Your South Wales Wedding - January/Feburary 2023 (Issue 89)

£3.55 JAN/FEB 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Tie the knot surrounded by breathtaking countryside Escape to the country WIN! A fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle FLY AWAY WITH ME Beautiful honeymoon destinations Hold me close Fabulous real weddings and styled shoots Sustainable fashion Eco-friendly dresses HANDMADE WITH LOVE Add a personal touch to your wedding day


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 61 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 On the cover... This issue's cover has been sponsored by Marriott St Pierre Hotel & Country Club (, a historic 14 th -century manor home in Chepstow. It was captured by Andrew Miller Photography ( at the wedding of Callum and Robyn. VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON CARDIFF & AROUND Discover some of the best venues in the area 27 NOT-SO SECRET GARDENS These country havens are perfect for tying the knot 27 FEATURES 53 HANDMADE WITH LOVE Add a personal touch to your big day with locally-made products 65 THE WONDERS OF NATURE A team of talented suppliers worked together to create two different wedding looks 75 THE BRIDE TRIBE The latest trends for the wedding party 65 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 81 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green as they promote their latest collections created using eco-friendly fabrics 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 88 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 40 81 REAL WEDDINGS 35 ELEGANT ROMANCE Mia and Callan opted for a classy-themed celebration at Cardiff Castle and The Dead Canary 40 IT WAS ALWAYS YOU Heidi and Lloyd chose a white and gold colour palette for their fairytale celebration at Hensol Castle 47 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE Adrien and Matthew tied the knot at Fairyhill with a rose gold and blush pink colour scheme GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 90 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Check out the newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 96 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants 92 47 35 4

Fall in Love with Caer Llan 01600 860 359 Photo courtesy of Caer Llan is a beautiful old family home set in the heart of Monmouthshire on a secluded hillside in 25 acres of garden, field and woodland.The house enjoys absolutely incredible views over the Vale of Usk towards the distant Welsh mountains. We offer you exclusive use of the house and grounds for an intimate celebration with friends and family.The stunning location provides indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, all framed by a sensational backdrop for your wedding photographer to capture those special moments in all their glory. “If you want an intimate, classy and private wedding, we can’t recommend Caer Llan enough.” Five star reviews on Google and Trip Advisor. Ceremony and reception capacity 80 | Evening 120 | Accommodation for 50, across 16 rooms

After a busy festive break celebrating with friends and family, it’s finally time to say hello to 2023. I hope you all had a lovely time and for those of you who received a ring underneath the Christmas tree – congratulations! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we know that many more of you will be getting engaged soon and we can’t wait to help you plan your special day. In every issue, we focus on the latest trends, get advice from local experts, see must-have bridal fashion and showcase exciting news from across South Wales. If you’re unsure where to start planning, I found the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that you’d like to include in your day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery, write it all down. Now don’t panic if the list is a couple of pages long, not everything needs to be done right away and you can always change your mind. The list is there so you can see what items are important to you and to help you focus on one thing at a time. For some couples, the photographer may be the most essential supplier and for others, it may be the entertainment, however you envision your day is absolutely fine, just make sure you focus on what’s meaningful to you. Once you have your list, you can begin planning. Always start with your venue, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Once you have that set in stone, you can begin researching and booking the rest of your suppliers. If you’re looking for finishing touches, ideas for dressing the bridal party or venues in Cardiff, then you’re in luck, as this issue is full of inspiration. If you’d like to have your wedding or a shoot featured, you can submit it at or Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress or a fairytale-inspired ballgown. Ring-a-ding-ding 69 97 90 WINa fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland. With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products. These beautiful country havens are perfect for tying the knot. 27 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator 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

Heidi and Lloyd chose a white and gold colour palette for their fairytale celebration at Hensol Castle. Mia and Callan had a classy-themed celebration at Cardiff Castle and The Dead Canary. 35 The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 92 75 Catch up on the latest wedding news from across South Wales. 11 40 Discover the latest trends for the wedding party. 65 A team of talented suppliers worked together to create two different wedding looks. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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W in F Enquiries please call 07958 050171 or email 08 Jan 2023 (11am - 3pm) Stadium (Previously Liberty Stadium) Landore, SA1 2FA 15 Jan 2023 (12pm - 4pm) Craig Y Nos Castle Brecon Road, Pen-y-cae, Swansea, SA9 1GL 22 Jan 2023 (11am - 3pm) Celtic Manor Resort, Chairman’s Marquee Chepstow Road, Caerleon, NP18 1HQ 22 Jan 2023 (11am - 3pm) Towers Hotel & Spa Jersey Marine, Swansea, SA10 6JL 29 Jan 2023 (11am - 3pm) The Orangery at Margam Park Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ 05 Feb 2023 (11am - 3pm) Village Hotel, CardiŽ Coryton, Cardi‹, CF14 7EF 12 Feb 2023 (11am - 3pm) Park Y Scarlets Pemberton Park, Llanelli, SA14 9UZ 12 Feb 2023 (11am - 3pm) Greenmeadow Golf & Country Club Croesyceillog, Cwmbran, NP44 2BZ 26 Mar 2023 (11am - 3pm) Stadium (Previously Liberty Stadium) Landore, SA1 2FA SPRING DATES 2023 FREE ENTRY & GOODY BAG! 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

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales A NEW LOOK Tall John’s House in Brecon is undergoing a refurbishment. “It has become increasingly obvious to us that one of the great attractions of Tall John’s Weddings is that we have on-site accommodation for up to 25 people across the Manor House, Stables and Saddlers,” says owner Liza Watson. “This is in addition to our two self-catering cottages, which are included in the wedding package and sleep 10 in total. Bearing this in mind, we are in the process of a big refurbishment of the reception areas of the Manor House. We have moved our snooker table into a newly-formed Games Room which is adjoining our Granary. This makes the room dual purpose as we have a top for the table, and it magically turns into a serving area for drinks and canapés. We have made our smallest sitting-room into an informal bar area and have extended our drawing-room through the secret bookcase into the lounge area where the snooker table used to be. “Of course our bedrooms are of great importance, so we have installed tea trays with coffee, teas, chocolate and milk so everyone can enjoy a cup of tea in bed,” adds Liza. “We are also committed to being as green as we can, so we use toilet paper and tissues which is produced sustainably and also resource soaps that are environmentally friendly and made locally.” Find out more at PLANNED TO PERFECTION Venue Wales is hosting a wedding showcase on 26th February 2023. This is the perfect time to meet local companies, chat with wedding coordinators and find inspiration for your special day. The showcase is taking place at The Lloyd Thomas Centre. This large, picturesque venue is situated in the middle of Lampeter town, nestled in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains of Ceredigion. Known for hosting prestigious annual events from conferences to the local Eisteddfodau, the venue has experienced, friendly staff on hand to offer you excellent service and planning throughout your wedding journey. Check out for more information. MUSIC TO MY EARS Hannah Williams Harpist, a professional harpist in the Vale of Glamorgan, has appeared on ITVBe’s The Singles Table. The show featured a colourful wedding held at Lakeside Venue in Bridgend where Hannah performed during the ceremony and wedding breakfast. “It was a really interesting wedding,” adds Hannah. “The couple had a legal ceremony followed by a church blessing and a traditional Nigerian ceremony. I was really excited to be a part of their special day.” Hannah is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is an in-demand professional musician performing across the United Kingdom. Hannah can perform at weddings, and corporate and charity events, and adds a special touch to each of these occasions with her professional experience, repertoire and classical training. Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 11

HISTORY IN THE MAKING Pencoed House Estate in Cardiff has been awarded Best Wedding Venue in East Wales at The Welsh National Wedding Awards 2022 ( 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. The team at Pencoed House Estate added: “A huge thank you to every person that voted for us, we are over the moon and so grateful.” To find out more, visit READY, SET, PLAN! If you’ve recently got engaged and have just started wedding planning, come along to the first wedding showcase of 2023 at Bryngarw House in Bridgend. Once a 15th-century farmhouse, this idyllic 113 acre property has retained its historic charm through its transformation into a grand and elegant venue, where exceptional quality and stylish sophistication is guaranteed. On Sunday 26th February, the venue will be dressed to impress, and couples can meet some fantastic, recommended suppliers. The wedding team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the venue and available packages. Open from 11am, come and experience the magic for yourself, with no appointment or pre-booking necessary. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the team at or visit CONGRATULATIONS Craig Y Nos Castle, a fairytale venue located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, has won the My Wedding Hero award at The Welsh National Wedding Awards 2022. 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. “We won My Wedding Hero, and it means the world to us,” says the team at Craig Y Nos Castle. “We are still in shock and can’t thank our wonderful couples enough for taking the time to vote for us, we are so grateful! We adore what we do, and to win an award based on our customer service has meant everything to us. Congrats to all the winners and finalists. Wales has an amazing wedding community, which we are so proud to be a part of!” Discover more at DRESSED TO IMPRESS Baroque Boutique has won the Best Occasionwear Award in East Wales for the sixth time at The Welsh National Wedding Awards 2022. The boutique is run by mother and daughter team, Marion and Coryn, who specialises in designer wear, accessories, hats and shoes for the mother-of-the-bride and groom and outfits for wedding guests. Marion and Coryn tell us: “A big thank you to everyone who voted for us. The awards ceremony took place at Brangwyn Hall in Swansea. It was wonderful to be surrounded by the best wedding businesses in Wales. This is the first ceremony since 2019, and after a tough couple of years in the wedding industry, it is wonderful to be back! Many thanks to JR Events for hosting these awards. They really have a huge impact on small businesses, and we are truly grateful for all of your continued support. Thanks to our couples for giving us the opportunity to play a small part in your big day.” Visit for more information. 12

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 PROFESSIONAL AND VERSATILE WEDDING HARPIST There is nothing quite like the atmospheric elegance of live harp music on your special day, Hannah creates the perfect ambience with her extensive repertoire and is able to add a personal touch by taking your music requests. Multiple packages are available to choose from whether you would like her to play for the Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Wedding Breakfast or a combination of all three her music can cater for all parts of your wedding day. WWW.HANNAHWI LL I AMSHARP I ST.COM t: 07715 405923 e: hannahwilliamsharpist 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

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THEVALE RESORT Far from your average luxury hotel, the Vale Resort is nestled within a 650-acre private estate in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan countryside. The resort’s world class facilities are the perfect surroundings for couples to getaway and relax from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding readers, the Vale Resort is offering a one-night stay for two people with dinner and breakfast included. Before you rest your head in one of the four-star, comfortable bedrooms, you will dine in the modern restaurant and enjoy deliciously fresh food, made from locally-supplied ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The following morning you will wake up to a delectable breakfast prepared by dedicated, expert chefs. Not only are there beautiful bedrooms, modern dining areas and heavenly food to enjoy, but the Vale Resort is also home to the award-winning Resort Spa. With five bespoke relaxation rooms, quality treatments, a spa boutique and a 20m swimming pool, guests are sure to leave the resort feeling like their best self. Enter this exclusive competition via our website. Terms and conditions apply. The competition closes on 28th February 2023. To find out more, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

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

It's the day you've been dreaming of. Make every moment unforgettable with bespoke wedding packages to design your day, coupled with our inspirational wedding Wish List to wow your guests. Nestled within 400 acres of rolling countryside, our majestic manor house setting is the picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. From an intimate celebration of 20 to a lavish celebration of 200, our compassionate Wedding Expert is on hand to ensure one of the biggest days of your life is planned to perfection. A magical venue to bring your dreams to life • 11th Century church nestled within the grounds • Set in 400 acres of stunning parkland with a lake • Historical property which was once a manor house • Our wedding party space St Pierre Suite features a dazzling chandelier and overlooks the grand estate • Tailored wedding packages & bespoke wedding menus • Beautiful honeymoon suite overlooking the lake • From 20 to 220 guests, perfect for your small wedding or lavish celebration • Dedicated Memory Maker to make bringing your vision to life effortless DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT ST PIERRE St Pierre Park, Chepstow NP16 6YA | 01291 635242 Contact us to find out about our Late Availability Package, special offers and how we can make your wedding dreams come true. At Delta Hotels by Marriott St Pierre we don't just host events... ... we make memories. WEDDING SHOWCASE Sunday 12th March 2023

CARDIFF AND THE SURROUNDING AREA Spotlight on... HOLM HOUSE HOTEL, CF64 3BG 02920 706 029 Built in 1926 by JS Neale, Holm House Hotel is a perfect example of ornate early 19th-century architecture fused with modern touches. Just a stone’s throw from Penarth’s restored Art Deco pier, the property offers expansive views over the Bristol Channel and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. This luxury four-star boutique hotel has a 1AA Rosette restaurant, an award-winning spa, a private garden and a stylish purpose-built outdoor bar, which is perfect for drinks in the sun and evening parties. Celebrate in style Holm House Hotel caters to ceremonies of all sizes, with the most intimate space seating 12 friends and family. The lounge, with its homely feel and stunning feature fireplace, sets the scene for a romantic service and is ideal for up to 40 guests. For ceremonies of 85 nearest and dearest, the restaurant, with spectacular views of the flourishing gardens and romantic seaside, creates the perfect backdrop for the couple to say ‘I do’. We love... Couples who tie the knot at Holm House Hotel 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. 19 CARDIFF AND NEARBY VENUES

VALE RESORT, CF72 8JY 01443 665 803 | The Vale Resort is home to 143 on-site bedrooms, two championship golf courses, an award-winning restaurant, sports facilities and Wales’ largest spa. Located within 650 acres of countryside, the hotel boasts landscaped gardens, sweeping staircases, classic terraces and a light, contemporary interior with large windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding grounds. Celebrate in style There are nine deluxe suites available for weddings. The Castle Suite is ideal for large celebrations, with high ceilings, grand windows, a private bar 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 spiral 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 and airy setting, pillars feature throughout and doors open out onto the terrace, overlooking the golf course, to create room 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 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. HERITAGE PARK HOTEL, CF37 2NP 01443 687 057 | Heritage Park Hotel is a historic wedding venue perfect for grand celebrations. Effortlessly combining a contemporary décor with heaps of character, the property boasts a garden area for eating and drinking, which is surrounded by greenery, outdoor heaters and speakers. Celebrate in style Ceremonies at The Heritage Park Hotel take place in the Rhondda Suite, which has a capacity for 160 loved ones. The room is large and airy and features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden cladding and an elegant décor. The Rhondda Suite leads into the Rhondda Conservatory, which holds 70 guests. We love... Couples will receive a free menu tasting while planning their big day and luxury accommodation on the night of the wedding. 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

To book an appointment, discuss your plans and discover how we may help, please get in touch or come to our Wedding Fayre on 5 February 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 5 Chwefror from 11am-4pm Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE 01792 635432 /

ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA, CF10 3ER | 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 an historic open-air courtyard. While, the contemporary glass-walled entrance hall, 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 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 space for up to 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 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama offers a Hire a Performer Scheme where the staff will help couples find the perfect musicians for their evening entertainment. PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Dating back to 979AD, Pencoed House Estate is a beautiful wedding venue surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland, with plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs. The property has a rich history and 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. Couples who want to tie the knot in the venue’s glorious gardens can do so with up to 40 friends and family. We love... Pencoed House Estate offers couples a complimentary wine-tasting session, the help of a wedding coordinator, carefully selected caterers and staff to manage guest parking. 23 CARDIFF AND NEARBY 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 Castle 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 WEDDING FAYRE SUNDAY 15TH JANUARY 11-4pm

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.12.22 SAVE £1500* OFF VENUE HIRE FOR WINTER WEDDINGS 2023/24 | | 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

secret gardens These beautiful country havens are perfect for tying the knot RHOSYGILWEN, SA43 2TW 01239 841 387 | Offering a choice of locations for ceremonies and a glorious setting for receptions, Rhosygilwen is a wonderful choice for Pembrokeshire weddings. Rhosygilwen has been a special place to get married at for more than 20 years and the staff take great pride in providing a special service for couples. There are plenty of standout features at Rhosygilwen, including the splendid driveway leading to Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall). With its oak beams on show and windows overlooking the glorious countryside, very little is required to decorate this space to suit the couple’s style and requirements. A full bar is available and the room can easily cater up to 200 guests for the ceremony, 150 for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening party. Celebrate in style There are two delightful indoor wedding locations for couples to choose from: Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall) and The Orangery. For a more intimate affair, The Orangery, with its chequerboard floor, lantern roof light and chandeliers, is ideal. For outside ceremonies the stunning Gothic Victorian mansion of Rhosygilwen itself is an unforgettable backdrop for the vows, not to mention the extensive gardens for capturing the perfect photographs to last a lifetime. What’s more there are four bedrooms available in the Courtyard Cottages for the most important guests and the team can help organise extra accommodation with high-quality providers in the region. We love... Rhosygilwen has partnered with an extensive range of industry professionals to help turn a couple’s dream day into reality. From caterers and florists to everything in between, the team are on hand every step of the way. NOT-SO 27 COUNTRY HAVENS

KING ARTHUR HOTEL, SA3 1AD 01792 390 775 | The family-run King Arthur Hotel is a hidden gem in the spectacular Gower peninsula. The award-winning property comprises of 18 en-suite bedrooms, a charming 18th-century cottage and luxury self-catering cottage apartments. Celebrate in style Rich in history, the King Arthur Hotel’s wedding venue, Avalon, 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 the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening celebration. We love... Weddings at the King Arthur Hotel have exclusive use of all the hotel rooms and the bridal suite is complimentary for the happy couple. NORTON HOUSE HOTEL, SA3 5TQ 01792 404 891 | Norton House Hotel is a Grade II listed independent country house, which has been thoroughly refurbished with weddings in mind. The 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. Guests will love the elegant windows, 17 individually designed bedrooms and impressive entrance. The private grounds, which include a secluded lawn, an original raised patio, and wide stone steps, are perfect for wedding photographs. Celebrate in style Couples can tie the knot in the Garden Room. Decorated in a neutral style, this stunning space offers a charming backdrop for any wedding, with period floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading out into the gardens. We love... Included within the inclusive package price is a room for the couple on their first anniversary and a menu tasting for four people. Norton House Hotel also offers flexible bespoke packages to ensure the newlyweds have the perfect day. 28 | KING ARTHUR HOTEL Reynoldston, Gower, South Wales Next wedding fayre: Sunday 5th March Award-Winning Country Wedding Venue *Photo credits: Michelle Huggleston Photography

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 Wedding Packages for 2023 Requires: Minimum 50 guests staying overnight, only 25 midweek, on a B&B basis @ £75 per head. ree Course Wedding Breakfast, Welcome Drinks, 2 glasses wine on table, sparkling wine for toasts, Evening Finger Bu et, White chair covers & bows in either ceremony room or banqueting room, Cake stand, napkins, table cloths, Gold or silver candelabra, banqueting room with ceiling fairy lights, all above Exclusive use of Castle Function rooms Opera house licensed for Wedding Ceremonies Conservatory for your Wedding Banquet with Candelabra for table decorations Ask about our Last Minute Weddings 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

HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Perfectly placed 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. New for 2022 are the luxury bedrooms, each with bespoke features such as roll-top baths and four-poster beds. Celebrate in style Ceremonies are held outdoors under the romantic bandstand, which offers impressive views of the Welsh countryside, or in the resplendent Oak Room. Receptions take place in the purpose-built Courtyard Hall, which has a luxurious décor throughout and space for 150 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. We love... Hensol Castle sells its award-winning gin in miniature form, which is perfect as a wedding favour for guests. It’s distilled in the cellars at Hensol Castle Distillery, and couples can choose between having the miniatures personalised or sticking to the Hensol Castle’s branded bottles. BRYNGARW HOUSE, CF32 8UU 01656 729 009 | Couples looking for a charming wedding venue will adore Bryngarw House. Easily accessible yet a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the property is just a few minutes from the M4 and sits within 113 acres of parkland. In the grounds is an ornamental bridge, an oriental-style tea house, and an exquisite display of trees and flowers, and inside are 18 en-suite bedrooms, a sweeping staircase and dressing rooms for the wedding party 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 guests for the ceremony. 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 loved ones. We love... Bryngarw House provides wedding couples with a menu-tasting evening in the run-up to the wedding and use of the honeymoon suite. 31 COUNTRY HAVENS

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Elegant Mia and Callan opted for a classy celebration at Cardiff Castle and The Dead Canary Images courtesy of A.J Photography Mia and Callan met through social media in 2020. “We instantly connected,” says Mia. “We chatted for a week or so before we met, but we felt as if we already knew each other. We connected on every level, shared the same interests, passions, and visions in life and, on top of all of that, we shared a cultural background. We were meant to be and it couldn’t have been clearer from the second we laid eyes on each other.” Callan proposed in July 2021 during a trip to Wales. “We were visiting family, and all of us went down to Saundersfoot,” shares the bride. “One morning, he told me he wanted to take me on a walk to where Saint Govan’s Chapel is located. When we got there, Callan proposed to me on the cliffside. It was the biggest surprise, and I had no idea! It was the most beautiful setting, and I screamed yes!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... ROMANCE 35 REAL WEDDINGS

For the ceremony and reception, we wanted venues that made a statement. Our ceremony venue, Cardiff Castle, had architectural details, elegance and class, which tied in perfectly with our vision. For the reception, The Dead Canary made the ideal transition for a more relaxed evening celebration. It’s a speakeasy-themed cocktail bar, and we loved its vintage elegance. Happy Occasions Cakes provided our three-tiered bake, which was made up of Biscotti, salted caramel, buttercream and vanilla icing. Our centrepieces were gypsophila, Japanese anemones and white roses. Callan and I hired a car from iDoo Wedding Cars Ltd to transport us between venues. For our guests, we booked a shutter bus courtesy of Roy’s Travels Minibus Hire. We chose to have a non-traditional table plan. We had a buffet at our reception to create a more light and relaxed vibe for our guests. People could choose to mingle with food, sit next to whoever they liked, and just have fun! The blooms we chose from Flowers, I do, were a mixture of white roses, eucalyptus, gypsophila and greenery. 36

Seeing all our loved ones in one room, with people coming from so many different places, was amazing. It was lovely to see them all joined together and left us with an immense feeling of how incredibly loved we are by our families and friends. We are so grateful to them. The bridesmaids opted for luxury champagne multiway formal dresses from Jacqueline Louise Bridal Ltd. They wore them in the style of a halter dress, with the back straps intertwined beautifully to suit everyone’s personalities. Callan chose a burgundy velvet dinner jacket, white tuxedo dress shirt, black bow tie, black trousers and Valentino patent leather shoes from Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters. He took great pride in choosing the details for the day. He stood out with his burgundy velvet dinner jacket, as the groomsmen were dressed in traditional tuxedos from Slater Menswear. We planned our entire wedding all the way from the USA! It made me realize how important wedding suppliers are and the relationships you have with them. I wore an ivory-draped strapless bridal gown called Esmee from House of CB. I chose this dress as it was fitted, elegant and classy. It was made of smooth satin that draped around the fully-corseted bodice, with a beautifully draped skirt that fell away to a sweep train for an added statement. I accessorised with square-toed sandals, a cathedral-length veil, a statement necklace and matching bracelet, my aunt’s diamond earrings and grandmother’s wedding ring. 37 REAL WEDDINGS

MIA AND CALLAN’S CONTACTS Ceremony venue, Cardiff Castle, | Reception venue, The Dead Canary, | Photographer, A.J Photography, | Bride’s dress, House of CB, | Groom’s suit, Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters, | Groomsmen’s suits, Slater Menswear, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Jacqueline Louise Bridal Ltd, | Make-up artist, The Face Boss, | Cake, Happy Occasions Cakes, | Flowers, Flowers, I do, | Transport, iDoo Wedding Cars Ltd, and Roy’s Travels Minibus Hire, My gorgeous bridesmaid, Ffion, handmade all our confetti for guests to throw after the ceremony. It was stunning and one of our most memorable and favourite moments of the day. There was so much love put into our day by every person that was there. We couldn’t be more grateful to all those that came to celebrate our love. We have to say special thanks to our wedding photographer, Amy Maynard from A.J Photography, and florist, Lucy Price from Flowers, I do. I gave them both five stars and recommend them to all those planning their special day. They made our day unforgettable! For our honeymoon, we went to Santorini. It was a beautiful place that we would recommend to anyone looking for a magical destination. 38

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 Beau n ti a f t u u l r l al y WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Warm, romantic and modern style Naturally creative, friendly and calming female photographer 6+ years experience photographing weddings Insta & FB @katerichardsphotography

It was always you Heidi and Lloyd chose a white and gold colour palette for their fairytale celebration at Hensol Castle Images courtesy of Philip Warren Photography 40

For Heidi and Lloyd, it was love at first sight. “We met in a night club 10 years ago and have been inseparable ever since,” says Heidi. “Over the years, we grew closer and in 2018, Lloyd popped the question during a holiday to Rome. He gave me some preserved roses with the ring at the centre of the bouquet. It was a complete surprise, and although we’d been together for six years, we’d only just bought our first home together, so I wasn’t expecting an engagement. Lloyd booked the trip for us as a small getaway, and he didn’t disappoint with his choice of hotel. We stayed at Aleph Rome Hotel, and it was so special and beautiful. I was completely shocked but over the moon.” SETTING THE SCENE “As soon as we saw Hensol Castle, we knew it was the one,” shares the bride. “We fell in love with every aspect of it, from the stunning grounds to the picturesque views of the castle. Not forgetting the gorgeous private lake, which we knew would look great in pictures. It had so much character and was perfect for the fairytale wedding that I’d always dreamt of. “To decorate the space, we used gold chairs and charger plates from Be Our Guest Events,” adds Heidi. “We also used a gold frame to display an LED sign behind the top table, which lit up the room.” For their favours, the couple gave their guests miniature bottles of flavoured gin and Jack Daniels. These were put next to the place names, which were cut out of gold acrylic. This tied in well with the couple’s table plan, which was clear acrylic with gold table numbers. “The centrepieces grabbed everyone’s attention,” explains the bride. “We had gold stands in the centre of each table with artificial white flower balls on top supplied by Be Our Guest Events. The flowers played a massive part in our wedding theme. Hilary’s Floral Design made my bouquet which was filled with white and ivory flowers with a small amount of greenery. We had a bespoke flower arch, which made the beautiful castle entrance even more stunning. We also had a fresh flower garland draping down the amazing staircase, and a spray of flowers on the fireplace and ceremony table. We later used the ceremony table display as the top table centrepiece.” The couple’s big-day bake was made by Ponty Carlo Cakes. “It was breathtaking,” recalls Heidi. “It was made up of four tiers, all of which were decorated slightly differently to suit our theme. The bottom tier was vanilla and raspberry sponge covered with sugarpaste and paper ruffles, which sat in a hydrangea skirt made by Hilary’s Floral Design. The second was strawberry and champagne, with the third being a chocolate and salted caramel sponge covered in light gold icing. The top tier was white chocolate and passionfruit, with our initials in acrylic gold. We also had a seven-tier chocolate-covered strawberry tower from Fruity Bouquets and a Welshcake tower from Calon Lân Cakes.” To transport Heidi and her bridal party to the venue, the couple hired a white and black vintage car from Prices Wedding Cars. DRESSED TO IMPRESS Heidi wore a Martina Liana gown called 1078 from Laura May Bridal. “The detailing was out of this world, and the ivory lace and sequins showed off my figure perfectly,” remembers Heidi. “It had a V neckline with the most magical beaded train. I accessorised with a floor-length veil, a silver comb and Christian Louboutin shoes, which had small diamond rhinestones covering the toes that could be seen as I walked.” Lloyd chose a bespoke tux handmade by Nathan Palmer. The suit was black with a velvet jacket, making him stand out from the groomsmen who all wore black tuxedos. “The suit was second to none with velvet detailing going down the side of the trousers,” says the bride. “All the 41 REAL WEDDINGS