Cwtch of the Week: A Winning Cwtch Girls Cwtch

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A Winning Cwtch Girls Cwtch

So last Friday, Maria and I packed our little bag with our fancy clothes, donned the comfy leggings and climbed aboard our awaiting carriage (National Express Coach) to London for 2016 Wedding Blog Awards.

Three and a half hours of sitting next to people we don’t know and min who refused to speak to me (Maria bagged a lovely girl who chatted merrily! I had a stroppy teenager who refused to look us from his phone, even when I offered him a Malteaser! His loss), we finally got to Victoria and excitedly headed to Liverpool Street to the gorgeous ballroom of the Andaz Hotel.

After a quick change in the toilet (ok, it took a good 40 minutes) and G&T at the bar, the event opened and in we went. And wow! This room is something else! It’s Victorian splender is abundant, with pillars and a breathtaking glass domed ceiling, it is a special special room! Decked out with the most beautiful floral displays by the ever so talented and frankly, blinking lovely Simon Nickell Design, it was clear an amazing night was about to begin!

The stonking (yes that’s right, I used the word ‘stonking’ and I will again and again to describe….) Gethin Jones presented fabulously (obvs). We stood clapping and laughing and drinking and catching up with some wonderful people from some superb blogs, while the first lot of worthy winners collected their awards.

Then came ‘Best Regional Wedding Blog‘ Award. We were up for this and so very excited to be nominated. But we were up against some big names and blogs that we think are fantastic so didn’t hold out much hope. We stood tall and practiced our gracious losers face. Sponsors of the award, ‘The Woodland Trust‘ stood ready to announce the winner as Gethin went through the nominees (and as he is Welsh, he pronounced ‘cwtch’ correctly – hoorah!). And the winner is……

Cwtch The Bride!!!!

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All I can remember is turning to Maria, mouth open as wide as it could possibly go as we screamed at each other with complete overwhelmed joy!

We leapt for joy, received our award from that beautiful man, and proceeded to drink and dance the night away with friends old and new.

To top it off, at the end of the evening, the wonderful Simon Nickell began giving his beautiful displays to us all! Im not bitter that Maria had the bigger bunch (hmph), but as we travelled home, it became clear that travel with a bunch of flowers as big as her, all the way back to South Wales, was proving difficult.  So on the tube back to Victoria, we handed out flower by flower to some lovely people on the train, and shared the joy! As we left the tube we had lots of claps and happy faces!

Thank you so much for having us Wedding Magazine. We are honestly gobsmacked and completely over the moon.

So this is us, enjoying a winning Cwtch with our wonderful award, dedicating it to every single one of Maria’s team of #CwtchGirls who couldn’t come. Our hard work has paid off ladies!

 

Cwtchfest2016: A Huge THANK YOU

Oh my… this time last month the biggest wedding festival to hit Wales took place at The Glanusk Estate and we organised it! #Cwtchfest2016 was a huge success! I’m so happy the day itself went without a hitch.

THANK YOU EVERYONE! 

 The sun shone, over a thousand attended, Cwtch Workshops were full, couples found & booked many of their wedding suppliers, live music by The iGency played throughout, lots of food and drink was consumed but most of all… a good time was had by all! That alone, makes it all worth while  ~ Maria Farrelly (founder of Cwtch The Bride & Cwtchfest)

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 All photographs in this post are by the fabulous Owen Mathias Photography

Its fair to say, after months of planning we accomplished what was a truly magnificent day for engaged couples and Welsh Wedding businesses. My team and I are over the moon with the feedback we’ve received and cannot wait to get started on our next one… which is coming sooner than you may think :)

As you can imagine, putting on an event like this is impossible to do alone and I have a lot of people & businesses to thank.

My Cwtch Girls

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(Myself and Lindsey grabbing a quick moment together during Cwtchfest)

A special shout out goes to Lindsey. I was only ever going to do another Cwtchfest if Lindsey did it with me. She’s my wing girl and when we get together, stuff happens :) She project managed the event which freed me up to push my ideas further and develop this event. She is a complete warrior, professional, all round superb human being and one of my good friends.

Owen Mathias PhotographyNow these ladies… are my cwtch girls. They are very special to me and I love them all dearly. Most of them were originally clients of mine (yes, I’ve photographed their weddings!) but we just couldn’t say goodbye afterwards. We’ve become such good friends over the years. They give up a lot of their personal time to work with me on Cwtch The Bride and collectively we are an awesome team. ALWAYS so much fun working together. If I was to ever get married again, I think i’ve found my bridesmaids!

Owen Mathias PhotographyOh… and this year, we have an honorary Cwtch boy, Owen Mathias. Owen stepped in to photograph the whole event for us after we were let down at the last moment. I’d never worked with Owen before but what a man! not only was he professional but he was awesome throughout the day. His images are great, he fitted in with my team perfectly and oh how we all laughed so much! He joins the secret ‘Cwtch Boy’ team which is made up of all the awesome men that volunteered their time to cwtchfest. You’d have seen these guys mainly as parking attendants, security and stewarding. They are also mainly the husbands of The Cwtch Girls! My boys were also there (always eternally grateful for their help). My son Joe in particular, insisted on being part of the security team. Owen Mathias Photography

The Glanusk Estate

WOW. Working with The team at Glanusk has been nothing but a pleasure. I’ve loved every moment. I literally cannot fault this venue in any way. Not only is the Estate breathtaking from sunrise to sunset but the staff were just as excited as us in the lead up to the event. True professionals! Its also worth bearing in mind that it is also home to a lot of the staff and Family of Glanusk and I cannot thank them enough for their warm hospitality. I’m just trying to think up ways to go back! haha

cwtchfest_2016-13These two images were taken by me the morning of Cwtchfest and then at sunset, after the event had finished. Such a beautiful place.

cwtchfest_2016-12And this fabulous piece of drone footage was taken by Bears and Butterflies. It really does give you an incredible view of this beautiful Estate.

 

County Marquees

I’ve worked with County Marquees on a number of occasions now and each time it solidifies my opinion that they are quite simply THE BEST marquee company I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The speed in which the team erected the marquees amazed us, the size and quality of the tents themselves wowed everyone. But not only that, they were incredibly supportive throughout the whole planning of Cwtchfest and provided us with the magnificent huge marquee which allowed us to fill it with all the wonderful exhibitors. Take a look…

Owen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyThey also showcased a spectacular clearspan marquee. As the sunset, it just made it even more beautiful.

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Tipi Events, Stretch Events, Herf Yurts, Bears & Butterflies and Goodyhoo Glamping

To all those brides that have things go wrong… seriously we know how you feel. when you are planning a big outdoor event thats very important to you, and the structures you’re depending on disappear… its not pleasant.

None of you will know that eight days before our event one of our major partners that were providing the Tipi, Stretch Tent and Bell Tents pulled out for personal reasons. ARGHH!!  8 DAYS BEFORE! I kid you not.  Our stress levels hit a new high and panic well and truly set in. The three days that followed were nothing short of a world of stress that my team and I never want to revisit.

BUT WE DID IT! We pulled it off without you all knowing. After numerous phone calls and waiting patiently to see if anyone could help, the most incredible businesses we’d never worked with stepped in and saved the day. We cannot thank you Tipi Events, Stretch Event, Herf Yurts, Bears and Butterflies, Goodyhoo Glamping enough! You literally all saved the day!

An event such as Cwtchfest is only possible when great businesses collaborate and invest in a crazy idea.

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There are many more thank you’s still to come but for now, take a look at the wonderful images captured throughout #Cwtchfest2016 by Owen Mathias Photography and I think you’ll agree, it was a flipping awesome day!

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Cwtch Of The Week by Owen Mathias

Cwtch Of The Week


Morning you lovely lot!

I hope you all had a stunning weekend. The sun was out and it was lovely and warm. Dare I say it but I think that summer might be on its way!

This Weeks Cwtch Of The Week was a really hard decision. As you know Cwtchfest was last month and it was epic! All through the day the brilliant Owen Mathias was there documenting the every little awesome bit of it. The thing is he knows how we love a good old cwtch so he managed to get some for us. This is the problem how do you choose one for Cwtch Of The Week when you have so many to choose from.

Well, it is simple you don’t! We have a great selection of cwtches from mother and daughter ones, to cwtch girl ones. I think you will be able to see why we had to share them all with you.

Now lets see if you can find your self?

Owen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyWe are always on the hunt for a good old cwch of the week. It you have one that you would like us to share please email it to us at info@cwtchthebride.com. I hope you have a lovely week. ~ Kate

 

Cwtch Girls Cwtch Of The Week

Happy bank holiday Monday!!!

I can’t believe that it has already been a fortnight since Cwtchfest! For those of you who couldn’t make it you missed and amazing day. The sun was shining and the brides were out in force in the most beautiful setting in Wales, Glanusk Estate.

The wonderful Owen Mathias captured this Cwtch Girls cwtch at the very end of an epic day. Trust me this is a rare photo. Getting us all in one place at at one time is hard let alone in a photograph. You would be happy to know that these are all the lovely ladies who make up Cwtch The Bride HQ.
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I cant wait for you to see the rest of the photographs. I am always on the lookout for a good old fashioned cwtch. If you have a photo that you would like us to share send it in to info@cwtchthebride.com. Have a happy week! ~ Kate