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Real Weddings: Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Its the turn of our very own Maria Farrelly today, who brings you the stunning wedding of Felicity of Dom at their local church of St Josephs in Penarth, followed by a reception at our gorgeous capital city’s Cardiff Castle!

And the sunset!! Wow.  Over to the bride and groom to tell you about their big day….

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Felicity and Dom’s Beautiful Castle Wedding

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

Classic

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Walking down the aisle and seeing all our friends and family and my husband to be waiting there :)

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Arriving in the car at Cardiff castle and seeing all our friends and family again enjoying themselves

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I got my dress from all about eve in Chepstow. They were lovely. So helpful. The shop was very professional and has recently been refurbished. I went with my mum and tried some on then came back with my bridesmaids and mother in law as well. It was a really lovely experience and absolutely loved wearing in on the day.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

5 friends from school as bridesmaids, 4 for best men and a brother

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Why did you choose your venue?

We thought it was beautiful and the castle were so professional and friendly.

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Tell us about your photographer

Maria was brilliant. She met us beforehand to create a schedule for the day and she kept us on time thanks to this. She knew all the photos we wanted and then was fantastic on the day at spotting unique photo opportunities. She is very talented but also a lovely, friendly person who makes you feel comfortable all day. She was continuously checking I was ok which was nice and all the guests commented on how professional she was and lovely. Highly recommend!

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How did the proposal happen? 

On a mountain in Reykjavik under the northern lights. It was beautiful.

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Instant print was brilliant for stickers, cards, posters. Items arrived very quickly and were really nice. Amazon sells lovely bags at good prices which can be used to make favours.

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What was your first dance & why?

Sweetest Thing-U2. The groom once personalised it for me :)

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nothing.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every minute it goes so quickly. Make sure you like all the people who are a part of your wedding they really make the day special. We met some fantastic people. :)

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Love your life and love your wife!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Dom: Choosing band and music.

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Felicity: Pretty much everything! Enjoyed making fun games and personal bits and bobs for tables and room. Loved meeting lots of people whilst planning wedding.

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography 
Videographer: Craig from Cherished Memories
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue: Cardiff Castle
Bride’s Dress: All About Eve
Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bride’s Jewellery: Pravins
Groom’s Outfit: Perfection Bridal and Menswear
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Coast
Cake: Friend
Flowers: Deacons Chepstow
Hair: Albion House Chepstow
Make Up: MAC
Band: Bring the Noise
Transport: Champagne Wedding Cars

The Wedding Album

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Real Wedding: Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Well I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there is suddenly quite a chill in the air – autumn is coming! And you know what that means, autumnal colours, jumpers, warms fires, fireworks and hallowe’en!

And we have a super gorgeous wedding for you to get you all inspired if you’re planning an autumn wedding.  Shot by the very lovely Elaine Williams, Tara and Rob show you how to do a theme right! With gorgeous colours and tones throughout, with just the right amount of nodding to the 31st October, you’re about to completely fall in love with the idea of a hallowe’en inspired wedding…..

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Tara and Robs Beautiful Hallowe’en Inspired Day

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What was your budget?

£7,000…and even that was much than we initially thought it would be!

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Halloween, autumn & harvest festival!

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

We loved being surrounded by everyone we knew and seeing everyone having a great time and mingling! The speeches were great too…who doesn’t like hearing nice things being said about them!?

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I knew from the start I didn’t want a wedding dress, but equally I didn’t really know what I wanted! I went shopping with my bridesmaids looking for them really. I saw a dress in the Phase 8 concession and loved it, the girls persuaded me to try it on and it fit me perfectly and looked awesome on! After thinking about it for a bit i bought it there and then…i didn’t need any alterations and it was well under budget!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

Bridesmaid:
Best friends from school, Jodie, Fiona and Mary as well as my sister Nadia. I had a flower girl, my niece Millie and ring bearer was my nephew Nathan.

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Bestman:
Best man was Robs mate Jamie.

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Why did you choose your venue?

I loved the barn! I loved that the chairs didn’t match, the fairy lights in the ceiling and the little touches. Having our own bar and outside area ment that the guests wouldn’t be spread all over the venue.

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Tell us about your photographer

We searched for a while as it’s a big investment (our biggest after the venue), and decided on Elaine based on her relaxed style and th fact that she did a documentary style. We didn’t want to have lots of posed photos we just wanted to relax enjoy our day and trust that the photographer would capture the best photographs that way, which Elaine defiantly did!

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How did the proposal happen? 

Outside Cardiff City Hall walking home after a dinner out!

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I made toffee apples for place names and favours, they were surprisingly straight forward after a practice run I would defiantly recommend the use of a thermometer.

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I would also recommend the creating of table settings until as last minute as possible in case of cancellations or last minute changes to who sits where!
I enjoyed searching for vinyl records of the songs we used during the ceremony for a ‘guestbook.
We also had signs and bunting made by a talented friend which helped a lot!

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What was your first dance & why?

Foo Fighters – Everlong
We saw Foo Fighters live at a festival and have loved them ever since. The acoustic version of this song is the right mix of not being too mushy and a nod to the rock/indie/metal music we like!

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Nope!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Do what you want! Making a budget early on helps too!

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Know when to say sorry and mean it!

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Hanging out with friends and getting to be a bit creative!

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Elaine Williams Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ty Mawr 
Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight
Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Metallics 
Bride’s Headpiece: My Lavaliere
Groom’s Outfit: Master Debonair 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHS
Cake: Alison Celebrations 
Flowers: Jan Lima
DJ: Cardiff Wedding Disco 
Stationery: Vista Print
Any Reception Decor/Props: Signage by Artisan WD 
Transport: Bijou Wedding Cars 
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The Wedding Album

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Midweek Mini: Charlie’s Wedding Memories

Hello Cwtchers!

Today we get to share Charlie’s, our former lovely Cwtch Girl, favourite memory of her and Marks big day.

Happy Anniversary guys!

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Marc and Charlie

When we decided our new midweek feature was going to be all about wedding memories I got a bit panicked because I knew it would soon be my turn to share mine. The problem with that is that my memories from my wedding day are all a bit hazy, and for once not through drink!

You know those cheesy TV programmes that use the wavy clouds around the edges just before going in to a dream sequence? That’s kind of how my wedding looks when I try and remember it, I know everyone says it but the day really does go by so quickly. The part of the day that I remember best was getting ready with my girls in the morning, I was very relaxed and had a brilliant morning (unlike poor Mark who got stuck in the barbers and ended up having to rush around!). c&m0122 c&m0275 c&m0355

But when I think of my favourite part of the day it’s not so much one specific moment it’s more a series of moments all linked by a warm fuzzy feeling. The best parts of the day were all the cwtches, all the love, all the smiles on people’s faces and most of all taking a few moments alone with my new husband and saying “we did it”. It’s hard to put this into words without being ridiculously mushy so I will share with you some of my favourite photos by our amazing photographer Maria Farrelly, honestly I look at our photos all the time even nearly two years later. I can’t recommend her highly enough.  c&m0166 c&m0170c&m0713 c&m0757 c&m0899 c&m1030 c&m1038 c&m1043 photobooth084 photobooth118 photobooth170 photobooth185 photobooth190

If you would like to see mine & Mark’s Cardiff Castle wedding in full you can click here :)

Charlie can now be found behind the camera – and she’s blummin good too! xx

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