Featured Post: Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Morning you lovely lot

I love December for many reasons; gorgeous jumpers, wooly scarves, festiveness all round.  But another reason, is that Pantone release their Colour of the Year, allowing us lot in the wedding industry to get our creative juices flowing!

So after last years ‘Greenery‘, which I was massively unimpressed by until I looked further into it then I fell completely in love with it! So, I was so excited to really enjoy this new, exciting colour.  

Then the ammouncement came.

So excited!

Ultra Violet,

What!?!?! I was so disappointed! I imagine lots of cadbury coloured weddings over the next 12 months. 

BUT!!!!! I should have had more faith, because as soon as I started looking, I completely fell in love with it. Its gorgeous and matches with so many shades! But I won’t be talking about what it matches with today, just letting these images speak for themselves in order to inspire you as well.

Enjoy!

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Competition: Win an Ice Skating Experience for Four at the Celtic Manor Resort’s Christmas Kingdom

Ooo… the lovely folks at the Celtic Manor Resort are giving you the chance to win an Ice Skating experience for four at the Christmas Kingdom.

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Win an Ice Skating Experience for Four at the Celtic Manor Resort’s Christmas Kingdom

Whether it’s a fun night out with friends or a fab treat for the family, get that festive feeling as you glide around the all-weather undercover ice rink at the Celtic Manor Resort, then warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate at the bar and a sizzling hot snack.

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Feel the cold tingle of winter air on your face as you glide around the sparkling ice rink set against a backdrop filled with pretty twinkling lights.

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The Celtic Manor Resort is offering you the chance to win a Skating Package for four people which includes 45 minutes on the ice, skate hire, choice of hot chocolate, soft drink, mulled wine or a pint of beer.

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You can also choose to take the prize at any one of these fun special skate sessions – Capital Ice PartyGlide and GlowLet it Snow (family skate night),  Dylan’s Family Ice Disco or Night Glide(adults only).

Prize includes
45 minute skating session including skate hire
Hot snack from our Bratwurst Hut
Choice of hot chocolate, soft drink, glass of mulled wine* or pint of draught beer*

Prize to be taken by 7th January. Dates and times subject to availability and exclude 25th December.

To Enter:

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Competition ends this Sunday and the winner will be announced on Monday 11th December via our Facebook Page

 

Ice skating at Christmas Kingdom starts from £10.50 adults and £8.50 for children aged 3-12. For more information and to book, click here

Sophie and Simon’s beautiful St.Fagans engagement shoot by Lewis Fackrell

Today we are sharing Sophie and Simons’s beautiful engagement shoot at The National Museum of Wales, St.Fagans. Photographed by Lewis Fackrell Photography. 

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The weekend we choose for our pre-wedding photoshoot with Lewis was significant for us.  We had celebrated 18 years together just two days beforehand!

Simon and I met at school in 1999. I had developed a huge crush on this handsome sixth-former who I used to walk past on my way to my GCSE Physics lessons. After pointing him out to a friend, it turned out that she knew him! A cinema date was arranged, to watch the (hugely romantic!) American Pie and the rest is history!Sophie-Simon-St-Fagans-pre-wedding-photographer-Lewis-Fackrell-Photography-©-4

Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2016, when tradition dictates that we each unwrap a present from the other. Simon said he had to go to his ‘Man Shed’ to find mine as he had been hiding my gift in there and then asked me to close my eyes.Sophie-Simon-St-Fagans-pre-wedding-photographer-Lewis-Fackrell-Photography-©-2

He seemed to be taking a long time to hand me the present and I could hear him breathing quite heavily! At this point I started to suspect something, and sure enough once I opened my eyes there he was on one knee holding out a ring box.

Having been together for so long and knowing marriage was on the cards for us, we have talked a lot about wedding plans and I have always said that I would be happy with a Haribo ring and to choose my own ring if Simon was unsure what to go for.
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When opening my eyes the first thing I saw was a Haribo, but then I spotted the sparkle underneath. Knowing I adore all things vintage, Simon had picked a beautiful antique ring for me. We then dashed over to tell our parents and the prosecco was swiftly opened, getting our Christmas off to a very merry start!Sophie-Simon-St-Fagans-pre-wedding-photographer-Lewis-Fackrell-Photography-©-1
We are very excited about our wedding in May 2018, and so happy that Lewis is photographing our big day! We literally didn’t stop laughing on our pre-wedding shoot, and know that our wedding day will be just as much fun!

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Featured Post: ASOS Have Done It Again!

Good morning you lovely lot

This will be a brief one this morning, but I just had to share with you!

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I am always always looking at the latest fashions within the wedding industry, obviously! Apart from it being my job, I adore it! I also get a little cross with myself for wanting to get married again because I have found another ‘THE’ dress, but thats by the by.

On my internet travels, I always tend to check out what the High Street is up to as well.  Unfortunately, we don’t all have the budget to spend thousands on a dress, or maybe the money you have will be prioritised elsewhere.  Whatever the reason, its bloody wonderful that you can now get such gorgeous gowns on the high street.

The fashion thats really caught my eye this year is the cropped top with a gorgeous full skirt, heavy on the lace, and just so amazing.  As I have just had a baby (ok ok ok, it was over two years ago, but Im not ready to stop eating yet!) I am on the chunkier side.  Not the end of the world, but it does mean that I often look at these styles and wish I was smaller in order to be able to pull something like the cropped gown off.

Well, if you’re like me, worry not more! Not only has ASOS created a gorgeous version of the cropped gown, but its in Plus Sizes, so it is that little bit longer on the top, but still gives the look of crop.

Don’t listen to me though – have a look yourself.  An absolutely steal at £120, this gorgeous dress goes up to a size 28! Thank you ASOS!

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Turns out you can have your cake and eat it! x

Real Weddings: Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Its the turn of our very own Maria Farrelly today, who brings you the stunning wedding of Felicity of Dom at their local church of St Josephs in Penarth, followed by a reception at our gorgeous capital city’s Cardiff Castle!

And the sunset!! Wow.  Over to the bride and groom to tell you about their big day….

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Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Classic

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Walking down the aisle and seeing all our friends and family and my husband to be waiting there :)

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Arriving in the car at Cardiff castle and seeing all our friends and family again enjoying themselves

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my dress from all about eve in Chepstow. They were lovely. So helpful. The shop was very professional and has recently been refurbished. I went with my mum and tried some on then came back with my bridesmaids and mother in law as well. It was a really lovely experience and absolutely loved wearing in on the day.

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

5 friends from school as bridesmaids, 4 for best men and a brother

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Why did you choose your venue?

We thought it was beautiful and the castle were so professional and friendly.

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Tell us about your photographer

Maria was brilliant. She met us beforehand to create a schedule for the day and she kept us on time thanks to this. She knew all the photos we wanted and then was fantastic on the day at spotting unique photo opportunities. She is very talented but also a lovely, friendly person who makes you feel comfortable all day. She was continuously checking I was ok which was nice and all the guests commented on how professional she was and lovely. Highly recommend!

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How did the proposal happen? 

On a mountain in Reykjavik under the northern lights. It was beautiful.

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

Instant print was brilliant for stickers, cards, posters. Items arrived very quickly and were really nice. Amazon sells lovely bags at good prices which can be used to make favours.

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What was your first dance & why?

Sweetest Thing-U2. The groom once personalised it for me :)

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

Nothing.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every minute it goes so quickly. Make sure you like all the people who are a part of your wedding they really make the day special. We met some fantastic people. :)

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

Love your life and love your wife!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Dom: Choosing band and music.

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Felicity: Pretty much everything! Enjoyed making fun games and personal bits and bobs for tables and room. Loved meeting lots of people whilst planning wedding.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography 
Videographer: Craig from Cherished Memories
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue: Cardiff Castle
Bride’s Dress: All About Eve
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Jewellery: Pravins
Groom’s Outfit: Perfection Bridal and Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Cake: Friend
Flowers: Deacons Chepstow
Hair: Albion House Chepstow
Make Up: MAC
Band: Bring the Noise
Transport: Champagne Wedding Cars

The Wedding Album

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