A Vintage Era: Barrie and Judith 1963

Who doesn’t love a vintage wedding?! So imagine a genuine 60’s wedding to gush over! Well you’re in for a treat.  Meet my wonderful Mum and Dad, Barrie and Judy.  I have spent my entire life looking at these gorgeous images of their big day.

I used to sit up in the attic in my Mums wedding dress, holding the wedding favour of the cats you can see in one of the images, flicking through their album. So I am now over the moon to be able to share this load of gorgeousness with the rest of you.

I have only recently realised however, just how remarkable it is to have them and just how lucky we are. Not only do we have this moment in time captured to treasure whenever we want, but there are also some in colour!

I have always been inspired by my Mum and Dad’s big day, loving the colours and my Mum’s shoes! (I can remember asking where they were and if I could have them. I was met with laughter).  I also love that my husband Richie was inspired by the images, and chose his suit based on my Dads! So, over to my Mum and Dad to tell you more about their big day….

A Vintage Era

Barrie and Judith 1963


How old were you when you met?

16 and Barrie was 19

How did you meet?

We met in the Royal Albert in Newport. Its doesn’t exist anymore, its where River Island or something is now. Barrie was with his friend Ted, and he told his friend not to turn around as there was two girls (myself and my friend Pam) coming in and they’re only after your money. They ended up coming over to us while we sat their looking coy, and buying us a drink.  Then he asked me if he could take me home. Barrie walked me to the door and asked me out on another date. Because he took me home, I wondered if Ted had taken Pam home and was asking her out, so wasn’t sure whether to say yes if Pam hadn’t said yes!! We didn’t know them from Adam.

I decided to say yes anyway!

Tell us abut your first date

Judy: *laughs* I can’t remember! I can’t even remember where we went! Logically we would have gone to the pictures because everybody did in those days. That or the pub, were the only places to go. It was just me and your Dad in the end, although Pam and Ted did end up marrying as well!

How did the proposal go?

Judy: Its funny as we were talking about that a while ago. He never actually did! He ask my Dad and we just decided to get in engaged. He never actually asked ‘will you marry me’. We just thought, ‘lets get engaged’. We went shopping for the ring together, a diamond solitaire, a very lovely ring. Who knows where it is now! The last thing I remember about it, we had a gas fire on the wall in our first family home, and I took it off and put it on there while I was vacuuming and it vanished! We even took the fire off the wall to look and it was gone! Im on my third engagement ring now, after various replacements.

Tell us about your wedding planning

Judy:  *big sigh* We went to see the Dean of Monmouth because where we lived was associated with the cathedral, so had to go for lessons on how to be married.

My Uncle Bobby was the florist in the market so he supplied the flowers – spring flowers; daffodils, freesias and iris.

My Dad had a friend, Arthur, who worked at the South Wales Argus office as a photographer, so he asked if he could do the photographs. He said he would and also took coloured photos which was ever so fancy at the time!


I think we only had one car and that was probably a Daimler! It was cream anyway. And that took me and my Dad to the Cathedral and I think, my Mum and the bridesmaids were in a black one. No idea what that was though!

Barrie’s Dad was a baker, and I asked if he could make our cake to match our bridesmaids who were in pale lemon, pale blue and pink. He made a beautiful job. He did it in a wedgwood style, absolutely beautifully done.


Planning was only a big deal if you had a lot of money. If you didn’t, like us, you asked favours off family or they offer, like my cousin Marilyn did my hair (she did every week anyway mind).

I never knew exactly what I wanted, but I do know it was always up to us. My Mum and Dad and Barrie’s Mum and Dad didn’t really get involved except if we asked for their help.

Barrie: I had arranged the wedding car/cars ? with Cookson taxis, giving them a detailed map where to collect the Bride etc with eta’s


Where did you get married?

Barrie: We got married at St Woolos Cathedral in Newport, and had the reception up the road at the Stow Hill Hotel. The hotel is now apartments!

What was your budget?

Barrie: I cannot remember what budget we had, but would have been in proportion to my wage as a draughtsman which then was about £8.00 a week.

Tell us about your dress?

Judy: It was white lace, long, and with little white rose buds around the neck line, and long sleeves. A dress I will never part with. I wore a short veil and a diamond tiara. White lace shoes.


Tell us about your bridal party (bridesmaids, best men etc)

Judy:  I had my friend, Wendy (Barrie’s Best Man John’s fiancé), Barrie’s sister Sue and as a flower girl, Lorraine who was Barrie’s cousin.


Whats your most lasting memory of your big day?

Judy: The sun shone all day. At that time there were no evening parties. So after the reception we left and drove straight up to London.

Barrie: Amongst the wonderful bits, I remember I was hungover! The night before the wedding, as was normal then, I had my stag party which turned out to be a tour of the pubs in Caerleon. There would have been about 20 blokes including my best man John Golding. I managed to lose my Dad`s raincoat which I had borrowed, and throw a dart that bounced back off the dartboard and into a ladies boob. Not very popular with her husband.

After the wedding, we drove up to Paddington London (Sussex Gardens) for our short honeymoon. The car was a “Morris Cowley” which cost £200 paid for by Judy’s Mum & Dad.  There was no Severn Bridge crossings then, so we had to go via Gloucester, Witney, Oxford, Beaconsfield, and into west London. On the following day (Sunday) we went to Pettycoat lane, and Wapping Wharf and watched Watney`s brewery loading barrels of beer onto horse drawn wagons for deliveries to pubs. We had lunch at “The Whitney Arms” at the wharf looking over the river Thames.

Which is your favourite wedding photograph and why?

Judy: They were all of lovely memories, and we were lucky enough to have some in colour, which was quite unusual at the time.  Barrie had a friend at the Argus who brought the coloured camera! We’re so lucky.

Do you have any tips for a long lasting marriage

Barrie: I do as I am told!

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Barrie and Judy went on to have three gorgeous children (the third born was particularly amazing!!!), a boy and two girls, and as of this March, have been happily married for 52 years!  I am constantly amazed by my parents, and being able to sit and look through their wedding pictures and being reminded that they too were (very) young once, is such a pleasure and a privilege, one I will never get bored of.  Love you Mum and Dad xx

Featured Post: The Wedding Blog Awards 2016

Good morning everyone!
On Monday we shared just one of many photographs of our amazing evening at The Wedding Blog Awards 2016.  If you missed it, have a look here, or keep reading, as Im about to tell you all about it!


Friday morning arrived and Maria and I were very excited! We had been nominated for two awards at this years Wedding Blog Awards, Best Regional Wedding Blog and Best Wedding Blog Team.  Looking at the people we were nominated with, We Fell in Love, London Bride, The Nuptial and Brides up North for Best Regional Blog and The National Wedding Show, Festival Brides, So You’re Getting Married and Brides Up North for Best Wedding Blog Team, we weren’t going to hold out breath. We were over the moon to be nominated and looking forward to an awesome night with some fabulous people.

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After painstakingly curling my hair and discovering, with no time to amend the situation, that I had the same style as Liz McDonald, I headed to meet Maria and begin the journey to London.


Our excitement was annoyingly quashed as we didn’t take the opportunity to push in the queue to get on the coach, and so instead had to sit rows away from each other! Maria was sat next to someone lovely who chatted away to her as she straightened her hair.  I was sat next to the most miserable teenager in history. I even offered him a Malteaser and he just grunted at me! I was more annoyed that he had no idea what a big deal that was in itself – I don’t share food! Its just a good job i had my ‘water’ with me to drink.  It definitely wasn’t vodka and lemonade as you’re not allowed that.


So instead, I say rigidly in my seat so as not to mess up my ‘Liz Do’, texting a variety of ‘I’m Booooooooored’ texts to Maria.  Three and a half hours later, we arrived in Victoria Station.


A quick tube to Liverpool Street and we arrived, donned in the comfy leggings, to the beautiful Andaz Hotel.  Feeling spectacularly underdressed and inappropriate, we made a quick dash for the toilets (which were more like deluxe changing rooms) to sort ourselves our and get party ready! After giving new friends, Photo Buzz UK an unwanted and uncalled for flash of my Spanx (Im too tall to fit in the loos and change like Maria can!!), we enjoyed in a G&T at the bar, then headed into the event.

Holy Moly, that ballroom! You know when you’re little, and you imagine you’re a princess and you’re dancing with Prince Charming in the most beautiful ballroom you can imagine, with pillars and spectacular glass dome in the ceiling? Yeah, its like that. Its just stunning.  And to top it off, it was decked out in the  most glorious of floral decor by the fabulous and just lovely, Simon Nickell.

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After much mouth open appreciation at the room and the spectacular cake made by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we settled in nicely and enjoyed our copious complimentary prosseco’s, selfies posing for the official photographers whether they wanted us or not (Sorry you lovely bunch at Priceless Memories Photography) and photo bombing (I am so sorry I do this everyone! Its like an addiction).

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Then came the time for the awards to be presented.  And who should be presenting?? Not Mark Wright as originally booked, but the Welsh gorgeousness that is Gethin Jones! As you can imagine, we were over the moon.  Ok ok ok, Maria was pleased, I was over the moon! I have got quite a crush on him.

We stood and cheered and clapped at the wonderful winners.  Then came the award for Best Regional Wedding Blog.  Standing next to Michelle from The Nuptial, we all pulled ‘oooooooo’ type faces and, Maria and I began planning our gracious losers faces/applause.  The Woodland trust, who sponsored the award began with, ‘and the winner is…..’

Cut to Maria and I, genuinely no reaction except hands poised ready to clap the winner…..

‘……..Cwtch The Bride!’

Cut back to Maria and I just screaming at each other.  We possibly would have just stayed there doing exactly that if I wasn’t also super excited about going up on stage to stand closer to Gethin and so shoved us in that direction!

So up we went, completely gobsmacked and over the moon.  I felt the need to tell Gethin about the crush I was harbouring on him (*slaps self on forehead*), and Maria felt is necessary to shout at Gethin, ‘she’s going to stand by you, she’s obsessed with you’, which is hugely untrue. Obsessed is quite extreme. Honest.


Well, ecstatic is an understatement.  And everyone was so so lovely, coming over to wish us well and congratulate us. What a moment. Us Cwtch Girls work very hard to keep Cwtch The Bride full of exciting and inspiring content, supporting the Welsh wedding industry wherever possible. To be recognised for this is a complete and utter joy and we are so grateful.


We partied the night away wth some fabulous new friends, drinking and laughing (a lot), having our pictures taken in the Photo Buzz UK Photo Booth, dancing to the brilliant band, ‘The In Crowd’ and generally having a wonderful time.

Right at the end of the night before we left, the gorgeous Simon Nickell decided to share the beauty, and began giving us bouquets of the display flowers. I was over joyed!


Maria was most put out when she saw my gorgeous little bunch, Simon heard, and produced the most enormous bouquet you’ve ever seen.  I wasn’t bitter (Hmph)


As well as our award and flowers, the wonderful people at Just Us Box handed out super big gift boxes of halloween goodies that we were to save and open with our partners! I haven’t had a really good rummage yet, but I am very excited to find out whats on there!


It was finally time to go home sadly and we were booked onto the 23:30 National Express back to South Wales.  So we popped our trainers back on, grabbed our goodie bags, waved bon voyage, and headed to the tube.

Whilst on there, looking down at my flowers, I realised that there was no way I was going to get them home without ruining them! And besides, tiny Maria was really struggling to carry her humungous bouquet around.  Looking around, there were lots of people looking a little glum. It was late, they were tired and just wanted t one home.  So we decided to share our joy after a fantastic evening, and handed out a flower each to everyone we could see.  There was suddenly an awful lot of happy faces, and we left the tube to a fabulous round of applause and lots of ‘thank you’.  That felt amazing, and was a superb end to the evening.

All in all, we had the most amazing night. Thank you so much to Wedding Magazine and Andaz for being such amazing hosts.  Thank you to you lovely readers, you make it all worth it! And thank you to our contributors and Lush Listers – we couldn’t do it without you!

We will continue to work hard, and hopefully be back again next year!

For a look at all of the winner of the awards, have a little look here!

The Album

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Cwtch of the Week: A Winning Cwtch Girls Cwtch


A Winning Cwtch Girls Cwtch

So last Friday, Maria and I packed our little bag with our fancy clothes, donned the comfy leggings and climbed aboard our awaiting carriage (National Express Coach) to London for 2016 Wedding Blog Awards.

Three and a half hours of sitting next to people we don’t know and min who refused to speak to me (Maria bagged a lovely girl who chatted merrily! I had a stroppy teenager who refused to look us from his phone, even when I offered him a Malteaser! His loss), we finally got to Victoria and excitedly headed to Liverpool Street to the gorgeous ballroom of the Andaz Hotel.

After a quick change in the toilet (ok, it took a good 40 minutes) and G&T at the bar, the event opened and in we went. And wow! This room is something else! It’s Victorian splender is abundant, with pillars and a breathtaking glass domed ceiling, it is a special special room! Decked out with the most beautiful floral displays by the ever so talented and frankly, blinking lovely Simon Nickell Design, it was clear an amazing night was about to begin!

The stonking (yes that’s right, I used the word ‘stonking’ and I will again and again to describe….) Gethin Jones presented fabulously (obvs). We stood clapping and laughing and drinking and catching up with some wonderful people from some superb blogs, while the first lot of worthy winners collected their awards.

Then came ‘Best Regional Wedding Blog‘ Award. We were up for this and so very excited to be nominated. But we were up against some big names and blogs that we think are fantastic so didn’t hold out much hope. We stood tall and practiced our gracious losers face. Sponsors of the award, ‘The Woodland Trust‘ stood ready to announce the winner as Gethin went through the nominees (and as he is Welsh, he pronounced ‘cwtch’ correctly – hoorah!). And the winner is……

Cwtch The Bride!!!!

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All I can remember is turning to Maria, mouth open as wide as it could possibly go as we screamed at each other with complete overwhelmed joy!

We leapt for joy, received our award from that beautiful man, and proceeded to drink and dance the night away with friends old and new.

To top it off, at the end of the evening, the wonderful Simon Nickell began giving his beautiful displays to us all! Im not bitter that Maria had the bigger bunch (hmph), but as we travelled home, it became clear that travel with a bunch of flowers as big as her, all the way back to South Wales, was proving difficult.  So on the tube back to Victoria, we handed out flower by flower to some lovely people on the train, and shared the joy! As we left the tube we had lots of claps and happy faces!

Thank you so much for having us Wedding Magazine. We are honestly gobsmacked and completely over the moon.

So this is us, enjoying a winning Cwtch with our wonderful award, dedicating it to every single one of Maria’s team of #CwtchGirls who couldn’t come. Our hard work has paid off ladies!


iPop’s Ryan & Suzanne uber cool London Wedding by Ben Moore

I have such an amazing treat for you lovely Cwtchers today photographed by Ben Moore. Suzanne and Ryan from iPop are letting us share their stunning, uber cool London wedding. We all have those friend that just do effortless and it looks amazing well this is one of those weddings. I sat green with jealousy as I edited this absolute beauty. I don’t think a cup of tea is quiet cool enough. Pour yourself a martini and enjoy. ~ Kate

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We really did not want to spend too much on our wedding, but we wanted all our guests to have an amazing day. We set ourselves a sensible budget….then went a couple of thousand over. As we work in the wedding industry we were very lucky to have been able to pull in some favours. We also chose to get married on a Wednesday as there are always midweek deals to be had with vendors. There were certain things we were happy to compromise on but we spent money on the really important things (Jimmy Choo’s). All things considered I think we had an expensive feel to our wedding for a bargain price!!

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

We did not really have a theme as such but we wanted something cool, relaxed & luxurious.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We had our ceremony at Chelsea Registry office. At the time of booking it I thought it was quite fun and a bit Rock & Roll. As the day got closer I began question whether I had made the right decision. I kept looking back at the photos on line and thinking the room looked a bit underwhelming. I felt like I may regret not having the whole walking down the long aisle moment. On the day when I walked into the room and seen all my family, friends and Ryan in there it was magical. The decor was warm and glowy it felt like a dream. After the ceremony we walked out onto the iconic Chelsea Old Town hall steps on The Kings Road, all our guest threw confetti over us with beaming smiles , cars were tooting their horns, the public were waving and cheering…it was such an electrifying moment. I absolutely loved the entire day but this part was so unexpected that it was really special.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my dress from Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique and it was designed by Welsh designer, E&W Couture, the dress is called Greta. You can try on a sample then it is hand made from scratch to fit you. I was adamant that I would not spend a fortune on a dress…ADAMANT! Until I tried on my little beauty. I fitted it on before checking the price tag, disastrous move! Of course I fell in love. The event was made even more special as the day I went to the shop my mum & dad were visiting from Watford, my Nan was down from Liverpool and my best friend was visiting from Abu Dhabi. (This never happens!) They all agreed it was the one! I excitedly rang Ryan and told him the price and I think he spat out his tea! I did have a major panic after this as he is normally really chilled. It was way more that I wanted to spend and I worried that I had just got caught up in the moment. In fact I called the shop and postponed the first fitting! I did a bit more searching but it had stolen my heart and nothing compared. I knew I wanted something a little different but I didn’t know what until I tried this dress on, it is exactly what I was after. I asked Sophie, the designer, if she could make me a mini version for my little girl too which was an absolute triumph and a real talking point of the day. When I walked down the aisle the first thing Ryan said to me was “I cant believe you nearly didn’t get this dress, it is the best dress I have ever seen” I felt a million dollars in my beautiful dress.Ben_Moore_photography (97 of 472)

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I had 5 adult bridesmaids and my beautiful baby girl. I chose my best friends. Mel, Nikki & Sam are old school friends with over 20 years of tales to tell. Becky, her and I met when we were in the West End Production of ‘Grease’ The Musical. I played ‘Sandy’ she was Patty Simcox – I don’t think the characters were friends in the movie but we hit it off straight away :) Finally I chose Tamsin who proudly claims the cupid status as without her Ryan and I would not have met. Ryan chose his lovely brother as his best man.

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Why did you choose your venue?

We love working in the wedding industry iPop play at over 100 weddings and events every year and The iGency our entertainment agency supply bands to hundreds more. As we play at so many weddings I did not want ours to feel like work, so we needed to choose something a little different. We met a great guy when we were out in Lebanon performing with iPop one summer…he seen us play at Iris a glamorous roof top terrace in down town Beirut and invited us to his equally glamorous restaurant Salmontini. It was literally the best restaurant I had ever been to with a cool vibe, with food to die for! He recently opened the same restaurant in the heart of Belgravia, London. We went for dinner one night and fell in love…we decided it was the one! We are real foodies so it was important to us that our wedding food was top class. The food on the day was sensational, we absolutely loved it and so did all our guests. Our vendors all said it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted and they work at a lot of weddings. We could not have been happier with the venue it was perfect.

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Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was the amazing Ben Moore. We wanted cool, candid shots with a bit of a rock and roll edge. When we got our photos back we were blown away. He truly captured the essence of the day. He was a dream to work with and his images are spectacular, we are thrilled with the results. We also had fabulous videographers Rich & Rhys from Aurora Video. They are based in South Wales but we were lucky enough to get them to follow us to London. They were so discreet on the day that you forgot they were there so they caught some magical candid footage. We recently got the hi lights video back and were instantly transported back to the moment. It is absolutely priceless! We can not recommend our photographer or videographers enough.

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How did the proposal happen? 

We got engaged in March 2014 after the birth of our beautiful little girl Seren Elvie. We had been together almost 8 years but having the baby made us want to make our little family official. The proposal was far from romantic. Ryan was away on tour drumming, he arrived back the day after my 30th birthday with no card or prezzie. I didn’t say anything because I am not really one for birthday fuss but he was definitely skating on thin ice. The next day he had to rush off early to a “rehearsal,” little did I know he was stopping off on the way to pick me up a rock! The following morning with a baby on the boob, greasy hair and cereal in my teeth he popped the question, in his own special way he thought it was romantic. On a positive note… If he wanted to marry me looking like that it surely must be love!

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Ryan made a cracking post box for cards out of 2 snare drums. Well done Ryan! I ordered some cool wedding signs from Not On The High Street then went and bought some nice frames. My favourite sign was ” The hangover only lasts a day, the memories last a lifetime.” My hangover lasted a little longer than one day I must admit.

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What was your first dance & why?

We chose ‘Best Friend’ by Queen. We didn’t have a ‘song’ as such but really liked the upbeat feel and the lyrics to this one. I also had a father daughter dance ‘Sarah’ by Thin Lizzy. My dad is a huge Thin Lizzy fan and this song has always been special. iGency artist and iPop guitarist Luke performed live for us and changed the Lyrics to Seren (my daughters name) instead of Sarah. It was a surprise for my dad and he absolutely loved it.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I do not think there is really anything I would do differently, I would just like to do it all over again!! The table plan had to change on the morning as a few people couldn’t make it. It was a bit of a pain but couldn’t be helped, what can you do? One other small thing was I forgot to take a mirror in my little handbag. I wanted to have a quick make-up check before the ceremony but I couldn’t see myself. Take a mirror girls for a last minute gloss.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Don’t Sweat the small stuff it really becomes irrelevant on the day.

Relax and enjoy yourself on the day!

Don’t invite boring people…:)

Have the bar in the same room as the dance floor.

You get what you pay for do not compromise on quality live entertainment, photographer or videographer. Get the best your money can buy these are must haves and they are priceless.

This is not advice…just a fact. Table plans are a pain in the a**e!

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Any other advise for future brides?

Because of our line of work lots of people have asked what entertainment we had. I think live music is such an important part of the evening. It can really make or break the night. It is so important that you go for top quality acts, don’t just go for the cheapest option, do not compromise on quality. People will remember the entertainment for years to come, book the best you can afford. As our venue was so intimate there was no room to have a full band so selected a number of our favourite solo artists including Kele Le Roc, and a female DJ, to keep us rocking until the early hours. We are very lucky that we have such a fantastic team of talent to call upon. The iGency can offer bespoke solutions for your event too if your venue is out of the ordinary or if you just fancy something unusual we can come up with some ideas for you.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

If I am completely honest I found the whole thing a bit stressful. We were so busy with work in the run up to the day that wedding planning seemed to be getting in the way and it was the last thing I wanted to do. Although we had been engaged for a while we only set the date in May 2015 so had around 4 months to get everything together. That said, I would not have done anything differently time wise. I must love a bit of stress. Last minute.com! After I had done all my planning I made a list of what needed to be done on the day and handed it to one of my best friends Chris who just so happens to be an event organiser. That was my favourite part of the planning process. A weight was lifted from my shoulders. Having him there on the day taking care of the finer details for me meant I could feel totally relaxed. I strongly recommend delegating these little jobs to someone so you don’t have to think about them on the day, if you don’t have a Chris ask your bridesmaids, best man, ushers etc.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Ben Moore Wedding Photography 
Videographer: Aurora Video 
Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Registry Office 
Reception Venue: Salmontini
Bride’s Dress: Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Headpiece: Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Outfit: Reiss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: French Connection
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: ASOS
Cake: Marks and Spencer
Flowers: Aime Bone Flowers
Hair: Luke Pluckrose
Make Up: Jo Sugar
Band: The iGency
DJ: The iGency
Any Reception Decor/Props: Etsy and Not On The High Street
Transport: London Retro Bus Hire and City of London Black Taxis Limited




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Review: Brides The Show, London

Hands up who went to a wedding fayre on Sunday? Did it inspire you? Did you find what you were looking for?

Cwtch the Bride was set up to inspire welsh couples planning their wedding. Whether it be in Wales or not. As a team, we love discovering new and established Welsh talent and introducing them to you via this blog. However, every now and then we do like to look further a field (dare I say it, outside Wales). And when most of these English, Irish, Scottish and international wedding professionals LOVE coming to Wales, it’s a bit rude not to include them occasionally.

So, you can imagine my delight when a few weeks ago, an invitation drops through my letterbox from the UK’s no.1 bridal magazine Brides, inviting me to visit the wedding industry’s most luxurious event ‘Brides The Show’ in London. I couldn’t resist.

Brides the Show

Brides the ShowNow, before I go any further. Brides the Show is not…I repeat…NOT a wedding fayre. There were no 6ft tressel tables with white table cloths in sight. This event featured some of the UK’s leading wedding professionals as well as an inspirational area for all those budding DIY brides.

So take a look around the show with me as I highlight some of the suppliers that really caught my eye! All images featured were taken by myself, Maria Farrelly Photography 


The show was buzzing with so many brides, bridesmaids and mother of the bride/groom. It has to be said, there wasn’t a great deal of grooms-to-be or children present. But I guess if you plan to visit such an event in London, many of the women were on a shopping weekend and lets face it, not many men and kids enjoy that.


Check out the £5,000 Ian Stuart wedding dress the nation’s men told Brides Magazine they’d love you to wear. I’d wear it! Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly152



Art with a Heart

This was a live auction that was taking place (up until 6th April) where you could bid on a one-off sketch by celebrities depicting their ultimate wedding dress. All in aid of the British Heart foundation.


Wales’ very own Julian McDonald was taking part too! Check out his sketch below.


This was one of my favourites. It was by Lulu Guinness and just the type of dress I love!


The Imagination Room

I loved this area and spent a lot of time checking out all the cool DIY ideas and watching the presentations. They ranged from making hair accessories, creating your own centrepieces, cookie Save The Dates…yes COOKIES! Plus LOADS more! I did join in with Always Andri Wedding design‘s workshop where I made some pretty cool paper flowers.



How cool would this floral frame be for a DIY photo booth? You could make one with paper flowers!


Or how about all these paper & floral decorations hanging from trees? Simple but so effective. You, your bridesmaids & friends could organise a cocktail and DIY afternoon. Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly032Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly033Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly034Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly035Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly037


There were many interviews taking place in the sofa area. This gave brides-to-be the opportunity to pick up great tips and tricks from some of the industry’s leading professionals.



My Favourite Exhibitors!

The effort that had gone into all these exhibition stands truly blew me away.  I couldn’t help but stare at times. I loved the amount of detail each had put in. It proved to me this show was truly showcasing some of the BEST in the industry. It was an absolute pleasure to have spent time chatting with theses professionals. So next, I wanted to share with you those lovely suppliers I got to meet that completely wowed me.

By Appointment Only Design 

This was the first stand I saw as I walked in. NEVER have I seen a table centre as extravagant as this (and I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings over the years). I probably spent a good 20 minutes taking in all the details. Simply beautiful.







Ideas Box

Most of us would have seen the ice-cream cart at many wedding fayres. But I love how Ideas Box pushes this concept to another level. I am fond of a Pimms and although I hate cheese I was really impressed with the Cheese Tricycle. Both of these are perfect for any outdoor summer wedding.




I fell in love. As soon as I saw Lila’s stand, I couldn’t help myself. The detail in her work was incredible.

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The Meringue Girls

Speechless! I’d never seen a wedding cake like that before. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colours, the design, the whole damn thing.


They had an awesome selection of wedding favours available too. Why oh Why are these ladies not based in Wales?


Mary Jane Vaughan

This was my personal favourite! Mary Jane Vaughan oozed style, elegance and simplicity. My kind of professional!



Peach Blossom

This company offers some really pretty and stylish wedding products that can all be purchased online. Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly074 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly075 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly076Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly078 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly079 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly080

Platinum Raspberry

When it comes to styling a wedding, many brides have an idea of a theme but don’t always know how to visualise it. Imagine finding a company that not only understood your vision but took it to the next level. let me introduce you to Platinum Raspberry. As a wedding photographer, part of my job on a wedding day is documenting all the details of the day. This includes the tables, favours etc.. When I saw this display I LOVED it! I could imagine how thrilled guests would be sitting down either table display. The creativity and effort was superb.

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Bobbi Brown

A great make up demo. You can see from the shot just how popular this was. Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly095 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly096 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly097

The Wedding Tree

This was a really interesting alternative to a guest book. Guests would write a message onto a wooden heart and slot it into the frame (from the top). By the end of the wedding, the frame would be filled and ready to hang on your wall. How fabulous! Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly099 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly100

Raj Tent Club

Raj Tent Club is a company specialising primarily in the sale and rental of exquisite decorative Indian tents. They also offer a comprehensive range of furniture, lighting and accessories inspired by nomadic traditions from around the world.

Little Bevan

If you are planning an authentic vintage style wedding you will LOVE Little Bevan.  This award winning boutique designs mini luxe childrenswear for every special occasion: weddings,
christenings, birthdays…  Little Bevan Couture is designed exclusively and individually made at their Pimlico boutiqueLittle Bevan Star is their ready-to-wear collection, available in store and at our online shop. How cute is the outfit for the dog?! Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly118Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly120 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly121

Mega Booth

This company take the photo-booth idea to a whole new level. And yes…They will drive their Mini to Wales too :)

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From unique, bespoke wedding table numbers to cute wedding favours, Bombus have some lovely accessories to complement your special day.Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly134 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly135Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly139 Brides_The_Show_Maria_Farrelly140

The Photo Emporium

Check out this amazing Airstream Photobooth by the photo emporium.



If you love macaroons then you will have heard of Ladurée.  If you haven’t, pop over to the website at least. Its super cute.

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Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Here it is…The upside down wedding cake! Hand on heart I can honestly say I’ve NEVER seen anything like this before! This four tiered beauty is real! It’s suspended and moves. My first question was…’How do you cut it for the traditional ‘cutting the cake’ photograph? ‘Carefully’ I recall was the most appropriate answer. It was certainly an inspiring show stopping piece.


The floral petals on these cupcakes were stunning. All edible too. Its seems wrong eat them haha but I bet they tasted incredible!

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The catwalk show

So many beautiful and unusual gowns graced this catwalk. I’ve included some that really caught my eye and some that left me a little confused. Its fair to say we all have our own opinions on what makes a great wedding dress and here are some of the industries most inspiring designers. You be the judge. After all, as a bride to be, your the one that will be wearing one :)


Galia Lahav at Serendipity


Temperley London


Emma Hunt


Sheila Harding at Boa Boutique


Terry Fox at Boa Boutique


Ian Stuart


Maids to Measure


Zaeem Jamal


Berta Bridal at The Wedding Club


Temperley London


Katya Katya Shehurina


Ian Stuart


Ritva Westenius

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Suzanne Neville


Elie by Elie Saab at The Wedding Club

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Maids to Measure


Temperley London


Federica Bruno


Berta Bridal at The Wedding Club


Zaeem Jamal


Quintana Couture

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Ian Stuart

Wow, so there you go! A pretty epic show wasn’t it! I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did and that its helped inspire you in some way. x