Boutique Wedding Fayre: Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen. Sunday 11th October

Date For Your Diary

This Sunday sees the return of the fabulous Boutique Wedding Fayre in the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel Carmarthen, hosted by Emma Phillips Bridal Studio and Blodau Blodwen Flowers. With lots of lovely local Welsh suppliers its a definite date for the diary!

Free Entry & goody bags.


Exhibitors Include:

Emma Phillips Bridal Studio, Blodau Blodwen Flowers, Jackie James, Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Maria Farrelly Photography, Dyfed Menswear, Pleser Bridal Wear,  White Bride,  Pink Bon Bon Sweet Bar,  Christina’s Chair Covers & Sashes, Pretty Seats and Bows, Hammet House Mansion House, Llansteffan Ltd, Weddings at Carmarthen Golf Club, Georgina Cornock Harpist/Telynores, Truly Madly Deeply, Gemdy Trysor Jewellers, Sharon Thomas, Stefano’s Ice Cream Tricycles, Bethanys Hair Salon, Bethaney Anne Thomas, My Vintage Delights – Ice Cream & Sweet Tricycle Hire, Peter Meredith Photography, The Beauty Barn/S’gubor Harddwch, Perfection by Susan, Make-Up By Nicola, Leah James Makeup Artistry, Jody Amner Make-up Artist, Buddug Thomas, Lyn’s Cake Creations, Cacennau Moethus Cakes, Glyn’s Minibus Hire Top Class Cars & Weddings, Sue’s Truffles, Catrin Ann Singer, and more! xx

Emma’s Hen Party!

On the blog today we have the gorgeous Emma from Emma Philips Bridal Studio. Yes…Bridal boutique owners get married too! and they have rather awesome hen parties hahaha 

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I’ve known Emma for a number of years and was thrilled when she asked if I could come along and photograph part of her Hen do.

In all honesty, It was the first hen do i’ve ever photographed. Amongst the numerous weddings, pre-wedding shoots and family portraits I am commissioned for, this was a refreshing change and one I knew would be hilarious. I’ll hand you over to Emma and she can tell you all about it. But before I do… Ladies, if you’d like your hen party photographed, give me a shout, I had great fun with this one and would love to do more :) ~ Maria x 

Hello Cwtchers!


To be fair, my Hendo was kept pretty much like a secret military operation by my sister Lucy!

Wedding-64I was only allowed to know that it was Cardiff, and that was it! Even the other girls didn’t know (Apart from the bridesmaids – and some of my friends hate surprises!) so it was great fun just jumping in the car & heading off….once we had met at my house, dressed head to toe in “Geek Chic”!

We actually started the day off in my favourite way – EATING! We were booked into the brilliantly fun, Mexican street -food restaurant Wahaca’s, where we munched on crickets (yes crickets!), taco’s, churros & lots of Mexican beers & cocktails (mocktails for my two, yes TWO pregnant bridesmaids!).

Wedding-63After plenty of amusement there, we then headed to the utterly fabulous Lab 22 on Mill Lane for a superb cocktail masterclass!

Now, I spent years working for Revolution cocktail bars, so I knew a thing or two myself but this blew us away….smoke filled teapots, trickery & tom foolery, and heavenly cocktails made by us! And to top it all off….the beautiful (& talented!) Maria Farrelly was there to catch us in the action, right in the thick of it! For me, having these pictures from my Hen Party was invaluable. You always get the beautiful wedding day pictures, but its rare to have a fab photographer to capture all the giggles and mishaps of a fun girls night out!

After consuming all the cocktails…I’m struggling to remember where we went next! I do know it involved pretending to watch the rugby whilst drinking more beers & then checking into the gorgeous Park Plaza for the evening, getting dolled up & out once again. Sunday was a fabulous wind down, with Gentlemans Afternoon Tea in the Park Plaza hotel which (as a complete foodie!) was EPIC!

Thank you so much to all my beautiful bridesmaids, and friends who made it a brilliant weekend…and of course to Maria for capturing us in such hilarious style, Emma xx

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If you would like Maria Farrelly to photograph your Hen Party, you can contact her here

Styled Shoot: Women in the Welsh Wedding Industry

There is so much talent here in Wales. Sometimes it just doesn’t get celebrated enough. So today, we wanted to give a big shout out to a talented group of welsh-based women that work in this wonderful wedding industry. Let’s hand you over to the lovely Angharad Gwenter Photography with all the details. 
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In the earlier part of the year myself along with Cashiona photography, Orchid Films, Emma Phillips Bridal, Blodau Blodwen Florist and Jody Amner MUA decided to collaborate and work together to produce images and a film to demonstrate and promote our separate skills being women in the wedding industry in Wales.
The idea was to have an Urban Style Bridal shoot in the SA1 area of Swansea.  We approached Morgans Hotel who kindly offered us a room for the preparations. 
Taylor, Chloe, Beth and Caitlin were absolutely marvellous considering none of them were professional models.
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Behind The Scenes Film

The Shoot

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