Wedding Festival Tips

Happy weekend you lovely lot! To get you in the mood for #Cwtchfest2016, we’ve got our very own, very fabulous, Maria Farrelly, to give you a few wedding festival tips, based on what she has witnessed this summer as a busy photographer. I think you will agree, these images are crazy inspiring! I want to get married again so I can do it like this! Over to you Maria………..Anna x 

All images by Maria Farrelly

As we start gearing up for our next Cwtchfest wedding festival, We thought it would be a great idea to help you all with some ideas if you are planning an outdoor /festival style wedding.

What I love most about organising Cwtchfest is bringing together some of Wales’ most talented suppliers and giving them a platform to be as creative as they like to inspire you all. We have some great treats in stall for you all! Watch this space. In the meantime,


I’m a huge believer that a wedding should be a celebration of what you both love most. Family, friends, favourite food & drink and music to make you lose yourself in. Lets face it, dancing the night away to your favourite song, in a beautiful dress with all your favourite people around you is a pretty good feeling. And then there is all the little touches, the personal ones. The ones that your guests look at and go… “thats SO YOU’.

I’ve put together a compilation of some of the best ideas I’ve seen at weddings I’ve photographed recently. I hope it inspires you to put your own stamp on your wedding day. As styles and trends evolve, it really is a case of ‘anything goes’ and its totally ok to break with tradition! At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you get married!

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A Ceilidh (Kay-lee) band is an awesome idea to get EVERYONE up and moving! The best thing about one is that you don’t even have to be a good dancer.

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When it comes to fashion, wearing something comfortable will help you relax and enjoy the day more…

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…even if that does include an umbrella hat! festival wedding 2

If you love horses like Louise & Iolo do then hire a beautiful horse and carriage.

100811when it comes to entertaining your guests… space hoppers are great fun!

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630Maybe plant a tree on your wedding day?! 
festival wedding 4and as the evening draws in, nothing beats an open fire with surrounding hay bales for all your guests to cwtch up on.


 So much loveliness Maria thank you! The band and that tree planting!? What amazing ideas and beautiful touches to what will already be, a fantastic day!

Cwtchfest 2016 video by Loz Morgan Films

Today we’re sharing something very special to us.

Here are the highlights to the awesome wedding festival us Cwtch Girls organised back in April at The Glanusk Estate. Cwtchfest2016 was a huge success and we were thrilled with how many people got involved and attended the event. Huge Thanks to Loz Morgan Films for this awesome footage!

Owen Mathias PhotographyThe Cwtch Girls left-right: Anna, Charlie, Maria, Kate, Lindsey, Donna, Dawn. Image by the fabulous Owen Mathias Photography.

Loz Morgan Films:

CwtchFest2016: Glanusk Estate by Loz Morgan from maria farrelly on Vimeo.

The lovely folks at Bears & Butterflies also managed to capture this beautiful piece of drone footage before Cwtchfest started. It has a lovely peaceful feel to it and really showcases just how magnificent The Glanusk Estate is.

CwtchFest2016- by Bears And Butterflies from maria farrelly on Vimeo.

And if all that isn’t enough to get you excited about our next Cwtchfest, then make sure you pop back to the blog tomorrow as we have an exciting announcement to make! ITS BIG! and you are going to all LOVE it.


Cwtch Of The Week: Snap Festival Wedding

This weeks Cwtch of the Week is a bit different. When choosing your wedding photographer, unless you have an unlimited budget, most of us take our time. We compare styles and get in quotes. Take a look at what experience they have shooting weddings etc… There is a lot to consider before making one of the biggest decisions for the wedding.

With a show of hands tell me how many of you would go into your wedding without even knowing who was going to be there to photograph it? This brave and amazing couple made that choice. They got married at Snap Photography Festival, that takes place in the breathtaking Fforest.

This is where it becomes a little bit more intriguing. Ro and Xeco are actually a photography couple, of Click and Pum and so surprised the many other photographers in attendance, who had no clue what so ever, that they were going to be attending an actual wedding during their time at the festival.

As a result, this lovely couple actually had 100 wedding photographers!

The following image that we are featuring however, comes from just the one photographer, Lukas Piatek, and we think you will agree, it is simply beautiful.

Enjoy! x

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And even though this isn’t technically a Cwtch, we just had to include it.  The intimacy of the moment, the hand on her shoulder, her anticipation, the sinking sunlight – we cannot gush about this image enough.  Its just so beautiful.  Lets all be honest, we’re more than a little green with envy!


Image Credit: Lukas Piatek

We are always on the look out for beautiful cwtches. If you have one that you would like us to share then please email it to us at I hope that you have a lovely week and that the sun keeps shining. ~ Kate

Glanusk Estate: The Glass House & Old Walled Garden

Today we are going to take you on a little journey through part of the Glanusk Estate, home to Cwtchfest 2016.

The Estate consists of 400 acres of private parkland, 800 acres of forestry, 3,500 acres of lowland and hill farms, the Park and forestry, 16,000 acres of Common Land hills and 5 miles of the River Usk. What a great place to get married hey?! 

There are four areas that can each be booked for very different style weddings and some great historic buildings remaining, including the Tower Bridge, over the River Usk, ancient Celtic standing stones, the private chapel, farm buildings and stables, all either Grade II listed or Grade II starred. what a fantastic backdrop for photographs!

We’d like to show you the Glass House & Old Walled Garden in more detail today. So let’s hand you over to Robyn from Glanusk with more details on how this could be the perfect venue for your wedding.

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The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse sits within the original private walled gardens and is our newest licensed venue – and is proving very popular.

2015-05-16 13.46.56It is licensed for the civil ceremony and can take up to 40 guests inside

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2015-05-16 13.45.25It is also a unique venue for an intimate party or celebration. It is a very pretty day time venue – and is spectacular at night!

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The Old Walled Garden

The Old Walled Garden is a stunning site for your marquee, and you can enjoy two nights staying in Garden Cottage, one of the original gardener’s cottages which has been recently refurbished.

2015-05-16 13.44.57It is a large space and works well for all sized wedding parties.

002As its a walled garden, you’re whole event is all contained, guests don’t need to travel across fields as parking is close by in the original stable yards. Perfect!

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All of us ladies that work at Cwtch HQ would like to wish you our lovely readers a Very Happy New Year! 

There will be some of you who are brand new to us and the beautiful, crazy and sometimes overwhelming world of weddings and we would like to give you a HUGE hello and welcome and also a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement.

As a welcome we are extending our CWTCHFEST EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER for this weekend- See below!

We are all here to offer our individual and collective advice and experience as wedding industry professionals, newly married brides and brides to be.

The main thing you need to know is that we are a loveable bunch who do this because we love this industry and being involved in your very special day.  Every wedding we get to see and work on and every bride has their unique touch and we love to celebrate that.

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We would like to introduce to our new readers and also refresh our current to our kick ass Wedding event which is going to be filled with some flipping awe inspiring suppliers.



As a thank you for all the support we have had so far we offered an Early bird price of £7 for December.

We have extended the offer for this weekend to welcome any new readers!

*normal price £10


Last years tickets SOLD OUT! So be quick.



CWTCHFEST 2016 will be full of ideas, inspiration, workshops, entertainment and plenty of food & drink to help you feel happy & full :)

Planning a wedding should be fun and that’s exactly what this event is all about. Having great fun booking the best suppliers and coming away with some brilliant ideas for your wedding.

We have partnered up  the incredible Glanusk Estate (home of the Green Man Festival), Crickhowell. 


We are thrilled to be working alongside County Marquees & Wedding Tipi to bring you inspiring ways to showcase an outdoor wedding!

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The iGency will be giving us live music that will keep us dancing until the early evening. TheiGency are a small, unique live music agency representing the very best wedding entertainment South Wales has to offer. They supply top quality professional entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year.

The iGency is run by partners Suzanne & Ryan who have over 30 years professional, first hand industry experience. They are experts in music and performance and use their experience to create, manage and mentor cool, stylish, contemporary bands.

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You can expect lots of exciting ideas from the very best the Welsh wedding industry has to offer.

We will have our exhibitor tent open between 11-5 allowing you to peruse at your leisure a world of inspiration and to meet face to face the people who work so hard to make your day unique.

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The inspiration won’t stop in the exhibition tent!  Outside in the beautiful surroundings of  Glanusk Estate and Park you will find the best in food outlets who will be serving their delicious treats giving you a wealth of ideas for your day and evening receptions.

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