Real Wedding: Casey & Aled’s relaxed Carmarthenshire wedding by Sandra Ace Photography

Don’t you just love a relaxed and simplistic wedding? That’s exactly what Casey & Aled planned for their June wedding at the Corran Resort, Carmarthenshire.

I’m so pleased to share this beautiful wedding with you all today. If you are in the midst of planning and finding it all very stressful. Please take 5, enjoy these lush images by the lovely Sandra Ace and think… its all going to be fine, I’m going to have a flipping awesome wedding day!

Lets hand you over to Bride Casey as she shares all the details of her big day.

Enjoy, 

Maria x 

Casey & Aled CTB-019What was your budget?

We never really got round to setting a budget. We probably spent more than we wanted to, but we had the best day ever, so we didn’t mind!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

We can’t say that we had a particular theme from the beginning, we just went for things that we liked. We definitely didn’t stress about a theme as we knew it would all come together on the day. If we were to sum up the theme in three words, it would probably be Simple, Rustic and Relaxed.Casey & Aled CTB-013What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We can honestly say we loved everything about the day, there’s too many brilliant moments to choose from, it was perfect! We wouldn’t have changed anything about it. It was overwhelming the fact that all of our favourite people, each and everyone who had played a part in our lives came together under the same roof for us. Casey & Aled CTB-011Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I never really knew what I wanted, so to be honest I was very open when it came to looking and trying on wedding dresses. I was very excited though. I headed to Emma Philips Bridal Studio, where I picked up a lot of different dresses and tried them on (it was very overwhelming, and I made my mother, and mother in law cry!). There was one dress that stood out for me, which weirdly enough was the first dress I actually picked out from Emma’s collection and that was it! It was absolutely gorgeous, I was in love with it and every dress I tried on after that didn’t compare. Emma was awesome, she made the experience very easy and enjoyable for me!Casey & Aled CTB-008Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Best Man – Jason Harries. Al & Jase have been friends since school and went to University together. He did a great job with the speech and had the room in fits of laughter. Along with the Ushers they did a fantastic job – even went to the church the night before to cut the grass!
Casey & Aled CTB-043Choosing my bridesmaids was easy, there was no question who they were going to be. I chose five of my best friends from school and my gorgeous niece. We had so much fun in the weeks leading up to the wedding (hen parties of course haha), during the morning and throughout the day, they really made it special for me!

Why did you choose your venue?

We visited various venues in the Carmarthen area, but we both set our hearts on The Corran as soon as we walked in. They showed us around the property and we fell in love with the grounds, the rooms and most importantly the wedding reception and outdoor patio area. From the very first meeting we had they were incredibly accommodating and helpful which kept me pretty much stress free throughout!Casey & Aled CTB-001

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Sandra Ace, she is awesome! We wanted a relaxed and a natural feel to our wedding photos, as soon as we looked through her website and we knew immediately that she was the photographer for us. At our engagement shoot, she made us feel relaxed and I think Al enjoyed it a little bit too much! On the day she just blended in and we honestly didn’t even realise she was there, but at the same time she captured the day magnificently – just as we imagined! We both knew the day would go so quick, and it was more important to us that we spent time with our family and friends so we gave Sandra a limited number of formal (but important) moments to capture. The only real part of the day that me and Al got to spend together was the time we had at Laugharne Castle taking photos with the Castle and the Estuary as a backdrop. We both love the work she’s done and we constantly re-live the day by going through the photos.Casey & Aled CTB-020How did the proposal happen?

Writing this story still gives me the biggest smile!

It was May 2014, after a long rugby season we decided to have an extra special holiday and travel Thailand for a month.

The very first island we went to was Koh Tao, a beautiful small island where he had booked an amazing hotel with an infinity pool overhanging cliffs with the backdrop of the most beautiful sunset (little did i know, that this would be the place that would make me the happiest girl on earth). It was late afternoon, just before sunset and we immediately headed to the pool which we almost had to ourselves. We were just relaxing on the sun loungers minding our own business, reading our books, chatting away reminiscing and realising how lucky we were to be there – loving life. Al seized the moment, he went back to the room (to my knowledge it was to get the camera). I had no idea that he had been working for a couple months previously with a Jewellers custom building a ring for this very moment. As the sun was setting in the distance, Al asked me to stand so we could admire the spectacular views and sunset together. It was perfect. He turned and said to me “you know i always tell you that you’re the one? Well you are” and went down on one knee, I was in total shock, and asked him if he was serious. I couldn’t stop smiling! I was on cloud nine. The champagne was on order and we celebrated through the night!Casey & Aled CTB-015Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I had most of my ideas from websites like Pinterest, but i couldn’t put them all into action on my own, so with a little help from my mum & bridesmaids we got everything that I wanted done, and I was very happy with it all on the day. Casey & Aled CTB-028Our table numbers and name places were handmade and our table plan was handwritten by my mum on a mirror, it looked amazing!
It was all quiet hard but enjoyable and all the hard work paid off because on the day it all looked amazing if I do say so myself.

What was your first dance & why?

Ho Hey by the Lummineers. There was no question about this one, it was only going to be the song that we would have. It’s completely ‘us’ and reflects our personalities and our relationship.Casey & Aled CTB-044In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I can honestly say I wouldn’t change anything about the day. It was perfect for us. It was the best feeling marrying my best friend and seeing all of our closest family and friends having the best time and enjoying themselves! We want to do it all over again, we had massive post-wedding blues!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

With regards to the day itself the only advice we would give is that the day flies by, so enjoy every second and try to absorb it all together at some point if you manage to get a second to yourself.
We got married as early as we could (11am) just to be able to have the majority of the day to celebrate with friends and family and it was perfect. It didn’t feel rushed or pressurised at any point during the day which was exactly what we didn’t want.Casey & Aled CTB-003
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

The best piece of advice that we received was that you must always love each other. There will be tough times but if you stay strong and love each other – the storm won’t last forever. Also, never go to sleep on an argument.Casey & Aled CTB-026What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I did enjoy planning the whole wedding because I am Miss Organised but buying my dress, inviting everyone to our special day and the food tasting was fab, but overall seeing all the hard work come together was brilliant because at the beginning it feels like it never will as there is so much to think about and do.Casey & Aled CTB-035

The Suppliers

Photographer: Sandra Ace
Videographer: Nathan Ifans
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church, Carmarthen
Reception Venue: The Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Soterro from Emma Phillips
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewellery: Links of London, Swarovski
Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Menswear & Herring Shoes
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Anya by Ebony Rose from Emma Phillips
Cake: Julie Olausen (Family Friend)
Flowers: Julie Bates
Hair: Lauren Brinson
Make Up: Jodie Amner
Band: Noughts & Crosses
Stationery: PDA Card & Craft & Handmade
Any Reception Decor/Props: Pom Pom Studios, Light Up Letters

The Wedding Album

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Wedding Day Inspiration: Shoes Shoes Shoes!

To some women their shoes are (almost) as important as the man in their life, Classic Bride Charlie has gone on the hunt to find some shoe inspiration from the high street & online and managed to find some beauties!

Shoes. For some women they are top of the list of priorities and for others, well they can be the bane of their lives! This season there are some absolutely GORGEOUS shoes that would be suitable not just for the wedding day but for wearing on honeymoon and time and time again, Kurt Geiger in particular has a huge range of fabulous footwear but not just limited to them I have sourced a selection of both high street and designer footwear in low, mid and high heels. Here goes!

If you click on a photo it will take you through to the web page where you can buy the shoes :)

Kurt Geiger GlowingThese Kurt Geiger Glowing nude mid heel court shoes are sparkly beauties at a wearable heel height and a fairly reasonable price tag of £120.

Kurt Geiger Carvela AutumnI love the flash of colour on the sole of these Kurt Geiger Carvela Autumn nude high heel shoes, £110.

stuart weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandalAt £298 these Stuart Weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandal from Daniel Footwear are a show-stopper.

Jimmy Choo AddisonNo shoe post would be complete without some Choos and these Jimmy Choo Addison Gold Lamé Glitter Pointy Toe Pumps are absolutely beautiful, £395.

Jimmy Choo AlinaYou don’t need skyscrapers to be sophisticated! Jimmy Choo Alina ivory satin pointy toe flats with crystal detail are perfect for those who want a little bit of luxury but no extra height, £525.

Jimmy Choo LaurieJimmy Choo Laurie Champagne Glitter Fabric Almond Toe Platform Pumps are the height of luxury and would set off any outfit, I can even picture these with a nice pair of skinny jeans. At £475 I wouldn’t want to take them off!

Kurt Geiger GeorgiaThese Kurt Geiger Georgia gold high heeled shoes are simple but stunning, £110.

Kurt Geiger GertrudeThese Kurt Geiger Gertrude gold high heeled strappy sandals are beauties and a bargain at £65,

Kurt Geiger MajestyPerfect for a beach wedding or more casual or Grecian vibe, these Kurt Geiger Majesty nude flat sandals are £69.

Kurt Geiger LottyIf you need your “something blue” these Kurt Geiger Lotty high heel court shoes could just do the job. Reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes but a snip in comparison at £125.

Kurt Geiger MitzyKurt Geiger Mitzy silver mid heeled sandals bring a vintage vibe and they are not only a comfortable height but also a comfortable price at £95.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Mimosa-Primrose-Yellow-£170-pair-low-res-950x950A favourite among our readers Rachel Simpson‘s new range was bound to be a hit. I love these primrose yellow Mimosa T-bar peep toe vintage wedding shoes, £170.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Monique-Porcelain-Rose-Gold-side-475x475Copper tones are bang en trend so I absolutely love these Rachel Simpson Monique porcelain & rose gold leather T-bar vintage wedding shoes, £175.

Office Parallel square sandalOver to the high street this Office Parallel square toe strap sandal is a towering 11.9cm high and a reasonable £65.

Ted Baker Peetch Brooch Detail ShoesThese Ted Baker Peetch brooch detail court shoes are feminine and fabulous at £140. ted baker phinium embellished cut out court shoeAnother beautiful pink colour these Ted Baker Phinium embellished cut out court shoes are mid height metallics that would look stunning under a wedding dress, £140.

Topshop Rumour cross strap sandalsBack to the high street and these Topshop Rumour cross-strap sandals are a bargain at £46.00.

Topshop Hottie heeled sandalTopshop Hottie heeled sandals come in under £30.00 and are a really fashionable and comfortable height.

Topshop JadeFinally these Topshop Jade mid heeled court shoes are a style that can be worn time and again so you’ll easily get your £42.00 worth!

Nb. all prices correct at time of editing.

 

 

Tom and Katie’s Luxury Tipi Wedding by Maria Farrelly Photography

Cardiff couple Tom & Katie tied the knot back in September. They chose Katie’s parents farm to host a relaxed luxury tipi wedding. All images were taken by award winning wedding photographer Maria Farrelly. 

How would you describe your wedding theme?

We didn’t have a theme but it was really important to us that our wedding had a relaxed but elegant feel about it. We decided to use tipis for our reception venue and once that was decided it made it easier to plan the rest.
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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I have so many favourite parts but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the ceremony. In the run up to the wedding I was quite nervous about it, worrying about all the focus being on me. But when it actually came it was the most lovely experience.

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Shopping for your dress has to be one of the best bits about planning a wedding. I decided just to go with my mum as she is brutal but honest so I knew that once I had THE dress on it would be obvious. Tipi_wedding017
I wasn’t sure what type of dress I wanted but I thought it would probably be a lace dress. In the end I chose the plainest dress in the shop but I loved it and, my brutally honest mum told me that I looked like me when I had it on. I think looking like the best version of yourself on your wedding day is so important. It is not the day to try out a completely different look.
Tipi_wedding024I chose a simple a-line, full skirt dress designed by Augusts Jones which I found at Laura May. The whole experience at Laura May was fantastic. It is a lovely boutique that is relaxed and all the staff are knowledgable and help you add the final touches. I was a bit concerned that my dress was a little plain but Tracey at Laura May suggested a beautiful nude pink belt which fitted perfectly with the dress and made it unique to me.Tipi_wedding018Tipi_wedding026
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

We chose our best friends!

Tom decided to have his two best mates Craig and Henry as his best men and my two gorgeous friends Anna and Sarah were my Bridesmaids. I also had my two little nieces, Evie and Isobel as my Flower Girls.

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Tipi_wedding021Sarah I met on my first day at university. We could’nt have been more different. She couldn’t wait to leave home and go to uni and I on the other hand hated the idea and had already decided I would go home at the end of the first week. I soon changed my mind after a fun filled freshers week with Sarah – a scar from which i still have proudly on my ankle.

Tipi_wedding088Anna I met when i first moved to Cardiff about seven years ago. Again i found myself alone in a new city and she took me under her wing and has been doing so ever since. I think our friendship was permanently sealed after a particularly embarrassing rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Should have put a ring on it’ at a pub karaoke session. I don’t think either of us will be called on to take her place if Destiny’s Child ever reforms.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our venue was my parent’s farm. Although I have lived in Wales for more than eight years now I really wanted to get married at home in Buckinghamshire.

Tipi_wedding010Tipi_wedding093We were so lucky that we could use their home and it had the space to put up the tipis. It also meant that we weren’t restricted to closing times so our party was still going strong at 2.30am!

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Tom proposed in Vegas!

We went on holiday with our friends Sarah and Pet for five days to Vegas in April 2013. After an 11 hour flight, on which I had declared to Sarah (who knew Tom was going to propose) that I wasn’t fussed on getting married, we checked into our hotel and agreed to meet up in a couple of hours to hit the town. Little did I know that this was the time Tom was planning on proposing so I decided to fall asleep, the jet lag finally catching up with me. Feeling groggy and not my best I eventually started to get ready.

Tipi_wedding063Taking ages as usual Tom was pacing our room. I keep telling him to just go for a drink with Sarah’s husband Pet, something they would normally do in these situations. He kept saying no i’ll wait for you. I should have twigged at this point.

Tipi_wedding100Anyway, just as we were ready to go out he got down on one knee with the panoramic views of the Vegas strip behind us and proposed. I was so shocked (and jet lagged) that I asked twice if he was serious. Not quite how he had planned it i’m sure. After finally saying yes we went out to celebrate. Vegas has to be the best place to do that if you have just gotten engaged!

Tipi_wedding159Do you have any advice for future couples?

Don’t ever feel you have to do anything. There were certain traditions that we didn’t want to do so we didn’t. We didn’t have a first dance because both of us would have hated it so instead our band played a series of songs and invited our guests to get on the dance floor to get the party started.

Tipi_wedding138 Tipi_wedding140What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Tom and I have been together for 10 years so we knew what we were getting ourselves into. Two pieces of advice however have stuck with me.

Firstly, make sure you both give each other the space to have your own separate lives. While it is important to be a unit, allowing each other their own space will allow you to still keep hold of who you are individually.
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Secondly, a colleague at work advised us not to plan a jam packed honeymoon with no time to relax. She said you will be so tired after the wedding that if you don’t allow some time to relax you won’t enjoy your honeymoon. She was so right. The day after our wedding I probably slept for 12 hours straight!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I enjoyed having an excuse to meet up friends and family under the disguise of wedding planning but actually it ended up drinking prosecco in the sunshine.

Tipi_wedding127I also loved choosing things that hopefully our friends and family would have immediately identified as ‘us’.

Supplier List

Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography

Ceremony Venue: St Nicolas Church, Cuddington
Reception Venue: Kate’s parent’s farm in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire
Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones,  Laura May Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewellery: My mum’s sapphire ring
Groom’s Outfit: Aquascutum
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: 
Cake: Tracey’s Cakes, Longwick
Flowers: Fullers Flowers
Hair: Amy Pomeroy
Band: The Vodka Martini’s
Stationery: Designed by my talented bridesmaid, Anna Bowler
Caterers: The Gatsby
Any Reception Decor/Props: Tipi tents provided by Papkata
Transport:Vintage Rolls Royce

Wedding Album

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A little bit of Luxury: Bridal Bags

 We welcome back our Luxury Bride, Pippa. Hooray! Today she is going to woo us with some beautiful designer bridal bags. 

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Wedding bags – to have and to hold? That is the Question…

If you’re anything like me (shoe and bag crazy) then the question of should I? Do I REALLY need one? didn’t really cross my mind, it of course was an ‘essential’ part of my bridal outfit. Looking back now though I don’t think I used it at all thanks to my very handy bridesmaids so I suppose I have to ask – did I really need one? Your wedding is a perfect excuse to add to your wardrobe with all manner of beautiful items but would your money be better spent elsewhere?

There are a whole range of beautiful bags to choose from at the moment and below are a few of my faves…

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and if you fancy something a bit different…

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1. Anya Hindmarch, Marano Clutch, £450 – a favourite with our gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge!
2. Jimmy Choo, Tube, £625
3. Anya Hindmarch, Valorie, £350
4. Jimmy Choo, Cosma with crystals, £1650
5. Jimmy Choo, Chandra, £750
6. Marchesa, Lily embellished box clutch, £2115
7. Edie Parker, Jean striped pearl effect box clutch, £975
8. Oscar de la Renta, Crown Goa Swarovski crystal embellished clutch, £1360
9. Jenny Packham, Casa silver/gold/crystal £455
10. Alexander McQueen, De Manta clutch, lace print, £325
11. YSL, Ligne Y Clutch, £655
12. Alexander McQueen, Knuckle Duster Clutch, £1345
13. Gina, Imelda, £695
14. Stark, Put a Ring on it python clutch, £1500
15. YSL Monogramme Tassel clutch, £920
16. Sylvia Toledano, Love Swarovski embellished box clutch, £1050
17. YSL, classic monogramme clutch, £695 (Your something Blue?)
18. Lulu Guiness, Lips clutch, £245

If you’re like me, I couldn’t be without my ‘suitcase’ (as Mr P calls it) on a daily basis filled with all my essential (and not so essential) bits. So for my big day I felt I needed the security of having a few items on hand…just incase! Now, I’m not advocating a shoulder slung bag over your beautiful frock (eeek…fashion faux pas) but a simple clutch could just be a saviour should you have a bridal emergency. Obviously, as beautiful as they are, you wouldn’t want to be carrying it down the aisle so you could leave it in the wedding car during the ceremony or maybe rope in a bridesmaid’s partner to help. I popped mine on the top table for the remainder of the evening but equally you could entrust your lovely ladies to help with bag duty.

You will need to cut down from your usual ‘suitcases’ though girls  (I don’t even know what I carry in my bag half the time) so here are a list of items we think would be handy for any bridal ’emergencies’…

1. Mints (NOT chewing gum) – you will be kissing ALOT of people.

2. Lippie – keep your make-up looking fresh from your “I Do” to your photos and well into the evening. Personally I would avoid sticky lipgloss though and I’m sure your groom (and guests) will thank you for it!

3. Hairgrips

4. Safety Pins

5. Concealer

6. Plasters – just incase you haven’t broken in your bridal heels…tut tut!

7. Tissues – a must for the speeches!

 

We’d love to know what all our lovely Cwtch brides think – are you having a bridal bag? If so, what will you be carrying inside?