A couple of weeks ago we published the first installment of Pets At Your Wedding. If you missed this post filled with adorable cuteness then click here. This is a massive wedding trend and though it seems like a great idea at the time there are actually loads of things to think about when it comes down to it. Yes they will look brilliant in your photos but the last thing that you would ever want is for your beloved pet to suddenly get all stressed. In this post I will give you a few things to think about if you are thinking of having your four legged friend with you on you big day. Photo Credit: Dan Morris
I am all for a dog in a little outfit. Honestly, I can think of nothing cuter. There are things that you will need to think about though. Is it loose enough around their neck. Does it bother them? My parents dog hates his coat, won’t walk with it on at all. Bear this in mind when it comes to an outfit. the last thing you want is to have to drag you pet around the wedding as they are refusing to move. Keep it simple, so that it will cause the least amount of bother for them. a little bow tie or flower on their collar can look super. Lastly make sure that none flowers that you use are poisonous and that nothing will be a choking hazard for them.Photo Credit: Art By Design Photography
They say a man’s best friend is his dog, so why not make your four legged friend your best man? Ring bearers, flower girls and ‘Mutts of Honour’ are also popular roles for your beloved pets. Involving your pet at your wedding is a super cute thing to do and many couples can’t imagine their wedding day without their pets included. You may want to make your pet ring bearer, but think about whether your pet will enjoy this or will they find it a traumatic experience? Follow these tips and your pet will have just as much fun as you!Photo credit: Maria Farrelly
You need to take into consideration the type of personality your pet has before giving them a specific role. Are they excitable, aggressive or obedient? You may assume that your pet will feel comfortable in the crowd but will they feel overwhelmed around 100s of guests? The last thing that you would want is to stress them out because there is a large number of people making a fuss, the noise and all the new smells. Even if your pet is well–behaved and used to large crowds. There is no real guarantee that they’ll behave like that on the day. Being stroked, photographed or chased by kids can becoming increasingly stressful for your pet so make sure they can handle it before getting them involved.
I hope that these have given you an insight of things to think about before involving your furry friends in your big day. I know it will be amazing and the photos will be great but remember, follow these tips and your pet will have just as much fun as you! ~ Kate
When we started the planning process for Cwtchfest last year, it felt like this weekend would never arrive.
Organising Cwtchfest is so similar to planning a wedding. You book a bunch of stuff in the beginning and then there is a bit of a lull…..then all hell breaks loose a few months before (or in our case…8 days before our event!). Lucky for us, we’ve all been there and done it (the wedding bit) and as most of us all work full time in the wedding industry we totally took control of what could have been a big problem and have turned it around into something even better than what we originally had planned! We’ve also met more incredible professional suppliers in this process that we can’t wait to introduce you to!
Image supplied by Glanusk Estate
This is the only wedding festival in Wales (#Cwtchfest2016) and we have chosen the best suppliers that are out there.
This Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- Finale post is giving you the last glimpe at the talented and exciting vendors that will be there on Sunday (including Cwtch The Brides very own creator and professional wedding photographer Maria Farrelly.
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet watch the blog at MIDDAY today, we have one final treat for you!
Cwtchfest is going to be glorious! Full of great Music, delicious food and the best wedding inspiration & suppliers you’ll find in Wales. We cant wait to welcome you all at The Glanusk Estate!
Maria Farrelly is one of Wales leading wedding photographers. She is the creator of Cwtch the Bride and the Cwtchfest is her amazing idea. Every year Maria takes on a limited number of weddings. The vary in size, style, location and budget. The common thread between all of them is that each and every client adores her work.
What draws so many people to Maria’s work is her amazing ability to capture the essence of a person and those special moments found in a smile,touch or kiss. Coupled with her friendly and easy going nature her clients are instantly relaxed in her company which gives her the ability to capture such natural images.
Maria is a multi award winning photographer and has a natural affinity with the people that she is shooting. Her photography has taken her all over the world and loves nothing better than a Welsh wedding.
“Your wedding day is all about the two of you. Your photographs should be a reflection of this and NOT a series of posed, uncomfortable memories.” Maria Farrelly
With over ten years experience in the industry we know how important it is for your event to run smoothly and often part of that is the bar.
At Black Dragon Bars we listen to our customers and go through all the details leading up to the event to ensure everything is how you want it.We provide bars for all types of events. No event is too small or too large and we are happy to go through your event and tailor what we do. Drinks packages can be tailored to your event with options of an all inclusive bar, welcome, toast drink packages, along with the most popular choice of pay bars. We can also offer our bars on dry hire, with or without staff.
I formed the business after identifying a niche market place with in the wedding/party business We specialise in backdrops – namely – flower walls, personalised 8 foot chalk boards (used as photo back drops), and personalised step repeats (these are what celebs stand in front of at events).
As our business continued to grow we were often asked “what else do you do?” this is when we added marquee lighting to our repertoire, with 5 foot LOVE & CWTCH signs include in this.
We then added all the other event paraphernalia, including chair sashes, table plans, invites, popcorn cart and deluxe candy buffet! Being born creative and a hopeless romantic has definitely helped. But more than anything I love to create a event-scape that has the wow factor, no matter how big or small the budget ! I love what we do !
We love, love, LOVE a DIY Welsh Barn Wedding here at Cwtch HQ!
Today we are sharing a wedding that I photographed last year. Lisa & Steve, along with all their friends and family rolled their sleeves up and completely DIY’d this working barn for their wedding day. Every bit of detail you see in these pictures was put together by them all. If that wasn’t great enough, every single one of their guests were simply fabulous individuals and I’m a huge believer that your guests can make or break your wedding day. The Ceremony was full of laughter and tears by all, the dance floor was never empty and the photo booth at the end… well, you can see for yourself :)
It was an absolute pleasure to have photographed this wedding and to also work alongside some great wedding suppliers such as Kate Petersen & Holdens Catering.
I’m so thrilled with all the images, especially as I know Lisa & Steve adore them. So… without further a do, lets hand you over to Lisa to tell you all about her wedding. ~ Maria
The emotional roller coaster that was the service. We had a wonderful few days with everyone chipping in to help. Walking down the aisle with my dad surrounded by everyone we loved, just floored me.
My step dad officiated, our wonderful Usher, John prepared the most wonderful personal reading and I wouldn’t have made it through the vows with out sobbing, had our badly planned ceremony back drop not provided some light relief & broken the ice. The photos of Steve and I laughing surrounded by streamers are some of my favourite of the day.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I love a beautiful gown but the idea of spending more on one dress that my entire wardrobe didn’t sit too well with my bargain hunting nature…so it was with a little trepidation that I ventured out dress shopping one spring day with my wonderful bridesmaids in tow.
The dress was by Lusan Mandongus/Anna Sully & was the second one I tried on. I loved it. But in all honesty the trip solidified that spending that much on a dress wasn’t a priority for me…So a few more trips later & a lot of wonderful options explored, I was about to hire a gorgeous alternative when this one appeared on Preloved.
Picking it up coincided with a work trip up North, a random rondevous in a car park & breaking down in the middle of no where with my sister! There were a few tears when after trying it on I realised I’d been a tad optimistic in the sizing & it wasn’t in perfect condition, but with the help of my mum and a big dollop of patience we cleaned, adjusted and tweaked it back to life!
In the end I felt brilliant wearing it & the saving paid for a band..and LOTS of bubbles, totally worth the effort.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Our wedding party was made up of live long friends and people we both love to bits. They were all wonderful, chipping in, making the build up and the whole day so wonderful.
Surround yourselves with people you love & make you laugh & you cant really go wrong can you!
Why did you choose your venue?
We wanted somewhere we could decorate how we wanted, bring in our own caterers and allowed us to provide our own alcohol…That ruled out a lot. When we meet Mirander & her husband at the farm we knew it was a good match. Over looking the fact it was a working barn in the middle of winter they were so accommodating and nice. We knew it was a winner!
Tell us about your photographer
The AMAZING & super creative genius that is Maria Farrelly. We had met the year before at a Cwtch The Bride event and after spending the day with her at a friends wedding and seeing her wonderful work, no one else could come close!
Maria simply becomes one of the family for the day…The beautiful and natural images she creates is testament to how at ease she makes everyone! I will cherish her pictures for ever!
How did the proposal happen?
We were at a BBQ and incredibly drunk sat chatting on a friends sofa! Not a modern day fairy tale exactly, but very heartfelt & looking back very us. Ring shopping the next day was interesting way of warding off a hangover!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
A lot was do it yourself with a big helping hand from family and friends. From the cake to the decor, lighting & stationary. I enjoy making things and work in a design industry so this was pretty enjoyable!
The biggest thing we pulled off was probably the flowers, with the exception of my bouquet, my green fingered mum grew & arranged all the flowers! Seeing her garden transform in the months building up to the wedding was exciting! She put so much love & hard work into planning & growing them all…You need to be the sort of person who can go with the flow a little, as you can’t really be sure what you’ll have to work with till the week of the wedding, but it was a personal touch that really transformed our venue.Its worth mentioning that the peonies came from Aldi…Who are great and if you call in a few days before hand will order in extras for you!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Picked a closer hotel. We had visions of staying up all night at a hotel bar chatting over late night drinks..In reality we were exhausted! A comfy bed, minus the hour long coach drive would have been a better idea.Also don’t stress the small stuff..Not everything will go to plan, but in all honesty you will be in to much of a happy bubble to care…and going off plan might even lead to some wonderful memories (Like our poor wind battered back drop photos!)
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Prioritise your budget right from the start…and stick to it. Some things really mattered to us & made the decision process a lot easier when we came across a few budget dilemmas…Like falling in love with a venue that was realistically more than we had planned. Some traditional things simply dropped off our list, like cars for example..Meaning we could splash out on a safari honeymoon in Africa!
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Seeing the months of work and planning all come together on the day. Take a moment and soak it all in when everyone’s eating or dancing or just chatting…it goes by so fast, but seeing everyone happy and there to celebrate with you is great!
Photographer: Maria Farrelly Ceremony and Reception Venue: Red Barn, Hedrehedog Farm (Brides Friends) Bride’s Dress: Lusan Mandongus/Anna Sully Bride’s Shoes: Accessories/Converse Bride’s Headpiece: Fresh Flowers Bride’s Jewellery: Something borrowed Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed Mens Wear Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS Cake: Home Made Flowers: Rachel at Sweet Peony Hair and Make Up: Kate Petersen Band: Oktoberfest Stationery: Alice Eades via Etsy Caterers: Holdens Catering Any Reception Decor/Props: Furniture came from Blue Sky Marquees. Candles holders/Lanterns Belle Journee Transport: A Friends Husband
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding for AGES!
As well as running Cwtch The Bride, some of you many not realise I’m also a professional photographer. This here blog was initially a little side project for me which has now snowballed into Wales’ best wedding blog EEK! Anyhow, besides having a great team now working with me on this blog, I still photograph weddings. And the one I’m sharing with you today is flipping awesome!
I had the privilege of photographing Tammy & Dan’s 1950’s Americana style wedding last July and hand on heart, it was probably one of my all time favourites! It had everything I love about a great wedding. An awesome Welsh venue, wonderful friends and family, loads of laughter, fabulous music, drinks flowing and bucket loads of love.
So grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy!
Oh…and before I forget… this brave couple commissioned me to return the morning after and photograph all their guests hungover (some of which hadn’t slept!). it was great fun and i’ll be sharing those images with you all tomorrow morning! don’t miss that, they are hilarious!
Lets hand you over to the beautiful bride Tammy to tell you all about her awesome wedding!
Our budget was whatever we could save over 3 years including any gift money from Christmas & birthdays, think it amounted to £20,000 which included our dream honeymoon.
It was hard work trying to be strict and save but totally worth it the end and not without a lot of help from family too!How would you describe your wedding theme?
50’s Rock & Roll with a splash of Americana :) We love America (especially Florida) and the closest available date for the venue we wanted was 4th July – Independence Day… how could we not add some American touches to the theme :)
We had sparklers and chocolate pretzels for the favours and went all out with American style food such as hot dogs, pulled pork, sweet potatoes and waffles with syrup and ice cream for dessert.What was your favourite part of your wedding?
My favourite part of the wedding was walking out as Mrs Hagerty back down the aisle and halfway down realising it wasn’t a CD playing ‘All You Need Is Love’… it was a surprise full brass band booked by my father in law and to top it off one of our groomsmen Nathan was singing along with Scott on the drums who plays in a band with Dan – ‘Eric Unseen’.
The BTM Brass band sounded amazing and technically our first dance ended up being straight after the ceremony right there in the aisle.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I saw a dress in a wedding magazine that was a short 1950’s style with lace sleeves, the dress was by Ellis Bridal.
I wanted to get my dress from the same place that my best friend Kate got hers as they were always very friendly, Sentiments in Bridgend.
I heard that Sentiments had a trunk show for Ellis Bridal so booked myself an appointment.
The dress that I wanted to try on wasn’t there so I tried on a beautiful fishtail version of the dress and it just suited my curvy figure so well!
I tried on plenty of other dresses including shorter styles and as fab as they all were I knew the fishtail style was the one and still in keeping with the 50’s style.
Lots of people commented on my look being very Priscilla Presley which I was over the moon about! Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
We had 6 Bridesmaids and 6 Groomsmen. All of them crazy in their own way and we loved having our best friends, sisters and brother by our side! Dan couldn’t choose just one best man so he had two … Carl & Rickwood, I think they are now taking bookings as compares! They really were a double act on the day and kept everyone entertained.As for the bridesmaids they really helped me keep calm getting ready and then once their duties were done got up to their usual antics including photo bombing our professional pictures haha!
Why did you choose your venue?
We really wanted a barn venue, and once we saw the Barn at Brynich with its beautiful on site cottages we knew we didn’t need to look any further.
The team at Brynich were brilliant, especially Simon who really looked after us from start to finish of the wedding planning and made sure the day ran smoothly!
Having the venue for the full weekend was perfect as we really got to make the most of spending time with the family and had plenty of help the day before with making sure everything was set up!
The sunday after the wedding was then time to unwind laugh and reflect! Oh and take morning after shots of the bridal party just for the fun of it! :)Tell us about your photographer
Our photographer was Maria Farrelly, I was at a wedding fayre in the Millennium Centre (Cardiff) and after seeing quite a few portfolios I came across her stand and knew that I needed to book her straight away!
The work on her displays and portfolios were the exact style I was after and after speaking with Maria, she was so lovely and genuinely excited about our ideas so far!
I think after the venue, Maria was the next big tick off the list as it was so important to us that we had a great photographer. We are so happy with how the pictures turned out! Every moment was captured!
How did the proposal happen?
Dan took me to Cardiff bay to where he had asked me out 5 years prior, he was so nervous and I was just thinking about what steak I was going to have in Cafe Rouge… then he popped the question! I was over the moon and ended up too overwhelmed to eat my food! The following week we jetted off to Venice which was absolutely amazing! No cars from the moment we got off the plane, it was just fascinating.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
As we both love music we had an idea for a lyric aisle backdrop to hang from the ceiling to the floor and with flowers either side.
It would have been too expensive to have real flowers but thanks to ebay there’s always an option to re-create a similar look cheaper.
The end result looked fab! I also made my own american style menu with vintage pictures of celebrities stuffing their faces! The idea just popped into my head and it may have taken me a couple of hours to create it but it looked fun and quirky on the tables.
We bought lots of sparklers on ebay and then used a template on Pinterest to print out and use as sparkler tags. Its definitely worth seeing what you can find online if you are trying to stick to a budget as all these little things could add up!
What was your first dance & why?
Our first dance song was Elvis Presley ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’… its one of our favourite songs and we didn’t want anything too modern.
Even though its a slow tempo song, everyone loved to join in swaying around the dance floor and singing the song at the top of their voices :)In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
I do wish we had more video footage of the day but our budget couldn’t have stretched any further.
We have had a few video’s sent to us of the brass band surprise, our first dance and lots of our friends at the end of the night singing in the tipi around the campfire so we will be putting it all together and make our own video mixed in with some of the amazing photo’s we have from the day.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
As much as I love Pinterest, try to remember what is unique to you as a couple and how you can incorporate it in to your day.
The little things really do pay off!
Once all the handwork has been done upfront, when it comes to the actual day… what’s done is done and what isn’t, you just need to forget about!
The most important thing is getting married with all your loved one’s surrounding you. I had bought a lovely personalised cake topper but when we were decorating the tipi the day prior it had gotten lost… still haven’t found it to this day so I am glad I didn’t spend any time stressing out about it on the wedding day.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Never go to sleep without resolving an argument :) What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Our favourite thing of planning the wedding was shopping for the last bits and pieces like table decor, balloons, bunting and sweets!
Also, a huge thanks to Abbie that was my second shooter for the day. I normally photograph weddings on my own but last year, Abbie assisted me for more experience and she was an absolute dream. Thanks Abbie xxx