The weekend we choose for our pre-wedding photoshoot with Lewis was significant for us. We had celebrated 18 years together just two days beforehand!
Simon and I met at school in 1999. I had developed a huge crush on this handsome sixth-former who I used to walk past on my way to my GCSE Physics lessons. After pointing him out to a friend, it turned out that she knew him! A cinema date was arranged, to watch the (hugely romantic!) American Pie and the rest is history!
Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2016, when tradition dictates that we each unwrap a present from the other. Simon said he had to go to his ‘Man Shed’ to find mine as he had been hiding my gift in there and then asked me to close my eyes.
He seemed to be taking a long time to hand me the present and I could hear him breathing quite heavily! At this point I started to suspect something, and sure enough once I opened my eyes there he was on one knee holding out a ring box.
Having been together for so long and knowing marriage was on the cards for us, we have talked a lot about wedding plans and I have always said that I would be happy with a Haribo ring and to choose my own ring if Simon was unsure what to go for.
When opening my eyes the first thing I saw was a Haribo, but then I spotted the sparkle underneath. Knowing I adore all things vintage, Simon had picked a beautiful antique ring for me. We then dashed over to tell our parents and the prosecco was swiftly opened, getting our Christmas off to a very merry start!
We are very excited about our wedding in May 2018, and so happy that Lewis is photographing our big day! We literally didn’t stop laughing on our pre-wedding shoot, and know that our wedding day will be just as much fun!
Well here at Cwtch HQ we have been wiped out by one thing and another in our lives and only now are we getting a chance to posting about our fabulous #Cwtchfest2017 that happened at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum in April.
Cwtch the Bride is run by fabulous ladies who all do this out of love for all things Wedding related and our gorgeous brides.
Cwtch founder Maria and features editor Anna
Cwtchfest organiser Lindsey and her Cwtchfest rocks Lisa and Liv
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Until then kick back, grab a cuppa and imagine you are back in a sunny field with your besties, drinking cocktails, listening to amazing live bands whilst planning one of the best days of your life- because that’s what Cwtchfest is all about…
To all those that have chosen to get married on our national day, Hooray! We hope you have an incredible day :)
And to those celebrating wedding anniversaries today, Happy Anniversary!
To all those planning their big days STOP what you are doing!!! We are running a 24 hour FLASH SALE on our Cwtchfest tickets to celebrate. WHOOOPPP!
That is a massive 50% off for just 24 hours!!! What are you waiting for? Just click here
Cwtchfest is our brilliantly amazing wedding festival which is taking place this year on April 9th at St Fagan’s National History Museum- you cannot get more Welsh than this incredible museum. If you want to know more just click here
Did you know that you can also get married in this iconic welsh location? No? Well why not contact the team to find out more and come down to meet them on the day?
What a week at Cwtch HQ. Maria’s (Cwtch the ride realtor) birthday, which in turn lead to up climbing Pen Y Fan (we thought she did suggest cocktails when we said we’d do whatever she wanted for her birthday), National Cwtch Day, St Dwynwen’s Day and we announced the sale of #Cwtchfest2017 tickets! Wooooooo
As you know, the amazing wedding festival that is #Cwtchfest2017, will be held at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum. So how perfect is it that we get to have a little throwback to our very own #Cwtchfest Organiser, Lindsey’s big day to her Mark, where you can see how stunning St Fagans is as a wedding venue …
How would you describe your wedding theme? Relaxed tea party
What was your favourite part of your wedding? The vows and how much in that moment I felt how much I meant it and how much it meant to Mark. He’s only ever cried to the film Marley and me so to hear his voice trembling with emotion gave me goose pimples. I have felt in a little happy bubble ever since. Also, our band Raspberry Jam were sooo incredible, we love live music and they just blew everyone out the water.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress This is the point where I learnt Pinterest can be dangerous. I fell in love with a dress which I soon came to realise was a couture dress from a boutique in San Francisco. Very within my means. I probably drove my bridesmaids mad searching for something similar and to limit my choices it had to have sleeves! I found that the only place that exceeded my expectations of wedding dress shopping was Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth, I believed she really cared about making me feel like I wanted to feel in that dress. However, the dress I fell in love with was an Augusta Jones Mai dress from the lovely Laura May in Roath who were brilliant. My belt is my keepsake from the day made by Ashley from With Love from Bobbin it’s the only thing I’ve allowed myself to keep. I love it.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? Mark had 3 best men as there was no choosing between them. They have been through thick and thin together. However they each had their own roles. Matt planned the stag, Jamie was at the end of the aisle with Mark and poor James got the speech.
I originally decided I would have no bridesmaids as I have a lot of very close friends and just didn’t know what to do. However, I read an article called ‘bridesmates’ and how since the recession brides have cut back on bridesmaids yet their friends are still bearing the stress and responsibilities and of course cost of being one. It quickly became apparent my four Cardiff girls were these girls they became my go to for everything I love them to bits!!
Why did you choose your venue? We debated for ages whether to have our wedding in St Fagans as it’s where I work but when viewing other venues I just found myself constantly comparing it to there. I also love the fact that we can take our kids there and can visit when we are older etc. Tell us about your wedding photographer:
From the second I saw Maria’s photography and met her I knew she had to be part of our day. Her love and enthusiasm shone through the way she spoke and her work. It was all I talked about with Mark that evening- I actually got up and danced when she said she had our date free.
It was really important to us that we did not spend hours having staged photographs and the results are stunning!! I cannot believe how Maria has captured the important moments in such a way that didn’t impact on the day and yet are still so beautiful.
As someone who works in the wedding industry I respect Maria’s professionalism and how much she cares for each and every client. I could not recommend anyone else more highly.
How did the proposal happen? Mark took me to Edinburgh for my 30th as a surprise. That in itself was a massive deal so I was blindsided when after climbing up to King Arthur’s seat on the morning of my 30th in the snow (after arguing all the way up as I kept falling as it was so slippery) with 2 plastic bottles of wine and strawberries he proposed. I made him call my dad straight away as he hadn’t asked permission and I know it would have meant a lot to my dad.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Everything I did was DIY. As I work in my venue I knew I could do everything myself. Invites were done by my fabulous bridesmaid Lisa. Flowers were delivered in massive buckets on Friday morning and we spent all day doing arrangements. Jars were collected and decorated by friends for their wedding and donated to us. Tables runners were cut the night before. Table plan was written on a mirror night before.
I wanted it to be DIY to feel relaxed.
What was your first dance & why? We had no first dance. Music means a massive amount to both of us but neither of us wanted to do a first dance. So we didn’t.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No we loved our day.
Do you have any advice for future couples? I meet so many brides who are stressed and do not enjoy the process of wedding planning. The only thing I can say is no one else knows what you have planned and what is supposed to happen when. Your friends and family will come have a great time and you will be in a big happiness bubble. The stuff people get stressed about does not matter.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To never take the other person for granted and to end every day with ‘I love you’
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Realising how much I personally knew about weddings and how to save money but still get the look and feel I wanted. I’m a geek sometimes and my inner arty self loved being crafty and also saving pennies.
I’m super happy this morning – not only is it my birthday (eeeek mid thirties are here) BUT we have the amazing Cwtchfest video from our September event at St Fagans National History Museum with a very important announcement!!!
We have been a little quiet on the Cwtchfest front recently as we have been squirreling away in Cwtch HQ with our Lush List Members – Amgueddfa Cymru- National Museum of Wales to bring you not one but three fabulous events this year!!!! Details of these will be announced shortly- we are so EXCITED we could burst!!!!
But today to get us right in the mood for wedding and festival season sit down, grab yourselves a cup of tea and enjoy our quick video from last years event from the lovely Chris at Christopher Paul Weddings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7JnpJeDX4I&feature=youtu.be