Featured Post: Pritchard and Moore – Wedding Boutique with a twist

 Good morning lovely people! Today we have a very special Featured Post.  A wonderful new bridal boutique has opened in the gorgeously leafy Cardiff superb of Whitchurch.  However, this is no ordinary bridal boutique.  Fancy buying a stunning wedding gown which not only is incredible, but also leaves you with a warm and fuzzy ‘I helped someone’ feeling? Read on and find out how…….

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Pritchard and Moore – Wedding Boutique with a twist

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Wales’ newest bridal boutique opens with a unique twist 

A NEW bridal boutique with a unique twist opened earlier this summer in the heart of the popular suburb of Whitchurch.

Pritchard and Moore is a luxury stand-alone bridal boutique on Tyn Y Pwll Road, stocking designer wedding dresses and accessories from the likes of Ellis Bridal, Jonathan James, Justin Alexander, Blue, San Patrick, Eva Jordan, Catherine Jane, and Ronald Joyce.

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The shop itself offers an indulgent atmosphere with beautiful, high quality dressing room facilities and the attentive, specialist service expected from a bridal boutique.

Yet unlike a traditional independent boutique, all the profits from sales of wedding dresses go straight to Cancer Research Wales, the Welsh charity behind Pritchard and Moore.

Cancer Research Wales has sold wedding dresses at its Bridal Suite in Whitchurch since 2011, but has expanded the idea to launch Wales’ first stand-alone, not-for-profit bridal boutique.

Many of the dresses stocked at Pritchard and Moore have been donated directly by designers or are ex-season stock given to Cancer Research Wales from other bridal boutiques. Other designer dresses have been donated by former brides who would like their special dress to be worn again and raise money for a vital cause.

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Brides searching for their dream dress for their wedding day can expect the same level of service and luxurious surroundings that they would find in any other bridal boutique, but also know that the money they spend is going straight to teams of leading cancer research scientists in Wales, who are making progress every day in the search for better treatments and cures for cancer patients.

Prices for a typical designer wedding gown range from £300 – £600, which is a significant saving on the usual prices of a designer wedding dress.

The store’s name comes from two longstanding Cancer Research Wales trustees and eminent research scientists, John Pritchard and John Moore, who have both contributed enormously to the landscape of cancer research in Wales and beyond.

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The charity was set up in 1966 by a team of scientists and is marking its 50th anniversary. All the money raised by Cancer Research Wales stays in Wales to fund pioneering research into earlier diagnosis and developments in prevention and treatment of cancer.

Alison George, Pritchard and Moore Manager, said: “From the moment you set foot into Pritchard and Moore, you are our special guest. With unparalleled customer service, we ensure your visit with us will be one to remember. Our warm and welcoming staff believe your dress search is more than simply shopping – we provide a luxurious and exclusive experience tailored exclusively for you.”

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Laura Priddle, Fundrasing Manager of Cancer research said: “This is really a unique opportunity for brides to make the world of difference to the fight against cancer when finding their perfect dress. Weddings can be expensive events but by purchasing a dress from Prichard and Moore, they are not only potentially saving money but making a long lasting contribution to a vital cause.”

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As a little added bonus, one of our Real Wedding brides, Lisa, donated the dress featured here! To see the dress in its second wedding (Lisa was the second bride, and it will no doubt make another bride very happy thanks to Lisa), have a look here, at Lisa and Steves beautiful DIY Barn Wedding! Thank you Lisa xxx

 

Cwtch of the Week: A Roath Park Cwtch

Good morning everyone! 

We have a deliciously romantic Cwtch of the Week for you today! Lisa and Craig, taken by Larissa Joice of Larissa Joice Photography at the gorgeous Roath Park in Cardiff.  Over to Larissa herself to tell you a bit about them…….

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Cwtch of the Week: A Roath Park Cwtch

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I met Craig & Lisa in Cardiff in January of this year when they booked me as photographer for their wedding at Bryngarw House on 16th July this summer.

They also booked me for a pre-wedding shoot which we shot in May at Roath Park in Cardiff. I had never been to Roath Park before so I visited a few weeks to get an idea of good places to go and discovered it to be a really lovely Victorian park with a lake, tropical greenhouse, flower gardens, an arboretum and a wild wooded area. Totally spoilt for choice! On the day we made use of every little bit we could, though the greenhouse was closed which was a shame. The late afternoon light was lush, there were flower beds full of tulips in really vibrant colours and the wild wooded area was full of wild garlic so I indulged myself totally with Lisa & Craig’s portraits and got a lovely range of photographs for them.

Lisa & Craig were a joy to photograph, two lovely people who trusted me to get the photographs they wanted.

Thank you Larissa – it really is gorgeous! And check out Thursday for the entire E-Shoot everyone! Its a beauty! x

Natalie and Craig’s Something Slightly Different Cardiff Wedding By Dan Morris

Are you ready for the beautiful wedding of Natalie and Craig photographed by Dan Morris. Oh my days!!! You will fall in love with their little boy who I’m pretty sure stole the show. This is a couple who I have known separately and together and I’m so excited to show you their stunning something slightly different Cardiff wedding. ~Kate

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What was your budget? 

We wanted to be realistic as we had just bought a new house and had a 1 year old. We did not want to start married life with debt so we only had what we could pay for upfront. In total we spent £14,000.

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Both my husband and I wanted a very relaxed wedding. We did not want the traditional wedding. However we wanted a bit of quirkyness and something slightly different. For example we bought individual cakes from Patisserie Valerie rather than a wedding cake. We were also one of the first people to have our wedding at the fabulous venue in central Cardiff, Chapel 1877. My husband and I actually sat on our own in one of their beautiful booths. We also hired a vintage London bus that transported our guests to the venue where we had our beautiful photos.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

My husband and I actually sat on our own in a very romantic booth. I promise we were not being Anti social it was a way for us just to spend time together and talk about the day over our beautiful wedding breakfast. We had the top table in front of us which sat all our family. We were able to mingle with our guests inbetween courses. It was perfect.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I am very petite and therefore I felt a large princess style or fishtail dress would not flatter my body shape. I did lots of research and came across the Jenny Packham Collection. I fell in love with the Esme dress from the 2013 collection. I contacted one of the only bridal shops in Wales to stock Jenny Packham, High Society in Cowbridge. They happened to have a Jenny packham event on. Emma was fantastic and made me try on my dream dress last. I only tried on Jenny Packham as I felt so classy and elegant in her gowns. My sister cried as soon as she saw me in Esme.

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

My fabulous bridesmaids were my best friends from school. I had four lovely bridesmaids Nikita, Nadia, Katy & Siobhan. We all live across the UK but have always stayed the best of friends. My bridesmaids captured so many moments I did not see while we were busy which was great. My sister was heavily pregnant therefore we thought it would be best if she rested as much as she could during the day. Our best man Dave is a very close friend of mine and my husband. Our gorgeous little flower girl was our best mans little girl. One of my favourite photos from the wedding is of Dave and Mya together. Our little boy Frankie was our pageboy. He was the person who made my husband cry when he walked down the aisle.

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Why did you choose your venue?

It was beautiful and we wanted an original venue. I also wanted my guests to experience award winning food. The Chapel 1877 staff were so accommodating and everything exceeded our expectations. Richard and his team really did make our day perfect for us. Nothing was too much.

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Tell us about your photographer

Craig has known Dan Morris since school days. They have played rugby together for numerous years. Dan is such a lovely person and is so approachable. He has a lovely calming manner about him. His photographs are so original, I trusted Dan completely on the day. He really does have a talent with the camera. We are so thrilled with our photographs. We cannot thank him enough.

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How did the proposal happen? 

The proposal happened 1850m above sea level in the Mountains of Charmonix. We went skiing in 2013 and we were at the top of the slope and Craig asked me to get the camera out to have a photo together. He then got down on one knee in a beautiful spot on the mountains. What made it even more special is Craig designed the ring with help from the Diamond Centre Wales. It was the first of its kind to be made so there is an extra little diamond hidden in the band. I have so many compliments about it.

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

Be realistic with money and stick to your theme. I used Pintrest a lot to help me out on original ideas. I researched for months. We made our own table decorations, hundreds of ivory, grey and blue candles with ribbon and broaches. We cut costs by reducing the amount of flowers and used other alternatives, like sequined table cloths by Pudding Bridge in order to add colour to the table. We bought the bridesmaid dresses in the sales. I also added detail and broaches to my bridal shoes.

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What was your first dance & why?

Our first Dance was sang by Andy Huntley our acoustic singer for the evening. It was Hey there Delilah by the Plain White Ts. We chose this song as when Craig and I first got together I was in University in Oxford and sometimes we would go 3-4 weeks without seeing each other. Craig sent me this song during this time and the lyrics fitted our relationship at the time.

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

No we loved every single second.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Just try and sit back and take it all in. Have a good look around the room at all your guests and have time with your new husband or wife for 5 mins alone before the evening guests arrive and you dance the night away. The day goes too quick.

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

Never go to bed on an argument and tell each other every day that you love each other.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Planning it with my husband and letting him have an equal say in our special day. Also the fantastic hen do that my beautiful bridesmaids arranged. We really made lovely memories and laughed the whole weekend.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Dan Morris
Ceremony Venue: City Hall Cardiff, The Chambers
Reception Venue: Chapel 1877
Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham, Esme, High Society Cowbridge
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Headpiece: Ivory & Co
Bride’s Jewellery: Ring Diamond Centre Wales and a Pandora bangle
Groom’s Outfit: Youngs suit hire
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Accessorise
Cake: Patisserie Valerie
Flowers: Kath Stallard
Hair and Make up: Farhana Ali
Band: Andy Huntly
Stationery: Bespoke Wedding Creations
Any Reception Decor/Props: Pudding Bridge, Love lighting
Transport: London bus for hire.

The Wedding Album

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I think you will agree that this wedding was lovely. If your would like to share your wedding with us then fill in the form here. I have 52 real weddings to fill for Friday’s next year so come on! send them my way! ~ Kate

CWTCHFEST 2016!

Good morning Cwtchers!

Wales’ first Wedding Festival, CWTCHFEST  is back!!!

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We have been busy squirreling away in Cwtch HQ on CWTCHFEST 2016 and boy will we have lots of exciting things to tell you very soon!

CWTCHFEST 2016 locations- yes locations!!  will be announced shortly (and we’re about to explode with excitement).

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But before we make the big announcement, we wanted to give a shout out to all you fabulous welsh wedding suppliers.

Last year we collaborated with some of the best wedding companies in Wales to bring you this unique event and we want to make next years even bigger and better!!!

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Do you offer something a bit different and unique to our brides in Wales?  Do you offer amazing service and love what you do?  Do you want to be involved in Wales’ first wedding festival provider CWTCHFEST?

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We want to hear from you!!

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Please register your interest below so we can get in touch!

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Midweek mini: Cerys & Chris

Today Cwtchers we have a stunning midweek mini from Cerys and Chris who got married in Pencoed House, Cardiff.  They let us have a glimpse at their favourite bits from their big day.

 

We got engaged on Christmas Day 2013. Being a teacher, I am creative so planning and making things started from the moment Chris popped the question.  Chris is very particular,  a bit of a perfectionist, a big food lover and cook so we wanted to make sure our big day reflected us completely.

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We did a bit of research early in the new year of 2014 but after visiting our first venue ‘Pencoed House Estate‘ we knew it was the perfect venue for us and did not look any further.

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With the venue sorted, I was keen to try on dresses. After numerous days of dress shopping and back and forth to Laura May (I just knew my dress was in their shop somewhere) and they picked out a dress which was ‘The One’ in everyway. The staff were amazing!

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The theme for our wedding was vintage. My mum and I spent most of our weekends in charity shops  and boot sales purchasing every bit of china we could find for the table decorations. Each female guest had a teacup candle and the table centres were crafted from china and wine glasses. Every item was handmade. Chris runs  his own CrossFit business (Gym) so he had the say on the male favours which were homemade paleo (healthy) fudge.

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We named each table to reflect the courage and strength that our families had shown during some very difficult times leading up to the wedding with illnesses and sadly some loses and for what we had achieved in our lives. ‘Faith, hope, love, live, laugh, dream, joy, peace, wish.’

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Chris made the table plan from palettes and frames and ensured that our choice of food for the wedding was the very best. Spiro’s catered for our big day and everything from the canapé’s to the hog roast in the evening was first class.

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I thought that sorting my dress was a hard task but Chris knew exactly what he wanted to wear; we just couldn’t find it, so that meant a few trips to London to Suit Supply who made his suit. He knew he wanted to be different and didn’t want to wear the typical wedding attire. We agreed that the groom should have something as special as a bride.

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Our florist Amanda French was the perfect floral stylist for the wedding and she understood what we were trying to achieve. My bouquet was beautiful and delicate, the table flowers complimented this and the button holes reflected Chris’ love for food and cooking with the rosemary touches.

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The wedding was personal in everyway. My brother performed an acoustic piece on his guitar during the ceremony and very close family friends sang during the signing of the register. They also performed our first dance and my brother wrote a song which he played as a surprise during the evening entertainment. All very emotional.

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The speeches were the highlight of the day for us. The bridesmaid’s even got involved and wrote their own version of the friends classic ‘I’ll be there for you’ and performed it on the balcony.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day and we were both so glad that we had done as much as we could ourselves. The positive feedback from guests about what a wonderful day they had was the icing on the cake for what a truly incredible day we had. One we will never forget!

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