Your South Wales Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 91)

£3.55 MAY/JUN 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Tie the knot in a charming wedding venue Life’s a dream with you WIN! A pearl necklace worth £1,100 MODERN FAIRYTALES Romantic real weddings Bridal BEAUTY How to look your big-day best Delectable DELIGHTS Seasonal wedding cakes


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 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2023 On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Kate Stuart Photography ( at Motel Nights ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 59. VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON NEATH TO BARRY Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 LIFE’S A DREAM WITH YOU Tie the knot in a fairytale venue 63 25 FEATURES 49 A PIECE OF CAKE Local suppliers share their favourite seasonal cakes 59 FLOWER POWER Inspired by the 1960s, this styled shoot at Motel Nights is full of romantic images with touches of vintage nostalgia 63 ALL EYES ON YOU The latest fashion and beauty trends Getty Images 49 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news and launches 69 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 74 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase shouldn’t take off without these summery staples 75 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 82 BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas, talks wedding dos and tells us about OGX’s new Colour Retention range 83 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 84 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 31 36 REAL WEDDINGS 31 SUMMER LOVING Rachel and David had a dreamy wedding at Rosedew Farm with their closest friends and family 36 LIFE’S BETTER WITH YOU BY MY SIDE Jack and Ashley were meant to be and couldn’t wait to celebrate their nuptials at Hensol Castle 43 A MODERN FAIRYTALE Sam and Iestyn had an instant connection and celebrated their big day at Craig Y Nos Castle surrounded by their friends and family GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 WATCH THIS SPACE The experts at WatchPilot advise on how to choose the perfect watch for your big day 88 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE CITY OF LOVE Melissa Cullen reveals why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 96 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is a charming location for a night away for two 90 43 4

This beautiful, unique venue is the perfect place to host your special day! With our private lake, authentic barn, luxury-bespoke design marquee and a team of dedicated venue stylists, coordinators and service managers on hand to help achieve your dream wedding! This is the original ‘hidden gem’ in Welsh Countryside Wedding Venues! Fully licensed for your ceremony in the barn or opt for an al fresco wedding ceremony in front of the lake! From ‘Concept To Completion’ your day will be unique, personal and tailored to your individual requirements, it really is, YOUR Day - YOUR Way, at Lakeside! To arrange a private tour or if you’d like to discuss your wedding requirements, please contact one of our dedicated team. We are always happy to help. T. 01443 674840 W. E. Find us on @beautifullakeside @lakesidevenue 07791 263240 LAKESIDE VENUE, GLYNOWGR, BLACKMILL, MID GLAMORGAN CF35 6EN Lakeside Venue YOUR Day, YOUR Way!

Hello everyone and welcome to another issue of Your South Wales Wedding. As always, our May/June is full of inspiration, but my favourite part has to be our cake feature. I look forward to writing it every year, even if it does make me incredibly hungry afterwards! When I got married last year, we went back and forth about our wedding cake. My husband (it still feels weird saying that) doesn’t have a sweet tooth, whereas I can’t get enough of anything smothered in chocolate! After talking to our families, we decided to go for layers of lemon and chocolate – delish! If you’re struggling to find the perfect company, begin by searching online and looking in magazines for inspiration. Once you’ve found a company you like, make sure you look at their past work to see if they can create the design that you’re after. It’s also important to read their reviews, check if they’re in your price range and that they’re available on your wedding date. Cakes are more than just something sweet to eat, they’re also a fun way of adding personal touches to your day. For our cake topper, we chose figures of us dressed in our wedding attire with our beloved cat, and I cannot recommend this enough. All our guests commented on how wonderful it was, and nearly a year later, I still look at it every day. If you have the budget, it’s worth investing in a memento that you can display in your home. Believe me, when I say the day goes by in a flash, so you’ll love having something to look at regularly. If you’ve recently tied the knot or organised a styled shoot, you can submit it at or Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Inspired by the 1960s, this styled shoot at Motel Nights is full of romantic images with touches of vintage nostalgia. A piece of cake 59 43 97 Sam and Iestyn had an instant connection and celebrated their big day at Craig Y Nos Castle surrounded by their friends and family. WIN a diamond and pearl necklace. Must-see honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 90 6 ISSN 1756-6428 Your South Wales Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611

49 Local suppliers share their favourite seasonal cakes. Rachel and David had a dreamy wedding at Rosedew Farm with their closest friends and family. Looking for your dream venue? We’ve rounded up some of the best properties across South Wales to help inspire you. 25 Jack and Ashley had a stunning wedding at Hensol Castle. 36 84 The experts at WatchPilot advise on how to choose the perfect watch for your wedding. 87 31 Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big-day best. 75 Fancy a short dress that will turn heads? Check out our fashion section for the latest on-trend options. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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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 guest numbers apply, excludes Saturdays in Nov, Jan & Feb. 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 castle is nestled in luscious, landscaped grounds with it’s own Serpentine Lake and Jetty. A Grade I listed 17th Century Castle exclusively yours† for the day.  Set in 650 acres of countryside  Licensed for civil ceremonies (in and outdoors)  From 60 to 200 guests  Idyllic photographic setting  Selection of menus and drinks packages  Just 3 minutes from J34 of the M4 SAVE £1500 OFF VENUE HIRE FOR WINTER WEDDINGS 2023/24*

Award winning venue based on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales “Your hotel is a little magical place that makes wishes come true” - Judith & Roger Arrange a private viewing with the wedding team 01792 390775 |

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales PLANNED TO PERFECTION Glen Yr Afon House Hotel in Usk, Monmouthshire, has refurbished its Ballroom. Boasting elegant window drapes, a fresh neutral palate and ceiling drapes, the space is a blank canvas that’s perfect for any theme or colour theme. What’s more, the hotel has launched a special wedding package available on all remaining Saturdays in 2023. This includes an experienced wedding coordinator to help with the planning, a three-course wedding breakfast, drinks for key moments, an evening buffet, a bridal suite on the night of the wedding, a DJ and much more. For full details, visit DRINK IT ALL IN Devil’s Bridge Spiced Rum, a Cardiff-based rum distillery, is bringing two new products to the market this year – perfect for weddings. After gaining a passionate following of rum lovers and earning several reputable awards, the innovative rum makers are looking to make a more substantial mark on the industry with its new spirits that are both high-end and affordable. The new silver rum will be a clear spirit, flavoured with botanicals that make it perfect for summer, and the premium golden rum is aged for up to six years in the Caribbean with no added spices. About the upcoming releases, Devil’s Bridge Spiced Rum said: “We are delighted with the reaction and uptake of our delicious Welsh rum so far and cannot wait to show the world our golden and silver variants. Both are made with the same love and dedication as Devil’s Bridge Spiced Rum.” With its eyes set on growth, the Welsh distillery is launching a crowdfunding campaign. They’re looking to raise additional capital to support new team members, the growth of their product line and to distribute worldwide. Discover more at TIME TO SHINE Camille is a new bridal accessories brand in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. The company was founded by Welsh bridal designer Jayne Nevins who took inspiration from old Hollywood movies to create designs that are modern whilst still maintaining the glamorous Hollywood aesthetic. The debut collection ‘A Sprinkle of Stardust’ features on-trend feathers, bows and contemporary crowns that are made using the finest materials which will add the wow factor to any bridal look. Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 11

WEDDING SHOW ALERT! Come and visit Plas Y Rhosyn at its first wedding fair of the season on Sunday 21st May, 2023. This is your chance to meet lots of wonderful vendors and enjoy some delicious refreshments. Plas Y Rhosyn has a lot to offer, including a spacious function room, a variety of accommodation and a beautiful selection of mouth-watering food. As well as a signature balcony backdrop, it has more than 100 acres of verdant greens and a picturesque lake, so you will never be short of photo opportunities. Radio presenter Claire Scott from The Wave Breakfast will be attending the event and running a competition on the radio in the lead up to the fair. For more information, call 01639 842 193 or visit REST AND RELAXATION Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa Cardiff ( has been revealed as Wales’ top spa, according to research revealed by spa experience and booking agency The four-star wedding venue is situated in Wales’ vibrant capital city of Cardiff and boasts a relaxed atmosphere, an 18-metre swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi and a fully-functioning gym. Other spas that made the top five were Celtic Manor in Newport (, The Vale Resort (, voco St. David’s ( and Park Plaza Cardiff ( Visit for more information. BEHIND THE LENS Katie from KEM Radford Photography has had a busy few months; she was a finalist at both The Welsh National Wedding Awards and The 5th Welsh Wedding Awards 2023 and recently won ‘The Most Trusted Wedding Photographer & Customer Service Excellence Award for South Wales’ at the Global Wedding Awards. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also just been accepted into The Wedding Guild of Wales – congratulations! Katie tells us: “I adore taking wedding photos, and I think it shows. I have a creative and romantic style that focuses on the use of natural light and shadows. I have been developing my skills for more than 12 years and have had the honour of being a part of more than 400 weddings. I want to capture every beautiful instant between the two of you, and together we’ll create portraits that are full of life and un-posed. I like to keep it relaxed, fun and encourage laughter.” Check out to see more of Katie’s work. ECO-CONSCIOUS Palé Hall received Wales’ first Green Michelin Star back in 2021 and is committed to sustainability, boasting a completely carbon-neutral source of electricity produced from the on-site hydroelectric generating plant, as well as incorporating seasonal and locally-sourced produce throughout its menu. Head chef Gareth Stevenson uses his vision, creativity and skill to create new dishes using produce from Pale Hall’s grounds and the surrounding area. Guests can choose from decadent five or eight-course menus developed and inspired by the Welsh countryside. The menus feature roasted barbary duck with carrot and quince vinegar, roast line caught pollock with barbeque kale and glazed celeriac and rhubarb or a trio of artisan cheeses with pale orchard chutney and apple Membrillo, made from Palé Hall’s orchard Bramley apples. To find out more about Pale Hall’s commitment to sustainability, visit 12

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS WIN A FREE BRIDAL BOUQUET Wild and Fabulous Flowers is offering one lucky reader a free bridal bouquet worth £120! The Cowbridge-based company create naturally-styled flowers and will work with you to ensure you get the wedding of your dreams. “From the moment I had my first garden, flowers have been my joy and passion,” says owner Rhian Rees. “After training and working as a landscape designer for 16 years, I discovered floristry. I have trained with the Bath Flower School, Sabine Darrell and The White Horse Flower Company, and love creating natural florals in a sustainable way that people can enjoy as much as I do. Here at Wild and Fabulous Flowers, we feel passionate about supporting our local flower farmers, they work so hard and we want to share how incredible their flowers are. Out of season, we source our flowers in the most sustainable way we can.” Rhian offers a wide range of services, including bouquets, flower crowns, floral headpieces, buttonholes, table decorations, garlands, floral arches, pillars, flower clouds and much more. The competition ends on 30th June, 2023. To enter, please visit For more information about Wild and Fabulous Flowers, head over to Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. 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 | 01656 729009 | facebook: Bryngarw House instagram: @BryngarwHouse Wedi’i leoli mewn 113 erw o dir parc gwledig, sy’n edrych yn ysblennydd trwy gydol y flwyddyn, mae Ty Bryngarw, sydd mor berffaith â darlun, yn un o leoliadau priodas mwyaf atyniadol De Cymru. Set in 113 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

BRYNGARW HOUSE, CF32 8UU 01656 729 009 | If you’re looking for a charming wedding venue, you will adore Bryngarw House. Easily accessible yet a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the house sits within 113 acres of parkland and is just a few minutes drive from the M4. Bryngarw House has plenty of places to take memorable photographs, including the ornamental bridge, oriental-style tea house, sweeping staircase and exquisite display of trees and flowers. The honeymoon suite is included for the happy couple on the night of the wedding and there are 18 en-suite bedrooms for your guests to choose from. 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, which has a twinkling dancefloor, a large bar, elegant drapes and space for 250 loved ones. We love... Bryngarw House provides a menu-tasting evening, and couples will have access to a dressing room on the morning of the wedding. NEATH TO BARRY Spotlight on... 19 NEATH TO BARRY VENUES

THE GREAT HOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CF32 0HP 01656 657 644 | The Great House Hotel & Restaurant is a restored, Grade II listed property that offers a gorgeous mix of original features and modern facilities. The 15th-century house is believed to be a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester, who used it as a hunting lodge. Located in the pretty village of Laleston, Bridgend, it’s just 10 minutes away from the seaside town of Porthcawl and is full of warm character, with flagstone floors, oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and stone archways. Celebrate in style Tie the knot and host your reception in either the Leicesters Room, Prince of Wales Suite or Great Hall, with maximum capacities of 20, 30 and 60 respectively. Be sure to check out the health suite – complete with a Jacuzzi, a sauna and spa offering dermatological treatments; it’s perfect for pre-wedding pampering. We love... The Great House Hotel & Restaurant has an award-winning restaurant on-site which uses locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. COURT COLMAN MANOR, CF31 4NG 01656 720 212 | Originally belonging to Margam Abbey, Court Colman Manor was transformed into a hotel in 1981. The Georgian mansion is situated at the foothills of the Garw Valley and combines modern and period décor to create a stunning backdrop for weddings. There are three function areas for couples to choose from, large fireplaces, a sweeping staircase, a modern lounge, 29 stylish bedrooms and an Indian restaurant on-site. The exterior has large windows and is surrounded by quaint ponds, water fountains and charming countryside. A recent addition is the Ivy Cottage which is tucked away in the grounds and offers a quirky alternative to staying in the hotel. Celebrate in style Say ‘I do’ in the Versailles Ballroom, a grand area that features blush wallpaper, marble pilars and crystal chandeliers, with room for 120 nearest and dearest throughout the day. The Garden Room is a light and airy space that was originally built as a conservatory. It features large windows and can be combined with the Versailles Ballroom for large celebrations. Alternatively, the Llewellyn Room, named after the family who lived at the property, has wood panelling and an Edwardian skylight with space for 45 guests. We love... Once the big day is over, you can return to Court Colman Manor to celebrate your first anniversary with a complimentary stay. 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.

To book an appointment, discuss your plans and discover how we may help, please get in touch. I drefnu apwyntiad, trafod eich cynlluniau a dysgu mwy ynghylch pa gymorth y gallwn ei roi i chi, cysylltwch os gwelwch yn dda Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE 01792 635432 /

THE ORANGERY, SA13 2TJ 01639 883 553 | The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that perfectly combines rustic and contemporary décor to create a wonderful setting to say ‘I do.’ Nestled amongst 850 acres of parkland, the property is situated within the grounds of Margam Country Park and has plenty of places to explore, including a Gothic-style mansion and Monastic ruins. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in The Grove, a stunning room with elegant mouldings and feature windows that offers magnificent views of the terrace and gardens. The main function suite, meanwhile, can accommodate 150 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening celebration. We love... Once you’ve booked your special day at The Orangery, you will receive a complimentary menu tasting with the wonderful staff who will help you choose the perfect menu. EWENNY PRIORY, CF35 5BW 07778 205 105 | Ewenny Priory is an impressive building that dates back to the 12th century. Originally a fortified Benedictine Priory, it was dissolved by Henry VIII in the 16th century and converted into the current premises. There are plenty of places to explore, such as the grounds, original towers, fortifications and the deer park. COTTRELL PARK GOLF RESORT, CF5 6SJ 01446 781 781 | Surrounded by more than 400 acres of landscaped grounds is Cottrell Park Golf Resort. This impressive venue can only be accessed by a kilometre-long driveway, which is ideal for couples who want to make a grand entrance. GILESTON MANOR, CF62 4HX 07794 611 105 | Tucked away off the beaten track is the five-star wedding venue, Gileston Manor Estate. Situated within nine acres of lovingly kept grounds, this Grade II* listed manor house is situated in the award-winning village of Gileston 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. THE BEAR HOTEL, CF71 7AF 01446 774 814 | The Bear Hotel is situated on the cobbled high street of Cowbridge in the heart of the historic market town. The property is a charming stone-faced 12th-century coaching inn, with several wedding spaces to choose from and an acclaimed Physic Garden a mere stroll away, which offers plenty of photograph opportunities. COED-Y-MWSTWR HOTEL, CF35 6AF 01656 860 621 | The Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel is a 19th-century venue nestled in more than 17 acres of enchanting woodland. Steeped in history, the property blends a rustic and contemporary décor and offers breathtaking views across the Vale of Glamorgan. GLYNDWR VINEYARD, CF71 7JF 01446 624 759 | Glyndwr Vineyard is one of Wales’ oldest and largest vineyards which specialises in hosting individually planned weddings. The family-run property produces a range of award-winning wines which have been carefully blended and fermented by a skilled winemaker for well over a quarter of a century. Couples will have exclusive access to the gardens, vineyard, picturesque barn and terrace throughout the day. Also check out… 23 NEATH TO BARRY VENUES

01443 412248 • • Llancaiach Fawr CF46 6ER The perfect setting for your wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions Y lleoliad perffaith ar gyfer seremoni a gwledd eich priodas neu bartneriaeth sifil 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

Life’s a dream with you Tie the knot in a fairytale venue RHOSYGILWEN, SA43 2TW 01239 841 387 | Rhosygilwen has been a special place to tie the knot for more than 20 years, offering a dreamy setting for ceremonies and receptions. Situated in the Pembrokeshire countryside, the Gothic Victorian mansion creates an unforgettable backdrop for your vows, not to mention the extensive gardens are perfect for capturing photographs that will last a lifetime. There are four bedrooms available in the Courtyard Cottages for your most important guests and the team can help organise extra accommodation with high-quality providers in the region. Celebrate in style Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall) is available for weddings and comes with a full bar. With its oak beams on show and windows overlooking the glorious countryside, very little is required to decorate this space. It can accommodate up to 200 guests for the ceremony, 150 for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening party. For a more intimate affair, The Orangery, with its chequerboard floor, lantern roof light and chandeliers, is ideal. We love... Rhosygilwen has partnered with an extensive range of industry professionals to help turn your dream day into a reality; from caterers and florists to everything in between, the team are on hand to help every step of the way. HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Hensol Castle is perfectly placed within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside. The 17th-century castle has been sympathetically renovated and boasts a modern décor with arched windows, oak panelling and sweeping staircases. Those of you looking to stay the night will love the new luxury bedrooms, each has bespoke features such as roll-top baths and four-poster beds. Celebrate in style Ceremonies are held in the resplendent Oak Room or outside under the bandstand, which offers impressive views of the Welsh countryside. 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... The castle sells its award-winning gin in miniature form, which is perfect as wedding favours. It’s distilled in the cellars at Hensol Castle Distillery, and you can choose between having the miniatures personalised or sticking with Hensol Castle’s branded bottles. 25 DREAM VENUES

HOLM HOUSE HOTEL, CF64 3BG 02920 706 029 | Just a stone’s throw from Penarth’s restored Art Deco pier, Holm House Hotel is a perfect example of ornate early 19th-century architecture fused with modern touches. Built in 1926 by JS Neale, 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 you to say ‘I do’. We love... If you tie the knot at Holm House Hotel, you will receive a complimentary food and wine tasting, a free gym membership three months before the big day and discounts at the spa and on hen parties. LLANCAIACH FAWR MANOR, CF46 6ER 01443 412 248 | The Grade I listed Llancaiach Fawr Manor is 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 picturesque tree-lined meadow, the formal gardens are ideal for canapés 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. 26

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 16 en-suite 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. SILVER PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Includes Complimentary Bridal Suite, 16 rooms and 4 apartments available to your guests. Prices from £5,650 for 2024 and £5,800 for 2025 GOLD PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Includes Complimentary Bridal Suite, 16 rooms and 4 apartments available to your guests. Prices from £6,700 for 2024 and £6,900 for 2025 PLATINUM PACKAGE 40 Day Guests, 70 Evening Guests, Includes Complimentary Bridal Suite, 16 rooms and 4 apartments available to your guests. Prices from £9,850 for 2024 and £10,150 for 2025 PACKAGES 2024/2025

Offering a choice of locations for you ceremony, and a glorious setting for your reception, Rhosygilwen is the perfect choice for Pembrokeshire weddings. Rhosygilwen has been a special place to get married for over 20 years and we have a long list of very happy couples who have made many happy memories. We take great pride and joy in providing a special service to wedding parties. Guests are impressed from the moment they enter the grounds of Rhosygilwen till the time they depart. Call us: 01239 841 387 Email: WWW.RETREAT.CO.UK Mumford Photography sarah_mumford_photography Y Mor Photography ymor_photography

VOCO ST. DAVID’S, CARDIFF, CF10 5SD 02920 454 045 | Voco St. David’s, Cardiff is a luxury hotel and spa with truly breathtaking views of Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina. The landmark location makes a luxurious and romantic waterfront setting in which to say ‘I do’. Featuring a stylish, contemporary and elegant design – reminiscent of a boat’s sail – from the moment you enter this beautiful venue, you will be amazed. All of the 142 bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, offering unimpeded, idyllic views over Cardiff and the bay. Celebrate in style Licensed for civil ceremonies and able to host up to 220 guests for a seated ceremony and up to 350 for the evening party, voco St. David’s, Cardiff is the perfect space for both large and small nuptials. Happy couples can choose the Roald Dahl Suite with its own private entrance; the Dylan Thomas Suite for its private balcony; the Penarth Suite for a cosy wedding; or the outside terrace for waterfront weddings with the most magnificent views over the bay. As a clear day turns to night, the shimmering light from the bay provides the ultimate backdrop for the party, allowing you and your guests to mark the occasion with photos that are sure to last a lifetime. We love... The venue includes a recently refreshed spa, a gym and the ‘Tir a Môr’ restaurant and bar; providing everything a wedding party needs to celebrate in style. PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland, Pencoed House Estate has plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs. Dating back to 979AD, 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 – perfect for grand celebrations. 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. If you want to tie the knot in the venue’s glorious gardens, you 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. 29 DREAM VENUES

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

Summer Rachel and David had a dreamy wedding at Rosedew Farm with their closest friends and family Images courtesy of KEM Radford Photography Rachel and David used to work together, but their relationship didn’t blossom until they met again at an exercise class. They were paired together and quickly became inseparable. David declared his love by proposing on Rachel’s 30th birthday at her favourite spa venue. Here Rachel shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... LOVING 31 REAL WEDDINGS

For our favours, we gave our guests Marie Curie pins. We wanted a venue that we could put our stamp on and hire over a few days. When we visited Rosedew Farm, we knew it was the venue for us. The owner was fantastic and made us feel so welcome, and we were able to stay the night before and on the night of the wedding, which was perfect. Instead of a traditional table plan, we created a display using pictures of our guests. Our centrepieces were pastel blooms from Amanda French Flowers. We chose a simple cake design that had a rustic feel. Rosedew Farm provided our catering. We had canapés to start, a roast dinner with chicken and beef for the main, and lemon tart with raspberry sauce for dessert. 32

As it was Covid times, we were only able to have 50 people, but this made the day extra special, and we had the best time celebrating with family and close friends. David wore a different-coloured waistcoat from the groomsmen to help him stand out. The bridesmaids chose pastel dresses in different colours. To keep everyone entertained, we hired The Session Band to perform. They sang Sweet Caroline, and everyone got up to dance; this happened at the beginning and end of the night, which is such a special memory that I will never forget. I also had a dance with my dad, which was something I had always wanted to do. I loved the style of my dress, but as it was already so beautiful, I didn’t want to add too much to it, so I chose to wear a subtle belt around my waist. Having our photographs taken was one of our favourite moments. Someone told us to make sure we had time throughout the day to take everything in, which was brilliant advice. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

RACHEL AND DAVID’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Rosedew Farm, | Photographer, KEM Radford Photography, Bride’s dress and accessories, Wynter Isabelle Bridal, | Dress alterations, Dare to be Different, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS, | Mother-of-the-bride/groom’s dress, The Queen B Boutique, | Hair stylist, Carol Hancock, Make-up artists, Sian Driscoll, and Janet White-Ashby & Co., Cake, Bella Cakes, | Flowers, Amanda French Flowers, Entertainment, The Session Band, 34

Creative, relaxed and romantic style that focuses on the use of natural light and shadows. Having developed my skills for over 13 years and capturing over 300 weddings all over Wales & the UK, I shoot real life, captured as you remembered it. My aim is to remind you of all the fun you, your family and all your guests had on your wedding day. I create classic portraits that are full of life, dramatic and un-posed, with a cinematic timeless feel to them - capturing memories to keep forever. Visit or contact 07530 680596 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 SCAN THE QR CODE TO BOOK A VIEWING TODAY FIND OUT MORE AT GILESTONMANOR.CO.UK

Life’s better with YOU BY MY SIDE Jack and Ashley couldn’t wait to celebrate their nuptials at Hensol Castle Images courtesy of When Charlie Met Hannah 36

Jack and Ashley met when they were children. “The first time I ever laid eyes on Ashley was when we were in year five,” says Jack. “It was at our school Christmas play where Ashley got the lead singing Robin Goch. As I sat watching him sing his little heart out, I couldn’t help but think, ‘wow you are so full of yourself!’ I didn’t like him at all; it was probably jealousy because all eyes weren’t on me. Then he moved away, and I thought good riddance! A few years later, he came back to our high school. I hadn’t noticed him until my second year of sixth form. I remember him walking in one day, and we locked eyes for the first time in years and needless to say, my feelings towards him were slightly different. What can I say? I love a man with thick Elvis Presley sideburns! I invited him over to my best friend Abbi’s house, which led to us staying up all night talking about anything and everything, and the rest is history.” Ashley surprised Jack with a trip to Paris as a Christmas gift. “I’d always wanted to visit,” shares Jack. “It was a couple of months before the trip that I made the decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Ashley, so I thought what better time to propose? I had planned to do it on the top of the Eiffel Tower, however, I completely underestimated my fear of heights and was feeling faint and having heart palpitations at the top of the tower! Fair to say it wasn’t the best time to declare my love for someone. When we finally made it to the ground, we found a nice spot on the grass in front of the tower to lie down. We chatted for a while as I plucked up the courage to finally get the ring out and ask him to marry me. He was in complete shock as we’d always agreed that he would be the one to propose (someday). We both cried tears of happiness and enjoyed a lovely meal out in the evening to celebrate.” SETTING THE SCENE “We chose to get married at Hensol Castle because the building and surrounding grounds are stunning,” adds Jack. “We decorated the space with wisteria trees and placed candelabra on the tables. We also incorporated eucalyptus into our table plan, flowers and place names.” The couple’s bridesmaid made their big-day bake, it was semi-naked and decorated with flowers. DRESSED TO IMPRESS “We wore matching suits from Dyfed Menswear,” explains Jack. “Our fathers and the best man also wore the same. It was charcoal grey with blush-coloured ties. Our seven bridesmaids and one maid-of-honour all wore ruched bodice floor-length dresses in a blush colour which looked stunning!” TIME TO CELEBRATE “We had two types of entertainment for our evening guests – we hired a company to turn one of the function rooms into a Las Vegas casino, with our photo printed on the fake money,” recalls Jack. “We did this as our original wedding was booked in Las Vegas, but due to Covid, we had to change our plans. The casino was a big hit with all our guests as they’d never been to a wedding with one before. Our second piece of entertainment was drag queen Jolene Dover. Ashley and I love drag and couldn’t have picked a better performer. Jolene was absolutely amazing, singing live, doing comedy and getting the crowd involved. She really blew us away and all our guests said she was outstanding, and they didn’t see it coming! She was so good that my mother-in-law hired her for her 50th birthday party a couple of months after.” 37 REAL WEDDINGS

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MEMORABLE MOMENTS “I seemed to be a lot more nervous than Ashley was, but once we were at the altar and saying our vows, the nerves seemed to float away and everything just felt right,” says Jack. “We asked one of our closest friends (and bridesmaid) to perform a reading during our ceremony. She chose the most perfect reading, which truly captured the essence of the day filled with love and happiness. It was wonderful getting to see everyone face-to-face and thank them for coming. “One of our favourite and least favourite parts of the day was when our guests threw the confetti,” adds Jack. “Everyone thought it was hilarious to throw the confetti straight into our faces, rather than up in the air for it to graciously fall down onto us. It hurt a bit but made for some very funny photos!” HONEYMOON “With the worries of Covid not completely gone away, we opted to have our honeymoon in the UK,” explains Jack. “We started by flying to Edinburgh and staying there for four nights. Edinburgh is stunning and was snowing when we arrived, which added an extra bit of magic to our trip. We then travelled by train to York for two nights. York is a beautiful city and has a lot of history within it. It also has a quirky alleyway called Shambles with shops all the way down. It was the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, which was cool! We then made our way to Liverpool for three nights for the last leg of our journey. We drank and ate a lot in Liverpool and ended on a high. We loved exploring the city on electric scooters and having a dance in The Cavern Club, which is famous for being the place that started The Beatles’ career. Even though it would have been nice to go abroad for our honeymoon, it made us appreciate the lovely locations and things to do that are on our doorstep!” 39 REAL WEDDINGS