Engagement Stories: Abby and Kyle’s Family Affair

Morning Cwtchers!

We have such a gorgeous engagement story for you today – AND, Abby is a new member of the Cwtch family!  Abby will be sharing her wedding planning stories with you all, so look out for her first instalment and of course, what her Cwtch Name will be!!
In the meantime, get that lovely warm and fuzzy feeling in your tummy with this….
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Abby and Kyle’s Family Affair

Omg where do i actually begin… being with Kyle for 12 and half years, 2 beautiful children and a mortgage I pretty much felt i had it all, beginning to think marriage wasn’t on the cards as we were fine ‘how we were’
Until….
Wednesday 14th June, I come home after a very busy evening in work (looking a state! Lol) was greeted at the door by Kyle who said ‘come up stairs me and the kids are watching a film’
As i walked up the stairs i heard lots of giggling,and in my bedroom were the 2 children tucked up in bed with the quilt right up to their chins and kyle sat on the edge of the bed. ‘Come and sit down a sec’ he said. As i sat on the bed, both Max and Grace had big grins on their faces and my initial thought was that they were about to play a joke on me!
Kyle told me how much i meant to him, and how much he loves me. He was proud of all we had been though and couldnt wait for many more years to come.
With that he said ‘me and the kids have been talking and have something to ask you’
The kids bounced off the bed to stand right in front of me pointing to their tshirts they had on- as i was reading them, kyle is then down on 1 knee with the most perfect looking diamond ring in his had asking if i would marry him.
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The kids were ecstatic shouting mummy will u marry daddy- as this is what it said on their tshirts!
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After floods of tears, and grace (whos 2) thinking it was my birthday so singing happy birthday whilst im crying lol I SAID YES!!
How my heart didnt jump out of my chest in the next 20 minutes i dont know, shocked/excited/emotional/over the moon.. all in one go! Max (who’s 6) couldnt wait to ring everyone to tell them i would have the same name as him!
We had a mini break to Spain (just me and kyle) all booked already, so the next evening we were off celebrating our engagement!!
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Engagement Stories: Tammy and Charlottes Surprise Sunset Proposal

Good morning everyone!

We are very happy to share this beautiful story with you! Not only is it just gorgeous, but we are also welcoming Tammy and Charlotte into the Cwtch The Bride family!

They will be our newest guest bloggers who will be sharing their ups and down whilst on their wedding planning journey! Watch this space for their official ‘Bride to Be Diaries‘ introduction!

But for now, get ready for a beautiful engagement story! If you would love to share your engagement story with us, get in touch!

Engagement Stories

Tammy and Charlottes Surprise Sunset Proposal

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Last year I met the love of my life. She was the most beautiful, kind and caring person I’d ever met. She was full of laughs and random facts, like that Penguins will spend a life time finding the perfect pebble to give to their life long companion.

On June 17th 2016 at Ogmore-by-sea beach, I found the perfect pebble for my perfect woman and asked her to be my girlfriend.

Fast forward a year to the day and I’m blind folded heading West to a secret location. Finally we reach it, Ogmore-by-sea beach where she’d set up a tee pee filled with cheeses, nibbles and Prosecco. We spent a gorgeous few hours relaxing whilst over looking the sea and the spot where we got together. Then as the sun went down she pulled out my pebble-she’d kept it.

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As we reminisced about our magical year together she brought out her own pebble and within it was a ring. “Wnei di priodi fi?” (Will you marry me?) she said. “Gwnaf” (I will) I replied.

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The next day, to top it off, she took me on a surprise hot air balloon ride. It was the one bucket-list entry I had. As we floated over the beautiful Welsh country side I looked over at this amazing woman I’d fallen in love with a year ago. She was still the most beautiful, kind and caring person I’d ever met but now she was my fiancé – my dreams had come true.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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. 
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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 charlie@cwtchthebride.com