Cwtchfest Spotlight: The Cwtch Workshops

Happy Hump day Cwtchers and wow do we have a weekend to look forward to!!

Lets hope the sunshine forecast for today is around to stay! But hey even if it isn’t we know you will all rock in wellies!

We are now just 4 sleeps away from Cwtchfest in St Fagans National History Museum and we cannot wait to meet you all and spend the day planning with you.


Today we have the absolute delight of being able to introduce you to our Cwtch Workshops line up.

We always wanted Cwtchfest to be different from your standard wedding fayre offering and part of this plan is to deliver workshops throughout the day in which wedding professionals can give you their hands on advice and experience in an unique way.

They went down an absolute storm in April at Glanusk Estate and we were convinced more than ever that this is what you, our Cwtch followers, wanted from your wedding planning experience.

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So without further ado we bring you this years fabulous suppliers that are coming to Cwtchfest @ St Fagans CWTCH WORKSHOPS


Hannah, owner of HANNAH MLATEM hair salon in Gilwern, is well known for her bridal styles and gets booked up several years in advance.

Watch live demonstrations of what’s hot this year and inspiration for your own big day by Hannah and her team. Hannah will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have from preparing your hair, getting it wedding ready and also advice on what styles suit your hair type, dress and theme. There will also be floral head pieces and accessories to complement your perfect bridal look.
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Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop


Penelope Allen is an award winning Interior designer & event stylist from Pad Deco in Cardiff. This informative and practical session will give you sound advice and some great ideas for how to begin the wedding planning process for your big day.
It will cover how to create a romantic environment, how to accessorise, how to choose the right style for your venue plus some cool design led tips on how to create the wow factor
Come and talk to Eva about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding.   Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
At Cwtchfest, The Dead Canary will present a snippet of Mother’s Ruin masterclass.
We shall be tasting some delicious gin punches crafted by our wonderful bartenders, we shall then be educated in the history of gin whilst nibbling on a few typically British canapés.
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All Sewn Up Wales will be demonstrating how to make lovely padded hearts which can be made using just plain stuffing or lavender.  The hearts could make ideal favours for the female guests at a wedding hung over the back of chairs or just as personalised gifts for the bridesmaids to hang over their hanger on the day. You can add a personalised written tag with the date of the wedding on or any names to really make them unique.
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Whoop!!! what an incredible line up!  If you are yet to get your tickets then what are you waiting for just click here
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Floral Headband Hair Tutorial

It has been too long since I shared a hair tutorial with you and I thank Maria Farrelly for photographing this easy peasy Floral Headband Hair Tutorial for us! Honestly it took me 5/10 minutes and it is something that would look amazing during the festive period! Please give it a go and share your selfies with us. ~ Kate 

What You Will Need

  • Bobby Pins
  • Hairspray
  • Back combing brush or comb
  • A floral headband of your choice. We used one from the Kate Petersen Collection.


I started by curling Charlie’s hair but you can do it from straight if you are in a hurry. The other little tip that I have for you is that I always make sure that my clients hair is clean. This is a very soft and romantic look and feel that clean hair works better. If you find that your hair is a little too slippery then a light mist of hairspray makes the world of difference.


Taking small sections of the hair, backcomb the hair to give it some volume. You can go as big as you like. Amy Winehouse eat your heart out!!


Brush over the backcombing and ensure its smooth. Add a little bit of hairspray to help hold it in place.

JZ0C8582JZ0C8584Place the floral headband like a halo on the head. You might need an extra set of hands to help get it in place.


Using your bobby pins to secure the hair in place, start folding and tucking the hair over the headband.


Keep going all the way round. keep tucking and pinning the hair until you can’t see any of the elastic band part. Remember that this is a really relaxed look so don’t worry if it is not perfect.

JZ0C8591JZ0C8594JZ0C8599JZ0C8607I left a little bit of hair out at the front round Charlie’s face but its up to you how much you want to leave. I know some people who would get so annoyed with anything left out and would insist that it was all back. Mist with some hairspray to keep it in place. With the miserable weather that we have been having you might need a little bit more than you would normally use.

JZ0C8614Ta Da!!!! How simple was that? It honestly took me about 5 minutes and I think it looks like you spent ages at the hairdressers!!


I think you will agree with me that it is very easy. It looks lovely with a beautiful sparkly headband and it works well for the bride and for bridesmaids. send us a photograph once you have tried it. Hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit! ~ Kate

Introducing Janet White Ashby & Co: Hair & Beauty

Introducing Janet White-Ashby, founder of award-winning hair and beauty business, Janet White-Ashby & Co. Today Janet gives us an insight into her business and the personal service she offers brides on the lead up to their wedding day. All images in this post by Maria Farrelly Photography


One of the first to start up a mobile hair and make-up service for brides in Wales, Janet White-Ashby spent her early career working in television, film, fashion and theatre. She has won international awards for her work and has most recently won Best regional Bridal Hair at The Welsh National Wedding Awards.


Based in Penarth (just 10 minutes outside of Cardiff), Janet travels across Wales and the South West to offer a convenient, flexible, mobile service, “I love travelling through Wales to meet my brides and to be a part of such a special day brings me joy”, Janet says.

In an effort to promote the ‘natural’ or ‘timeless’ bride, Janet works tirelessly to create tailored and lasting looks for her brides, “I work with each bride to create a look that enhances an individual’s features and I advise personalised skin care as preparation in the lead up to the wedding day.”

Janet_White_Ashby016Janet advises that this includes drinking lots of water and avoiding any facial treatments in the week prior as this can draw out impurities and results in having to deal with spots, but to start this months ahead of the wedding day. She continues, “I do recommend one or two short sun bed sessions to give a natural glow, rather than a spray tan– the last thing you want is to have to deal with the result of a bad application.”

To Janet, it is key to take the time to enhance each bride’s natural beauty and reflect her personality. She does this by regularly communicating with each bride throughout the preparation stages – discussing lifestyle, wedding plans and looking at picture ideas. With an understanding of the bride and her needs, Janet always recommends a trial in order to demonstrate how they will look on the day.Janet_White_Ashby019Lydia (the bride pictured) contacted Janet a year in advance of her wedding day and booked a trial for the spring. In the time leading up to the trial, Lydia sent Janet pictures of herself and images she had collected of what she had in mind for her wedding hair and make-up.

When Lydia arrived at Janet’s designated trial room at her home in Penarth, they drew inspiration from Lydia’s pictures and discussed what Lydia preferred and how Janet could apply that to her look. Throughout the trial Janet and Lydia got to know one another better, chatting about wedding plans, her fiancée, lifestyle and personal interests, so as Lydia would feel comfortable with Janet her wedding day preparations.Janet_White_Ashby005Adjusting the look from Lydia’s pictures for factors like face shape and hair type, Lydia was also able to voice her thoughts and feelings about the look and once they had agreed on what worked best, Janet photographed the result and emailed the images to Lydia for her to advise any changes she might want made in the time leading up to the wedding day.

Janet_White_Ashby026After the trial, Janet reminded Lydia that she is always on hand to answer any questions or queries and that she may want to consider other ‘preparation’ treatments such as brows, a manicure or pedicure for the wedding day or honeymoon. During this time, Lydia also sent through images for the rest of the bridal party so that Janet was prepared on the day.

Janet_White_Ashby028Janet_White_Ashby030With all of the details confirmed, Janet arrived at Lydia’s home on the wedding day with an assistant to work on the bridal party whilst Janet focused her attention on the bride, “It was a very happy and relaxed morning”.

Janet_White_Ashby022Last year, after fifteen years leading her business, Janet updated her website and re-branded under Janet White-Ashby & Co. With growing demand, Janet was previously finding herself double, even triple booked and having to turn away brides-to-be. To meet the demand, Janet took on a group of hair and make-up artists that uphold the ‘natural and timeless bride’ ethos. Now, the Janet White-Ashby & Co. associates work under Janet’s guidance, ensuring that every bride is provided with a timeless look. Janet concludes; “I am so thrilled to not turn away brides anymore – my team do a fantastic job and enable me to spread the ‘naturally beautiful’ way of thinking even further.”


To view Janet’s gallery and price list, please visit:


More images of Janet’s work by Maria Farrelly Photography

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