Bride to be Diaries: Introducing The Sporty Bride

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Hello everybody!

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I waved wildly at my computer screen after writing that which pretty much sums me up…mental!

I was very lucky to be selected as a ‘Bride to Be’ Blogger by the Cwtch team. Having followed this blog for a long time (long before I was engaged…) I’m so excited to share my journey with you all now it’s finally my turn to plan a wedding. This is my introduction post so you can get to know me a little bit better!

I’ve been coined ‘The Sporty Bride’ which is pretty much perfect really seeing as I love my rugby and am a tad obsessed with fitness. I put on a lot of weight whilst I was in university studying to be a physiotherapist, and subsequently lost 5 stone in 2012 after graduating.

Ever since then I’ve loved trying new sports and entering events (from 5k runs to full IRONMAN triathlons) to see what wonderful things my body can do.

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My current obsession being Yoga! I’ve been on a very long journey about self-belief, learning to love myself and my body (most of the time).

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I’m 27 and live in Swansea with my partner, Matthew. I work as a physiotherapist in a spinal injury/neurological rehabilitation unit as well as the head physiotherapist for Welsh Premiership rugby union team, the Bridgend Ravens and Ospreys U18 age grade.

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Matthew is the Elite Rugby Coordinator for the Welsh Rugby Union, he’ll often tell you it’s a lot less glamourous than it sounds but I know he works very hard and I’m very proud of him. Our paths cross quite often professionally and it adds another dynamic to our relationship altogether at times but makes for an interesting life!

We are a very social couple and love our rugby and a drink (or seven…). Matthew proposed to me on March 12th 2016. It was a Saturday and I had been working in the early afternoon. I agreed to meet Matt in the pub after work to watch the rugby, Wales vs England. When I arrived, Matthew took my hand and led me to a quiet spot. I remember being stressed because I hadn’t had time to tidy myself up having come straight from work – I was just about ready to tell him to let me go put ‘my face’ on when I saw how nervous he looked and suddenly I had butterflies.
He handed me a wrapped present; a copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price with a ribbon tied around it. When I opened the book, there was a square cut out and a ring was nestled in chapter 15 titled ’The Unbreakable Vow’ (Oh yeah…HUGE Harry Potter Fan).
I went into shock. He went down on one knee and asked the question. I couldn’t believe it, so much so my hands were shaking and I couldn’t speak but managed to say ‘of course’.

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Matt had arranged all our family and friends to be in the pub that day and so we got to go tell them all our good news at the same time! Wales lost the Rugby but, in all fairness, I can’t say I paid much attention to the game for the first time in my life!

Our Wedding is booked for the 4th of August 2018. 2016 was very eventful for us… we got engaged and became first-time buyers as well so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to plan and pay for (*groan*) the wedding of our dreams. We both wanted a big wedding full of family, friends and good times. Seeing as we are both fiercely proud welsh people there was no question about having our wedding in lovely little Wales.

As I spend most of my life in tracksuits and polo-shirts either in my rehab unit, working out or on the side of a muddy rugby pitch in pouring welsh rain looking like a reject from the ‘Gremlins’ movie; my wedding is the perfect chance to live out every feminine, girly fantasy I ever had. I’m sure that many people that know me might think they are at the wrong wedding when they rock up on the day. Many people are surprised to know that under my usually athletic, minimal make up, easy going self is a little girl that dreamed of a sparkly, glamourous and elegant wedding.

I’m also hoping to somehow incorporate our love of sport and wales into our plans…could be an interesting combination! I desperately want my wedding to look as good as my pinterest board does haha! (By the way…I wasn’t kidding about the gremlin look…)

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I hope that all you enjoy sharing our journey with us as much as we will enjoy sharing it with you- I’m going to be as honest as I can and hopefully not boring!

Hwyl for now- I’m off out for a run! N x

Bride to Be Diaries: Introducing The Glitzy Bride!

Good morning one and all!

I hope you’re all recovered from the weekend, especially all of you Cwtchfest2017 attendees! We are not recovered  Everything aches and I want to fall asleep everywhere, but we are still so over the moon about how fantastic it was, it spurs us on!

So we are back to introduce you to another of our gorgeous new Bride and Grooms to be! Today we have the beautiful Sophie, aka, The Glitzy Bride.  No point in me rambling on, I will hand over to Sophie herself to tell you all about herself and her husband to be.  Over you to Glitzy…..

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Hello you lovely lot of Cwtch readers!!

I’m over the moon to have won the competition to blog all things wedding, from menu tastings to finding THE dress, anyway before I get in to all that let me introduce myself and give you a little background on HTB (hubs to be) & I…

Lets start with the basics, I’m Sophie & I’m a 24 year old admin worker from Swansea (does this make me sound like I’m on a game show?!), I live in a small town just outside the city centre and work as a Receptionist for the same company as HTB!

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Sean (a fitness instructor) & I met a little over 4 years ago and like every great love story it started at 3am in a less than classy night club when he ‘accidentally’ knocked my drink over (subtle!)

Two years later we took our first proper couples holiday to New York. On the final night of our trip we attended a Knicks Game at Madison Square Gardens, and just as the world famous ‘kiss cam’ appeared above us I turned to find Hubs to Be down on one knee with a small opened box in his hand revealing the most beautiful ‘Art Deco’ inspired ring, after a squeaked ‘yes’ from myself & some excited phone calls to family back home…the rest is history! 

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We’re now T- 6 months until ‘I do’!!

Growing up I never really envisioned what my big day would look like, however with a little help from good old Pinterest & some inspo from the one & only Kimmie K we had our theme: Full Blown GLAM. We decided on White, Silver & Tiffany Blue with LOTS of flowers (I mean Kim and Kanye’s 6 ft flower walls didn’t cost that much right?).

I like to imagine it as a Champagne Wedding on a Lemonade Budget, we’re doing pretty much everything ourselves, right down to the last diamante. So expect a few stressed out posts, some honesty and hopefully a few laughs along our wedding journey, with a hint of sparkle for good measure!

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From here on out I’ll be known (quite accurately) as The “Glitzy’ Bride… 

I’m so excited to share our Wedding Planning Adventures with all the Cwtch Bride to Be’s and can’t wait to walk down the aisle in August!

Yippeeeeee! Isn’t she lovely! We cannot wait to find out more about the engagement and shopping and planning! Said tuned for her next instalment! x

Bride to Be Diaries: Introducing Jenine, The Tinder Bride

Good morning Cwtchers!
I cannot tell you how excited I have been to start introducing you properly to our amazing new Brides and Groom to Be!
Their stories were wonderful! All inspiring, endearing, sweet and real.
So, to start us off, without further ado, let me introduce to you to the gorgeous Jenine! We fell in love with Jenine after reading about her and Tom’s meeting story.  I won’t tell you anymore, I will instead hand you over.
Over to you Jenine……
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Hello and welcome to my first bridezilla, I mean Bride filled, blog. My name is Jenine and I am 32 years old and getting married to my best friend Tom in September 2018 at Hensol Castle.

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Just cannot already wait for it to be here as it currently feels like a lifetime away which I’m sure is a feeling echoed by most brides and grooms!
Both Tom and I are from Cardiff and met via Tinder in February 2014…hence the name “Tinder Bride”. Tom has his own residential and commercial painting and decorating company and I’m a Family Law Solicitor.
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I was so happy to have been selected to blog for Cwtch the Bride as it’s nice to be involved with happiness, rainbows and hope as sadly my day job involves me divorcing people which can be quite emotionally draining. The most common question I left asked is whether I believe in marriage when people find out what I do for a living; my answer is obviously no! Thankfully it actually makes me want to make sure that Tom is the right person I’m marrying for all the right reasons even more!
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February 2014 was really random! At the time I was in Leeds finishing the last few months of my professional training. It hit new year and me and 4 other best friends (a mix of boys and girls) decided to have some fun on Tinder. It was a New Years resolution for me and my intention was to have some fun and be on there for 31 days only!
On 30 January 2014, my Grandma passed away and I returned home to see my family. It was during that time there one of my best friends who was part of our Tinder crew told me to have a look at the men in Cardiff as I would know a few people on there to. So as I was home, I did, and came across the man I am today marrying! Tom had coincidentally just come home himself from Australia as he had just obtained residence to live there; he was only home for his brother’s wedding.
Fast forward 3 years and we are still on an engagement high after popped the question in Paris 2 years to the day we became an “official item”…I had to get the seal of approval of his late beautiful Nan and Mother  before of course! An aspect which made me love him even more because family is everything to me. Plus I knew I only had to past a test involving two important people; my family is like being thrown into a pit with lions! Thankfully he survived.
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Tom would say the proposal did not go to plan! Paris was a surprise trip as I thought we were heading to Bordeaux as Tom had not long come back from watching the Euros there and he said he loved it; it was our two year anniversary gift and he knew my favourite city was Paris.
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A four hour delayed flight to Paris meant getting to The hotel very late and a very grumpy bride to be not want to get out of bed the next morning. Not even the showered, dressed and very anxious man sitting at the end of my bed make me want to get up earlier. An argument and a few hours later, we ended up heading towards “The proposal destination”..the Eiffel Tower. A panicked Tom said he will never forget feeling like the tower was falling down on him when he realised he couldn’t get passed the additional and heavy security due to the Euro final day) without taking a ring out of his pocket. His intention was to ask me under the tower or on the third floor! So down a little lane Tom dropped on one knee and despite his pale, anxious, worried self (bless him!) it was the best proposal ever.
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However instead of crying I did laugh due to be so shocked that Tom did such a big display as that usually is not him! That then led onto toasting and calling our loved ones sat in a bar by the Tower and the river. Onto a river cruise and lunch. A Tuk-tuk ride (who beeped through a heavy melting pot of different people to tell them we were engaged) back to the hotel to get changed and our again for the Euro football finals.
It’s our special story and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
From JOM (aka Jenine and Tom) xxx
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Aaaaaahhhh Jenine we just adore you two already! And we cannot wait to find out all about your planning!
We are too excited for our lovely  new bloggers!

Introducing the New Brides and Groom To Be Winners!

As, you know, through December and January, we ran a competition to find our new 2017/18 Bride and Grooms to Be bloggers!

We received hundreds and hundreds of entries, but we have managed to find 8 amazing new bloggers who are ready to tell you all their planning stories.

Whether it is exciting news, annoying news, joyous stories or ‘about to pull my hair out if the parents don’t stop going about inviting Auntie Maureen whom I’ve never met’ stories, they’re hear to tell you all.

They are ready to share and inspire and we are so excited to have a new batch of wonderful writers in the Cwtch the Bride family.

Over the next few weeks, we will be giving you an in-depth introduction to them all, but for now, feast your eyes on your new brides and grooms and their new name – each should give you a clue about their story!!

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B2B Maid In Wales Banner Maid In Wales (Gwen)Gwen (On the left) is out very first Maid Of Honor Blogger!

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I am properly giddy about introducing you all to these fabulous people and I cannot wait of you to find out more about them.  Woooooooo x

Bride to Be Diaries: The Crafty Bride is Having Nightmares!

Oh our poor lovely Crafty Bride, Katie, is having trouble! 

Those mental, crazy dreams have arrived, and they’re anything but fun (although, I admit, I found them funny. Sorry Katie!)  Ive been there, in fact, many have! My worst one was I kept showing up tot the wrong place, getting back in the car and going from venue to venue trying to find everyone!

Lets hope they subside so Katie can crack on with her awesome crafting and planning.  Over to you lovely…..

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Hello everyone! Well, the last few weeks have been rather bitter sweet for me in terms of wedding planning truth be told.

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Good news is my gorgeous veil finally arrived in the post last week, (to which I’m currently resisting the urge to wearing round the house it whilst doing my hoovering!)
Bad news is, in the last month alone I have had a total of 3 wedding nightmares, all ranging from one catastrophe to another, all occurring on our wedding day.

My first dream a few weeks ago consisted on me walking down the aisle on the big day, all dolled up and looking lovely, only to arrive at the end of the altar to my mother in place of my Registrar! I looked at my mother in awe and said “Mam where’s the registrar” to which she replied calmly “I don’t know love, she didn’t turn up” By the way she was acting you’d swear we were waiting at a bus stop, and the next one will be along shortly!

I naturally panicked and started to wig out over the fact that my husband to be had already seen me in my dress and I was at the point of no return as far as superstitions go! I them storm off and grab my friend David from his seat and put him in front of us demanding that because he has an A-Level in R.E he must perform the ceremony! At that point even my brain had enough of my rant and I finally woke up.

Panic stricken I frantically searched though my emails looking for our registrar receipt checking what time and date I had booked her for the day! … 1 hour later (I really need to sort out my inbox!) I finally find it only to notice … I can’t see a wedding time agreed on my receipt.

I’m having full palpitations at this point! Stressing that my registrar won’t turn up at the right time! Of course this would happen to me on a Sunday when the local council is closed, unable for me to call them! Those 24 hours were very long to say the least … I honestly had visions of them not being free until 6pm on the day and we’d have to have our reception with no wedding and get married at county hall the next day in my PJ’s!

However the Crisis was averted the next day, I spoke to the lovely lady in the council and she reassured me that I booked her for 12pm (as I had thought) She sounded like she had encountered many mad brides like me before … Lucky for her! … That was just my first dream!

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The Second dream I had; I was getting ready with my mum on the morning of our big day, and I’m frantically searching for my undergarments, bra, and knickers etc, to my amazement, I didn’t pack them!

Another freak out ensues; I’m frantically searching and shouting at my mum “I can’t go down the aisle commando!” After trying on all the bras I could find from my guests, this dream finished with my bridesmaid Rebecca coming to my rescue, driving me home in my rollers and PJ’s just to get my underwear; of course we stopped for a well deserved McDonalds on the way back!

This dream was the funniest of the three, this scenario was very familiar. A few years ago during my bridesmaid Carrie-Anne’s big day, one of her bridesmaids on the eve of the wedding, realised whilst having a drink in the pub with the rest of the bridal party that she didn’t pack her underwear for the wedding in her overnight bag. So off we went; gone midnight, me, her, and the bride to be, squeezed on my little car with bag of greasy chips in hand, back to her house on the other side of Swansea to fetch her knickers!

We did laugh about it at the time and said this could be a new wedding tradition for us, I think my mind was trying to remind me of our pact.

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My third dream was just as wacky; I dreamt that Aled and I were reading our vows, when a random bloke gate crashed my wedding, proper wedding movie cliché style! During the vows where the registrar says “Does anyone know of any reasons why these two persons cannot be wed?” he storms in saying that he objects, and that the wedding can’t go on because Aled got one question wrong in our wedding interview a few months prior. This revelation effectively stops the wedding dead in its tracks, the registrar says that she cannot continue until this reason is investigated!

Well needless to say I end up rugby tackling the bloke to the ground bludgeoning him to death with my wedding bouquet, following that my wedding party and I were all sitting at the wedding breakfast all cool as cucumbers, as if nothing had happened, continuing to eat and perform the speeches, whilst the corpse of the rude man lay lifeless on the floor in front of the top table being stepped over by the waiters serving food to our guests! Needless to say after that dream I’ve put my ushers on high alert asking them to check people when they turn up!

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There’s still Seven months left, I dread to think what other weird and wonderful dreams my mind will construct, hopefully Father Christmas will get me a Dream Analysis & meanings book so I can work them out as i go along. I hope I’m not the only bride that has come across this, and that this isn’t a sign that I’m slowly losing my mind, and I’ll have to re-arrange my wedding ceremony to take place in Cefn Coed psychiatric hospital!

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Oh poor Katie! I think maybe you need a little time out, a couple of non wedding days perhaps! Get some rest and then crack on again!
Hope you get some sweet dreams soon!! x