When I got married I remember it being such a busy day. Everyone says that you should make time for a little moment together but the day just flies by so fast. I remember my husband and I had about 15 minutes together in our hotel room as they were changing the reception room around. and we sat on the bed drinking a giant Redbull out of coffee cups. So When Lizzie and Rich sent these lovely photographs by Jon Turtle I totally understood what she meant about stealing a couple of intimate moments together.
This lovely couple were married back in May and even though the weather wasn’t the best they had an amazing day. The reception was held in a beautiful domed marquee at her parents house in Peterston Super Ely in South Wales. They celebrated their special day with 100 of their closest friend and family and the thing that they loved the most about these particular photographs is that she remembers them as moments where it was just her new husband and herself. You can see why I chose these images as Cwtch of the Week!
I hope you lovely lot all had a great weekend. We are always on the lookout for an awesome Cwtch of the Week and we would love to feature yours. Email us at email@example.com ~Kate
Thinking of having a marquee wedding? This is an event NOT to be missed! Wales’ leading Marquee hire company County Marquees are having a viewing weekend in Chepstow!
This really is the perfect way to see their large variety of marquees available to hire. Its also an excellent opportunity to meet the team, discuss your ideas and get their professional advice. With over 25 years of experience, we can’t recommend them enough! Personally, we’ve worked with County Marquees on our amazing CWTCHFEST event and they were fantastic!
Lets hand you over to County Marquees with all the details.
Autumn 16th – 17th October 2015 Marquee Viewing Opportunity
This season we are holding a chance to come and view the marquees at night! The marquees will be available to view from 12 noon until 8pm on Friday 16th October and open again on Saturday 17th from 9am – 5pm.
There will be inspiration galore for you party planners and brides to be together with some yummy food from one of our friendly caterers.
To book an appointment with one of our event managers please click here
We would love to meet you and discuss your plans further.
Today we are sharing Kelsey & Peter’s tiffany inspired Llanelli wedding held at Sylen Lakes. All images by Lloyd Willams Photography
What was your budget?
We set a budget of around £12,000 but it’s so difficult to stick to a budget so we did go slightly over budget, but it was totally worth it!
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Modern Art Deco with a twist of Tiffany & Co. The main inspiration for the venue was Rachel A. Clingen, she does the most stunning decorations, I could only picture her designs when I thought of how I wanted the room to look.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
The main highlight for me was walking down the aisle and having that moment of complete emotion hit you as you can hear the Bridal march playing and the moment you have been dreaming of all along has arrived and then seeing your future husband standing there is so overwhelming.
I also am obsessed with high heels, so after saving money on alot of DIY, I treated myself to a beautiful pair of second hand Christian Louboutins!
For the evening we had a photobooth and magician which was so much fun!
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I always knew I wanted a fishtail dress that was fully embellished with rhinestones but no lace. I was obsessed with watching ‘Say yes to the dress’ and would envision my perfect dress.
I went to around 3 bridal shops, who all had beautiful gowns but they were all lace gowns and being a curvier girl, I couldn’t fit into the sample size 10/12, and I felt pressured to try on other dresses that I knew I didn’t want as they were in larger sizes. So I decided to stop looking for a while and re-think my options.
I was flicking through a bridal magazine and seen the dress I had envisioned all along and it was the most beautiful Mori Lee 5215 dress. I rang around and finally found a supplier in Swansea who had the dress.
When I arrived at the Victoria Bridal the dress was hanging up and I instantly fell in love, it was perfect! But, I had a dilemma in that it was a size 10 and it wouldn’t have gone near me! After a long think I decided to just go for it and chance it, in the hope that it would look as stunning on me as it did on the hanger.
I definitely made the right choice, the dress was perfect and If I could wear it everyday, I would!
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I had 3 bridesmaids and 4 flower girls. Jess was my chief bridesmaid, she’s been my longest friend and was the obvious choice! I also couldn’t have imagined walking down the aisle without Lucy and Cath by my side. Peter had 2 best men, Gav and Phil as they have all been friends for years, and it wouldn’t have been right to have one without the other.
Gav and Phil were a brilliant choice and their best man speech was fantastic!
Why did you choose your venue?
We wanted a venue that was different and not the same place everyone goes, but we also didn’t want a venue that was miles away! So when I seen Sylen Lakes, I instantly fell in love.
The setting is just spectacular, and I loved the fact it was a blank canvas so I could decorate it how I wanted. Rachel and Nick were also fantastic and helped so much with everything.
Tell us about your photographer
Peter hates having his photo taken, so I was really worried about who we would have to be our photographer. After looking through hundreds of photographers websites, I came across Lloyd Williams. His photography style was perfect! Completely natural images that told a story without having to pose constantly. Lloyd was brilliant, he let us get on with our day, and took loads of photos that nobody knew about and they turned out perfect!
How did the proposal happen?
It was our 5 Year anniversary together, and we had gone to Castellamare for dinner to celebrate, it had been raining all evening but as we left the restaurant it suddenly stopped, so Peter suggested going for a walk on the Mumbles pier and to get an ice cream.
Walking along the pier, Peter said to stop and admire the view overlooking mumbles and he gave me the biggest cwtch and told me how much he loved me. Peter then told me to hold out my hands, I held out my hands and he held the box infront of me and opened it to which my heart instantly stopped – the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. Peter never had the chance to go down on one knee or even ask the question, I just screamed in excitement!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
I did Art and Design in college and knew I wanted to do all the stationary myself. I seen so many Art Deco inspired invitations but they were all so similar that I designed and created my own. This saved so much money and I knew they were exactly how I wanted.
I also went ahead and made my own cake, as I love baking and knew exactly what I wanted to make and also knew it would cost around £400 if I was to have it made by someone.
I also purchased my flowers on ebay! They were so beautiful and as they were foam we could keep them and they saved me almost £500!
For favours I made Tiffany inspired boxes for everyone.
What was your first dance & why?
We didn’t decide our first dance until the week of the wedding as we just couldn’t agree on a song, but one day Peter walked in from work and asked if I liked ‘Adele – Make you feel my love’ and I instantly knew that song would be perfect for us!
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
I rushed into alot of things, from excitement like suppliers and wished I had taken more time in looking around and deciding. But the day was perfect and not one thing went wrong, and I wish I could do it all again!
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Remember it is your day! Don’t feel pressured into listening to other people or inviting people that you don’t want there! Also, you will get told hundreds of times to enjoy the day, because it will just fly by! Make sure you and your future husband take half hour out just to yourselves and take it all in!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Definitely not to go to sleep on an argument! Even if your super angry at eachother, always tell them good night and that you love them!
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
The wedding planning was over a year and a half, and I had taken the decision that I wanted to create and purchase everything I possibly could, as I couldn’t find anyone who could create my vision.
I loved creating our wedding invites, they were so different from anything I’d seen. I also decided I wanted bare minimum flowers in the venue, so I purchased an array of beautiful crystal centre pieces that I had seen on Rachel A. Clingen website!
Seeing everything come together in the last few days, all my ideas and the venue all set up was just magical!
If you are planning your wedding and considering having a marquee make sure you pop along to County Marquees‘ Marquee Viewing Weekend. They will be there to answer all your questions and help give you inspiration for your wedding venue. Here is Emma from County Marquees with all the details.
County Marquees would like to invite you to their next Marquee Viewing Weekend on 7th and 8th March held at The Woodlands, Sedbury Park, Chepstow. This is a great opportunity to view all our NEW Traditional Marquees with panoramic windows, along with our Clearspan Marquees with clear roof and gable. You will also see our full range of furniture and accessories including our NEW wicker sofas.
Please get in touch to make any appointment to be shown around the marquees and discuss your plans in detail. For directions please follow this link.
Award winning florist Charlotte from Hilary’s Floral Design & her new husband Ian got married on September the 6th, 2014. Their day was photographed by our very own award winning Maria Farrelly Phototgraphy, Charlotte is here to tell us all about their gorgeous wedding day.
How would you describe your wedding theme? Ibiza, both Ian and myself love Ibiza, we got engaged there, we both had our stag and hen do’s there, we even went there for our honeymoon too, so we incorporated the vibrant colours into the flowers, and had sun glasses as our favours.
What was your favourite part of your wedding? There were so many parts of my day I loved, but I think the best part for me was getting ready in the morning with all my bridesmaids and mum. It was a chilled and relaxed atmosphere, drinking champagne and having my make up and hair done.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress I found my perfect dress at All About Eve Bridal in Newport after trying on approx 30 different styles of dresses, it was completely different to what I thought I’d go for but it was perfect and I cant imagine having anything else. I had such an enjoyable experience, and wish I could do it all again.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? I had four bridesmaids, Chrissie, Rachel, Jess and Michelle. Ian had four best men, he couldn’t choose so I told him to have all four, and it worked so well when it came to the speeches.
Why did you choose your venue? We choose to have a marquee which was perfect as being an award winning florist I did all my flowers myself, so by having a marquee I could set it all up a couple of days in advance which made life a lot easier. Also this enabled me to have a bright pink floor.
How did the proposal happen? We were on holiday in Ibiza. It was our last night on the island and we decided to go watch the sunset go down on the beach. After the sun went down Ian held out both of his hands clenched and asked me to choose a hand, I choose the left and he said ” you don’t want that hand, you want this hand”…..so he opened his right hand and inside was the ring.
What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was I need your Love by Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding, this was one of the songs we heard a lot whilst out in Ibiza.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, I can honestly say that everything went to plan and was perfect.
Do you have any advice for future couples? Try and remain as stress free as possible, don’t allow small details to upset you and concentrate on the most important thing which is that the only thing that matters is that you are marrying your best friend.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Never go to bed on a argument.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? I loved making plans for my own wedding flowers. I do it so often for other Brides on a daily basis that it was so nice to actually create wedding flowers for myself. I also really enjoyed making all my wedding stationery.