Its competition time again! This time, you have the chance to win tickets for not just yourself, but your partner and your bridal party.
Owen Mathias Photography
Thats a possible 10 tickets!*
*We have to put a cap on it or we’d have an army of you turn up!
To enter, all we need you to do is fill in the form below, telling us your name, email and the date of your wedding. Do this by Sunday 12th March at midnight, and you could be in with a chance of winning!
So, are you ready????
Its such a great day out for anyone planning a wedding. We look forward to welcoming you all x
I think we can all agree that summer is on its way. Yes, we might be having the odd shower but the leaves are on the the trees, the flowers are filling our gardens and the days are getting longer. This also means that wedding season is in full swing. The excitement is building for many of you who will soon be walking down the aisle.
This beautiful beach Cwtch of the week was taken by the South Wales Wedding Photographer Clare Adams from Loveseen. This photograph smells of summer. The lighting, the setting and the way her dress is bundled up in such a carefree manner. The other thing that I love is the fact that Caroline is on her tip toes. It reminds me of my husband and I, as I’m a shorty as well.
“On Saturday I was at Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire, to photograph the wedding of Alain and Caroline. They are literally the coolest couple around and lead such amazing lives; spending 6 months of the year on the slopes as ski instructors and the other 6 months on the waves teaching water-sports. Their wedding reflected their outdoor lifestyle in all the little details and it was very fitting that their first walk of married life was to the totally unspoilt Barafundle Bay.” Clare Adams
Hello you lovely Cwtch people :) We have a beautiful Miskin Manor wedding on the blog today courtesy of Cross-Jones Photography. So grab a cuppa and a few jaffa cakes and enjoy xxx
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Elegant, romanticWhat was your favourite part of your wedding?
Our church service, saying our vows. And of course the evening dancingTell us about your Wedding Dress
It was the third dress I had tried on and absolutely loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I had my dress from Laura may bridal. I bought it with my mother (my sister on Skype from Scotland)Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I chose my best friends whom I have known for years and also my sister was my maid of honourWhy did you choose your venue?
I chose Miskin manor, I was looking for a castle/Manor House and I felt this was perfect.Tell us about your photographer
Our photographers were Cross-Jones Photography, they were amazing, we also had our engagement shoot with them so felt really relaxed at the wedding.How did the proposal happen?
Dave whisked me away on a romantic weekend to Rome, I didn’t know where we were going until we got to the airport!Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
My mother and I made all the centerpieces, candelabras and ivory garlands.What was your first dance & why?
Michael buble – everything
I once told Dave whilst we were just friends that I imagined this song would be my first dance at my wedding.Do you have any advice for future couples?
Enjoy every moment it goes so quickly, make sure you spend time together in the dayWhat was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
This week Chloe and James share with us their gorgeous wedding photographs by David Holdsworth. Chloe and James got married in The Bear Hotel, Cowbridge on 22nd February 2014, Chloe tells us all about her day here…
What was your budget?
The whole day came to just over £12k. We were lucky that my very generous parents paid for our reception, so we were able to pay for everything else between us. We spent money on the parts of the wedding that mattered to us such as the food, drink, photographer and band…and my dress of course!
How would you describe your wedding theme?
Our colour scheme was duck egg blue and silver, but we didn’t have a set theme otherwise – we wanted everything to be personal to us, so my mum and I made our centrepieces and favours, James’ auntie and nan made our cake, and we had framed pictures of family on the venue’s entrance table. We were relaxed about not having everything matching so we had different shades of light blue and silver throughout the day.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
I’ve got three highlights: the ceremony (of course), the speeches, which all exceeded my expectations, and the band Perfect Day who played at the evening reception, who were fab and had everyone up dancing all night.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I had my best friend of over 20 years as my maid of honour, and my sister and two close friends from school as bridesmaids. They were my first choice of girls to have with me the night before and the morning of the wedding, and they were all great.
My husband’s closest friend was his best man, and he also had his brother and two other close friends as ushers. He would’ve liked to have had more than one best man, so it was important to him that his ushers were part of the day too.
Why did you choose your venue?
My parents moved to Cowbridge a couple of years ago so we’ve had many Christmas Eve drinks at the Bear! We’d both heard great things about it as a wedding venue, and the staff seemed so experienced in making sure everything ran smoothly.
How did the proposal happen?
On a sunny Tuesday last April I came home from work as casual as ever, and walked into our flat to find our favourite song playing, champagne and flowers on the table and James dressed in a suit down on one knee holding an open ring box. He said after that he wishes he kept the ring box closed until after he proposed, as I was more interested in the ring than what he was saying (apparently)!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
Don’t take on too much work by yourself! My lovely mum helped with our glitter jam jar centrepieces, and my maid of honour also helped with the favours so it was all manageable.
What was your first dance & why?
We had a song from the 50’s which I don’t think many of our guests knew – Wonderful, Wonderful by Johnny Mathis. We first heard it on a TV show a while ago, and it was the song James had playing when he proposed, so it holds special memories for us.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
The only regret I have is that I didn’t even LOOK at the evening buffet food, as I was too busy having a good time! Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing, it was perfect.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Don’t worry about post-wedding blues, you’ll still be on cloud 9 weeks after the big day!
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
From my mother: life can be boring sometimes, so make sure you marry someone you still have fun with when things are boring!
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
The whole thing, it was great watching the plans for our day come together.