Groom to Be Diaries: The RAF Grooms are getting somewhere!

Good morning one and all

We have our handsome boys back to talk about how their planning is going! However, it would appear that Cwtchfest is responsible for some extra spending going on! Sorry boys!

Have a read about what else they’ve been up to…..

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Hey everyone it is us again- the RAF Grooms to be, and I bet that many of the other couples will agree with us in that time is flying by way too quick.

After proposing over a year ago, we only have just over six months to go.  Plus I am 22 this month! #FeelingOld #GettingOld.
James and Mike 3 With us both being so busy over the past few months since our last post, we have barely had much time to plan much together, and when we have it’s been quite rushed. I can’t wait for the day to arrive now to be honest, but I am sure you’re wondering what have those two boys been up to? … so I will tell you…

Well I have ordered my suit (finally). It’s a beautiful blue three piece outfit (but with a twist that I am keeping a secret for Mike to see on the day.) Mike…well he hasn’t even got that far yet. Typical groom leaving it to the last minute.

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Being the ‘Wife’ (as Mike calls me) I finally have my two maid of honours sorted. I am allowed two because I am not a usual bride to be and it is my wedding after all! The Hag (Hen/Stag) do is finally booked for Ibiza … which is just me and 4 girls going on a boozing holiday! I literally can’t wait. But I am having another one in October for everyone else. It is just an excuse to get some last minute tanning in.

We have sent out the day time invites to our guests, which the RSVPs have started to slowly trickle in, all positive in attendance which is great news. We designed the invites ourselves and only cost us around £25 for them all. They are nothing fancy but we are using an online free website to display all the information and details, and all our guests have to do is log in and follow the details.

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The invitations were all sent out with a wax stamp with our initials on it that we bought during our holiday trip to Venice last year. (They are just like the ones in Hogwarts!- yes I am a Harry Potter Fan). We have even created our own hashtag, where we are are encouraging our guests to post as many photos of the day on Instagram.We have started using it to post our own photos on it too of us together.  Feel free to have a look #JandMDY.

We have bought all our wedding favours too. Mike came up with the idea of individual sweet pick’a’mix jars so we have bought everything apart from the sweets. Mike thinks I will eat them all before the day so we are not buying them just yet.
To be fair he is probably right.

Finally last month we attended Cwtch The Bride’s #Cwtchfest2017 and caught up with our fabulous photographer, Maria Farrelly. Although we only stayed for a couple of hours the event was amazing.

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The live music being played definitely put you in the mood for a wedding and a party. We met so many stall holders that have given us more food for thought, even getting a few items from LUMI Designs for the big day. Obviously seeing Maria again was great, especially as Mike hadn’t met Maria yet. All three of us got on so well and we definitely felt the enthusiasm, passion and energy she has, so we are super excited to have chosen Maria. It is a great feeling in that we know we have the right person by far to capture our day.  The final part of the day was being attacked with hugs from one of the bubbliest people I’ve ever met – our friend Anna, Features Editor for Cwtch The Bride, and who works with Maria. I swear those two are sisters.

Well fellow bloggers I will leave it at that for the moment……only 6 months now till the BIG DAY!!!

#Cwtchfest Spotlight: Science Cream

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Science Cream

Super premium handcrafted ice cream, frozen to order, right in front of you in seconds. IMG_1300 (1)The theatrical plumes of vapor erupting from out nitro canisters, instantly freeze the custard base, creating a smooth, intense scoop with almost no ice crystals.

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The ice creams superbly smooth texture is unlike any other ice cream and everything we sell, from cookie sandwiches to milkshakes topped with peanut butter brownies and flame toasted veggie marshmallow, is handcrafted in our little ice cream parlour in Cardiff.Owen Mathias Photography

In 2016, we featured in both the UK and Cardiff editions of The Guardian’s Best Cheap Eats. Their resident food critic Tony Naylor placed our ice cream on par with Heston Blumenthal’s, writing: “Remarkable… Frankly, how can you pass up the chance to try some of the best ice cream this side of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck?”. That same year we also featured in The Times’ Top Ten Ice Cream Parlours in the UK, Olive magazine’s Top Twelve Best Family Friendly Venues and BuzzFeed’s 17 Ice Creams To Try Before You Die.

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Images by Owen Mathias

#Cwtchfest2017: Cwtch Workshops

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We have five great workshops running this sunday at #Cwtchfest2017 Starting at 12 noon and each running on the hour for 30 minutes. Here, you will get to meet some of Wales’ finest and most experienced wedding professionals. Spaces are limited on some so we are advising you all arrive early. If you don’t manage to get a space then you are all still welcome to listen and take notes :)

12 noon- Maria Farrelly Photography

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Creator of Cwtch The Bride and professional wedding Photographer, Maria Farrelly is kicking off the first of our Cwtch Workshops.

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Getting the most out of your big day

Having photographed hundreds of weddings over many years Maria has ALOT of experience of virtually every type of wedding in most locations. From Festival weddings in the middle of no where to traditional church weddings with 300+ guests, maria has found they all have one thing in common. The need to be well organised!

Planning your day properly and being aware of how long things REALLY take will give you a better understanding of how your day will go.

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In this workshop, Maria will walk you through the typical time scales of a wedding day. This is a great opportunity to involve the bridal party (who normally don’t have a clue what is going on). So many brides want to plan their own wedding and think its easy. Its not, trust us. The more help you get, the better. Maria will show you how to delegate, who best to give roles to, how to avoid turning into a bridezilla and most importantly how to get the most out of your day.

She will also give you some great tips on how to look great in your wedding pictures!

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1 pm – YumeYume Logo

Yume Hair and Beauty Salons Cardiff, presenting Bridal Hair trends.

You’re never fully dressed without Yume hair! Yume means dream and we LOVE to create dream hair for that dream wedding!wedding-collage-2
Hensol - cwtch the bride_0022Do you want your own personal wedding hair stylist that’s part of a professional team of wedding experts to create your bespoke wedding look? Then that’s another reason to say “..I DO” We will be showing three very different bridal looks, each being bespoke to the individual wedding style. …From Classic/Elegant to Rock-chic and Boho too…lots of fabulous ideas to share with you. The complete look – hair, make-up and wedding dress too! Your visit to the salon needn’t be daunting and worrying…but a happy, exciting experience knowing you will come away with lots of hair and make up ideas, hints and tips, including your own personalised Wedding hair and beauty plan!

* Veil or no veil…?

* How to prepare your hair for the big day…?

* Is your hair as glossy as it could be…?

* Does your hair colour suit your cool or warm skin tone…?

* Wedding hair trends 2017-2018…?

We take pride in sharing with you our advice and guidance on how to enhance your own wedding ideas…. focusing your vision of your dream wedding and turning into a reality!

2 pm- Do You Believe?

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We have Helen from Do You Believe running a fabulous workshop on Body Confidence.

Every bride is capable of looking and feeling fantastic on their wedding day, no matter what size, height or anything else that varies! But theres more to it than just trying to be on trend. You have to be smart. If you truly FEEL fantastic you will certainly LOOK fantastic too because confidence is more striking than any frock I can tell you to wear.304

If you are looking for some advice on how to work with your god given gifts then Helen has some pearls of wisdom which she has learnt over many years of dressing all different shapes and sizes.050

I have a top 5 tips on how to work with what you’ve got and some hints on how to make wedding dress shopping easier and more enjoyable: 1) the dos and donts for your shape and size 2) what to take with you- being prepared when shopping 3) be open minded 4) the finishing touches- the devil is in the detail 5) when/where and who PS- a touch on bridesmaids- the diplomatic approach

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3pm – Make Up By Nicola

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Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop

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4pm – The Flower Hive

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Come and talk to Eva at The Flower Hive about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding.   Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight: Vintage Cups and Cakes, Paper Date Stationary, Kate Richards Photography and Calon Lân Cakes

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Vintage Cup and Cakes

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Vintage Cup and Cakes hires beautiful mix and match china which captivates the essence of a quintessential afternoon tea.  Whatever the occasion, big or small, vintage china makes a unique statement, with teacups and saucers, plates and cake stands mismatched with pretty teapots and milk jugs.  We have china for afternoon tea and dinner services including a beautiful eclectic array of glasses.  All the china has been personally sourced and it really matters to Vintage Cup and Cakes that we work together to make a truly special event for all our customers. We also offer homemade afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes and bakes which can be chosen by the host to suit tastes and themes.VCC_logo

We do not have any minimum numbers and are happy to cater for small or large parties.  We have 150 place settings of china.  We also have homemade bunting and can make bunting to order to match colour schemes or use special fabric to tie in with the special day.  You can chose to only hire the china, to have a package of china and afternoon tea or simply for us to provide the cakes!  We are very flexible and want to meet your needs for your big occasion!
Whatever the event, whether it be a wedding, hen party, mother of the bride tea, birthday, christening or a ‘just because’ tea party, Vintage Cup and Cakes brings together a love of vintage, beautiful china and cakes…the perfect combination!

www.vintagecupandcakes.com

Facebook – Vintage Cup and Cakes

Twitter – @vintage_cac

Paper Date Wedding Stationary

At Paper Date Wedding Stationery, we design and produce luxury and bespoke stationery products for weddings. From the ‘save the dates’ to the ‘thank you’ cards – if you’re getting married, we can offer you the entire creative service needed to make your day unforgettable.

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We offer a very personal service that is friendly but professional. You get to know us and more importantly we get to know you. Everything is designed and planned around you as a couple.

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Wedding stationery doesn’t have to be formal and stuffy, it can be anything you want it to be. Your invites set the tone and the standard of your wedding. It’s the first thing your guests will see, so making the perfect first impression matters. We have a variety of collections to choose from, all of which will be altered to match your colour scheme and the wording changed to suit your style.

PDAdsHiRes9We also offer a bespoke service, where we start from scratch together, building upon your ideas until we’ve created your dream stationery. We only use the finest materials and are obsessed with paper, constantly sourcing new types to make your stationery a cut upon the rest. Our wedding stationery is for anyone who wants their special day to be truly special and unique to them.
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Kate Richards Photography

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My style is warm, romantic and modern, using light and scenery to frame the moment.
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I love to take relaxed portraits in natural surroundings, and capture genuine emotion and atmosphere of the day – to show the warmth, happiness and love, so when you look at your photos years later you remember the feeling of that day.
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Calon Lân Cakes

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We at Calon Lân Cakes offer the most delicious Wedding Favours made with love to traditional recipes. All homemade with love, not mass produced.

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We began with scrummy Welshcakes as Wedding Favours but have since progressed to Bara Brith, Chocolate Brownies & Shortbread. We use only the best quality ingredients in everything that we bake & nothing is ever frozen. Our butter is Welsh & our eggs are free range to give you the best, most natural tasting favour around – each one sprinkled with a bit of Calon Lân love.

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We also love to experiment with Welshcake flavours, most of which are totally unique to us. Peanut Butter & White Chocolate, Pistachio & Lime, Chilli & Chocolate to name but a few! We also have the traditional currants of course!

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We also have beautiful packaging styles, many with a vintage & boho theme. These include paper packages tied with string, lovely hessian bags, vintage style boxes & our brand new favour jars. All of which can be tied with ribbon of your choice or twine, we can pop a tag on for you & even hand tie some beautiful fresh flowers – the choice is yours, we pride ourselves on our bespoke, personal service.

#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight: Love-Lee Wedding Stationery

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Love-Lee Stationery

I am Kate Lee, owner of Love-Lee Wedding Stationery, lover of Pinterest, Macs (the apple kind), pinwheels and pompoms.
I am a graphic designer by profession, having worked in the industry for over 14 years. Here at Love-Lee we get excited about meeting our customers for the first time. It must be the goodies we provide, as it brings out their fun side, lots of giggles and what they love about each other and life. It all helps when choosing stationery for the big day.
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Love-Lee has a range of themes and products in the collection and each theme has a fully designed package. We also have a collection of beautiful paper stocks and a range of colours to choose from.
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If you are looking for something different however, the Love-Lee bespoke service means you can customise an existing theme or even better have a design that is completely unique. We are excited to be launching foil printing and laser cutting to the collection for Spring/Summer, so keep a look out on social media :) www.lovelee-design.com
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