Your South Wales Wedding - November/December 2022 (Issue 88)

£3.55 NOV/DEC 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Stunning real weddings Merry and bright WIN! A luxurious break DECK THE HALLS Seasonal inspiration Picture this Must-see photographs A touch of sparkle Fabulous accessories MEET THE EXPERTS We interview local suppliers


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 59 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 82 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 On the cover... This issue's cover has been sponsored by Penarthbased Holm House ( a cosy Victorian boutique hotel perfect for weddings. It was captured by Jamie and Hannah of Nutty Pear Creative ( at the wedding of Kristian and Emma Hawkes. VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON MONMOUTHSHIRE, BRECON & AROUND Discover some of the best venues in the area 27 A DREAMY CELEBRATION Tie the knot in a fairytale venue 19 FEATURES 53 PICTURE THIS Photographers showcase their favourite images 56 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration 63 MEET THE EXPERTS We interview local companies 56 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 75 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Dazzle this festive season in gold, pearls, charms and diamonds 76 FASHION Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods 40 67 REAL WEDDINGS 35 CLASSIC ELEGANCE Amy and Ieuan tied the knot at Lakeside Venue, which they styled with a rustic theme 40 BY THE SEASIDE Rhian and Adam opted for a coastal theme with celestial accents for their wedding day at St Mary’s Church and Trefloyne Manor 47 COUNTRY ROMANCE Holly and Matt had an elegant country-themed wedding at St Denys Church Lisvane and Glewstone Court Country House GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 84 WINTER LUXE Seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 88 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 90 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners 92 PURE LUXURY Discover The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield 86 (editing), and 47 35 4

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 |

After a very busy year tying the knot to my wonderful partner, travelling to some beautiful places and celebrating several of our friends getting married, it’s finally time to close the door on 2022. It’s been quite a year, with a flurry of weddings from some beautiful couples across South Wales, lots of new companies opening their doors and some getting back to normal post-pandemic. Seeing things open up again has been wonderful and I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings! If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that the November/December issue has always been my favourite, and I look forward to writing it every year. It’s packed full of inspiration, adorable products, seasonal weddings and the latest fashion trends. To celebrate the end of 2022, we’ve gone all out with a wintry feature that will help you create the perfect festive wedding, must-see photography pages and the latest on-trend dresses. If you’re dreaming of tying the knot in a fairytale venue, then we’ve got you covered on page 27 or if you’re looking for something in Monmouthshire or Brecon, head over to page 19. Remember, if you’ve tied the knot, you can submit your big day at or Here at Your South Wales Wedding, we’re planning to celebrate Christmas with our friends and family and welcome in the new year in style. Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a lovely time and take a well-deserved break! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Rhian and Adam celebrated their big day with a relaxed coastal theme at Trefloyne Manor. Let it snow 40 82 56 WIN a luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse. Want to plan a seasonal wedding but unsure where to start? We’ve put together a guide to help you create the ultimate celebration. Tie the knot in a fairytale venue. 27 (editing), and 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

The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Amy and Ieuan chose a rustic-theme for their wedding at Lakeside Venue. 35 Claire Ridley spent the summer in Santorini and Athens. 88 67 Beth Morton and her hubby visited The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield. 92 86 Fall in love with these trendsetting dresses. 47 Holly and Matt had an elegant celebration at Glewstone Court Country House. The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be. 84 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales AWARD-WINNING VENUE The Good Hotel Guide ( has revealed its annual list of César winners with Penally Abbey Hotel and Restaurant in Pembrokeshire taking home the award for the Best Hotel in Wales. This year, the winners included a former motorway service station on the M6, a Grade I listed townhouse where the in-room coffee maker can be found in a doll’s house, a revamped 11th-century Cotswold stone inn and a 1950s Scottish youth hostel that is now a stunning hotel. Penally Abbey Hotel and Restaurant is situated on the coast and is owned by Melanie Boissevain, who has created stylish, relaxing rooms filled with antiques, French market finds, blowsy wallpapers and Persian rugs. To find out more about the property, visit FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD The King Arthur Hotel in Swansea are finalists at The Welsh Restaurant Awards ( in the Hotel Restaurant of the Year category. Located in the heart of the Welsh countryside, this award-winning hotel is a hidden gem in the spectacular Gower peninsula. Family-run, it comprises of 18 en-suite bedrooms, an 18th-century Guinevere’s cottage and self-catering cottage apartments. 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. Head over to for more information. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Out Of The Box, a flower preservation artist based in Merthyr Tydfil, is celebrating one year of business and has also been nominated for an award at the Welsh National Wedding Awards. The owner, Kate Pugh, tells us: “I create timeless resin keepsakes from your wedding bouquet that you can cherish forever. I worked with my first-ever wedding bouquet just over a year ago and I’m so grateful for all the love and support I’ve received in that time. It’s been overwhelming at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love working with your beautiful flowers as my full-time job. Thank you all so much! I have a lot more to achieve and I can’t wait for the next year to grow bigger and better.” Visit for more information. LOCAL NEWS 11

ECO-FRIENDLY EXPANSION Bluestone National Park Resort is situated in 500 acres of rolling countryside in the heart of Pembrokeshire. The first sustainable timber frame for 80 new lodges recently arrived at the resort as part of a £23 million expansion. The park comprises of 344 cabin-style woodland lodges, colourful cottages and studio apartments built around a traditionally-designed village featuring shops, a pub, six restaurants and an award-winning exclusive holistic spa. All of the accommodation and the picturesque village lie within the boundaries of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with more than 50 beaches within an hour’s drive. Marten Lewis, the head of sustainability at Bluestone National Park Resort, tells us: “We know there’s a growing demand for a sustainable luxury tourism product in Wales and we’re confident that we can meet the need for an ecologically-sound product in natural surroundings. Sustainability is a key aspect across all of the design decisions. Along with the promotion of health and wellbeing, sustainability has always been an integral part of Bluestone’s business operations and will continue to be as we move forward.” The new lodges will have their own private entrances with virtual check-in and luxurious facilities. Couples can now book the new lodges ready for the official opening in the summer of 2023. For more information, go to TREND SETTER The Bridal Boutique Narberth has been nominated for Best Bridal Boutique and Business Woman of the Year at the Best of Welsh Wedding Awards ( Denise Clewes says: “We are a family-run business that stocks and adjusts a wide range of wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ outfits and more. Our line-up includes fantastic options from well-known designers such as Ronald Joyce, Sophia Tolli, Morilee and True Bride. Our team can spend time with you and your bridal group picking the right dress, and our talented seamstresses will ensure it fits perfectly. No detail is too much, and our team is here to help ensure your gown is exactly how you want it. “Thanks to our lovely couples, I’m one of the finalists at the Best of Welsh Wedding Awards, which I can’t believe. This is all down to your votes, so thanks so much!” For more info, check out FLORAL WONDERS Encapsulated Memories in Llanharan is offering new personalised heart frames. These flower preservation frames come in two different sizes and can be customised with names and dates or surnames. The owner, Emma Cross, tells us more: “Encapsulated Memories started because I wanted to learn how to preserve my own bouquet from my wedding. My heart and soul go into every order and I feel so honoured to be able to preserve such precious, memorable handmade pieces.” Emma offers a wide range of designs, including hearts, spheres, blocks, arches and hexagons, letters, coasters, tea light holders, teddy bears and frames. Find out more at THE PERFECT GETAWAY Outdoor accommodation specialist have gone through more than 142,000 reviews and discovered that Wales is the most popular camping destination in the UK. Perfect as a family-moon or break for nature lovers, camping is a great way to see some of the region’s best spots. Dan Yates, the founder of, said: “People looking for an autumn getaway that won’t break the bank should definitely have a look at the accommodation on offer in Wales and our other top regions, which offers incredibly good value for money. As the reviews all come from past guests, couples can be reassured that these are genuine rankings and authentic feedback, based on real experience. Grass tent pitches can be as little as £10 per night, and as the weather gets colder, there’s a host of other affordable alternatives such as shepherd’s huts, lodges, camping pods and cabins.” Discover more at 12

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY WITH DINNER! Nested in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales, the Celtic Manor Resort is an ideal destination for couples to relax in a wonderfully peaceful setting. Along with one night of accommodation at the five-star Resort Hotel, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win an incredible dining experience, before waking up to enjoy a full Welsh breakfast. Whether couples are after a luxury escape or a boutique break, there is something to delight everyone at the Celtic Manor Resort, with accommodation including the Resort Hotel, the historic 19th-century Manor House, Coldra Court, the Newbridge on Usk country inn and 10 luxurious Hunter Lodges. There is also a host of world-class facilities available, including three championship golf courses, two exceptional spas, and activities such as tennis courts, fishing, adventure golf and a treetop high ropes course. When it comes to dining, guests can choose from seven restaurants, with highlights including the award-winning signature restaurant, Steak on Six, with its spectacular views overlooking Coldra Woods, and PAD, delivering contemporary dishes bursting with authentic Asian flavours. Voted the UK’s Best Hotel at the Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards, the Celtic Manor Resort is also licensed to hold civil ceremonies, with an array of beautiful wedding venues and packages catering to all tastes. Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding readers, the Celtic Manor Resort is offering a one-night stay for two people with dinner included. Enter this fab competition via our website. Terms and conditions apply. The competition closes on 31st December. To find out more, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

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MONMOUTHSHIRE, BRECON AND AROUND Spotlight on... CAER LLAN, NP25 4JS 01600 860 359 | Situated in more than 25 acres of countryside, Caer Llan is a familyrun venue with impressive mountain views. This 18th-century property has an outdoor swimming pool, an original Victorian greenhouse and 16 en-suite bedrooms exclusively for wedding guests. Inside are large Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, Welsh slate floors, oak fireplaces, neutral colours and recycled-oak picture frames. Celebrate in style The Main Function Room has large bi-folding doors that open to reveal picturesque views of the surrounding area. Al fresco celebrations take place in the gazebo, which can accommodate 80 loved ones for the service and 120 for the evening celebration. The stretch tent and veranda is a charming area where guests can dine outdoors protected from showers or the sun. We love... Lovebirds will have exclusive use of the property throughout the day, including the on-site bedrooms. LLANCAIACH FAWR MANOR, CF46 6ER 01443 412 248 | The Grade I listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a one of the finest surviving fortified Tudor manor houses in the country. Situated in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, this 16th-century property has been restored to how it would have looked during the royal visit of King Charles I in 1645. Celebrate in style The Parlour is used for intimate celebrations and provides the perfect setting for a candlelit ceremony with up to 30 guests, or the Great Hall can be used for up to 50 people. Alternatively, the light and modern Conservatory offers panoramic views across the countryside and is available for 70 friends and family. Perfectly combining modern and traditional décor, the Mansell Hall is a beautiful space with room for 120 nearest and dearest. Large receptions take place in the marquee. Situated on a tree-lined meadow, the formal gardens are ideal for a canapés reception and taking photographs with up to 120 loved ones. We love... The manor house is only 15 minutes from Brecon Beacons National Park and is close to the pre-historic landscape of Gelligaer Common, a place of significant historical importance. 19 LOCAL VENUES

TALL JOHN’S WEDDINGS, LD3 7PX 01239 821 143 | Situated within acres of exquisite grounds with mature trees and breathtaking views across the valley, Tall John’s Weddings is a charming wedding venue in Brecon. The gardens at Tall John’s House are the brainchild of Willow Cracroft, who transformed it from an overgrown and neglected space into an amazing garden with features such as a rill, rose arbour, silver birch circle and 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 split level Granary, with its canopied beams and light-stone floor, can accommodate 80 guests 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 loved ones. Those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors can tie the knot anywhere in the gardens or underneath 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 happy couple will be able to spend the wedding night in The Coachmans. The house is also available for up to 27 guests on a staffed basis, with breakfast included. ST PIERRE MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB, NP16 6YA 01291 625 261 | St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club is a four-star venue that’s easily accessible from Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and Bath. Nestled within 400 acres of picturesque parkland in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley, this 14th-century manor is accessible via a grand tree-lined driveway and offers a range of leisure facilities, perfect for pre-wedding celebrations, including a spa, treatment rooms, fitness classes and a swimming pool. Celebrate in style There are several areas available for weddings, including The St Pierre Suite, which boasts a foyer, bar, ornate ceiling, a chandelier, impressive views of the surrounding golf course and space for 200 guests. The idyllic 11th-century St Peter Church is available for couples wanting a religious ceremony. Intimate celebrations take place in St Davids. Boasting a private patio overlooking the croquet lawn, it’s capable of holding 40 nearest and dearest throughout the day. We love... The venue’s grounds and two championship golf courses create wonderful photograph opportunities. 20

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.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR 2023 £3699* All-inclusive package (50 day guests/80 evening guests) Room hire for civil ceremony with red carpet Prosecco or bo�les of lager with canapes 4 course wedding breakfast with a glass of wine Bubbly for toast Cake stand and knife Crisp white table linen and napkins White chair covers with a coloured sash Evening buffet plus DJ Seaview room for the happy couple Dedicated wedding co-ordinator Menu tas�ng for two 1st Anniversary dinner and accommoda�on 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

GLEN-YR-AFON, NP15 1SY 01291 672 302 | Surrounded by acres of countryside and picturesque gardens is the grand Glen-Yr-Afon. Opening in 1974, the award-winning hotel is home to 28 modern bedrooms and is just a short walk away from the town of Usk, which is full of boutique shops and restaurants. Celebrate in style Couples can tie the knot in the Ballroom, an elegant space, with large bay windows and room for 150 loved ones throughout the day. The Library, with its conical ceiling and striking interior, can hold 30 friends and family for the vows and 20 for the reception. The Dining Room can be used for up to 45 nearest and dearest for the vows and 35 for the meal. Weather depending, lovebirds can get married in the venue’s grounds. We love... The four-star Victorian villa has a neutral décor throughout, which can be personalised to suit any theme or colour scheme. CEFN TILLA COURT, NP15 1DG 01291 672 595 | Dating back to the 17th century, Cefn Tilla Court is a grand wedding venue nestled within 120 acres of countryside and was once home to Lord Raglan, the youngest son of the Duke of Beaufort. Celebrate in style Ceremonies take place in the pagoda, next to the oriental lily pond, with up to 170 friends and family. Alternatively, the historic Great Hall can be used. Located at the front of the house, the windows overlook the lawns and lily pond, letting in plenty of natural light and the wood panelling and carved family crest exude a sense of history and charm. The room has space for 90 guests for the service and 40 for the reception. Larger celebrations are held in the Courtyard Marquee, with room for 150 loved ones throughout the day and 200 in the evening. The marquee is a blank canvas that can be tailored to suit any theme or colour scheme, ideal for those wanting to personalise their day. We love... There is a range of accommodation to choose from, including shepherd’s huts, stables, a coach house and a beautifully-decorated apartment. The stunning boudoir suite boasts a luxurious interior and is available for couples to use on the night of the wedding. 23 LOCAL 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 Winter Fairytale Awaits A Grade I listed 17th Century Castle exclusively yours† for the day. Photo:  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

Our dedicated wedding co-ordinator, along with our professional team, will grant your every wish on your special day from the moment you step onto the red carpet. It’s your day and we want you to remember it forever! • FREE bedroom for the wedding couple • FREE first anniversary dinner at the Vale Resort Grill restaurant for the wedding couple • FREE Vale Health & Racquets Club Membership for the happy couple+ • Choose either a FREE round of golf with three friends^ or 20% OFF in the Vale Resort Spa+ for the happy couple Photo: 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 winter 2023/24 weddings, minimum guests 80 day & 80 evening, excludes Saturdays in Nov, Jan & Feb. ^Handicap certificate required. +One month prior to wedding. YSWW.10.22 SAVE £1500* OFF VENUE HIRE FOR WINTER WEDDINGS 2023/24

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 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

celebration Tie the knot in a fairytale venue CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE, SA9 1GL 01639 731 167 | Craig Y Nos Castle is a fairytale castle located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Boasting 36 en suite bedrooms, an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus, a private lounge and a hot tub, the property is surrounded by breathtaking grounds with plenty of places for guests to explore and take photographs. Once home to Adelina Patti, the world-famous opera singer, Craig Y Nos Castle has a long and interesting history with a stunning décor throughout. Celebrate in style Couples looking to tie the knot in a grand setting will love The Theatre. It’s one of only eight Grade I listed opera houses in the UK and boasts a 125-year-old curtain depicting Madame Patti on a chariot in Rossini’s last Italian opera. What’s more, the walls are decorated with the names of Patti’s favourite composers and there is room for 120 guests. Once the ceremony has taken place, couples can choose from several reception areas, including the Conservatory, which has room for 130 loved ones, and the Music and Billard Room which can accommodate 120 friends and family. Alternatively, The Patti Bar and Nicolini Lounge are located in the centre of the castle and are available for nearest and dearest to use throughout the night. We love... W-day couples and their friends and family can organise a tour of the castle to find out more about its rich history. A DREAMY 27 FAIRYTALE SETTINGS

HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Hensol Castle is a grand wedding venue that has been sympathetically renovated and boasts a modern décor with arched windows, oak panelling and sweeping staircases. Nestled within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside, the 17th-century castle and 15-acre lake make a wow-factor backdrop for photographs. After the celebrations, guests can retire to one of the new luxury bedrooms, each with bespoke features fit for royalty, like roll-top baths and four-poster beds. Celebrate in style The Oak Room is a resplendent space that’s available for ceremonies with impressive views of the nearby lake. Those looking for an al fresco service will love the romantic bandstand, which offers breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside and castle. Receptions are held in the purpose-built Courtyard Hall, which has a luxurious d cor throughout and space for 150 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. We love... Hensol Castle’s award-winning gin is available in miniature form; perfect as a wedding favour for guests. Distilled in the cellars at Hensol Castle Distillery, couples can choose between having the miniatures personalised or sticking to the Hensol Castle branded bottles. PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland, Pencoed House Estate is a beautiful wedding venue full of charm. Dating back to 979AD, it was once home to ministers of the church, the King of Glamorgan and King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Celebrate in style Made from original stone walls, the stately Old Hall has 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 weddings are available for up to 40 loved ones. We love... The happy couple will receive a complimentary wine tasting session, the help of a wedding coordinator, carefully-selected caterers and staff to manage guest parking. 28

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The romantic charm of the award-winning familyrun 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 breathtaking 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

WOLFSCASTLE COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA, SA62 5LZ 01437 741 225 | Nestled in the village of Wolfscastle, Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is an award-winning family-run property with 20 en-suite bedrooms, a two AA rosette restaurant, a contemporary brasserie and a boutique spa. This charming Victorian vicarage offers impressive views of the surrounding woodland landscape and the awe-inspiring Treffgarne rocks. Celebrate in style The Garden Room is a bright and airy space with high ceilings, large bi-folding doors that open up to the rear garden and room for 120 guests. Large celebrations are held in the Sealyham Suite, a spacious area that can be dressed to fit any specification with colour-changing lighting and space 180 friends and family for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the reception. We love... When three or more people book a spa package, the bride-to-be goes free. GILESTON MANOR, CF62 4HX 07794 611 105 | Tucked away off the beaten track is five-star wedding venue, Gileston Manor Estate. 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 and numerous 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... Gileston Manor has seven 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, luxury cottages and suites, providing accommodation for 40 people in total. 31 FAIRYTALE SETTINGS

You’ve found the one and now it’s time to say 'I do' to your dream venue.... Just a stones throw from the historic Penarth pier sits a magnificent cliff top hotel dating back to 1926. Without losing any of the character and charm of the original private residence, the current owners were able to take full advantage of the breathtaking channel views with the addition of an impressive extension flooded with natural light. Exclusively yours for 90 guests for ceremony and wedding breakfast and 120 guests for evening celebrations, whilst 12 luxury bedrooms and suites provide accommodation for your nearest and dearest. There's no Place like Holm

a Venue for all Seasons... Whether you are planning a summer soiree with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn and welcome drinks from the garden bar sat around the sunken firepits or a timeless winter wedding where the original log fires and lavish Christmas decorations take centre stage, Holm House will be sure to impress whatever the season. a Venue’s not Created by Stone, but by People What really sets Holm House apart as the perfect wedding venue is the dedicated warmth of service from our professional and personable team. From your first show around to the big day itself, your dedicated event manager will guide you every step of the way whilst our awardwinning team of Chef’s will dazzle your guests with a delicious menu using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Arrange your tour today at Images courtesy of Raymond Lin Photography and Kelsie Hale Photography | | 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

classic Amy and Ieuan tied the knot at Lakeside Venue, which they styled with a rustic theme Images courtesy of Bright Sight Photography Amy and Ieuan met through mutual friends when they were 18. “I didn’t like Ieuan at first, but he was persistent and really wooed me,” says Amy. “He turned out to be romantic and we’ve been inseparable ever since.” Ieuan proposed in 2020 during one of the many lockdowns. “It was the first day I went back to work after being furloughed for a few months,” shares the bride. “When I returned home and opened the door, our favourite song was playing, balloons were covering the ceiling, there was a flower petal trail through the house and candles everywhere. It was so personal and romantic.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... ELEGANCE 35 REAL WEDDINGS

I always wanted a rustic outdoor feel to our day and knew I needed a space big enough to accommodate all of our guests. When we visited Lakeside Venue, we knew it was perfect. Louise, the owner and coordinator, was a dream to work with and gave us a really personal experience. Our table plan was quirky and different. It was two slim doors that we painted ivory and added gold decal stickers. Within the panels, we screwed little hooks and hung vintage keys that had the guests’ name tags attached. The tags were made by the very talented Nikki from Nikki Swift Designs. She designed and made all of our wedding stationery. It was also a real conversation starter and everyone took their keys home. It was a lovely touch and worth the extra time. It was also a nice thing for us to do together in the lead-up to the wedding. For the centrepieces, we decorated large gold hoops with fairylights and fresh flowers. We assembled and wrapped these in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but a bridesmaid and I finished them the night before. She even stayed up past midnight, whilst I was sleeping, to take them to the venue so they were as fresh as possible. I love flowers and knew exactly what I wanted the day I got engaged. My sister-in-law and I made all the bouquets, buttonholes and top table flowers. I purchased all the blooms from Whittingtons in Cardiff a few days before and stored them in the bath at home until we left for the venue the day before. We wanted our guests to feel special and have sentimental takeaways from our day, so we created favour boxes. These included a personalised candle, a scratch card, chocolate, a small bottle of alcohol, a bag of personalised M&Ms and a mini jar of Nutella with our names and wedding date on. We opted for a four-tiered cake made by Becky from Orla’s Cake Boutique. It was an elegant design with pearlescent ivory buttercream with both real and hand-painted florals trailing down the sides. 36

The bridesmaids opted for multi-way pink dresses from Infinity Dress. They all wore the top half in different ways to suit their body shapes and looked stunning. To ensure our guests were having a good time, we had a saxophonist play during the cocktail hour and a bouncy castle from JM Entertainment. We also hired a photo booth from South Wales Party Booths and organised a firework display with Pendragon Fireworks & Pyrotechnics, which was the highlight of our day. My gown was from Eleganza Sposa and it was an ivory-laced design with a long train, blush undergown and custom-made off-the-shoulder straps. I accessorised with a chapel-length veil in the same colour and lace. It was very grand and elegant and was my dream dress. My parents organised a vintage convertible from VW Weddings Wales to transport my dad and I to the venue. We also organised a Range Rover to transport the groomsmen and bridal party. Ieuan wore a tailored three-piece grey-checked suit with a white shirt and brown brogues. The groomsmen and father-of-the-bride wore the same but with a plain pattern. 37 REAL WEDDINGS

AMY AND IEUAN’S CONTACTS Venue, Lakeside Venue, | Photographer and videographer, Bright Sight Photography, | Bride’s dress, Eleganza Sposa, | Bride’s earrings, Carat* London, | Dress alterations, Belle Mariee Bridal, | Groom’s suit, Eden Menswear, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Infinity Dress | Hair stylist, Ohana Hair & Beauty, | Make-up artist, Zoe Trigwell Makeup, | Cake, Orla’s Cake Boutique, | Flowers, Whittingtons, | Stationery, Nikki Swift Designs, | Welcome sign, Rose Signage Co., | Transport, VWWeddings Wales, | Ceremony hoop, All Lights On You, | Personalised neon bar sign, Light Up and Glow Neon, | Celebrant, DMG Ceremonies, | Fireworks, Pendragon Fireworks & Pyrotechnics, | Photo booth, South Wales Party Booths, | Bouncy castle, JM Entertainment, | Waffle and crêpes van, Bocs Pwdin, We were nervous and excited on the morning of the wedding. I felt calm until I was due to leave for the venue and was then full of emotion. Ieuan was excited, a little nervous and he cried when he saw me walking down the aisle. The ceremony was just stunning and an absolute dream. All of our guests were amazing and helped us celebrate the most perfect day. The speeches were incredible and all so personal. One of the best men switched our rings with Haribo rings, so when he opened the ring box during the ceremony, it was a hilarious surprise. 38

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

By the seaside Rhian and Adam opted for a coastal theme with celestial accents for their wedding day at St Mary’s Church and Trefloyne Manor Images courtesy of Frankee Victoria Photography (editing), Leesha Williams Photography and Geraint Roberts Photography 40

Rhian and Adam met at university in 2008. “We lived in the same flat during our first year,” says Rhian. “After we moved out, we stayed friends and in our third year we started spending more time together. Before we knew it, we were inseparable, staying up all night watching films and eating takeaway. We knew from the start that we had something really special and after 11 years together, every day is still just as amazing as when we first started seeing each other. We always say we are like two puzzle pieces that fit together, as we love so many of the same things, but differ in ways that bring out the best in each other.” In an incredibly romantic gesture, Adam flew across the world to propose to Rhian. “I was on a family holiday in the Dominican Republic and he took a gamble by not telling anyone he was coming,” shares the bride. “He arrived at our hotel on the same day as us, managed to lay low for a day-and-a-half and in that time, brought my brother in on his plan to propose. On the second night of our holiday, Adam appeared on my balcony. I had been in my parent’s room with my brother, when I was asked to go back to mine to get the key we had ‘forgotten’. When I went back, I was met by rose petals leading me from the door to the balcony and there was Adam waiting for me on one knee. That was the biggest surprise of my life. It meant the world to me that he had gone so out of his way to not only surprise me, but to have my family be a part of it too.” SETTING THE SCENE “Having grown up in Tenby, it holds such a special place in my heart and Adam and I have lots of special memories there,” explains Rhian. “When we started planning our wedding, we considered other areas but kept coming back to Tenby. Once we settled on it, we knew there was only one place that we could tie the knot and that was St Mary’s Church, as it was a big part of my life growing up. When it came to looking for a reception venue, we wanted somewhere close by, with amazing food and a beautiful reception room. We also wanted enough accommodation for our bridal party to stay with us and we had some quite specific ideas of things we wanted to incorporate into our day, so flexibility was really important too. Trefloyne Manor gave us everything we wanted and more.” The couple asked Bee Davies Illustration to hand-paint their table plan. “Adam and I absolutely love all things celestial, so we named our tables after star constellations,” adds the bride. “We wanted to give people a little piece of Tenby to take away with them, so our place names were pebbles, handpicked from Tenby Beach. Bee Davies Illustration also hand-painted our welcome sign and order-of-service. She painted four quotes for us, which were taken from poems and raps Adam and I have written for each other over the years and we dotted them around the reception venue. We have since used these to decorate our home and remind us of our wedding day. “For our centrepieces, we chose beautiful individual flowers arranged by Forbesfield with pink and blue candles from Gifts on the Green,” continues Rhian. “We picked a relaxed coastal-style for our flowers, with lots of texture and light blue and pink accents. The bridesmaids’ posies were smaller versions of my bouquet and each was finished with Lancaster and Cornish silk ribbon. My mum and dad gifted me a charm the night before our wedding, which my bridesmaids attached to my bouquet whilst we were getting ready. We had a beautiful arch outside of the church, which was entirely out of budget but absolutely worth it! Our confetti was blue and white, but if you look closely, you will see dried red rose petals all the way from our engagement in the Dominican Republic. Following the wedding, we decided to have the bridal bouquet and Adam’s buttonhole pressed into a frame, that is one of our favourite keepsakes that we get to look at every day.” 41 REAL WEDDINGS