Your South Wales Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 83)

£3.55 JAN/FEB 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Dreamy real weddings and styled shoots Love is all around WIN! £1,500 worth of diamonds Happy new year! The first issue of 2022 Glorious ARDENS Tie the knot in a country haven FLORAL FANTASY The latest creations from local florists


REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around South Wales 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 59 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 94 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover is from Catherine and Matthew’s real wedding on page 45. It was photographed by Megan-Siân Photography ( at Canada Lodge and Lake ( VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON CARDIFF & AROUND Discover some of the best venues in the area 23 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Tie the knot in a county haven 71 15 FEATURES 51 AS PRETTY AS A FLOWER The latest creations from local florists 63 TALE AS OLD AS TIME Be enchanted by this Beauty and the Beast-inspired shoot at St Donat’s Castle 68 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 71 AUTUMN ROMANCE Fall in love with new wedding venue Sant Ffraed House in this stunning styled shoot 81 SQUAD GOALS The latest dressing the bridal party trends 3

GROOMS 95 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 96 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 87 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 90 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 92 FASHION Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 38 87 45 33 REAL WEDDINGS 33 MEANT TO BE Zoë and Jed celebrated their love with a gorgeous wedding at Tall John’s House 38 BY THE SEASIDE Rhian and Rory hosted their fun-filled celebration at Neuadd Dyfi 45 LUSH IN BLUSH Catherine and Matthew tied the knot in a romantic service at Canada Lodge and Lake 63 4


Welcome to the first issue of 2022. It dawned on me over the festive period that in just a few months time I will become Mrs Cullen – eek! I can’t believe how quickly time passes, we’ve been engaged for more than a year now, and it’s just flown by. I’m very organised, much to my fiancé’s dismay, but the closer we get to the day, the more I feel like I’m forgetting something. We’ve booked all of our suppliers, organised all the outfits, so it’s just the small things left to do, but the nerves are starting to set in. My wonderful bridesmaids have been helping keep me calm, but the idea of walking down the aisle without falling over is giving me nightmares. Talking to some of our readers, I know that many of you felt the same in the run-up to your big day, so it’s nice knowing that I’m not alone. If you have any tips for controlling nerves on the day, please feel free to get in touch as any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Whether you’re newly engaged or a long-term reader, I hope you enjoy this issue and find lots of inspiration. We have images from local florists, ideas for dressing the bridal party, fabulous real weddings, styled shoots and an impressive fashion section. If you’ve recently celebrated your day, been involved with a styled shoot or want to share some tips from your planning journey, email or you can submit your wedding via our website at Happy planning. Melissa x Melissa Barker, Editor Top tips from local fashion experts. New beginnings 92 94 51 75 WIN £1,500 worth of diamonds! To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite real weddings and asked the couples more about their flowers. Stunning wedding dresses with striking details. 6 ISSN 1756-6428 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Karen Cox | 01376 538 495 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your South Wales Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your South Wales Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your South Wales Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

59 The latest advice and tips from local suppliers. Fall in love with a country haven. 23 Rhian and Rory had a seaside-themed wedding at Neuadd Dyfi. 38 Zoë and Jed had the perfect celebration at Tall John’s House. 33 Read all about my wedding planning journey. 68 87 Looking for something modern? Take a peek at a selection of our favourite dresses with daring necklines. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales REST AND RELAXATION Voco St Davids, Cardiff has created a new brochure to showcase its new luxury wedding offerings. Couples can choose from an indoor or outdoor celebration, with packages available for both intimate and large weddings. The property has also launched a Pooch Package where you can bring your four-legged friend with you on your next staycation. They will be spoilt with doggy treats, a dog bed and a bowl and breakfast is included for the owners. The property is flooded with natural light and surrounded by breathtaking views of Cardiff. The fivestar hotel has a glass-fronted façade, sleek and elegant interior, a spa, a restaurant, beautiful bedrooms, a modern style and panoramic views across Cardiff Bay. Located close to a Wetlands Reserve, there are plenty of places to explore and take photographs. To find out more, visit DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY SGDJ and SG Discos, a collective of professional DJs in Cardiff, is giving couples a five per cent discount off its services. Established in 1999, the company offers a range of services, including entertainment for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebration. Moving seamlessly through each part of the day, the team are dedicated to ensuring you have the perfect day. Each package can be customised to include a master of ceremonies, customisable background music for the meal, PA hire for the speeches, a recording of the speeches and vows, uplighting, dancefloors and a selfie wizard. To claim this fab discount, simply mention Your South Wales Wedding when booking. Check out for more information. WIN YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY! Emotion Picture Photography in Pontypool has been awarded Most Celebrated Business 2021 and Runner Up for Best Photographer 2021 at The Welsh Wedding Awards ( The owner Ian Gilbert tells us more: “I’m passionate about photography which is the driving force behind what I do, being able to capture a special moment in people’s lives and save it forever is wonderful. Emotion Picture Photography is a family run business with families in mind, as a busy father of five children, I understand how getting that beautiful image you have always wanted can be somewhat challenging. That’s where we come in, with more than 26 years of experience, we will work around you to give you the result you desire at a price that you can afford.” Ian is also offering one lucky couple the chance to win their photographer for free. Simply request a quote to be in with a chance of winning. Find out more at YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

CAPTURE THE MOMENT Megan-Siân Photography has launched a new sister business called Happy Snappy Photobooths. Megan-Siân tells us: “I have more than 10 years of experience photographing weddings, families and events. I love capturing the fun at any wedding or event and creating memories for people. I thought this is the perfect new business venture/addition to my company. I plan to create different floral crowns for the booth to suit each wedding and future couples.” What’s more, couples who book Megan-Siân Photography as their wedding photographer will receive a discount towards a photo booth at Happy Snappy Photobooths. For more information, visit and CONGRATULATIONS Craig Y Nos Castle, located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, was listed as the Runner Up for Best Wedding Venue 2021 at The Welsh Wedding Awards ( Once home to Adelina Patti, the world-famous opera singer, Craig Y Nos Castle is a grand venue with a long and interesting history. The stunning property is surrounded by breathtaking grounds with plenty of places for guests to explore and take photographs. There are 36 en suite bedrooms for friends and family to choose from, an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus, a private lounge and a luxurious hot tub. Couples can tie the knot in The Theatre. It’s one of only eight Grade I listed opera houses in the UK and boasts a 125-year-old curtain depicting Madame Patti on a chariot in Rossini’s last Italian opera, walls decorated with the names of Patti’s favourite composers and space for 120 nearest and dearest. Discover more at ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Jarvis & Co. Jewellery has recently rebranded. The company creates precious fine jewellery using natural objects such as twigs and leaves. The creative director, Bethan Jarvis, tells us more: “I have been a jeweller for 14 years and during the lockdown, I completed an MA Professional Art Practitioner (Jewellery) where I received a distinction. I was also selected to participate in the Goldsmith’s Getting Started Online Course, which took me on the journey to re-brand as a fine jewellery company. “I make wedding jewellery that includes alternative engagement and wedding rings, based on people’s favourite tree, the ring is made from a twig collected by the couple from their favourite location that is then cast in silver and gold and set with sapphires and diamonds. We are also able to make wedding bands from the tree bark and bridesmaids jewellery to match, using either small leaves collected from the wedding venue or using the couple’s favourite leaf.” Head over to for more information. SEARCHING FOR THE ONE Brecon Bridal Boutique in Brecon was listed as the Runner Up for Best Bridal Boutique 2021 at The Welsh Wedding Awards ( The family-run store is dedicated to helping brides-tobe find the perfect dress. The team offer a range of designers, including Victoria Kay, Rosa Clará and Millie May, in a wide range of sizes, so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone. There are a range of other services and products available, including alterations and accessories. For more information about the boutique, please visit breconbridalboutique 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING Closing date is 8th April, 2022, unless otherwise stated. PICTURE PERFECT Claire Roige Photography is offering our readers an exclusive 10% discount on her services. Based in Swansea, Claire is a candid photographer who guarantees to capture your big day naturally and unobtrusively. She tells us: “I’m basically your personal hype woman and professional third wheel with a camera. Candid shots are my jam as well as rock music, crafting, stuffing my face with cheese and sharing a drink with friends around a campfire. I love working with couples who like to do things a bit differently, and I’ll probably do a happy dance when you enquire.” Claire offers a range of wedding packages to choose from that are perfect for both intimate and large celebrations. To claim the 10% discount, please drop Claire an email at and mention Your South Wales Wedding. For more information and to see more of Claire’s work, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

A romantic wedding venue positioned on the beautiful Cardiff Bay waterfront, water laps up the edge of this stylish building. Complete with an entrance hall that soars so high, your guests will be stunned from the moment they first arrive. From indoor ceremonies, to outdoor blessings, let us make your dream wedding a reality. We can’t wait to say yes CONTACT OUR TEAM | +44 (0) 2920 454 045 | | Havannah Street, Cardiff CF10 5SD voco_StDavids_South_Wales_wedding_ad.indd 1 28/10/2021 14:30:41 ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC & DRAMA COLEG BRENHINOL CERDD A DRAMA CYMRU For a wedding with a difference... Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Castle Grounds Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ER Instagram @RWCMDweddings Sacha Miller Photography Sacha Miller Photography Sacha Miller Photography

CARDIFF AND AROUND Spotlight on... VOCO ST DAVIDS, CARDIFF, CF10 5SD 02920 454 045 | Located close to a Wetland Reserve, voco St Davids, Cardiff is a five-star hotel that overlooks Cardiff Bay. Flooded with natural light, the property has a glass-fronted façade, a sleek and elegant interior, a pool, an award-winning spa, a fitness centre, a restaurant and luxurious bedrooms. Celebrate in style Intimate ceremonies and wedding breakfasts take place in the beautifully decorated Penarth Suite. Alternatively, The Roald & Dahl Suites, which form part of a larger room, and the Dylan & Thomas Suites can be used throughout the day for large celebrations. Al fresco blessings and drink receptions are held on the Penarth Terrace. Providing stunning views, this space is available all year round and can be decorated with pop up bars, twinkling fairylights and portable heaters. We love... W-day couples will receive free tasting evenings and overnight accommodation. HERITAGE PARK HOTEL, CF37 2NP 01443 687 057 | Heritage Park Hotel is a historic wedding venue in Pontypridd. Offering a grand setting for celebrations, the hotel effortlessly combines a contemporary décor with heaps of character. The property boasts a recently added garden area for eating and drinking, beautifully surrounded by greenery, outdoor heaters and speakers and an impressive entrance that looks great in photographs. Celebrate in style The ceremonies at The Heritage Park Hotel take place in the Rhondda Suite, which has a capacity of 160 guests. The room is large, bright and airy and features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden cladding and an elegant décor. The Rhondda Suite leads into the Rhondda Conservatory, which continues the elegant décor and holds 70 guests. Receptions take place in the Rhondda Suite, which can be tailored to specification, allowing couples the freedom and creativity to take their vows in a charming space. We love... The happy couple will receive a free menu tasting while planning their big day and luxury accommodation on the night of the wedding. REGIONAL VENUES 15

DE COURCEYS MANOR, CF15 9QN 02920 892 232 | The five-star De Courceys Manor is a Georgian property offering the perfect combination of style, service and exclusivity. This family-owned venue is located just outside Cardiff and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are several wedding spaces to choose from, as well as a craft gin lounge, a glass atrium, a children’s room, nine-country cottages and a boutique apartment. Celebrate in style Those looking for a blank canvas will love the Oriental Suite, which has a neutral décor throughout and space for 25 friends and family. The Floral Suite oozes elegance and can accommodate 130 loved ones for the service and 60 for the meal. Boasting a dedicated bar, The Tapestry Suite is a charming space with a maximum capacity for 130 guests for the ceremony and 200 for the reception. We love... Lovebirds can hire the new Pamper & Prep Suite, which is ideal for the night before the wedding, with Hollywood-style mirrors and a hot tub. PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Once home to ministers of the church, the King of Glamorgan and King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Pencoed House Estate is a stunning venue that dates back to 979AD. Nestled at the end of a tree-lined driveway, the property is surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, wellgroomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland. Celebrate in style The stately Old Hall is made from original stone walls and boasts a striking vaulted ceiling, wooden beams, a roaring log fire and room for 120 loved ones. Adjacent to the Old Hall is the self-contained Woodland Bar which serves as the ideal setting for post-wedding drinks. There are two outdoor ceremony spaces available which can both accommodate up to 40 nearest and dearest. We love... Pencoed House Estate offers couples a complimentary wine tasting session, staff to manage guest parking, the help of a wedding coordinator and carefully selected caterers. 16

Winner of ‘Best Venue’ at the Welsh National Wedding Awards Complete exclusivity of the whole Manor for your special day Stylish decor with a selection of unique spaces to suit every guest; including our gin lounge, Atrium and children’s room With a talented team of in house chefs, you will have the opportunity to discuss and plan your perfect menu. TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for 9 consecutive years and voted the ‘foodie venue’ by WalesOnline. *NEW ACCOMMODATION* Our fabulous Pamper and Prep Suite compliments our existing boutique bedrooms and allow you to stay in pure luxury the night before your special day! 02920 892 232 | | Owen Mathias Joe Lewis Photography Joe Lewis Photography Lloyd Williams Photography Marc Smith Photography Nick Murray Photography Nick Murray Photography Nick Murray photography Rachel Lambert Photography Studio Cwtch

Felinfoel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3PJ T: 01554 756 156 E: Create your bespoke fairytale wedding at Llanelli’s most popular and romantic wedding venue. We occupy a fabulous position in Llanelli, where we have been catering for wedding receptions for the past 40 years. In this time we have built up a long standing reputation in South Wales for attentive service and fabulous food. We understand that every wedding is unique and whether you are planning a small intimate wedding for close friends or large grand wedding, at the Diplomat we will specially tailor the day to your requirements and budget. Our hotel holds a civil wedding licence and offers you the convenience of having your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception all under one roof. We are also the only luxury hotel within a 30 mile radius with an indoor swimming pool, full spa and gym facilities. Weddings at the Diplomat Hotel & Spa Arrange an appointment with our wedding and events team to view our beautiful hotel and wedding facilities.

HOLM HOUSE HOTEL, CF64 3BG 02920 706 029 | Built in 1926 by JS Neale, Holm House Hotel is just 10 minutes outside of Cardiff and a stone’s throw from Penarth’s restored Art Deco pier. The property is a perfect example of ornate early 19th-century architecture fused with modern touches. Offering expansive views over the Bristol Channel and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm, this luxury boutique hotel has a 1AA Rosette restaurant, an award-winning spa and a private garden. In the summer months, a stylish purpose-built outdoor bar is open, which is perfect for drinks in the sun and evening parties. Celebrate in style The hotel caters for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 90 guests and receptions of 130. There’s a range of spaces to choose from, including the restaurant with unspoilt views of the gardens and a marquee which can be erected in the grounds. We love... Holm House Hotel offers a complimentary food and wine tasting, a free gym membership three months before the big day and discounts on spa and hen parties. ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA, CF10 3ER 02920 391 440 | The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama sits in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre and is surrounded by white Portland-stone 19thcentury civic buildings on one side and the grounds of the magnificent Cardiff Castle on the other. Situated at the end of an impressive treelined avenue, guests will arrive from within Bute Park with the castle in view. This entrance can accommodate traditional wedding cars, tuk tuks or horses and carts. The college is made up of two buildings encompassing both historic and contemporary styles. The Anthony Hopkins centre is the original Cardiff Castle Stables and boasts a historic open-air courtyard. In addition, the contemporary glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park, creates a stunning backdrop for those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style The Anthony Hopkins Centre has two elegant rooms that are available for ceremonies, one can seat 85 guests, and the other can hold 60. Alternatively, The World-Class Concert Hall can accommodate up to 250 loved ones, and the Richard Burton Theatre has room for 130. Intimate receptions take place in the Stables with 50 nearest and dearest, and large celebrations are held in the glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace with 200 friends and family. Up to 300 people can dance the night away in the Atrium, which has a fully-stocked and licensed bar as well as a dancing area, cloakroom and bridge decorated with fairylights. We love... The venue offers a Hire a Performer Scheme where the staff will help you find the perfect musicians for your evening entertainment. REGIONAL VENUES 19

H O L M H O U S E , 1 1 M A R I N E P A R A D E , P E N A R T H C F 6 4 3 B G You’ve found ‘the one’ and now it’s time to discover your dream venue. Hidden seductively o-road yet situated just a stone’s throw from the historic Penarth Pier, Holm House is a luxury boutique hotel that dates back to 1926. It has an elegant and sophisticated interior, an impressive exterior and oers magnificent water views across the Bristol Channel. The venue will be exclusively yours for the day, allowing you and your guests to take full advantage. Holm House boasts several stylish reception spaces, 12 individually designed bedrooms, picturesque manicured gardens and an award-winning spa.

. H O L M H O U S E H O T E L . C O M R E C E P T I O N @ H O L M H O U S E H O T E L . C O . U K 0 2 9 2 0 7 0 6 0 2 9 Holm House is also an approved venue for civil wedding ceremonies with the Vale of Glamorgan registrar’s office. We cater to ceremonies of all sizes, with our most intimate space seating 12 of your closest friends and family. Our lounge with its homely relaxing feel and stunning feature fire place sets the perfect scene for a romantic ceremony, and is ideal for ceremonies for up to 40 guests. For ceremonies of up to 85 guests, our restaurant with spectacular views of our flourishing gardens and romantic seaside setting creates the perfect backdrop for the beautiful couple to say ‘I DO’. Our beautiful, light and airy restaurant boasts floor to ceiling bi-folding windows, immersing you and your guests into the overlooking cliff tops, flourishing gardens and the seaside breeze delivering an authentic al fresco dining experience. Our distinguished One AA Rosette Restaurant can accommodate up to 85 guests for the wedding breakfast and 100 guests for your evening celebration. Impress your guests with delicious food using the finest ingredients and where possible local and sustainable produce. As part of booking your wedding with us you will both enjoy a complimentary tasting to ensure you have the perfect menu for your special day. Our 4 star hotel with 12 cosy, boutique rooms provides a comfortable retreat for you and your guests and our award winning spa will leave you all feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to celebrate.

Gallwch chi ganfod eich stori gariad dragwyddol yn Nhy Bryngarw Wedi’i leoli mewn 113 erw o dir parc gwledig, sy’n edrych yn ysblennydd trwy gydol y flwyddyn, mae Ty Bryngarw, sydd mor berffaith â darlun, yn un o leoliadau priodas mwyaf atyniadol De Cymru. Find the happily ever after to your love story at Bryngarw House Set in 113 acres of country parkland, which looks spectacular all-year-round, pictureperfect Bryngarw House is one of South Wales’ most sought-after wedding venues. Contact us about the last remaining dates for 2022 01656 729009

OUTDOORS The great Tie the knot in a country haven TALL JOHN’S WEDDINGS, LD3 7PX 01239 821 143 | The manor house at Tall John’s Weddings is situated within acres of exquisite grounds with mature trees and breathtaking views across the valley. The working walled garden is the ideal place to take photographs with a rose bower, a double swing hanging from a beech tree and a silver birch bower. There is also a restored Welsh barn available for weddings which looks across the Black Mountains with an enchanting courtyard and a wooden gazebo that can be decorated with flowers and covered in Perspex if the weather is unkind. Inside are electric points, underfloor heating, insulation, hard floors and a catering area. Included in the venue hire is two nights in the Honeysuckle Cottage, which sleeps eight people on a self-catering basis, and the couple will be able to spend the wedding night in The Coachmans. The house is also available for up to 20 guests on a staffed basis, with breakfast included. Celebrate in style Intimate services are held in the Drawing Room, inside the manor house, with up to 20 nearest and dearest. The gorgeous split level Granary with its canopied beams and light stone floor can accommodate 80 loved ones downstairs, but there is space in the gallery above for extra friends and family. Large celebrations are held in the barn, which is licensed for 160 nearest and dearest. Those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors can tie the knot under the wooden gazebo with optional steps to the natural grassed stage where the newlyweds will be in full view of their guests. We love... Couples will receive a special breakfast basket on the morning after the wedding. THEMED VENUES 23

HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Hensol Castle is a restored 17th-century castle nestled within 650 acres of Welsh countryside. In the grounds is a 15-acre lake and beautiful views, which make stunning backdrops for pictures. Inside has been sympathetically renovated and boasts a modern décor with arched windows, oak panelling and sweeping staircases. Celebrate in style Ceremonies take place in the resplendent Oak Room, which offers stunning views of the nearby lake. Receptions are held in the purpose-built Courtyard Hall that boasts a luxurious décor throughout and space for 150 loved ones for the meal and 200 for the evening celebration. We love... The new outdoor ceremony area where the happy couple can tie the knot surrounded by the Welsh countryside. FAIRYHILL BY OLDWALLS, SA3 1BS 01792 391 468 | Steeped in more than 300 years of rich history, Fairyhill by Oldwalls is an iconic Georgian mansion boasting a 21st-century style. Nestled within 24 acres of gorgeous grounds, the Grade II listed property boasts old Georgian doors, plush sofas, luxurious velvets, period fireplaces, a salon, seven rustic cottages, two bars, bedrooms and traditional lounges full of character. Celebrate in style The K Room’s name was inspired by the effect that the panoramic circular array of windows creates. Designed to host up to 150 guests, this versatile space is transformed throughout the day to host the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party. Outdoor ceremonies take place in the Walled Garden with 150 loved ones. We love... Fairyhill by Oldwalls offers couples a lavish food tasting, where they will sample all 26 dishes along with an evening of wine tasting. 24

Your Day. YourWay. Nestled amongst the rolling Welsh hills of the Brecon Beacons and a stone’s throw from beautiful Llangorse Lake, sits the stunning Tall John’s House. Set in its beautiful grounds is our blank canvas wedding venue in our wonderful stone Barn, which has been completely restored to make the perfect wedding venue for up to 160 guests with integral toilets and catering area. We have also restored the nearby Granary to make an alternative civil ceremony venue or extra reception space so that we can be as flexible as possible to fit in with your dreams for your big day. The barn is a blank canvas venue - it is yours to style as you wish, to create a space that is personal, individual and unique to you. We know every bride is different, every couple is unique and your wedding day should reflect that. To help you create the wedding day of your dreams we offer you the chance to make the barn your own - your friends, your family, your style. YOUR day, YOUR way. Blank canvas venue / Exclusive Use of our beautiful grounds / Incredible private position / NO set suppliers or corkage / Cottage accommodation included / Cottage included for bridal couple / Elegant Georgian manor house available / Gazebo in the gardens for civil ceremonies / Granary for civil ceremonies or additional reception space | Llangasty, Near Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX | T: +44(0) 1239 821143 | E: Beautiful Barn Wedding Venue in Wales Woodbank House is the ideal boutique venue for your special wedding day in the heart of the Usk Valley, South Wales, with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the River Usk. Exclusive use means you will have 20 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside and sprawling terraces to host your special event. It is our goal to help you create a personal and unique day and enjoy our facilities, in a house built for entertaining. Woodbank House provides the perfect inclusive setting for your wedding, we can accommodate up to 70 guests for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast and 100 guests for your evening party. +44 (0)7899 751204 | | W O O D B A N K H O U S E L L A N H E N N O C K M O N M O U T H S H I R E N P 1 8 1 L U Woodbank House W E D D I N G S , E V E N T S & G R O U P A C C OMMO D A T I O N

GILESTON MANOR ESTATE destination photo by Philip Warren Photography Our elegant Manor House, exquisite gardens, bespoke lotus Marquee plus our luxury boutique accommodation suites, combined with our location in the Vale of Glamorgan with breathtaking sea views, makes Gileston Manor Estate the perfect venue for your Destination Wedding. visit our website Weddi g Venue email: Create the Wedding of your Dreams... Wedding Package for 2021 Includes: Three course Wedding Breakfast *Includes Exclusive use of Castle Functions rooms with Opera house licensed for Wedding Ceremonies Conservatory for your Wedding Banquet with Candelabra for table decorations Requires: Minimum 50 guests staying overnight on a B&B basis @ £75 per head. Member’s Wedding Package - 125 Guests @ £50 pp Includes: Two course Wedding Breakfast and Welcome Drinks (Add £20pp LAsfor third course and evening buffet) Midweek 50 Guests £3100 60 Guests Friday £3920 70 Guests Saturday for £4740 e ding s for 3 Requires: Minimum 50 guests staying overnight, only 25 midweek, on a B&B basis @ £75 per head. Ask about our Last Minute Weddings

BRYNGARW HOUSE, CF32 8UU 01656 729 009 | Bryngarw House is a charming wedding venue with 18 en-suite bedrooms for guests to choose from, a sweeping staircase and dressing rooms for the bride and groom. There are plenty of spaces to take photographs, including an ornamental bridge in the grounds, an orientalstyle tea house and an exquisite display of trees and flowers. Just a few minutes drive from the M4, the house is easily accessible yet feels like a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated within 113 acres of parkland, the venue combines country house charm with modern elegance to create a charming place to tie the knot. Celebrate in style The Treharne Suite is a French antique-styled ceremony room, flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning chandeliers, that can hold up to 120 guests. After the ceremony, friends and family can enjoy a drinks reception in the Conservatory, which is decorated with glistening chandeliers and Chesterfield chairs. The meal and reception are held in the permanent Marquee, a solid structure with a twinkling dancefloor, a large bar, elegant drapes and space for 250 nearest and dearest. We love... Newlyweds will receive a tasting evening and use of the honeymoon suite. LLANCAIACH FAWR MANOR, CF46 6ER 01443 412 248 | The Grade I listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a one of the finest surviving fortified Tudor manor houses in the country. Situated in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, the 16th-century property has been restored to how it would have looked during the royal visit of King Charles I in 1645. Celebrate in style The Parlour is used for intimate celebrations. It provides the perfect setting for a candlelit ceremony for up to 30 guests, or the Great Hall can be used for up to 50 people. Alternatively, the light and modern Conservatory offers panoramic views across the countryside and is available for 70 friends and family. Perfectly combining modern and traditional décor, the Mansell Hall is a beautiful space with room for 120 nearest and dearest. Large receptions take place in the Marquee. Situated on a tree-lined meadow, the formal gardens are ideal for a champagne and canapés reception, taking photographs and enjoying the party with up to 120 loved ones. We love... The manor house is is only 15 minutes from Brecon Beacons National Park and is close to the prehistoric landscape of Gelligaer Common, a place of significant historical importance. THEMED VENUES 27

WOODBANK HOUSE, NP18 1LU 07899 751 204 | Located in the Usk Valley, Woodbank House dates back to the late 19th century when it was a country cottage and possible shooting lodge of a large estate. It has since been sympathetically restored, resulting in a period yet contemporary feel throughout. Guests will be impressed as they approach the boutique venue via a private 250-metre sweeping tree-lined drive and take in the surrounding 20 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside. The River Usk borders the estate providing panoramic views and plenty of places to take photographs. Overnight accommodation for up to 20 guests is available, and there is a bridal suite available for newlyweds to use on the night of the wedding. Celebrate in style Ceremonies can take place in the Main Hall or Drawing Room. Both spaces can accommodate 70 friends and family in the day and 100 guests in the evening and include Grecian-style fireplaces, oak floors and an oak staircase. Small receptions are held in the Dining Room with up to 22 nearest and dearest. We love... The wrap-around terrace and bespoke service that the team at Woodbank House provide. LLECHWEN HALL HOTEL, CF37 4HP 01443 742 050 | Llechwen Hall Hotel is a charming Victorian manor house that dates back to the 17th-century. Perched above Mount Llanfabon, the hotel offers panoramic views of the valleys below. Surrounded by six acres of countryside, the property has a range of places to take photographs including the garden and terrace. The three-star venue has 44 bedrooms for guests to choose from, including 24 new elegantly decorated superior rooms. With a modern yet traditional décor, each room provides Welsh toiletries, luxurious bedding and some have Juliet balconies that offer impressive views. The on-site restaurant is situated in a stunning Orangery and has consistently been awarded an AA Rosette for more than 10 years. Celebrate in style There are three wedding spaces for couples to choose from. The Nelson Suite is the oldest part of the hotel and boasts a long aisle, original oak beams and a private entrance. There’s also a bar and bi-folding doors that lead onto the terrace and provide striking views. The Garden Marquee is anything but traditional. It has floor-to-ceiling glass panels that overlook the valley letting in plenty of natural light, crisp white drapes, a starlit dancefloor, a private terrace and bar, bespoke lighting and full air-conditioning. Ideal for intimate celebrations, The Jail House is a historic stone building that was once used as an overnight stop-over for alleged convicts before heading to the magistrates the following day. Recently renovated, the building comprises of original oak beams, bespoke rustic chandeliers and a fantastic full-length interior balcony that overlooks the ceremonies taking place below. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary menu tasting, overnight accommodation with breakfast the following day and an anniversary stay. 28

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There are many wedding venues in South Wales - but only one in a Grade 1 listed castle. Think majestic turrets, sweeping staircases and gothic towers (perfect for photo opportunities!). Our gorgeous Grade I listed building is nestled in luscious, landscaped grounds steeped in history. We’re easy to reach too! Perfectly placed, in this stunning countryside setting, yet just off the M4. If you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding venue where you will feel like royalty, Hensol Castle is waiting for you. Hensol Castle where your wedding dreams and fairytales come true A Grade I listed 17th Century Castle with all its traditional splendour, exclusively yours † for the day. Rachel Lambert Photography WEDDING OPEN DAY SUNDAY 27TH FEBRUARY  Set in 650 acres of countryside  Licensed for civil ceremonies  From 60 to 200 guests  Idyllic photographic setting  Selection of menus and drinks packages  Outdoor ceremonies in our new wedding bandstand (subject to the weather)

Every last detail will be taken care of, from room décor to evening entertainment and toasts. After all, we are passionate about making your dream wedding a reality. Our dedicated wedding co-ordinator, along with our professional team, will grant your every wish on your special day from the moment you step onto the red carpet. It’s your day and we want you to remember it forever! • FREE bedroom for the wedding couple • FREE first anniversary dinner at the Vale Resort Grill restaurant for the wedding couple • FREE Vale Health & Racquets Club Membership for the happy couple+ • Choose either a FREE round of golf with three friends^ or 20% OFF in the Vale Resort Spa+ for each member of the couple Justin Harris Photography exclusively for you... 01443 665803 | Hensol Castle Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX *Terms & conditions apply, new bookings only, valid on winter 2022/23 weddings, minimum 80 guests day & 100 evening. †Excludes Hensol Castle Distillery. ^Handicap certificate required. +One month prior to wedding. SpecialWINTER 2022 RATES AVAILABLE* YSWW.12.21 FROM SPRING 2022

At Jarvis & Co. we make nature inspired wedding jewellery for the alternative bride, we cast twigs and leaves collected from memorable locations and turn them into Sterling Silver and gold jewellery encrusted with beautiful Sapphires and Diamonds. Stand out with one of our White gold Oak twigs with Australian Sapphire engagement ring. Click on the link and get in touch for further information regarding our Wedding Jewellery. www.bethanj arv i s j ewe l l 07581 202 910 A multi-award winning Hair &Makeup Team working with you to create your wedding day image. No party too large or small. Go to our website to see a gallery of our real brides. www. janetwhi 07960 123584 Cardiff Wedding Disco Low £25 deposit secures your date, all monies paid are fully refundable. Cardiff 07800 845 014 Contact: 07724 584079 (phone or WhatsApp) Email: | bespokebykatie WWW. BESPOKEBYKAT I E .COM If you think your dream dress is out of your price-range, then let me help you make your dreams come true. I can work with any budget, no matter how small... I have dresses in stock, including famous brands, just waiting for you to walk down the aisle wearing them. You can have something very special - including alterations, cleaning and even some bespoking - stress free and with a very caring, personal service. You can afford it! MA K I N G B E S P O K E B R I DA L D R E AM S C OM E T R U E Every bride needs a Fairy Godmother (especially if the bride is on a budget)

Meant to be Zoë and Jed celebrated their love with a gorgeous wedding at Tall John’s House Images courtesy of Sophie Renshaw Photography Zoë and Jed started talking to each other in October 2013 on Facebook. “We spoke for two months before we agreed to meet up,” says Zoë. “Jed didn’t have his driving license at the time, so I said I would pick him up from the train station. I arrived at the station, and Jed was nowhere to be seen! Turns out he’d got on the train and travelled 15 minutes closer to my home town. We both maintain we went to the correct place. Our first date was very standard, Frankie & Benny’s then to the cinema. The rest is, as they say, history.” “The proposal was like something from one of my favourite rom-coms,” shares the bride. “We went to New York to celebrate our 5th anniversary and to see the Christmas decorations. We decided to get up early and have a walk in Central Park at sunrise. I truly had no idea what was coming at the time, but now it seems obvious! You see Jed is quite shy and doesn’t like to attract too much attention, so the idea of a proposal in New York City was impossible, or so I thought. However, on the morning of our anniversary, when we were on our walk, Jed got down on one knee. I instantly started to cry, and a dog came running up to us. It was perfect! There was nobody around, and it felt like the city belonged to us. The rest of the day was amazing. I was in charge of planning our anniversary lunch, so we went to a rooftop bar overlooking the Empire State Building, and Jed planned our anniversary dinner, a river cruise out to see the Statue of Liberty. My engagement ring also has a pretty special story behind it. In 2016 we went to Devon for the weekend, and whilst looking around, we saw a jewellery shop that sold a raw diamond ring, and I said I liked it. A few hours later, and the cookies on our phones showed us a company called Point No Point Studio, and I fell in love. That’s where Jed bought my ring nine months before he planned to propose, so it lived under our spare bed for ages, and I was clueless!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 33 REAL WEDDINGS

I’m a keen baker and had always imagined baking my own wedding cake, however, as the day came closer, I decided to outsource and leave it to a professional. I found Anna from The Cake Cwtch on Instagram. I’d already planned the design as an extra tall two-tiered cake with flowers from the bouquets in the centre and Anna didn’t disappoint! As a big Friends fan, we chose a topper that said: ‘He’s her lobster’. I had written it on my first Valentine’s Day card to Jed, and it’s something we’ve said ever since. I’ve always loved the colour green, and it’s Jed’s favourite colour too, so we chose it for our colour scheme. When I went for a floral consultation at Hilary’s Floral Design in Abergavenny, we discussed what pieces I could use at different times of the day, and that’s when we came up with the idea of a floral arch. We used it as décor for our ceremony and then at the reception as a selfie backdrop. To add to an already emotional time, we decided to use the flowers from the arch the next day to take to the cemetery. It was a beautiful way to include those who couldn’t be there in person. We chose Tall John’s House as we loved the relaxed atmosphere and the owners are truly the best people. We had jars with wooden hearts and lace ribbons for our centrepieces. My auntie arranged stems into them that matched our bouquets that were dotted around all the tables. I tried to keep the centrepieces very simple but effective, especially as we were outside, as I didn’t want things to get knocked over and broken. For our favours, we gave our guests Millions sweets as we say every day ‘love you millions’ so it just seemed right. We always knew we wanted a sweetheart table as opposed to the traditional top table, but with the COVID-19 restrictions, we were only allowed six people per table, which actually worked out fine in the end. 34