#Cwtchfest2017: Cwtch Workshops

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We have five great workshops running this sunday at #Cwtchfest2017 Starting at 12 noon and each running on the hour for 30 minutes. Here, you will get to meet some of Wales’ finest and most experienced wedding professionals. Spaces are limited on some so we are advising you all arrive early. If you don’t manage to get a space then you are all still welcome to listen and take notes :)

12 noon- Maria Farrelly Photography

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Creator of Cwtch The Bride and professional wedding Photographer, Maria Farrelly is kicking off the first of our Cwtch Workshops.


Getting the most out of your big day

Having photographed hundreds of weddings over many years Maria has ALOT of experience of virtually every type of wedding in most locations. From Festival weddings in the middle of no where to traditional church weddings with 300+ guests, maria has found they all have one thing in common. The need to be well organised!

Planning your day properly and being aware of how long things REALLY take will give you a better understanding of how your day will go.


In this workshop, Maria will walk you through the typical time scales of a wedding day. This is a great opportunity to involve the bridal party (who normally don’t have a clue what is going on). So many brides want to plan their own wedding and think its easy. Its not, trust us. The more help you get, the better. Maria will show you how to delegate, who best to give roles to, how to avoid turning into a bridezilla and most importantly how to get the most out of your day.

She will also give you some great tips on how to look great in your wedding pictures!



1 pm – YumeYume Logo

Yume Hair and Beauty Salons Cardiff, presenting Bridal Hair trends.

You’re never fully dressed without Yume hair! Yume means dream and we LOVE to create dream hair for that dream wedding!wedding-collage-2
Hensol - cwtch the bride_0022Do you want your own personal wedding hair stylist that’s part of a professional team of wedding experts to create your bespoke wedding look? Then that’s another reason to say “..I DO” We will be showing three very different bridal looks, each being bespoke to the individual wedding style. …From Classic/Elegant to Rock-chic and Boho too…lots of fabulous ideas to share with you. The complete look – hair, make-up and wedding dress too! Your visit to the salon needn’t be daunting and worrying…but a happy, exciting experience knowing you will come away with lots of hair and make up ideas, hints and tips, including your own personalised Wedding hair and beauty plan!

* Veil or no veil…?

* How to prepare your hair for the big day…?

* Is your hair as glossy as it could be…?

* Does your hair colour suit your cool or warm skin tone…?

* Wedding hair trends 2017-2018…?

We take pride in sharing with you our advice and guidance on how to enhance your own wedding ideas…. focusing your vision of your dream wedding and turning into a reality!

2 pm- Do You Believe?

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We have Helen from Do You Believe running a fabulous workshop on Body Confidence.

Every bride is capable of looking and feeling fantastic on their wedding day, no matter what size, height or anything else that varies! But theres more to it than just trying to be on trend. You have to be smart. If you truly FEEL fantastic you will certainly LOOK fantastic too because confidence is more striking than any frock I can tell you to wear.304

If you are looking for some advice on how to work with your god given gifts then Helen has some pearls of wisdom which she has learnt over many years of dressing all different shapes and sizes.050

I have a top 5 tips on how to work with what you’ve got and some hints on how to make wedding dress shopping easier and more enjoyable: 1) the dos and donts for your shape and size 2) what to take with you- being prepared when shopping 3) be open minded 4) the finishing touches- the devil is in the detail 5) when/where and who PS- a touch on bridesmaids- the diplomatic approach


3pm – Make Up By Nicola

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Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop

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4pm – The Flower Hive

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Come and talk to Eva at The Flower Hive about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding.   Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.

Owen Mathias Photography

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Cwtchfest! Exhibitor Spotlight Part 3

It’s time to meet another five fantastic Welsh wedding suppliers that will be joining us at Cwtchfest a week today! If you would like to meet them in person make sure you buy your tickets now and join us at Bluebell Meadow, Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan on the 19th of April. We can’t wait to see you there!


Bespoke Wedding Box

Bespoke Wedding Box provide a service tailored to your needs from wooden love spoon favours, rubber stamps, to detailed and intricate laser cut stationery.
Laura combines graphic design, laser skills and tactile materials to create personalised keepsakes for your wedding day that can be treasured forever.

See more about Bespoke Wedding Box by visiting our Facebook page, etsy shop and Cwtch the Bride’s lush list.

LoveDub Weddings

LoveDub Weddings have been supplying the UK Wedding industry with our outstanding collection of VW Wedding vehicles for the past 8 years.  They are exclusively for Weddings only and not for any other private hire meaning they are in pristine condition at every Wedding they attend.  The vehicles bring in an element of fun to any Wedding day along with our amazing staff who help relax the Wedding Party and make their journey an experience to remember.

Nannies on the Net

Nannies on the Net looks after ‘little guests’ at weddings, we can provide wedding day nannies for small numbers of children or for larger groups we offer ‘pop up creches’ or arts and craft based activities for older children. We also supply evening babysitters who can look after babies and children at the wedding venue or hotel.
All of our staff are qualified and have Enhanced Disclosures from the DBS (formerly CRB).
At Cwtchfest we will be having lots of fun making bunting and children can join us to decorate a mask.
For more information please visit our website.


PartyBales provide Hay and Straw Bales for weddings and are able to deliver bales throughout North and South Wales from our distribution points in Hereford and Cheshire. Alongside individual Hay and Straw bales hire bride and grooms can also hire bale sofas, bale tables, bale covers and bale lawn games. Straw and Hay Bales are very versatile and can be used in a number of different ways at a wedding from ceremony and reception seating to a bale photo booth or bale bar! For inspiration take a look at partybales.com where there are plenty of ideas or contact the PartyBales team, they are happy to give advice and always up for challenging how else bales can be used.

PartyBales are extremely excited to be at Cwtchfest! They will be providing seating for the outdoor caterers at the event which will give you the perfect opportunity to see how comfy the bales really are whilst you sample the food which is on offer. PartyBales will also have a stand in the marquee so you can talk to the team and see how they can help you turn your vision into reality!

You can see more about PartyBales in this video.


Yume have been experts in wedding hair and make up at our Cardiff City Centre salon for over 8 years. Now we have opened our new and already busy out of town Salon on Rhydypenau Crossroads! Wedding hair can be done at either of our salons or at a chosen venue.

We offer free consultations and home care advice, Bespoke wedding packages to suit your needs, Hen Party pamper evenings and a complete ‘top to toe’ treatment plan.

Last year we styled all of the models’ hair for Cwtch the Bride’s massive styled shoot A Vanity Affair. All of the photographs in this post are from that shoot. We look forward to seeing you at Cwtchfest!

You really don’t want to miss it! To join us on the 19th of April in the Vale of Glamorgan:


Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair- Part 8 Hair & Make Up

We have already showcased a lot of the amazing hair by Yume and make up by e.l.f. cosmeticsSarah Jane Outten and Jessie Harries Make Up Artist, but today we have a whole post dedicated to these talented ladies. With photography by Catherine & Angharad, here are the beautiful (and possibly dreaded) before and after pictures from behind the scenes of our epic styled shoot at Hensol Castle.

All hair in this post is by the fabulous stylists at Yume. With head pieces by Kate Petersen.cwtch the bride

Make Up by Sarah Jane Outten

Make Up by Jessie Harries Make Up Artist

Make Up by e.l.f. cosmetics

HUGE thanks to the Jessie, Sarah Jane and the girls from Yume and e.l.f., all of the models looked amazing! Here is a gallery of the behind the scenes images from Catherine & Angharad

We will be back next week with the final posts from the shoot – the incredible (yep I’ve seen it, it really is amazing) video from Aurora Video, and the final words on the shoot will be from the brains behind this whole thing: Maria Farrelly. Don’t miss it!

To view all of the previous posts from our styled shoot, click on this link, we have featured beautiful bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, flowers, props, stationery and cake. All the inspiration you need to plan a wonderful Welsh wedding!

Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair – Part 4 Headpieces by Kate Petersen

We are thoroughly enjoying sharing all aspects of our recent styled shoot with you, by now you’ll have a good idea of how amazing everything looked but there is a lot more detail to come to help inspire you if you are yet to book certain aspects of your wedding.

Part 1 – The inspiration behind the shoot and the final “Vanity Affair” photograph by Maria Farrelly

Part 2Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses with photographs by Christopher Ian

Part 3House of Mooshki Bridal Gowns with photographs by Christopher Ian

Today is Part 4 – featuring stunning headpieces by the super talented Kate Petersen, photographed by Catherine & Angharad from Cashiona Photography and Angharad Gwenter Photography, these two ladies have now joined forces to create stylish wedding photography together.

Hair by Yume and make up by e.l.f. cosmetics, Sarah Jane Outten and Jessie Harries.

The Headpieces

Thank you Kate for bringing these gorgeous accessories for us to use, and thank you again to all of the wonderful suppliers and our lovely readers for giving up their time to model for us.

We still have a lot more to share with you from the shoot, including gorgeous cakes, flowers and props. Also a look at behind the scenes from Richard at Aurora Video.

Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair – Part 2 How to wear Two Birds Bridesmaid Dresses

You may remember back in July we ran a competition to find models for a top secret epic styled shoot we were planning. Last week Cwtch creator Maria Farrelly revealed the inspiration behind the shoot and showed us our first look from the Vanity Affair shoot that took place in the gorgeous Hensol Castle. We have many more posts to come which will showcase the AMAZING suppliers that got involved, starting this week with the Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses supplied and styled by Laura May Bridal.

A Vanity Affair-Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

A Vanity Affair-Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

All images in this post below are by the fabulous Christopher Ian Photography unless otherwise stated. The models are our wonderful readers :)

Two Birds Bridesmaid – One Dress, Over 15 ways to wrap!

Grecian Twist Backless – modelled by KateCWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 197 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 200

One Shoulder – modelled by Pippa (and baby!)CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 202 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 203

Knotted Tank – modelled by Celyn CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 204 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 207

Bucklewaist Short- modelled by Sara CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 208 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 210

Halter – modelled by Hayley CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 241 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 243

Grecian Twist Middle Back – modelled by Bryony CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 212 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 215

Halter – modelled by Natalie S CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 217 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 219

One Shoulder Twist – modelled by Gemma CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 221 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 223

Cap Sleeve Shoulder – modelled by Sian CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 225 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 228

Full Coverage – modelled by Jo CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 229 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 231

The Floral piece attached to the back of the dress was created by Charlotte Davies, Senior Florist at Hilary’s Floral Design, Abergavenny.

Front Neck Twist – modelled by Stephanie CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 233 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 236

Cap Sleeve Tank – modelled by Nerys CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 237 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 239

Grecian Twist Cross Back – modelled by Natalie W CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 246 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 247

Halter Bow – modelled by Bethan CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 249 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 251

Halter Bow – modelled by Caitlin CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 253 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 255

Knotted Tank – modelled by Nikki CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 257 CWTCH Christopher Ian Photography 259

For all the ways you can wear Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses click here.

Thank you to all the suppliers who got involved in this shoot, we will be dedicating full posts to the hair and make up artists very soon but in brief thank you to-

Yume – Hair

Kate Petersen – Headpieces

e.l.f. cosmetics, Sarah Jane Outten and Jessie Harries – Make Up

Katie from Laura May Bridal for dressing our brilliant models

Christopher Ian for these stunning photographs

Special thanks to our wonderful models- you all look incredible!

Next week we will be showcasing the gorgeous House of Mooshki wedding dresses, make sure you don’t miss it! PLUS lots more to come from The China Library (China and Vintage Prop Hire) & Belle Journée  (prop Hire) too!