#Cwtchfest2017: Cwtch Workshops

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We have five great workshops running this sunday at #Cwtchfest2017 Starting at 12 noon and each running on the hour for 30 minutes. Here, you will get to meet some of Wales’ finest and most experienced wedding professionals. Spaces are limited on some so we are advising you all arrive early. If you don’t manage to get a space then you are all still welcome to listen and take notes :)

12 noon- Maria Farrelly Photography

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Creator of Cwtch The Bride and professional wedding Photographer, Maria Farrelly is kicking off the first of our Cwtch Workshops.

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Getting the most out of your big day

Having photographed hundreds of weddings over many years Maria has ALOT of experience of virtually every type of wedding in most locations. From Festival weddings in the middle of no where to traditional church weddings with 300+ guests, maria has found they all have one thing in common. The need to be well organised!

Planning your day properly and being aware of how long things REALLY take will give you a better understanding of how your day will go.

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In this workshop, Maria will walk you through the typical time scales of a wedding day. This is a great opportunity to involve the bridal party (who normally don’t have a clue what is going on). So many brides want to plan their own wedding and think its easy. Its not, trust us. The more help you get, the better. Maria will show you how to delegate, who best to give roles to, how to avoid turning into a bridezilla and most importantly how to get the most out of your day.

She will also give you some great tips on how to look great in your wedding pictures!

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1 pm – YumeYume Logo

Yume Hair and Beauty Salons Cardiff, presenting Bridal Hair trends.

You’re never fully dressed without Yume hair! Yume means dream and we LOVE to create dream hair for that dream wedding!wedding-collage-2
Hensol - cwtch the bride_0022Do you want your own personal wedding hair stylist that’s part of a professional team of wedding experts to create your bespoke wedding look? Then that’s another reason to say “..I DO” We will be showing three very different bridal looks, each being bespoke to the individual wedding style. …From Classic/Elegant to Rock-chic and Boho too…lots of fabulous ideas to share with you. The complete look – hair, make-up and wedding dress too! Your visit to the salon needn’t be daunting and worrying…but a happy, exciting experience knowing you will come away with lots of hair and make up ideas, hints and tips, including your own personalised Wedding hair and beauty plan!

* Veil or no veil…?

* How to prepare your hair for the big day…?

* Is your hair as glossy as it could be…?

* Does your hair colour suit your cool or warm skin tone…?

* Wedding hair trends 2017-2018…?

We take pride in sharing with you our advice and guidance on how to enhance your own wedding ideas…. focusing your vision of your dream wedding and turning into a reality!

2 pm- Do You Believe?

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We have Helen from Do You Believe running a fabulous workshop on Body Confidence.

Every bride is capable of looking and feeling fantastic on their wedding day, no matter what size, height or anything else that varies! But theres more to it than just trying to be on trend. You have to be smart. If you truly FEEL fantastic you will certainly LOOK fantastic too because confidence is more striking than any frock I can tell you to wear.304

If you are looking for some advice on how to work with your god given gifts then Helen has some pearls of wisdom which she has learnt over many years of dressing all different shapes and sizes.050

I have a top 5 tips on how to work with what you’ve got and some hints on how to make wedding dress shopping easier and more enjoyable: 1) the dos and donts for your shape and size 2) what to take with you- being prepared when shopping 3) be open minded 4) the finishing touches- the devil is in the detail 5) when/where and who PS- a touch on bridesmaids- the diplomatic approach

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3pm – Make Up By Nicola

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Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop

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4pm – The Flower Hive

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Come and talk to Eva at The Flower Hive about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding.   Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Real Weddings: Jenny and Mike by Carly Turner

Good morning and happy Friday!

We have a superb wedding for you today! Images by the gorgeously talented and Lush Lister, Carly Turner, Jenny and Mike’s wedding looked amazing! Including a pink dress, gold belt and taxidermy mice!!

I will hand over to Jenny though to tell you more about this beautiful day….

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Jenny and Mike

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What was your budget?

Not as much as we spent on the honeymoon ;)

How would you describe your wedding theme?

It was us themed!

When we were planning our wedding we didn’t have a theme in mind, we just went for things that we liked. Thankfully it all came together and looked amazing!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I have so many favourite parts!

One of the things that struck me the most was just how amazing it feels to have all of the people you love in one room together.

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The ceremony has got to be my most favourite part, closely followed by the food and speeches!

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew choosing a dress was going to be difficult for me. I didn’t want to wear a wedding dress, I didn’t want to wear white and the thought of spending hundreds on a dress, for me, seemed wasteful.

I visited a few shops and wedding fairs on the look out for a dress but I didn’t find anything I loved.

I bought a vintage dress a few months after we got engaged, it was a nude, beaded, full length gown, I loved it at the time. However, I tried it on a few months before our wedding, I had lost some weight so it didn’t fit and it just didn’t feel like me anymore. Cue major panic!

Luckily I came across my dress on ASOS when I was sale shopping one day and instantly knew that was the dress I wanted to get in married in! I loved the blush pink colour and delicate detail of the embroidered flowers and I felt like a Queen in it!

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

For me, picking my bridesmaid was easy! I chose my cousin Holly. We grew up together and were inseparable when we were younger. She’s been my best friend my whole life – plus she’s super creative and throws awesome parties!

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Why did you choose your venue?

It was completely by chance! Adam from Llwyn Hall had posted a Facebook advert and as we were on our way to Llanelli to visit family anyway we thought we’d pop by to check it out.

We loved it instantly! It was quirky, charming and served amazing food. We loved that we could have the venue all for ourselves and our guests.

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New owners took over the venue a month before our wedding and started renovations immediately – it was really stressful!! – but thankfully it turned out great, the renovations were beautiful, and Alex the new owner was so lovely and helpful!

Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Carly from Carly Turner Photography.
She was awesome – we found her through Facebook and loved her style, it was exactly what we were looking for! We met Carly for a coffee and clicked with her immediately!

Carly did an amazing engagement shoot for us! We were a bit nervous but she made us feel relaxed and we had loads of fun! We used some of the pictures in our wedding stationery.

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On the day she was incredible, a real photography ninja, catching amazing moments and fantastic photos. We really couldn’t be happier with the pictures and we feel so lucky to have had Carly as our photographer!

How did the proposal happen? 

We were on holiday in Krakow when Mike proposed to me.

We’d been out for an amazing meal followed by cocktails in the rooftop lounge in the Sheraton. On our way back to our apartment, as we were walking past the fire breathing dragon outside the Wawel castle, Mike asked me to be his wife. I don’t think he’d even finished asking the question before I said yes!

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

We DIY-ed loads for our wedding, and I am so grateful for our army of family and friends that spent the weeks running up to our wedding crafting, brewing and tying twine on everything!

We made our centrepieces from beer bottles we’d collected from different countries, we made our own table runners from some hessian we bought off eBay, my aunty made limoncello (or Manda’s Marvellous Medicine as it was labelled) for favours and instead of place cards we handmade Christmas decorations with our guests names on them!

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Mike is a Graphic Designer so he created all of our beautiful wedding stationery, including our wedding logo! All of family and friends loved them so he’s now starting his own wedding stationery business!

Making our decorations meant that our wedding was really personal and represented us as a couple and all the things we love!

What was your first dance & why?

Our song is 2Bears – Church but it isn’t a great first dance song! So we chose an acoustic version of Beyonce – Crazy in Love by Daniela Andrade.

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

Probably held off the alcohol a little… We had very sore heads for the next few days.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Remember that your wedding day is a celebration of your love and the commitment you’re making to each other – don’t stress about the other stuff.

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Glow sticks! Forget about hiring entertainment, just buy glow sticks for your guests. They provided hours of entertainment, as you’ll see by the pictures!!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

We made some cards for the tables that asked people to write some marriage advice for us. We got some really funny responses but our favourites had to be;
– Keep going as you are
– Make sure the curry is always hot and the beer is always cold
– Don’t know LOL I’m just a kid (from Zac, aged 11)

and a surprising amount of them said, Remember Jenny is always right.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

All the extra time you spend with family and friends :) We had loads of afternoons spent crafting, drinking tea and eating cake.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Carly Turner Photography
Ceremony Venue: Llwyn Hall Country House 
Reception Venue: Llwyn Hall Country House
Bride’s Dress: ASOS 
Bride’s Shoes: Borrowed from my mum!
Bride’s Headpiece: Sixpenny Bride
Groom’s Outfit: Formal Hire  
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lindy Bop 
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Vintage
Cake: Wally’s Delicatessen 
Flowers: Ruth Milton Jones 
Hair: Signature Style 
Make Up: Makeup by Nicola 
Stationery: Design Yo! Wedding Stationery 
Caterers: Signature Catering

The Wedding Album

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#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight -The Cwtch Workshops

Good morning Cwtchers!

Ahead of our next event on the 9th April 2017 in the stunning St Fagans we have our gorgeous Cwtch Workshops that are entering their third year and forth event by showing you what we got up to in Septembers #Cwtchfest2016 in St Fagans.

Over the weeks we have been trying to explain what makes our events a little different and the Cwtch Workshops are an essential part of this difference.

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The Dead Canary offering a taster gin masterclass

Set in Stretch event’s beautiful stretch tent, which allows you to feel part of the festival whilst experiencing some fascinating and enjoyable workshops.  Like a Gin masterclass that was offered by Cardiff’s very own secret cocktail bar The Dead Canary– What is there not to LOVE!

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The wonderfully talented Make up by Nicola

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Inspiring hair styles by the lovely Hannah Mlaterm

It also offers you the chance to meet some amazing wedding suppliers and for them to run a half hour workshop in something that we know will help our brides and couples plan their wedding like the fabulous Penny from Pad Deco offering wedding planning inspiration.

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One of the many questions brides question themselves when looking at costs is could I do flowers myself and Eva from The Flowerhive offers a workshop that allows you to have a hands on experience.   Our Cwtchfest couples have LOVED her floral workshops.

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Owen Mathias Photography

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Inspired? Are you yet to get your tickets?  You will find them here…

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We will be announcing this years line up in the coming weeks keep your eyes peeled!!!

 

Cwtchfest Spotlight: The Cwtch Workshops

Happy Hump day Cwtchers and wow do we have a weekend to look forward to!!

Lets hope the sunshine forecast for today is around to stay! But hey even if it isn’t we know you will all rock in wellies!

We are now just 4 sleeps away from Cwtchfest in St Fagans National History Museum and we cannot wait to meet you all and spend the day planning with you.

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Today we have the absolute delight of being able to introduce you to our Cwtch Workshops line up.

We always wanted Cwtchfest to be different from your standard wedding fayre offering and part of this plan is to deliver workshops throughout the day in which wedding professionals can give you their hands on advice and experience in an unique way.

They went down an absolute storm in April at Glanusk Estate and we were convinced more than ever that this is what you, our Cwtch followers, wanted from your wedding planning experience.

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So without further ado we bring you this years fabulous suppliers that are coming to Cwtchfest @ St Fagans CWTCH WORKSHOPS


 12pm HANNAH MLATEM


Hannah, owner of HANNAH MLATEM hair salon in Gilwern, is well known for her bridal styles and gets booked up several years in advance.

Watch live demonstrations of what’s hot this year and inspiration for your own big day by Hannah and her team. Hannah will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have from preparing your hair, getting it wedding ready and also advice on what styles suit your hair type, dress and theme. There will also be floral head pieces and accessories to complement your perfect bridal look.
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Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop
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2pm PAD DECO


Penelope Allen is an award winning Interior designer & event stylist from Pad Deco in Cardiff. This informative and practical session will give you sound advice and some great ideas for how to begin the wedding planning process for your big day.
It will cover how to create a romantic environment, how to accessorise, how to choose the right style for your venue plus some cool design led tips on how to create the wow factor
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Come and talk to Eva about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding.   Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
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At Cwtchfest, The Dead Canary will present a snippet of Mother’s Ruin masterclass.
We shall be tasting some delicious gin punches crafted by our wonderful bartenders, we shall then be educated in the history of gin whilst nibbling on a few typically British canapés.
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All Sewn Up Wales will be demonstrating how to make lovely padded hearts which can be made using just plain stuffing or lavender.  The hearts could make ideal favours for the female guests at a wedding hung over the back of chairs or just as personalised gifts for the bridesmaids to hang over their hanger on the day. You can add a personalised written tag with the date of the wedding on or any names to really make them unique.
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Whoop!!! what an incredible line up!  If you are yet to get your tickets then what are you waiting for just click here
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Cwtchfest2016: Cwtch Workshops

If you were a lucky one who managed to bag a space on one of our Cwtch Workshops, you will have seen how hard the contributors worked to make them informative, helpful and generally fabulous.  At one point, we literally could not squeeze any one else into the yurt!

So this is a massive thank you specifically to you fabulous suppliers, who worked tirelessly and created some truly wonderful workshops for our brides and grooms. Without you, we would literally have had the Cwtch girls sharing their own special talents, which include a back catalogue of Steps dance routines and a selection of popular 1980s knock knock jokes.  None of which is of any use to future brides and grooms.

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The Flower Hive – The first of two of Eva’s workshops was showcasing how to make your own buttonhole’s.  The results were just stunning.  When Eva initially showed everyone what they were about to make, every looked a little ‘there is no way I can do that’, but sure enough, they all left with their own version of a wonderful buttonhole, and full of knowledge as to how to create one for their big day.  It was just superb – thank you!

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Sylvie & Joan – The beautiful Emma from Sylvie & Joan began her session in our most favourite way, by treating the attendees to some fizz.   Emma delivered a fantastic workshop session on planning your own festival wedding. Emma supplied so much wonderful information, giving you gorgeous lot, so many ideas, it was amazing – thank you!

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Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Hannah Mlatem – For her Cwtch Workshop, the delightful Hannah treated us to some truly magnificent bridal hair inspiration.  The yurt was absolutely bursting with eager to learn brides and she absolutely delivered. Hannah, everyone left with some awesome ideas and you and your team were fantastic – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

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Make Up by Nicola – The bloomin gorgeous Nicola delivered a superb session and conducted a live make up demo on the daughter of one of us Cwtch girls. Nicola, you were wonderful and Keya looked just stunning. Thank you!

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Owen Mathias Photography

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All Sewn Up – The lovely Helen from All Sewn up demonstrated in their Cwtch Workshop how to make your own gorgeous little fabric lavender love heart and use as a favour or decor on your big day.  It was such a lovely session, with some gorgeous materials and equipment.  Thank you!

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The Flower Hive – The wonderful Eva returned at the end of the day to a yurt full, all eager to make some gorgeously cute flower power rings in the final Cwtch Workshop.  Once again Eva, for your knowledge, time and skill, Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

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To sum up, we are so grateful to be working with some magnificent people in this industry. Your creativeness and wisdom is second to none and we are over the moon to know you.

Thank you, you marvellous lot x