Friday Flashback Real Wedding: Rock & Roll Carnival Wedding – Tanya & Kev

Good morning Cwtchers!!!! We thought as we are celebrating our 4th birthday this week we would do a throwback Real Wedding post today to one of our first ever ones done all the way back in February 2013!!  Grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy this wonderful carnival wedding…

meAll photos in this post were taken by our very own, award winning Maria Farrelly :) (who did not write this bio herself!) Maria is located in Newport, but is always willing to travel. You can see all posts featuring her photography here.

Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

Tanya (a student teacher) and Kev ‘Paps’ Papworth-Morgan (a guitar tech with the Welsh rock band, Bullet for my Valentine) got married on the 1st of September 2012 at the Bridgend Registry Office, with their reception at Hi-Tide in Porthcawl. They decided on a carnival wedding theme, which featured a drinks reception from the boot of their cars, donkeys, candy floss, fairground rides, penny slots and hawaiian shirts! We asked Tanya a few questions and this is what she said:

What was your favourite part of your wedding? The fairground and amusements. Seeing all our friends get stuck in and laugh all day was just as I imagined.

Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

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Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

Why did you choose your venue? For the views over the beach and the fantastic food. Plus I didn’t want my guests to have to pay silly bar prices. Had they charged a ridiculous price for a glass of wine, we would NEVER have had the wedding there! I wanted all of our guests to feel comfortable, regardless of money, race, religion etc.

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Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

How did the proposal happen? (we love a good proposal story!) This is the most unromantic thing you would have ever heard. I basically got bored of waiting for Kev to propose so just told him it was time to get engaged. I picked the ring, took his bank card and paid for it. Then I gave him the ring when it arrived and asked him to give it back to me. He said ‘please put this ring on. Urm, I love you.’ That was it. He does tell me now that he regrets not giving me a proper proposal but it’s not a big deal to me!

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Lots of it was DIY! My bouquet I made by using brooches from ebay and a tutorial from youtube, the name stones were pebbles that I wrote on, glittered and then varnished and I made the card box from images from Google! I wrote all the favour cards and used a heart hole punch to make them look prettier. I made the table plan too after seeing the prices people charged for something that was not going to fit my theme. Most of the signs were also made by me!!

Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

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What was your first dance & why? King of The Swingers from Jungle Book. Kev played this on the ukulele in a gig and then a friend remembered and it just fitted the people that we are. We don’t have a romantic song and are really not a soppy couple so something that would make people smile was totally fitting. Kev dancing like an ape was a surprise to me however!!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? I would totally have a change of dress for the evening. I was so tired and the dress was heavy. Had I had some jammies, I would have lasted longer!

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What was your budget? Our total spend was £9000. This included £4000 on the wedding bands (I HAD to have those diamonds!), the photographer’s fee and my dress. £5,000 on everything else, Bargain wedding!!

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Do you have any advice for future brides? Don’t stress about the small things. If it’s not perfect, you will be the only person that notices. Your friends will just be delighted for you both. Try not to get too ‘weddingy’, having a simple wedding made it more fun and less stressful. 9 times out of 10, you don’t need half of the things you see online!! Enjoy your day, but don’t feel the pressure of having the best day of your life. Mine was incredible but the days afterwards were better than the wedding day, just looking at my new husband made me smile!

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Real Wedding: Carnival Themed Porthcawl Wedding - shot by Maria Farrelly

Vendors

Photography – Maria Farrelly (see all Cwtch the Bride shoots featuring Maria here)
Ceremony – Bridgend Registry Office
Reception – Hi-Tide Porthcawl
Dress – Ronald Joyce Dominique from Wedding Belles in Pyle
Shoes – River Island
Kev’s suit – Moss Bross and shoes from Camden Market
Cake – Friend’s mother in law baked the pies for us!
Flowers – Gutteridge in Bridgend and my bouquet was made from brooches
Hair and make up – Claire Davies
DJ/Band – Daz Cortina
Invites – Pretty Wild Designs

Thanks Tanya! We love how relaxed and fun your wedding feels! :) Now onto the full day’s photos…

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Real Wedding: Lindsey & Mark’s St Fagans Wedding by Maria Farrelly

Good morning one and all and happy Friday!

What a week at Cwtch HQ. Maria’s (Cwtch the ride realtor) birthday, which in turn lead to up climbing Pen Y Fan (we thought she did suggest cocktails when we said we’d do whatever she wanted for her birthday), National Cwtch Day, St Dwynwen’s Day and we announced the sale of #Cwtchfest2017 tickets! Wooooooo

As you know, the amazing wedding festival that is #Cwtchfest2017, will be held at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum. So how perfect is it that we get to have a little throwback to our very own #Cwtchfest Organiser, Lindsey’s big day to her Mark, where you can see how stunning St Fagans is as a wedding venue …

Lindsey and Mark got married on the 7th of June 2014 at the amazing St Fagans National History Museum and their beautiful day was captured by our very own Maria Farrelly Photography. We asked Lindsey some questions about her and Mark’s big day. 

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How would you describe your wedding theme? Relaxed tea party St_Fagans_wedding372 St_Fagans_wedding579

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? The vows and how much in that moment I felt how much I meant it and how much it meant to Mark. He’s only ever cried to the film Marley and me so to hear his voice trembling with emotion gave me goose pimples. I have felt in a little happy bubble ever since. Also, our band Raspberry Jam were sooo incredible, we love live music and they just blew everyone out the water.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress This is the point where I learnt Pinterest can be dangerous. I fell in love with a dress which I soon came to realise was a couture dress from a boutique in San Francisco. Very within my means. I probably drove my bridesmaids mad searching for something similar and to limit my choices it had to have sleeves! I found that the only place that exceeded my expectations of wedding dress shopping was Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth, I believed she really cared about making me feel like I wanted to feel in that dress. However, the dress I fell in love with was an Augusta Jones Mai dress from the lovely Laura May in Roath who were brilliant. My belt is my keepsake from the day made by Ashley from With Love from Bobbin it’s the only thing I’ve allowed myself to keep. I love it. St_Fagans_wedding141 St_Fagans_wedding146St_Fagans_wedding029

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? Mark had 3 best men as there was no choosing between them. They have been through thick and thin together. However they each had their own roles. Matt planned the stag, Jamie was at the end of the aisle with Mark and poor James got the speech.
I originally decided I would have no bridesmaids as I have a lot of very close friends and just didn’t know what to do. However, I read an article called ‘bridesmates’ and how since the recession brides have cut back on bridesmaids yet their friends are still bearing the stress and responsibilities and of course cost of being one. It quickly became apparent my four Cardiff girls were these girls they became my go to for everything I love them to bits!! St_Fagans_wedding389 St_Fagans_wedding399 St_Fagans_wedding404

Why did you choose your venue? We debated for ages whether to have our wedding in St Fagans as it’s where I work but when viewing other venues I just found myself constantly comparing it to there. I also love the fact that we can take our kids there and can visit when we are older etc. St_Fagans_wedding334St_Fagans_wedding527Tell us about your wedding photographer: 

From the second I saw Maria’s photography and met her I knew she had to be part of our day.  Her love and enthusiasm shone through the way she spoke and her work.   It was all I talked about with Mark that evening- I actually got up and danced when she said she had our date free.

It was really important to us that we did not spend hours having staged photographs and the results are stunning!! I cannot believe how Maria has captured the important moments in such a way that didn’t impact on the day and yet are still so beautiful.

As someone who works in the wedding industry I respect Maria’s professionalism and how much she cares for each and every client. I could not recommend anyone else more highly.

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How did the proposal happen?  Mark took me to Edinburgh for my 30th as a surprise. That in itself was a massive deal so I was blindsided when after climbing up to King Arthur’s seat on the morning of my 30th in the snow (after arguing all the way up as I kept falling as it was so slippery) with 2 plastic bottles of wine and strawberries he proposed. I made him call my dad straight away as he hadn’t asked permission and I know it would have meant a lot to my dad. St_Fagans_wedding149

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Everything I did was DIY. As I work in my venue I knew I could do everything myself. Invites were done by my fabulous bridesmaid Lisa. Flowers were delivered in massive buckets on Friday morning and we spent all day doing arrangements. Jars were collected and decorated by friends for their wedding and donated to us. Tables runners were cut the night before. Table plan was written on a mirror night before.
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What was your first dance & why? We had no first dance. Music means a massive amount to both of us but neither of us wanted to do a first dance. So we didn’t.

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Do you have any advice for future couples? I meet so many brides who are stressed and do not enjoy the process of wedding planning. The only thing I can say is no one else knows what you have planned and what is supposed to happen when. Your friends and family will come have a great time and you will be in a big happiness bubble. The stuff people get stressed about does not matter. St_Fagans_wedding296 St_Fagans_wedding352 St_Fagans_wedding444 St_Fagans_wedding450

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To never take the other person for granted and to end every day with ‘I love you’

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Realising how much I personally knew about weddings and how to save money but still get the look and feel I wanted. I’m a geek sometimes and my inner arty self loved being crafty and also saving pennies. St_Fagans_wedding552 St_Fagans_wedding560 St_Fagans_wedding705 St_Fagans_wedding709

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly 

Ceremony Venue: St Fagans Castle

Reception Venue: St Fagans Oakdale Workman’s Institute
Bride’s Dress: Laura May Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packham from Debenhams
Bride’s Jewellery: Debenhams
Groom’s Outfit: His Own
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: With Love from Bobbin
Cake: Mark’s mum
Flowers: Bareblooms
Hair: Jackie at Yume Cardiff
Make Up: MAC
Band: The Raspberry Jam
Stationery: DIY
Caterers: elior@st fagans
Any Reception Decor/Props: DIY
Transport: Taxi
Other: LOVE letters from Cwtch the Bride

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Such a beautiful wedding! If you would like your wedding to feature on Cwtch the Bride you can get in touch here. And if you would like to hire our amazing LOVE Letters click here!

Real Wedding: Jenny and Thomas’s Edwardian Manor House Wedding

Oh its Friday again! Yippee!

And to start your weekend off in style, we have a truly lovely wedding for you!

Beautifully captured by the ever so talented Oliver J Photography, Jenny and Thomas got married at the breathtaking Edwardian Manor,  Llangoed Hall at the beginning of October.

It truly looks like it was just the most wonderful day, and we are totally loving this couple!

Over to Jenny and Thomas to tell us all about it…….

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Jenny and Thomas’s Edwardian Manor House Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

No real theme. We tried to keep it in keeping with the décor of our chosen venue, an Edwardian Manor House in the Wye valley, Llangoed Hall.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We genuinely loved the whole day. We wanted a relaxed wedding that we would enjoy celebrating with our guests in beautiful surroundings. The tone of the day was set by my friend’s gorgeous toddler who decided to abandon her parents and follow me down the aisle immediately making everyone laugh and it was the best way to calm our nerves. 

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Our best men were also brilliant and leapt up at completely the wrong moment to give us the rings making everyone laugh again and setting the tone for an incredibly fun day.

This carried through to the speeches during which all the speakers managed to balance genuine emotion with as many funny stories as they could squeeze in. As the bride, I particularly became a target and every personality quirk and childhood mishap suddenly became public knowledge. 

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My younger brother also decided he would do a speech as part of the father of the bride speech (fairly sure I didn’t actually give permission for that!) but it was incredibly emotional to hear our families talk about us with such love and affection. 

During the groom’s speech, Tom decided to share the story of the first proposal attempt which caused a lot of laughs at my expense particularly some of my friends decided it was time to share some of the antics from my hen weekend with the entire room.

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The laughter continued when the band started. I can honestly say I never expected to see my 80 year old grandmother who last danced at her own wedding in the ‘60s dancing with all my friends to Teenage Dirtbag and my parents – who also last danced in the ‘80s – jumping around to Mr Brightside. The band were amazing and getting everyone up and dancing and the set kept the energy going all night with a mix of music. 

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I’m not sure anyone is going to forget the dancing of that night, and fortunately – or unfortunately depending on how you felt about it – the photos and videos are circulating to remind those who would rather forget…

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

As we only had had 8 months until the big day, dress shopping was all a bit of a rush. I visited Laura May Bridal with one of my friends just to figure out what kinds of things I liked. 

I still couldn’t really imagine myself in a long white dress so had no idea what kind of thing I wanted. 

We described the kinds of dresses I liked and thought would suit me so along with the assistant, we picked shapes, materials, and styles to narrow things down. 

I was picking up art deco style pearl numbers, or lacy Kate Middleton style dresses, but the assistant picked up a plain silk waisted dress with beaded detailing on the back to try the shape. I barely looked at it and had passed in on the rack as not interested. 

I tried it on first to test out the shape and instantly loved it. It was simple, tailored and I didn’t feel completely overwhelmed by it. I told myself it was just because it was the first time I had seen myself in a wedding dress but every other dress I tried on felt like it was someone else’s dress and that I was completely overwhelmed by lace and beads and skirts. 

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I had taken one of my bridesmaids with me who was brilliant and telling me honestly when things suited me or not and I completely needed that brutal honesty because all the dresses were lovely. 

We narrowed it down to two dresses; the first one and a vintage 1920s beaded dress, and so I brought my mum back a week later to look at them. 

All week I had been thinking about the first dress. I tried them both on for my mum and we both fell completely in love with the first accidental dress and ordered it that day with plain ribbon edged veil and just prayed it would arrive in time. 

I ended up doing the thing they say you should never do, I brought the first dress, from the first shop, in under a week of looking.

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

Picking the bridesmaids was difficult because there were so many candidates who would have done an amazing job. 

We eventually decided on two of my uni ex-housemates and one of best friends who had just returned from living in Australia. This worked brilliantly having people representing different friendship groups and bringing alternative ideas and the wedding would not have been so amazing without them. 

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From the hen weekend to the them completely taking over decorating the venue and organising everything the day before – working a night shift 24 hours before your wedding turned out not to be such a good idea- they just completely sorted everything and did an incredible job.

The two bestmen – in the end we couldn’t pick – were two of Tom’s uni housemates. They did a great job from organising a stag weekend in Dublin which Tom loved, to helping organise the suits, and the speeches. As always they were on great form and helped make the day what it was.

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Why did you choose your venue?

Llangoed Hall was the only venue we visited. I had heard about it from friends and researched a few, but just kept coming back to it. 

We are wanted somewhere that we could have the ceremony and reception, and that could accommodate our guests overnight. We visited and it was even more beautiful than we had imagined and we loved it instantly. 

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We liked having all the rooms downstairs available to our guests so everyone could mill around as they pleased, making the day more relaxed.

The team there were also great at helping organise things and were invaluable on the day. They took care of everything from rounding up guests, helping our florist set up and took care of everything we asked. It freed us and the bridal party up to simply enjoy the day.

Tell us about your photographer

Oh Oliver. I had seen some of Oliver’s photos of a colleague’s wedding and I loved what I had seen on his website. 

We wanted our photos to be more documentary type, and make the most of the beautiful surroundings. 

I met Oliver about five months before the wedding and got on immediately and this carried on through to the big day. We really appreciated his input and ideas – even if it did end up with a last minute rush order on sparklers – and they all worked brilliantly on the day. 

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He managed to somehow completely blend in with the guests and just become part of the wedding whilst keeping everyone on task and on time. 

Neither of us particularly likes being the centre of attention or having our photo taken, but Oliver put us both at ease and made the photos an enjoyable experience.

How did the proposal happen? 

So the proposal took two attempts!

Poor Tom with the help of his groomsmen had planned a romantic surprise weekend away in hotel and was going to propose at the evening meal. It was lovely. We had a suite with champagne and strawberries, amazing food with matched wine for each courses. 

Unfortunately I’ve always been a bit of a lightweight and enjoyed the wine with our lunch a bit too much and never made it to the evening meal where he planned to propose. 

He was so traumatised it took six months for him to plan another weekend away. 

He proposed at a hotel in Covent Gardens when we had been discussing our plans for the following day by revealing a fake ring and a plan to go ring shopping for a replacement together the following day. 

It was a lovely and low key way to propose and I loved it , and it did explain his panic when I had suggested after dinner drinks on the way back to hotel. 

We went shopping the next day and picked the first ring I tried on in the first shop and bought it there and then.

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

We made all of the stationary and a lot of the decorations ourselves because we just struggled to find things we liked. The stationary seemed endless, but it made it more personal and was definitely worth it in the end.

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What was your first dance & why?

This was really tricky one because we don’t have “a song” most of the dancing we had done together had on nights out. 

I came across Ben Folds’s, ‘The Luckiest’ when it was featured in the film About Time and loved it and felt it best summed out how we felt about our relationships and each other. We have even learnt to waltz (via youtube) but then at the last minute abandoned the idea of a routine and waltzing and decided to take the pressure out of it and just wing it. 

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And whilst we will never win awards for our dancing, it was lovely to have a moment just the two of us together.

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

Absolutely nothing. We went in with the attitude of not stressing out about things being perfect because it would be a great day anyway and it worked for us. This meant we actually enjoyed the preparation and everything was perfect on the day. Not working nights 24 hours prior to the wedding would have been nice though!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Go with your gut. If you like it and know what you want go for it. 

We booked the first venue, bought the first dress, bought the first engagement and wedding rings, and wouldn’t change a thing. 

We only had 7 months from engagement to wedding so had to get organised and make quick decisions, but it actually took a lot of the stress out of it because we didn’t overthink or question our choices.

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

Laugh with each other and have fun. That way you will always be best friends as well as husband and wife.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

It was a great excuse to get together with friends and plan something fun together.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Oliver J Photography
Ceremony Venue: Llangoed Hall
Reception Venue: Llangoed Hall
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana at Laura May Bridal
Bride’s Headpiece: Etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Etsy
Groom’s Outfit: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Cake: Family Friend
Flowers: The Flower Hive
Hair: Brideology
Make Up: Brideology
Band: Rockit
Other: Favours – Fabulous Welshcakes
             Harptist – Alis Huws

The Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: 1950’s Vintage Tea Party – Sophie & Gareth

Good morning you beauts,

A classic wedding never goes out of fashion! Especially the one from our very now Sophie! Just having a little throw back moment, so, sit back and enjoy…

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Sophie and Gareth knew they wanted a vintage wedding, and worked hard to make their day as personal as possible on a small budget. They got married on the 26th May 2012, and Sophie tells their story for us here.

Inspiration and Styling: 

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We took most of our inspiration from our love of vintage (predominantly 50’s) styling. The guests knew what to expect and dressed in their finest 50’s-style glad rags. Gareth and I met at university eight years ago (I studied Fine Art and he studied English) and we wanted to touch on this also. I used my creativity to make and style as much as I could and we collected and used vintage books. Our rings were held in our favourite ‘old book find’. We love all things vintage so we spent a good year trawling charity shops, antique fairs and car boots looking for lace and vintage tablecloths, glass vases and accessories. My mother bought us an old Singer sewing machine as a wedding gift which we used and we even found an old wind-up gramophone and lots of 78’s from the 50’s which we left outside for guests to play with. We found 2 old postcards of our home towns (Leicester and Neath) which we framed and displayed too.

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Another theme we touched on was the fact that it was the Queen’s Jubilee year. She was crowned Queen in the 50’s and one of our favourite props was a calendar we found at a flea market from 1953 celebrating the Coronation. We used this in our engagement shoot and on the day too. The vintage mis-matched china we hired sat perfectly with my tablecloths and vases and really added to the vintage tea party feel we were going for. Each guest had a tea cup on their place setting with their name attached to the handle. I also spent days making felt hearts which were attached to the teabags – it all looked gorgeous. Hot water was served in vintage teapots and we toasted the speeches with tea.

We hired an old typewriter which we used to ask guests to leave us advice on. This sat on a vintage wooden tea trolley and it went down a treat!

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One of my favourite touches was a last minute idea to write our love story. We wrote this together and printed it on to recycled brown card ourselves. We left these on the ceremony seats so guests could read it before the ceremony (we’re not fans of the traditional order-of-service). We heard it left a few in tears.

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But by far my favourite item was the 1950s rug I found. We stood on this during the ceremony and the idea behind it was that we could keep the spot we got married on forever.  It is now one of our most treasured possessions.

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Flowers:

Peonies – my favourite flower with Sweet Peas (my late Grandfather used to grow them in his garden, entering them into competitions, and I couldn’t have had a bouquet without them). The bouquets were tied with lace ribbon which belonged to my late Grandmother.

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The bouquets were arranged by our florist (who grows the flowers on her farm) and she supplied boxes of flowers which the bridesmaids and I arranged into vases and around the barn the day before the wedding.

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Vendors: 

Obviously we couldn’t handle doing EVERYTHING ourselves but we insisted on using local companies.

All photos in this post were taken by our very own, award winning Maria Farrelly :) (who did not write this bio herself!) Maria is located in Newport, but is always willing to travel. You can see all posts featuring her photography here.

Dress – Bardot by Stephanie Allin purchased at White Bride
Brides’ shoes – Venetia by Rachel Simpson
Bride’s jewellery, bag & ladies gloves – Vintage
Bridesmaid dresses – Tara Starlet
Bridesmaids’ shoes – Just Because by Seychelles Footwear
Bridemaids’ bags – Disaster Designs
Groom & Groomsmen’s suits – Slaters
Groom & Groomsmen’s brooches – Vintage – Sophie’s Grandmothers
Wedding Rings –  Sophie’s ring is vintage Tiffany & Co and Gareth’s ring was from Clive Ranger in Swansea
Ice Cream – Rowlestone Court Dairy – run by a husband and wife who make the award winning ice cream on their farm with milk from their own cows.
Food – Sugarloaf Catering – we had a BBQ in the day and a hog roast in the evening.
Venue – The Barn @ Brynich, Brecon
Music (band) – The Brothel Creepers (a local band who only play 50’s & 60’s music)
Invites – Old Black Hen
Flowers – Brecon Blooms
China Hire, Tandem bike hire, Typewriter hire – Sipping Pretty
Hair – Esme Walton, Sheer Madness
Make up – My friend Katie

The video my talented brother put together for us:

Songs:

Ceremony – Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Signing the register – The Beach Boys – God only Knows & Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
First Dance – Andy Williams – Moon River – we LOVE Breakfast at Tiffanys and my engagement and wedding ring were Tiffany too.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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