Paddy & Debs: The Dream Team.

Hello lovely people. I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine as much as Debs and I have been.

A quick recap before we get into this months post for those who may have missed last month (if you did – where were you??)

I’m Paddy and when not working, can mostly be found floating down the Tryweryn in the back of a raft. Debs works for charity and in her free time is learning BSL and to use her sewing machine. We live in Bala with our dog Spud, have a laid back out look on life (most of the time), and enjoy the simple things like good friends, good times and good cider.

Anyway enough recapping. Down to what you really want to hear about.

This month has flown by. We’ve surprised ourselves by making a few big decisions and also put off a few as well…

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I know we’ve kept you on tenterhooks regarding our venue. Unfortunately you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Nothing has quite been finalised yet, but it is tantalisingly close. All I can say is that it’s going to be awesome! Debs has been talking to a couple of north Wales brides-to-be from as far away as Australia (hello to Ffion) about the venue dilemma, but it certainly seems to be that there are quite a few people in a similar boat to us.

We took wedding planning alfresco to make the most of the sunshine. Our aim was to try and sort out, once and for all, the guest list. As it stands it’s at 180 people (Lauren, I’ll see you and raise you). After much debate, to-ing and fro-ing and a few ciders we took the decision to park that headache for a bit and come back to it later. Still, we can’t work out how to finalise this, we’ve tried, really we have. Asking all the questions you should ask and even saying “if you don’t know their surname, or if they don’t know mine then can we extend the invitation?” Is that the cut off point?

We’ve picked our photographer, well, we proposed to her and she said yes! So, keeping with the theme for locally sourced suppliers, we asked the very lovely Claire Penn. Luckily she was free on our date. As Danielle said in response to Lauren’s last post, it’s amazing how quickly photographers get booked up!

Originally from north Wales and living very close to us in Chester she was a firm favourite from the start. We went with Claire because, quite simply, her photos are beautiful. Every time she points the lens at something or someone magic happens. To regular readers Claire’s work will be well known to you, but for those not so familiar, you can see why we asked her. We’ll have an e-shoot early next year so we can get used to being photographed, but already Debs has built a great relationship with her, they chat a lot on Facebook, but I’m not too sure about what. How much can girls talk about wedding photos before they’ve properly met?

One thing that Debs said she wanted from the start was a video of the day. I wasn’t too bothered, not for any specific reason, it just wasn’t something that had ever occurred to me as an integral part of a wedding. It was also part of the wedding budget that, as far as I was concerned, fell into the ‘nice to have’ list. When we spoke about it though, Debs’ reasoning behind it made me change my mind. It was the things that she would like to remember that you can’t quite capture in a picture, but mainly being able to relive the roller coaster of emotions just before she walks down the aisle, or the moment when I burst into floods of tears as I’m making my speech. These two things, apparently, are what she’s most looking forward to – apart from becoming Mrs Mahon of course.

In honesty, we didn’t look too far before we found exactly what we wanted, and luckily for us they come very highly recommended. Again, Debs had been talking to Dan from Papertwin on twitter for a little while after reading their blog post on Six Ways to Keep Your Wedding Organised (one for Lauren here- no spreadsheets!). Again, they seem to have a good rapport already, and as someone who is quite self conscious she said that she’ll feel relaxed with Dan and his team, so that was an important part of the decision making process.

Deb had seen some of the trailers that showed their talent as a team, that sounds rubbish but it does show, well – just how awesome they are really. She showed me a trailer on their website which is just a snapshot of the day in a couple of minutes, but at this point I’d already googled their website and found the Mr and Mrs session. I thought it was the video version of an e-shoot. They ask questions you reply, it’s different, I like how we will be able to look back on it in years to come and how personal it is but my description doesn’t do it justice – go have a look.

Tom & Felicity – Highlights trailer from Papertwin Weddings on Vimeo.

So we now have Claire Penn and Papertwin Weddings confirmed. As they work together fairly regularly we know we’re in safe hands and Dan informs us that collectively they are becoming known as ‘Penn and Paper’. Slightly cheesy I know, but that’s one of the things that we love about them. Deb laughed, but then her favourite jokes are the ones from Christmas crackers…

Much love

Paddy (and Debs) x

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

40 thoughts on “Paddy & Debs: The Dream Team.

    1. I’m taking orders. Debs says that the team like cheese cake but you’re not a fan, so any substitute? Can’t promise that it’ll be upto a Mary or Paul standard but I’ll try.

  1. aaahhh! There’s our faces!
    PaperTwin are ace and Dan is amazing! Having a video was best decision we made.
    We also tried to stick to local suppliers so if you need any tips, just let me know…although sounds like you’re almost sorted!
    Felicity x

    1. Your video is ace. If ours comes out anything like yours we will be over the moon. Any tips on using local suppliers would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Ahhhh, the lovely Claire Penn…great choice guys 😉 I’m a bit like Debs in that I’m not a natural at knowing how to relax in front of the camera, but I feel so confident that Claire has (all) the skills to relax both Scott & I, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited to have chosen her. It was our very first decision beyond the date haha.

    I love your planning style – some ciders, some dogs and the sunshine – it couldn’t be more perfect (well actually, I don’t like cider, but sub in some wine and I’d be a happy girl!)

    I’m not even going to get started on the guestlist dilemma except to say good luck…!

    1. Cider and prosecco are pretty much interchangeable in our house. Top tip though, of you do decide to take planning alfresco – don’t try and light a disposable BBQ if it’s at all windy. They have a tendency only partially heat up.

  3. So glad to have been able to introduce you guys to our beloved Penn and Paper! You have absolutely made the best possible choice, they are an absolute dream team and will completely exceed all of your expectations.

    I’m really jealous that you have it all to come!

    Can’t wait for our Bala holiday this month. Looking forward to seeing you both xxx

    1. Thanks for the intro Karen. Looking forward to meeting you both (finally) in a couple of weeks. On another note…if we got you a swimming hat would you at least consider rafting? 🙂

      1. In all honesty Paddy I’d rather snog Spud than go near a raft! I will however, happily sit on the grass drinking prosecco. I’ve made sure we’ve booked our digs within stumbling distance, so I can throw myself into these activities! xx

  4. I love that you proposed to the photographer. What a pair of cuties!!
    I am right there with ya’ll in the awkward photo face club….infact I think its my biggest worry for the day.

    1. Mine as well. I guess I’ll just have to practice in the mirror and hope I don’t end up smiling like Mr Bean….

  5. We’ve just started planning our wedding for next year too and had a similar problem with a venue in North Wales (I wonder if it’s the same one ….)

    We really don’t want to cut the guest list so having to re-think the venue/style choices. As long as there’s good food and cider I think everyone will be happy though.

    I also love your little checklist, I’m going to have to find one of these because I’m bound to forget something.

    Hope the rest of the planning goes well 🙂

    1. Dawn, that’s exciting. If you want to join our little fb conversation catch me on the RMW Facebook link – would love to hear more!

      That’s pretty much it. Fun times, good company and a full belly. Oh, and the boy I guess!

  6. I still grin like a FOOL when I think of that message popping up. Mr P said I was more delighted than when he proposed to me – which is quite possibly true as you guys DID put more effort in!! He’s a romantic soul in a million little ways but big (even medium) gestures aren’t really his thing. ANYWAY, I’m so excited… I can’t wait to catch up properly and until then we have online chat… or ‘Wedding time’ as it has been duly named. Thanks for the kind words and brilliant news on Papertwin – the gang is back together! So glad you liked what we did for Karen & Lee. Eagerly awaiting the next installment! (Any news on baby Spud….??) xxxxx

    1. No news yet, another couple of weeks until we find out if he’s going to be spuddaddy.

      Sorry to Mr P for taking the edge off his proposal, blame Debs. All her fault.

  7. My husband and I got married 6 weeks ago and we also had a little disagreement about the need of a video of the day. I managed to convince Nick and we are both so glad that I did. Even now, just weeks after we got married, it’s so nice to be able to watch the clips and remember the day. It was such a whirlwind and it felt like we missed so many little things that our guests were doing off in different corners of the venue, but the video seems to capture them all. We might put it away for now but I know we will love watching it and showing it to our kids in years to come. Also, we had a lot of friends and family who couldn’t make it to the wedding, in particularly Nick’s grandmother, and she’s already said what a joy it was to feel like she could actually be there.
    So, go for it!

    And wishing you both the happiest of marriages together 😀

    1. First and foremost, Congratulations Helen and Nick! Hope you had a fantastic day. Like I said in the blog, a film wasn’t one of those things that is really considered, but Debs can be very persuasive and I’m glad she was. Having seen the teasers on the Papertwin Weddings website I can’t wait.

      I hope the future holds lots of adventures and happiness for you both

  8. I cried at the video and I don’t even know them!!! Is a beautiful idea. I will be sobbing all the way through, so don’t film me. Just remember that when you do finalise your list that my daughter is part of your family so you have to invite me. That is a unbreakable rule!!!

      1. It is beautiful, you could just go to the website and watch them all – better than Love Actually, perhaps?

        We’ll all look a bit silly, that’s just how our faces look.

        We just have to wait for a while year now. *sigh*

      2. Yes, I’m sure Deb and Paddy will want a Katy-Cam, they know what is important!! You’ll just have to have to subtly warn me when I have mascara running down my cheeks.

          1. Subtlety – your middle name Paddy!!
            Actually can’t wait now after the engagement party!! 1 year and 1 day to go!!!! That is just 366 sleeps!!!!

  9. Fab post paddy & deb! Great choice on photographer, Claire looks great 🙂

    I had never thought of a video to be honest, but I can see what you mean about capturing the parts that you won’t necessarily get with photos, and your choice of Papertwin looks fab. I’m not sure I’ll be able to convince James, I couldn’t even get him to say yes to an engagement shoot!
    Also love love LOVE no spreadsheets! Have already had a look at the ‘six ways to keep your wedding organised’ link, I’d never thought of skyping suppliers, great idea!

    Lauren xxx

          1. It was actually a friend’s husband who convinced Tom that we should have a video and from there, he didn’t need much convincing to go for Papertwin!

  10. Awesome post! Loving the fact you’ve gone for Penn and Paper, they really are a dream team. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

    Also so lovely to see Felicity and Tom’s video. Such an awesome couple!


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