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


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.


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!


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



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!!


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!


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!!


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!


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


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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Engagement Shoot: Becky and Lyndsey Seaside Shoot by Rocksalt

Morning everyone!
So last Monday, you will remember the gorgeous Cwtch of the Week of Becky and Lyndsey on Sully Beach, including their bundle of beautiful fluff, King Charles Spaniel, Toby.  Well we have another treat for you, Hannah from Rocksalt has fabulously sent over the entire E-shoot for you to enjoy and to brighten up your Thursday.  Over to the girls to tell you all about their story…..


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Engagement Shoot: Becky and Lyndsey Seaside Shoot by Rocksalt

Lyndsey and I met on a dating website during January 2014 and after a lot of messaging and talking on the phone we arranged to go on our first date.



Our first date was at a local coffee shop on Barry Island and we instantly got a long. We walked along the sea front and around the point and for me, wearing of my hangover and nerves. After a long walk and talking to many strangers on the way, we then went for a drink where Lyndsey completely kicked my butt at pool. I knew we were going to get on.



We got engaged when we went away camping in May 2015. It was a gorgeous sunny day and Lyndsey took Toby (our dog) for a walk across the field and sat down on the side of the bank.  As I watched her I thought this was the perfect time. I grabbed a bottle of preseco and the ring and went to join her on the bank and after a few glasses of bubbles I asked her to marry me. She cried a lot (I hoped with joy), so i said is that a yes then? Of course it’s a big fat yes, was Lyndsey’s reply.


Even though we were already engaged Lyndsey waited for the right time to ask me and give me my engagement ring. It was perfect. We went away, around about a year after our engagement, stayed in a really nice hotel just outside Bath. We were sitting on the band stand having a glass or two of bubbles when Lyndsey showed me the ring and asked if I would be her wife? Without hesitation of course I said yes.

We haven’t started planning a wedding yet but plans will start next year ready for 2018.  Becky_Lyndsey-12 Becky_Lyndsey-13 Becky_Lyndsey-15 Becky_Lyndsey-17 Becky_Lyndsey-20 Becky_Lyndsey-22 Becky_Lyndsey-23 Becky_Lyndsey-25 Becky_Lyndsey-27 Becky_Lyndsey-30 Becky_Lyndsey-31 Becky_Lyndsey-34 Becky_Lyndsey-35 Becky_Lyndsey-37

Thank you so much for sharing this with us girls, its a truly loving shoot, beautifully captured by Rocksalt Photography.  And that dog!!! We love Toby.  A lot xx

Real Wedding: Annie & James’ Vintage Welsh Wedding in Berkshire by Gareth Scanlon Photography

Annie & James have had almost a whole week dedicated to them on Cwtch the Bride! On Monday we featured James and his best man Gareth in a big bromantic Cwtch of the Week, yesterday Annie told us how her & James got together and we shared their gorgeous E-shoot, today we finish the hat trick with their gorgeous wedding which was captured by Gareth Scanlon Photography

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What was your budget? We didn’t set out with a budget but paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves (with a bit of gratefully received help from parents) we knew we didn’t want to get into debt. By giving ourselves over a year to prepare we were able to save and pay for things along the way and saved a lot of money by making things ourselves. Overall we spent roughly £8000.

How would you describe your wedding theme? The wedding took place in a village close to where I grew up in Berkshire. Getting married in England, we wanted to bring a bit of our life by the coast in Wales to the wedding.  Having a fifties style dress also naturally gave the wedding a vintage feel. So I guess you could call it ‘Welsh seaside with a vintage twist’! DSC_4219

Most of the decorations were handmade in sea blues and greens and we found some fantastic sea themed table clothes and napkins. We used photos I’d taken of local beaches as our table names and for the invitations. Other details ranged from wearing a stunning silver and sea glass bracelet, to having a welsh love spoon attached to my bouquet,  to serving heart shaped welsh cakes to guests on arrival, baked fresh that morning in Swansea Market! DSC_3859

DSC_4074What was your favourite part of your wedding? The whole day was incredible from start to finish. It was such a happy day. Obviously marrying James was a highlight! Walking down the aisle to see all our family and friends and James waiting for me at the front was an amazing feeling. It was so great to celebrate our relationship in front of all the people who have been with us along our journey so far.DSC_4300

Our friends and family helped a lot with making the day run smoothly. I loved all the personal touches they’d created; from a table worth of delicious cakes, to making decorations, to my brother singing as I walked down the aisle and reforming his old school band The Playthings for a short set at the reception! One of my favourite moments was in the evening. We hired an amazing funk band The Snitch to play and I stopped to look across the room and the whole place was full of people smiling and dancing, it was great to see everyone else enjoying the day as much as we were. DSC_4977DSC_5307

Tell us about your Wedding Dress My dress was Josie by Lizzie Jayne Designs. I always thought I wanted a shorter style fifties dress but did the dutiful bridal shop visit first and tried on everything from a sleek Grecian style gown to a giant puffball, much to my bridesmaid Meg’s amusement! Within 5 minutes of being in a full length gown my suspicions were confirmed, I felt far too constricted for a bride that planned to spend A LOT of the night on the dance floor! I was recommended to check out Lizzie’s dresses by my sister who lives in the same village as her. I instantly loved her designs and the way she uses a bit of colour to help make the dresses stand out. I was extra lucky that Lizzie had a sample sale on at the time. I tried on a range of dresses and Josie was “just right” from the outset – a perfect fit that required no alterations! The lace and darker ivory colour also went perfectly with the 150 year old family veil I wore. The blue silk bow completed the dress for me. I absolutely loved wearing the dress it was comfy, beautiful and perfect for dancing :) DSC_4685

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My older sister Evie was my maid of honour and my two nieces were my flower girls. I’m lucky to still have a close group of school friends. I chose one of my oldest school friends Alison, who I was paired with by the head teacher aged 5 when Ali joined the school, and we have been firm friends ever since! My other bridesmaid Megan is a friend from Swansea. I found a kindred spirit in Meg almost a decade ago working in a pub together. Meg was an absolute trooper in the lead up to the wedding and coaxed me along to BMF (British Military Fitness) three times a week to get me in tiptop shape for the day.  Between them they threw me the most amazing hen do and I could have asked for lovelier ladies to be by my side on the day. James chose one of his oldest friends, Gareth, to be his best man. DSC_4496 DSC_4515

Why did you choose your venue? There were a few factors that came into consideration when choosing our venue, including cost, location and size. My mum was the one who originally suggested considering Hampstead Norreys, a small village near where I grew up in Newbury. The setting was perfect. It’s such a picturesque village. The church is beautiful and the congregation in the lead up to the wedding were so helpful and welcoming. Having a village hall for our reception was great, as it was a blank canvas so we could really make the venue our own. Not to mention it was big enough for all our guests! I also loved being able to spend the night before the wedding at my parents. I felt so relaxed on the day and think that was helped by being in such a familiar place. For James I think a venue which had a cricket pitch outside sold it for him! DSC_3974 DSC_4896How did the proposal happen? Click here for Annie & James’ proposal story

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? To keep costs down and make the day more personal a lot of things were handmade. Pinterest became my saviour during the preparation stages and I created a board ‘Operation Wedding’ to save any good ideas I came across. Family and friends then helped to make paper hearts, giant pompoms, and other paper decorations from the tutorials I found.

Our seaside theme also meant James and I beach combed for pretty shells for the tables. We also collected over 120 pebbles from our local beach which I then decorated to double up as place names and favours. We created table names using photos I’d taken from local beaches and creating stands for the pictures out of rocks and copper wire. I also used photos to create invites making them into postcards using an online site. Keeping in theme I wrote the table plan onto an old surfboard of James, a simple idea but it looked really effective.DSC_3906DSC_3927

What was your first dance & why? James and I have never had a song as such. However, the song that always gets the two of us on the dance floor is Stevie Wonder Superstition but the lyrics are not very appropriate for a first dance. So we chose to have Moondance by Van Morrison. It’s a song I remember hearing live years ago and saying to a friend at the time that I wanted it to be my first dance at my wedding. Not been keen to be on our the dance floor alone for long we ensured we had some key friends to start dancing halfway through the song, then got the band to break into Superstition straight after and got funky!DSC_5265

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, other than get someone to put us aside a spot of the evening buffet. We were too busy dancing and having fun, and it had been well and truly demolished by our guests leaving us none left for a midnight feast!

Do you have any advice for future couples? The best advice we received was not to worry about what anyone else wants you to do but do what you like. It can be too easy to get bogged down trying to please others and lose sight of what you’d like and what the day means to you.  DSC_4663DSC_4650

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? We didn’t receive much advice as such, having been together 11 years already I guess we’re already doing something right!

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? All of it! There is nothing better than planning the best party ever with someone you love, which involves inviting all your favourite people, where you can pick exactly what you want, including amazing food (tapas and paella, yum!) and have your favourite type of music playing all night long :) DSC_4544 DSC_4754

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Photographer: Gareth Scanlon Photography

Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary’s Church, Church Street, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, RG18 0TD
Reception Venue: Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, Dean Meadow, Newbury Hill, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, RG18 0TR
Bride’s Dress: Josie by Lizzie Jayne Designs
Bride’s Shoes: Nora in Teal by Agnes & Norman
Bride’s Headpiece: Starfish hairclip by Anthropologie; 150 year old family veil
Bride’s Jewellery: Sea glass bracelet by Tania Covo at
Groom’s Outfit: Gibson Marriot Slim Fit Suit from House of Fraser; wave print tie from Asos; shoes from Clarks;  cufflinks were his late father’s. Handkerchief made out of a bit of spare material from the brides sash.

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Pretty Dress Company – Seville Hourglass Swing & Pencil styles
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Bridesmaids own
Cakes: Made by family and friends
Flowers: Bouquets & ButtonholesWillow & Blooms, Newbury; Church flowers by church florist; Table centrepieces by mother of the bride.
Hair: Annika Brindley
Make Up: Done by bride and bridesmaids themselves
Bands: The Playthings and The Snitch
Stationery: Designed by the bride
Caterers: Facing Heaven Food Company
Any Reception Decor/Props: Most décor collected/made by bride & groom, family and friends
Transport: Courtesy of Voodoo VW

The Wedding Gallery

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I’m so glad we got to share this super laid-back, fun-filled wedding with you, huge thanks to Annie & James for getting in touch. Please show them some love in the comments below :)
Charlie x



Real Wedding: Nick & Emma’s Relaxed Seaside Wedding by O & C Photography

Nick and Emma had a beautiful seaside wedding on the 1st September 2012, surrounded by friends and family at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokshire. Lovely husband and wife duo O&C Photography were on hand to capture the day :) 

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We asked Emma some questions about their wedding…

What was your budget? About £12,000, although we probably spent a bit more in the end.

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How would you describe your wedding theme? Relaxed, seaside, vintage.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? Having all of our family and friends in St Davids and getting married!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My bridesmaids were my sister Sasha and friend Liz. I didn’t want loads of bridesmaids, even though there are lots of friends I’d like to have asked. My sister and Liz are both really organised too which helped!

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Nick’s best man was his (big) brother who is definitely the person he looks up too as well as a very good friend. They giggle a lot when they’re together!

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Why did you choose your venue? We got married in St Davids Cathedral and wanted guests to be able to walk to the reception.  The Grove Hotel has a beautiful walled garden.

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How did the proposal happen? On Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire on a Sunday afternoon. Nick was acting really strangely as we walked along the beach, then we sat on a rock looking out to sea, talked about us and the future and he pulled a little box out of the pocket of his coat… we don’t really remember the half hour after that! We had a coffee at Sands Cafe to celebrate! Then a lot of champagne.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? We painted pebbles for name places and friends helped on the hen weekend. The pebbles were from Newgale and we used acrylic paints. We bought really old terracotta plant pots for £3 each and planted fuschias in them for the table decorations.

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What was your first dance & why? U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.  We listened to loads of songs and even thought about having dance lessons. In the end went with this one because it felt right and we could dance to it and almost forget that everyone was watching!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? Not really :)

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Do you have any advice for future couples? Do it your way. Do the planning beforehand and then just let go on the day and enjoy.

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?  The cannon who married us gave us several pieces of advice, here are a few: Never let the sun set on anger and never have secrets about money.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? The journey from getting engaged to getting married brought us closer together and made us reflect on our relationship and the qualities you need for a marriage. We spent lots of time with family and friends before the wedding too, which was wonderful.

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O&C Photography are a husband and wife photography team, happily shooting weddings all over the UK and beyond. “We love laughter. We love joy, giggles and people. We love weddings, photos and LIFE!”

Ceremony Venue: 
St Davids Cathedral
Reception Venue: The Grove Hotel, St Davids
Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart
Bride’s Shoes: Dune
Bride’s Headpiece: House of Istria
Bride’s Jewellery: Presents from family and friends
Groom’s Outfit: Marc Wallace
Bridesmaid’s Dresses & Accessories: Coast
Cake:  Real Cupcakes
Flowers: A Way With Flowers
Hair: Hairplay, St Davids
Make Up: Jennifer Mills
Band: Zen Hussies
DJ: Pembrokeshire Sounds
Stationery: Designed by Emma
Caterers: Pembrokeshire Spit Roasts
Any Reception Decor/Props: Plants hired from St Davids Plant & Garden Nursery
Transport: Top Class Cars
Other: West Wales Marquees

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