Your South Wales Wedding - July/August 2023 (Issue 92)

£3.55 JUL/AUG 2023 Local photographers share their favourite images The meaning OF LOVE Al fresco WONDERS Tie the knot in the great outdoors TENDER LOVING CARE Wellness advice from Sophie Stonehouse WIN! A trip to Thailand Pick of THE BUNCH The latest flower trends

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!

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around South Wales 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 58 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2023 On the cover... This issue’s cover has been sponsored by award-winning KEM Radford Photography ( It was captured at the wedding of Lauren and Levi at Crug Glâs Country House & Restaurant ( You can read more about their big day on page 49. VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON PEMBROKESHIRE TO SWANSEA Discover some of the best venues in the area 23 IN THE MEADOW Tie the knot in a glorious garden 65 61 FEATURES 55 AS PRETTY AS A FLOWER How to incorporate your colour scheme into your big-day blooms 61 STAR OF THE SHOW A group of small local businesses worked together to create this glamorous styled shoot at Plas Y Rhosyn 65 SEASONAL ROMANCE Local photographers show how you can capture stunning images throughout the year 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and must-see launches 71 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 76 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 77 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 84 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 42 31 REAL WEDDINGS 31 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE After matching online, Becca and Lewis quickly became inseparable 37 THERE’S MAGIC BETWEEN US Kerry and Huw incorporated their love of Disney into their big day at Rhosygilwen 42 A VERY IMPORTANT DATE Craig Y Nos Castle was the setting for Adam and Tim’s Mad Hatter’s tea party wedding 49 BY THE SEASIDE Lauren and Levi chose a burgundy, gold and nude colour scheme for their big day at Crug Glâs Country House & Restaurant GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 88 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer's hot new Barbie film HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 94 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity awaits honeymooners at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 96 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks 37 49 4

Can you believe it’s summer already? This year is flying by, and it seems like only yesterday that I was writing our Christmas issue! It’s been a wonderful year for weddings so far, and the team at Your South Wales Wedding and I have adored seeing your love stories and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. We’re here to support you through every aspect of your day and have put together an issue bursting with inspiration. Our fashion section is full of the latest trends for the whole wedding party, we showcase some of the region’s best properties in our venues section, and we’ve asked local photographers to share their best seasonal photographs. I love bold and bright blooms, so my favourite part of the issue has to be our flowers feature. If you’re starting to look for flowers for your big day but aren’t sure what colour scheme or theme to go for, head over to page 55 to see local florists’ recommendations. If you’ve tied the knot or organised a styled shoot and would like to see it featured, contact me via or Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Real wedding couple, Kerry and Huw incorporated their love of Disney into their big day at Rhosygilwen. Floral wonders 37 61 55 A group of small local businesses worked together to create this glamorous styled shoot at Plas Y Rhosyn. Unsure of what flowers to have for your big day? We’ve asked local florists to share some of their favourite on-trend looks. Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand. 97 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

42 Craig Y Nos Castle was the setting for Adam and Tim’s Mad Hatter’s tea party wedding. After matching online, Becca and Lewis quickly became inseparable. Their relationship grew, and years later, they tied the knot at The Orangery. Rachel Westall experienced five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives’ Rangali Island. 92 We’ve asked local photographers to share some of their favourite seasonal images. 65 87 Lauren and Levi celebrated their big day at Crug Glâs Country House & Restaurant surrounded by friends and family. 49 31 The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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.

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales CONGRATULATIONS! The Welsh National Wedding Fayre has recently won an award. After winning ‘Wedding Fayre of the Year 2022 – Wales’ at the Global Wedding Awards and ‘Wedding Fayre of the Year 2022/ 2023’ at the Global Awards, the family-run business has been named ‘Leading Facilitators of Wedding Services Promotional Events 2023 – Wales’ by the Global Wedding Awards! The Welsh National Wedding Fayre has been organising wedding fayres across Wales since 2010 and has helped 1,000s of couples plan their special days. With just one wedding fayre per season held in Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthenshire, you can be assured of an exceptional selection of quality wedding suppliers and experts. Throw in free entry, parking, a glass of bubbly on arrival, a prize draw on entry and a stunning catwalk show; these wedding fayres are a must for anyone planning their nuptials. To find out more, please visit the website BEAUTY QUEEN Stacey Williams, a hairstylist based in Swansea, has won ‘Bridal Hair Specialist of the Year’ at the Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards 2023. “I have been hairdressing for 18 years but have been focusing on bridal hair for the last 10,” says Stacey. “I love everything about the morning of a wedding, and I take pride in my work and reputation for going above and beyond. Winning this award means so much to me. I have been a finalist in this category for the last three years but have never come close to winning, so winning this year took me by surprise and left me speechless. This award shows how hard I have worked and continue to work to make a bride feel comfortable, relaxed and stress-free on her wedding day while getting my little small business name further out into the industry.” For more information about Stacey’s services, visit REST AND RELAXATION Following a recent £300K investment, The Spa at St. David’s, located within voco St. David’s, Cardiff, has re-opened. With a new sauna, revitalised pool, shower area and changing rooms, the renovation project also includes the introduction of new, premium treatment house, OSKIA. The British multi-award-winning brand, which has its manufacturing and skincare laboratory in Monmouth, has exclusively collaborated with the Spa at St. David’s to offer a range of bespoke treatments for guests in the first partnership of its kind with a Welsh hotel and spa. St. David’s spa and leisure director, Finlay Anderson, comments: “We’re excited to re-open and welcome guests to a refreshed, relaxed spa, where they can enjoy our newly-revitalised facilities and indulge in our luxurious partnership with OSKIA, for a truly relaxing wellness experience. Our therapists have undergone specialist training from OSKIA skincare experts to be able to offer a range of six new treatments which are exclusive to the Spa at St. David’s. The treatments have been designed to showcase the unique qualities of OSKIA’s multi-award-winning nutritional skincare range. Guests can choose from express and full treatments, which relieve tension and leave skin soft and glowing, leaving them feeling relaxed and looking radiant – luxurious wellbeing, from top to toe; rejuvenating the mind, skin and body.” Check out for more information. 9 LOCAL NEWS

DELECTABLE DELIGHTS M Bakery in Newport has added artisan brioche doughnuts to its menu. “After taking a long break from creating cakes, I’ve decided to make a comeback but with an additional treat added to the menu,” says owner Mai Bignell. “All of my brioche doughnuts are filled and decorated beyond the conventional, and for guaranteed freshness, are made to order.” There are currently six flavours to choose from: • Lemon, Pistachio and Rose Petal Delight is a heavenly combination of tangy lemon curd filling, topped with a velvety ganache montée vanille, finished with hand-crushed pistachios and delicate rose petals. • The Chocolate Salted Caramel Doughnut is a crowd favourite filled with homemade salted caramel, which harmonises perfectly with a luscious milk chocolate ganache. It’s finished with pieces of delectable dark chocolate shards. • The Custard Slice is filled with a generous serving of indulgent creme patisserie and topped with a glaze of icing to mimic the iconic dessert. • The Classic is simple yet divine; this doughnut is coated with a layer of sugar, filled with delectable blueberry jam, and topped with ganache montée vanille and a fresh blueberry. • Oreo Cheesecake is a treat for the senses; this doughnut is filled with a luscious Oreo cheesecake filling and topped with glazed icing. A generous dusting of crushed Oreos adds texture, while an Oreo cheesecake rosette and cookie shards complete the look. • Strawberries and Cream is another bestseller; this doughnut is a celebration of freshness and indulgence. The light and fluffy dough is filled with dreamy, Chantilly cream and hand-cut pieces of fresh strawberries. It’s finished with a rosette of cream and half a strawberry perched on top. Visit for more information. SWEET DREAMS Penhein, a glampsite offering luxury Persian Alachigh tents, is introducing a host of wild gourmet dining options for guests this summer. Penhein Glamping is set in a 450-acre Monmouthshire family-owned farm with wildflower meadows, an adventure playground for kids and a cooling brook to dip your toes in. The accommodation comes in the shape of eight luxury, high-domed tents, each sleeping up to five people. Available for couples, families and larger groups, the new dining offerings aim to take the self-catering out of glamping. Each experience can be booked on a tailormade basis and can include foraging, firepit feasting and even incorporate an element of tuition on how to cook successfully over a fire for future glamping trips. The fully immersive new ‘Gourmet Feast and Forage Experience’ with acclaimed forager Chloe Newcomb Hodgetts will see glampers learning about a variety of edibles whilst exploring the woodland, meadows and hedgerows of the farm, followed by a foraged feast. Depending on the month there may be fruits or fungi, foliage or flowers, herbs, vegetables, roots and spices to find, identify, and sustainably harvest with Chloe using the wild ingredients which are unearthed in a delicious meal she cooks up together with a myriad of pre-prepared foraged dishes. Alternatively, ‘Firepit Fine Dining’ is an incredible experience that sees private chef Roo transporting her mobile kitchen to Penhein to cook up one of her specially curated menus either served in the open air or under a stretch tent. To book or for more information, please visit PEACE AND QUIET Luxury Lodges, a collection of five-star self-catering resorts, has launched Milk Wood Spa at its South Wales site, Dylan Coastal Resort. Set in the ancient town of Laugharne, tucked away in Carmarthenshire, couples are invited to make use of the sleek and world-class spa facilities at Milk Wood Spa and delight in a luxurious spa experience. Relax in the heated, outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool and admire the panoramic views of the vast Taf Estuary and beyond. Enjoy Milk Wood Spa’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the large indoor pool, themed showers, Herbal steam room, Tepidarium, and Mezzanine relaxation zone – the perfect spot to wind down after a session in the sleek gym which offers Technogym equipment. After a day spent at Milk Wood Spa, guests can enjoy the impressive dining facilities and outdoor spaces at Milk Wood House. Upstairs, Milk Wood Kitchen and Bar serves a varied menu that uses high-quality, seasonal produce. On warmer days, guests can relax and dine al fresco on the outdoor terraces that look over the Gower Peninsula – the ideal spot to enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon aperitif. Discover more at SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND Claire Hill Designs, an independent jewellery brand based in Wales, creates responsibly handmade pieces. Claire has launched a collection focusing on the hidden beauty of new lab-grown diamonds and adding everyday luxury that will last. Included in the collection are 100 per cent recycled 925 sterling silver pieces, 14K gold vermeil plating, ethically sourced or lab-grown gemstones and recyclable gift boxes. Visit for more information. 10

The Capital - Cardiff City Stadium Sunday, 10th September 2023 South Wales - Brangwyn Hall Swansea Sunday, 24th September 2023 West Wales - Carmarthen Showground Sunday, 8th October 2023 Wedding supplier or venue? Interested in exhibiting? Get in touch today by emailing Was there a wedding supplier that went that extra mile to make your day extra special, or did someone go above and beyond what was expected? You can vote if your wedding took place/ or is taking place between 1st September 2022 and 31st August 2023. THE WELSH NATIONAL WEDDING AWARDS, NOW IN ITS 12th YEAR, RECOGNISES THE BEST WEDDING BUSINESSES IN WALES. Vote now by visiting Register for your FREE ticket now by visiting UPCOMING WEDDING FAYRES

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 As winners of the Best Boutique wedding venue in Wales at the Welsh National wedding award, the romantic charm of the award-winning family-run Hotel is just one of the many factors that have made us a leading Pembrokeshire wedding venue. You can be assured that your experience will be intimate and completely bespoke. Our venue is set in modern surroundings with breath-taking views across to Treffgarne Rocks, as well as impeccable food and service throughout. From the moment you arrive for your first visit, your team of dedicated wedding coordinators will be with you to ensure your wedding journey 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. Every bride wants to create the perfect look on their special day, our highly trained spa therapists offer tailer made bridal makeup and pamper packages in preparation for your wedding day. 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 WINNER OF ‘WELSH ROMANTIC HOTEL OF THE YEAR’ BLACK MOUNTAIN ,{I, BR,ITISH it CANOEING STAG & HEN PARTIES THE ULTlMATE ADVENTURE IN WALES! Gorge Adventure - High Level Ropes & Zip Wire Clay Pigeon Shooting - Canoeing - Archery Rock Climbing - Caving - Paddle Boarding & Many More! WWW.BLACKMOUNTAIN.CO.UK

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSOUTHWALES.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers BRIDAL BEAUTY Wishbone & Comb are mobile hair and make-up specialists based in Cardiff and throughout South Wales. Made up of 10 artists qualified to the highest standard, the team work perfectly together for large bookings, events, and bridal parties. The company was founded by head stylist Laura Glanville, who has been a hairdresser and beautician for 18 years and for the past eight of those, she’s worked exclusively with brides, specialising in creative hair and make-up artistry. Covering South Wales, Bristol, Gloucester and Hereford, the award-winning team offer a range of services, including hair and make-up for brides, bridal parties, mothers and flowergirls. What’s more, Wishbone & Comb also offer hen party mini-treatments, including face painting, makeovers, dry hair styling, hair braiding, and mini-manicures – the perfect way to relax and feel pampered in the run-up to the big day. Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Wishbone & Comb is offering one lucky reader a free hair and make-up trial worth £130! To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, visit The competition closes on 30th August 2023. Terms and conditions apply, please see our website for details. To find out more about Wishbone & Comb, visit the website WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS Images courtesy of FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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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 selected winter 2023/24 dates. Minimum guest numbers apply. 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 £2000 OFF VENUE HIRE FOR WINTER WEDDINGS 2023/24* Photo:

To book an appointment, discuss your plans and discover how we may help, please get in touch or come to our Wedding Fayre on 24 September from 11am-4pm I drefnu apwyntiad, trafod eich cynlluniau a dysgu mwy ynghylch pa gymorth y gallwn ei roi i chi cysylltwch a ni neu dewch i’n Ffair Briodas on 24 Medi from 11am-4pm Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE 01792 635432 /

PEMBROKESHIRE, SWANSEA AND AROUND Spotlight on... CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE, SA9 1GL 01639 731 167 | Craig Y Nos Castle is a fairytale venue located in the upper Swansea Valley on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Boasting 36 en suite bedrooms, an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus, a private lounge and a hot tub, the property is surrounded by breathtaking grounds with plenty of places for you and your guests to explore and take those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style If you’re looking for a grand setting for your big day, you’ll love The Theatre. It’s one of only eight Grade I listed opera houses in the UK and boasts a 125-year-old curtain depicting Madame Patti on a chariot in Rossini’s last Italian opera. Able to hold 120 of your friends and family, there are plenty of details to admire, including the walls, which are decorated with the names of Patti’s favourite composers. Once the ceremony has taken place, you can choose from several reception areas, including the Conservatory, which has room for 130 loved ones, and the Music and Billard Room, which can accommodate 120 of your nearest and dearest. The Patti Bar and Nicolini Lounge are located in the centre of the castle and are also available for your guests to use throughout the night. We love... Once home to Adelina Patti, the world-famous opera singer, Craig Y Nos Castle has a long and interesting history dating back to 1841. Your family and friends can organise a tour of the castle to find out more about its fascinating past. 17 PEMBROKESHIRE TO SWANSEA

MORGANS HOTEL, SA1 1RR 01792 484 848 | First opening its doors in 1902 as the Swansea Harbour Trust Building, Morgans Hotel is a luxurious wedding venue located just minutes from the Maritime Quarter. A short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastline, this Grade II* listed boutique venue has 42 individual bedrooms, a restaurant situated on the first floor with access via a champagne bar and a Greek statue-clad clock outside that is sure to wow your guests. Celebrate in style Morgans Hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships in the Main Function Room and the Sir Galahad Suite. Alternatively, The Restaurant and Atrium are available and can accommodate up to 130 of your guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. We love... The four-star venue has plenty of places to explore and take pictures. BRANGWYN, SA1 4PE 01792 635 432 | Known for its Art Deco décor, The Brangwyn is an impressive wedding venue in Swansea. Built in the 1930s, it’s situated within easy walking distance of Victoria Park and the spectacular sweep of Swansea Bay. The property uses striking and majestic architecture throughout, with the historic British Empire panels created by renowned artist Sir Frank Brangwyn proudly on display. Celebrate in style Brangwyn Hall, a beautifully-decorated space with striking high-panelled ceilings that look stunning in photographs, is perfect for weddings. Alternatively, The George Hall and Lord Mayor’s Reception Room are decorated in an Art Deco style and provide a more intimate setting for nuptials. We love... Brangwyn is full of history and has plenty of places to take photographs. 18

NORTON HOUSE HOTEL, SA3 5TQ 01792 404 891 | Boasting elegant windows, 17 individually designed bedrooms and an impressive entrance, Norton House Hotel is an independent country house with plenty of period charm. Renovated to a high standard with home comforts that don’t compromise the historic features, this Grade II listed venue has been thoroughly refurbished with weddings in mind. The private grounds, which include a secluded lawn, an original raised patio, and wide stone steps, look stunning in photographs. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in the Garden Room, which is decorated in a neutral style with period floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors that lead out onto the picturesque garden. We love... Included within the Inclusive Package is a room for you on your first anniversary and a menu tasting for four people. Norton House Hotel also offers flexible bespoke packages to ensure you have the perfect day. WOLFSCASTLE COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA, SA62 5LZ 01437 741 225 | Nestled in the village of Wolfscastle is the award-winning Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa. This family-run property is a charming Victorian vicarage with 20 en-suite bedrooms, a two AA rosette restaurant, a contemporary brasserie, a boutique spa and impressive views of the surrounding woodland landscape and the awe-inspiring Treffgarne rocks. Celebrate in style The Garden Room is a bright and airy space with high ceilings, impressive bi-folding doors that open up to the rear garden and room for 120 of your friends and family. Large celebrations are held in the Sealyham Suite, a spacious area that can be dressed to fit any specification with colour-changing lighting and space for 180 of your loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the reception. We love... When three or more people book a spa package, the bride-to-be goes free. PEMBROKESHIRE TO SWANSEA 19

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

Pontypool Road, Usk 01291 672302 Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel celebrating 50 years 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 We undertake orders for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings and Special Occasions 42, HEOL WILLIAMS, OLD ST. MELLONS, CARDIFF. CF3 6AQ ContactMalon †‡ˆ‰ Š ‹ŠŒŽ MALBAKESCAKES@GMAIL.COM @MALBAKESCAKES

In the meadow Tie the knot in a glorious garden CAER LLAN, NP25 4JS 01600 860 359 | Situated in more than 25 acres of glorious countryside, Caer Llan is an 18th-century wedding venue boasting mountain views. Family-run, the property has an outdoor swimming pool, an original Victorian greenhouse and 16 en-suite bedrooms available exclusively for wedding guests. Full of charming details, such as large Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, there are plenty of places to explore and take photographs, including next to the oak fireplaces and recycled-oak picture frames. Celebrate in style The Main Function Room, which has large bi-folding doors that open to reveal stunning views of the surrounding area, is available for weddings. For those of you looking for an al fresco celebration, you can say your vows in the gazebo, which can accommodate 80 of your loved ones for the service and 120 for the evening celebration. There is also a stretch tent and veranda available, so your guests can dine outdoors protected from showers or the sun. We love... You will have exclusive use of the property, including the bedrooms. 23 GLORIOUS GARDENS

GLEN-YR-AFON, NP15 1SY 01291 672 302 | The award-winning Glen-Yr-Afon is a charming wedding venue surrounded by acres of countryside and picturesque gardens. First opening its doors in 1974, the hotel is home to 28 modern bedrooms and is just a short walk away from the town of Usk, which is full of boutique shops and restaurants. Celebrate in style The Ballroom is an elegant space, with large bay windows and room for 150 of your guests throughout the day. Smaller weddings are held in the Dining Room, which can be used for up to 45 of your loved ones for the vows and 35 for the meal. Alternatively, the Library, with its conical ceiling and striking interior, can hold 30 of your friends and family for the vows and 20 for the reception, and weather depending, you can get married in the venue’s grounds. We love... This four-star Victorian villa has a neutral décor throughout, which can be personalised to suit any theme or colour scheme. KING ARTHUR HOTEL, SA3 1AD 01792 390 775 | A hidden gem nestled in the Gower Peninsula, King Arthur Hotel is an award-winning wedding venue comprising of 18 en-suite bedrooms, an 18th-century cottage and luxury self-catering 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... This family-run property offers exclusive use of all its hotel rooms and a complimentary bridal suite for the night of the wedding. 24

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

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 A multi-award winning Hair & Makeup Team working with you to create your wedding day image. No party too large or small. Go to our website to see a gallery of our real brides. | 07960 123584

TALL JOHN’S WEDDINGS, LD3 7PX 01239 821 143 | Situated within acres of exquisite grounds with mature trees and breathtaking views across Brecon, Tall John’s Weddings is a charming venue that’s perfect for nuptials. The gardens at Tall John’s House are the brainchild of Willow Cracroft, who transformed it from an overgrown and neglected space into an amazing garden with features such as a rill, rose arbour, silver birch circle and a splendid display of flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables. Celebrate in style The restored Welsh Barn is available for weddings and looks across the Black Mountains. Boasting an enchanting courtyard and a wooden gazebo that can be decorated with flowers and covered in Perspex if the weather is unkind, the space has electric points, underfloor heating, insulation, hard floors and a catering area. The split-level Granary, with its canopied beams and light-stone floor, can accommodate 80 of your loved ones downstairs, but there is space in the gallery above for extra friends and family if needed. Those of you wanting to enjoy the great outdoors can tie the knot anywhere in the gardens or underneath the wooden gazebo. We love... Included in the venue hire is two nights in the Honeysuckle Cottage, which sleeps eight people on a self-catering basis. The Coachmans can also be used on your wedding night and the house is available for up to 27 guests on a staffed basis, with breakfast included. 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 resort boasts landscaped gardens, perfect for your wedding day photographs, as well as gorgeous greenery and well-kept seasonal plants. Celebrate in style There are nine deluxe suites available for weddings at this glorious garden venue. The Castle Suite is perfect for large celebrations, with high ceilings, grand windows, a private bar and space for 400 of your loved ones throughout the special day. Alternatively, the Morgannwg Suite is available for up to 130 of your nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the reception. This popular space is on the first floor and provides stunning views of the golf course and spiral staircase. Likewise, the conservatory is a beautiful room for civil ceremonies, with natural sunlight, pillars throughout and doors which open onto the terrace overlooking the golf course. The space can hold 120 guests during the ceremony and 70 for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. We love... Those of you who choose to get married in this fantastic venue will receive 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 you and three friends and a 20 per cent discount at the Vale Spa. 27 GLORIOUS GARDENS

We offer a carefully selected range of beautiful gowns form leading bridal designers. From the moment you walk through the door you will have our undivided attention, with the entire bridal boutique reserved exclusively for you. Book your appointment today. 135 Bute Street, Treorchy CF42 7BB 01443 244 611 SUPPLIERS OF • DJs • Photobooths • Starlight Dancefloors • • Indoor Cold Sparks • Shimmer Walls • LOVE Letters • WWW.JOIOENTS.CO.UK 07946 602 157 • • joioents ~ BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ~ MADE WITH LOVE BRIDAL, JESUS PEIRO REMBO STYLING, LOVE BY ENZOANI AND BLUE BY ENZOANI 3 High Street, Narberth Pembrokeshire SA67 7AR

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AT FIRST swipe Love After matching online, Becca and Lewis quickly became inseparable Images courtesy of Lucy Parker Photography Becca and Lewis met in 2016 through a dating app. They discovered that they had a mutual friend in common, and their connection quickly grew. “Lewis’ blue eyes and warm smile stood out to me as well as his ability to make me laugh at anything,” says Becca. “I knew he was going to be my better half from the first time we met.” Lewis proposed in Dublin in February 2019. “He had taken me away as a surprise birthday present,” shares the bride. “Dublin has always been one of my favourite places, so I didn’t expect the proposal, but it was perfect.” Here she shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Our cake was made up of Lotus, lemon and poppy seed, and chocolate and raspberry. To tie in with our autumnal theme, we chose eucalyptus and roses for our flowers. I had a special orange rose in the middle of my bouquet to represent Lewis’ late dad and a bouquet charm for my late dadcu. Our centrepieces were pumpkin vases filled with corn and pampas grass which lightened the red sashes running along the tables. We had beautiful food provided by The Orangery. We chose a three-course meal, canapés and an evening buffet. We gave our guests Welsh cakes in the shape of hearts as favours. We visited The Orangery in August 2020; it was a beautiful day, and as we walked into the ceremony hall, the sun was shining and it was just breathtaking. The ladies at The Orangery were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, and we were put at ease with every visit we had. Debra and Sophie honestly thought of everything, and from the first time meeting them to the big day, they were by our sides, making sure everything went smoothly. 32

On the morning of the wedding, we were both nervous but excited to marry each other as we are literally two halves. As soon as we were together during the ceremony, it didn’t feel like anyone else was in the room, it was just us in our little bubble. Lewis and I also booked a photo booth; we were given a copy of the photos after the wedding, which showed all the fun our guests had dressing up. It was such a lovely touch, and we loved looking at it the day after. We picked the music that played throughout the day, and in the evening, we had a DJ from Joio Entertainment who was amazing. They put so much thought into when to play the right track and how to get everyone up on the dancefloor and were so attentive with the lights and speakers. The bridesmaids opted for burgundy on-the-shoulder cross-over dresses. Lewis chose a navy tweed suit and a beige waistcoat with a burgundy bow tie from Dyfed Menswear in Cross Hands. I wore an embodied ivory dress. It was beautiful, and I’ve always wanted sleeves, so as soon as I saw it advertised, I had to try it on. It was from Chapel Bridal in Carmarthen; Lesley was just amazing and quickly put me at ease. I decided to accessorise it with a subtle crystal waistband which elevated my waist. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

For our honeymoon, we went to the Dominican Republic for 14 days, which was breathtaking. It was everything I’d ever dreamed of, as I’d never been to the Caribbean before. We had so much fun exploring and spending time with each other, just laughing and making memories. Our top tip for any couple is to enjoy every minute, have faith that you have planned and prepared everything and make the most of it. You’ll have opinions and questions in the run-up to the wedding, but just remember it won’t matter on the day. My parents made the planning process extra special and helped make our big day happen. The best men did a hilarious slideshow and story about Lewis. BECCA AND LEWIS’ CONTACTS Venue, The Orangery, | Photographer, Lucy Parker Photography, Bride’s dress, Chapel Bridal, | Groom’s suit, Dyfed Menswear, | Hair stylist, Hair By Katie Helen, | Make-up artist, Jodie Sheehan Make-up Artist, Flowers, Jayne’s Flower Shed, | Stationery, Eden Events, Mums’ outfits, The Queen B Boutique, | Cake, Bella Cakes, Entertainment, Joio Entertainment, Lucy, our photographer, was absolutely amazing. She took the most creative and natural pictures whilst mixing in the background, and we forgot we were being captured. She’s honestly so lovely, and it was a pleasure to have her photograph our day. We walked through our guests blowing bubbles instead of confetti as Lewis’ dad had bubbles at his funeral. We thought it was a lovely way to remember him on our special day. We took a few minutes out just to be in the moment together and were blown away that everyone came to celebrate with us. 34

Exclusive . Romantic . Unique A wedding venue like no other THE ORANGERY . MARGAM COUNTRY PARK . PORT TALBOT . SA13 2TJ 01639 883553 : At Margam Country Park | 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

THERE’S BETWEEN USmagic Kerry and Huw incorporated their love of Disney into their big day at Rhosygilwen Images courtesy of Mumford Photography Kerry and Huw both swiped right on Tinder and found that they were a perfect match. They exchanged numbers and started talking back in 2014. “I was working in a hotel in Aberaeron at the time,” says Kerry. “One Thursday evening, I invited Huw down to the hotel after a shift, and we ended up talking until 2am! We became official in December 2014, and the rest is history.” Huw popped the question on Christmas Day in 2018. “It was our first Christmas in our new home together,” shares the bride. “We were in our pyjamas in the kitchen, and he’d bought a personalised heat-revealing mug, and on it, he’d written: ‘Will you marry me?’. I was really surprised, and don’t think I finished my tea!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 37 REAL WEDDINGS

Our favours were Welsh cakes made locally by Truly Scrumptious Bakes. To fit in with our Disney theme, they were in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head in see-through bags with ‘Be Our Guest’ tags tied with string. To continue our theme, we had Disney-inspired centrepieces that were designed and made by Truly Madly Deeply. Catherine is a creative friend who kindly supplied us with everything we needed to make our tables look gorgeous. Our family friend, Elen, made our wedding cake. It included vanilla, chocolate and raspberry sponges with subtle Disney decorations and a Mickey and Minnie personalised topper. Every part of Rhosygilwen was beautiful, and I could imagine how our photos would turn out in my head. The reality was even better, with the large daisy walkway, John’s very well-kept gardens and, of course, the mansion itself. The main attraction was knowing we’d be able to decorate the Oak Hall however we wanted and hire a caterer of our choosing – it was a very personalised experience! We created our table plan using a mirror; it included the names of the tables decorated with a floral border. All of the text was written in Disney fonts, which was supplied by a small business I found on Etsy called Nicky Noodles Doodles. Although not local, Nicky was excellent to deal with and supplied most of our stationery. Expressions Florists provided our wedding flowers. Julie was amazing from start to finish, and the blooms were everything I had imagined and more! 38

Steve Briers Disco Roadshow, based in Pembrokeshire, was our DJ for the evening reception. He was fantastic, friendly, and very accommodating. We also had Sarahjane Absalom play the harp for our guests in the chapel and upon arrival at Rhosygilwen. Walking down the aisle to Sarahjane playing Can You Feel the Love Tonight on the harp was like a dream. Huw wore a Marc Darcy suit. He chose a tweed check three-piece design in a tan colour. With his groomsmen being dotted all over the world, it was difficult to get them all together, so they wore their own suits, and I liked how it looked in the photos. Cwtch Catering in Carmarthen provided our food. I honestly can’t thank Marc and Diana enough for everything they did for us. Our guests, 10 months on, still talk about how nice the food was. They were so good with the logistics of having a wedding later on in the day. Everything ran perfectly and not one person had a bad thing to say about their food. Steilio Dots Styling supplied our chair decorations which were white covers with grey chiffon hoods and silver broaches. My dress was called Lena by Enzoani. I’d seen a couple of dresses online, but being a bit of a tomboy, I was pretty clueless. I couldn’t have been happier with my dress which was actually chosen by the lovely lady in Laura May Bridal in Cardiff. I accessorised it with the largest tiara in the shop, some small, dangly earrings and a simple necklace. My bridesmaids opted for grey multiway gowns from Infinity Dress. Not only were they affordable, but the girls could wear them however they felt comfortable. 39 REAL WEDDINGS