal look? Flowers! I asked Sarah from Scent with love to come up with something and she certainly did not disappoint. We had a variety of bouquets to work with with, and always they were flawless.

We needed some behind the scenes video as well so Geoff from Tudno TV did his thing for us. You can check out his short video HERE.

Last but not least we had a visit from Nelly the vintage VW camper. Kindly bought along by Nelly-Weds. Nelly looked fantastic in the sunlight in front of Caer Rhun hall.

Thanks so much to all the suppliers who came along and contributed to this wonderful day. I can’t thank them enough.

I must not forget the very trusting ladies who were kind enough to lend me three pairs of Irregular Choice shoes for the shoot. I know girls like shoes, but it wasn’t until this shoot that I realised just how much girls LOVE their shoes. I knew it was a bit of an obsession but I was nicely warned to look after them with my life 

Here’s a roll of honour from the day.

Photography- Tony Fanning photography
Tony Fanning photography 01492 533869

Models- Leanne and Jennifer.
Hair- Julia Nicholls Creative Hair
Julia Nicholls 01248 353887

Make up- Kay Evans Makeup Artist
Kay Evans 07470022802

Dresses and accessories- Wedding Belles
Diane Roberts 01928 735688

Flowers- Scent with love
Sarah Hudson 01492 330105

Videographer- Tudno TV
Geoff Wiltshire 01492 862875

Venue- Caer Rhun Hall
Caer Rhun hall 01492 650012

VW camper- Nelly-weds

Emma Dallimore 01492 01492 642462


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Styled Shoot: Boho/Country Styled Wedding Shoot in Monmouthshire by Hepburn Photography

Today we have a gorgeous boho/country styled wedding shoot submitted to us by Hepburn Photography to show off all that Monmouthshire has to offer in terms of wedding suppliers. Nanette from Hepburn Photography tells us all about it here.


The Inspiration

These are the photographs from a recent styled photo shoot that I photographed at Kate Humble’s farm ‘Humble by Nature’ in Monmouthshire, South Wales. The idea for the photo shoot came about whilst talking to my friend and fellow wedding supplier Kelly of WhiteCrafts (wedding stationery) one day at the school gates. HepburnPhotography-28
It was suggested that we get together wedding suppliers from all over Monmouthshire to showcase their skills in a photo shoot. We never set out with a theme in mind we just wanted to show off individual talents. However once I sourced the venue ‘Humble by Nature’ the story for the wedding shoot became clear.HepburnPhotography-41
The open farm landscape of the venue suited a relaxed country feel and the trees and plants called for a floaty Boho style bride with flowers in her hair. The groom needed to be comfortable too, no stiff suits or hard lines. Tweed & braces were the starting point and it went from there. HepburnPhotography-26
My goal as photographer was to make the wedding shoot believable. My style is real, natural and relaxed and I didn’t want it to look staged and false. Luckily the models were an actual couple so I could show the real affection and tenderness between them. HepburnPhotgraphy-6
Humble’s Hideaway is a secluded area in the woods with shepherd’s huts and trees. It is a magical place to visit and I wanted this to be the main focus of the shoot. I am a massive lover and owner of ducks, so had to get some of the local runner ducks in the shot. Thanks to all involved!

The Styled Shoot

The Suppliers

If you are looking for a wedding supplier in Monmouthshire hopefully you will have been inspired by the suppliers in this shoot, here are all of the details of the suppliers involved.

Venue: Humble by Nature
Rachael Geddes
T: 01600 714595

Photography: Hepburn Photography – Nanette Hepburn
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales
T: 07977 097 934

Professional Make-up Artist: Alex Gallop
Based: Abergavenny South Wales
Alex said – The lace dress was really reminiscent of an Edwardian day gown so I wanted the make-up to look capture a little of this era. Also, the bridal bouquet included some really pretty coral peonies so that gave me a strong colour to incorporate into the design.
I kept the model’s skin as natural as possible, using an illuminating moisturiser and dewy foundation. The eyes were defined with warm, nude colours which were softly blended to look pretty rather than striking. I used pencil to define the brows but brushed this through really thoroughly for a more natural look.
I wanted the cheeks and lips to mimic the pretty shade of the peonies so used cream blusher and two shades of lipstick blotted to give the appearance of a stain.

Designer Bridal Boutique: Victoria Valentine
Based: Abergavenny South Wales
T: 01873 852866
‘Lucy-Lou’ by Charlotte Balbier.
‘Lucy-Lou’ is a full lace Romantic Gown with delicate lace sleeves and stunning pearl and crystal embellishment. A vintage boho gown with a modern twist. Styled with a gorgeous Charlotte Balbier Pearl & Crystal Belt. £1,725.00

Jewellery: Gus Jones Jewellers – Danielle Booth
Based: Abergavenny
T: 01495 223338
We are an Independent family run Jewellers established since 1903. Based in the heart of Wales, selling a large range of Gold and Welsh Gold Wedding rings and beautiful bridal jewellery as well as Gents accessories and Giftware.

Models: Laura Chesters (Friend) & Simon Pengelly (Actor)
Simon is an actor and stuntman , Laura is a wedding co-ordinator at Buckland Hall in Brecon.

Flowers: Catherine Gray
Based: Chepstow
T: 01291639172
British grown seasonal flowers, rustic style. Bouquet Flowers included Peonies, Alstromeria, Forget-me-knots, daisies, alchemilla mollis. Vase arrangement also included Sweet Williams, Viburnum, Alliums, Pinks and Solomon’s Seal.

Awesome handmade wedding stationery: White Crafts –  Kelly White
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales
T: 07841623403
Paper flowers/fans, ribbons, table decorations

Hair: Lisa Logan Bridal Hair Design – Lisa Bidwell
Based: Monmouthshire
T: 07807 881233
Lisa said: The rustic, natural setting at Humble by Nature and the bohemian style of the dress inspired the hair design. I used a bun ring and soft curls to create volume and height, and give the illusion of long, thick hair pinned up. The hair style was structured but romantic, with braids to create texture and small wild flowers for a pretty but relaxed look. I particularly liked the fresh flowers as they added a lovely country feel to the style. Often, brides think their hair needs to be long to create this kind of look but the model’s hair was shoulder-length. It’s surprising what you can do with mid-length hair.

Cake: Little Black Cat Wedding Cakes – Kathleen Butler-Donnelly
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales
kathleen@littleblackcat.co.ukT: 01291 691234
Rustic ‘Naked’ Cake – Three tier Victoria sponge cake with all edible flowers.

Menswear: Extons
Based: Raglan, Monmouthshire
T: 01291690486
Extons has been established since the 1960s with 3 stores, Raglan, Usk and Abergavenny. Stocking ladies and gents clothing and accessories as well as gents formal hire wear. A growing trend in wedding attire this season is tweed which Extons has a large selection of, pop in to see our full ranges or visit extonsonline.​

Behind the Scenes

Here is a sneak peek of the fun that was had by all on the day!


A Mid Wales Styled Shoot by Rocksalt Photography

Today I am handing the reigns over to Hannah from Rocksalt Photography who will be telling us all about this STUNNING styled shoot she organised earlier this year at a fabulous venue in Newtown, Powys. If you are looking for wedding suppliers then shoots like this are a great way to find inspiration, that’s why we love featuring them here on Cwtch the Bride!


I organise a Styled Shoot every year, just before wedding season really kicks off, it really gets the creative juices flowing and also a really good opportunity to work with other wedding vendors from near and far!

I had 3 specific looks I wanted to create this year and these were achieved by the help of the fabulous team that I put together.
I chose 3 genuine vintage gowns supplied and guided by Angela from Castle Brides.
I absolutely love that each dress has its own story and history.

Putting these shoots together takes a lot of planning, I wouldn’t be able to do it without these fabulous vendors and models, you all ROCK!

An extra massive thank you to Sam (Sams Sweet Treats) for your support throughout the process and helping me see potential in the surrounding landscape and to Leah (Leah Sims Make Up) for helping to bring all the looks together.



Photography by Rocksalt Photography

Cake by Sams Sweet Treats
Venue: Gregynog
Dresses: Castle Brides
Make up  by Leah Sims
Hair by Hairvolution
Flowers, daisy chain and brooch bouquet by Serendipity Flowers
Veils from With love from Bobbin 
Macaron Lollipops by Calon Macaron
Giant light letters from Little Gem FX
Flower Crown with matching bouquet and table set up: Chillie Breeze
Wedding bespoke keepsake boxes: Caitybell Designs

Bluebell Petticoat: Doris Desgins

Bow Tie : Camellia McQueen 

The Shoot

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What do you think Cwtchers?! Thank you Hannah for sending in these gorgeous photographs! 
If you are a weding supplier who has been involved in a styled shoot Get in Touch!!

Styled Shoot: Handmade Bespoke Wedding Dresses in Wales

If you are looking for inspiration for your big day we have a beautiful styled shoot for you today, featuring fabulous bespoke wedding dresses by Welsh designer Helen Rhiannon and photography by Welsh photographer Hannah Miles. These fabulous women teamed up with some other beautiful ladies to create this styled shoot and we at Cwtch the Bride are thrilled to share it with you today!

Photographer Hannah Miles joins us to tell us more about the shoot and the lady behind it all


The Designer

Handmade Bespoke Wedding Dresses in Wales – Helen Rhiannon

The Helen Rhiannon Designer Label was established on March 1st 2005 and is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary with a new website, new branding and new bespoke bridal collection.  Over the last ten years, Helen has worked on a wide range of projects and has made dresses for international opera star Katherine Jenkins, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist, Natayla Romaniw and many international pageant gowns which have been showcased around the World.


Since specialising in Bridalwear in 2012, Helen has become known for her sophisticated and timeless dresses with close attention to design detail and a reputation for perfection in the fit. She has won many awards over the years with the most recent being Best Independent Designer at the Welsh national Wedding Awards 2014.  The designer has recently launched her new personal bespoke bridalwear collection for the 10 year anniversary, which is available directly from Helen in her studio on the edge of Gower, in Swansea. Helen Rhiannon also currently stocks the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique with a Ready to Wear collection.


The Shoot

Helen’s collection is feminine and timeless so I wanted to create a look that reflected that, I had the perfect location in mind and after lots of planning we were really pleased with the results. It was a really fun shoot to work on with everyone feeling relaxed and happy, we had a great crew:
Helen Gill – Designer Helen Rhiannon Bridal 
Laura Griffiths – Hair Laura Jane Hairdressing 
Hannah Miles – Photographer 
Headpieces by Rhapsody Bridal, Swansea
Nia Frobisher
Elen Jones
Sacha Elton

The Images

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Helen Rhiannon will be exhibiting at our fabulous event, CWTCHFEST next month. For more information and to buy tickets to what promises to be the best wedding festival Wales has ever seen, click the link below.