Lizzie And Rich’s Homely, Relaxed Wedding by Jon Turtle Photography

We have such a super relaxed wedding for you today. Lizzie & Rich nailed their theme… quite literally with lots of doors and planks of wood :) They created a stunning backdrop for their reception along with many other wonderful personal touches. All brilliantly captured by Jon Turtle. Enjoy~ Maria x Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (31 of 54)What was your budget? 

We were lucky in that we had always had a similar view on what we wanted for our wedding so when we started putting ideas together we were always on the same page. We didn’t have the most lavish budget but between very generous parents and some money we had put aside we pulled together a budget. I think one of the most difficult things was deciding where we wanted to spend our budget, we knew we couldn’t afford everything we wanted so tried to always focus on the impact different elements would have on the day. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (39 of 54)

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Having worked on quite a few events between the two of us it was great to finally be able to put our own stamp on an event. We had so many ideas, we just needed to make sure they all worked together. We always wanted the focus to be on the day being very relaxed and informal and reflecting our personalities. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (28 of 54)

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

There were so many favourite parts of the wedding. Saying our vows in the church was very emotional and meant a lot to us both. We just kept beaming at each other. This stands out as such a wonderful moment, that we had finally made it after so much planning.
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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I tried three dress shops in and around Cardiff but it wasn’t until we went to the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique that we came up with the solution. Her fantastic range of Welsh designers and vintage dresses were so beautiful. After having a brilliant time trying on lots of different styles we agreed that I would have a dress that combined several dresses by Helen Rhiannon. Having the ability to choose all the aspects of the dress was such a breath of fresh air, from sleeve length to material to neckline. I couldn’t have been happier with the end result and the fact that there was only one dress ever made like this for me made me feel really special. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (4 of 54)

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

I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t have any bridesmaids. I have so many amazing friends (some guys) and family that the choice would have always been too difficult.

Rich had two best people, Rachel and Alex. Although some found this unconventional it seemed very logical to us. On the day and in the run up they were both amazing, we couldn’t have asked for more supportive and helpful best people! Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (9 of 54)

Why did you choose your venue?

We both knew that we wanted the reception to be in a temporary structure but didn’t want a traditional marquee. We have always loved Dome Mode structures and how they create a very unique space
The domes created the perfect ‘see through’ venue allowing the guests to enjoy the garden at my parents family home. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (41 of 54)Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (48 of 54)

Tell us about your photographer

Our photographer was Jon Turtle, he is a good friend and brilliant photographer. We wanted to steer away from the formal family pictures and focus on shots of guests enjoying themselves. Jon was completely understanding of this and took such amazing pictures on the day. We couldn’t have asked for more!Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (23 of 54)

How did the proposal happen? 

In February 2014 Rich and I were skiing in Le Deux Alpes where he was trying to teach me to snowboard for the first time. Rich’s vision of me as a pro snow boarder rapidly went down hill as I simply couldn’t get the hand of it!

After one particular nasty fall in Rich’s ideal proposal spot, he was left with little time left to create the perfect moment. However, changing from a very out of control snowboarder to (graceful!) skier allowed for the perfect moment for Rich to go down on one knee 3000m up in the most beautiful mountains in Europe.

It was the perfect setting with blue skies and untouched fresh snowfields for the most amazing unforgettable proposal.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (33 of 54)

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

As all of the décor was going to be our own work we began building parts of the venue five months before the wedding using my dad’s garage as a workshop. We painted and sanded old doors and used scaff planks to distress them so they could become the backdrop to the stage and the bar. Rich turned old pallets into partition walls for a seating area, we then planted brightly coloured flowers from the garden in the top. Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (43 of 54)

From the beginning I was really keen on the reception being colourful and that we were not going stick to one colour so we chose a colour pallet of five colours from some paint sample cards that were to be used on all the set.

Then added some quirky touches such as a hundred year old piano that we picked up off Gumtree which my cousin played during the reception. I got the inspiration for the heart shaped guest board from a website. I asked my brother in law to make something similar.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (35 of 54)

My mum is great at DIY craft projects and was brilliant throughout the whole process hand making the napkins, table runners, designing and printing the church order of services, even the particular style of aprons that we wanted for the waiting staff!Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (38 of 54)

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance was “How Long Will I love You” by The Waterboys, we both loved this song in the run up to the wedding and it seemed fitting to us.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (50 of 54)

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

I wish I had not worried so much in the run up the wedding and enjoyed it more. It is such an exciting and unique time that really brings together your friends and family, I wish I had appreciated that more. I still feel overwhelmed by people’s generosity.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (22 of 54)

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Just enjoy the day as much as possible, don’t focus on the small things that may or may not have gone right just enjoy every minute. Let other people sort out any mishaps that may be happening. One of the ushers had to fix the toilet unit we had hired on the day as it wasn’t working but we had no idea!

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

A good marriage is not just about marrying the right person, it is also about being the right person.Rich & Lizzie Rayner - By Jon Turtle - Photographer (27 of 54)

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I really enjoyed the planning aspects that involved friends and family, it brought us all together in a different way.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Jon Turtle 
Reception Venue: Dome Mode 
Bride’s Dress: Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique 
Bride’s Headpiece: Claire Hill 
Bride’s Jewellery: Claire Hill 
Flowers: Sweet Peony 
Hair and make up:Emma Kidby Bridal Hair and Make Up
Transport:London Bus 4 Hire

The Wedding Album

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Cwtch Of The Week By Chris Morse

Its April!!!

Finally Cwtchfest is this month! The tickets are flying out and if you don’t get yours soon you will regret it!

Today’s Cwtch Of The Week is from the very talented Chris Morse. This is of his favourite images from Matt & Katrina’s Anglesey Marquee Wedding. I would love to know what this private little joke between the bridesmaids was about. It looks hilarious. Thank You for this little beauty!

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You might say “isnt it just a hug?” You can ask anyone who lives in Wales and they will happily tell you that a cwtch is warmer, friendlier and a more snug version of a hug. We love, love, love seeing moments like this and if you have a lovely cwtch to share with us please email them to info@cwtchthebride.com xx

Cwtchfest Collaborator- County Marquees

Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who would like to introduce their wonderful team to you and offer their top ten tips in running a successful marquee wedding.

If you are yet to get tickets to Wales’ biggest wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate Crickhowell on April 17th.

Just click the below link now…

click here for tickets


THE TEAM


To help you with planning your wedding we have an amazing team here at County Marquees. I thought it would be great to introduce you to the ladies who will become your friend over the course of booking and hiring a marquee.

First of all meet my sister in law Danielle who is such a great planner and loves to pull out all the stops to bring the day together for her clients.

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And of course the wonderful Emma who we all love to bits and has the best connections in Monmouthshire.

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Then there is me. I am one of the directors and event managers at County Marquees, it’s been my job for nearly twenty years and I absolutely love it. Meeting new customers and visiting their wonderful gardens and grounds is always such fun.

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Together we make a great team, with all of us on standby to discuss your wedding plans at length. Achieving happiness through customer service and satisfaction with your marquee is what we are all about.

If you are looking for help with planning your wedding do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your plans 01291 629377. In the meantime take a look at our top tips for hiring a marquee.


 TOP TEN TIPS FOR HOLDING A SUCCESSFUL MARQUEE WEDDING


  1. Check your site for any obstructions these could include any overhead cables or underground pipes.
  2. Consider the space you require do you need a reception area separate from your dance floor a larger reception space can be useful for getting in out of the rain and also can be doubled up as a bar areacounty_marquee034
  3. Where does the sunset in your garden? The marquee is best positioned with windows facing the sun letting all that wonderful light into the marquee.
  4. Have you considered portable toilets? They can be a good idea positioned close to the marquee keeping your guests out of the house and not far for guests to walk should it rain!county_marquee016
  5. A generator can be a good solution for powering your event this can avoid any problems should a power cuts are likely.
  6. Catering marquees are useful spaces even if only small they can be used to clear dirty plates away once your feast has taken place.
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  8. Outside lighting can really enhance the setting for your marquee, be it fairy lights in the trees to dramatic flame torches marking the path to the car park.
  9. If you have a wonderful view or garden how about considering our panoramic windows and clear gable ends they can really bring the outside in.county_marquee014
  10. Transform your marquee from daytime to night time with our range of starlight roof linings or our LED up-lighters which can be linked in with your entertainment to match the beat of the music!
  11. A comfy seating area is getting more popular to have as a chill out space separate from the entertainment; we have a some lovely sofas which are perfect for that relaxing daycounty_marquee004

Easter Flash Sale: 50% off Cwtchfest Tickets!

To all you lovely Easter bunnies out there planning a wedding. Rather than indulge in chocolate this weekend, why not treat yourself to a half price ticket to our fabulous Wedding Festival taking place on Sunday 17th April at the Glanusk Estate.

#CWTCHFEST2016 is set to be THE wedding event to attend this year!

Easter specialMaria Farrelly and her team of Cwtch Girls have worked tirelessly over the last few months to create one epic Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding. Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all.

CWTCHFEST2016 is full to the brim with over 60 top Welsh Wedding Professionals, all on hand to showcase their products and services. Wedding tipi will be showcasing their epic tipi’s, County Marquee will wow you with their gorgeous marquees. There is live music by iGency to entertain throughout the day (which can also be booked for your wedding!) Cwtch Workshops are back to help all of you DIY brides (more on that coming soon), lots of tasty food & cocktails being served all day and finally… a spectacular firework display will close what we know is going to be one very special day.

So come on… join us!

click here for ticketsWord is getting around so fast that its attracting the attention of some very special …. well… just see for yourself….

Cwtch The Bride invite you to #CWTCHFEST2016 from maria farrelly on Vimeo.

There will be a few more of these videos popping up over the weekend… why not follow this little love story! Everyone loves a unicorn. x

 

 

Glanusk Estate: The Glass House & Old Walled Garden

Today we are going to take you on a little journey through part of the Glanusk Estate, home to Cwtchfest 2016.

The Estate consists of 400 acres of private parkland, 800 acres of forestry, 3,500 acres of lowland and hill farms, the Park and forestry, 16,000 acres of Common Land hills and 5 miles of the River Usk. What a great place to get married hey?! 

There are four areas that can each be booked for very different style weddings and some great historic buildings remaining, including the Tower Bridge, over the River Usk, ancient Celtic standing stones, the private chapel, farm buildings and stables, all either Grade II listed or Grade II starred. what a fantastic backdrop for photographs!

We’d like to show you the Glass House & Old Walled Garden in more detail today. So let’s hand you over to Robyn from Glanusk with more details on how this could be the perfect venue for your wedding.

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The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse sits within the original private walled gardens and is our newest licensed venue – and is proving very popular.

2015-05-16 13.46.56It is licensed for the civil ceremony and can take up to 40 guests inside

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imageOne of our brides used it has a cocktail bar – was fabulous.

2015-05-16 13.45.25It is also a unique venue for an intimate party or celebration. It is a very pretty day time venue – and is spectacular at night!

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The Old Walled Garden

The Old Walled Garden is a stunning site for your marquee, and you can enjoy two nights staying in Garden Cottage, one of the original gardener’s cottages which has been recently refurbished.

2015-05-16 13.44.57It is a large space and works well for all sized wedding parties.

002As its a walled garden, you’re whole event is all contained, guests don’t need to travel across fields as parking is close by in the original stable yards. Perfect!

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