Well on this rainy Monday morning, we have a gorgeously cwtch cwtch to cheer you up.
Sian & Mark held their beautiful relaxed Welsh Wedding at Caer Llan, Monmouth. Photographed by Cwtch The Bride’s founder, Maria Farrelly Photography.
These should surely put a smile on your face. Enjoy x
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.
Our Graceful Bride
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I love history. I love weddings. So for me finding out about wedding traditions from around the world makes me so intrigued and literally laugh out loud at the same time. It makes you think about how some of these came to be.
Wedding Traditions From Round The World
Image from Pinterest
Moroccan brides purify themselves with water from their rivers before their wedding.Image from Pinterest
Jewish weddings are meant to be a mixture of joy and sadness. The groom stomps a glass cup held in a napkin as a reminder of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.Image from Pinterest
Fairies seem to be a pest problem in Ireland: brides must keep both feet on the ground while dancing lest those spritely creatures whisk her away. Time to practice your moonwalk! Image from Pinterest
In certain parts of China, brides and their wedding parties practice a month-long crying ritual before the wedding. Each night, the bride sits with her mother, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts for an hour, all crying in unison to form a kind of celebratory “song” to mark the occasion.
Image from Zhangjiajie Tour Guide
In Sweden, it’s a lighthearted tradition for guests to plant kisses on the bride or groom when either leaves the room. In 2016 it’s a gender-neutral game, so anyone can sneak a kiss to the couple!Image from The Buzztube
I don’t know if my family would be up for a group sob session for a whole month before my wedding. Do any of you have any family wedding traditions that you think we our readers would like to hear about. If you do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good morning one and all!
A question we ask our Brides and Grooms for our ‘Real Weddings’ feature is ‘Is there anything you would change about your big day?’
Often the answer is ‘No, we wouldn’t change a thing’, but more and more, we are getting the answer, ‘We wish we had booked a videographer.’
25 years ago or so, a wedding video was often quite cheesy, with a mixture of still images and video, showcasing the day to the sound of the Peter Cetera’s ‘Glory of Love’ (actually, that song is epic!)
But lately, wedding films are incredible. With new awesome technology that I don’t even begin to try and understand, what you are left with is a beautiful cinema look, with emotive music and the most breathtaking result.
Aurora Wedding Films creates the most stunning films you will ever see. Richard Shelton of Aurora has shot well over 300 films, throughout Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as destination weddings, and with 12 years experience, you’re guaranteed a wonderful result.
We have the pleasure of sharing one of Richard’s latest films, of Victoria and Olivers wedding, shot earlier this year. So I will hand over to Richard himself to tell you all about it, before you feast your eyes on this delight – you’re going to need a tissue.
Victoria & Olivers Wedding Film by Aurora
After meeting whilst studying at Millfield School, Victoria and Oliver were married at Hensol Castle in June this year. What promised to be a warm summers day changed dramatically when the skies opened and we had some of the most torrential rain I’ve seen in years, just as Victoria arrived at the church in Cowbridge!
Luckily, it was just a short shower and the guests were treated to warm sunshine for the rest of the day at Hensol. They booked us after seeing one of their friends wedding films, which we shot in 2014. They were so pleased that they’d got one too and had a special ‘screening night’ at Victoria’s parents for all their family and friends.
I will be honest, I do cry at the drop of a hat, adverts, cardigan inside out, but I defy anyone to not shed a romantic slow tear down the cheek at this film! Beautiful Richard. Just beautiful x
I have a tendency to stalk Welsh photographers a little bit, so when I came across this gorgeous shot by Gareth Scanlon, I had to have it on the blog. Its so lovely, its not just the gorgeousness of the little girl, its the look on her Mummy’s face, just contented joy. Its so gentle yet full of that secure, safe and fierce love that a Mummy can give. I completely adore this. Over to Gareth to tell us a little bit about it….. Enjoy!
Cwtch of the Week: A Mother and Daughter
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, just looking at this makes me feel peaceful. Its just so pretty.As a little added treat, Gareth wonderfully also sent the following image of Mother and daughter, which was just too lovely not to accompany this cwtch.Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing Gareth. x