Real Weddings: Nia and Joby’s Homemade Moonrise Kingdom Wedding

Happy Friday everyone! The wonderful Chris Morse has shared with us this lovely wedding of Nia and Joby, a homemade ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ wedding – and oh its is pretty! (If you haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom, take a look at the Tumblr images to get an idea!) Who doesn’t love a beautiful Hall AND a Tipi for a wedding! Take a look for yourselves…..

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Nia and Joby’s Homemade Moonrise Kingdom Wedding


What was your budget? 

We didn’t have a set budget. Initially we were going to do things as cheap as possible, with a cheap marquee and a small ceremony in the local town hall. However our families were determined to make the day as special as possible. So we were able to have amazing tipis, (Event In A Tent) a huge lunch spread and delicious evening curries, which freed up our funds to have a beautiful ceremony at Gregynog Hall.

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Our theme was very loosely based on the film Moonrise Kingdom, but ended up having a much more home made feel.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Our favourite part was when the band were playing Blink 182 and everyone was jumping up and down around us. It was overwhelming to look around and see all our friends and family under one tent. The vows were also very emotional, especially when our little nephew brought the rings to us.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

Not long after we got engaged I went dress shopping with my family in Chester. I really enjoyed trying on all the dresses, and the bridal stores were very helpful at encouraging me to try on a whole range of styles, but they all felt a bit heavy and too structured for me. I had seen that Phase Eight and Monsoon did bridal collections, so ordered a few dresses online. The Josefina dress from Phase Eight was perfect, and at nearly a third of the price of a dress from a bridal store, I didn’t mind the thought of it getting muddy! I was very lucky to have my wonderful sister in law on hand to make the final alterations for a perfect fit.

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

My bridesmaids were my best friend Shelly, her two little girls and my cousin Sammy, the most easy going bridesmaids I could have asked for. There wasn’t a best man, but instead Joby had his five closest friends as his groomsmen who were particularly good at shielding me from any electrical or weather mishaps on the big day.

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Why did you choose your venue?

There was no discussion about where our reception would be held, Joby’s parents house is such an idyllic location which allowed everyone to camp and party until the early hours. Gregynog Hall was ideally located down the road and were more than happy for us to just have the ceremony there. They couldn’t have been more helpful in the run up to the day.



Tell us about your photographer

We booked our photographer Chris Morse without even meeting him. We just got a good feeling from what he had written on his website and loved his photos, much more of a documentary style than traditional posed photos. We met up with Chris beforehand at Gregynog hall which was really nice, so when he came to my mum and dad’s house the morning of the wedding it felt like we already knew him. We’ve had lots of compliments about how nice the photographs are and how lovely Chris was, and we’re really pleased with the photos. We felt like the day went so fast, but the photos allow us to see how much everyone enjoyed themselves.


How did the proposal happen? 

Joby proposed in Anglesey at Llanddwyn light house, by the beautiful ruins of an old chapel. We were on our way for a swim, and it came completely out of the blue. It’s a good job he had a ring at the ready because I thought he was winding me up at first. It turns out he had been trying to propose for the last three months but hadn’t found the perfect moment.

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

We did a lot ourselves- or at least we pulled in a huge team of family and friends to do it… The decoration, flowers, bouquet, lunch, wedding cake, flower girl’s dresses (and matching ring bearer’s shirt), groomsmen’s ties, button holes, table dressing, camp preparation and probably much more that we’ve forgotten were all thanks to our family and friends who took time off work to help prepare. We must admit, in regards to the lunch we may have underestimated how much work and logistics had to go into catering for over 100 people. Luckily our mums and Joby’s sister are fantastic cooks/bakers and a fantastic feast was prepared.

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What was your first dance & why?

We weren’t planning on having a first dance, but our friends wouldn’t let us get away with it, thankfully the band were ready with the Coral’s Dreaming of You, which we used to play when we were in a band together in high school.

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

I wouldn’t have worried about the little things. It didn’t matter that we forgot to bring the kids party bags or that I forgot to put labels on the water, everyone was happy and well fed.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

It will cost more than you expect! The little things add up. I would also say a photographer is a must. We almost didn’t get one thinking that our friends and family would all take lovely photographs anyway. We’re so happy we hired Chris, there were so many moments that I hoped were being captured, and Chris caught them all.


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

We didn’t receive any real marriage advice on the day. In my dads speech he just told us to keep on doing what we’re doing, which was really touching, and made me well up.


What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

We really enjoyed having our friends and family around us in the run up to the wedding. It was a great excuse to spend some more time with our families and I definitely feel that it’s brought me and my bridesmaids closer together.



The Suppliers

Photographer: Chris Morse
Ceremony Venue: Gregynog Hall 
Reception Venue: Event In A Tent 
Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight 
Bride’s Shoes: Accessorize
Bride’s Headpiece: Phase Eight
Bride’s Jewellery: Brides Own
Groom’s Outfit: Moss Bros
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Cake: Home made by mother of the bride
Flowers: Home grown and arranged by mother of the groom and our family friend Andy.
Hair and Make Up: Elin Wyn Thomas
Band: Avengers Cover Band
Stationery: DIY by me and Joby
Caterers: Mama Singhs LTD

The Wedding Album

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Cwtch of the Week: A Mountainous Cwtch

Good morning lovelies. Well have we got a treat of you this morning.  Christopher Ian has captured a gorgeous Cwtch of the Week during Rebecca and Dave’s Engagement Shoot, in the heart of the beautiful craggy and rugged Welsh countryside near Pen Y Pass.  It looks absolutely incredible in this one image, so imagine what the entire shoot looks like!? 

Well, you don’t have to imagine. Just take a look on 28th September for the rest of this gorgeous shoot. Over to the talented Christopher to tell a bit about this image…

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Cwtch of the Week: A Mountainous Cwtch

Engagement shoots are an excellent way to ‘break the ice’ or to get you used to being photographed. If you’re nervous about having your photos taken then this is a superb way of getting a feel for how it will happen and more importantly how I work with you. I am your photographer, yes, but I also want to be your friend. It is far better to produce amazing images if you feel at ease with my presence and how photography is approached in a natural, simple way. These guys really wanted to create images that were full of dramatic backdrops and really appreciated the fine art photography approach and we definitely managed it!



Its absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the entire shoot! Thank you so much to Christopher, Rebecca and Dave for sharing! x

Engagement Shoot: Rebecca & Dave by Christopher Ian

Good morning all! You will remember, 10 days ago, we featured Rebecca and Daves Cwtch of the Week, taken from their Engagement Shoot in the breathtaking Pen Y Pass  in North Wales with Christopher Ian. Well today, we get to show you the entire, beautiful shoot!  These two, along with Christopher, chose an absolutely beautiful backdrop in which to have this shoot. Its rugged beauty is such a contrast to the gentle cwtches Rebecca and Dave give each other.  But don’t listen to me, listen to Christopher, and have a look for yourself……..  

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Engagement Shoot: Rebecca & Dave by Christopher Ian

 Rebecca & Dave had their engagement shoot in the heart of the welsh countryside near Pen y Pass, a stunning mountainous region with incredible views. These guys really wanted to create images that were full of dramatic backdrops and really appreciated the fine art photography approach.
The environment really sells that so easily but what made it truly amazing were these guys, I have never laughed so much in all my time photographing engagements and weddings! Their wedding is going to be incredible, a wonderful location in Criccieth in Cardigan Bay, in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd in Wales. Come back soon to see how their wedding was just as awesome as their engagement…

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Its just beautiful guys! What a stunning setting for such an exciting shoot! Thank you for sharing x


A North Wales styled shoot by Tony Fanning

Brides to be of North Wales… if you are looking for some inspiration from some local suppliers, then you are going to love this!

We are sharing a gorgeous styled shoot by Tony Fanning and a team of exceptional North Wales wedding professionals. Let’s hand you over to Tony to tell you all about it! There’s even some behind the scenes images for those interested in how a styled shoot works. Enjoy! ~ Maria x 

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North Wales Styled Shoot by Tony Fanning

A little while ago I brought together some of the best wedding suppliers in North Wales for a bit of a jolly, and to photograph two gorgeous ‘brides’ in the stunning location that is Caer Rhun HallNorth_Wales_bridal_shoot 1

I chose the end of April to do this shoot as we had the best chance of half decent weather. As it turned out it was the coldest it has been for ages. I cannot remember seeing models shivering quite so much. I really do have to thank them both for not throwing a diva strop and walking off.

I carefully chose the two models, Iwanted two different looks for the dresses I had chosen from Wedding Belles in Llanfair PG on Anglesey. I photographed Leanne’s wedding last year in Bryn Eisteddfod so I new I wanted her to be the ‘girl next door’ look the tea-length wedding dress. Jen was new to me but as soon as I saw a photo of her I new she would be perfect for the full length fitted wedding dress. Both of them absolutely rocked it!

Obviously we couldn’t do a shoot like this without immaculate hair and makeup. I asked Julia Nicholls Creative hair and Kay Evans make up artist along as I have worked with both of them before and I know their work is always amazing.North_Wales_bridal_shoot 5North_Wales_bridal_shoot 4

What do you need to finish off a bridal look? Flowers! I asked Sarah from Scent with love to come up with something and she certainly did not disappoint. We had a variety of bouquets to work with with, and always they were flawless.

We needed some behind the scenes video as well so Geoff from Tudno TV did his thing for us. You can check out his short video HERE.

Last but not least we had a visit from Nelly the vintage VW camper. Kindly bought along by Nelly-Weds. Nelly looked fantastic in the sunlight in front of Caer Rhun hall.

Thanks so much to all the suppliers who came along and contributed to this wonderful day. I can’t thank them enough.

I must not forget the very trusting ladies who were kind enough to lend me three pairs of Irregular Choice shoes for the shoot. I know girls like shoes, but it wasn’t until this shoot that I realised just how much girls LOVE their shoes. I knew it was a bit of an obsession but I was nicely warned to look after them with my life 

Here’s a roll of honour from the day.

Photography- Tony Fanning photography
Tony Fanning photography 01492 533869

Models- Leanne and Jennifer.
Hair- Julia Nicholls Creative Hair
Julia Nicholls 01248 353887

Make up- Kay Evans Makeup Artist
Kay Evans 07470022802

Dresses and accessories- Wedding Belles
Diane Roberts 01928 735688

Flowers- Scent with love
Sarah Hudson 01492 330105

Videographer- Tudno TV
Geoff Wiltshire 01492 862875

Venue- Caer Rhun Hall
Caer Rhun hall 01492 650012

VW camper- Nelly-weds

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Cwtch of the Week : Kerry & Tom’s Snowdonia Cwtch of the Week

This week we have the gorgeously snuggly Cwtch of the Week from Kerry and Tom.  This beautiful pair had their e-shoot by the very talented and ever so lovely Amy & Omid Photography.  After a fabulous day around the breathtakingly picturesque Snowdonia with the photographers, Kerry and Tom finished it off with this fabulous squiggy and super tight cwtch. I think you will agree, its absolute perfection!

Cwtch of the Week: Kerry & Tom’s Snowdonia Cwtch


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Aaaaaahhhh its super dreamy. Her lovely smile, and closed eyes and his protective arms holding her tight.  Delicious cwtch indeed! And we have their lovely engagement story, so over to you Kerry….

Ah, Tom did a wonderful proposal! We’d been going out 8 months and planned a short break in Barcelona for Tom’s birthday. One day we took a metro just outside of the city to a romantic gardens with a labyrinth. I love the fun of walking around mazes so I suggested we go different routes and meet in the middle. Well, I ended up being a bit lost for a while and Tom was already there.

After having a picnic at the centre of the maze which has a statue of Eros, God of love, Tom began talking about us, our relationship and I had no idea that he would propose but just then he got down on his knee and pulled out a ring box! I was utterly surprised – but said yes of course! It was the most perfect proposal I could have ever wished for!

Aaaahhhhhch wonderful.  Well done Tom! And guess what? We are super lucky. Not only do we have this lovely cwtch of the week, but we also have Kerry and Tom’s entire engagement shoot coming up tomorrow. If this is anything to go by, we are in for an absolute treat!

So, treat this as a warm up, a stretch, if you will. As your eyes are in for a delight tomorrow. We absolutely cannot wait!