Cwtch of The Week: Tammy, Dan and a bridesmaid by Maria Farrelly

To all my fellow wedding photographer friends,

Maria here! You know that moment… when you are in the middle of capturing the Bride & Grooms official photographs and out of the corner of your eye you spot a cheeky bridesmaid deciding to photo bomb your shot? Yeah… that happens to me too! It was hilarious! I do so love all the spontaneous things that happen at a wedding.

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The bridesmaid ended up just jumping in for a cwtch. Which for me, makes this quite possibly my favourite Cwtch Of the Week this year! Cwtch-Maria Farrelly

Bride Tammy and her Groom Dan, tied the knot at Brynich Barn earlier this year. We’re looking forward to featuring their wedding soon. There’s also an extra special set of images to this wedding too… Morning After shots! If you pop over to my FB page, you’ll see what we mean. 


There’s also this damn fine cwtch too! Jeeze… this couple nailed it on their wedding day! I could have easily picked another 5 beautiful Cwtch images! 

All photographed by Maria Farrelly Photography 

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Real Wedding: Sarah & Mathew’s Mid Wales Wedding by Rocksalt Photography

Cwtch the Bride is going to take a short break while we are all on our summer holiday (sadly not together!) but fear not when we get back we will be bigger and better than ever. We will have all new Real weddings, more style inspiration and fabulous vendors, all the gossip from Cwtchfest and a new bride to be competition. If you are a bride to be, recently married or have a fabulous story or supplier recommendation please email to register your interest in appearing on our lovely local blog.

In the meantime we are leaving you with this beautiful wedding from Cwtch the Bride favourite: Rocksalt Photography. Sarah and Mathew got married in beautiful Mid Wales with their reception in Maesmawr Hall Hotel. Sarah tells us all about it here. Math&Sar-174

What was your budget? 15,000 pounds

How would you describe your wedding theme? It was special places. The table names were sign plaques of special places to either us or friends or family. For example we had one of Accrington Stanley, my Grandad’s favourite football team. We have a few people who work in Barry so had a Barrybados table and also our favourite places we have travelled such as Rio de Janeiro and Sydney Harbour. The table plan was a couple of signposts with all the different locations. Math&Sar-198

What was your favourite part of your wedding? Having all those close friends and family altogether under one roof to share the day with laughter (they all went out of their way to make it special!).  Math&Sar-178 Math&Sar-264 Math&Sar-296

Tell us about your Wedding Dress Purchased from Timeless Elegance in Cardiff (designer Cristiano Lucci). The dress was a sweetheart top followed with a see-through material with sparkles up to the neckline. The dress was fitted to below the hips and then a slight fishtail with train. Math&Sar-167

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

1. one of my oldest friends (known each other since the age of 3) – we’ve always been close and have never lost touch
2. My closest and dearest friend from university who I lived with for 3 years
3. my cousin who I treat as a sister!
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Why did you choose your venue? The venue was a lovely old country house with lovely greenery around it.
The wedding co-ordinator was amazing and helped us organise prior and on the day…we didn’t have to worry about anything not running smoothly on the day!!  Math&Sar-234Math&Sar-146

How did the proposal happen? On a winter’s day surrounded by snow on top of a mountain in Mid Wales over-looking where my Taid used to own a small holding. I used to take Mathew up there when we were 18 years old (we’re now 31). Mathew proposed, we had some mulled wine from a flask and enjoyed the views of the Mid Wales countryside. Math&Sar-155

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? We were very lucky that we had so many useful friends and family who wanted to help out. A family friend baked 400 heart shaped shortbreads for our favours. Mathew made the table plaques and table planner with help from my Dad and our neighbour. Mathew’s Auntie made the cake. It was good to get as many people involved to make them feel a part of the big day – it just meant Mathew’s speech was a bit long. Math&Sar-201 Math&Sar-207 Math&Sar-209

What was your first dance & why? The first dance was ‘you and me song’ by the Wannadies. It’s just good fun, starts off quiet then explodes in the chorus. The lyrics are also very cute.  Math&Sar-166

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, not really….the day just flew and difficult to speak to everyone properly (just not enough hours in the day!). Math&Sar-196

Do you have any advice for future couples? To enjoy the build up and not let things get to you. The most important thing is the people that you want to share your big day with….the small things will sort themselves out. Math&Sar-152

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To love, care, enjoy each other and lead a happy non-regretful life together as one. Math&Sar-171

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? The catch up’s with friends and family – dress shopping, bridesmaid dress shopping, pre wedding drinks the night before and of the course the HEN DO! Math&Sar-2 Math&Sar-17 Math&Sar-111 Math&Sar-149

The Suppliers

Photographer: Hannah Evans, Rocksalt Photography AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!
Wedding Planner: Lee Kendall (wedding coordinator at the venue)….he was also amazing
Ceremony Venue: Crescent Christian Centre, Newtown (Powys)
Reception Venue: Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws
Bride’s Dress: Cristiano Lucci, Timeless Elegance
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow
Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski
Groom’s Outfit: Dyfed’s Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Family friend
Cake: Aunt
Flowers: Bizzy Lizzy’s (Llanidloes)….fantastic!
Hair: Hairevolution, Newtown…fantastic!!
Make Up: Chrissy….again fantastic!
Band: Jo90…amazing!
DJ: Jo90…amazing!
Stationery: Family friend
Transport: Celtic Travel and family friend

The Wedding Album

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We’ll be back after a week off so make sure you come back to see the amazing posts we have lined up! In the meantime why not scour through our blog for some inspiration for planning your big day xxx

Cwtch of the Week: Charlotte & Laurie by Christopher Ian

This week’s Cwtch was submitted by our lovely sponsor Christopher Ian Photography. Charlotte & Laurie got married in Mid Wales last year and this photograph was taken outside a field in Maesnewydd, Meifod in Powys.

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Wedding Video: Megan & Shaun’s Valentine’s Day Wedding by Aurora Wedding Films

We have a gorgeous wedding video for you today brought to us by the fabulous Aurora Wedding Films.

Megan & Shaun got married on Valentines day at the fabulous Nanteos Country House in Aberystwyth and their wedding featured a HELICOPTER! Amazing. We hope you love this film as much as we do, I’m a huge advocate for having a wedding video and I think after seeing this you will probably see why!


nb. watch in full screen to get the full effect!

What do you think? Isn’t this gorgeous! Have you decided to book a Videographer for your wedding? Join us in the comments as we’d love to hear your reasons why or why not.

Real Wedding: Sion & Lisa’s Country Farm Wedding by Rocksalt Photography

Today’s real wedding takes us to the stunning area of Llanymawddwy in Mid Wales. A fabulous Welsh Wedding Photographed by our lovely blog sponsor Rocksalt Photography.

Sion & Lisa got married in May this year and held their reception on their own own farm! Check out the epic views, they are breathtaking! We’re delighted to share this wedding with you all today, so lets hand you over to Lisa with all the details behind her big day. 


How would you describe your wedding theme?

We tried to go for a country/farm vintage wedding. We live on a farm, the wedding was on a farm and both work within the agricultural industry so it was a the natural choice for us! I did get loads of ideas from pinterest though…that was a huge help!
I also wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of space to chill out as the weather was so lovely!


Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I tried on various dresses at different shops in Chester, although they were all great, but I didn’t quite find the right one. I then went to Shropshire Country Brides, Much Wenlock which is a barn conversion on a farm, I thought to myself…this is the place for me! I wanted to stick to the vintage theme, particularly vintage lace, and that’s what I had. A fish tail type dress, with a little train, v front and low back.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I had many favourite parts really…having all our family and friends together in one place to celebrate with us was one. My mum and sister had arranged a horse and cart to take us from the church too which was a huge but very lovely surprise!

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Sion picked his best men – they were both friends since junior school really!
I picked my sister, Elen (didn’t have much choice there…only joking!), my 2 oldest friends who are more like sisters to me (Lowri and Mari) and our nieces -Rhiannon, Alix and my little flower girl Darcy.

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It was the only option for us- a marquee at home on the farm. We were very fortunate that the weather was amazing though!


How did the proposal happen? 

He proposed to me on my birthday in bed…he did try to take me up to the top of the mountain to do it but I wouldn’t go…I obviously didn’t realise he wanted to propose!


What was your first dance & why?

James Blunt- You light the fire in my bonfire particular reason just like the song!


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

Really difficult question as we just went with the flow…! Create more time to catch up with all the guests if that was possible, also make the photobooth we had more obvious. It was rather tucked up in the corner!


Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do things exactly as you want to, take your time and give yourselves plenty of time to prepare. I was a little last!


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

When you marry a farmer…flexible cooking is a must! Whatever you cook must be able to keep in the bottom of the rayburn for hours and taste exactly the same as it went in, and of course, you should have been able to read his mind and realise he was going to be late!


What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Delegation!! Mam and the bridesmaids were a great help as I was a rather laid back bride!


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