Bride to be Diaries: Introducing The Sporty Bride

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Hello everybody!

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I waved wildly at my computer screen after writing that which pretty much sums me up…mental!

I was very lucky to be selected as a ‘Bride to Be’ Blogger by the Cwtch team. Having followed this blog for a long time (long before I was engaged…) I’m so excited to share my journey with you all now it’s finally my turn to plan a wedding. This is my introduction post so you can get to know me a little bit better!

I’ve been coined ‘The Sporty Bride’ which is pretty much perfect really seeing as I love my rugby and am a tad obsessed with fitness. I put on a lot of weight whilst I was in university studying to be a physiotherapist, and subsequently lost 5 stone in 2012 after graduating.

Ever since then I’ve loved trying new sports and entering events (from 5k runs to full IRONMAN triathlons) to see what wonderful things my body can do.

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My current obsession being Yoga! I’ve been on a very long journey about self-belief, learning to love myself and my body (most of the time).

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I’m 27 and live in Swansea with my partner, Matthew. I work as a physiotherapist in a spinal injury/neurological rehabilitation unit as well as the head physiotherapist for Welsh Premiership rugby union team, the Bridgend Ravens and Ospreys U18 age grade.

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Matthew is the Elite Rugby Coordinator for the Welsh Rugby Union, he’ll often tell you it’s a lot less glamourous than it sounds but I know he works very hard and I’m very proud of him. Our paths cross quite often professionally and it adds another dynamic to our relationship altogether at times but makes for an interesting life!

We are a very social couple and love our rugby and a drink (or seven…). Matthew proposed to me on March 12th 2016. It was a Saturday and I had been working in the early afternoon. I agreed to meet Matt in the pub after work to watch the rugby, Wales vs England. When I arrived, Matthew took my hand and led me to a quiet spot. I remember being stressed because I hadn’t had time to tidy myself up having come straight from work – I was just about ready to tell him to let me go put ‘my face’ on when I saw how nervous he looked and suddenly I had butterflies.
He handed me a wrapped present; a copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price with a ribbon tied around it. When I opened the book, there was a square cut out and a ring was nestled in chapter 15 titled ’The Unbreakable Vow’ (Oh yeah…HUGE Harry Potter Fan).
I went into shock. He went down on one knee and asked the question. I couldn’t believe it, so much so my hands were shaking and I couldn’t speak but managed to say ‘of course’.

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Matt had arranged all our family and friends to be in the pub that day and so we got to go tell them all our good news at the same time! Wales lost the Rugby but, in all fairness, I can’t say I paid much attention to the game for the first time in my life!

Our Wedding is booked for the 4th of August 2018. 2016 was very eventful for us… we got engaged and became first-time buyers as well so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to plan and pay for (*groan*) the wedding of our dreams. We both wanted a big wedding full of family, friends and good times. Seeing as we are both fiercely proud welsh people there was no question about having our wedding in lovely little Wales.

As I spend most of my life in tracksuits and polo-shirts either in my rehab unit, working out or on the side of a muddy rugby pitch in pouring welsh rain looking like a reject from the ‘Gremlins’ movie; my wedding is the perfect chance to live out every feminine, girly fantasy I ever had. I’m sure that many people that know me might think they are at the wrong wedding when they rock up on the day. Many people are surprised to know that under my usually athletic, minimal make up, easy going self is a little girl that dreamed of a sparkly, glamourous and elegant wedding.

I’m also hoping to somehow incorporate our love of sport and wales into our plans…could be an interesting combination! I desperately want my wedding to look as good as my pinterest board does haha! (By the way…I wasn’t kidding about the gremlin look…)

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I hope that all you enjoy sharing our journey with us as much as we will enjoy sharing it with you- I’m going to be as honest as I can and hopefully not boring!

Hwyl for now- I’m off out for a run! N x

Bride to Be Diaries: Introducing The Glitzy Bride!

Good morning one and all!

I hope you’re all recovered from the weekend, especially all of you Cwtchfest2017 attendees! We are not recovered  Everything aches and I want to fall asleep everywhere, but we are still so over the moon about how fantastic it was, it spurs us on!

So we are back to introduce you to another of our gorgeous new Bride and Grooms to be! Today we have the beautiful Sophie, aka, The Glitzy Bride.  No point in me rambling on, I will hand over to Sophie herself to tell you all about herself and her husband to be.  Over you to Glitzy…..

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Hello you lovely lot of Cwtch readers!!

I’m over the moon to have won the competition to blog all things wedding, from menu tastings to finding THE dress, anyway before I get in to all that let me introduce myself and give you a little background on HTB (hubs to be) & I…

Lets start with the basics, I’m Sophie & I’m a 24 year old admin worker from Swansea (does this make me sound like I’m on a game show?!), I live in a small town just outside the city centre and work as a Receptionist for the same company as HTB!

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Sean (a fitness instructor) & I met a little over 4 years ago and like every great love story it started at 3am in a less than classy night club when he ‘accidentally’ knocked my drink over (subtle!)

Two years later we took our first proper couples holiday to New York. On the final night of our trip we attended a Knicks Game at Madison Square Gardens, and just as the world famous ‘kiss cam’ appeared above us I turned to find Hubs to Be down on one knee with a small opened box in his hand revealing the most beautiful ‘Art Deco’ inspired ring, after a squeaked ‘yes’ from myself & some excited phone calls to family back home…the rest is history! 

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We’re now T- 6 months until ‘I do’!!

Growing up I never really envisioned what my big day would look like, however with a little help from good old Pinterest & some inspo from the one & only Kimmie K we had our theme: Full Blown GLAM. We decided on White, Silver & Tiffany Blue with LOTS of flowers (I mean Kim and Kanye’s 6 ft flower walls didn’t cost that much right?).

I like to imagine it as a Champagne Wedding on a Lemonade Budget, we’re doing pretty much everything ourselves, right down to the last diamante. So expect a few stressed out posts, some honesty and hopefully a few laughs along our wedding journey, with a hint of sparkle for good measure!

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From here on out I’ll be known (quite accurately) as The “Glitzy’ Bride… 

I’m so excited to share our Wedding Planning Adventures with all the Cwtch Bride to Be’s and can’t wait to walk down the aisle in August!

Yippeeeeee! Isn’t she lovely! We cannot wait to find out more about the engagement and shopping and planning! Said tuned for her next instalment! x

#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight: Lumi Event Design

Hello lovely Cwtchers

We have another fantastic #Cwtchfest2017 exhibitor here to shout about, the wonderful LUSH List members, Lumi Event Design.  Let me pop them in the spotlight now and let them tell you all about them….

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Lumi Event Design

At Lumi Event Design we like to do things a little differently.  We provide a bespoke wedding design service for our couples and work with them to create the day they’ve always dreamt of.  You’re not like every other couple – so why should your wedding be?
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Our services include full or partial planning, chiavari chair hire, fresh or silk floral design and venue styling to make your day personal to you.

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We want to wow your guests with exquisite details and decorations, whilst working with you and your budget.We also offer calligraphy place names, table numbers and bespoke signage to add that extra personal touch to your day.  At Lumi we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and we truly care about making your event completely perfect.

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#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight: Best Buds By Samara

Hello everyone

On the run up to the awesome #Cwtchfest2017 at St Fagans National History Museum, we will be giving you a little glimpse into some of our incredible exhibitors who cannot wait to meet you!

Today, we have the gorgeous Best Buds by Samara…..

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Best Buds By Samara

Best Buds by Samara is a wedding and event florist and was created in 2014. In a small space of time we have been lucky enough to work with some brilliant couples and help ‘Bring their vision to life’.

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We were a finalist at the National Wedding Awards 2016 for Best Florist which was a massive achievement for us and showed that our brides and grooms loved what we do. From day one you will liaise with me, Samara, I will be there to guide you, offer ideas, support your ideas (however crazy they may seem) and turn them in to reality15037128_1302716333083278_2768247434359136213_n

I don’t have a set floral style and have worked with a massive variation of couples, I work with you to make your flowers unique to you.12670692_1137915189563394_7872487041207106944_n I also have a large collection of hire items that you are more than welcome to use too which means you don’t have to use multiple suppliers, making it easier for you! I am not just here as a wedding florist, I know the wedding and event industry well and know lots of brilliant suppliers so am here to answer your questions and help! Don’t be daunted by planning your wedding trust us to ‘Bring your vision to life’!

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#Cwtchfest2017 Competition: Win Tickets for you and your Bridal Party

Good morning you lovely lot

Its competition time again! This time, you have the chance to win tickets for not just yourself, but your partner and your bridal party.

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Thats a possible 10 tickets!*

*We have to put a cap on it or we’d have an army of you turn up!

To enter, all we need you to do is fill in the form below, telling us your name, email and the date of your wedding. Do this by Sunday 12th March at midnight, and you could be in with a chance of winning!

Name
Email Address
Date of your Wedding

THATS ALL!

So, are you ready????

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand go!

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Its such a great day out for anyone planning a wedding. We look forward to welcoming you all x