Cwtch Of The Week: Little Cake Cupboard’s Rachel And Her Beautiful Baby Daughter


Morning! We all did a massive AAAAHHHHHHHHH in the office when we saw this amazing cwtch! The beautiful Rachel has been busy baking up the cutest addition to The Little Cake Cupboard family. This multi award winning cake artist creates … Continue reading

Adam and Greg’s Engagement Shoot by Photography First


On Monday we gave you a sneaky peek from this lovely post. This cute couple are getting married later on in the year. During Adam and Greg’s engagement shoot Ed had  a mini camera emergency…Lucky it wasn’t on the wedding day! Thank you Photography First for these beautiful images. ~ Kate
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It’s always a pleasure and an honour when I am referred for wedding photography in South Wales, and it’s even more so when it’s a referral from someone who’s wedding I have shot in the past.  Adam and Greg enquired about their wedding photography after I photographed his mum’s wedding – Diplomat Hotel Wedding South Wales – it’s nice to have some confirmation that I’m doing something right.South Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding Photographer

So we met up for their pre-wedding shoot at Parc Howard in Llanelli in the summer, yes, we did have a summer in Sunny South Wales!  I love engagement shoots or pre-wedding shoots, as there’s so much time for creativity and as photographers know it, Off Camera Flash.  This is a technique used to manipulate light and is often used my professional photographers.  Anyway, half-way through our shoot, my lens decided to jam into position, and I couldn’t take my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II off my camera body (it’s fixed now)!!  So I was stuck with this lens for the rest of the shoot, it was a great opportunity to get the most out of my lens, and to get a variety of shots with it too.   Having years of experience, if this happened at a wedding, I know I would have coped absolutely fine, should this have happened during a wedding, not to mention I have a backup camera body with me at every wedding anyway!South Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerSouth Wales Wedding PhotographerI would love to share some more of your engagement shoots. Drop me an email at If you are still looking for some inspiration for your wedding then you would be silly to miss out on CwtchFest. Get your tickets here.


Cwtch Approved Vendor: YUME Hair

Today we reveal yet another amazing wedding company that is taking part in next weeks styled shoot with us. The fabulous Yume

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We big fans of this lovely Cardiff based Salon. We caught up with the lovely Giovanna (one of the Salon’s owners) and asked her a few questions. All images supplied by Yume.

Hi Giovanna, we’re so excited to have you on Cwtch the Bride today; can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? :)

Hi, I am very excited to be on Cwtch the bride too! I am a very busy mum of two as well as a business woman stylist. I feel lucky to have achieved many of my personal goals within my hairdressing career, these include Salon Management, Fashion shows, Teaching Hairdressing up to NVQ Level 3, and the most enjoyable – Bridal hair and beauty.


I am now in the process of combining all of these skills into the teaching, directing and management side of the constantly growing, Hair Health and Beauty Business – Yume, a vision of a concept that makes people look and feel their best – all under one roof.

I thrive on making a difference to the way people look and feel, and enjoy a lengthy consultation where I can advice the very best to maintain healthy and beautiful looking hair.

I feel proud of my team especially the Wedding hair and make up team, they have a very important job…..and they have excelled year after year and are now doing more weddings than me!!


How and when did you start Yume?

Yume was a dream that was waiting to happen. Jacqui and myself met at the beginning of  our hairdressing career and after 19 years and a multitude of hairdressing ventures together and apart, we created Yume in August 2006.


What’s the best bit about being a part of the wedding industry?

It’s exciting, and even though extremely important it’s very pretty, fluffy, playful and girlie! Its wonderful to be an important part of someone’s very special day!


Have you had any hairy moments?

Well there was this one time that literally the second the bride and her large bridal party walked though the doors of the salon on her wedding day….All the lights went out!…the music stopped! computers went down! Hairdryers went silent!….. the whole salon was in silence and darkness! A moment of not knowing whether to laugh or cry was very quickly taken over with a fantastic Yume team that….did the following…Mel investigated the electricity box, Mary calmed the bride, I phoned a friend! (an electrician) Jac called a friend too (a salon owner to ask if we could lend his salon!!…meanwhile I asked Charlie to call the wedding Venue (The Cardiff Museum) to see if we could use one of their rooms complete with electricity!! However whilst we were all running around calmly of course!….as if by magic one by one the lights, music, hairdryers, computers and of course smiles!….all came  back on!! No time lost just a good story to tell!!


Do you have any quirky wedding related stories to share?

Not too sure on this one…I guess its a matter of opinion on whats people regard as normal, or not!?

I remember one bride that had the most amazing kurt Geiger shoes sat looking beautifully ready to put on near her dress. Then I looked a little further and saw Crocs!!! yes Crocs!!! White ones with letters attached to them saying ‘the bride’ or ‘just married’ can’t quite remember, Im still trying to get over the Crocs!! If you are out there reading this (I hope not) then I know they were for the wedding night to be comfy for all the dancing  – and yes I do agree comfort is important!

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Have you noticed any emerging trends wedding hair and beauty for 2014/15?

Yes I have, there seems to be a lot of casual, soft up do’s. Messy but tidy – if you know what I mean….with maybe a braid thrown in there too! So not too fussy, not too much structure. Also seeing a lot of the Vintage look, and we love this look!!!

Do you have any advice for brides and of course the bridesmaids etc…when choosing hair and beauty styles for the big day?

Yes, look at as many pics as possible, magazines and of course on-line…..bring them in to us, or better still send them to us so we can be one step ahead with our thinking even before you come in. A trial run is an absolute must!! We love to get to know you and your wedding plan/party/style as much as possible to get the look absolutely perfect for you and your wedding needs. And of course the more you know your stylist the more confidence you will have with us and the more relaxed you will be on the day.

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Thanks Giovanna! We can’t wait to work with you next week on our styled shoot! And to all our readers, If you are thinking of hiring a hair stylist for your big day, why not give Yume a call, they are super lovely ladies that come highly recommended by us! 


Cwtch Approved Vendor: WOW Event Hire

Today we want to introduce you to a fabulous local business, Wow Event Hire. If you attended our Cwtchmas Party at the National Museum Cardiff back in December you will have seen the awesome inflatable Chesterfield sofa’s that Wow Event Hire kindly let us use for the evening.


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Wow Event Hire are based in Cardiff and specialise in providing products and services that make your wedding/event stand out. They can literally accommodate any style wedding and having had a look around their warehouse, it appears they can also accommodate any size wedding too! (I’ve never seen so many chair covers in one place!) It was also one of the cleanest warehouses I’ve ever been to. This company look after their equipment!

From stunning centre pieces to completely styled weddings, Wow Event Hire can genuinely help you to create the look and theme you want which will have your guests talking about your wedding long after the day itself.

Check out some of the weddings & events they have worked on:


From the classic chair cover options seen here at Miskin Manorwow_event_hire_miskin_manor

…to the ultra stylish, Flux Event furniture that creates a fresh, contemporary look to a traditional grand room.


If you have chosen to embrace a ‘vintage’ theme, then these Chiavari chairs with prints are an ideal hire option.


And when it comes to the dance floor, these guys know how to create that jaw dropping WOW factor. Personally, I’d love to party the night away here…
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The Blofield sofas are not just designed for indoor use. If you are having an outdoor wedding this summer and not fussed on the ‘vintage’ theme, check out this stylish idea.

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Wow Event Hire also have a stunning range of low Eastern inspired furniture. The furniture is based on low benches and coffee tables which can be used to create beautiful areas in venues and marquees. They have enough stock to seat 50 guests in total.  Which is perfect as not everyone will use the area at the same time, some will be around the bar, some on the dance floor etc…

Creating chill out areas is a fantastic way of giving your guests an area to relax and get away from the main event. Those that don’t like loud music (grandparents) would love a space like this rather than having to sit in another room away from all their family. Its a great space for kids to relax on too.  This makes a welcome change from the standard banqueting set up you find at most events don’t you think?.

wow_event_hire_low_level_furnitureWow Event Hire don’t just work on large weddings, they are more than happy to cater for smaller events too. Take a look at these before & after shots of different size function rooms.
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If you’d like more information, all their contact details are here:


Facebook: /woweventhire

Twitter: @WOWEventHire1


It was an absolute pleasure to have worked with this company on our big Cwtchmas Party. From our first meeting to the event itself they were highly professional and we cannot recommend them enough! :) 


Past Bride Top Vendor Choice: Promo Films

Sometimes it’s nice to hear from people who have been there, done it and got the t-shirt. That’s why we have our regular past bride contributors on the site like Charlie, Pippa & Sophie, to give you all a bit of help while you’re in the midst of planning your weddings!

We also like to hear from our readers who are now married, especially when they have a vendor that they absolutely loved. What better than a personal recommendation from a bride or groom who’s already used that service for her own wedding? :) Emma got in touch to recommend her videographer :)


The Details



When did you get married?

September 2012


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What do they do


Why they stood out:

They had a very different style of wedding video. It was a quirky video condensing our day into an amazing 15 minute film and a trailer to go with it. No boring wedding video that your long lost uncle has taken of the day. We watch it over and over and see something different every time :)

Are you a past bride with a lot of love for your vendors? Drop us a line at if you’d like to tell the world about it too! :)