Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 8

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Hello Cwtchers, Today on the blog we have a Cwtchfest exhibitors spotlight showing you a little of what you can expect from #Cwtchfest2016 on April 17th April at Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell. These three fantastic suppliers are just a taste of the amazing … Continue reading

DIY Bride Jess: Making Her Flowers

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There are no hard and fast rules about weddings these days and Our DIY Bride Jess tells us how she got on making her flowers for the wedding. I love the idea of origami flowers and they are perfect for … Continue reading

Introducing Our DIY Bride Jess

I have a real treat for all you brides attempting a little bit of DIY for your wedding! Today’s bride to be is making so many things for her wedding…..but are there any of you attempting to make your own wedding dress….GULP!!!! How could we not ask this beautiful lady not to share her planning adventures with all of you! Introducing our DIY Bride Jess…Enjoy. 
Portugal 2015 (3)SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESRod and I met just over 13 years ago at University in Liverpool, we were 20 years old. It took what felt like months to make our feelings known to one another. In reality it was 2 weeks. The 24th September will be our wedding day and the 14th anniversary of our first date.rod & jess5SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Writing this blog has given me cause to reflect back on the last 13 years, for marriage is a commitment people have been making to one another for centuries. (Although not always for love!)

We have had our share ups and downs just like everyone else and it hasn’t always been strawberries and cream. However, no one else has made me laugh so much, made me feel so special or accepted me for who I am than Rod.rod & jess8SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

We are both 34 years old (although I am 6 weeks older!). We moved to Swansea 6 years ago to be closer to the surf. We both love doing sports like surfing, running, cycling, yoga… the list goes on. Rod is a support worker on a mental health ward and I am a business manager for a local engineering company. In addition to the sport we both like to be creative in our spare time. Rod plays guitar and writes his own music. I am always working on some kind of arts and crafts or sewing project.Portugal 2015 (4)

What else can I say about Rod…? I love the fact that he makes me laugh so much, and he is musical, intelligent and handsome too of course! If there is one thing I could change about him it would be his stubbornness, and that he doesn’t listen to me. (Ok, that’s two things!)SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESrod 2

What does he say about me? I’m kind, intelligent, artistic and beautiful. (Isn’t he nice!)

The one thing he would change? I always take on too much (like planning a whole wedding!)

2016 will be all about the wedding for me and for Rod I suspect it will be ignoring the mania as much as possible. He has already told me that I’m a ‘Bridezilla’! Ha – I’m just getting into my stride!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

I am planning on doing a lot myself for the wedding including the bridal gown, decorations, button holes, favours, flowers…. the list goes on. I may have bitten off more than I can chew this time though! (Don’t tell Rod)

With just over 9 months to go until the big day I shall post regular updates on how it’s all going, including the ups and melt-downs!

Take care

Jess x

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I don’t know if i would be brave enough to attempt the dress but I can’t wait to hear all about it. I made loads of bits for my wedding and all my guests really appreciated the effort. If you are looking for some inspiration why not join us at Cwtchfest. Hurry hurry hurry….buy your much sort after tickets here!!! ~ Kate

Floral Headband Hair Tutorial

It has been too long since I shared a hair tutorial with you and I thank Maria Farrelly for photographing this easy peasy Floral Headband Hair Tutorial for us! Honestly it took me 5/10 minutes and it is something that would look amazing during the festive period! Please give it a go and share your selfies with us. ~ Kate 

What You Will Need

  • Bobby Pins
  • Hairspray
  • Back combing brush or comb
  • A floral headband of your choice. We used one from the Kate Petersen Collection.

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I started by curling Charlie’s hair but you can do it from straight if you are in a hurry. The other little tip that I have for you is that I always make sure that my clients hair is clean. This is a very soft and romantic look and feel that clean hair works better. If you find that your hair is a little too slippery then a light mist of hairspray makes the world of difference.

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Taking small sections of the hair, backcomb the hair to give it some volume. You can go as big as you like. Amy Winehouse eat your heart out!!

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Brush over the backcombing and ensure its smooth. Add a little bit of hairspray to help hold it in place.

JZ0C8582JZ0C8584Place the floral headband like a halo on the head. You might need an extra set of hands to help get it in place.

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Using your bobby pins to secure the hair in place, start folding and tucking the hair over the headband.

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Keep going all the way round. keep tucking and pinning the hair until you can’t see any of the elastic band part. Remember that this is a really relaxed look so don’t worry if it is not perfect.

JZ0C8591JZ0C8594JZ0C8599JZ0C8607I left a little bit of hair out at the front round Charlie’s face but its up to you how much you want to leave. I know some people who would get so annoyed with anything left out and would insist that it was all back. Mist with some hairspray to keep it in place. With the miserable weather that we have been having you might need a little bit more than you would normally use.

JZ0C8614Ta Da!!!! How simple was that? It honestly took me about 5 minutes and I think it looks like you spent ages at the hairdressers!!

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I think you will agree with me that it is very easy. It looks lovely with a beautiful sparkly headband and it works well for the bride and for bridesmaids. send us a photograph once you have tried it. Hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit! ~ Kate