Cwtch of the Week: A Sunset on Southerndown Cwtch

Hello again Monday!

But its just glorious out there today, doesn’t make a Monday quite so bad then does it!

And speaking of glorious, we have a truly stunning sunset cwtch of the week of you all today. Shot by the lovely Darren Thomas, and taken on the beautiful Dunraven Bay at Southerndown.  

I will hand over to Darren now to tell you more about it…..

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Wow, what can I say other than what a superb day to have shot this pre wedding shoot with Susie and Rob.

In August I will be heading to Clearwell Castle where I will have the pleasure of shooting their wedding.

So, having meet Susie and Rob last year to discuss their wedding, I was over the moon that they decided to book me for their big day and recently when Susie got in touch to arrange a pre wedding shoot at Southerndown beach I had all fingers and toes crossed that the sun would come out to play. Well, it worked. The weather man or woman, I’m not sure which :) said it would be cloudy and overcast all day. I should have known, as we all do, they are never right and I am so glad this was true.  The brightest and clearest blue skies that I have seen this year, not a cloud in the sky and the location Dunraven Bay, renowned by landscape photographers and many others as an amazing sunset location.

Susie told me that she and Rob were not lovers of the camera so I had to make sure that by the end of the shoot they were. Rob, well Rob clearly knew how to work that camera and even impressed Susie, well done Rob, obviously been practicing :)  It was a great day, plenty of laughs and what really made the day for me was when they both said how much of a great time they both had. Thank you both, looking forward to the wedding now.

Grooms to Be Diaries: The RAF Grooms are on Planning Overload!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Our boys are back, and they’re feeling a little over whelmed! With ten months to go, they’re feeling a little up to their eyes with it all. Over to Mike to full you in…..

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The RAF Grooms are on Planning Overload!

When we first started planning the wedding it started really well, we knew what we wanted and what we didn’t want in our wedding.

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Since then as time continues to dwindle we seem to be behind the drag curve in respects to our timeline. Mostly because I’m away with work;image4and James is currently working six days a week. (The sixth day is his training day in preparation for becoming a Special Constable with Wiltshire Police, as he leaves the RAF in May)

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Our biggest controversy has been the guest list which has been critiqued, shall we say, for the lack of family we invited, as it became clear some family members felt put out by being left out, despite not seeing them for years.

We both have large families, a large circle of friends together and also separate so it was always going to be difficult. We think and hope it is resolved now.

In terms of actual wedding plans we managed to get the majority of it sorted immediately, but being typically gay and influenced by fashion (James mostly!) and very picky (Me!) we would change our minds a lot and still do.

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We were good in booking a band, a florist and the venue with ease. Actually James booked the venue before I even saw it! (Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire) However this guy knows me well and he chose perfectly. It was a castle built to keep the Welsh out for Henry VIII, trouble is it hasn’t worked as James’ family are all Welsh!

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The Florist was a lovely lady who runs the flower shop in town and very competitive prices, so with a massive thanks to my mum and her husband Shaun who have agreed to pay for the flowers, we have lovely array of red and white with touches of blue.

So really it’s the finer details that has been left to be organised which are the finalising the catering for the evening food, the decorations, the wines and the table linen. So if any of your readers have any good knowledge on table linen then let us know please! (We are just wary we don’t want to hire the cloths when they cost the same as buying one (this is the picky side in me!)

Oh and the wedding cake – how can I forget that part?! We aren’t sure yet how we are going to tackle this. Whether it is an actual cake made for us costing hundreds of pounds designed to our every needs, or it is a few M&S fruit and sponge cakes decorated to perfection. But with a 100 invited to the day with further 80 in the evening, we know it has got to be good.

We still have ten months to go, so we are confident we will get the smaller but trickier items squared away in good time. It would be great to see what your other readers and couples have done in terms of wedding cakes and table linen etc.

Don’t worry boys! You will get it sorted! Its can get pretty overwhelming.  Looking forward to hearing more x

Cwtch of the Week: Abi and her Bridesmaids by Angharad Thomas

Morning!

Its cold and a bit grumpy out there, so what better than a gorgeous cwtch of a bunch of best friends!?

We have a completely delightful Cwtch of the Week for you today.  Shot by the very very lovely Angharad Thomas, this is a stunning image captured of Abi and her girls having a big squeeze of her big day.  Its such a wonderful moment. A little windswept, wellies, Welsh backdrop, gorgeous!

Over to Angharad to tell us about the shot….

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Abi and her Bridesmaids

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This photo for me summarises my style of work. Real! I could have taken the cars out of the photograph but for me that would be changing the moment and the memory.
This Cwtch happened at Newgale beach car park on Abi and Jonnys wedding day in August. It was the windiest day we’d had all summer but my brave Welsh bride & bridesmaids didn’t care we still got out into the elements and got some beautiful photos!
My style of photography is documentary, I do posed images too but I primarily like to take a step back and capture what is really happening. The wellies, the colours, the emotion and her dress blowing in the wind. Capturing moments like these is why I do my job and why I love it!
You should be able to look back at a photograph and feel exactly how you felt in that moment. There is so much love in this photo and I hope in 10 years time Abi can look at it and feel the freezing cold wind on her arms and the warm cwtch of her best friends
We completely adore this image! Such a fabulous moment taken by the girls to get excited and show each other how much they love each other.  Thank you for sharing Angharad xx

Bride To Be Diaries: Our Graceful Bride Might Have Taken On Too Much

When I got married I had these massive plans for a big family meal the day be for and this lovely breakfast with the people from both our sides enjoying every minute together and continuing the celebration.

I got to a point where a friend sat me down and told me that I should only put my energy into the wedding day since she had gotten overwhelmed. I actually, for once, listened to her and left it.

Today our Graceful Bride tells us all how she might have taken on too much with her “wedding weekend.” Take it away Vicky.  b2b-graceful-banner

Our Graceful Bride

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Maybe we took on a bit too much….

So the wedding has been and gone and all I’m left with now are hundreds of photos and a list a mile long on who needs to know that I’m changing my name!

As fabulous as it was, a few days beforehand I was beginning to wonder if we’d taken on a bit too much. I mean who plans a wedding 225 miles away from where they live with 2 days of activities beforehand and a honeymoon straight afterwards!

Couple that with the fact Rob also had tonsillitis in the days leading up to the wedding and I’m quite surprised I didn’t just keel over somewhere!

Packing turned into a military operation and on the Tuesday before. I think I only sat down when I was in the car driving what felt like the length and breadth of Essex, all whilst trying to remind Rob when he needed to take his antibiotics!

With the dog off on his holiday, a car packed to the roof and a tired, disgruntled fiancé, we took on the M4 on a Wednesday evening, my many paged itinerary in hand and trying and get to my parents house with enough time to have a half decent nights sleep!file-23-11-2016-14-05-59file-23-11-2016-14-06-12

Thursday was family day, golf and afternoon tea at the Celtic Manor, Rob wrapped up in a good 4 layers with instructions not to overdo it, advice we should have taken in regards to eating as well I think!

As if we’d not had enough to eat and drink then we had a large family meal at our favourite restaurant in Newport, complete with gifts from the staff as we’ve been going there for over 20 years.

It was lovely to share our place with family that haven’t been in a long time and for Robs side of the family to experience it.

After a rather giggly church rehearsal on Friday morning (slightly concerned the photographers wouldn’t come back at one point) we said goodbye to each other and went our separate ways for the day.

Rob headed back to Celtic Manor for more golf and a meal with his friends, I put my parents, cousins and aunt and uncle to work at Peterstone Court.file-23-11-2016-14-06-23file-23-11-2016-14-06-36

With the most glorious weather we spent most of the time sat outside, looking at the view whilst putting together confetti cones and favour bags, it really was one of the best afternoons!

My friends timed their arrival amazingly well, just after everything had been finished setting up, so we took over the local pub for the evening, adults in one room, kids in the other (I say kids, apart from Charlie who’s an actual child the rest of us were aged between 20 and 35!!)

Needless to say by that point I was pretty exhausted and didn’t get much past 10.30pm!

We did something on the Saturday but I’ll leave that for another post….

By the Sunday I’d also come down with a cold so had the fun task of trying to tidy up, check out and get into a highly decorated car to move everything back to Essex, as well and trying to squeeze my mum in the back somewhere as she was coming to dog sit.

By the time we picked up Bailey he had to sit on my lap as there was no ounce of space available, (highly uncomfortable given he’s a rather large labradoodle!)

We arrived back to a welcome from the neighbours and a house decorated with balloons and banners before having a grand total of about 12 hours there before we headed off to Gatwick for the honeymoon.file-23-11-2016-14-06-50file-23-11-2016-14-07-01

A week in the sun (and a few cheeky champagnes and whiskeys on the flight) were just what we needed though and both of us were soon feeling better!

Just about got us refreshed enough to come back home and head off to Wales again a few days later for another wedding, different outfits though this time!!file-23-11-2016-14-07-11file-23-11-2016-14-07-20

Hands up who is ever so slightly jealous of that honeymoon. I can’t wait to share with you Vicky’s wedding. make sure you keep your eyes peeled for it.

Cwtch of the Week: A Mountainous Cwtch

Good morning lovelies. Well have we got a treat of you this morning.  Christopher Ian has captured a gorgeous Cwtch of the Week during Rebecca and Dave’s Engagement Shoot, in the heart of the beautiful craggy and rugged Welsh countryside near Pen Y Pass.  It looks absolutely incredible in this one image, so imagine what the entire shoot looks like!? 

Well, you don’t have to imagine. Just take a look on 28th September for the rest of this gorgeous shoot. Over to the talented Christopher to tell a bit about this image…

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Cwtch of the Week: A Mountainous Cwtch

Engagement shoots are an excellent way to ‘break the ice’ or to get you used to being photographed. If you’re nervous about having your photos taken then this is a superb way of getting a feel for how it will happen and more importantly how I work with you. I am your photographer, yes, but I also want to be your friend. It is far better to produce amazing images if you feel at ease with my presence and how photography is approached in a natural, simple way. These guys really wanted to create images that were full of dramatic backdrops and really appreciated the fine art photography approach and we definitely managed it!

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Its absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the entire shoot! Thank you so much to Christopher, Rebecca and Dave for sharing! x