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Wedding Photographer at Cottrell park, St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan


Kath Whatley married Timothy Keeble on 8th August 2018 at the lovely Cottrell Park Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Colour scheme of the day was a lovely Blush pink /Sage Green with a hint of champagne, vintage and natural.

Kath and Tim met three years ago at the ice rink. Kath went to learn to skate. Tim is a coach there. They became friends first and got on so well things just clicked.

Ten months later in October 2016 Tim proposed. He chose the ring without her knowing. he proposed at a starbuck whare they had thier first date. He arranged fir the same music, coffee and parking space. While he distracted Kath he pulled out the ring and proposed.

I asked Kath what was it that attracted you to choose this wedding venue. "We had been to see a few and all were underwhelming, we wanted quite a relaxed but beautiful venue, an excellent background for pictures that was big enough for our guests to be comfortable, all at a reasonable price".

They both decided that Cottrell park Cardiff was that place for them. "From the first meeting, the staff were lovely, friendly and helpful. We were able to customise the wedding package to suit us, and the place was just beautiful and picturesque".

Kath said that they wanted to add a personal touch within thier day, and so most of the special touches were handmade.

Wedding Day in Cardiff Vale of Glamorgan

  • Favours: These were a mixture of personalised sweets, and each guest had a log chip with their name on to take that doubled as a place name. I made activity packs for the children with their names made out of crayon cubes. Guests also had a personalise wooden pencil with our names and the date on.

  • Table plan:

  • Tim and I made this himself as a project from an old pallet. Fitted in wth the theme of rustic, vintage very well.

  • Centrepieces: Kath decorated mason jars herself and painted mini easels to put handmaid table numbers on. Made from wood chips, A good friend of Kaths Sarah Davies, sourced the cake stands and the log slices for the table centres

  • Flowers: Cottage Garden Florist. Gordon supplied all of our flowers, fresh, bridesmaid and bride bouquets, buttonholes, table settings and registrar table arrangement,

  • Cake: Kaths beautiful friend Lucy Deacon made her wedding cake as a wedding gift, and it was utterly stunning.

  • Place names: As mentioned these were wood chips (supplied by another beautiful friend Sarah Davies) that Kath burned peoples names into.

  • Table names: They had numbers written in chalk pen onto wood chips.

  • Venue décor. Kath sprinkled petals down the aisle and had bay trees at the top of the aisle. Kaths younger sister painted her a tree on canvas that was thier guestbook-everyone added a fingerprint to the tree. Kath also made the rustic card box out of an old picnic basket.

Kaths mum Julie also worked very hard on providing all the sweets for thier sweet table.

Transport: Another good friend David Brake provided them with a beautiful wedding car as a gift for the day. One of Kaths favourite moments was going for a ride after the ceremony, just the two of them

  • Catering options: Spiros Caterers provided the wedding food and a lot of the guests commented: "best food they've had at a wedding".

"The harpist for our ceremony was a huge hit, very relaxing and a nice touch to our ceremony and drinks reception:.

Looking the part

Kath wore a Mori Lee 1903 dress in champagne with Handmaid jewellery (bracelet, necklace, earrings).Veil- Cathedral length with lace detailing by the same designer as the dress

Groom and Groomsmen all matched exactly – very smart!

The three bridesmaids in sage green and three in blush pink. All wore a chiffon sweetheart full-length dress with a corset back -straps added. The two flower girls matched the bride in an ivory/champagne style dress with lace top.

Memorable moments

•How did you both feel on the day? Calm and excited and happy

•What parts stood out for you the most? The time just me and Tim had in the car after the ceremony, looking back I remember sitting on the top table just looking at everyone and I remember thinking all these people are here cos we love them, and this will never happen again- how awesome is this.

•Any funny stories or memorable anecdotes from the day. I forgot my wedding dress the day before, and Alison and Danni had to go and get it for me.

•Who/what made your day extra special? E.g., a friend's speech/ supplier that went above and beyond? All the friends that helped us. Sarah Davies, Lucy Deacon, Michelle and David Brake. My best friend Danni Hier who made sure it was about me and her speech made me cry... supplier who went above and beyond to make me feel good would have to be Leanne who did my makeup- she was a star both before and on the day.

Honeymoon

"We went to Rivera Maya in Mexico for just over 2 weeks, Tim planned it, and it was bliss. We went only a few days after the wedding, and it was so lovely just to have that time together. Amazing"!

Wedding Tip "Don't stress the small stuff, it doesn't matter in the end– take a moment to make it all in".