Cwtch of the Week – ‘A Reflective Cwtch’

Good Monday Morning Cwtchers!  Hazel Hannent has captured a gorgeous cwtch of Mother Naomi and Daughter on the big day! This touching little moment is even more precious as we can see Tein’s little face in the reflection on the mirror. Over to Hazel to tell us about their day……

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A Reflective Cwtch

This image is of Naomi with her daughter Teian. Naomi married Gareth at Caer Llan in Monmouthshire on 20th August 2016… it was the wettest and windiest August day I can remember for ages! Gale force winds and everything! The weather was so bad that it even caused several power cuts during the day but the most significant of which was as the couple were finishing their ceremony. It meant they had to walk back down the aisle to claps, cheers and whoops rather than the planned music. Having said that, they both had an incredible day and Naomi wouldn’t change it for the world… even the power cuts. She thought the whoops, cheers and clapping was so much better than the music!!

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Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful moment everyone! Its so heart warming, and cosy.  an adorable loving moment xx

Lets Hear it for the Boys: ‘The Leap of Faith’

So many brides and grooms theses days, love the reportage approach to wedding photography. Where the photographer captures the images of the day by working their weary legs off, and running around creating the Bride and Grooms Wedding Day story without anyone even noticing them there.  A lot of people feel uncomfortable in front of a camera, the posing etc, is just not for them, so this suits them down to the ground.

Then there is this bunch of lads.  At the wedding held at Caer Llan, clearly performing for the camera is in no way an issue, and it frankly resulted in Paul Marbrook capturing one of my favourite ‘Boys’ shots of all time!

Taken from Paul’s blog, here he is telling us about that gorgeous day!

Lets Hear it for the Boys: ‘The Leap of Faith’

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These guys really could not have chosen a better day for their south Wales wedding.  It was late July and by the time I arrived which was pretty early the boys were already on the beers and enjoying the hot sunshine and dazzling blue pool that makes Caer Llan one of the most unique wedding venues in Wales.

One of the hottest days we had in 2014. It was the perfect day to be a Caer Llan wedding photographer and this was my second time at this wonderful venue run by the very lovely Vicky & Jake Carpenter.

Caer Llan is in Monmouthshire which has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and developed by its current owners into a fabulous wedding venue set in the heart of Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley.

For me Caer Llan is one of my favourite wedding venues in South Wales, North Wales or indeed anywhere in Wales! It really does have something for everyone from the grand rustic interiors, the lawned gardens, surrounding woods and hills, landscape views with drama and the pool. Indeed the outdoor swimming pool could quite convincingly have been in the Italian mountains on that day.

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I think you will agree, this is just superb! And no doubt, if you’re getting married somewhere with a pool like Caer Llan, you may be inspired to do the time! x

Mark and Sian’s relaxed Caer Llan wedding by Maria Farrelly Photography

Today we have the fabulous Sian & Mark sharing their beautiful relaxed Welsh Wedding at Caer Llan, Monmouth. Photographed by Cwtch The Bride’s founder, Maria Farrelly Photography. Lets hand you over to Sian and let her tell you all about their big day. Enjoy x caer_llan_541caer_llan_389What was your budget? 

It was around £13k, although we did go over as most people do.
We were lucky enough to have much of the budget as gifts from the familycaer_llan_380
How would you describe your wedding theme?

We didn’t really have a theme, but we were aiming for the whole weekend to be relaxed and informal

We wanted our family/friends to really kick back have a great time and treat it like a mini holiday as it was all weekend.caer_llan_478caer_llan_339What was your favourite part of your wedding?

It’s hard to pick one part as it was all amazing!caer_llan_512Tell us about your Wedding Dress.

My dress is from All about Eve in Newport, I fell in love with it on the hanger! it was just what i was looking for.caer_llan_015caer_llan_017Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Best Man & Bridesmaid were our best friends Vinny & Lisa. We were best man and bridesmaids at their wedding too.
We also had, Vinny & Lisa’s girls as flower girls and Marks’s nephews as page boys – they were adorable.caer_llan_334caer_llan_266
Why did you choose your venue?

We were trying to find somewhere that none of our friends or family had already got married in – it was a tall order!
We both fell in love with Caer LLan the first time we saw it, even in the snow!
It was different to anything else we’d seen, relaxed and quirky and the fact we had it for a full weekend just made it all the more special. The owners Vicki & Jake were also amazing and couldn’t do enough for you, we felt like we were the first people to ever get married there and not another couple in a long line of weddings. caer_llan_003

caer_llan_053caer_llan_061caer_llan_548Tell us about your photographer.

Our photographer was Maria Farrelly. I knew Maria from way back when we both worked in the same nightclub in Newport but I hadn’t seen her for years. Then I bumped into her again at a friend’s wedding she was photographing. After seeing her in action that day and then looking at her work it was a no brainer that we would use her. We didn’t even see anyone else. caer_llan_363How did the proposal happen? 

It was Christmas morning 2013, it totally floored me, as we’d always said we would never get married!
I swore (twice)– not quite the response he was after, but then I said yes and blubbed a bit!!! caer_llan_099
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Mark is a graphic designer and runs his own design practice, part of which specialises in bespoke wedding stationery so he made the invites, although it was touch and go whether they would be ready on time due to his busy work life!caer_llan_416caer_llan_418caer_llan_419caer_llan_427We decided to make our own decorations – origami cranes! We roped in both our mum’s to help and made over 200 in total. We didn’t use half of them in the end!!!

caer_llan_006What was your first dance & why?

We both have such different tastes in music it was hard to pick something we both liked. Then one day this particular song came on the radio and we both started singing along and it was decided!!caer_llan_581In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I don’t think we would have done anything differently, everything went so smoothly, it was better than we ever could have imagined.caer_llan_593Do you have any advice for future couples?

Don’t panic as everything comes together in the end! Enjoy the day and savor every moment as it passes far to quickly even when ours was a full weekend.caer_llan_545What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

That’s it now you’ll never have any money.caer_llan_506What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Sian: Reading blogs (this one of course) and using pinterest to get collect ideas and then seeing them all pulled together at the end, looking amazing.
Mark: There were many different elements that spring to mind but coming up with the concept for our stationery is the stand out part for me.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly
Ceremony Venue: Caer Llan
Reception Venue: Caer Llan
Bride’s Dress: All about Eve, Newport
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Groom’s Outfit: Jeff Banks
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast and BHS
Cake: Made by the grooms dad and sister
Flowers: Rolfe’s Florist, Cardiff
Hair: by Brides friend Anna
Make Up: By Brides friend Angelina
DJ: Richard Moulton
Stationery: The Groom
Any Reception Decor/Props: homemade by bride and groom and their mums!

The Wedding Album

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