Real Weddings: Jenny and Mike by Carly Turner

Good morning and happy Friday!

We have a superb wedding for you today! Images by the gorgeously talented and Lush Lister, Carly Turner, Jenny and Mike’s wedding looked amazing! Including a pink dress, gold belt and taxidermy mice!!

I will hand over to Jenny though to tell you more about this beautiful day….

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Jenny and Mike


What was your budget?

Not as much as we spent on the honeymoon ;)

How would you describe your wedding theme?

It was us themed!

When we were planning our wedding we didn’t have a theme in mind, we just went for things that we liked. Thankfully it all came together and looked amazing!


What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I have so many favourite parts!

One of the things that struck me the most was just how amazing it feels to have all of the people you love in one room together.

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The ceremony has got to be my most favourite part, closely followed by the food and speeches!

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew choosing a dress was going to be difficult for me. I didn’t want to wear a wedding dress, I didn’t want to wear white and the thought of spending hundreds on a dress, for me, seemed wasteful.

I visited a few shops and wedding fairs on the look out for a dress but I didn’t find anything I loved.

I bought a vintage dress a few months after we got engaged, it was a nude, beaded, full length gown, I loved it at the time. However, I tried it on a few months before our wedding, I had lost some weight so it didn’t fit and it just didn’t feel like me anymore. Cue major panic!

Luckily I came across my dress on ASOS when I was sale shopping one day and instantly knew that was the dress I wanted to get in married in! I loved the blush pink colour and delicate detail of the embroidered flowers and I felt like a Queen in it!

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

For me, picking my bridesmaid was easy! I chose my cousin Holly. We grew up together and were inseparable when we were younger. She’s been my best friend my whole life – plus she’s super creative and throws awesome parties!


Why did you choose your venue?

It was completely by chance! Adam from Llwyn Hall had posted a Facebook advert and as we were on our way to Llanelli to visit family anyway we thought we’d pop by to check it out.

We loved it instantly! It was quirky, charming and served amazing food. We loved that we could have the venue all for ourselves and our guests.

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New owners took over the venue a month before our wedding and started renovations immediately – it was really stressful!! – but thankfully it turned out great, the renovations were beautiful, and Alex the new owner was so lovely and helpful!

Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Carly from Carly Turner Photography.
She was awesome – we found her through Facebook and loved her style, it was exactly what we were looking for! We met Carly for a coffee and clicked with her immediately!

Carly did an amazing engagement shoot for us! We were a bit nervous but she made us feel relaxed and we had loads of fun! We used some of the pictures in our wedding stationery.

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On the day she was incredible, a real photography ninja, catching amazing moments and fantastic photos. We really couldn’t be happier with the pictures and we feel so lucky to have had Carly as our photographer!

How did the proposal happen? 

We were on holiday in Krakow when Mike proposed to me.

We’d been out for an amazing meal followed by cocktails in the rooftop lounge in the Sheraton. On our way back to our apartment, as we were walking past the fire breathing dragon outside the Wawel castle, Mike asked me to be his wife. I don’t think he’d even finished asking the question before I said yes!

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

We DIY-ed loads for our wedding, and I am so grateful for our army of family and friends that spent the weeks running up to our wedding crafting, brewing and tying twine on everything!

We made our centrepieces from beer bottles we’d collected from different countries, we made our own table runners from some hessian we bought off eBay, my aunty made limoncello (or Manda’s Marvellous Medicine as it was labelled) for favours and instead of place cards we handmade Christmas decorations with our guests names on them!

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Mike is a Graphic Designer so he created all of our beautiful wedding stationery, including our wedding logo! All of family and friends loved them so he’s now starting his own wedding stationery business!

Making our decorations meant that our wedding was really personal and represented us as a couple and all the things we love!

What was your first dance & why?

Our song is 2Bears – Church but it isn’t a great first dance song! So we chose an acoustic version of Beyonce – Crazy in Love by Daniela Andrade.


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

Probably held off the alcohol a little… We had very sore heads for the next few days.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Remember that your wedding day is a celebration of your love and the commitment you’re making to each other – don’t stress about the other stuff.

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Glow sticks! Forget about hiring entertainment, just buy glow sticks for your guests. They provided hours of entertainment, as you’ll see by the pictures!!

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

We made some cards for the tables that asked people to write some marriage advice for us. We got some really funny responses but our favourites had to be;
– Keep going as you are
– Make sure the curry is always hot and the beer is always cold
– Don’t know LOL I’m just a kid (from Zac, aged 11)

and a surprising amount of them said, Remember Jenny is always right.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

All the extra time you spend with family and friends :) We had loads of afternoons spent crafting, drinking tea and eating cake.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Carly Turner Photography
Ceremony Venue: Llwyn Hall Country House 
Reception Venue: Llwyn Hall Country House
Bride’s Dress: ASOS 
Bride’s Shoes: Borrowed from my mum!
Bride’s Headpiece: Sixpenny Bride
Groom’s Outfit: Formal Hire  
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lindy Bop 
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Vintage
Cake: Wally’s Delicatessen 
Flowers: Ruth Milton Jones 
Hair: Signature Style 
Make Up: Makeup by Nicola 
Stationery: Design Yo! Wedding Stationery 
Caterers: Signature Catering

The Wedding Album

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Cwtch of the Week: A Greenhouse Cwtch

 Oh its another Monday! but don’t worry.. we’re here with our Cwtch of the Week to put a smile on your face. And this weeks is another beauty! Shot by the talented Carly Turner. Jen and Mike shared this lovely moment during their engagement shoot in a breathtaking botanical garden. Over to Carly to tell us all about it…….

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 Cwtch of the Week: A Greenhouse Cwtch

Carly Turner COTW (Jen and Mike)

This is Jen & Mike. Shot at Singleton Park in Swansea, botanical gardens. I love this shot because I love this couple! They are so sweet, genuine and easy going. They are due to get married in December and I love talking the details over with them. They are just beautiful people, inside and out.

I also love that they chose this place as a location for their engagement shots. It was raining that day which was no problem as all this is indoors! And because it’s a giant greenhouse, the lighting is perfect! I should also mention, they love collecting cactus (cactai?) and even naming the ones they have … and there is an entire part of the greenhouse filled with them! xx

As a little bonus, we have the wonderful proposal story sent in by Jenny herself, over to you lovely girl……

Mike and I met around 7 years ago when I was working as a barmaid in a pub in Furnace, Llanelli. A year after we met he asked me over to see his Christmas Tree, I’m a big fan of Christmas Trees so I graciously accepted and after admiring his tree we went to a comedy show in the Uplands, Swansea.
Fast forward 3 and half years later and we’re on holiday in Krakow. It had been a lovely day of exploring the city and in the evening Mike took me to a wonderful little restaurant off the main square in the city centre where we ate 7 courses (though one course was a vodka course which was made up entirely of different vodka shots!)
After the meal we wondered through the city as it was getting dark and then finished off the evening with cocktails at the rooftop bar at the Sheraton. The view overlooking the city and Wawel Castle was incredible. As we were walking back to our apartment along the river, he stopped me just in front of the castle’s fire breathing dragon and that was where he asked me to marry him! I think I might have even said yes before he had finished asking the question! We celebrated afterwards at an absinthe bar.
I couldn’t wait to tell our friends and family when we got back home, but it turned out Mike had already told a lot of them that he was going to propose when we were in Krakow and had also showed a few of them the ring! It turns out that he had bought the ring about 6 months before our holiday and was keeping it in the spare wheel of the car as he thought that would be the only place I wouldn’t look (He was right!) He said he was too excited and had to show someone. But he did buy me a custom ring from Artemer Studio which he designed himself so I couldn’t complain too much. We’re getting married this year at Llwynhall, Llanelli on Saturday 3rd December, and I’m soooo excited!

What a stunning location Carly! This is so beautiful and happy.  And the proposal story!! We absolutely adore it. Well done Mike, excellent proposal skills mate!  Congratulations to you both.
We cannot wait to see the wedding photographs! x


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 Have a happy week! ~ Kate

Cwtchfest: Our Cwtch Workshops

Hello lovely Cwtch people,

Maria here :) Only a few more sleeps to go until Cwtchfest eek! I cannot put into words the amount of hard work and long hours my team and I have put into planning and organising this wedding festival. We are so excited to open the gates next week for what is going to be one EPIC day! 

Last year we ran a series of Cwtch Workshops at our very first wedding festival. They were very popular and naturally top of our list when planning this years event! We really hope you will all to join us at CWTCHFEST next Sunday and take part in this fabulous line up of inspiring workshops to help you plan and inspire your amazing wedding. 

What is a Cwtch Workshop?

A cwtch workshop is a 30 minute wedding workshop designed to help you with different aspects of your wedding. Each workshop has been hand picked by myself to inspire you, educate you and be great fun all at the same time. There is no additional cost involved to take part in the workshops but you will need to pay an entry fee into Cwtchfest.

For those that still don’t know…CWTCHFEST 2016 takes place on Sunday 17th April at The Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell.

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Cwtchfest starts at 11am and we have a huge exhibitor tent full of the best welsh wedding suppliers! You really don’t want to miss this. Some will be running fantastic offers and some… well… they don’t ‘do’ wedding fairs but really wanted to be part of our festival, so you will find suppliers that you just won’t find at any other event (we’re cool like that).

Our Cwtch Workshops kick off at 12 noon. That will give you a good hour in the exhibitor tent beforehand if you want to catch the first one.

The Timetable

If you are planning to do a bit of DIY for your wedding then feast your eyes on this fabulous line up.

  • 12 noon Flower hive – Buttonhole Workshop- max 10 people
  • 1pm Sylvie & Joan Creative weddings – planning your own festival wedding.
  • 2pm HANNAH MLATEM hair salon – Bridal Hair inspiration
  • 3pm Make-Up By Nicola – Live demos for your bridal party
  • 4pm All Sewn Up – Lavender Heart’s
  • 5pm Flower Hive – Flower Power Ring

Full details below

Cwtch workshops

12 noon – The Flower Hive – Buttonhole Workshop (max 10 people),

The Flower Hive is based in Pencoed, close to Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea. We grow traditional cottage garden flowers in accordance with organic  principles.
Come and learn how to create a wedding buttonhole with exposed stems

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1pm -Festival Wedding Planning with Sylvie and Joan

Join Emma for a glass of fizz and a workshop on planning your own wedding festival.

Emma is Managing Director of Sylvie and Joan Creative Weddings and Events. She also runs her own festival management company, working on festivals including Greenman at The Glanusk Estate for the last decade.

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2pm- HANNAH MLATEM hair salon – Bridal Hair inspiration

Get some bridal hair inspiration with live demos from a local specialist.

Hannah, owner of HANNAH MLATEM hair salon in Gilwern, is well known for her bridal styles and gets booked up several years in advance.
Watch live demonstrations of what’s hot this year and inspiration for your own big day. Hannah will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have from preparing your hair, getting it wedding ready and also advice on what styles suit your hair type, dress and theme. There will also be floral head pieces and accessories to complement your perfect bridal look.
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3pm- Make-Up By Nicola – Live demos for your bridal party

Make-Up By Nicola is an award winning make-up artist based in South Wales. Nicola will be offering live demos and giving must have  tips and techniques for make-up for your bridal party on your big day.   She will also be available to discuss bridal make up and able to offer advice on when to book, trials etc.



 4pm – All Sewn Up – Lavender Heart’s

Helen Rhiannon from All Sewn Up will be showing us how to make Lavender Heart’s which can be made using just plain stuffing or lavender.  The heart are ideal favours for female guests at your wedding hung over the back of chairs or maybe as a personalised gift for your bridesmaids to hang over their hanger on the dayPhotoGrid_1456075880005
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5pm – Flower Hive – Flower Power Ring
The Flower Hive is based in Pencoed, close to Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea.
We grow traditional cottage garden flowers in accordance with organic  principles.
Create a beautiful flower ring utilising florist techniques to create you very own powerful design, using fresh flowers and foliage

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There will be loads more to keep you busy throughout the day at CWTCHFEST! and we have more spotlight post coming up this week to get you even more excited! Don’t forget, if you haven’t bought your CWTCHFEST tickets yet, make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute. We want to make sure you all have a speedy entry and not having to queue.

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If you are still undecided, take a look at some of the images from last years event. It was great fun!

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