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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org xx
Today’s real wedding is by the amazing from Rocksalt Photography. Can you believe this beautiful bride to be even organised her wedding date around Hannah’s availability! I love Rachel and Stewart’s rustic woodland wedding and all the homemade touches. I hope you love it as much as I do…..it makes me long for some sunshine on my skin.Come on summer we are waiting for you….Enjoy! ~ Kate
How would you describe your wedding theme?
A rustic woodland wedding, if that makes sense… I’m a farmer’s daughter and my husband is a carpenter so I wanted to incorporate these aspects of our lives in the wedding as they are very important to us. I even had acorn jewellery made as Stew is slightly obsessed with oak and I thought it would be a subtle nod to his profession!
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
It was lovely to have family and friends all in one place and mingling so well together. Stew also left me gobsmacked (quite literally!) as he’d arranged for a aeroplane to fly overhead with a ‘congratulations’ banner, which was pretty cool!
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
If I’m honest, I was dreading the process of finding a wedding dress! I imagined six foot modelesque women scrutinizing me but the reality was quite different… Once I got started, I loved it and got slightly carried away travelling as far as Leicester to try specific designers and dresses I’d seen in magazines. Poor mam! I knew I wanted floral lace, a pretty back and a bow (random, I know) but I couldn’t find ‘The One’ – and that was the problem. I didn’t get that feeling where I knew this one dress was it. In fact, I’d tried my dress on quite a few times as it kept re-appearing wherever we went and every time I tried it on I loved it more and more. In the end, I went back to Shropshire Country Brides where I’d first seen my Mori Lee number. Sam (the owner’s daughter) added a belt from another dress to mine and suddenly the choice was easy. Decision made, at last!
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
Stew chose two school friends as his best men and his nephews as page boys. I chose my best friend Elain and my husband’s sister Sam as the bridesmaids, and my nieces as flower girls.
Why did you choose your venue?
I always wanted to marry in the local chapel and had my heart set on a reception at home on the family farm. Dad did have concerns about it raining and ruining the day but my brother convinced me to stick to my guns. I thought I was going to regret that decision in the week leading up to the wedding as it poured down and the floor of the marquee was soaked on the Tuesday. Someone must have been watching over us as we ended up having fantastic weather! We wanted a ‘smart casual’ feel to the marquee so we decided not to have lining and to use festoon lights instead of chandeliers. We really liked the idea of creating different spaces so we divided the area using a small picket fence and created a floral archway, which could double up as a backdrop for photographs if it rained (not that we needed to worry in the end).
Tell us about your photographer
Hannah (Rocksalt) was the only photographer for me and her availability actually determined the date of our wedding. She understood what we wanted from our first meeting and made us both feel relaxed on the day. She kept things moving; so much so we were ahead of schedule! We had Leri (Leri Lane Photography) as a second photographer and she was a fantastic addition, capturing moments in the boys’ household that would have otherwise been missed.
How did the proposal happen?
Stew proposed while we were on holiday in Austria. We were skiing the last run on the last day when Stew said he’d go on ahead down a black run and I could meet him at the bottom of the red run (yes, I was tired and wingeing by this point and wanted the easiest route!) After tackling a mountain of ice, I took off my helmet and had a bit of a rant before realising that Stew had fallen. I went over only to discover that he had a ring in hand and was actually on one knee and about to propose. By this point the slopes were empty so it was just the two of us, which made it all the more special.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
I took advantage of my family and friends’ many hobbies and talents! Mam and Stew’s mum made the wedding cake while my auntie Sarah decorated it. Auntie Lucy and uncle Paul created the confetti cones using doilies, and turned the place name cards into favours by filling tiny plastic bags with wild flower seeds. My teaching friends were stars too: one created a Welsh verse to accompany the favours, another created activity booklets for the page boys and flower girls, and the D.T teacher helped me design wooden thank you plaques and created table numbers and the order of the day on pieces of oak. Stew, his workers and our neighbour Bill made so many things including the centrepieces, the signposts, the pathway leading to the marquee, the archway and fencing inside, and even a wooden post box. The list goes on and on and there are more people to thank than there’s room to mention here…
What was your first dance & why?
We chose Shania Twain’s Still the One – as cheesy as it sounds, the lyrics fitted us perfectly as we first got together in 2001, and good old Shania was a favourite when I was in my teens.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Yes! I would have set a deadline for us all to finish preparations the day before. I’d planned for a few close friends to stay over so we could watch Bridesmaids and have a few Proseccos. Instead, we worked on the marquee until 12.30am and I sat in bed writing thank you cards at 2am. Stew and the boys were still busy adding final touches on the morning of the wedding so he only arrived at the chapel at 11.30am and had no time to welcome guests. Oops! Another last minute panic to avoid is the process of creating invitations. Finalising a design, producing and proofreading the text, and compiling addresses takes a lot of time, especially when you’re producing them in Welsh and English!
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Share the experience (or at least ask him what he thinks, and take on board what he tells you even if you don’t like it!) The groom can sometimes be forgotten and I really liked the idea of the day being a reflection of Stew and his interests, as well as mine.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
We’ve been given a lot of little pieces of advice along the way… I would say to be supportive of each other’s ambitions and leave plenty of room for laughter. (But don’t laugh at their ambitions, that wouldn’t be a good idea…!)
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Planning a wedding can be daunting but I was overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends and close family who were so supportive and excited to help. I took every opportunity to include them so it was great to take time out of our otherwise hectic lives to spend together. The National Wedding Shows were also a lot of fun, giving us the chance to look around and be inspired (aka pinch ideas), as well as have afternoon tea and champagne ‘to celebrate’ each time!
Everyone needs a big old cwtch from their mum and it doesn’t matter what your age is!
Once the mother of the bride had helped her own mum with her fascinator she stepped back and grabbed a big old Cwtch. Ed from Photography First managed to catch this really happy moment and we couldn’t help but use it for Cwtch of the Week.
Ian and Stephanie got married at one of our amazing Lush List venues, the beautiful Oxwich Bay Hotel with its stunning marquee overlooking the beach.
If you have a nice little cwtch of the week photo then please send it in to email@example.com I would love to share them for you. I hope you have an amazing week and manage tick a bunch of things off your wedding to do list. ~ Kate
Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who are talking about styling your wedding day.
If you are yet to get tickets to our fabulous wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate at Crickhowell on April 17th just click below link.
Styling your wedding and a chance for inspiration!
Styling your marquee is lots of fun and coming up with a theme and colour scheme is too! One of the best bits about hiring a marquee is it’s a blank canvas to put your stamp on.
Every spring and autumn we get our thinking caps on and start to plan our marquee viewing weekend and work out the themes that we are going to go for. This year we are very excited as we have more florist’s than ever involved, adding their beautiful bits to our lovely marquees!
One of our favourite tools for inspiration with theming is Pinterest, I am sure you all use it, just like us! Creating a board for the marquee interior is a great start, adding all your favourite pins, you will soon come up with a stunning plan. Bringing that plan to reality is where we come in, together with our range of furniture, lighting and accessories and our list of wedding suppliers anything is possible.
So if you are planning on having a marquee for your wedding reception or even just toying with the idea, you really should pencil our marquee open day into your diary, it’s such an amazing source of inspiration. Come along and take some pics to add to your pin boards and meet some great suppliers and discuss your wedding plans with our event managers.
On Friday evening our customers get a chance to view the marquees as darkness falls and see the many different lighting options we have and how lighting can transform your marquee.
We are delighted to have Hilary’s Florist from Abergavenny back again this year. Hilary and Charlotte will be working their magic in our contemporary 12m Clearspan marquee which is having a radical new look including hanging foliage and clear roof panels! We can’t wait to see this!!
Our lovely local florist Catherine Gray will be in our beautiful 40’ traditional marquee. Amanda French Flowers from Cardiff will be in our 30’ traditional creating a laid back rustic style. Each display unique and lovely ideas for your marquee!
County Marquees Spring Marquee Viewing Opportunity is on Friday 1st April 12noon – 8pm and Saturday 2nd April 9am – 4pm 2016.
At: The Woodlands Sedbury Park, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 7EY
To book an appointment with one of event managers please call 01291 629377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.