Bride to Be Diaries: Introducing The Procrastinating Bride, Natasha

More introductions! This week its our fabulous new Bride to be, Natasha, aka; The Procrastinating Bride!

Over to this little beaut to tell you more about her and her husband to be……..

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Hello, beautiful brides-to-be! My name is Natasha. Most people call me Tash or Natash (which I find quite endearing) and my mum often refers to me as Last Minute Lucy…which is why I am The Procrastinating Bride!

I’m an SEO Copywriter, or Creative Content Executive when I want to sound fancy, but basically, I write for a digital marketing agency. When recently asked to describe my role in seven words for the company’s website, I said: writing, tea-drinking, more writing and eating cake. It’s pretty accurate.

I first met Steve on Bonfire Night back in 2004. My fifteen-year-old self didn’t particularly want to go out that night but, after a little persuasion from my parents, I went along. Someone introduced himself to me as “my paper boy” which I found charmingly strange and, somehow, he wangled my MSN ‘addy’.

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Nearly twelve and a half years on, that paper boy is my best friend and fiancé: Steve.

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Steve and I both grew up in Cardiff. In fact, our family homes are pretty much around the corner from each other. I fled the nest to study Fashion Journalism at university in Surrey’s lovely little Epsom, then returned to my roots after graduating.

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Although practically all the jobs in my field are in the London area, my twenty-one-year-old self couldn’t wait to move back to home sweet home. Distance really does make the heart grow fonder! Cheesy, but true.

Steve and I went on our first date to the cinema when we were 15 and 16 (Steve was in the year above in school; yes, I still think in academic years).

We’ll be 28 and 29 when we get married at Oldwalls in December this year and it’ll mark, almost to the day, 13 years of Team Stash; a nickname we acquired by friends while holidaying in America. We loved the idea of a winter wedding and, of course, December is particularly precious to us!

While many would assume that I was expecting Steve to propose, I couldn’t have been more surprised. In fact, I forgot to answer when he was down on one knee. My heart was saying a million times yes but my head couldn’t quite believe it.

We were on holiday in France last year with my grandparents when Steve asked me to marry him. They’ve been caravanning for years and asked us if we wanted to take the trailer tent; a cheap holiday (we’d recently bought a house) in the sun. We were sold.

Steve hadn’t been to France before and I had holidayed there a few times as a child. I vividly remember going to the beautiful Le Mont-Saint-Michel and told Steve all about it. We decided to stop there on our journey down to the Vendée.

24 hours later, we arrived at the iconic landmark. Steve insisted on taking his rucksack; he wanted to carry our jackets in it in case it was windy at the top. I told him we’d be fine so, he ditched the rucksack, and we made our way up to the castle.

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Little did I know, Steve had a reason for wanting to take his rucksack. That reason being a ring!

Anyway, that didn’t happen. About a week later, after a bit more travelling, the two of us went for a meal at a restaurant in Jard-sur-Mer.

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Steve had been acting a bit strange in the run up to the meal.

En route to the restaurant, Steve suggested a selfie with the harbour in the background. It was windy and I just wanted to get inside the restaurant but, agreed to have a quick photo.

Steve set his phone up on a bollard for a timed selfie. I went over to check the photo and was told not to press anything, that the phone would automatically take another one. I somehow came out of this setting and, as I turned around to explain this, Steve was down on one knee.

The soppy sneak had tried to capture the moment on camera!

Once I’d found my voice and, of course, said yes, we went inside the restaurant. Reality suddenly sank in and I became a blubbering mess! We enjoyed a delicious meal, went back to our campsite bar for more celebratory drinks and later, cracked open a bottle of bubbly back in our tent.

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I’m extremely excited be a Cwtch girl and I’m very much looking forward to sharing my wedding plans with you. Hopefully my laidback ways will instil a sense of calm in those who feel like they’ve left things too late! Trust me, if you haven’t done your seating plan, The Procrastinating Bride hasn’t either.

Which reminds me: I still don’t have a colour scheme! Not that I’m remotely worried…

Admittedly, it all feels rather narcissistic writing about me, me, me but, hopefully, my wedding journey will help you on yours! Until next time, Cwtchers. Big, bridal love 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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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 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

CWTCHFEST EXHIBITORS

Today we have a little thank you post to the exhibitors from our events that support our lovely blog.   This week we celebrate our 4th Birthday and we have met some amazing people throughout Wales who have incredible businesses and truly LOVE what they do.Cwtchfest-April-2016-Owen-Mathias-Photography-221-500x332Written in Lights

Our next event is on April 9th in the beautiful St Fagans National History Museum and if you are yet to get your tickets you can find them HERE

click here for ticketsWhen we arrange events like #Cwtchfest2017 our main aim was to organise events we would enjoy when we were planning our weddings.

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We want you, our lovely brides and grooms to be, to have an amazing experience where the wedding industry in Wales shows you what they can offer.  Live music, workshops, demos, samples and more in a fun, relaxed and inspiring environment.

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In order to offer a different kind of event we like to attract like minded businesses and offer them support through our lovely blog so they get more than just a stand when they attend our events.

We hope (and so far its worked) that because they get so much from our events and because they are MEGA lovely people they plough their efforts into ensuring you get the most from the day.  We work with 100’s of businesses throughout the year and it is impossible to name them all in one post but from the bottom of our hearts WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

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All images are by our very own honorary Cwtch lad – Owen Mathias Photography

If you are an amazing business and would like to get involved in a Cwtch event email Lindsey at cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com

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Sweet Peony Floral Design

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And last but not least the lovely Grant from the fabulous Boutique Disco