Groom To Be Diaries: Introducing James & Mike, Our RAF Grooms

Good morning Cwtchers!
We have a wonderful new blogger to introduce to you! We have the pleasure of introducing James and Mike, our RAF grooms and our new Groom Diary piece!

James and Mike, both in the RAF met online, and haven’t stopped the love since!  

We have so much about these two to tell you already, but for now, over to James to tell us all about how they met, and that proposal….

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Introducing James & Mike, Our RAF Grooms

How it all began!

On a cold crisp day, whilst down in Cornwall for my friends sister’s wedding, I had friend request off this guy (Mike).

We started chatting and getting to know each other and I fell for him instantly.

He was kind and charming and just made me laugh all the time.

I wanted to meet Mike but he was based out in RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. Not somewhere I could just pop in my car and go to.

So after more weeks chatting getting to know each other, Mike invited me out to Cyprus, and I thought, ‘yeah why not let’s do it!’ haha.

So, we booked my flight from RAF Brize Norton and it was to land at RAF Akrotiri at 1630 hrs on the 16th May 2015.


I was so nervous. As I waited patiently for my bags I was thinking, this could either be the best thing I have ever done or the worst, but either way, I was determined to go for it.

And then there he was, waiting outside the terminal for me, and my smile just grew with his beauty.

We did so many things while out in Cyprus; scuba diving, snorkelling, hired a buggy for a few days, and explored pretty much the whole island of Cyprus.


It was by far the best first date ever.

A few months later Mike was posted back to the UK and our relationship grew.

It was amazing.

We saw a show in London, went for amazing food at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants and many other wonderful dates.


We have been back to Cyprus three times and to Venice……where he almost proposed :P

However, in April, Mike had to go away with work. He needs to travel constantly for his new job, and I miss him like mad when he is gone.


Two days after he had left, I had a parcel through the post.  It was from Mike.

I opened it to find there were hundreds of M&Ms.

On them were pictures of Mike and I etched on, with the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’

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Of course I said yes…..and before you knew it we were engaged.

Ooooooooooohhhh we are so excited for you all to find out more about these two! Its such a wonderful story! And we get to hear all about in on the run up to their 2017 wedding! Cannot wait!

Cwtch of the Week: A Castle Cwtch

Good Monday to you all Cwtchers! This weeks beautiful Cwtch of the Week: A Castle Cwtch, is from the fabulous and very talented Lewis Fackrell.  The lovely couple are Mark and Rhian. The image was taken on the walls of Llansteffan Castle with a beautiful backdrop of the Gower.  Over to Lewis to tell us a bit more about the couple……..x

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Cwtch of the Week: A Castle Cwtch

Lewis Frackrell Rhian and Mark Cwtch

Mark and Rhian first met 10 years before they actually got together.  He remembered but she didn’t.  He mentioned that he remembered the fact that she was a farmer’s daughter from Llanelli and that he’d also pretended to be French when they first met (which on both occasions, was at a Wales v France six nations match in Cardiff). Only the second time, he was not leaving without her number.
The Proposal
Fate had made Mark wait long enough.  Mark planned a proposal in Rome as Rhian had always had a romanic vision of a proposal in front of Fontana di Trevi.  Unfortunately it was covered in scaffolding, so Mark kept her waiting a little longer.  The moment finally came in the middle of gale force winds and hail on the top of Snowdon.
She didn’t get long to answer as it was too cold to hang around at the summit! They finally got together in 2012 and 4 years later they are tying the knot.
 Ahhh amazing! They were just meant to be! Mark and Rhian get married on 18th June in Llansteffan. Looking forward to seeing those images! x

A Romantic Proposal in Paris

A few weeks ago we featured this proposal shoot in Tintern Abbey and I loved it so much that I followed it up the week after with this post talking about why I love proposal and pre-wedding shoots. We also put a plea up on our Facebook page for brides with proposal photographs to get in touch. Reader Jess answered this plea and this week she is here telling us all about her romantic proposal in Paris with surprise photos by Lindsey of Pictours Paris, take it away Jess.


Phil and I went to secondary school together and were part of the same friendship group all the way through. We were the only two from the group to end up in Swansea University and I think the fact he was a familiar face and the fact all my housemates quite fancied him meant that we began spending more time together and eventually he asked me out on a date. The date was a bit of a disaster, we were both very awkward! Doors, escalators and ticket machines tried to scupper us, but at the end of the night when he nearly missed his bus because he ran back to give me a good night kiss I knew he was pretty special. We have been together for more than five years now, all through uni and graduating, getting our first jobs and finally moved in together last year. 


On our fifth anniversary of being together Phil surprised me with a trip to Paris, he is usually pretty useless at keeping secrets so when I accidentally found out about the trip a few weeks early I thought I had it all figured out. On Wednesday 8th of April, he told me he was taking me out for a special meal near the Pont des Arts and thought we could stop by there to place our padlock on the bridge. So we dressed up nicely and headed out, we picked the perfect place for our padlock to stay forever and I attached it, feeling all romantic and lovely!


Then I turned back to Phil and he was down on one knee saying something about being happy and being in love and spending our lives together (his exact wording has been completely lost on both of us since!) he then produced my gorgeous 1950s vintage diamond ring.

1 5Apparently I didn’t say yes I just grabbed it and cried and squealed and he had to ask if that was meant to be a yes! We were cuddling and I was all in a bit of a blur with the whole thing when out of the corner of my eye I spotted someone taking photos of us. Phil told me to ignore it but she started coming closer and congratulating us, she told me she had been asked by Phil weeks ago to capture the whole thing and wondered if I would be happy to have a few more photos taken, after Phil confirmed this was all really happening we set off to have some beautiful photos taken near the Louvre and catching the golden hour light. 
My lovely Phil who I didn’t think was capable of keeping secrets managed to organise the whole thing, searching for an English speaking photographer in Paris, sending her a photo of us so she knew who to look for, emailing and texting her all day to catch the right time for the photos. Secretly buying the ring I had fallen in love with weeks before and cheekily showed him and meeting my dad in Sainsbury’s cafe to ask his permission. 

We both told our families that night (although my dad couldn’t keep a secret like Phil so most of them already knew!) but kept the news to ourselves for a little while so we could tell as many people in person as possible. We left Paris the next day and Phil received an email from the lovely Lindsey from Pictours Paris with a link to all our photos, so as soon as we got home and had a decent internet connection again, we had a nose through them and relived it all again tears included! 

We have spent a little time enjoying being engaged, showing off our photos and sharing our lovely story since then and finally started planning this month. So far we have booked our venue the lovely Ty Mawr in Lisvane for August 2015, next on the list to find is a photographer that can ensure our wedding day photos live up to the incredible engagement photos! 

3Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Jess, I absolutely love your photos and can’t wait to drag Mark to the Pont des Arts to hang up a love lock now! I am still dying to see more proposal shoots – these are my new favourite thing. If you have one, or if you have a proposal story with a pre-wedding shoot to boot then contact me at



Falling in Love: Part 2

A little while back we asked via our Facebook page for readers to get in touch telling us how they met their other halves. We had an amazing response and have some lovely stories to share with you all. Back in June we told you how Hannah met Dan and we are back this week with another amazing story.

In the second part of our series on falling in love we hear from reader Beth who met her husband to be through a wrong phone number – if you believe in fate I think you’ll agree this was it!

I hope you enjoy reading about it, if you have a story about how you jumped in with both feet and fell in love we would really like to hear it.

How Beth met Nathan

On January 5th 2010 I received a text from a random number out of the blue and I replied politely saying “Sorry you have the wrong number”, a message came back saying “Who’s this then?” and this was the start of a month of phone calls and text messages. We couldn’t believe it when we found out that we lived 15 minutes from each other!! It was my birthday on the 13th of February (the day before Valentine’s day) and I received a massive bunch of flowers and two cards from Nathan.

We decided to meet each other for the first time on the 15th of February as I wanted to thank him in person for the flowers. We arranged to meet outside Costa Coffee at the MacArthur Glen retail outlet in Bridgend, when I first saw him it hit me like a brick wall: I knew there and then that I was going to marry him! He’s told me the same since!

We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2011 in front of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland Paris, it was the most amazing moment of my life! I had absolutely no idea he was going to do it! When we first got to Disneyland I wanted to go straight to see Winnie the Pooh but Nathan wouldn’t let me :( little did I know what he had planned! We waited in line for 20 minutes for Pooh bear on Christmas Eve, Nathan handed my camera to another person waiting in line and I had my photo taken with Pooh bear on my own then Nathan took off his coat and walked towards me, it was absolutely freezing!!! He grabbed my hands and I could feel he was shaking like a leaf, he told me that he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and that I completed his life. The ring was absolutely gorgeous and he had designed it himself! Luckily the person with my camera had kept on snapping without me realising and I was amazed that I got this photograph of the moment.

We moved into a new house in March 2012 and have been saving for our wedding ever since.

The moment captured on my camera and the ring designed by Nathan

The moment captured on my camera and the ring designed by Nathan


Thank you Beth for getting in touch with your beautiful story, good luck with all of your wedding plans! 

We hope it all comes together for you soon,

Charlie x

Falling in Love: Part one

If you are a follower of our Facebook page, you’ll know we ask lots of questions. We love getting to know you all.

Recently I asked, how did you meet you’re other half? Very quickly I started getting snippets of some fabulous Welsh love stories! After emailing some of our readers and hearing how wonderful these stories are, they’ve agreed to let me share them with you all.

I personally love reading about those that took risks, trusted that gut instinct and followed their heart. Life is way too short to spend it waiting for mr or mrs right to come knocking on your door.

Here is the first in a series of posts as told by our readers. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them. Maria

How Hannah Met Dan (as told by Hannah)


So I popped into the bank in Abergavenny as I did on a weekly basis. And there was a new boy behind the counter.  I fleetingly noticed he was quite cute, dark cheeky smile, but that was it.  I went to the counter and he said “what kind of name is that – you’re not from around here” and I thought he was so cheeky! So having heard his strong Tredegar accent I told him the same!

My colleague was waiting for me outside and I said “that boy in there was so cheeky” and told her the story.  “Hannah, that’s flirting.”  Hahahaha I had no idea! Having gone through a break up I was “off men” for a while. Or so I thought! That was that and it wasn’t until a week later, I popped into the bank and the cheeky smile was there again. He waved over for me to go to his counter. Then the butterflies started and I found myself looking forward to my weekly bank visits ;-)

I was at home one evening and had a message on Facebook.  It was addressed to girl with the funny name and from bank boy. We’d had one mutual friend in common and apparently I popped up on his newsfeed. We went for a few dates in our lunch breaks over the next week or two then I had a phone call Xmas 2009 – did I want to spend new year in Paris?

My mam was a bit wary because we’d only just met but I followed my gut feeling and thought “why not” travelling on trains and staying in hostels is a good way to get to know someone.We both talked about backpacking but never had the chance to do it so I spent two amazing weeks on an adventure backpacking around Europe. We fell in love. It was the time of my life.

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We’ve kept travelling the globe and road tripped all around the west coast, New York Vegas.

He told me in our road trip that everyone thought he’d propose to me but he wanted me to remember it as my 30th trip not the holiday we got engaged.

It was on a weekend in London two weeks after our road trip that Dan proposed. He booked us in a suite at the park plaza – I assumed that we’d just had an upgrade.

My best friend Rebecca lives in London so whenever we’re there I always meet up with her. I didn’t realise that this spoiled his plans to take me to Primrose Hill and propose as the sun set!

We ended up in a secret cocktail place in London where we had to walk through a smeg fridge! Had brunch, cocktails and then dan kept nervously checking his watch and panicking about time.

We got back to the hotel. I had my orders to shower. (So he could order some wine ready to pop the question) and I came out of the shower (with a very fetching shower cap on) and watch Murray win on the TV. Someone knocked the door and as I skipped over Dan says “you’re in your dressing gown I’ll get it” panicking that I’d spoil the surprise (again) and I turned around, he was on one knee holding a box.

I had no clue! I just burst into tears and jumped around the room (forgetting to say yes)


It was amazing. He asked my mam’s permission the week before. I may have been naked with just a dressing gown and shower cap on and not on primrose hill but it was us. Every crazy minute. After a few phone calls and crying we had the most amazing night listening to Buble at the O2 :-) and of course there’ll be plenty of buble at our wedding next summer.


Thanks for sharing Hannah! We think Bank Boy rocks!

I’m sure there are lots more welsh modern love stories amongst us all! come on…lets start sharing them, this series of posts may give someone the courage to follow their heart!  How did you and your other half meet? We’d love to know. Email your story to us at and if chosen, you too will feature on our blog :) If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, thats fine with us too xxx