#Cwtchfest2017 Competition: Win Tickets for you and your Bridal Party

Good morning you lovely lot

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

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!

Email Address
Date of your Wedding


So, are you ready????

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand go!


Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Its such a great day out for anyone planning a wedding. We look forward to welcoming you all x

Cwtch Of The Week: Beautiful Beach Cwtch

Morning you lovely lot!

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

Beautiful Beach Cwtch Of The Week

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Competition: Win the use of Spa facilities and treatment for 2 at the new Parc Spa, Stradey Park Hotel

With the festive season behind us and most us feeling the January blues, we wanted to offer you lovely Brides-to-be a special competition this month to take some time out for you.  

We have teamed with our newest Lush List member The Stradey Park Hotel  to offer you and  a loved one a day at  their new Parc Spa.


  The Prize


Nestled into the beautiful Welsh hillside, overlooking the world famous Gower and Carmarthenshire coastline, the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day.

The lovely team at the Parc Spa are offering a chance for you to win a 25 minute treatment session for 2 people.


Experience a relaxing treatment within their calming spa rooms to help relieve any built up stress of planning your special day.

Couples treatment tub

The day also includes use of the new thermal suites with Vichy shower, sauna and hot tub rooms with the relaxation and sleep rooms.

Robes and slipper hire will be included.

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Simply complete the following

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Terms and Conditions:

Closing date for entries is midnight Sunday 31st January 2016.

The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.

Prize must be taken by July 2016 and booked in advance

The prize is not transferable

David & Rachel’s Elegant Miskin Manor Wedding by Cross-Jones Photography

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 

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Elegant, romanticMr & Mrs Dykes-351What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Our church service, saying our vows. And of course the evening dancingMr & Mrs Dykes-208Mr & Mrs Dykes-500Tell 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)Mr & Mrs Dykes-132Mr & Mrs Dykes-309Who 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 honourMr & Mrs Dykes-296Why did you choose your venue?

I chose Miskin manor, I was looking for a castle/Manor House and I felt this was perfect.Mr & Mrs Dykes-317Tell 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.Mr & Mrs Dykes-362How 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!Mr & Mrs Dykes-253Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

My mother and I made all the centerpieces, candelabras and ivory garlands.Mr & Mrs Dykes-446What was your first dance & why?

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I once told Dave whilst we were just friends that I imagined this song would be my first dance at my wedding.Mr & Mrs Dykes-501
Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every moment it goes so quickly, make sure you spend time together in the dayMr & Mrs Dykes-312What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Going with my mother to choose my wedding dressMr & Mrs Dykes-339

The Suppliers

Photographer: Cross-Jones Photography 
Videographer: Ieuan wright photography
Reception Venue: Miskin Manor
Bride’s Dress: Laura May Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Carvela
Bride’s Headpiece: Gill clement
Bride’s Jewellery: Gill clement
Cake: Lynda Milbourne cakes
Flowers: Denise leech
Hair: Leanne quinn
Make Up: Leah Goodridge
Stationery: Robert Dykes

The Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: Chloe & James by David Holdsworth

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.

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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.

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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.


Wedding Suppliers

The Wedding Album

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Thank you Chloe and James for submitting your lovely wedding! All images are by David Holdsworth.

If you would like to see your wedding pictures up on these pages please get in touch!