How did you meet ‘The One’

Here at Cwtch the Bride HQ we LOVE it when we get to chat with you our readers.  A month ago  on our facebook page we asked how you met ‘The one’ and WOW did we love the various responses.


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‘Online….we had no mutual friends at all. Didn’t even live in the same country technically. Wales and England’  Kate Ventress

‘We met at school. Started going out at 15, married at 28 last year   Sophie Addyman

‘Online dating, then realised we worked at the same place lol’   Sarah Michelle Mann


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‘Met at school started going out at 14 and married this September aged 28!’   Michaela Adams

‘At a distant cousins wedding, went to collect my parents and ended up with the best man instead. Married 11 years this year!‘   Anna Champs

‘We knew each other as i dated his friend when we were 17, decade of friendship later…’   Lindsey Harrison

‘On Facebook, started chatting on a group called The Jam Society (we’re both The Jam fans). Our first date was 9th April 2014 and we got married on 7th August this year!! Xx’   Tracey Wright

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We met working at asda as teenagers and got together at a wedding’    Louise Spinola-Scott

‘On the Internet, we been together nearly 5 years no marriage yet but we have an amazing little boy called Finley who is 4 weeks old on Saturday…’    Donna Louise Lambley

‘At our friends wedding, he was friend of the groom and I was a friend of the bride x    Clare Jennings

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‘We met when did a cheeky bit of work experience on Priscilla the musical in Londons west end. He was the department manager. He didn’t know whether to ask me out or employ me, he ended doing both and we married 3 years later x’   Sammy Ellsmore

‘We met in Church when we were 9. Took him 10 years to ask me out and next year we will be celebrating 10 years of marriage’    Josie Ward

‘We met in Cardiff Uni Students Union’    Leah Roberts

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‘Plenty of Fish. We get married next month’    Elise Walby

‘We met at work but not in the normal way 2 work colleagues would meet we met because his dad came looking for him to borrow his car after putting diesel in his petrol car lmao thank to Mr Jones mistake one day I’ll be a Mrs Jones’    Lisa Marie Tilley


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 ‘I met mine through Facebook didn’t know him before then xx‘   Nia Wyn Harris

‘My mum bought a car out of his garage 13 yrs later car went years ago lol’    Leeann-steven Swift

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‘Worked together…both in broken marriage….then friendship leads on to greater things’  Nick Young

‘Plenty of Fish! We got married in July‘   Rhiannon Stokes

‘In a fitness boot camp! He had lost 5st! He’s the most dedicated, hardworking person I’ve ever met’    Ali Hamer


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‘Through a friend but unfortunately are no longer friends with him- shame’    Samantha Harding

‘Work and that was the best thing about my job’    Emma Jayne Jones

‘Blind date! Set up by my boss and his best friend (her son!)’    Shell Yaxley


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‘Office. We hated each other… but secretly loved each other. Only took a drunk night to get us chatting properly lol’    Kat Dimmock

‘He interviewed me for my part time role when I was a student, 9 years later and we got married this May, 1 daughter already and another on the way’    Jasmine Davies


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Midweek mini: Cerys & Chris

Today Cwtchers we have a stunning midweek mini from Cerys and Chris who got married in Pencoed House, Cardiff.  They let us have a glimpse at their favourite bits from their big day.


We got engaged on Christmas Day 2013. Being a teacher, I am creative so planning and making things started from the moment Chris popped the question.  Chris is very particular,  a bit of a perfectionist, a big food lover and cook so we wanted to make sure our big day reflected us completely.

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We did a bit of research early in the new year of 2014 but after visiting our first venue ‘Pencoed House Estate‘ we knew it was the perfect venue for us and did not look any further.

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With the venue sorted, I was keen to try on dresses. After numerous days of dress shopping and back and forth to Laura May (I just knew my dress was in their shop somewhere) and they picked out a dress which was ‘The One’ in everyway. The staff were amazing!

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The theme for our wedding was vintage. My mum and I spent most of our weekends in charity shops  and boot sales purchasing every bit of china we could find for the table decorations. Each female guest had a teacup candle and the table centres were crafted from china and wine glasses. Every item was handmade. Chris runs  his own CrossFit business (Gym) so he had the say on the male favours which were homemade paleo (healthy) fudge.

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We named each table to reflect the courage and strength that our families had shown during some very difficult times leading up to the wedding with illnesses and sadly some loses and for what we had achieved in our lives. ‘Faith, hope, love, live, laugh, dream, joy, peace, wish.’

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Chris made the table plan from palettes and frames and ensured that our choice of food for the wedding was the very best. Spiro’s catered for our big day and everything from the canapé’s to the hog roast in the evening was first class.

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I thought that sorting my dress was a hard task but Chris knew exactly what he wanted to wear; we just couldn’t find it, so that meant a few trips to London to Suit Supply who made his suit. He knew he wanted to be different and didn’t want to wear the typical wedding attire. We agreed that the groom should have something as special as a bride.

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Our florist Amanda French was the perfect floral stylist for the wedding and she understood what we were trying to achieve. My bouquet was beautiful and delicate, the table flowers complimented this and the button holes reflected Chris’ love for food and cooking with the rosemary touches.

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The wedding was personal in everyway. My brother performed an acoustic piece on his guitar during the ceremony and very close family friends sang during the signing of the register. They also performed our first dance and my brother wrote a song which he played as a surprise during the evening entertainment. All very emotional.

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The speeches were the highlight of the day for us. The bridesmaid’s even got involved and wrote their own version of the friends classic ‘I’ll be there for you’ and performed it on the balcony.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day and we were both so glad that we had done as much as we could ourselves. The positive feedback from guests about what a wonderful day they had was the icing on the cake for what a truly incredible day we had. One we will never forget!

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Stephanie Allin Couture: The 2016 Collection “Love Letters”

Happy Saturday ladies,

Wow do we have a treat for you this weekend with the launch of our newest Lush List member- Stephanie Allin Couture’s stunning 2016 ‘Love Letters‘ collection.

Last week we had the pleasure of attending an exclusive preview of the collection and the welsh designer’s ‘Style It My Way’ concept in Stephanie’s Mumbles store.

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Stephanie’s unique ‘Style It My Way’ concept shows how one dress can be completely transformed with the addition of individual pieces featured in her new collection.

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The video shows how the delicate lace shrugs, encrusted diamond belts and beautiful silk over-skirts personalise a brides style, transform a look from day to evening and allow a bride to add her own style to her big day.


On the night we saw ourselves how easily looks were transformed from a more reserved daytime look to completely vamping it up in the evening. What great way to create two different looks on your wedding day!

A personal favourite was the adapting of a beautiful slip dress into a romantic skirt and jewelled jumper combination- perfect for a winter wedding.



I am a huge fan of lace and was so excited at the beautiful lace additions from little shrugs to full length slip overs which changed a simple elegant dress, adding more coverage and a little bit of sparkle.




However,we didn’t just have the pleasure of viewing the wedding collection. oh no…we were treated to viewing the seriously seductive evening wear.





We absolutely adore the fact that Stephanie has always stayed so close to  her welsh roots running her bridal boutique just doors away from where her grandmother lived in Mumbles,Swansea.

Stephanie we here at Cwtch love you and your beautiful designs. xxx

Maria and Stephanie

A Gentleman’s Tea

Ladies. Think we are the only ones that care about our appearance on the big day? Think again.

Today we are heading west from Cwtch HQ to Llanelli where on the back of the success of afternoon teas and hen parties The Stradey Park Hotel have spotted a gap in the market for our grooms to be and introduced a Gentleman’s Tea and grooming package.

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Daniel Bayliss, Design and Marketing manager told us how they are finding men are more prepared to try something new and are definitely looking after themselves more.  A third of all spa goers are now men.

With this in mind, they have started putting together Bachelor parties to match up with the bridal showers they currently offer. They have teamed up with local business, 6 Men’s Hub Grooming and offer a package including a hot towel shave/beard trim, haircut and nasal wax with complimentary drinks.  “These are proving really popular as a gift from the groom to his best man, ushers and fathers of the bride and groom” Damian Hart, Managing Director told us.


IMG_05186 HUB44 Now let’s get to the most important bit, the food. Gentleman’s tea has shaken up the traditional dainty sandwiches and cakes to a heartier focused menu sending their chefs out to the wilds of Carmarthenshire to assemble the finest ingredients in selection of manly treats, both savoury and sweet served on a slate board – all  washed down with a cup of tea or coffee in a moustachio’d cup and saucers.

The savoury heartiness includes

~ Chargrilled beef burger topped with Welsh cheese, rocket and apple chutney served in a crusty roll

~ Corned beef rissole served on sweet red onion marmalade

~ Coronation scotch egg with mango salsa

~ Cumberland sausage roll

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And Sweet treats

~ Warm caramelised apple tart

~ Lemon sponge cake


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For more information please email and Daniel will be more than happy to help

Vintage Wedding Fayre Spotlight – Something Kinda Vintage

Something Kinda Vintage Wedding Fayre Coal Exchange Cardiff Bay 17th March 2013You may have noticed on the right hand side of our blog…our lovely sponsors!

There is one in particular we want to shout about today and that is the fabulous Something Kinda Vintage wedding fayre!

Organised by Shell & Craig Lewis from Something Kinda Cute wedding stationery & Little Wedding emporium, who have a little shop based in Cardiff which they share with the super Sophie from Hubbard’s Cupboard. Like us, they love all things quirky, vintage & creative and LOVE love.

The previous fair last year in Swansea was a  huge success, so we were thrilled to hear they are doing it all over again this year but in Cardiff! Horray! :)

Something Kinda Vintage & Quirky Wedding Fair 
With a handmade & Vintage Emporium
Coal Exchange, Cardiff Bay
Sunday 17th March 2013
11am – 4pm

This fair will be sure to put a fun twist on the ‘traditional’, with lots of fantastic local and national exhibitors all creating something other than the norm. We at Cwtch the Bride are especially looking forward to it as we will be exhibiting too! We’re going to be in great company alongside a vintage ice cream tricycle, quirky and creative photography, beautiful bespoke wedding dresses, handmade jewellery, gifts and decoration, wedding planners that specialise in unique weddings plus so much more! This wedding fair will be sure to help you bring that quirky and creative edge to your big day. We can’t wait!

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The Location

If you have never been to the Coal Exchange before, then you’re in for a treat! Paired Corinthian columns, an oak balcony and rich wood paneling adorn the trading hall with huge, old clocks everywhere. It’s just around the corner from all the shops, bars and restaurants in Cardiff Bay too, which is a nice bonus.


  • 40 of the most creative, quirky and darn brilliant wedding suppliers
  • Interactive workshops such as up-cycling, DIY wedding touches & making a birdcage veil
  • A fully decorated tearoom, with waitress service
  • Hair & Makeup demos
  • Fashion show
  • Impromptu performances and entertainment in the crowd
  • Live music

Sound perfect? Well, we’re not done yet. There will also be lots of handmade and vintage items to purchase on the day inside the popup emporium. Now we’re done! :)

With all this, you are bound to find a ton of inspiration and many companies who will help you plan your dream wedding, as well as having a truly fun day out with friends or family!


Want to attend? Tickets are available now.

VIP tickets: £6 – includes tea & cake in our pop-up tea parlour
and a goody bag (tea room tickets sold  out last year so it’s a good idea to book in advance). 10% of proceeds will be donated to Singleton Breast Care Unit.

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Photography credit:

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Looking forward to seeing you all there! :)