An 8-Bit Wedding In A Barn – Kayleigh & David

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you Kayleigh and David’s wedding at Farbridge Barn from Joanna Cleeve Photography. They had center pieces and a table plan where all characters and places from films & TV shows they both love and their stationery had an 8 Bit theme which looked awesome!

We actually met nearly 20 years ago in school! Dave, rocking up briefcase in hand with his freshly pressed blazer (he thought it would make him look ‘cool’), me with my 2 sizes too big jumper… It wasn’t until year 9 that I actually noticed him mind. I asked him out and he declined immediately (he only had eyes for flame haired Esther back then…). We then lived together in student housing after college and spent many nights playing Resident Evil until the early hours (with a cheeky bit of kissing…) I suppose we’ve always had that ‘one step from being an item’ situation going on and it wasn’t until years later we eventually sealed the deal and haven’t looked back. We knew it would be forever if we ever got together.

When we were both 16 years old at school Dave gave me this tiny soft toy moose. That moose has stayed with me through over half a dozen house moves and is on our bookshelf in our home to this day. We had little bride and groom moose cake toppers made and our rings both have antler in them (naturally shed and handmade in America). We also used a lot of 8 bit imagery given our mutual love of gaming and Dave created the table plan with corresponding table names and order of services along with the save the dates in an 8 bit style.

We also had a full size barrel (our Son is called Cooper, so this was an idea with him in mind given Cooper’s are barrel makers) that everyone left messages on as a ‘guest book’. The barrel is now a useable lamp stand in our house!

There were so many little things that felt ‘Kave’ (our friends refer to us as Kave!) during the day… 2 of our closest friends did readings during the ceremony (they were sent direct to the registrar so we had no idea what the content would be…). One read the lyrics to ‘Love is Like a Bottle of Gin’ by The Magnetic Fields and the other recited from memory a poem she’d written about us. It was so perfect and we were so pleased that we didn’t know what was being read in advance. 

I didn’t want to proactively cover any of my tattoos up. They are part of me and I spend so much of my working life having to hide them away under long sleeves and high necks (I have a full back piece too) that I just knew I wouldn’t compromise on my dress. If you can’t be yourself on your wedding day, then I think that’s a real shame. I was anxious about people like my Nan not approving of my sleeve being on display, but actually she hand knitted mine and my bridesmaids shrugs to keep us all warm because as it happened she was just worried we might get chilly with bare arms during the outdoor photos! I remember giving her a thank you gift during the speeches and her whispering in my ear how beautiful she thought I looked. That really choked me up!

How awesome is Kayleigh and David’s wedding? I LOVE the little shrugs that Kayleigh’s Nan knitted for them, and also the 8 bit characters for their table plans. Thank you to them both and to Joanna Cleeve Photography for sharing with Marry Me Ink. You can check out the full list of suppliers at the end of this post. 

Photography – Joanna Cleeve Photography
Wedding & Reception – Farbridge Barn, West Dean
Kayleigh’s Dress – Ronald Joyce
Suits – Next, Hawes & Curtis, Debenhams
Bridesmaids dresses – Quiz
Flowers – Sister Sister Bouquets
Hair & Make up: Wink Salon Portchester, Dollymix Brows & Beauty
Cake: Tartufi Cakes
Jewellery & Hairpieces – Emma Rose Creations
Wedding & Engagement Rings – Jewellery by Johan


CWTCH OF THE WEEK: The BIG #Cwtchfest2018 Cwtch

Well what can we say?  We are absolutely overwhelmed and buzzing from all your amazing feedback from #Cwtchfest2018.  We are still working through social media but a massive shout out and thank you to our #Cwtchfest family- old members and new and also to you our Cwtch brides.  You ROCK!!!

Here is this year’s big Cwtch which we personally think is our best yet ?

Image by Christopher Paul Wedding Photography and Videography


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#CWTCHFEST2018 All you need to know

Eek… Only one sleep to go!

#CWTCHFEST2018 is shaping up to be our best wedding festival yet! We’ve already sold hundreds more tickets than last years event and anticipate a lot more people to arrive on the day too. We simply cannot wait to welcome you all.

We have such a great day organised. The live bands are going to be epic, the food- delicious, the cocktails- mmm, the Cwtch Workshops – great fun,  PLUS a huge marquee full of the most creative and talented wedding suppliers in Wales. And don’t forget, the first 100 brides to arrive get a goody bag too!

The festival site is looking great! I get goosebumps every time I oversee the set up.

All You Need To Know

Todays post is all about what to expect at Cwtchfest and to help you make the most of your day! For general information about St. Fagan’s National museum of History, click here 

Cwtchfest Tickets:

If you have already bought your tickets, HURRAY! Simply print them off or show the confirmation email on your phone when you arrive at the registration tent. There is a barcode we can scan.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet we strongly advise you get them ASAP. You can purchase on the day at the gate but there may be a wait. The sun is on our side again and we’re expecting this years event to be VERY busy.


By car: The Museum is signposted from junction 33 of the M4 motorway (follow road signs for the Museum of Welsh Life), with direct access from the A4232.

By bus:

Buses operate between Cardiff City and St Fagans National Museum of History

  • Easyway 32A – stops in the main car park of the Museum.
  • 320 – stops at St Fagans village.
  • 321 – stops at St Fagans village.

The bus ride between the Museum and Cardiff city centre is approximately 25 minutes.

You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0800 464 0000.

The Museum’s website is full of lots more information regarding disabled access, families, dogs etc… take a look here


When you arrive at St.Fagans, you’ll need to park in the main visitor carpark.

Please note, there is a charge of £5 per car.  Please bring change as machines cannot accept notes or card payments. FREE for disabled badge holders, motorbikes and coaches. £25 yearly ticket available from Reception.  Remember this money goes towards supporting this wonderful museum.

We recommend if a group of you are coming, car share! (its great for the environment too!)

Once you’ve parked your car, follow the signs through the museum to the main field where Cwtchfest is taking place. You’ll be able to spot the large tipis and marquee! Its is based in the field next to the Tannery 

Whats on:

We have a jammed packed day organised with so much going on to keep you all busy.

Once you enter the field and receive your wristbands, you can gain access to the event throughout the day. So if you fancy taking a walk around the museum and want to pop back, you can.

Exhibitor Marquee: We have over 60 of Wales’ top wedding professionals all showcasing their products and services. Many will have great offers and discounts exclusively available on the day, make sure you take advantage!

Owen Mathias Photography

Goody bags: we have 100 goody bags available to the first 100 B&G’s to arrive. these are filled with ACTUAL goodies and not flyers (we’re good like that).

Workshops: Starting at 11.30 we have a range of workshops running on the hour, each for 30 mins. You will be given a timetable of when each workshop is running so you can plan your day.

Live music We are pleased to welcome Music HQ back to cwtchfest. They will be providing all the live music throughout the day and each band is available to be booked for your wedding!

Pop up tea room Head to the giant Tipi for afternoon tea and enjoy some acoustic music while you relax with a cuppa and some cake mmm.

Demos situatied in the Marquee you will find hair and make up artists running demos throughout the day.

Food & drink We’re thrilled to have some DELICIOUS food & drink companies showcasing with us. You will find them dotted around the festival. Bring an empty tummy and some £’s and you’ll leave feeling very happy!


Make sure you stop off at a cash machine before you arrive!! (plenty at Culverhouse Cross!) There will be a lot of opportunity to purchase many things at the festival. There are no cash machines on site and no facility for paying by card. Please remember to bring £’S

A Big Cwtch

The festival will draw to a close at 5pm. We will end the day with an epic BIG CWTCH that will be photographed for the blog.  Please join us and share the love

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

See you there! xxx


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Whoooppp! Just 2 days remain until #Cwtchfest2018 begins at the wonderful site of St Fagans National Museum of History.  The weather has been kind and the structures have gone up and Wedding Tipi’s are looking beautiful against the blue skies.Over the last month we have been introducing you to some of our exhibitors in spotlight posts and last  week we announced the bands joining us and today is the line up of our fabulous workshops.  Yet to book your tickets? You can still buy some by just clicking here

We have five great workshops running this Sunday at #Cwtchfest2018.

Starting at 11.30am and each running on the half 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

11.30am- Bella Rose Wedding Planner

Kicking off the day we have a fantastic opportunity for you to join Steph from Bella Rose Wedding Planners and her advice and top tips for planning your big day.

Steph will be covering budget, essential venue checklists, picking vendors and organisation tips to name just a few topics.  This is not to be missed and one to attend with your wedding party.


12.30pm- Amaryllis Flower Boutique

Create your own stunning flower crown with florist, Bridget from Amaryllis Flower Boutique, using colourful fresh flowers and delicate foliage to make a festival feel flower crown. Flower crowns can be big and blowsy, small and dainty or rustic and natural.

In this half an hour workshop you will wire and tape individual flowers and foliage to construct the crown, which you will be able to wear for the rest of the day.

There is no prior experience needed and Bridget and her team will be on hand to help. All equipment will be provided.

1.30pm- Make up by Nicola

Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience

Booking your make up artist is often as important as everything else you book for your wedding but sometimes is forgotten and then Brides are unable to book one short notice.
Owen Mathias Photography
Choosing a make-up artist is so important as  you want to look like you just the best version of you, making sure you look  timeless and elegant for all the photographers and film that you have on your day and this is something to look back on and to remember your amazing day.  Nicola will be on hand to give you inspiring tips.

2.30pm Yume Hair and Beauty Salons

You’re never fully dressed without Yume hair! Yume means dream and we LOVE to create dream hair for that dream wedding!
Do 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!

3.30pm- Do You Believe?

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 there’s 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.

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.

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

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Confetti Confession

Confetti Confession

9 Briony & Bernie - The Great Barn Devon.

Confession – We are massive fans of the confetti photo opportunity! We love the expression on the couples’ faces and the techniques applied when trying to get the confetti to land just in the right place at the right time!

Weddings are extremely personal – every bride and groom will have their own ideas on what to do and why, but certain traditions will appear in every wedding (well certainly, every one we’ve hosted over the years), no matter how unique and bespoke the plans are.

We have been throwing little paper shapes at the happy couple for centuries and the tradition of confetti goes as far back as the middle ages in Northern Italy, where it was thrown to bestow prosperity and fertility upon the bride and groom.

It’s vital for the environment that confetti is now made from biodegradable or natural products with more and more of our couples opting for rice, or petals. If you choose flowers there are lots of wonderful, inspirational companies who can put together confetti that perfectly fits your colour schemes and the bonus is, it smells wonderful too!

We are also starting to see more bird-friendly confetti too, with people opting to throw seeds. Whatever you are thinking please do check with your venue first to make sure there are no restrictions.

Flo-Rich-The Great Barn Devon-Confetti


Good morning Cwtchers!!

You may have seen the marquees starting to go up yesterday for our wedding festival this Sunday. #Cwtchfest2018 at St Fagans National Museum of History is coming- EEEKKKK!!  

We are getting super excited! Do you still need to get your tickets? If so click here

We have been covering some of our #Cwtchfest2018 exhibitors over the last month, giving you a taste of what to expect and gathering their tips and advice to help you with your wedding planning.

Today on the blog we have I-Vow which is an exciting new app to help you plan your big day- this really excites my inner clipboard and I would have loved this in the run up to my day.

Designed by a wedding coordinator to support engaged couples through their planning process, offering interactivity with their chosen wedding venues. Gone are the days of paper wedding planners when you can now carry you whole wedding plans with you in an app.

Top Tips to get started with wedding planning:

*Top of the list…Obviously download iVOW-Wedding Planner – here

*Have the money talk and set a clear budget (Use the Budget Planner)

*Discuss locations & start mapping out where you would /wouldn’t want to travel (Use Approved venues)

*Create an ideas board on what colours, styles and decore you like (Use Pin board)

*Start working on a guest list so you have an idea of numbers to budget for (Use Guest List)


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YES!!! Its is Wednesday- and we are on the hump of the week and from now we enjoy the slide down to the weekend and #Cwtchfest2018.  This Sunday some of the best welsh wedding suppliers will be in St Fagans National Museum of History for our lovely wedding festival which gives you the opportunity to plan in a relaxed fun environment.  Today on the blog we have a wonderfully cool, unique business- The Mermaid Effect

Yet to get your tickets?  Just click here


The Mermaid Effect creates bespoke, hand painted, one of a kind leather jacket art.

Designed from start to finish as a collaboration with the bride-to-be, incorporating names, dates and floral arrangements that are personal to you.

These are a unique and timeless accessory that can be worn again and again, many years after your big day. Did we mention that they look fab in photos, and come in handy when the sun goes down if you aren’t working up too much of a sweat from all that dancing!!


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Good morning Cwtchers,

We are days away now from our fabulous wedding festival in St Fagans National Museum of History.  #Cwtchfest2018 is a wonderfully chilled and inspiring way to enjoy your wedding planning.  Set in a field amongst the grounds of the museum you can spend the day getting involved in the workshops, listening to bands, finding your wedding suppliers, enjoying a cocktail (or 3), eating beautiful cakes, getting involved in demos or you can just lie in the sun- the choice is yours.

Yet to get your tickets?  Just click here

Our wonderful suppliers have been on the blog over the last month giving their wedding advice ahead of the day.  Today is the turn of the videographer


Posh Bear is a wedding videography company based in heart of the Welsh Valleys. We love capturing everything in your perfect day with our fly-on-the-wall documentary style filming that showcases those beautifully caught, natural moments. We film the entire day from the bridal perpetrations through to the first dance filming everything in between. Our services include full day filming, drone videography & photography, photo booth and guest messages and more. You can see our portfolio here

Five reasons to have a videographer at your wedding.

1. Capturing the emotions

Emotions can run high at numerous parts of your wedding day from walking down the aisle, your family and friends seeing you in your beautiful dress for the first time to the first dance as Mr and Mrs. A wedding film can capture all of these emotions and will be forever sentimental to look back on.

2. The best seat in the house.

Give your friends and family a front row seat during your entire wedding, let everyone see the moment you cried, laughed or accidently said the wrong name.  Share your day with relatives who could not attend, make them feel as they were there. We are by your side for the entire day capturing moments you can relive forever.

3.  It’s the little things that count

Almost any bride will tell you that she remembers her wedding day as one big blur and it all went by too fast. This is where we come in. See the moments you never got to on the day from your mother in law shedding a tear whilst saying your vows, guests mingling whilst your dad is doing his embarrassing moves on the dancefloor.  You cannot be in two places at once, leave that job to us, so sit back relax and enjoy your day in a completely new way.

4. Keepsake

This is not only a film but also a moment that you can treasure and relive over and over again. In years to come it will be so special to look back on such precious memories or to show to your children when they themselves are about to tie the knot. Sometimes a wedding film can turn into much more than it seems. As years go by, you will get to look back and remember old faces that may have passed on and having the opportunity to actually hear and see them again on film will be a treasured experience.

5. There are some dance moves photographs can never really capture

Our favourite moment of any wedding day is what we capture on the dancefloor. From your Nan doing the cha-cha slide to the best man attempting the worm, photographs can never truly capture these moments as well as film can. You never know, you could make a healthy profit of £250 from You’ve Been Framed from the clips of your dad imitating Beyoncé’s Single Ladies on the dancefloor.

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EEEEEEKKKKKK!!! So we are only a week away Cwtchers!!!  We have seen the weather forecast and all the praying to the sun gods appears to have been paying off and we have a pretty decent forecast for next week.

To celebrate this we thought why not do a 1 day flash sale?! So until midnight tonight you can grab your #Cwtchfest2018 tickets for half price!   What are you waiting for GO GO GO!!


Taking place in the gorgeous St Fagans National Museum of History Cwtchfest is Wales’ only Wedding Festival.  It’s jammed packed with everything a modern couple could want for their Welsh wedding.

Take a look at the highlights from last years’  festival and get a taste of what’s to come.

A massive thanks to Christopher Paul for filming.

We have been doing spotlights on our fantastic exhibitors over the last month and you can have a look through by just clicking here.

Cwtchfest offers you, our Cwtch brides and husbands to be, a chance to plan in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  We have workshops, live bands, bars, food stalls, pop up tea room, demos and the very best in wedding exhibitors.  The idea is you can spend all day here picking and choosing what you do in-between having FUN with your bridal party.

So grab a Sunday cuppa and look forward to a sunny field next week with your besties, drinking cocktails, listening to amazing live bands whilst planning one of the best days of your life- because that’s what Cwtchfest is all about…

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#Cwtchfest2018 is happening a week tomorrow!!!  Find our fun, inspiring wedding festival at St Fagans National Museum of History on 22nd April.  After revealing the bands that will be entertaining in yesterdays blog post today we have one of our bars on the blog with their wedding advice.
Pop your wellies and sunnies on and grab some tickets here…
Today we throw our spotlight onto one of our bars The Gin Hive who have their top tips for your bar at your wedding
Top 5 tips for a great wedding bar
1.  People spend a lot of time at the bar at a wedding so make it a focal point for people to gather.
2.  You don’t always have to serve sparkling as your drink on arrival a Gin punch is a great fun alternative or make your bar stand out and have a drink that means something to you His and Hers Cocktails add a great personal touch to any special day.
3.  Having a cocktail hour before your wedding breakfast can be a great way to keep guests entertained while pictures are taken and get the party started.
4.  Don’t be afraid to ask venues if you are able to supply your own drinks as this can often help save costs.
5.  Build your own drinks stations are a great way to let your guests be involved – Pimp your own GnT is one of our favourites or even a late light whisky station are always a huge hit.

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