Your South Wales Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 86)

£3.55 JUL/AUG 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Capture stunning photos whatever the weather Come rain or shine WIN! Two nights in the Lake District NATURAL ROMANCE Venue with glorious gardens Some like it hot Must-see honeymoon destinations Hold me close Real weddings


REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 11 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around South Wales 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 88 COMPETITION Win a stay in a five-star inn in the heart of the Lake District at The Wild Boar CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Mefus Photography ( at St Mellons Country Club ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 69. VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON PEMBROKESHIRE TO SWANSEA Discover some of the best venues in the area 23 AL FRESCO ROMANCE Tie the knot in a glorious garden 17 FEATURES 47 HELLO PETAL The latest flower trends 53 THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT How Netflix's biggest show has influenced weddings 60 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 63 WHATEVER THE WEATHER Local photographers showcase their favourite images 69 GOLAU’R GWANWYN A group of talented suppliers worked together to create this spring-themed shoot at St Mellons Country Club 86 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 72 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 73 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 78 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 79 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 84 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 86 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 34 29 REAL WEDDINGS 29 CLASSIC ELEGANCE Teri and Kyle had a romantic celebration at Mounton Brook Lodge 34 TRULY ROMANTIC Lauren and Gaz opted for a green and gold colour scheme for their wedding at Craig Y Nos Castle 41 ONE FINE DAY Molly and Marc celebrated their big day at Hensol Castle with a white, gold and nude theme GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 90 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The latest openings and honeymoon essentials 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 96 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 41 4

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It’s finally here, my final issue as Miss Barker! In just a few short weeks, I will officially be Mrs Cullen, and I cannot wait. My fiancé, Dave, and I have been engaged for nearly 18 months, and with all of the lockdowns and uncertainty it’s been quite a rollercoaster of emotions, but now that the day is nearly here, it’s all starting to feel real. It seems like just yesterday that I was telling our loved ones that we were engaged and here we are about to tie the knot. My number one piece of advice is to enjoy the process and make it about what you want. We found that some of our nearest and dearest were quite vocal about what they wanted and how the day should be, which can feel quite overwhelming at times, but try to remember it’s meant to be about you and your partner. Pick things that you want and that will make you both happy and forget about everyone else. In this issue, we have a flowers feature looking at the latest trends, a weather-focused photography feature and we showcase gorgeous venues in Pembrokeshire and Swansea. If that’s not enough, we also look at showstopping dresses and wow-factor honeymoon destinations. If you’d like your wedding featured in the magazine or have been involved with a styled shoot, drop me an email at or at Melissa x Melissa Bark r, Senior Editor The latest honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be. FromMiss toMrs 90 88 60 WIN! A two night stay in the Lake District. Read all about my wedding planning journey. Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand. 94 6 ISSN 1756-6428 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers 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 Julia Owen | 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

Tie the knot at a venue with a glorious garden. Molly and Marc chose a white, gold and nude colour scheme for their wedding at Hensol Castle. The latest flower trends. 47 41 These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet. 79 The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. These bohoinspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting. 92 73 Lauren and Gaz celebrated their love surrounded by friends and family at Craig Y Nos Castle. 34 23 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales TIME TO CELEBRATE Black Mountain Activities in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park is celebrating its 30th anniversary. First opening in 1992, this family-run adventure centre specialises in high-quality outdoor adventure activities that are perfect for stag and hen parties. The company provides rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walk adventure, white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting, archery, high-level ropes and zip wire, abseiling, mountain biking and much more! Half-day, full-day and mix-and-match activity options are available. Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a weekend of it, then there are weekend packages available with accommodation. Check out for more information. REST AND RELAXATION Family-owned Penhein Glamping in Monmouthshire has launched a dedicated Go Wild Family Break to max out summer adventures. If you want to carve out time in nature, to relax and run wild, then fall asleep smelling of woodsmoke in the comfiest of beds in a luxury Persian yurt, the new Go Wild break is ideal. It encourages adults and kids to enjoy nature with no Wi-Fi or TV, and since the accommodation is off-grid, it’s the perfect place to escape from the stresses of everyday life. To book or for more information, visit SAY YES TO THE DRESS To celebrate All About Eve’s 20th birthday, the bridal boutique is undergoing a ‘glow up’, to create the ultimate wedding dress shopping experience. The first phase to be completed is the fully-licensed Signature Lounge, which has a gin and fizz bar and luxury bridal suites. There are two bridal fitting rooms, with large comfy sofas for your guests and appointments include a bottle of prosecco, snacks and yummy treats. (The lux appointment is available at a cost of £40). Once you have said yes to the dress, grab a selfie under the ‘All About the Bride’ neon sign and toast your special occasion in the new gin and fizz bar, which has a luxurious bathroom, exclusive to Signature Lounge brides. You can book an appointment online at LOCAL NEWS 11

A ROYAL AFFAIR Spells of Love, a jewellery designer in Wales, is celebrating after the Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearing their Alia Hoop earrings at the Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The company launched in 2016 by jewellery designer Hayley Jones, who creates fine jewellery with lots of love and attention to detail. Defined by beautiful craftsmanship, fine materials and ethical practices, Spells Of Love is Hayley’s vision of accessible luxury with a human touch. Spells of Love blends bohemian femininity with a contemporary aesthetic, designed to celebrate individuality, confidence and self-expression. The joy of a Spells of Love piece is its longevity – these pieces are designed to be worn and cherished forever. Head over to for more information. WELL DESERVED Voting for the Best of Welsh Wedding Awards 2022 is now open. This is your chance to highlight any suppliers who have helped make your day extra special along the way. To nominate a company, simply visit the website and create a vote. The nomination is then posted on the Best of Welsh Wedding Award’s Facebook page for other couples to vote. When voting closes, the votes are printed, counted and verified by two independent parties. The shortlists are made up of first place, second place, third place and fourth places and the awards are given to first place and the runner up. To find out more and to nominate a supplier who has gone above and beyond, visit STYLE ME PRETTY Bewitched Interior Designs is a new company in Pembrokeshire. The owner, Marie Tate, tells us: “We are a new business just starting out, and we hope you will take the time to look at our creations as we have so much to offer. We are a family-run business that designs wreaths, decorations and much more. We can offer advice and guidance to assist you in finding your perfect interior décor to suit all occasions. We have a wide selection available, and our products are proving very popular. We are currently in the process of creating ceiling wreaths on a bed of freshly woven willow and hand-decorated with flowers and greenery of your choice. Our wreaths can also be decorated with luxurious velvet bows or on-trend hessian. Nothing is too big or small, and we aim to provide high-quality pieces.” Call 07359 388 940 to find out more or check out STYLING DISCOUNT The White Pallet Co is a small business in the heart of South Wales run by Charlotte Evans, who is passionate about weddings and rustic décor. Charlotte designs wedding pallets and signage for brides and grooms for collection or local delivery (at a small additional charge). “I design custom decorations to fit any colour scheme and personal style,” says Charlotte. “The choices are endless, but there is one thing that is consistent with all of my designs, and that is that they are beautifully handcrafted, affordable and personal to the client. I recently dropped my prices by 50 per cent to support brides and grooms who suffered from COVID-19. To help get weddings back on track this year, I’m offering a massive reduction and have promised to continue with these low prices until the end of 2023.” Check out for more information. 12

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.

NORTON HOUSE HOTEL | SA3 5TQ 01792 404891 | Located a short walk from the town of Mumbles a stones throw from the stunning Swansea Bay Coastline is the Norton House Hotel. A Georgian Grade II listed building with 17 en-suit rooms, 4 apartments and a large Function Room, Restaurant and Bar as well as a large Patio and Garden space perfect for your big day. Come and take over the whole building, with exclusive use just for your special day with one of our packages. Or, if you are looking for something a little different speak to a member of our team about creating a bespoke package just for you. Whether you want an intimate occasion for 15 people or a blow-out celebration for 90 we have something to suit you. SI LVER PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Exclusive Use of the Hotel, 17 Rooms Included! 2023 £7,000 2024 £7,400 GOLD PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Exclusive Use of the Hotel, 17 Rooms Included! 2023 £8,000 2024 £8,400 PLAT INUM PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Exclusive Use of the Hotel, 17 Rooms & 4 Apartments Included! 2023 £7,000 2024 £7,400 PACKAGES 2023/2024

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING Closing date is 31th August, 2022, unless otherwise stated. CHERISHED MEMORIES Encapsulated Memories is a small business in Llanharan offering flower preservation. The owner, Emma Cross, tells us more: “I’ve been building this dream for just over a year. It all started because I wanted to learn how to preserve my own bouquet from my wedding. My heart and soul goes into every order, I feel so honoured to be able to preserve such precious, memorable handmade pieces and I hope you love your order just as much as I love making it.” Emma offers a wide range of services, including hearts, spheres, blocks, arches and hexagons designs, letters, coasters, tea light holders, teddy bears and frames. Prices start from £10 and there are a range of products to choose from. Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Encapsulated Memories is offering our readers an amazing 10 per cent discount on any of its products. Valid until 5th September, 2022. To claim this fab discount, email Emma at and mention the magazine. To find out more about Encapsulated Memories, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

PEMBROKESHIRE TO SWANSEA Spotlight on... MORGANS HOTEL, SA1 1RR 01792 484 848 | Located minutes from the maritime quarter and a short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastline is Morgans Hotel. This Grade II* listed boutique venue opened in 1902 as the Swansea Harbour Trust Building and was designed by architect Edwin Seward. The four-star property has 42 individual bedrooms, a restaurant situated on the first floor with access via a champagne bar and a Greek statue-clad clock outside that looks wonderful in photographs. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Morgans Hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships in the main function room and the Sir Galahad Suite. The Restaurant and Atrium can accommodate up to 130 guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception. WE LOVE... The venue’s location on the famous Swansea Bay coast offers plenty of places to explore and take pictures. 17 REGIONAL VENUES

WOLFSCASTLE COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA, SA62 5LZ 01437 741 225 | Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is a family-run property nestled in the village of Wolfscastle. This glorious Victorian vicarage has 20 ensuite bedrooms, a two AA rosette stylish restaurant, a contemporary brasserie and a boutique spa. The award-winning property offers views of the woodland landscape and the awe-inspiring Treffgarne rocks. The well-established borders change with the seasons providing a burst of colour throughout the year and the nearby Sealyham woods offer ample photograph opportunities for couples. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Garden Room is a bright and airy space with high ceilings, large bifolding doors that open up to the rear garden and room for 130 nearest and dearest. Large celebrations are held in the Sealyham Suite, a spacious area that can be dressed to any specification with colour-changing lighting. This room can accommodate 180 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening celebration. WE LOVE... The bride-to-be will be able to visit the spa for free when three or more people book a spa package. BRANGWYN, SA1 4PE 01792 635 432 | The Brangwyn is an impressive wedding venue in Swansea that’s known for its Art Decor décor. Built in the 1930s, it’s situated within easy walking distance of Victoria Park and the spectacular sweep of Swansea Bay. The property uses striking and majestic architecture throughout, with historic British empire panels created by renowned artist Sir Frank Brangwyn on display. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Brangwyn Hall is available for weddings and has striking highpanelled ceilings. Alternatively, The George Hall and Lord Mayor’s Reception Room is decorated in an Art Deco style and provides a more intimate setting for nuptials. WE LOVE... Brangwyn is full of history and beautifully-decorated wedding spaces. 18

At Gileston Manor Estate, our Grade II listed Queen Anne Manor house is set in exquisite sprawling gardens, and when combined with our bespoke lotus marquee, luxury accommodation suites, and our breath taking location overlooking the heritage coast, the estate is the perfect setting for your special day. YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE AWAITS S CAN THE QR CODE TO BOOK A V I EWI NG TODAY F I ND OUT MOR E AT G I L E S TONMANOR . CO . UK The romantic charm of the family-run Wolfscastle Country Hotel is just one of the many factors that have made us a leading Pembrokeshire wedding venue. You can be assured that your experience will be intimate and completely bespoke. Our venue is set in modern surroundings with breath-taking views across to Treffgarne Rocks as well as impeccable food and service throughout. From the moment you arrive for your first visit, your team of dedicated wedding coordinators will be with you to ensure your day is both enchanting and unforgettable. We hold a civil ceremony licence in our Garden Room and can cater for both intimate and larger gatherings of up to 130 guests attending the ceremony and 180 for your wedding breakfast. The spacious suite can be dressed to any specification with lighting that can be adjusted to any colour scheme. Our Exclusively Yours package allows you to hire the whole hotel for your special day or even the entire weekend. You and your guests can enjoy private use of all of the rooms, facilities and grounds ensuring that your day is full of unique touches. For information including pricing, menus and availability or to book an appointment with our wedding coordinators for a personal tour and informal discussion, please contact us 01437 741225 Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa, SA62 5LZ | WINNER OF ‘WELSH ROMANTIC HOTEL OF THE YEAR’ †‡ˆ‰

CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE, SA9 1GL 01639 731 167 | Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is surrounded by breathtaking grounds and views. There are 36 en suite bedrooms to choose from, a state-of-the-art gym with high-quality apparatus, a private lounge and a luxurious hot tub. The property was once home to Adelina Patti, the world-famous opera singer, and dates back to 1840. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Theatre is decorated with a 125-year-old curtain depicting Madame Patti on a chariot in Rossini’s last Italian opera and the names of Patti’s favourite composers. This space is one of only eight Grade I listed opera houses in the UK and can accommodate 120 guests throughout the day. Alternatively, the Conservatory can hold 130 nearest and dearest and the Music and Billard Room has room for 120. The Patti Bar and Nicolini Lounge are located in the centre of the castle and both are available for friends and family to use throughout the night. WE LOVE... History lovers can organise a tour of the castle to find out more about its interesting past. WELSH GREEN WEDDINGS, SA44 5XE 01559 370 517 | Welsh Green Weddings is a family-owned, eco-driven, organic farm situated in the Carmarthenshire countryside. The team grow and cook with a lot of their produce, all the heating is biomass or solar thermal, and the power is solar PV to help encourage low-impact weddings. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Weddings can take place in the new courtyard using the beautifullydecorated Pole Barn and the Yard Tipi for celebrations. The maximum capacity for the Pole Barn is 220 guests, and the Yard Tipi can fit 140 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, the Oak Pagoda is available for up to 10 loved ones in the established walled garden. The pews, benches and hay bales can accommodate 200 people and the Old Dairy, which boasts a wonderful stained glass window, has room for 76 friends and family. WE LOVE... There is a range of on-site accommodation available, including a doubledecker bus, yurts and a gypsy caravan. 21 REGIONAL VENUES

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 MANOR PARK COUNTRY HOUSE YNYSPENLLWCH ROAD, CLYDACH, SWANSEA, SA NR Manor Park Country House is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens, with picturesque blooming florals and greenery all year round. The house displays a modern twist on the original architecture from the 1700s. Dressed with beautiful chandeliers and a breathtaking, hand-carved wooden staircase finished with golden steel accents. Manor Park has in house specialist co-ordinators who help plan your dream wedding day from décor down to the delicious three course dinner. WE OFFER BESPOKE WEDDING PACKAGES BUILT AROUND THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND DESIRES OF EACH COUPLE, DOWN TO EVERY LAST DETAIL. Call us on 01792 846999 or email Images courtesy of The Wedding Guys & Pure Creations Photography

ROMANCE Al fresco Tie the knot in a glorious garden MANOR PARK COUNTRY HOUSE, SA6 5NR 01792 846 999 | Manor Park Country House is set within 12 acres of landscaped gardens and boasts picturesque florals and greenery all year round. The building has been refurbished several times throughout its history and offers a modern twist on the original architecture from the 1700s. The property is dressed with grand chandeliers and a hand-carved wooden staircase finished with golden steel accents. Although it’s decked out with modernday facilities, the venue retains many of its prominent architectural features and oozes character. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of up to 300 guests can take place in the grand Ashleigh Suite, or it can be split into two to accommodate 80 friends and family. More intimate celebrations are held in the Alisha Suite, which has room for 80 loved ones. During the most recent refurbishment, the beautiful patio was extended and is ideal for outdoor weddings. We love... The team can dress the space to suit any theme or colour scheme and provide everything from the meal to the décor. THEMED VENUES 23

MANOR PARC, CF14 9UA 02920 693 723 | Manor Parc was previously known as the country manor house, Y Parc until it was renamed in 1984 and transformed into the current establishment. This independent family-run venue boasts a new seating area, balconies, gardens and Cedar trees alongside 200 free car parking spaces. Inside there are 21 bedrooms available at a discounted rate for guests, an impressive staircase and original oak flooring. Celebrate in style The Orangerie has a glass-domed ceiling and patio doors that open onto the grounds, with space for 110 guests for the ceremony, 80 for the wedding breakfast and 110 for the reception. Alternatively, The Cedar Room, benefiting from two large bay windows that overlook the Cedar trees, can accommodate 110 friends and family throughout the day and 160 for the evening celebrations. We love... Couples will have access to a suite on the night of the wedding and a discounted rate for the night before. 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 are 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. 24

Holm is Where the Heart is... WE D D I N G S AT HO L M HOU S E P I C T U R E S QU E LO C AT I ON E XC L U S I V E U S E O P T I ON S L U X U R Y A S S TA N DA R D Holm House, Marine Parade, Penarth CF64 3BG 02920 706029 |

With over 40 years experience celebrating weddings, Manor Parc remains an independent family run venue with an excellent reputation for its customer service, dining & weddings Private Dining, Weddings, Functions & Celebrations T H O R N H I L L R O A D | T H O R N H I L L | C A R D I F F | C F 1 4 9 U A | (Sat Nav CF14 9UE) ORANGERIE WEDDING PACKAGE (Monday to Friday Only) 45 day guests & 80 evening guests – Orangerie only 2023 £5,900 2024 £6,400 ULTIMATE WEDDING PACKAGE Orangerie wedding ceremony, Cedar room wedding breakfast & evening party 75 day guests & 120 evening guests 2023 £9,500 2024 £10,000 SATURDAY WEDDING PACKAGE (Choice of Orangerie or Cedar Room) 60 day guests & 100 evening guests 2023 £8,000 2024 £8,500 PR I VATE D INING ROOMS | 21 ENSU I TE BEDROOMS | PAT IOS & TERRACES 200+ SPACE CAR PARK 2023/2024 PACKAGE PRICES C ON TA C T U S F O R A B R O C H U R E ON 0 2 9 2 0 6 9 3 7 2 3 O R EMA I L E NQU I RY @MANO R PA R C . C OM

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 dates back to 979AD and is nestled at the end of a tree-lined driveway. Surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland, the venue is perfect for taking photographs. 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 nearest and dearest. Adjacent to the Old Hall is the self-contained Woodland Bar, which is ideal for post-wedding drinks. Al fresco celebrations are available for up to 40 friends and family. We love... The happy couple will receive a complimentary wine tasting session, the help of a wedding coordinator, staff to manage guest parking and carefully selected caterers. TALL JOHN’S WEDDINGS, LD3 7PX 01239 821 143 | Tall John’s Weddings is situated within acres of exquisite grounds with mature trees and breathtaking views across the valley. The gardens at Tall John’s House are the brainchild of Willow Cracroft, who transformed it from an overgrown and neglected space to an amazing garden with features such as a rill, rose arbour, silver birch circle amid a splendid display of flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables. There is 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. Celebrate in style The Drawing Room, inside the manor house, is available for up to 20 guests. The 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 anywhere in the gardens or under the wooden gazebo. We love... 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. THEMED VENUES 27

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elegance Teri and Kyle had a romantic celebration at Mounton Brook Lodge Images courtesy of Megan-Siân Photography CLASSIC Teri and Kyle met at work. “We went on to have our own business together,” says Teri. “Kyle will tell you that he only asked me out to get a pay rise, but six years later, we’re still together, and he never got that pay rise.” Kyle popped the question during a surprise weekend away in 2019. “He only revealed where we were going when we got to the airport,” shares the bride. “He took me to Rome, which was where we went on our first holiday together and he had asked me to be his girlfriend three years earlier.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 29

I added acrylic writing to clear plaques for the place names which doubled up as favours. Catering was the only part of the wedding that Kyle wanted to be involved in, and it was decided from the start that the evening food would be a choice of pizzas. The wedding breakfast was a three-course meal that tasted wonderful. All the catering was provided by Mounton Brook Lodge, and we had so many options to choose from. Kyle and I looked at a lot of venues online, and Mounton Brook Lodge was the only one we went to see in person and we fell in love with it straight away! We wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. We wanted something which looked beautiful and could accommodate large numbers but kept everyone together. The bar area is so special and stands out as soon as you walk in, and the decked terrace area was ideal for a warm summer’s day. I couldn’t of picked a better place to spend the night before the wedding, and its large living area made getting ready in the morning fun and stress free! Vicki at BB’s Cakes created an elegant cake with matching cupcakes. Everyone commented on how they not only looked delicious but tasted great too. We wanted the whole day to be simple but elegant, so for our centrepieces, we chose candles and artificial flowers. From the start, I knew I wanted hydrangeas included in my bouquet and Lottie at The Bloom Room created an arrangement which matched my vision exactly. 30

Kyle always knew he wanted a navy suit, but since it was his wedding day, he wanted something slightly more special, so we went for a bluechecked three-piece option with tan shoes. The groomsmen paired their suit with matching blue ties, and Kyle kept it classic with a navy tie. I wore a Morilee dress called Rapunzel from LJ Bridal Collection. It came with an added overskirt and extra train, however, I decided not to wear it on the day as the dress was already stunning. I styled it with a simple veil as to not take anything away from the gown. I never actually had “that moment” that most brides get when trying on dresses, and I think there is a lot of pressure on women to feel that way. I probably never got that feeling as I wanted something different that people wouldn’t expect me to wear, which was a bit out of my comfort zone. I loved the gown and at every alterations appointment I began to love it more and knew it was the right choice. Looking back at the photos, it was without a doubt perfect, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. I’d seen lots of multi-way bridesmaids’ dresses that never had the wow factor, until I came across the perfect design at Kates Dresses. Before the wedding breakfast Kerry Scorah, an amazing magician, entertained our guests. She was a great ice breaker and brought everyone together. She kept our friends and family entertained while we went off for our photos and even impressed people who were non-magic believers! During this time, we also hired Poppy’s Vintage Ices, a beautifullydecorated ice cream van, which was a big hit. We felt so much love on the day and I don’t think anything will ever compare to that. Looking around and seeing all of our friends and family having a good time was a wonderful feeling. REAL WEDDINGS 31

TERI AND KYLE’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Mounton Brook Lodge, | Photographer, Megan-Siân Photography, | Videographer, Olivia Made This, | Bride’s dress and accessories, LJ Bridal Collection, | Alterations, Jennifer Sly | Groom’s suit, Regency Groom, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Kates Dresses, | Hair stylist, Rockarella Hair and Accessories, | Make-up artist, Angharad Letitia MakeUp, | Cake, BB’s Cakes, | Flowers, The Bloom Room, | Stationery, Mally’s Crafts, | Cellist, Nerys Clark, Band, The Hype, | Magician, Kerry Scorah, | Caricaturist, Caricatures by Tony Marriott (Tony’s Toons), | Ice cream van, Poppy’s Vintage Ices, We knew we wanted a live band who would play songs that kept the dancefloor full all night and The Hype definitely delivered! We also had Caricatures by Tony Marriott (Tony’s Toons) draw fun caricatures of people laughing, and we felt these drawing were more personal than a photo booth and something people could keep forever. We couldn’t single out one person or supplier as we were so lucky that everything went so smoothly. Without a doubt having these people around us made our day. Our wedding was originally planned for May 2021, however due to COVID-19, we decided to postpone until later in the year for the best chance of fewer restrictions. We chose our honeymoon to the Maldives, but when we postponed the wedding, our trip would fall in peek rain season, so we went on a minimoon to Devon instead. It gave us time to look forward to our dream honeymoon, which we went on a few months later. It was the ideal way to drag out the celebrations! Scan to view video While I know your wedding day is meant to be about you, we always wanted it to be a day to bring everyone together. On arrival and during the drinks reception, we chose the wonderful cellist, Nerys Clark. This was actually a last-minute booking as we had seen her play at a wedding fair only a couple of months before the wedding. She played beautifully, and it set the scene for the day. 32

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romantic TRULY Lauren and Gaz opted for a green and gold colour scheme for their wedding at Craig Y Nos Castle Images courtesy of Lloyd Williams Photography 34

Lauren and Gaz met in the summer of 2017. “Gaz was volunteering at my cattle ranch in Wyoming,” says Lauren. “We were just friends until he went to leave, and sparks began to fly. When Gaz returned to the UK, we stayed in touch and after a few days, he had already booked his flight back to the ranch. His second stay was a little more romantic, and by the end of it, I had decided to follow him over to Wales for the winter season while he got his degree.” Gaz proposed in Clyne Woods near where he grew up in Swansea on New Year’s Day. “It was such a lovely spot, and it was so special that it was just us and our dog in the beautiful forest,” shares the bride. “The proposal itself wasn’t a surprise as we had talked about it for a long time, but it was a really special moment, and I loved the ring that he picked out.” SETTING THE SCENE “I had been eyeing Craig Y Nos Castle before Gaz officially proposed,” recalls Lauren. “It was the perfect place for so many reasons! There was plenty of room to accommodate all my international guests, and we had the venue to ourselves, which meant we could set up a whole room for board games and even bring laser tag for the kids. For an American, getting married in a castle was huge! I suspect it was a big draw for our guests to book such an expensive trip. For our original wedding, that was supposed to happen in 2020, we had more than 40 guests coming from the US, New Zealand and Bali. Many of my American friends had never travelled outside of the US and while I’d like to think that they were all just really keen to celebrate with us, I think most of them were just really excited to have a massive party in a castle. While I didn’t know it at the time of booking, looking back there was one thing that made our day more special than everything else combined and that was the staff! Everyone at the castle was so warm, accommodating and overall terrific! From the very start, they went out of their way to make our day special and did such a fantastic job pulling the whole thing off exactly to our specifications. Nicola was absolutely phenomenal, and did so much to bring all of my ridiculously elaborate dreams to life! Craig Y Nos Castle handled all the catering for the wedding weekend, and it would be the understatement of the century to say it was delicious. Everything from the spectacular full English breakfast to the delicious canapés and elaborate sit-down meals was beyond any expectation I could have invented in my wildest dreams. Having lived several years in San Francisco, I’ve become fairly spoiled with delicious cuisine, so when they served up the foodie heaven that they did, we were absolutely blown away! In the run-up to the wedding, we also ate at the Ancient Briton and the Pen Y Cae Inn, and both were spectacular as well.” Lauren and Gaz created care bags for their guests as favours. “These included a tote bag with our custom logo, water bottles, snacks, earplugs, Welsh cakes and custom-made coasters for guests to identify their seats,” explains the bride. “We love astronomy, so we named each table after a different constellation.” “The centrepieces were floral arrangements done mostly by my dear friend and florist, Samantha Shorts from Heide’s Fresh Cut Flowers, who flew over from the US,” reveals Lauren. “The flowers were by far the most elaborate aspect of our wedding. All arrangements were overseen by Samantha and bought in Swansea. Samantha worked with me and several of my friends to build two massive flower walls, 10 table arrangements, four mantelpiece arrangements, a floral garland for the cake, six bouquets and 17 buttonholes and fascinators. I cannot express enough how accommodating, and helpful the Craig Y Nos Castle staff were in helping us to realise our vision for the space. Not only did they allow us to gather foliage and ivy from their grounds, but they moved arrangements from one room to the next to maximize the use of the arrangements.” The couple’s cake was decorated with a floral garland. “We were lucky enough to be lent a sword by a friend of mine who is a historian,” adds the bride. “It meant we could cut it in style.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “My dress was designed by Lili Butler, a close friend of the family who happens to be a high-end American fashion designer,” says Lauren. “When she found out REAL WEDDING 35

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I was engaged and had picked Craig Y Nos Castle as a venue, she started planning the dress. We picked out the fabrics in New York, and she painstakingly set her team to work on the elaborate gown, which was quite literally made to be worn in a castle. The whole dress is made out of various types of silk and was made with well over 50 yards of material. It was accessorised with borrowed diamond and pearl earrings and shoes that I had dyed to match the aisle in the castle’s theatre. It’s also worth noting that Julie Holmes Make up Artist did a fantastic job of styling the bridesmaids to their exact specifications. I looked like the absolute best version of myself in a truly understated way and it stayed place all day. Our hair was done by Calon Bridal Hair, who was fantastic too, and not a single style looked tired by the end of the night, and we were all so delighted with how we looked!” The groom and groomsmen wore morning suits from Slater Menswear. “Gaz was different in that his cravat matched my dress, while the groomsmen’s matched the green that the bridesmaids wore,” shares the bride. “With so many wonderful women coming from different backgrounds, it was important to me that they each wore something that reflected their style, so I just gave the guideline of picking something in dark green. I absolutely loved the mismatched result as it really highlighted them each as individuals and allowed them to pick a dress they truly loved and might wear again.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “Pure Wedding DJ’s was our only entertainer, and he did a fantastic job,” recalls Lauren. “He quickly gauged the vibe in the room, took recommendations and played hit after hit. The dancefloor was still absolutely packed when he finished at 1am.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “As we had planned the wedding to happen a year-and-a-half before and had a small ceremony in 2020, there was very little pressure on the festivities and we just wanted it to be as beautiful as possible,” explains the bride. “This helped in a big way for us to let go on the day. We planned all that we could, but the things that went differently on the day felt more serendipitous than difficult, and from start to end, it was more fun than I ever would have expected. Something about our day being just after restrictions were lifted, the level of fantasy and whimsy in the décor and the overall joy radiating from the staff was just magical. So many of us were ready to pretend the past two years were a figment of our imagination and the magical wonderland of the castle and staff were spectacular at bringing that fantasy to life.” REAL WEDDINGS 37

LAUREN AND GAZ’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Craig Y Nos Castle, | Photographer, Lloyd Williams Photography, | Videographer, One Vision Photography, | Bride’s dress, Lili Butler, | Groom’s suit, Slater Menswear | Hair stylist, Calon Bridal Hair, | Make-up artist, Julie Holmes Make up Artist, | Flowers, Heide’s Fresh Cut Flowers, | Cake, Rachael Watkins | Entertainment, Pure Wedding DJ’s, Scan to view video 38