Lush List Vendor: Blue Bridalwear Announce their 2016 Collection

We have a treat for you today: Lush List vendor Blue Bridalwear have shared their 2016 collection with us and we are sharing it with you! Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy! Cassie_109_B151

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Our gorgeous 2016 collection features delicate Chantilly Laces, exquisite embroidered tulles and sumptuous silks; hemlines are prettily tea length or elegantly long; silhouettes are full skirted or figure flaunting slim. The detailing is delicate and the overall look is effortlessly stylish.

Blue Gowns

Blue gowns are reated using silk fabrics. The signature look is an elegant gown with a dash of prettiness. Key pieces include:

Beau

Beau is an exceptionally flattering ensemble composed of three quarter length sleeved lace vest and ballerina length gown with a wide belt trimming the waist. Beau_141_B151

Cassie

Cassie features a delicate ballet wrap style top worn with a full skirted tea length gown to produce an effortlessly pretty look. Cassie_115_B151

We have added new dresses and tops to the mix and match pieces so brides can create their own unique look

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Designed by Welsh designer Angela Pitcher Dowdell, the label is based in Cardiff and production takes place entirely in the UK using carefully chosen beautiful fabrics. Retail prices range from £1900 to £2500 for Blue and £1400 to £1900 for Sky Blue.

Introducing Sky Blue

Our Sky Blue collection features the clean lines and detailing you recognise as Blue but using more price conscious non-silk fabrics. Key pieces include:

Isabel

Isabel features a silhouette which fits through to the hips and then flares to the hem Isabel_307_B151_SkyBlue

Blake

Blake is an all over lace dress with a figure flaunting silhouette. The low cut back is demurely sheer. The neckline, sleeve and dress hems are trimmed with hand applied beaded lace edging. Blake_265_B151_SkyBlue

Joy

Joy has a beautiful braided lace and beaded bodice and the flared crepe skirt never fails to flatter. Joy_285_B151_SkyBlue

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For more information or to book an appointment  visit the Blue Bridalwear website or call them on 029 2062 4477

Featured Wedding Venue: Nantwen

If a couple were to build their own wedding venue how might it look?

Nantwen Cottage photographed by Owen Howells

Nantwen Cottage photographed by Owen Howells

Set down an off road track in Pembrokeshire the secretive Nantwen cottage has been a personal project for owners Daniel & Jemma. As they plan their own wedding there in August, they tell us a little about their journey so far…

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The thought of getting married before building a house never came to us. Instead we chose a joint mortgage and let a team of builders run wild on our barns whilst we continued with our careers as a Cellist and Goldsmith in London.

The moment the first barn was complete it became a firm favourite with honeymooners from all across the world. Hiraeth eventually set in so we left London and endeavoured to carve out a living in Wales. (Daniel as a teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and Jemma as a bespoke goldsmith with Slade Fine Jewellery.) [nb Hiraeth is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past] Our attention also started to turn towards the 3 stone walls which made up the derelict barn next door – affectionately known as The Bull Pen.

Daniel & Jemma at Nantwen

Daniel & Jemma at Nantwen

As a distraction from the question of what to do with these three stone walls we got engaged.  I commissioned a ring from Jemma’s Hatton Garden colleagues, dropped it in the mud by a waterfall in the Gwaun Valley before popping it on her finger.That afternoon we phoned the bank, the council and the builders and the bull pen was set to be restored as a studio in which to get married.

Daniel and Jemma walking along on the coast near Nantwen

Daniel and Jemma walking along on the coast near Nantwen

The builders restored the entire thing in a few months working solely between 11am and 4pm on the change over days of the increasingly popular Nantwen cottage. Meanwhile Jemma and I were busy getting to know and enjoying our beautiful little daughter Elsbeth. Our next project was to think about getting married ourselves so we had the studio licensed for very small and intimate civil ceremonies.

Jemma a week before Elsbeth was born

Jemma a week before Elsbeth was born

This is our first season as a venue for intimate weddings and we are really excited to be planning our own wedding here alongside the other couples.  With a venue on our doorstep and a goldsmith as the bride the only thing to really think about is the wedding feast and whether our guests will be able to find the secret little cottage with blue doors!

Nantwen wedding space photographed by Owen Howells

Nantwen wedding space photographed by Owen Howells

What makes Nantwen so important for us is that it is formed completely out of its surroundings.  Guests to the cottage, don’t get told where it is until a few weeks before their stay, this adds to the charm of it.  It is small, rugged, wild, unusual, peaceful and romantic. The contents has been scavenged from the old farm, it is incredibly eco friendly and the abundance of wildlife inspired the wilderness garden and wildflower meadows that surround it. We also love sharing it. 16134489837_7e4dd0a55d_o-570x350 Nantwen-Photographed-by-Owen-Howells-224-570x350

Photographed by Owen Howells

Photographed by Owen Howells

Nantwen offers various wedding packages including runaway weddings and honeymoons. See www.nantwen.co.uk or call 01239821139

WOW! What a BEAUTIFUL venue! I am very jealous of any couple that get married here! In fact if you are a Nantwen couple please send us your story, or if you are married send us your wedding photos! Email charlie@cwtchthebride.com

Cwtchfest! Featured Vendor: The iGency

We met The iGency a few weeks ago and now Suz from The iGency is back to introduce you to the bands performing at Cwtchfest! who are also available to be booked for weddings, over to Suz!
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Hello again lovely Cwtchers,
We are getting super excited here about Wales’ first wedding festival Cwtchfest! On the day The iGency will be supplying South Wales’ finest wedding entertainment for you to witness. Amongst the bands on the day will be our best bands iPop, iRock, iLectric & iTones. We want you to stay and party with us all evening…lets make a night of it ;))
Let me tell you a bit about each of the bands you will see.
Firstly The iGency is a live entertainment agency based in South Wales. Myself and my partner Ryan have collectively over 30 years professional music industry experience so decided to use our experience to start our own business. We started with one band iPop and this quickly developed into something bigger. My background is West End Theatre & Ryan is one of Wales’ top session drummers and has toured the world with numerous shows. We use our experience to create manage and mentor our main acts, hand picking only the finest and loveliest talent the area has to offer. 

iRock

iRock are an incredibly in demand wedding band, since forming in 2011 they have fast become the band to have. They perform at around 80 weddings plus per year and have a super cool yet versatile playlist. They perform hits from all your fave indie rock/pop acts including Mumford & Sons, Bastille, The Fratellis, Stereophonics, Kaiser chiefs, Killers, Kings Of Leon & many more. The boys are not only super talented they are lovely too and know how to make your day extra special. Click here for more information or here to see a video of the boys in action.
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iLectric

iLectric’s lead vocalist Shellyann recently appeared on BBC’s ‘The Voice’. She is a pop powerhouse! Their brilliantly broad set will appeal to all as they perform the coolest party hits ever. Covering both up to date modern chart hits and old school classics. Their repertoire includes tunes from Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars. iLectrifying vocals and great musicians. Click here for more information, here to see Shellyann on The Voice or here to see the band.
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iTones

iTones have an infectious energy that never fails to whip the crowd up into a frenzy. Their lively playlist guarantees to get your guests dancing all night long. These cheeky chaps are great fun. Visit the site for more information and click here to see them in action.
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iPop

Lets not forget the band where it all began. Since forming in 2010 iPop have become one of the most established wedding bands in the UK. Playing at over 100 weddings and events every year, we specialise in modern chart floor fillers but with our years of experience can tailor our set specifically for you. …catch myself on vocals & Ryan on drums live with iPop on the day.  See more about us here.
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The iGency supply stylish entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year and have thus become ‘wedding experts’. We can help with all aspects of the entertainment for your big day, we can even offer bespoke solutions for your event,  get in touch and let us know what you require. We are passionate about providing our clients with top quality entertainment, when you book an act from The iGency you can rest assured you are booking the best. 
 
We will not only be showcasing our bands on the day, you can catch our acoustic acts, a string quartet, some Gypsy Jazz, Swing, 50’s Rock & Roll, ….there will be something for everyone. Drop us a line via the website www.theigency.com if you have any questions.  
 
We hope to see you at Cwtchfest on 19th April. 
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Engagement Rings: The Beautiful Clogau Compose Range, Part 3

Just in time for a Valentines Day proposal we have the final part of our series on the Clogau Compose Range. We featured parts 1 and 2 before Christmas which showed off some more of their beautiful engagement rings. Let’s hand you over to the fabulous Welsh based company one last time. Clogau-Compose-logoCompose_NewStack2015

A marriage proposal is the most significant moment in a couples life, a snapshot of a time that will be recalled for years to come and a commitment of love symbolized by one question and a ring!

This ring that we speak of must encapsulate you and your partner and the love you share the most unique way.

Rather conveniently, for a Valentine’s Day proposal, we have just launched three new designs to our Clogau Compose collection to replace three of our original designs.

Let us introduce to you, Valentina, Eleanor and Freya.

EleanorThe vivacious bride

Passionate about life and all that it encompasses, Eleanor is constantly looking for ways to infuse fun and a joy of life into any occasion. She is free-spirited yet devoted, tenacious and a pleasure to know. The shining light at every occasion, her sensual and captivating behaviour charms everyone around her.
Charming, exquisite, dazzling, devoted and captivating Eleanor

 FreyaThe bohemian bride

A contemporary twist on the timeless emotions that her name represents, Freya was the goddess of love and fertility in Scandinavian mythology. Overflowing with tenderness and romance, Freya unites the true bonds of love with her affectionate nature and enchanting personality.
Contemporary, loving, honest, elegant and refined Freya

 

ValentinaThe romantic bride

As romantic as the ancient custom of sending cards to sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, Valentina elegantly combines classical romance with contemporary style. Meaning ‘strong and healthy’, the diamond is supported by two Tree of Life filigree hearts which signify the joining together and support for each other in a committed relationship.
Compassionate, graceful, glamourous, radiant and charming Valentina on model

We hope you like our new designs and that their sentiments, styles and majestic connections will engage with you and inspire you to create your own dream ring that reflects all you mean to each other.

Thank you for joining us in our Cwtch the Bride blogging journey and to find out more about Clogau Compose go to https://www.clogau.co.uk/compose/

Wedding Planning: Advice and Tips from Sylvie & Joan

Here at Cwtch the Bride we are super busy preparing for CWTCHFEST – our massive wedding festival that’s being held on the 19th of April (you can buy tickets here!). On the day we will be holding DIY workshops from Sylvie & Joan which we’re sure will prove massively valuable to all you DIY brides to be, until then the lovely Emma from Sylvie & Joan will be sharing budget advice, styling inspiration and tips for planning a festival themed wedding on the blog. Over to you, Emma! 

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Wedding Planning – Where to Start?

So you’re getting married? It’s exciting, right? Maybe a little daunting too? The possibilities for holding your idea of the perfect wedding are endless! With the ever-increasing sources of wedding inspiration at our fingertips, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Today I’m sharing some tips to help you pin down exactly what it is that you do want and how to stay true to that vision throughout the planning process.

At Sylvie and Joan we work with our lovely couples to design and plan creative weddings that reflect their unique personalities. We find out exactly what is important to them and what it is that they want their wedding to say about them. Here are some questions to help you decide on the type of wedding that’s right for you.

What sort of Wedding do we want?

It seems like an obvious one right?  But take some time to think and talk about this as a couple before you start looking for a venue, picking a dress or discussing it with friends and family. Everyone will all have a well-meaning opinion on the sort of wedding you should have but it’s your wedding.

  • Have you always dreamed of a grand and formal occasion? Or is it an intimate, heartfelt and romantic day you want? Maybe your idea of wedding happiness is a fun-filled joyful fete? Do you want an informal festival feel to your celebration?
  • Are there traditions you want to incorporate or are you throwing the rule book out the window?
  • Would you feel most comfortable marrying in a wedding venue or are you looking for something a bit different with the freedom and flexibility to do exactly as you please?

Whatever you choose, it should be reflective of you. You will be the centre of attention on the day and you must be comfortable with your choices. Don’t be swayed by what others believe is ‘the right thing to do’.

What time of year would we like to get married?

Have you always loved spring flowers and imagine marrying amongst the daffodils? Do you picture summer picnics and saying your ‘I-dos’ outdoors? Maybe you love the romance of autumn with its shimmering golds and russet hues? Or do you picture yourselves as a cosy winter bride sipping hot cider around the fire? Every season bursts at the seams with beautiful and romantic wedding possibilities, but take time to think about when would best suit you.

What’s our budget?

Talk honestly and realistically about your wedding budget and start making a list of your essential guests. These will be deciding factors in choosing potential venues. Start making a list of the aspects which are most important to you and then prioritise. For some couples the food and wine is incredibly important, whilst others may have a particular love of music and therefore make this a budget priority on their day. Others may choose to prioritise location, decor or photography.

What don’t we want?

Make a list of things you definitely don’t want and support each other in communicating those decisions. You may decide that you don’t want formal speeches for example. Friends and family will start lending well intentioned advice, offering opinions or even raising objections. Accept early on that you cannot please everyone. You can certainly try to accommodate everyone. But you will not please everyone. Try not to get stressed and upset attempting to do so. This day is about you. Have faith that you know what will make you most comfortable and your nearest and dearest will take joy in your happiness.

Define your vision

Once you’ve addressed these questions, you have a pretty good idea of your vision of the day. You can now start thinking about your theme or colour scheme. Your ‘theme’ encapsulates the styling choices you chose for all aspects of the day. Whatever your theme it should be personal to you. That is what will make it memorable for your guests rather than just another pretty wedding. Be creative! This is your opportunity to let your personalities shine! Take plenty of time to research and assemble your team of local suppliers. They will deliver all the elements making up your vision of the day.

Enjoy it

You should enjoy the process of being engaged and planning your wedding, not stressed and frazzled, or obsessing over every detail. If you feel you’d like support research planners and stylists who inspire you. A wedding planner deals in details and minutiae, leaving you to enjoy the process.

On the day, be present in the moment. Take time to enjoy it. Allow your planner, co-ordinator or those you’ve assigned designated roles to worry about the details. Don’t allow yourself to become anxious about perfection. Some of the most joyful moments are those you don’t plan for! And remember…

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In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing budget advice, styling inspiration, tips for planning a festival-style wedding and lots of exciting news in the run up to Cwtchfest!

Much love,

Emma x buy tickets here