Our midweek mini feature this week was written by the lovely Lindsey. Lindsey was one half of the amazing duo who worked so hard to help make CWTCHFEST a reality and you will be seeing a lot more of this lady on the blog in the future.
There are so many wonderful moments from our day that I will hold dear.
One of my favourites that I want to share with you guys on Cwtch was a moment on the dance floor in the middle of our band’s second set.
Our band Raspberry Jam blew us all away- we had been so relaxed about the whole wedding planning process we had managed to find a band that we didn’t even have to pay a deposit. We were not even sure they would show up and when they did and were awesome we could not believe our luck!
Mark put his arm around me and we looked around and he asked ‘Happy?’
And we took that moment to absorb all the happy smiling faces of all we loved crazily dancing to Mumford and Sons and felt the absolute pure love in that room.
There are not many moments in your life when all you love dearly are together in that joyous way. I can close my eyes and still remember that feeling of utter happiness and I am so grateful to have experienced it.
The star of our midweek mini features this week is the amazing dad of our lovely reader Nia. Nia & Paddy got married on the 23rd of May at St. Matthews Church in Llanelwedd then had their picnic themed reception at Jubilee Hall.
We were incredibly blessed to have the sunshine down on us for our picnic themed wedding! The hay bales were set, picnic food laid out, wood chopped, cupcakes displayed, the florist had matched the church to our hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ perfectly. The morning preparations had gone smoothly, I was all set to become a wife to the love of my life!!!
Two memories that stand out from the day both include two very important men to me! My husband and my Dad! Now between myself and hubbie we have 5 children, yes it’s a mad house! I will never forget in his speech how he spoke so fondly about each one, noting their characteristics, it made me realise how lucky we are to have such a strong family unit, cemented by our wedding day. I felt so proud to have married this very special husband, Father and Step-Father!
Now then my Dad isn’t much of a talker! He didn’t want to speak, so why put pressure on him? However what he lacks in public speaking he sure makes up for in dance moves!! We did a ‘Father/Daughter’ dance to his favourite song ‘Bad Moon Rising’. It was fast paced, and Dad twirled, dropped to his knees and pretty much nailed the performance! A very proud daughter to have a Dad at the age of 72 that can still dance like that!
Thank you for telling us your story Nia! It looks like you had a fabulous day.
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The lovely Jasmine has got in touch with her favourite wedding memory for our new midweek mini feature.
I found it too hard to choose between my two favourite memories so I had to send in both! My first was my dad telling me that I looked beautiful as we sat in the wedding car. He lives about 4 hours away and we don’t see each other that often, so it was special. He was thrilled when I asked him to walk me down the aisle. I was a total Daddy’s girl growing up.
My second was our first dance. We had hired these amazing medieval minstrels to do a ceilidh style dance-calling for after dinner and at the last minute they offered to teach us a very easy Pavane to have as our first dance. We learned it in a little tower away from the guests. When we performed it, it felt very romantic and different – and very apt for our Caerphilly Castle wedding. I’m usually very clumsy so as it was an easy dance, I also felt very elegant.
Thank you Jasmine! We’d love to hear more stories from our readers, please get in touch with email@example.com
We get so many real wedding submissions from our lovely readers that unfortunately we can’t feature them all, but between us we have come up with this idea for a midweek mini feature where we can share some of these moments.
Wednesday is going to become the day where we share readers favourite memories from their wedding days with some of their favourite photos to boot. So we really want you to get in touch!
We’re kicking off this week with the lovely Anna who works hard behind the scenes at Cwtch HQ, if you were at Cwtchfest you would have met her on the door (she is the one with the rather big baby bump!). Over to Anna:
I feel like I should tell you about our first dance, as it is one of my favorites. We felt like the only people in the room.
But I think for me, my favourite memory is when things started to go a bit wrong! Sounds strange but let me explain. We got engaged Valentines Day 2010 and didn’t get married until August 2011. I had 18 months, let completely loose, to plan! All I had to do was run things by Rich to make sure he didn’t hate anything.
18 months. To start with it was fun but it soon became challenging, almost competitive as so many of our friends were also getting married that year. I wanted it to be unique. I became quite obsessive about finding the best this, or that thing that no one else would have.
On the morning of the big day, everything was going great. We were all dressed and ready and looking fabulous.
The wedding was at 12pm and it was 11.48.
No wedding car.
Something very odd happened at that moment. Everyone started to get a bit stressy, my bridesmaids sprang into action and put their work heads on and started ringing people for explanations and solutions.
But I just stood there.
It was at that point that I realised, 18 months of planning, and I could no longer give two hoots whether I got there in the vintage rolls Royce or on foot. I didn’t care what it looked like. I just wanted to get there and marry my best friend. Nothing else mattered anymore. I felt a little stupid for getting so obsessive with everything but no longer cared.
So, with the help of my amazing photographer (Maria), who drove my bridesmaids to the church, I got loaded rolled and stuffed, with a lot of laughter, into the back of my Dad’s Mazda, with my sister squashed in beside me and mum in the front, and got driven to my amazing future husband by my Dad.
That is my favorite part of the day. When I realised that all the peripherals I thought was going to make our day amazing, were just padding. They just didn’t matter.
Oh Anna we love this! And it’s so true, none of it really matters compared to getting married to your other half! If you want to share your favourite memory please email it along with up to 10 images (don’t forget to tell us who took them) to firstname.lastname@example.org