A Vintage Era: Ann and Dave – 1972

Happy Thursday Cwtchers!
We have a fabulous new instalment for our Vintage Era.  Not only is it a brilliant year for flares, beards, bell sleeves and crochet shawls, but it is my Mum and Dad in Law!
Meet Ann and Dave, the parents of my lovely husband, at their wedding 45 years ago. Enjoy!
A Vintage Era

Ann and Dave – 1972


How old were you when you met?

Ann was 21  Dave 23

How did you meet?

We met at Leicester University at a friend’s party. didn’t ‘ see each other again for a few months when we met up at the University folk club and started going out.

Tell us abut your first date

University students didn’t have ‘dates’ in those days, we just hung around together!

How did the proposal go?

It was low key, in my room in the flat I shared with friends.

Tell us about your wedding planning

It was low key as was quite ‘fashionable’ with Uni people in those days. We booked the church and my Dad booked a buffet in quite a nice local pub, The Sportsman on Chorleywood Common, near Rickmansworth.


In those days you just had a reception , no evening parties. Dave’s sister Val made the cake and friend of my Dad’s did my hair.we had about 30 guests.

Where did you get married?

We got married at St Oswalds Church. Croxley Green, near Watford, where I grew up. Our family went to this church too.


What was your budget?

As little as possible. It’s impossible to remember the cost of most things.

Tell us about your dress?

My dress  was made for me by the mother of my University friend Janet Adams. Her mum was a dressmaker and she offered to make it. The material was an off white woollen crepe fabric and it cost me £.5.00  from Trewins in Watford! The style , which you can see in the photos is a style of dress popular in the early 70s. It was made in wool crepe as the wedding was in January. I crocheted a white shawl to wear over it. I still have the dress.


Tell us about your bridal party (bridesmaids, best men etc)

My Dad gave me away.


The Best Man was Ron Cummings, school friend of Dave.

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I had one bridesmaid, my goddaughter Sheila. She wore a purple dress, made by her mum. Purple was the ‘in’ colour. She had a purple muff and a shawl crocheted by me.

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Whats your most lasting memory of your big day?

Dave: Ann looked a picture.


Ann: The vicar giving us a lecture, in front of everyone about marriage being more than sex!!! I think he had a dim view of students! Although we were both working in very respectable jobs by then!

Which is your favourite wedding photograph and why?

We can’t choose as we like them all. There are many memories of family and friends no longer with us and this makes all the photos special. I do love the one of me with all my friends, from school and Uni, and am proud to say I am still in touch with them all.


Do you have any tips for a long lasting marriage

There aren’t any tips other than just get on with it!


The Wedding Album

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Lets Hear it for there Boys: The Heel Kicks

 Hello lovely people!
Its Let’s Hear It for the Boys again! Our little nod to the men of the big day! Today, the fabulous Steve Wheller of Art by Design is sharing an absolute peach!  I love a heel kick shot, especially when they don’t all actually nail it! Its brilliant! Over to Steve to tell us a bit about it………
Lets Hear it for the Boys

The Heel Kicks

This was taken at Llansantffraed Court. Luke is in the marines so was in full uniform but I wanted to have a bot more fun as  lot of the guys were wearing braces and the theme was vintage. So we took them for a walk around the grounds and typical groomsman just walk like bouncers so to fresher it up I always ask them to have little jump in the air and click their heals like Fred Astair. They all feel silly at the time but it breaks the ice and I get to capture some relaxed shots with the boys.
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And are you lot in for a treat! On the 28th of this month, we will be showing the whole of Luke and his gorgeous bride Kirsty’s entire wedding – and it is a stunner! Imagine, a vintage bride, a handsome in uniform…….aaaaaaahhhhhh dreamy!

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Easter Flash Sale: 50% off Cwtchfest Tickets!

To all you lovely Easter bunnies out there planning a wedding. Rather than indulge in chocolate this weekend, why not treat yourself to a half price ticket to our fabulous Wedding Festival taking place on Sunday 17th April at the Glanusk Estate.

#CWTCHFEST2016 is set to be THE wedding event to attend this year!

Easter specialMaria Farrelly and her team of Cwtch Girls have worked tirelessly over the last few months to create one epic Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding. Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all.

CWTCHFEST2016 is full to the brim with over 60 top Welsh Wedding Professionals, all on hand to showcase their products and services. Wedding tipi will be showcasing their epic tipi’s, County Marquee will wow you with their gorgeous marquees. There is live music by iGency to entertain throughout the day (which can also be booked for your wedding!) Cwtch Workshops are back to help all of you DIY brides (more on that coming soon), lots of tasty food & cocktails being served all day and finally… a spectacular firework display will close what we know is going to be one very special day.

So come on… join us!

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