Bride to Be Diaries: Introducing The Procrastinating Bride, Natasha

More introductions! This week its our fabulous new Bride to be, Natasha, aka; The Procrastinating Bride!

Over to this little beaut to tell you more about her and her husband to be……..

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Hello, beautiful brides-to-be! My name is Natasha. Most people call me Tash or Natash (which I find quite endearing) and my mum often refers to me as Last Minute Lucy…which is why I am The Procrastinating Bride!

I’m an SEO Copywriter, or Creative Content Executive when I want to sound fancy, but basically, I write for a digital marketing agency. When recently asked to describe my role in seven words for the company’s website, I said: writing, tea-drinking, more writing and eating cake. It’s pretty accurate.

I first met Steve on Bonfire Night back in 2004. My fifteen-year-old self didn’t particularly want to go out that night but, after a little persuasion from my parents, I went along. Someone introduced himself to me as “my paper boy” which I found charmingly strange and, somehow, he wangled my MSN ‘addy’.

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Nearly twelve and a half years on, that paper boy is my best friend and fiancé: Steve.

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Steve and I both grew up in Cardiff. In fact, our family homes are pretty much around the corner from each other. I fled the nest to study Fashion Journalism at university in Surrey’s lovely little Epsom, then returned to my roots after graduating.

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Although practically all the jobs in my field are in the London area, my twenty-one-year-old self couldn’t wait to move back to home sweet home. Distance really does make the heart grow fonder! Cheesy, but true.

Steve and I went on our first date to the cinema when we were 15 and 16 (Steve was in the year above in school; yes, I still think in academic years).

We’ll be 28 and 29 when we get married at Oldwalls in December this year and it’ll mark, almost to the day, 13 years of Team Stash; a nickname we acquired by friends while holidaying in America. We loved the idea of a winter wedding and, of course, December is particularly precious to us!

While many would assume that I was expecting Steve to propose, I couldn’t have been more surprised. In fact, I forgot to answer when he was down on one knee. My heart was saying a million times yes but my head couldn’t quite believe it.

We were on holiday in France last year with my grandparents when Steve asked me to marry him. They’ve been caravanning for years and asked us if we wanted to take the trailer tent; a cheap holiday (we’d recently bought a house) in the sun. We were sold.

Steve hadn’t been to France before and I had holidayed there a few times as a child. I vividly remember going to the beautiful Le Mont-Saint-Michel and told Steve all about it. We decided to stop there on our journey down to the Vendée.

24 hours later, we arrived at the iconic landmark. Steve insisted on taking his rucksack; he wanted to carry our jackets in it in case it was windy at the top. I told him we’d be fine so, he ditched the rucksack, and we made our way up to the castle.

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Little did I know, Steve had a reason for wanting to take his rucksack. That reason being a ring!

Anyway, that didn’t happen. About a week later, after a bit more travelling, the two of us went for a meal at a restaurant in Jard-sur-Mer.

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Steve had been acting a bit strange in the run up to the meal.

En route to the restaurant, Steve suggested a selfie with the harbour in the background. It was windy and I just wanted to get inside the restaurant but, agreed to have a quick photo.

Steve set his phone up on a bollard for a timed selfie. I went over to check the photo and was told not to press anything, that the phone would automatically take another one. I somehow came out of this setting and, as I turned around to explain this, Steve was down on one knee.

The soppy sneak had tried to capture the moment on camera!

Once I’d found my voice and, of course, said yes, we went inside the restaurant. Reality suddenly sank in and I became a blubbering mess! We enjoyed a delicious meal, went back to our campsite bar for more celebratory drinks and later, cracked open a bottle of bubbly back in our tent.

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I’m extremely excited be a Cwtch girl and I’m very much looking forward to sharing my wedding plans with you. Hopefully my laidback ways will instil a sense of calm in those who feel like they’ve left things too late! Trust me, if you haven’t done your seating plan, The Procrastinating Bride hasn’t either.

Which reminds me: I still don’t have a colour scheme! Not that I’m remotely worried…

Admittedly, it all feels rather narcissistic writing about me, me, me but, hopefully, my wedding journey will help you on yours! Until next time, Cwtchers. Big, bridal love x

 

CWTCHFEST EXHIBITORS

Today we have a little thank you post to the exhibitors from our events that support our lovely blog.   This week we celebrate our 4th Birthday and we have met some amazing people throughout Wales who have incredible businesses and truly LOVE what they do.Cwtchfest-April-2016-Owen-Mathias-Photography-221-500x332Written in Lights

Our next event is on April 9th in the beautiful St Fagans National History Museum and if you are yet to get your tickets you can find them HERE

click here for ticketsWhen we arrange events like #Cwtchfest2017 our main aim was to organise events we would enjoy when we were planning our weddings.

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We want you, our lovely brides and grooms to be, to have an amazing experience where the wedding industry in Wales shows you what they can offer.  Live music, workshops, demos, samples and more in a fun, relaxed and inspiring environment.

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In order to offer a different kind of event we like to attract like minded businesses and offer them support through our lovely blog so they get more than just a stand when they attend our events.

We hope (and so far its worked) that because they get so much from our events and because they are MEGA lovely people they plough their efforts into ensuring you get the most from the day.  We work with 100’s of businesses throughout the year and it is impossible to name them all in one post but from the bottom of our hearts WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

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All images are by our very own honorary Cwtch lad – Owen Mathias Photography

If you are an amazing business and would like to get involved in a Cwtch event email Lindsey at cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com

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And last but not least the lovely Grant from the fabulous Boutique Disco

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 

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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,

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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.

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 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!

Colour Inspiration: Peach

Today I decided to give quite a controversial colour a whirl. Colour Inspiration: Peach.
Is just so pretty, I refuse to believe that it has been packed up into a chest along side St Elmos Fire, 16 Candals and The Breakfast Club.  It will not disappear with Martika and Dave Lee Roth’s solo career. I refuse to believe it will be left in a draw alongside my leg warmers and fish net finger less gloves.
Peach is light and happy and deserves to be brought back.  I agree that many things from the 1980s should stay right there, but peach?  Peach is not one of them.  Read on and find out why.
Anna x

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Colour Inspiration: Peach

We know, we know. Peach! It immediately conjures up hideous poofy 1980’s bridesmaid dresses with matching over sized hats, squashing down a fresh perm. Either that, or one of those toilet roll doll cover things, that everyone’s Nana had. You know, to make the toilet roll fancy.

But seriously – Peach! Its beautiful.

Its so soft and gentle and gives a natural feel and look. Its slightly dreamy and conjures up images of ethereal, daisy chained bridesmaids, dancing through a wheat field with pollen floating around, on a warm summers day.

It definitely wouldn’t rain if you wore peach!
(*disclaimer* Cwtch The Bride can only dream like the rest of us that the sun will shine on all you lovely Brides and Grooms.  We have no actual power over the weather)

Pair with some lovely hessian and lace, and you’re all set for that gorgeous vintage country feel.

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Bridesmaid Dress – Coast at Asos

Bride held Bouquet – Sweet Peony

Room Decor – Dear Florence

Shoes – Rachel Simpson at Elegant Steps

Bottom Bouquet – Forbesfield Flowers

I mean come on! Look how beautiful it is! So, I hereby announce that peach is once more, on trend.  Go forth and peach it up, and please, share your photos with us! xx 

 

Tarzan Inspired Non Religious Reading

When you get married you can find inspiration from so many different places. Today’s Tarzan inspired non religious reading is from Disney’s animated movie. It has beautiful words and wouldn’t be out of place at any wedding. ~ Kate

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You Will Be In My Heart- From Tarzan

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

I will protect you
from all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cry

For one so small,
you seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
keep you safe and warm
This bond between us
can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here
in my heart always
Always

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 Absolutely gorgeous isn’t it. Disney is just awesome, for so many reason, this is one of  them, their amazing music. As well as making me want to be a mermaid.

But mainly the music x