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

Real Wedding: Nicola and Alex by Richard Savage #SaveNicola

Happy Friday everyone!

We have a bit of a different real wedding of you this week.  We’re not talking about what she wore, where they held the wedding, who provided the flowers.  Not that any of those things are wonderful, but today we want you to meet Nicola.

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In 2015, Nicola proudly walked down the aisle to the man of her dreams, Alex and father of her two beautiful children.  Full of hope and promise after fighting cancer for many years, and due to a severe case of septicaemia, Nicola had to have an above the knee amputation in 2011.

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A few months after the wedding Nicola found out that her cancer had returned, this time Doctor’s have diagnosed the cancer as terminal, giving her just 2 years left to live.  Nicola’s treatment options on the NHS have now come to an end.  Nicola’s family and friends are now trying to raise £75,000 for Nicola to receive proton beam therapy abroad to help prolong Nicola’s life (this therapy is not yet available in the UK).

Richard Savage, who shot Nicola‘s wedding, will be donating £25 from every wedding booking we receive this month to the #SaveNicola fund.

We’re asking if you have any amount of money available, no matter how big or small that you could donate to the #SaveNicola  fund, then please do.  Every donation will help Nicola to reach her target!

Nicola is a Mum, a Wife, a Daughter, a Sister and a Friend – Nicola is awesome, and doesn’t deserve to be taken from all the people that love her too soon, please help if you can xXx

DONATE HERE – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/savenicola

FOLLOW – https://www.facebook.com/savenicola.co.uk/

READ MORE – You can read more about Nicola’s story here and watch recent ITV interviews with Nicola and her family.

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/mum-diagnosed-bone-cancer-teenager-12460750

www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-01-27/llanelli-mum-nicola-white-is-desperately-campaigning-to-fund-proton-beam-therapy/

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/world-cancer-day

Lets help Nicola to reach her target…

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Cwtch of the Week – The Ultimate Maternal Cwtch

Happy Monday everyone! And it will be a super happy morning for you once you’ve seen this.  Cwtch of the Week this week is just jaw droopingly stunning.  Sent in from the lovely Pippa Carvell, we have such a treasured and special moment to share with you.  Taken at Hollie and Steven’s wedding back in July, Pippa captured this beautiful moment that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, and probably wanting to ring your Mums to tell them you love them! Over to Pippa to tell us how this beautiful image happened……

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The Ultimate Maternal Cwtch

Take at Hollie and Steven’s wedding on 30th July 2016 at the Marriot in Swansea, this moment occurred completely naturally, which makes me love this image so much more – it wasn’t forced or encouraged at all. Hollie had been comfortable breastfeeding throughout the day and it was clear that Robyn was getting hungry during the group shots so Hollie took a break and had a quick sit down. When Hollie started feeding I didn’t hesitate to take the photograph as one of the things I love doing is capturing a wedding in its purest form, particularly all of the little intricacies and moments that make up the day. Hollie started feeding Robyn and Harley (Robyn’s big brother) ran over to play with the wedding dress.

One of the things that really shone throughout the whole day was how much Hollie adores being a mum. I think that images like this reflect a person, their family, and their love so much more than any posed ‘line-up’ shots, so I was absolutely delighted to share it with Hollie and Steve. When it received over 4,000 likes and shares on Facebook I was overwhelmed but so pleased to play a role – however small – in sharing something so natural and so normal, and something that should be accepted everywhere.

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We couldn’t agree more Pippa! Having fed my boys as well, its such a beautiful moment, over and over to have with your child.  Of course, once you’ve got the hang of it, and stopped crying that you’re doing wrong, or because you put your t shirt on the wrong way around! This could not be more of an appropriate image for normalising breastfeeding. I absolutely adore it.  Thank you for sharing x

Cwtch of the Week: A Mother and Daughter

I have a tendency to stalk Welsh photographers a little bit, so when I came across this gorgeous shot by Gareth Scanlon, I had to have it on the blog.  Its so lovely, its not just the gorgeousness of the little girl, its the look on her Mummy’s face, just contented joy.  Its so gentle yet full of that secure, safe and fierce love that a Mummy can give. I completely adore this. Over to Gareth to tell us a little bit about it….. Enjoy! 

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Cwtch of the Week: A Mother and Daughter

The Wedding was on the 13th May this year at Swansea Registrar of Births & Marriages at the Civic Centre Swansea.  The couples, Tom and Natasha and their little girl, Galah-Rae, where an absolute dream to photograph. It was an absolutely beautiful day with beaming sunshine, so these photos were taken directly into the sun allowing the lovely warm tones to filter through the trees.  I’m absolutely thrilled the way it came out – just love the pastel tones!
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 Ahhhhhhhhhhh, just looking at this makes me feel peaceful.  Its just so pretty.
As a little added treat, Gareth wonderfully also sent the following image of Mother and daughter, which was just too lovely not to accompany this cwtch.
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Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing Gareth.  x