Kate and Marc’s Informal Wedding by Rocksalt Photography

Wow Wow Wow!!!

This beautiful informal wedding in the Brecon gave me goosebumps. Once again Rocksalt Photography has knocked it out of the park! I cant wait for you to fall in love with Kate and Marc’s photographs and I hope that you are inspired by this little gem. 

Marc_Kate-167Marc_Kate-142What was your budget? 

The budget spreadsheet was the first thing we put together after booking the venue. We set a budget for everything we thought we needed or wanted for the day…and pretty much kept to it. We decided on the things we definitely wanted, such as a live band, and those that were nice extras if we had any budget left.Marc_Kate-140

How would you describe your wedding theme?

We really didn’t want to choose a specific theme or colour scheme and have everything matching. We wanted a more informal, rustic look. But in the end yellow ended up being the main colour, which we used with lots of different coloured flowers so not to be too matchy.Marc_Kate-244Marc_Kate-246

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

It was lovely to have our friends and family at the venue the day before to help decorate the venue – that was a really fun part of the whole weekend.

Walking up the aisle after the ceremony with everyone clapping and cheering was a lovely moment. And the dancing in the evening was brilliant!Marc_Kate-118

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

My dress is by La Sposa, from Timeless Elegance in Cardiff. The biggest money splurge was my dress, it was way over the original (unrealistic) budget I set . The dress was worth every penny though!Marc_Kate-1Marc_Kate-2

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted a relaxed venue which felt like ‘us’ and somewhere we could hold the entire day. The views are fantastic at Brynich and it has the advantage of gorgeous cottages on site so friends and family could celebrate with us all weekend. When we were driving away from the appointment, we were sure we had found the right venue for us. We only looked at one other venue – and then decided on Brynich.Marc_Kate-254Marc_Kate-41

Tell us about your photographer

We looked up Hannah at Rocksalt after seeing photos she had taken for a friends wedding, and liked her informal approach and reasonable prices.
We were both apprehensive about the photography and thought we would feel really uncomfortable with a photographer but as soon as we met Hannah we knew we would have a giggle and feel comfortable with her. Also her photos are amazing! Hannah was brilliant to have around on the day as well – a fun and calming influence!Marc_Kate-168

How did the proposal happen? 

We went to Rome for a few days with Marc’s dad and Marc proposed at a viewpoint overlooking the city…after subtly asking his Dad to leave us alone for a minute!Marc_Kate-318

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

We made our own invitations and order of the day cards. We made up a photo board of us as a couple and another including a photo of nearly every guest at the wedding.
We decorated jam jars for the table flowers – this added to the rustic afternoon tea look.
My Dad & Pat provided all of the flowers to decorate the venue and me and my bridesmaids helped to put together the table floral arrangements the day before – this was a really nice part of the preparations.
My Dad made small wooden hearts for each guests place name which looked lovely on the tableMarc_Kate-250

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

Nothing!! We loved how all our friends and family were mingling and having a really good time. We were suprised by how relaxed we both felt and how smoothly the day went. We would love to do it all again.Marc_Kate-253

Do you have any advice for future couples?

When planning – make decisions and stick to them, don’t over think every last detail. Limit the number of wedding magazines you buy, they are filled with brilliant ideas but you can’t do everything and it can be overwhelming. You will make sure the things that are really important to both of you are completed, if there is anything left on your to do list the night before it isn’t that important to you so forget it and enjoy your day!
On the day – relax and enjoy every minute and make sure you spend some time together!
We put together playlists for the day and booked Coverland Band to play in the evening. This was a risk as we booked them off the internet and had not seen them play live. They were brilliant, and we would highly recommend them. We also put together a ‘metal’ playlist to play during the band break – it’s fair to say this led to some pretty amazing dancing!
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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Reading this blog!!Marc_Kate-165Marc_Kate-145

The Suppliers

Photographer: Rocksalt Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Barn at Brynich, Brecon
Bride’s Dress: Timeless Elegance,
Bride’s Shoes: Marks and Spencer / Converse
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kaliko from John Lewis
Cake: Mum
Flowers: Dad and Step mum grew the flowers
Band:  Coverland Band

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I told you it was a little gem. So what wedding jobs are on the list for this weekend? If you don’t do anything else you should book your Cwtchfest tickets! Buy them HERE!

DIY Welsh Cake Wedding Favours

Samantha from Naturally Crafty is back today with her easy peasy step-by-step guide to making DIY Welsh Cake wedding favours, these are perfect favours for a Welsh wedding- home made and delicious!

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To make the Welsh cakes you will need:

225g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
75g caster sugar
110g unsalted butter
100g mixed dried fruit
1 large egg
A large bowl
Wooden spoon
Frying pan.
6cm circle cutter

Step 1
Sift the dry ingredients together.

Step 2
Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Step 3
Add the fruit and mix thoroughly.

Step 4
Add the egg to the mixture.

Step 5
Mix into a firm dough. If its too dry, add just a spot of milk. If it’s too sticky add a touch of flour. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 8mm thick.

Step 6
Use the cutter to cut the dough, re-rolling the trimmings until all the dough is used.

Step 7
Lightly grease the pan with sunflower oil. Heat the pan over a medium heat and cook the Welsh cakes for about 3 minutes on each side. They should be fairly brown and crisp on the outside but don’t cook them too quickly as they need to cook inside too. If they are browning quickly turn the heat down.

Step 8
Allow the welsh cakes to cool but when still slightly warm dip into caster sugar.

Your Welsh Cakes are now ready…

You can present your welsh cakes in a variety of ways including glassine bags and cellophane bags as pictured. Tie bags with twine or ribbon and add personalised tags.

If you would like any of the templates for the tags just get in touch. Happy Baking!!!

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