Your South Wales Wedding - September/October 2022 (Issue 87)

£3.55 SEP/OCT 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Tie the knot in a historic venue Tale as old as time WIN! A minimoon in the Algarve All in the details The latest styling trends Once upon a time Fairytale-inspired dresses Fall in love Seasonal inspiration READY, STEADY, PLAN! How to create the perfect wedding


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 63 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a minimoon in the Algarve worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Kate Richards Photography ( at Penpont ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 67. VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN Discover some of the best venues in the area 27 TALE AS OLD AS TIME Tie the knot in a venue full of history 27 FEATURES 55 PLANNED TO PERFECTION How to organise your dream wedding 60 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 67 SUMMER LOVING We adore this pastel-themed styled shoot at Penpont 71 A THEME COME TRUE Local venue stylists showcase their work 60 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 76 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 77 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 82 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 83 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 86 FASHION Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 40 35 REAL WEDDINGS 35 HOLD ME CLOSE Claire and Mike celebrated their big day at Hensol Castle surrounded by their family and friends 40 MEANT TO BE Jordan and Craig chose a black, white and silver colour scheme for their wedding at Gileston Manor 47 WE MADE IT After several cancellations and a fire at their venue, Louisa and Jonny finally had the wedding of their dreams GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 90 AUTUMN DELIGHTS Seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The latest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 92 47 4

It’s official, I’m a married woman – eeek! After being engaged for nearly 18 months, and with all of the lockdowns and uncertainty, it’s been quite a rollercoaster of emotions, but I couldn’t have asked for a better day! Before the wedding, everyone told us that the day would go by in a flash, and they were right. From putting my dress on to the speeches felt like just minutes had passed. My number one piece of advice is to take some time out, just the two of you, to have a chat and take everything in. Things will go wrong, but that’s okay. On the day, you won’t notice the little things, and all that will matter will be celebrating with your friends and family. Surround yourself with people that you love and trust. My bridesmaids were absolutely amazing in the run-up to the wedding and on the day itself. They kept my nerves in check and made sure I felt like a beautiful bride. I couldn’t have asked for better, and I was so proud to have them by my side. To help you plan your special day, we’ve put together an issue full of inspiration. We have a feature focusing on the latest styling trends, a guide to planning your big day and local historic venues. If that’s not enough, we also highlight showstopping dresses, autumnal trends for the groom-to-be and wow-factor honeymoon destinations. If you’d like your wedding featured in the magazine or have been involved with a styled shoot, you can submit it via Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments. Ring-a-ding-ding 77 97 90 WIN! A minimoon in the Algarve worth £1,000 The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be. The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 92 6 ISSN 1756-6428 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Cullen| 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 538 556 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

I reflect back on my wedding planning journey. Fall in love with statement sleeves. 83 The latest styling trends. 71 Olivia Gibson discovers what makes Dubrovnik the perfect honeymoon destination. 94 40 Louisa and Jonny celebrated their love with a rose gold theme at Weobley Castle. 47 60 Jordan and Craig chose a black, white and silver colour scheme for their wedding at Gileston Manor. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales TRULY ROMANTIC Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is celebrating 45 years under the same ownership. Winner of Welsh Romantic Hotel of the Year 2019, this striking wedding venue is set in modern surroundings and offers breathtaking views over the Treffgarne Rocks. This fabulous property is available for exclusive hire, where the team will make the big day personal to you. The hotel can accommodate civil ceremonies of up to 130 guests, wedding breakfasts for 180, and 300 for the evening celebrations. The exquisitely manicured and peaceful gardens will provide a beautiful backdrop to your day, and couples can also stay in the luxurious and opulent bridal suite, complete with state-of-the-art technology. For information, visit the website A MUST-SEE SHOW The King Arthur Hotel, situated on the beautiful Gower Peninsula, is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 2nd October, 2022. Located at the heart of village life in Reynoldston, the property is a charming country inn with comfortable rooms and luxury self catering apartments. This award-winning wedding venue boasts high-pitched ceiling with magnificent exposed French oak beams, Welsh slate floors and arched windows overlooking the surrounding landscaped gardens. The fair will be taking place between 11am and 4pm, entry is free, and couples will receive a complimentary goodie bag. Check out for more information. NEW VENUE ALERT! Situated in the city centre, Mercure Newport is a new venue comprising of 135 guest rooms, a fitness suite, a restaurant bar and terrace. Designed with local artist’s imagery, inspired by Newport’s Transporter Bridge, the property is less than a minute away by foot to Friars Walk shopping centre and leisure complex. The contemporary restaurant sits on the third floor, so you can enjoy views of the city below while you dine, and the outdoor terrace is the perfect place to unwind. The Mercure Newport boasts four purposebuilt, flexible meeting rooms on the ground floor, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a spacious breakout area. Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 11

LET THE FUN BE-GIN The award-winning Hensol Castle has launched a new range of miniature gins that are perfect as wedding favours. Couples wanting something a little more special can opt to have these gin miniatures personalised with their names and the date of their wedding. Distilled in the cellars of the 400-year-old castle, couples have three gins to choose from – Hensol Castle Welsh Dry Gin, Hensol Castle Wild Strawberry & Hibiscus Gin and Hensol Castle Blood Orange Zest Gin. Stephanie Metson, the marketing manager, said: “These personalised wedding favours are ideal, as they give guests a little tipple to toast the happy couple as well as a lovely keepsake bottle to take home as a momento of the special day. Since we launched them at the end of July, the orders have been flying in. Hensol Castle offers couples the full package. Aside from the fact that the castle can be hired exclusively with the whole party celebrating on-site, it also provides a picturesque backdrop for photographs with its original features, serpentine lake and 650 acres of parkland. When you combine this with the fact that the wedding party can visit the distillery and even distill their own bespoke bottle of gin, or that the hen or stag party can enjoy a cocktail making masterclass before the big day, then you can see how it creates the perfect package for any couple saying their vows.” To find out more, visit A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Boom Battle Bar Cardiff has announced it will be introducing Private Karaoke Pods to its roster of immersive games and activities that already includes crazy golf, axe throwing and shuffleboard. At Boom Battle Bar, the UK’s first and only battle bar, the spirit of competitive play is a welcome break from the humdrum of the ordinary day, whether it’s a hen or stag do, a day out with your family or a date night. The venue sports premium food and drink menus, specially curated music and an entertainment battleground filled with games that you won’t want to miss. For more information, visit A SPECIAL DISCOUNT Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is a charming venue steeped in history and offers a multitude of bespoke wedding packages that cater to all. One of such caters specifically to those who are serving in our NHS or Armed Forces. Open to the NHS employed, serving military or emergency services personnel, not only does it offer a discounted rate, it allows you to move your wedding date if you or your partner are posted overseas, or are unable to attend for any reason connected to active service obligations. The full package price includes welcome drinks and canapés, a three-course wedding breakfast and evening buffet, the opera house for your ceremony, plus exclusive use of the Conservatory for the reception, with a host of additional extras. Terms and conditions apply. To discover more, visit PLANNED TO PERFECTION Brangwyn Hall, an impressive wedding venue in Swansea, is hosting a wedding show on 5th February, 2023. Known for its Art Deco décor, the property was built in the 1930s and is 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. Entry to the show is free and there will be a huge array of wedding suppliers including live entertainment. What’s more, one lucky couple will win £250 to spend with any exhibitor at the fair. Visit to register for your free pass and for more about the venue, check out 12

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Your Day. Your Way. 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 Manor House. Set in superb grounds is our wonderful stone Barn, which has been lovingly restored to provide the perfect wedding venue for up to 160 guests with integral toilets and catering area. The nearby Granary with its adjoining reception room has been refurbished 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 additional reception space | Llangasty, Near Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX | T: +44(0) 1239 821143 | E: BLANK CANVAS WEDDING VENUE IN WALES Opening Hours Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm Sunday: Closed Out of hour appointments available. 01834 862 780 60 St James Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 7DA

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING Closing date 31st October, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. SPECIAL MEMORIES Paul Davies Photography, based in Swansea, is offering every couple who books a full day wedding package and mentions Your South Wales Wedding a free pre-wedding shoot. We spoke to Paul to find out more about his company: “I have been working in the photographic industry for more than 30 years, I shoot events, family portraits, school proms, birthdays, parties and make-overs, but my true passion is wedding photography. My aim is to tell stories through my pictures. I have developed a natural, photo-journalistic or documentary style which captures your special day with as little intrusion or fuss as possible. I believe a good wedding photographer will tell your story without taking over your day. I have photographed more than 500 weddings, and I’m a qualified member of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) and the British Professional Photographers Association. “Each of my packages includes fully-edited images on a USB drive and a password protected online gallery. I can also supply high-quality printed albums and a second photographer to cover the groom’s preparations, or arrival at the venue, if required.” To claim this fab offer, mention Your South Wales Wedding when enquiring about your wedding photography. To see more of Paul’s work, check out the real wedding feature on page 47 or visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS Images provided by FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

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.

APPOINTMENTS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Tel : +44 (0) 1792 885 208 Emai l : 26 St Tei lo St , Pontarddul a i s , Swansea, SA4 8SZ (Opposite to the War Memorial on St Teilo Street) B R I D E MOT H E R OF T H E B R I D E / GROOM B R I DA L ACC E S S OR I E S JESUS PEIRO FELY CAMPO TERESA RIPOLL MARYLISE REMBO STYLING JOHN CHARLES ROSA CLARA COCKTAIL ROSA CLARA COUTURE | | Wedi’i leoli mewn 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. Set in acres of country parkland, which looks spectacular all-year-round, picture-perfect Bryngarw House is one of South Wales’ most sought-after wedding venues. Your dream wedding starts here Mae priodas eich breuddwydion yn cychwyn yma

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN Spolight on... VALE RESORT, CF72 8JY 01443 665 803 | Home to 143 on-site bedrooms, two championship golf courses, an award-winning restaurant, sports facilities and Wales’ largest spa is The Vale Resort. The hotel is located within 650 acres of countryside and boasts landscaped gardens, sweeping staircases, classic terraces and a light contemporary interior with large windows that offer stunning views of the grounds. Celebrate in style There are nine deluxe suites to choose from: The Castle Suite is ideal for large celebrations, with high ceilings, grand windows, a private bar, terrace balcony and space for 400 loved ones throughout the day. Alternatively, the Morgannwg Suite is available for up to 130 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the reception. This popular space is located on the first floor and has its own bar, impressive views of the golf course and a sweeping staircase. The Conservatory is a beautiful room for a civil ceremony any time of the year. The natural sunlight which floods this room creates a charming, airy setting. Pillars feature throughout the room and doors open out onto the terrace, overlooking the golf course, creating a truly special space for weddings. This space caters for 120 friends and family for the vows and 70 for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. For a more intimate wedding, the Cowbridge Lounge is ideal and can accommodate 50 guests. We love... The Vale Resort offers the happy couple a free bedroom on the night of the wedding, an anniversary dinner, a month’s membership to the health club, a round of golf for the groom and three friends and a 20 per cent discount at the Vale Spa. 19 REGIONAL VENUES

BRYNGARW HOUSE, CF32 8UU 01656 729 009 | Bryngarw House is a charming wedding venue that is easily accessible yet feels like a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just a few minutes from the M4, the property sits within 113 acres of parkland and combines country house charm with modern elegance to create a picture-perfect place to say ‘I do’. There is an ornamental bridge in the grounds, an oriental-style tea house, an exquisite display of trees and flowers, 18 en-suite bedrooms, a sweeping staircase and dressing rooms to use on the morning of the wedding. Celebrate in style The Treharne Suite is a French antique-styled ceremony room that’s flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and chandeliers and is capable of holding up to 120 loved ones for the service. After the vows, friends and family can enjoy the drinks reception in the Conservatory, which is decorated with glistening chandeliers and Chesterfield chairs. Receptions are held in the permanent Marquee, a solid structure with a twinkling dancefloor, a large bar, elegant drapes and space for 250 guests. We love... Couples will receive a menu tasting evening and use of the stunning honeymoon suite. GILESTON MANOR, CF62 4HX 07794 611 105 | Gileston Manor Estate is a five-star wedding venue tucked away off the beaten track. Situated within nine acres of lovingly kept gardens and grounds, this Grade II* listed manor house is situated in the awardwinning village of Gileston in the Vale of Glamorgan and boasts sweeping front lawns and impressive sea views. The Queen Anne property has recently been renovated and includes original panelling, mirrors and crystal chandeliers. Celebrate in style The estate houses the pretty church of St Giles, which is perfect for couples planning a religious ceremony. Civil ceremonies can be hosted in a variety of settings, including the manor house, Secret Garden, and numerous other spaces within the gardens. The neutrally decorated Lotus Marquee has sparkling chandeliers, views of the Jurassic Coast and can comfortably seat 140 dinner guests for the wedding breakfast with room for more in the evening. We love... The house has eight exquisite guest suites, all individually themed and styled, including the bridal suite which was designed by David Emanuel. Additional accommodation can be found in the recently-renovated courtyard, eight luxury cottages and suites, sleeping a further 24 guests, providing accommodation for 42 people in total. 20

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 £11,500 2024 £12,500 PACKAGES 2023/2024

BLACK MOUNTAIN ,{I, BR,ITISH it CANOEING STAG & HEN PARTIES THE ULTlMATE ADVENTURE INWALES! Gorge Adventure - High Level Ropes & Zip Wire Clay Pigeon Shooting - Canoeing - Archery Rock Climbing - Caving - Paddle Boarding & Many More! WWW.BLACKMOUNTAIN.CO.UK What day could be more special than your wedding day, or the wedding day of a family member or friend? That’s why we want it to be perfect for you, and we’ve made many days perfect for many people. Here at Shappelles Function Suite, we can help your whole day go smoothly so that all you need to worry about is arriving on time (or maybe slightly late if you’re the bride)! Our totally private facility and staff will be at your disposal to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly and memorable. After enjoying your silver service wedding breakfast you will be able to relax in our beautiful grounds while waiting for the evening guests to arrive. We can also offer a first dance option, you can come along and we will choreograph a simple routine to your chosen song. Packages start from £3000 Mid week lunch time weddings now available Shappelles Function Suite tel: 01443 815909 email: S H A P E L L E S | T H E B R I DG E YS T R A D M Y NACH | H E NGO E D | C F 8 2 7 E D THE WEST USK LIGHTHOUSE IS AN INTIMATE WEDDING VENUE AND HISTORIC HOME The building itself is over 200 years old and overlooks the junction of the Severn and the Usk estuaries, which lead to the Bristol Channel. A MARQUEE WEDDING VENUE WITH A HONEYMOON SUITE OVERLOOKING THE SEA Late availability, please contact us. WWW.WESTUSKLIGHTHOUSE.CO.UK | 01633 810126 The West Usk Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, St. Brides, NP10 8SF

HOLM HOUSE HOTEL, CF64 3BG 02920 706 029 | Holm House Hotel is a stone’s throw from Penarth’s restored Art Deco pier and is a perfect example of ornate early 19th-century architecture fused with modern touches. Built in 1926 by JS Neale, it offers 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 property caters for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 90 friends and family 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... Lovebirds will receive a complimentary food and wine tasting, a free gym membership three months before the big day and discounts on spa and hen parties. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, situated in the heart of Cardiff, is surrounded by white Portland-stone 19th-century civic buildings on one side and the grounds of the magnificent Cardiff Castle on the other. 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. While, the contemporary glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park, creates a stunning backdrop for photographs. Celebrate in style The Anthony Hopkins Centre has two elegant rooms that are available for ceremonies, one can seat 80 guests, and the other can hold 50. Alternatively, The World-Class Concert Hall can accommodate up to 200 nearest and dearest, and the Richard Burton Theatre has room for 180. Intimate receptions take place in the Stables with 50 friends and family, and large celebrations are held in the glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace with 200 people. Up to 300 loved ones 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 couples find the perfect musicians for their evening entertainment. ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA, CF10 3ER | 23 REGIONAL VENUES

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.

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’ 2019 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) 50 Guests Midweek £5175 60 Guests Friday £6360 70 Guests Saturday for £7545 e ding s for 3 Requires: Minimum 50 guests staying overnight, only 25 midweek, on a B&B basis @ £75 per head. Three Course Wedding Breakfast, Welcome Drinks, 2 glasses wine on table, sparkling wine for toasts, Evening Finger Buffet, White chair covers & bows in either ceremony room or banqueting room, Cake stand, napkins, table cloths, Gold or silver cand labra, marquee style banqueting room with ceiling fairy lights, all above Exclusive use of Castle Function rooms i g Cere onies Conservator f r it elabra for table decorations Ask about our Last Minute Weddings

old as time Tie the knot in a historic venue NORTON HOUSE HOTEL, SA3 5TQ 01792 404 891 | Norton House Hotel is an independent country house hotel, which has been thoroughly refurbished with weddings in mind. The property features an impressive entrance, with a round-headed arch door, elegant windows and 17 individually-designed bedrooms. Wedding photographs can be taken in the private grounds, which include a secluded lawn, original raised patio and wide stone steps. Celebrate in style Couples can tie the knot in the Garden Room. Decorated in a neutral style, this gorgeous space offers a stylish backdrop to any wedding, with period floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading out into the gardens. This Grade II listed property has lots of period charm and has been renovated to a high standard with modern, home comforts that don’t compromise the historic features, such as the grand staircase and molding. We love... A room for the happy couple on their first anniversary and a menu tasting for four people is included within the inclusive package prices. Norton House Hotel also offers flexible bespoke packages to ensure the happy couple has the perfect day. TALE AS 27 THEMED VENUES

HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Nestled within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside is the 17th-century Hensol Castle. This grand wedding venue has been sympathetically renovated and boasts a modern décor with arched windows, oak panelling and sweeping staircases. Outside is a 15acre lake which makes a stunning backdrop for those all-important photographs. Then, when ready, guests can retire to one of the new luxury bedrooms, each with beautiful and bespoke features fit for royalty, like roll-top baths and four-poster beds. Celebrate in style The resplendent Oak Room is available for ceremonies and boasts impressive views of the nearby lake. Alternatively, couples can take in the breathtaking Welsh countryside in a romantic outdoor ceremony under the bandstand with the castle as a stunning backdrop. Receptions are held in the purpose-built Courtyard Hall, which has luxurious décor throughout and space for 150 friends and loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. We love... Hensol Castle offers the happy couple a free bedroom on the night of the wedding, an anniversary dinner at the Vale Resort (located on the estate), a month’s membership to the Vale health club, a round of golf for the groom and three friends and a 20 per cent discount at the Vale Spa. KING ARTHUR HOTEL, SA3 1AD 01792 390 775 | Located in the heart of the Welsh countryside, this award-winning hotel is a hidden gem in the spectacular Gower peninsula. This familyrun hotel comprises of 18 en-suite bedrooms, a charming 18th-century Guinevere’s cottage and luxury self-catering cottage apartments. The fairylights nestled in the huge willow tree is a new stand-out feature, perfect for those after-dark photos. Celebrate in style Rich in history, the King Arthur Hotel’s wedding venue, Avalon, has been popular since 2003. The large room boasts a high-pitched ceiling with exposed French oak beams, Welsh slate floors and arched windows overlooking the surrounding landscaped gardens. The venue is licenced for civil ceremonies and can comfortably accommodate 140 seated guests for a wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening. We love... Each wedding has exclusive use of all hotel rooms for the night with the bridal suite complimentary for the happy couple. 28

Awa r d w i n n i n g v e n u e b a s e d o n t h e Gow e r P e n i n s u l a , S o u t h Wa l e s “ Yo u r h o t e l i s a l i t t l e ma g i c a l p l a c e t h a t ma k e s w i s h e s c om e t r u e ” - J u d i t h & R o g e r Arrange a private viewing with the wedding team 01792 390775 |

To book an appointment, discuss your plans and discover how we may help, please get in touch or come to our Wedding Fayre on 11 September from 11am-4pm I drefnu apwyntiad, trafod eich cynlluniau a dysgu mwy ynghylch pa gymorth y gallwn ei roi i chi cysylltwch a ni neu dewch i’n Ffair Briodas on 11 Medi from 11am-4pm Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE 01792 635432 /

PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Pencoed House Estate dates back to 979AD and was once home to ministers of the church, the King of Glamorgan and King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Nestled at the end of a tree-lined driveway, the property is surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed 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 guests. Adjacent to the Old Hall is the self-contained Woodland Bar, which is ideal for post-wedding drinks. Outdoor celebrations are available for up to 40 loved ones. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary wine tasting session, the help of a wedding coordinator, carefully selected caterers and staff to manage guest parking. MORGANS HOTEL, SA1 1RR 01792 484 848 | Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed boutique venue that first opened in 1902 as the Swansea Harbour Trust Building. Located minutes from the maritime quarter and a short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastline, this 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 those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style The hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships in the Main Function Room and the Sir Galahad Suite. Alternatively, 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. 31 THEMED VENUES

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 with it’s own Serpentine Lake and Jetty. Your Fairytale Awaits A Grade I listed 17th Century Castle exclusively yours† for the day.  Set in 650 acres of countryside  Licensed for civil ceremonies (in and outdoors)  From 60 to 200 guests  Idyllic photographic setting  Selection of menus and drinks packages  Just 3 minutes from J34 of the M4 Photo: Xpect Photography

• 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 the happy couple Included for you... 01443 665803 | Hensol Castle Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX †Excludes Hensol Castle Distillery and Atrium. *Terms & conditions apply, new bookings only, valid on selected 2023 and winter dates, minimum guests 60 day & 100 evening, Monday-Thursday. ^Handicap certificate required. +One month prior to wedding. YSWW.08.22 Selected 2023 Dates & Winter 2023 FREE* Hensol Castle Distillery Gin Miniature Wedding Favours FREE* Bubbles Reception OR Evening Cheese/Pâté Table Photo: When Charlie Met Hannah

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

close Claire and Mike celebrated their big day at Hensol Castle surrounded by their family and friends Images courtesy of HitchFlicks Claire and Mike met through work. “We had both recently come out of long-term relationships,” says Claire. “We chatted over a coffee and there was an instant spark between us. We became inseparable and lockdown meant that we got to spend a lot of time together.” Mike popped the question a year after they started dating. “He had planned to surprise me during a trip to New York,” shares the bride. “However, due to COVID-19, the holiday was cancelled. The day that we found out we weren’t able to go, Mike decided that there was no time like the present and asked me to be his wife in our back garden. The sun was setting behind the mountains, and it was perfect!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... HOLD ME 35 REAL WEDDINGS

We went to view Hensol Castle and instantly fell in love with it. After all, who doesn’t want to get married in a castle? Especially such a beautiful one in an amazing setting. We had exclusivity, which meant we were able to do everything in one place, and our family were able to stay over on the night of the wedding. Mike and I chose centrepieces that were decorated with fresh blooms from Rolfes Florist. The flowers were a big part of the theme of the wedding. We had a beautiful arch that was purposely made for the castle and blooms placed down the staircase of the castle. We also wanted to make sure that all the flowers were not wasted, so we separated them into sections allowing our guests to take them home after the wedding. The spray from the ceremony room was later placed on the top table and then used in memory of my father afterwards. Bella Cakes provided a four-tiered design decorated with buttercream icing and flowers. The bottom tier was champagne and strawberries, the second was Biscoff, the third was chocolate, and the top was fruit cake, which we kept for our first Christmas as a married couple. We used vintage-looking brown hessian bags to hold the favours, and each one had a handwritten name tag which doubled up as a place name. Our favours were personalised glass charms and keyrings. We also included lottery tickets, bottle openers, sweets and chocolates. It was important to us that we had a memory ladder to remember loved ones that could not be with us. The ladder was vintage-looking and decorated with fairylights, candles and flowers. 36

I wore a gown called Celestina by Sophia Tolli, which I purchased from Cardiff Bridal Centre. The ivory fit-and-flare dress had a V-neckline, beaded straps, a floral crepe and a beautiful long Chantilly lace train. I accessorised with a floral hair vine and a beaded chapel-length veil. The groomsmen opted for three-piece Italian fitted suits in steel grey with blush pink ties and handkerchiefs. Mike wore a white waistcoat to stand out, while the others had steel blue versions. We hired a pianist who played while the guests arrived and as I walked down the aisle. We also had mini-golf which entertained the children and adults while the photographs were being taken. The best thing we booked was the singing waiters that only Mike and I knew about. They were undercover from the start and were serving drinks and food at the wedding breakfast. They were so in character that we forgot that they were there! One of the waiters pretended to fall. which got everyone’s attention and then started to sing. They got our guests singing and dancing and it was great to see our loved ones having such a good time. In the evening, we had a DJ and sax player. I booked the sax player as a surprise for Mike, which went down a treat. Once it got dark, we had sparklers, which created a fantastic photo opportunity. 37 REAL WEDDINGS

CLAIRE AND MIKE’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Hensol Castle, | Photographer, HitchFlicks, | Bride’s dress, accessories and alterations, Cardiff Bridal Centre, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, JJ’s House | Groom’s suit, Dyfed Menswear, | Mother-of-the-bride and groom’s dresses, Hobbs | Hair stylist, NOHO Hair Studios, | Make-up artist, Charlotte Bellham Makeup Artistry, Cake, Bella Cakes, | Flowers, Rolfes Florist, | Transport, Cheringham Cars, | Entertainment, Earcandy, | Ice-cream and candy floss, Tricycle Treats, | Doves, Lovey Dovey UK, Our day was amazing! People always tell you that it goes so fast, and it really does. It was such a whirlwind. We were fortunate that we got to spend most of the time with each other, and everything went so perfectly. The best bit of advice that we can offer is to not sweat the small stuff and to concentrate on what the day is really all about. After the ceremony, we released doves with the help of Lynne from Lovey Dovey UK. This was to celebrate our marriage and also to pay respect and remember those that couldn’t be with us. Lynne was so professional, attentive and helpful. She was also great at tying up a few little loose ends, like the younger boys’ ties and helping to put Mike’s mind at ease before I arrived. These are all things that she wasn’t expected to do, and that made a big difference. For our honeymoon, we went to Cancún in Mexico. We went for two weeks and it was absolutely brilliant. We went on day trips, a catamaran, snorkelled with sea turtles and other sea life and got to swim in the underwater museum! Seeing how our families came together and everyone enjoying each other’s company was wonderful. 38


Meant to be Jordan and Craig chose a black, white and silver colour scheme for their wedding at Gileston Manor Images courtesy of Jenny McDonnell Photography 40

Jordan and Craig met through a mutual friend during a night out in Cardiff. “There was an initial spark, but we only met briefly, so we didn’t know each other’s names,” says Jordan. “A few days later, I received a friend request on Facebook from Craig. We were attracted to each other, but the beginning of our relationship was not what we had planned as I had just gone on holiday and ended up stranded in Gran Canaria as a result of the Ash Cloud. After our first date was delayed, we finally met after a month of messaging. We moved in together within five months, got engaged two months after that and have not looked back since. We even work together running our own hair salon.” Craig proposed on Christmas Day in 2010. “The day didn’t go according to plan as there was heavy snow,” shares Jordan. “Craig couldn’t get to the ring, so we had to walk through the snow for over an hour so he could pick it up in person. We did all this without me knowing it was an engagement ring! The ring was hidden in a giant Christmas cracker, together with a puzzle that I had to solve, which spelled out will you marry me?” SETTING THE SCENE “We visited Gileston Manor to celebrate my mum and dads 50th wedding anniversary,” explains Jordan. “We stayed as a family and fell in love with the place. It has a special feel and is like nowhere we had visited before. The staff were all so lovely, and we felt it was the perfect place to get married. Wendy, our wedding coordinator at Gileston Manor, could not do enough for us from our very first meeting right through to the day itself. We always felt in safe hands, and her insight and knowledge really helped with our planning. We had exclusivity of the estate, which gave us the freedom to use different areas to create a bespoke wedding exactly to our requirements. Our ceremony and wedding breakfast was in the secret garden and we utilised the walled garden and front lawns for our drinks reception, canapés and photographs. We wanted to have the intimacy of the smaller space for the day, then move to the marquee for the evening reception to have a larger space for more guests. This was perfect as it felt that the evening was separate and gave separation to the formality of the day and the more relaxed party vibe we wanted for the night.” Jordan and Craig opted for a modern elegance theme and a black and white colour palette with touches of silver. “We wanted to highlight the elegance of the venue, keeping some traditional touches but adding a modern theme to reflect our style and outgoing personalities,” recalls Jordan. “Our overall goal was to have a look that was striking yet timeless. “We designed our own signature motif that we used on our invitations, favour boxes, tags and menu cards,” adds Jordan. “This brought together all printed elements in a uniformed way. Our confetti was sourced from The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co and incorporated black and white rose petals with silver petals to add some sparkle.” The couple opted for black cubes as favours. “The boxes had our tuxedo design tag on the front,” remembers Jordan. “As salon owners, we treated our loved ones to a bespoke collection of mini Kevin Murphy shampoo, conditioner and a styling product. We also included a bag of sweets and our favourite chocolates. Craig’s mum, unfortunately, was not able to be with us for the day as she suffers from dementia, therefore we made a donation to Dementia UK and included a flower seed bomb together with a card that requested our guests plant the flowers to honour her. “We decided on a banqueting-style table plan with just ourselves on a top table which meant that we could see all our guests,” continues Jordan. “Our table plan and welcome sign were provided 41 REAL WEDDINGS