Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- Finale

Only two sleeps to go!

When we started the planning process for Cwtchfest last year, it felt like this weekend would never arrive.

Organising Cwtchfest is so similar to planning a wedding. You book a bunch of stuff in the beginning and then there is a bit of a lull…..then all hell breaks loose a few months before  (or in our case…8 days before our event!). Lucky for us, we’ve all been there and done it (the wedding bit) and as most of us all work full time in the wedding industry we totally took control of what could have been a big problem and have turned it around into something even better than what we originally had planned! We’ve also met more incredible professional suppliers in this process that we can’t wait to introduce you to!

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This is the only wedding festival in Wales (#Cwtchfest2016) and we have chosen the best suppliers that are out there.

This Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- Finale post is giving you the last glimpe at the talented and exciting vendors that will be there on Sunday (including Cwtch The Brides very own creator and professional wedding photographer Maria Farrelly.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet watch the blog at MIDDAY today, we have one final treat for you!

Cwtchfest is going to be glorious! Full of great Music, delicious food and the best wedding inspiration & suppliers you’ll find in Wales. We cant wait to welcome you all at The Glanusk Estate!

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Maria Farrelly is one of Wales leading wedding photographers. She is the creator of Cwtch the Bride and the Cwtchfest is her amazing idea. Every year Maria takes on a limited number of weddings. The vary in size, style, location and budget. The common thread between all of them is that each and every client adores her work.


What draws so many people to Maria’s work is her amazing ability to capture the essence of a person and those special moments found in a smile,touch or kiss. Coupled with her friendly and easy going nature her clients are instantly relaxed in her company which gives her the ability to capture such natural images. 

Maria is a multi award winning photographer and has a natural affinity with the people that she is shooting. Her photography has taken her all over the world and loves nothing better than a Welsh wedding.

“Your wedding day is all about the two of you. Your photographs should be a reflection of this and NOT a series of posed, uncomfortable memories.” Maria Farrelly



With over ten years experience in the industry we know how important it is for your event to run smoothly and often part of that is the bar.


At Black Dragon Bars we listen to our customers and go through all the details leading up to the event to ensure everything is how you want it.We provide bars for all types of events. No event is too small or too  large and we are happy to go through your event and tailor what we do.  Drinks packages can be tailored to your event with options of an all inclusive bar, welcome, toast drink packages, along with the most popular choice of pay bars.  We can also offer our bars on dry hire, with or without staff.



I formed the business after identifying a niche market place with in the wedding/party business  We specialise in backdrops – namely – flower walls, personalised 8 foot chalk boards (used as photo back drops), and personalised step repeats (these are what celebs stand in front of at events).


As our business continued to grow we were often asked “what else do you do?” this is when we added marquee lighting to our repertoire, with 5 foot LOVE & CWTCH signs include in this.


We then added all the other event paraphernalia, including chair sashes, table plans, invites, popcorn cart and deluxe candy buffet! Being born creative and a hopeless romantic has definitely helped.  But more than anything I love to create a event-scape that has the wow factor, no matter how big or small the budget !  I love what we do !



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Wow we are now only days away from Wales’ ONLY wedding festival #Cwtchfest2016.

If you are yet to get your tickets what are you waiting for!!!


The event this Sunday 17th April starts at 11am at the beautiful Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell and to get us even more excited for the big day we have three more amazing suppliers that will be joining us on the day.


Hi I’m Zoe from The Vale Cake Boutique (VCB), based in Barry. I specialise in creating bespoke Wedding cakes using your dreams and ideas for your Big DayVCB_marked

I loved Cwtchfest last year and as a Lush List member also, we soooo had to be at this year’s event to showcase our work alongside other amazing suppliers in this gorgeous setting


At VCB I love to invite Brides & Grooms for a non-obligatory Wedding Consultation over to the studio to discuss their BIG days and ideas for their dream cake.


This is the appointment that the Grooms love to attend as this is where you also get to sample our yummy ‘most popular’ cakes and we get to design your cake, using your ideas I can create a bespoke cake just for you


All my cakes are freshly baked using only quality ingredients and every cake that leaves VCB tastes as good as it looks

Roll on #cwtchfest2016 x


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The Pop Up Creche Company Ltd., creates beautiful, inspirational children’s play areas and sensory baby spaces at weddings and festivals.
Our services include:
  • Toys and games that your little guests will love
  • Arts & crafts activities including bunting & mask making
  • Willow craft including making flower crowns, wands & dreamcatchers
  • Stylish children’s ‘chill out’ areas
  • Fully staffed creches for larger numbers of children
  • Wedding nannies & evening babysitters


At Vintageyboo we like to get ‘outside of the box’ for your big day, our wide selection of services cover entertainment to decoration and we love to create individual packages as unique as each of our couples.Ice Cream bike

Matilda is our star of the show and our lovely little vintage bike can serve Local Sidoli’s Ice Cream as well as hot waffle sticks to your guests with the introduction this summer of POPS alcoholic champagne and Bellini Ice Pops!


We have a huge selection of hire items to decorate your venue from easels to Frames, card boxes to stepladders, we even have a working vintage Pashley tandem bike!


We can create Sweet buffets with light up signs, a popcorn station, candy floss stand and have everything you need for a D.I.Y drinks bar. Vintage suitcases, crates, quote frames, birdcages, glassware, jar lights…the list goes on but with the opening of our showroom this Spring you can come and see for yourselves and even hand pick a selection of props to hire and either pick up and bring back or allow us to come and style :) we love to style!


We are proud to provide our clients with the first and only flip book studio in Wales and the South West through our sister business Flipstars, With a huge box of silly props to hand our portable flip book studio will take a short video of you and your guests, print the stills and turn them into your very own flip book on the spot, ready for your guests to take away as really cool memories of your big day! Flipstars is the new generation of photo booth and takes fun to a whole new level!


Cwtchfest Collaborator- County Marquees

Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who would like to introduce their wonderful team to you and offer their top ten tips in running a successful marquee wedding.

If you are yet to get tickets to Wales’ biggest wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate Crickhowell on April 17th.

Just click the below link now…

click here for tickets


To help you with planning your wedding we have an amazing team here at County Marquees. I thought it would be great to introduce you to the ladies who will become your friend over the course of booking and hiring a marquee.

First of all meet my sister in law Danielle who is such a great planner and loves to pull out all the stops to bring the day together for her clients.

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And of course the wonderful Emma who we all love to bits and has the best connections in Monmouthshire.

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Then there is me. I am one of the directors and event managers at County Marquees, it’s been my job for nearly twenty years and I absolutely love it. Meeting new customers and visiting their wonderful gardens and grounds is always such fun.

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Together we make a great team, with all of us on standby to discuss your wedding plans at length. Achieving happiness through customer service and satisfaction with your marquee is what we are all about.

If you are looking for help with planning your wedding do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your plans 01291 629377. In the meantime take a look at our top tips for hiring a marquee.


  1. Check your site for any obstructions these could include any overhead cables or underground pipes.
  2. Consider the space you require do you need a reception area separate from your dance floor a larger reception space can be useful for getting in out of the rain and also can be doubled up as a bar areacounty_marquee034
  3. Where does the sunset in your garden? The marquee is best positioned with windows facing the sun letting all that wonderful light into the marquee.
  4. Have you considered portable toilets? They can be a good idea positioned close to the marquee keeping your guests out of the house and not far for guests to walk should it rain!county_marquee016
  5. A generator can be a good solution for powering your event this can avoid any problems should a power cuts are likely.
  6. Catering marquees are useful spaces even if only small they can be used to clear dirty plates away once your feast has taken place.
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  8. Outside lighting can really enhance the setting for your marquee, be it fairy lights in the trees to dramatic flame torches marking the path to the car park.
  9. If you have a wonderful view or garden how about considering our panoramic windows and clear gable ends they can really bring the outside in.county_marquee014
  10. Transform your marquee from daytime to night time with our range of starlight roof linings or our LED up-lighters which can be linked in with your entertainment to match the beat of the music!
  11. A comfy seating area is getting more popular to have as a chill out space separate from the entertainment; we have a some lovely sofas which are perfect for that relaxing daycounty_marquee004