Cwtch of the Week: Aaron and Sarahs Moment by Anderson Photography

Welcome to another week Cwtchers

Well this Cwtch is just gloriously romanic isn’t it! That hold, the closed eyes, the field, the sun setting, the tear down her face….aaaahhhh dreamy.

Aaron and Sarah got married a few weeks ago, but this was taken on their engagement shoot, shot by the fabulous David at Anderson Photography.  Over to David to tell us a bit of how this image happened……


Aaron and Sarahs Moment

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The one of of them both, Sarah had a tear running down her cheek as the wind was so intense.
The wind was so intense it brought tears to her eyes, so they pulled eachother in for the cwtch of all cwtches xxx

We have to agree David, its just stunningly breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing x

Penarth Pier Proposal

“You may have heard about this in the local press recently. However, we’re thrilled to have the shocked bride-to-be Louisa sharing her side of the story for all of us here at Cwtch The Bride.  We LOVE a good proposal story and this boy certainly did good!  Lets hand you over to Louisa to tell you all about it.” 

penarth pier proposal 02It’s been almost two weeks and I am still in shock about how my boyfriend proposed to me. It was the night of our first year anniversary and I was really looking forward to going out for a meal to celebrate, little did I know though about what he was planning.

We went to one of my favourite local restaurants by the pier called the Fig Tree, and half way through our meal I noticed that the pier looked all lit up with fairy lights, thinking nothing of it I pointed it out to my boyfriend and he casually remarked we should go and have a look at what’s going on there after we had finished our meal. It never once crossed my mind that those lights could be for me.

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Once we had finished our meal, I did start to think he was acting a little twitchy as he was really insistent that he wanted to go outside and have a look at the pier.  I went along with it, but I left my bag in the restaurant as I thought we were going back, when he found this out he raced back in a grabbed my bag for me.  We walked up to the gates of the pier and it was locked, but luckily the pier master arrived with the key to let us in, it was only after the proposal that I found out that the pier is usually shut by this time and that Andrew had arranged it especially to be open just for us.

Once we got to the entrance of the pier, I could see that there was a run way lit up with tea lights, I still had no idea as I just thought there was something going on on the pier, but then he pointed to the side, and there surrounded by tea lights in a shape of a heart was a warm hot water bottle and fleece which he picked up and said this is for you.  I just looked at him bewildered and said why’s this for me?  He just took me by the hand and led me round the corner.  Once we turned the corner I could see the whole pier had been lit up and there was a pathway of lights leading to the end, it all looked so magical.  Then music started playing and I realised it was Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats, which is our special song.  I turned to him again and said did you do this?  He just smiled and laughed a little and said no no not me.  We carried on walking and by this stage I really didn’t know what to think, I was so confused, I was just looking round at all the lights a bit too shocked to speak.  Then he stopped at the first table and gave me a bunch of red roses, and then asked if I would like some champagne which was on the next table.

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I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing; it was finally sinking in that he had done all this for me!  I was speechless.  Finally he led me to the end of the pier where there was a red heart lit up on the floor and a little table covered in lights, then he reached over and picked up a box from the table, hidden underneath a bag of popcorn (my favourite food).

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Then he got down on one knee, I don’t think the words will you marry me had left his mouth before I blurted out oh my god yes!  By this point I thought I really couldn’t believe what was happening!  The first thing he did was give me a big hug and a kiss then spun me round to watch the fireworks he had prepared for this moment.  The fireworks were beautiful and it was such a brilliant way to finish off the proposal.  What makes this proposal even more special, is that Andrew was my first ever boyfriend when I was a teenager and now I can say he will be my last boyfriend too.

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I think you can agree with me that Louisa is one lucky lady. If you would like to share your proposal story please email 

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