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!
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.
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.
Oh my… this time last month the biggest wedding festival to hit Wales took place at The Glanusk Estate and we organised it! #Cwtchfest2016 was a huge success! I’m so happy the day itself went without a hitch.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
The sun shone, over a thousand attended, Cwtch Workshops were full, couples found & booked many of their wedding suppliers, live music by The iGency played throughout, lots of food and drink was consumed but most of all… a good time was had by all! That alone, makes it all worth while ~ Maria Farrelly (founder of Cwtch The Bride & Cwtchfest)
Its fair to say, after months of planning we accomplished what was a truly magnificent day for engaged couples and Welsh Wedding businesses. My team and I are over the moon with the feedback we’ve received and cannot wait to get started on our next one… which is coming sooner than you may think :)
As you can imagine, putting on an event like this is impossible to do alone and I have a lot of people & businesses to thank.
My Cwtch Girls
(Myself and Lindsey grabbing a quick moment together during Cwtchfest)
A special shout out goes to Lindsey. I was only ever going to do another Cwtchfest if Lindsey did it with me. She’s my wing girl and when we get together, stuff happens :) She project managed the event which freed me up to push my ideas further and develop this event. She is a complete warrior, professional, all round superb human being and one of my good friends.
Now these ladies… are my cwtch girls. They are very special to me and I love them all dearly. Most of them were originally clients of mine (yes, I’ve photographed their weddings!) but we just couldn’t say goodbye afterwards. We’ve become such good friends over the years. They give up a lot of their personal time to work with me on Cwtch The Bride and collectively we are an awesome team. ALWAYS so much fun working together. If I was to ever get married again, I think i’ve found my bridesmaids!
Oh… and this year, we have an honorary Cwtch boy, Owen Mathias. Owen stepped in to photograph the whole event for us after we were let down at the last moment. I’d never worked with Owen before but what a man! not only was he professional but he was awesome throughout the day. His images are great, he fitted in with my team perfectly and oh how we all laughed so much! He joins the secret ‘Cwtch Boy’ team which is made up of all the awesome men that volunteered their time to cwtchfest. You’d have seen these guys mainly as parking attendants, security and stewarding. They are also mainly the husbands of The Cwtch Girls! My boys were also there (always eternally grateful for their help). My son Joe in particular, insisted on being part of the security team.
The Glanusk Estate
WOW. Working with The team at Glanusk has been nothing but a pleasure. I’ve loved every moment. I literally cannot fault this venue in any way. Not only is the Estate breathtaking from sunrise to sunset but the staff were just as excited as us in the lead up to the event. True professionals! Its also worth bearing in mind that it is also home to a lot of the staff and Family of Glanusk and I cannot thank them enough for their warm hospitality. I’m just trying to think up ways to go back! haha
These two images were taken by me the morning of Cwtchfest and then at sunset, after the event had finished. Such a beautiful place.
And this fabulous piece of drone footage was taken by Bears and Butterflies. It really does give you an incredible view of this beautiful Estate.
I’ve worked with County Marquees on a number of occasions now and each time it solidifies my opinion that they are quite simply THE BEST marquee company I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The speed in which the team erected the marquees amazed us, the size and quality of the tents themselves wowed everyone. But not only that, they were incredibly supportive throughout the whole planning of Cwtchfest and provided us with the magnificent huge marquee which allowed us to fill it with all the wonderful exhibitors. Take a look…
They also showcased a spectacular clearspan marquee. As the sunset, it just made it even more beautiful.
Tipi Events, Stretch Events, Herf Yurts, Bears & Butterflies and Goodyhoo Glamping
To all those brides that have things go wrong… seriously we know how you feel. when you are planning a big outdoor event thats very important to you, and the structures you’re depending on disappear… its not pleasant.
None of you will know that eight days before our event one of our major partners that were providing the Tipi, Stretch Tent and Bell Tents pulled out for personal reasons. ARGHH!! 8 DAYS BEFORE! I kid you not. Our stress levels hit a new high and panic well and truly set in. The three days that followed were nothing short of a world of stress that my team and I never want to revisit.
BUT WE DID IT! We pulled it off without you all knowing. After numerous phone calls and waiting patiently to see if anyone could help, the most incredible businesses we’d never worked with stepped in and saved the day. We cannot thank you Tipi Events, Stretch Event, Herf Yurts, Bears and Butterflies, Goodyhoo Glamping enough! You literally all saved the day!
An event such as Cwtchfest is only possible when great businesses collaborate and invest in a crazy idea.
There are many more thank you’s still to come but for now, take a look at the wonderful images captured throughout #Cwtchfest2016 by Owen Mathias Photography and I think you’ll agree, it was a flipping awesome day!
I can’t believe that it has already been a fortnight since Cwtchfest! For those of you who couldn’t make it you missed and amazing day. The sun was shining and the brides were out in force in the most beautiful setting in Wales, Glanusk Estate.
The wonderful Owen Mathias captured this Cwtch Girls cwtch at the very end of an epic day. Trust me this is a rare photo. Getting us all in one place at at one time is hard let alone in a photograph. You would be happy to know that these are all the lovely ladies who make up Cwtch The Bride HQ.
I cant wait for you to see the rest of the photographs. I am always on the lookout for a good old fashioned cwtch. If you have a photo that you would like us to share send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a happy week! ~ Kate
To all you lovely Easter bunnies out there planning a wedding. Rather than indulge in chocolate this weekend, why not treat yourself to a half price ticket to our fabulous Wedding Festival taking place on Sunday 17th April at the Glanusk Estate.
Maria Farrelly and her team of Cwtch Girls have worked tirelessly over the last few months to create one epic Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding. Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all.
CWTCHFEST2016 is full to the brim with over 60 top Welsh Wedding Professionals, all on hand to showcase their products and services. Wedding tipi will be showcasing their epic tipi’s, County Marquee will wow you with their gorgeous marquees. There is live music by iGency to entertain throughout the day (which can also be booked for your wedding!) Cwtch Workshops are back to help all of you DIY brides (more on that coming soon), lots of tasty food & cocktails being served all day and finally… a spectacular firework display will close what we know is going to be one very special day.
So come on… join us!
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