Featured Vendor: Wedding Tipi

If you are planning an outdoor wedding then this post by Wedding Tipi is for you! 

Bespoke Canvas Event Villages

Planning an outdoor event in Wales, picked the venue but not sure what to offer for the main reception or where your guests will stay after travelling to Wales?
Well, please look no further as we have the perfect solution for your bespoke event, covering main reception spaces, sumptuous Bedouin chill out lounges, luxury canvas accommodation for guests and full external lighting, generators and shower & loo blocks.
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Teaming together event accommodation provider Cariad Canvas and bespoke event tent supplier Wedding Tipi can create a design platform to build a truly awe inspiring event village for guests to enjoy throughout the weekend.
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Think giant tipis for the meal and entertainment, a Bedouin stretch lounge for relaxing and cocktails and multiple canvas bell tents fully decorated with uber comfy Bedouin Beds, quality linens, ambient lighting & decorative internal furnishings. Surround these with our beautiful festoon light walkways, ambient uplighters, giant festival flags and rustic benches and you really do have a sight to behold.
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Whether you are planning a wedding to top all others, a corporate event to showcase your brand or simply throwing a bash because you can, be assured we have it covered and will transform your venue into the ultimate party space.
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For info on packages please email info@cariadcanvas.co.uk and ask for Vicki, Row or Anna who will be more than happy to help get you started.

Cupcake Heaven – The Deck

 We have a very sweet post today. If you love cupcakes and thinking of having them for your wedding… keep reading… you are going to love this. WARNING though, you may craze one afterwards!

For the first time ever, I have a student on Work experience with me this week. The lovely Liv has an interest in photography and social media. so, needless to say…I put her to work :)

The following post was written and photographed by her. I’m seriously impressed with the detail in her photographs, considering she is only 14, I think she has a bright future ahead of her!

So, without further a do, I’m going to hand you over to Liv with her very first post for Cwtch The Bride.

Hello! My name is Olivia and I am a cupcake addict. So, it’s a good job that I live at the best cupcake place in town. The Deck Coffee House and Cakery is what others call, ‘a hidden gem’ based in Cardiff Bay. My mother, Debra Brown, makes the award winning cupcakes fresh everyday and they are to die for. So I thought that I would express my love for them through a blog post.

Honeycomb Cupcake


honeycombonplate2The Honeycomb Cupcake is a vanilla sponge topped with velvety vanilla buttercream to make your mouth water. The cupcake is finished with crushed honeycomb for a signature taste.

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The Malteser Cupcake is a simple chocolate sponge coated with a smooth chocolate buttercream. Malteser’s are then placed lightly on top to give it an effortless look.



Fudge Cappuccino


The Fudge Cappuccino cupcake is a homemade vanilla sponge iced with cappuccino-flavoured buttercream. Small fudge pieces are then placed on top of the cake and sprinkled with classic cocoa.fudgecloseup

Nutella Cupcake

nutellafullThe Nutella Cupcake is a personal favourite of mine with a chocolate-based sponge and a dollop of silky Nutella spread in the centre. It is then finished with a rich chocolate buttercream and two dairy milk chocolate buttons.


Other flavours include Salted Caramel with a core of caramel sauce and Strawberry Cheesecake with a vanilla base topped with strawberry infused buttercream, biscuit crumbs and strawberry chocolate. All cupcakes can be pre-ordered for birthdays, weddings, or can just be for treating yourself.


Not bad hey! Well Done Liv, its been a pleasure to have you working with me this week. And thanks to Debs from The Deck for supplying the cupcakes, they were insanely delicious as always.

We have one more post coming up from Liv next week. If you have teenagers and need some inspiration on clothing for weddings, you’ll love that post! lots of inspiration from a fashion conscious teenager! Maria x 



Lush List Vendor: A Midsummer’s Day Pre-Wedding Shoot by Martin Phillips

Today’s stunning pre-wedding shoot by Martin Phillips really shows off why every couple should have one!


With Midsummer’s Day approaching this weekend, photographer and LUSH LIST member Martin Phillips is sharing this shoot from exactly a year ago. With a gorgeous couple in a gorgeous location this shoot is extra special to Martin because the bride is his daughter! We will be featuring the full wedding in a few weeks time so keep your eyes peeled! SouthWalesWeddingPhotographer-0019

The Story

Could there be a more idyllic setting for a romantic pre-wedding photoshoot? A champagne picnic followed by a bit of gallivanting, amongst wildflowers and grasses next to a woodland stream? SouthWalesWeddingPhotographer-0003

On Midsummer’s Day exactly a year ago, we travelled to a picture-perfect and quintessentially English oak forest in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. As the summer sunlight filtered through ancient trees, with dandelion clocks drifting in the breeze, we captured the essence of the wedding that was to come that summer in nearby Cornbury ParkSouthWalesWeddingPhotographer-0014

Having met on a blind date just over two years before, Benoit & Jessica’s carnival of a love story combines their passions for food, music, fun and creativity. So it’s no wonder that their wedding plans were pretty original. Just six weeks after this photoshoot they took their entire wedding party (of 80 family and friends) and transplanted it into the award winning Wilderness Festival for a wedding extravaganza! The week encompassed Michelin Star chefs, Mercury music prize winning bands, early morning lake swims, and dancing under the stars until dawn. An exclusive post about the wedding will follow in a couple of weeks to mark the anniversary of this wonderful festival wedding week.  SouthWalesWeddingPhotographer-0012

Any down sides to having a father who is a professional wedding photographer? Not many, as you’ll see from how relaxed and happy these two look after spending a few lovely hours with us getting these gorgeous images. Although Martin trying to maintain a professional and non ‘Dad-like’ composure whilst trying to stop Benoit from putting his hand on his daughter’s bum in some of the shots caused a few giggles!! SouthWalesWeddingPhotographer-0015

The Shoot

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Huge thanks to Martin for sending in this gorgeous shoot! We love Martin’s work here at Cwtch the Bride which is why he comes as one of our highly recommended LUSH LIST members. Visit his website here and don’t forget to look out for his daughter and son in law’s fabulous wedding feature which will be coming soon.


Shhh…..Today I wanted to let you in on a secret. Its something very special we’re planning to launch later this month. Its called, The LUSH LIST.LUSH LIST MAP

Since our lovely Welsh Wedding blog started back in 2013, we regularly receive lots of emails from engaged couples asking us to recommend venues & suppliers throughout Wales.

This got us thinking… Why don’t we create a super cool directory for you all?  A new section to the blog that features all the cool suppliers we love PLUS the ones that you (past Brides & Grooms) also recommend!

Good idea hey?! (We think so too)

We want to help make finding suppliers easy for you. We want to save you hours of scouring the internet. Our LUSH LIST will point you in the direction of some of Wales’ finest wedding professionals. Companies that we have all used for our own weddings, suppliers we have worked with professionally at weddings, experts we’ve already featured on our blog as well as new and upcoming businesses that we feel offer something truly unique.

 So… as we continue beavering away behind the blog, putting together this kick ass directory. We want to let you know how you can get involved to help make this really special!

How To Get Involved

It is important to us that our LUSH LIST only contains top quality, professional suppliers in Wales. Each and every venue and supplier featured in this directory will have been invited to join by us or recommended by you.

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For Brides

We really want to know who your favourite wedding suppliers are and why. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll take a look.

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For Businesses

If you run a cool wedding business in Wales and you’d like us to consider you for our Lush List, then get in touch here. If invited to join, you will receive lots of benefits to help your business including features, events, collaborating on styled shoots as well as being given our Approved vendor badge to use

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We’re looking forward to hearing from you all xxx

Past Bride Top Vendor Choice: Promo Films

Sometimes it’s nice to hear from people who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. That’s why we have our regular past bride contributors on the site like Charlie, Pippa & Sophie, to give you all a bit of help while you’re in the midst of planning your weddings!

We also like to hear from our readers who are now married, especially when they have a vendor that they absolutely loved. What better than a personal recommendation from a bride or groom who’s already used that service for her own wedding? :) Emma got in touch to recommend her videographer :)


The Details



When did you get married?

September 2012


Rob Summers, Promo Films

What do they do


Why they stood out:

They had a very different style of wedding video. It was a quirky video condensing our day into an amazing 15 minute film and a trailer to go with it. No boring wedding video that your long lost uncle has taken of the day. We watch it over and over and see something different every time :)

Are you a past bride with a lot of love for your vendors? Drop us a line at info@cwtchthebride.co.uk if you’d like to tell the world about it too! :)