SNAP Festival is  a pretty awesome week long learning and social experience. As soon as I read about it I wanted to go. I wanted to go and hear the amazing speakers, meet lots of new people and go back to Wales (I love Wales!) But as per, I bottled it. I chickened out and then stalked everyone that went, silently kicking myself because I was not brave enough to go. So when I saw that it was running again this year, I sat and deliberated for a realllllllllllly long time. I went over and over and over and over and then I clicked ‘Buy my ticket’ and before I knew what I had done, I was off to Wales. When I arrived I saw the lovely smiley and beautiful face of my friend Emma, we trekked up the hill, into the unknown and found our lovely cabin and met our other roomies (The crazy and hilarious Sharon + the sweet, sweet Emma 2) We cracked open a beer and the adventure started.

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We also had the best surprise in store. Two of  2015 SNAPsters (who got actually got engaged at SNAP the previous year) had arranged in secret to get married at SNAP 2016 and we were all invited along. It was incredibly beautiful, full of even more tears (happy ones this time) quite a lot of alcohol and some serious dancing. I think it might have been the most photographed wedding in the history of the world!

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I didn’t actually take that many photos. I really didn’t feel like picking my camera up much at all, I was quite happy to sit back, watch and take it all in.  My week was so emotionally draining but ever so much fun, I laughed until I cried,  drank a lot of beer,  met some awesome people, slept in a cabin with a roaring fire to keep me warm at night, took showers outside in the fffffffffrrrrreezing cold, I walked, I talked, I had space to think, But most of all, I came away inspired and happy.  So I really must say a really huge, massive, big thanks to Laura for creating this very magical, weird space yet ever so enchanting space where people can make of it what they want. You can cram in the workshops and talks, etc. You can stay up late round the fire, socialise and drink, or you can just take a few moments to stop and take it all in. I can also add that since coming back from SNAP I have found this group of people to be so supportive, motivating and caring. Always ready to listen, advice and make me smile. For that I am really really grateful.

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Wedding Credits:

Venue – fforest
Design & Coordination –  The Bijou Bride
Styling –  mrandmrsunique.co.uk
Wedding dress –  E&W
Stationery –  Hollyhock Lane
Flowers –  The Great British Florist
Groom & best man waistcoats –  Sir Plus
DJ –  Wedding Smashers
Celebrant – Hannah Jones
Cake topper – Miss Cake
Signage & linen –  Fleur de Lace Wedding & Events, Decoration, Prop Hire,…
Guest book backdrop & ribbons –  Kate Cullen
Guest book –  Pen Heaven
Light Up Letters –  DorisLoves
Giant Bunting –  Emma Bunting
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Hey Kirsty, thank you very much for your post. I don’t think we ever talked at SNAP but I saw you dancing and hey, Girl, you looked happy on the dance floor. It is great that you wrote about your very personal journey and experience at Snap. I just wanted you to know that what you said made a lot of sense to me although our paths may be different. Good luck with all your creative endeavors and see you at SNAP!x

Hi Kirsty! I so enjoyed reading this post! I’m a Mum too and can really relate to what you’re going through. You’ve also made me want to go to SNAP even more now… I’m glad to hear you’re back on track to realising your dreams. Sending hugs <3

Thanks Anna – It is a tough old business parenthood, but we figure it out in the end! SNAP, GO, go and do it. I cant recommend it enough. Hugs from this mumma right back to you.