This cwtch of the week by Jake at Ryan Welch Photography is just amazing!
Emily and Georgia got married in late march this year. The beautiful spring day mirrored the incredible day that these two had. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest at one of our stunning lush list venues the Oxwich Bay Hotel, these stunning ladies enjoyed their big day by the beach. They celebrated with a walk along the shore and sparklers in the evening. The relaxed atmosphere sums up their laid back, intimate relationship perfectly.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
We previously mentioned that some of our Bride-to-be competition entries brought us to tears. Well, this was one of those brides….But not sad tears….Nope! Tears rolling down our face with laughter. I would like to introduce you all to Kath, our new Traditional Bride!
This beautiful lady is getting married in September and chose our Lush List member Oxwich Bay Hotel for her nuptials. She is planning a multicoloured, sparkly, spangly wedding day and I’m sure like many of you, her husband to be is not into the planning side of things. So far it’s been her, her and oh her again, doing everything!
She is a great story teller with loads of advice and we’re super excited to have her join our team. Lets give her a warm welcome ~ Kate.
Our Traditional Bride
Ok soooo let me tell you a bit about me!! As you’ll see, this is obviously more than 300 words…!! But it’s who I am, where I’m from, how I feel about love, marriage, and my hopes for the future. Also, you’ll see I refer to my fiancé as “The Manfriend” which is a moniker (name) I use when discussing him on Facebook in my ridiculously long statuses… It started off as a bit of a joke, but it stuck, and my friends all know him as that now… but his real name is Rich!!
My name is Kathryn (or “Kat” to The Manfriend, Kath to most other people, but under no circumstances Kathy!!) I’m 31 years old, blonde at heart, a bubbly Scorpio who loves a jäger bomb, loves my cats, and of course, loves my fiancé. But nothing compares to the love I have for the Kings of Leon. That’s probably more of an obsession.
I grew up in a little Carmarthenshire village called Tycroes, until last year, when I moved to the bright lights city of Swansea!! My parents had me a little later in life, meaning I’ve always been a bit spoilt! Not in a bratty way, but I’ve always had “firm” (read: “loud”) opinions about what I’ve wanted in life, and planning our wedding is no different. Fortunately (or unfortunately, as the case may be – I will have to reassess this as the months pass!) The Manfriend is leaving most of the planning to me. He’s got a few ideas which I will obviously consider… but for now, he’s happy to let me plough ahead with the organisation, and that suits me just fine!!
I’m also pretty creative, meaning a lot of the little things like Save The Dates, Invitations, Favours and even table centrepieces are going to be DIY, where I will be channeling my inner Neil Buchannan (sorry if you don’t remember Art Attack – you should really Google it, it was amazing!!) so this will hopefully save some pennies as well as adding a really personal touch to our big day!!
Living at home with my mum and dad taught me a lot about love. My parents were war babies and married on my mum’s 21st birthday. This year, they celebrated their Golden Anniversary (50 years!!), and the love and respect they endlessly and unconditionally share makes my heart burst with pride, and has cemented my own belief in love and marriage.
I had a really happy and traditional childhood, and with 2 big sisters, I was (and still am!) a very girly girl! I’d spend hours playing “Wedding Day” with my Barbie and Ken dolls and was still playing with them until second year comprehensive school (secretly!) But having such a solid family upbringing has left me with some distinctly lopsided values…
For instance, I believe without question that a man should hold every door open for his lady, always pay for dinner, and most importantly, take the bins out without a fight!!
But if The Manfriend was ever to suggest I spend a day cleaning the house, doing the dishes, and slaving over a hot stove preparing dinner in readiness for his arrival home from work, well… I’d laugh in his face!!
My mum is a true housewife, and my dad a true gent, but they just don’t make them like that any more!! And it’s probably just as well… The Manfriend is (literally) the chef in our household – and I’ve been known to eat off a paper towel rather than wash a plate!!
And as old-school as my upbringing was, I was also brought up to believe I could be anything I wanted to be in life. So in 9 months time, I choose to be Wedding Day Barbie!! But with smaller boobs. And shorter legs. And a significantly larger waist. And I’m going to treat my very own Ken to some jolly good old fashioned downright modern loving!!
So that’s pretty much me! (I would say “in a nutshell,” but it’s more like “in a coconut lorry.”) xxx
You can see why choosing a shortlist was so hard! They are all great and we cant wait for you to meet the next bride to be! Have a lovely day! ~Kate
Today we have the lovely vintage floral wedding of Sam and Dan who were married on the 27th April 2013. All images in this post were taken by Maria Farrelly Photography. We’ll also thrilled to be featuring the couples wedding film by the talented Richard from Aurora too. Here’s the bride Sam to give you all the details behind her big day. Enjoy x
What was your budget?
We were very lucky to have saved a lot of money leading up the the wedding and my parents were both wonderful in supporting us too. We had just bought and renovated out first house which made it a little harder but the deal was Daniel paid for all things house related and I got to spend my savings on our wedding. We started out with a budget of £20,000 but we went over …. I was embarrased to admit that at first but now I’m less so because our day was perfect for us & it all worked out perfectly. I still honestly haven’t worked out how much over budget we went because it doesn’t really matter now. We had the prettiest, happiest & special day we could have wished for. I put so much planning in (a lot that my Daniel didn’t even know about) that I was awestruck on the day because everything I had imagined was there in reality.
My only regret which Daniel laughs about is I wish if hired a vintage ice cream man! Nevermind I keep teasing that in 10 years we can renew our bows and have one then. He’s not falling for it yet mind.
How would you describe your wedding theme?
I love all things vintage and floral … So I guess I would call it vintage floral. I just loved all the research I did before hand & I was so lucky that all the vendors that I did involve totally understood what I wanted. I know vintage is a huge theme for weddings at the moment so I wanted to add my own elements in too – so my bridesmaids and I did a lot of craft work in the lead up to the wedding to make little touches that were perfect. I also roped in my nan & grampa who bless them spent days cutting out fabric triangles for my bunting. All those things made my day more special because people realised the effort we had gone to.
We added a little bit of our quirkiness with our table names though – poor Rugby playing Dan had to get his stamp in somewhere or else he would have got some hassle from his team mates so we chose our favourite characters from films, books and tv and had them as our table names including a short blurb on their love story. My choices were the as expected … Elizabeth Bennett & Mr Darcy, Othello & Desdemona, Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger (that was the top table – I am a huge Harry Potter fan). Dans were more along the lines of Hans Solo & Princess Leia, Aragorn & Arwen and Buffy & Angel.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
I genuine loved every minute of it, but two memories really stick out. My parents are divorced and have been since I was 5 years old so I can barely remember a time when they were both together with me. Both are happily remarried now & I have wonderful step parents but I still had the dream of going to the church with both of them accompanying me. I had not asked either of my parents beforehand and on the morning of the wedding as we walked to the car they both got in with me. It’s making me emotional writing about it but it was the most wonderful 25 minute car journey I’ve ever had. It was so surreal for me to be with two of the most important people in my world sharing wine gums as we made our way to the wedding. I will never forget that journey.
My second memory happened right at the end of the day, I sat with my new husband on the furthest table from the dance floor and we just watched all of our friends and family and saw them all having a fabulous time and I was so overwhelmed. All Daniel & I wanted was a day which everyone enjoyed, our wedding was not just about us. For us, it was about everyone who had shared in our memories up til now. It was so lovely to see.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I am so lucky that I have a lot of really close friends, I had 6 bridesmaids, a maid of honour and I got to have a man of honour!. I could never have chosen between the bridesmaids, they are all so wonderful and so different. I chose my oldest friend Kirsty who was always going to be my bridesmaid since the days of playing “house” in primary school ( I was always the daughter and she was the mother, she still as wonderfully bossy and maternal now). Then I picked Jenna my friend from secondary school because she is always there for me when I need her & she gives the best advice. I met Kim & Cooki at University in Chester, where we studied nursing together they are the funniest girls and both so different, Kim is probably the most similar to me personality wise and Cooki and I have the same sense of humour. I then chose Kara who is the nicest, sweetest friend she is married to the bestman so are our closest couple friends so it was inevitable i’d pick her. We also had our beautiful neice Carys which was special for us both as she has grown up infront of us into a spectacular young woman.
Then for the maid of honour .. Kerry is amazing, she is the most organised, helpful
And wonderful friend. She knows me perfectly and can tell you my reaction to things before I know what it will be myself, she is fiercely loyal and just all round lush!
Drew; my man of honour, is my oldest and dearest friend – we grew up together with our mothers as best friends showing us off in our prams. Drew and I have a wonderful relationship, we turn to each other when we need to and I love the sarcastic banter we have. We always said that if we reach 40 and were still single we’d marry each other – luckily we both have our own wonderful partners now.
Why did you choose your venue?
We wanted to find a venue that was different, we wanted to it to be beautiful but a relaxed atmosphere. My maid of honour; Kerry, recommended Oxwich Bay so I went to visit with my mother and step dad one Saturday while Daniel was playing rugby and I fell In love. The marquee was beautiful and the views second to none. The food in the hotel was yummy and who could turn down a beach as perfect as Oxwich Bay!
When I returned home, I was gushing about it and Daniel immediately agreed as he lost his Mother when he was a child and has memories of spending time with her there as a child. So from that moment we knew it was meant to be.
How did the proposal happen?
Dan took me on holiday to Icmelar in Turkey during my Easter holidays from Uni. Those who know Daniel know he is a man of very few words – it’s all about quality not quantity when you get a conversation out of him. Anyway he took me to a restaurant on the harbour and I had a suspicion what was coming … The restaurant owners set up a table on a makeshift balcony which I was very concerned would break – neither of us are know for our athletic builds (hah). After the main course Daniel put a jewellery box on the table (unopened) and said “so, err Sam will you marry me then?”.
I just laughed and said “let’s see the ring first then”. I would have said yes anyway mind. The funniest bit was he made me promise to tell everyone else that he got down on one knee hah – oh well the secret is out now. Bless him!
What was your first dance & why?
We chose our actual song .. It’s not your typical first dance but it is a song we both love and it reminds us of each other. It was “I miss you” by Blink 182. We did try to find a more suitable song but we really couldn’t agree on a final choice so we thought – if it isn’t broke –why fix it?
Funnily enough – we are big dance of the tv series Bones, and the main characters (who were also table names) just got married and their first dance was the same as ours – it makes it more perfect for us now.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
Erm …. I would have been on time at the church. I am now famous amongst our friends and family as I was over an hour late for our wedding ceremony, I still can’t tell you now why I was so late – everything seemed to be going to plan – laughable really. My bridesmaids know me inside out and did not mention the time because I would have had a meltdown if I had realised. I’m so glad they didn’t, everything was lovely and relaxed. Well for me but poor Daniel was pacing at the church. Apparently the guests were asking if he was worried and he just kept saying ” I knew she would be late & I know she’ll be here I’m just wondering what time.” Sadly I am known amongst my friends at being the late one – they always tell me the wrong time if we have any plans because I just can’t seem to adhere to times. It was quite apt that I walked down the aisle to “Etta James “At last” – that always brings a smile to my face.
I was so lucky though because it could have been disastrous for the organisation of the day, Maria, our photographer was fab she managed to get all the pictures I wanted even in the reduced time, Samantha my wedding coordinator just rearranged things and Oxwich Bay just carried on to my new timeframe. Thank goodness we didn’t get married in our local church though the pastor there is very strict on timekeeping so she probably would not have married us. So I owe Howard our pastor at Mumbles Methodist Church a huge thank you!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
I can’t remember who told me but somebody said that I should walk very slowly down the aisle, look up and take it all in. That was the best advice.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Everything, I loved having total control and letting my imagination run wild. I would do it again in a heartbeat – I just adored searching magazines and the internet, snapping ideas and then sharing them with my mother & bridesmaids to have their input. I loved that my bridesmaids and I met up every Wednesday for weeks before the wedding and just looked at ideas and had a construction line making bunting, centrepieces and favours. It was just nice to spend so much time together.