Your South Wales Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 93)

£3.55 SEP/OCT 2023 Romantic real weddings BY THE SEASIDE Planned to PERFECTION How to create your dream wedding WIN! A luxury break worth £1,000 WIN! A luxury break worth £1,000 Bridal BEAUTY Showstopping fashion


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 65 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 On the cover... This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Penarthbased Holm House ( a cosy Victorian boutique hotel perfect for weddings. It was captured by Darren Thomas Photography ( at the wedding of Debbie and Christian on 6 th August 2023. VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 TALE AS OLD AS TIME Tie the knot in a historic venue 17 53 FEATURES 53 PLANNED TO PERFECTION How to create the wedding of your dreams 59 RETRO ROMANCE This styled shoot at Ewenny Priory turned into a real-life proposal 69 DREAMY DÉCOR The latest venue styling trends 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and product launches 75 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 80 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 82 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 84 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal must-have treatment, HydraFacial 38 94 REAL WEDDINGS 33 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Siân and Adam had a rustic-themed celebration at Llancaiach Fawr Manor 38 THE LOVE OF MY LIFE Caitlin and Abe were best friends and soon realised they were meant to be together 45 BY THE SEASIDE Bethan and Yosif opted for a lilac colour palette for their big day celebration GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 88 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 94 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 96 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa 75 45 33 David Barrett Photography 4

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.

You’re engaged – congratulations! Whether you’re at the beginning or the end of your wedding planning journey, it can be stressful trying to put everything together. There’s so much to consider, from the venue and theme to the dress and accessories, and so you might be asking yourself, where do I start? Before you start surfing the internet for venues and supplies, sit down together with a cuppa and discuss what you want your wedding day to be. Whatever you decide will have an impact on everything else you do from here on in. Think about your overall vision. Is rustic bliss your vibe, or are you more of a modern chic kind of couple? You may even want to host a festival-style wedding in a field with a temporary structure such as a marquee or tipi for cover. All of these aspects will guide you towards the style of venue you should be researching. Crucial to this process are the budget and guest numbers, as one will very much dictate the other. You may want to invite 300 people, but are you willing and able to fund 300 wedding breakfasts? Be realistic about what you want to spend, settle on a budget, and above all, stick to it. We’ve created an issue full of planning tips and inspiration to help you streamline the process and create the wedding of your dreams! Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big day best. Planned to perfection 80 75 59 These new dreamy dresses feature delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals, and flowing fabrics. The 1950s were the inspiration for this styled shoot, with the model wearing a short dress, sunglasses, and pearls that resonated with the Hollywood era. Our favourite part is that the models became engaged towards the end of the shoot. Win a romantic break at Grinkle Park Hotel in Yorkshire worth £1,000. 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

25 Check out some of our favourite historic venues. Bethan and Yosif opted for a lilac colour palette for their big day celebration. WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be. 87 Read all about Adam and Siân’s beautiful celebration at Llancaiach Fawr Manor. 33 38 The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 90 45 Caitlin and Abe were best friends and soon realised they were meant to be together. Years later, they tied the knot with a rustic theme at Craig Y Nos Castle. David Barrett Photography EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Coast, a restaurant in Saundersfoot, has launched Pembrokeshire’s newest seafront bar. Offering guests an al fresco experience, Teras Bar is the ideal space to enjoy pre-wedding drinks, good food, and the coastal breeze while relaxing on the golden sands of Coppet Hall. Known for his passion for sustainability, head chef Fred Clapperton has partnered with local suppliers to craft a tantalising bar menu, comprising of locally-sourced Pembrokeshire oysters, Welsh cured meats, and delicious Welsh cheeses. Fred says: “We take pride in local and sustainable sourcing, and the launch of Teras Bar gives us a new opportunity to showcase amazing local ingredients in a casual setting. For our sharing plates, we have carefully curated a selection of Welsh meats and cheeses that will pair perfectly with Pembrokeshire’s Velfrey sparkling wine in the summer sunshine. Our local Pembrokeshire oysters are served freshly shucked with our own pickled seaweed dressing and carry the true character of the Atlantic Edge.” Check out for more information. MUST SEE PRIZES The Vale Resort and Hensol Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan are hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 1st October 2023. Organised and run by the Wedding Guild of Wales, the Inspirational Wedding Fayre is the perfect opportunity to meet over 80 exhibitors, including members of the prestigious Wedding Guild of Wales and specially selected guests. Visitors will be able to see these two stunning venues on the same day and win some exciting prizes. Drawn live on the day, one lucky winner will receive £1,000 to spend on any exhibitor they meet. No purchase is necessary; spend with whom and how you wish! Enter at the door and visit both venues to get two free entries. For every supplier you book on the day, you will receive more free entries. There’s also the opportunity to win £500 worth of hire items from Emma Hall Designs. There will be complimentary samples and tasters available from various suppliers and trials from local hair and make-up artists. The wedding team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Entry and parking are free. Visit and for more information. AWARD-WINNING WEDDINGS The Welsh National Wedding Awards, now in its 12th year, recognise the best wedding businesses in Wales. Once again, this year, thousands of votes have been cast from couples whose weddings have taken place between 1st September 2022 and 31st August 2023. From these votes, a shortlist has been created, and the overall winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall on Sunday 12th November 2023. This year, there are 18 categories, including Best Bridalwear, Best Make-Up Artist, and Best Musical Act, as well as seven non-regional categories, covering wedding food, drink and millinery. The host once again is Welsh fashion designer, TV presenter, and bridal legend David Emanuel, who has the task of announcing the winners. To find out more about the awards, visit PLANNED TO PERFECTION Penarth Pier Pavilion invites you to its Autumn Showcase Open Evening on Thursday 28th September 2023. Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony and reception or a lively party for all your family and friends, Penarth Pier Pavilion is the perfect setting. Arrive anytime between 5pm and 8pm and be greeted with a glass of bubbles and the soft sounds of the grand piano. Wander the space and enjoy canapés from Epic Catering and styling by Cinnamon Pig, and ask the team any questions you might have. Entry is free of charge. Please book your space at To find out more about Penarth Pier Pavilion, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

DATES FOR THE DIARY Looking for the perfect suppliers for your big day? The multi-awardwinning Welsh National Wedding Fayres are the go-to events for everything and anything for your nuptials. Each show is full of tips, ideas, and inspiration from companies covering bridalwear, cakes, flowers, photography, jewellery, wedding entertainment, and much more. The Welsh National Wedding Fayres have helped thousands of couples plan their dream day over the years, from quirky vintage weddings right through to celebrity designer weddings. They only host one wedding fair per season in each of the regions, ensuring you have a truly exceptional selection of quality wedding suppliers and experts. To make it an extra special experience, each show includes a free glass of bubbly, an arrival bag, a stunning catwalk show, live entertainment, hair and make-up demos, discounts, and one couple will win £250 to spend with any exhibitor at the fair, all completely free of charge! Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, will be holding a show on Sunday 24th September, 2023, from 11am to 3pm. The United Counties Showground, Carmarthen, show will take place on Sunday 8th October, 2023 from 11am to 3pm. Visit to get your free tickets. A RELAXING MINI-MOON The Dreaming, a new wellness retreat founded by singer Charlotte Church, is nestled in the spectacular surroundings of the Elan Valley in the heart of Wales. The grounds of the former home of Laura Ashley boast waterfalls, rocks, caves, and, quite simply, an abundance of natural beauty. Rhydoldog House has been transformed from a rundown property into a stunning wellness retreat that works both with and for nature. From short retreats with daily wellness activities to longer breaks with specialist practitioners, The Dreaming delivers an exciting and nourishing menu of activities in keeping with the seasons. These include yoga, a sound healing ceremony, foraging, mythic storytelling, stargazing, cold water immersion, singing at dawn, den building and sensory portal building. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also painting, dancing, an outdoor cinema, herbalism, woodwork, meditation, a silent disco, and nighttime forest bathing. Guests are invited to participate in as many or as few of these offerings as they like. They can enjoy a very full three days or simply curl up somewhere comfortable in the beautiful surroundings and read a book. Charlotte Church tells us: “I have regularly tried to use my platform to campaign for climate action, economic equity, and wellbeing for all. Some of that has turned out to be effective and meaningful, but I always felt that there was more I could be doing. I think that’s why I fell so utterly in love with Rhydoldog House, as it gave me a vision of an integrated healing centre in line with my most deeply held values. The realisation of that vision has completely changed my life, and I hope that we can help our guests change their lives too, even if it’s just in small ways.” Head over to for more information. WEDDING FAIR ALERT! Swansea’s four-star Morgans Hotel is hosting a wedding fair on Saturday 14th October, 2023. This stunning venue will be open to the public from 1pm to 5.30pm with lots of local wedding suppliers to chat with. View the beautiful, fully licensed wedding rooms in their full glory, speak to the in-house wedding coordinators about your special day, and enjoy a selection of complimentary treats courtesy of Morgans Hotel. 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. No booking is required; simply arrive and register with the team, then browse at your leisure. For more information, visit REST AND RELAXATION Penmaenuchaf Hotel in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, has completed the first phase of its ambitious two-part refurbishment project. This charming mountain retreat has unveiled four beautifully designed suites on the top floor, as well as new kitchens, perfect for pre-wedding getaways. Founder and owner of Seren, Neil Kedward, said: “We’re delighted to have completed the first exciting phase of our refurbishment work at Penmaenuchaf, with our four newly designed suites now ready for guests to enjoy. The design vision was to create a true sense of ‘hiraeth’, a Welsh term that describes a longing for a place that holds some nostalgia deep in your soul. I hope Penmaenuchaf already represents the true definition of ‘hiraeth’, and we hope it’s a feeling our guests fondly take away with them.” The second phase of Penmaenuchaf’s restoration project will commence in January 2024, with the aim of a late spring completion, and will include extensive work on the remainder of the bedrooms and ground-floor lounge spaces. It will also set in motion the beginning of a much larger project to restore and recover the grounds and historic gardens. Discover more at Getty Images 10

01792 484848 | Did you know that Morgans are hosting a Wedding Fayre on Saturday 14th October 2023? Our stunning venue will be open to the public from 1pm-5.30pm with a whole host of local wedding suppliers available to chat to. View our beautiful, fully licensed wedding rooms in their full glory and speak to our in-house Wedding Coordinators about your special day. Enjoy a selection of complimentary treats courtesy of Morgans Hotel! No booking required; simply arrive & register with the team then browse at your leisure. Wedding Ta er Evening These dates are dedicated to showcasing our wedding venue at it's finest, though we understand you may not be available to visit us on either date due to prior commitments. If you would like to discuss alternative dates to book a wedding viewing appointment or a complimentary stay, please get in touch. Would you like to sample our wedding menus in full? Our brand new canape and wedding breakfast menus are being served up to our potential wedding guests. Taking place after our Wedding Fayre from 6pm, we are offering guests a chance to taste our stunning menus and view our luxury wedding items. Book your tickets to our wedding tasting evening as spaces are incredibly limited! £50 per adult | £20 per child (under 12)

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers A FABULOUS DISCOUNT The Glen Yr Afon House Hotel in Usk is the ideal spot to get away from it all and enjoy some time to yourself, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery and sights of Monmouthshire. It sits on one of the finest salmon-fishing rivers in the country, the River Usk. A regular winner of Wales in Bloom, the pretty and well-cared-for town has charming shops, a castle, 28 sites of historic interest, the Museum of Rural Life and a Town Trail. The beautiful bedrooms at Glen Yr Afon House Hotel are furnished to a high standard, with every guest bedroom being well equipped and most offer views of the hotel’s spacious gardens. Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Glen Yr Afon House Hotel is offering our readers a 10 per cent discount on its Luxury Break Package. The break includes a prosecco afternoon tea, a four-course dinner in Clarkes Restaurant, a one-night stay in a standard en-suite double or twin room, a full Welsh breakfast, complimentary parking, and wireless broadband. The discounted price is £207. The price is based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Valid for stays up to 30th November 2023. Subject to availability. To claim this offer, email and mention Your South Wales Wedding. To find out more, visit Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13


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, valid from November 1st - 30th April, excludes Saturdays, December and Bank Holidays. 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 YOUR WINTER WEDDING* PLUS SELECTED SUMMER 2024 KEY DATES STILL AVAILABLE

A vibrant venue in the heart of Penarth Penarth Pier Pavilion, the most romantic of venues with spectacular sea views for you and your guests to enjoy. Licensed for civil ceremonies; weddings and civil partnerships for 10 to 110 guests, the iconic Pavilion is the perfect location for your special day, with dedicated staff to ensure your wedding runs seamlessly. Their experienced team look forward to hearing from you – call today to arrange a viewing of this beautiful venue! For more information contact 01446 725236 @PenarthPavilion

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN Spotlight on... PENARTH PIER PAVILION, CF64 3AU 07955 436 216 Located on the beautiful esplanade in Penarth and looking out over the Bristol Channel is the iconic Penarth Pier Pavilion, a romantic venue with spectacular sea views for you and your guests to enjoy. First opening in 1929, Penarth Pier Pavilion is an impressive example of Art Deco architecture, with a vaulted main gallery and several charming wedding spaces to choose from. Penarth Pier Pavilion hosts a range of events throughout the year, including live music, art exhibitions, and workshops. Celebrate in style The Pavilion is licensed for civil ceremonies, weddings, and civil partnerships, seating between 10 and 110 loved ones. Everything can be organised for you, from room layout and place settings to fabulous food, so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy the day. We love... Penarth Pier Pavilion has a team of dedicated staff on hand to ensure your wedding runs seamlessly. 17 VALE OF GLAMORGAN

HENSOL CASTLE, CF72 8JX 01443 665 803 | Hensol Castle is a 17th-century castle perfectly placed within 650 acres of Welsh countryside. Sympathetically renovated and boasting a modern décor throughout, the castle has 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 of your 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. THE 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 offers breathtaking views across the Vale of Glamorgan and the perfect blend of rustic and contemporary décor. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in the Eliot Suite, which has dome ceilings, chandeliers, and a beautiful décor throughout, with space for 90 of your loved ones for the vows. The Hendre Suite, meanwhile, has recently been refurbished and can hold 150 of your friends and family. The Burton Suite is an additional area that guests can use throughout the day. It was named after renowned actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were regular visitors many years ago. We love... The Victorian mansion has a range of on-site accommodations available, a restaurant, and a fitness centre. When you get married here, you will receive a discounted bridal suite on the night of the wedding and preferential room rates for your nearest and dearest. 18

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

There’s no place like Holm ARRANGE YOUR TOUR TODAY AT Holm House Hotel, Marine Parade, Penarth, Glamorgan, CF64 3BG

THE ORANGERY, SA13 2TJ 01639 883 553 | Nestled amongst 850 acres of parkland, The Orangery is an 18th-century venue that perfectly combines rustic and contemporary décor to create a wonderful setting to say, ‘I do.’ Situated within the grounds of Margam Country Park, The Orangery has plenty of places to explore and take photographs, 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 up to 150 of your loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening celebration. We love... Once you’ve booked your special day at The Orangery, explore the unique grounds of Margam Country Park and plan your dream photo backdrops. Discover the monastic ruins, a pergola walkway in bloom, manicured gardens, tranquil lakes, and the rolling lawns of the deer park. HOLM HOUSE HOTEL, CF64 3BG 02920 706 029 | Holm House Hotel is a four-star boutique hotel that’s just a stone’s throw from Penarth’s restored Art Deco pier. A perfect example of ornate early 19th-century architecture fused with modern touches, the property was built in 1926 by JS Neale and offers expansive views over the Bristol Channel and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. This luxury 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 Equipped to cater for ceremonies of all sizes, with the most intimate space seating 12 friends and family, Holm House Hotel is ideal for both grand and intimate weddings. The Lounge, with its homely feel and 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 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. VALE OF GLAMORGAN 21

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

Tale as old as time Tie the knot in a venue full of history BRYNGARW HOUSE, CF32 8UU 01656 729 009 | Bryngarw House dates back to the 15th century, and it is believed that in 1775, a gentleman named John Popkin gave the house and its grounds to his sister Frances as a wedding present. A symbol of love from the very start, the owners are proud to have transformed Bryngarw House into a beautiful wedding venue almost 250 years later. Located in the heart of Bryngarw Country Park, there are an array of photo opportunities available, including the golden meadows, neverending woodland, and the iconic ornamental bridge in the stunning oriental garden. Celebrate in style The Traherne Suite is a French antique-style ceremony room flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that can comfortably accommodate 100 of your guests for the ceremony. Your guests can then enjoy a drinks reception and delectable canapés in the conservatory, on the patio, or across the lawn, depending on the weather. We love... When you tie the knot at Bryngarw House, you will receive complimentary use of two modern dressing rooms on the morning of the wedding and the Honeymoon Suite that evening. 25 HISTORIC VENUES

CEFN TILLA COURT, NP15 1DG 01291 672 595 | Dating back to the 17th century, Cefn Tilla Court is a grand wedding venue that was once home to Lord Raglan, the youngest son of the Duke of Beaufort. Celebrate in style Ceremonies take place in the pagoda, next to the oriental lily pond, with up to 140 of your friends and family. Alternatively, the historic Great Hall, located at the front of the house, can accommodate up to 100 of your guests. The windows overlook the lawns and lily pond, letting in plenty of natural light, and the wood panelling and carved family crest exude a sense of history and charm. Larger celebrations are held in the Courtyard Marquee, with room for up to 150 of your loved ones throughout the day and 200 in the evening. The marquee is a blank canvas that can be tailored to suit any theme or colour scheme, ideal for those of you wanting to personalise your day. We love... There is a range of accommodation to choose from, including shepherd’s huts, stables, a coach house, and a beautifully decorated apartment. The stunning boudoir suite is available for you to use on the night of the wedding and boasts a luxurious interior. 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 of your 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 of your friends and family. Perfectly combining modern and traditional décor, the Mansell Hall is a charming space with room for 120 of your 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

Set in 600 acres of land in St Davids, it offers breath-taking views of unspoilt countryside and easy access to the area’s world-famous coast. This is Pembrokeshire accommodation at its finest. It’s where the warmth of home meets 5-star indulgence. C tact Us 01348 831 302 | Crug Glâs, Country House & Restaurant, Nr. St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6XX Your Day. Your Way. Nestled amongst the rolling Welsh hills of the Brecon Beacons and a stone’s throw from beautiful Llangorse Lake, sits the stunning Tall John’s Manor House. Set in superb grounds is our wonderful stone Barn, which has been lovingly restored to provide the perfect wedding venue for up to 160 guests with integral toilets and catering area. The nearby Granary with its adjoining reception room has been refurbished to make an alternative civil ceremony venue or extra reception space so that we can be as flexible as possible to fit in with your dreams for your big day. The barn is a blank canvas venue - it is yours to style as you wish, to create a space that is personal, individual and unique to you. We know every bride is different, every couple is unique and your wedding day should reflect that. To help you create the wedding day of your dreams we offer you the chance to make the barn your own - your friends, your family, your style. YOUR day, YOUR way. Blank canvas venue / Exclusive use of our beautiful grounds / Incredible private position / NO set suppliers or corkage Cottage accommodation included / Cottage included for bridal couple / Elegant Georgian manor house available Gazebo in the gardens for civil ceremonies / Granary for additional reception space | Llangasty, Near Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX | T: +44(0) 1239 821143 | E: BLANK CANVAS WEDDING VENUE IN WALES

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CRUG GLÂS COUNTRY HOUSE. SA62 6XX 01348 831 302 | Crug Glâs is a country house restaurant with rooms in Pembrokeshire. Set in 600 acres of land in St. David’s, it offers breathtaking views of unspoilt countryside and easy access to the area’s famous coast. The property can be traced back to the 12th century, when it was mentioned in the Black Book of St. David’s, the chronicle of local farms, manors, and estates. Crug Glâs is now owned and run by husband-and-wife team Janet and Perkin Evans. The couple began modernising the house in keeping with its Georgian style. They added en-suite bathrooms and moved the kitchen and scullery to the ground floor. The top floor was remodelled from servants’ quarters to a spacious and contemporary suite with panoramic views over the countryside. Bit-by-bit and with careful attention, Crug Glâs has become more than a home and a farm for the Evans family. It’s now a luxurious five-star boutique hotel and restaurant, drawing guests from all over the world as well as locals. Celebrate in style When you choose Crug Glâs for your special day, you will have exclusive use of the house and grounds. The Cow Shed or the Crug Glâs House are both suited to hosting weddings. From indulgent wedding breakfasts to celebratory afternoon teas, the team can create a memorable event, uniquely tailored with customised dining plans that work for you. With extensive grounds, a country house, and a tastefully converted barn, Crug Glâs can cater for up to 220 guests during the day and 400 people in the evening. We love... There is the option to tie the knot in the venue’s beautiful grounds, weather-dependent. PENCOED HOUSE ESTATE, CF5 6JR 02921 678 090 | Pencoed House Estate is surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, wellgroomed lawns, flowers, and ancient woodland, with plenty of places to explore and take 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. 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 of your nearest and dearest. 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 a complimentary wine tasting session, the help of a wedding coordinator, carefully selected caterers, and staff to manage guest parking. 29 HISTORIC VENUES


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LOVE AT FIRST swipe Siân and Adam had a rustic-themed celebration at Llancaiach Fawr Manor Images courtesy of Oliver Rees Photography Siân and Adam met online. “Adam’s sisters persuaded him to give online dating a go, and luckily we both swiped right,” says Siân. “We hit it off, and within two months, we were living together. Of course, I fancied him, but I also fell in love very quickly with his sense of humour, his kind and gentle nature, and his academic achievements. We’re both quite geeky, and I think this is what cemented our relationship, as we can both name specific moments when we realised the other was ‘the one’. For me, it was not long after we met in 2016 when I mentioned a musician I really admired, and Adam pulled out his phone to show me that he had her, and my favourite song no less, on his playlist. This may not sound extraordinary, but the musician was the Ukrainian Eurovision winner from 2004!” Adam popped the question on Christmas Day. “I had previously said if he was to propose, to make sure there was a puppy as well as a ring,” shares the bride. “He followed through, except the puppy was a soft toy! It looked exactly like my family’s dog, Tehya, and I was bowled over that he had remembered and put so much thought into the detail. He poured his heart out before asking the question, but I was so emotional I can’t remember a word of it! On the plus side, it meant I prepared myself to listen intently to every word of his speech on our wedding day.” The couple hosted their big day at Llancaiach Fawr Manor. “It was practically on our doorstep, and the Great Hall was perfect for a small, candle-lit affair,” adds Siân. “The barn offered rustic charm and the promise of a dramatic entrance with its enormous wooden double doors, and the conservatory was clean and modern with beautiful views over the surrounding meadows. What’s more, there was plenty of outdoor space and a children’s park on-site, perfect for our little guests.” Read on to hear some of Siân’s favourite moments from their big day... 33 REAL WEDDINGS

Our children were only four months and two years old on our wedding day. We wanted it to be a family-orientated occasion, so we decided to keep it short and simple, opting for the venue’s halfday hire offer. We chose the barn for our ceremony, the adjoining courtyard for our drinks reception and the conservatory for our wedding breakfast. Adam and I wanted our favours to be relevant to the theme but also have a purpose and not end up in the back of a drawer. We were thrilled when we came across a family-run beekeeping business called More Bees Please, from whom we bought pots of honey with wooden twizzler sticks and personalised labels. The hugely talented Calon Lân Cakes created our cake using Welshcakes. Of course, we had to purchase some of their goodies to test them before the wedding, and Sarah, the owner, was kind enough to send us some samples. We eventually decided on milk chocolate, white chocolate, and cranberry. Our cake topper was special and so personal: a peg doll family, but not just any family – ours! After sending some photos and details of our wedding outfits to CraftingBirdUK, Natalie (the proprietor) hand painted a family of peg dolls to look just like us. It was a very special buy that will hopefully be kept in our family for many years. Adam and I made a conscious decision to focus on small businesses, particularly if they were able to offer handmade or personalised items. Originally, we had planned to get married in the autumn of 2022. Despite rearranging to spring 2023, we decided to retain our autumnal colour scheme of navy and copper, adding in hints of dusky pinks through the floral arrangements. We were keen for the décor to be sympathetic to the historical surroundings we found ourselves in without being gimmicky. We worked with The Cottage Garden in Nelson for our floral arrangements. We had agreed that the flowers would be one of our ‘big ticket items’ and we were so lucky to have an ongoing dialogue with our florist, Jess, about our theme and how we wanted to portray it. Our showstopper was a 2.4-metre-high arch, which reflected my bouquet with plenty of pampas grass, roses and pheasant feathers. Poor Jess had to design and re-design this so many times to make sure the arrangements weren’t too heavy for the stand! 34

We were honoured that my father asked very early on to be in charge of the wedding cars. We arrived in style in a vintage Rolls Royce provided by South Wales Wedding Cars, and other members of our family arrived in a blue Bentley driven by Carl Bennett. I wanted my dress to be memorable, in keeping with our simple, rustic theme, and a reflection of my own personal style. The one and only feature I didn’t want to compromise on was statement lace. Quite by chance, I stumbled across Willow in White Bridal Co on Facebook and saw a photo they posted from a shoot that had taken place a year or so before. I instantly fell in love with the dress, which, whilst not informal, did not look as rigid or ‘weddingy’ as other dresses I’d seen. I particularly loved how effortlessly beautiful the model looked in it. I was sold instantly. I kept my accessories simple, with jewellery from Clogau and a pearl necklace and stud earrings my parents gifted me on the morning of the wedding. In keeping with the colour scheme, Adam and his brother Nathan wore matching navy waistcoats and trousers and crisp white shirts from Marc Darcy. They accessorised with orange ties and personalised tie pins from The Tie Store. We worked with Cartiria Design on our invitations and order-ofservice booklet. We were particularly impressed with the handdrawn map of the local roads and landmarks to help our guests who were from further afield find our venue. We added a personal touch to the invitations by designing our own wax seals. We liaised with StampGoGoWedding, who created the bespoke design for our stamp as well as supplying the wax. We chose a three-course meal for our wedding and were over the moon when the events manager at Llancaiach Fawr Manor agreed for us to have a hog roast instead of one of the set main courses. It went down a treat, and we were overjoyed that many of our guests also took takeaway boxes home with them! I didn’t have bridesmaids, just my sister, Rhian, who agreed to be my maid-of-honour. Fortunately, a smaller bridal party meant I had more flexibility with my budget when choosing a dress. I’ll admit I spent far too long searching for and ordering navy maxi dresses to fit in with our colour scheme, and each time, both Rhian and I were in agreement that they were not right. The dress I picked for Rhian flashed up on my Facebook page as part of Coast’s social media marketing. I fell in love with it instantly and only hesitated for a millisecond as, in powder blue, it didn’t quite match the colour scheme. 35 REAL WEDDINGS

ADAM AND SIÂN’S CONTACTS Venue, Llancaiach Fawr Manor, | Photographer, Oliver Rees Photography, Bride’s dress, Willow in White Bridal Co., | Bride’s accessories, Clogau, and Goldsmiths, | Dress alterations, Sew Easy Alterations, Groom’s suit, Marc Darcy, | Personalised tie pins, The Tie Store, | Maid-of-honour’s dress, Coast, | Mother-of-the-bride’s dress, Hobbs, | Mother-of-the-groom’s dress, Quiz, | Hair stylist, Pearce & Chapman Hair & Beauty, | Make-up artist, Hannah-Louise Makeup Artistry, | Cake, Calon Lân Cakes, | Cake stand, Woodyard Things, | Flowers, The Cottage Garden in Nelson, | Stationery, Cartiria Design, | Wax seals, StampGoGoWedding, | Favours, More Bees Please, | Personalised tankards, Love Lumi Ltd, | Cigar-scented candle, Thornbush Hill, | Personalised plaques, Kitty and Fin, | Handmade soaps, The Dartmoor Soap Company, | Stag horns, Glenartney Antlers, | Confetti, Salvatore Tripi, Transport, South Wales Wedding Cars, and Wedding Car, We didn’t have an evening reception, so we didn’t hire any entertainment, but we did focus strongly on our music playlists for each section of the day. Many of our guests had either not met one or other of us or hadn’t seen us since we were children, so it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the people we have become. I want to give a special mention to the registrar who conducted our wedding. He managed to perfectly balance the solemnity of the occasion with enough humour to make it just right for us. He was also very patient when our attention switched to our son now and again, who was happily walking around during the ceremony, oblivious to what was happening! I think the best word I can use to describe how I felt during the wedding is ‘proud’. Proud of my husband for everything he has achieved, for being a wonderful human being, for choosing to share his life with me, and proud of our boys, who were the real stars of the wedding. I love that we were able to include our boys in every part of our wedding; it wouldn’t have been the same without them. One of my best friends, Gemma, was with me on the morning of the wedding, and she was unflappable! She helped my family and I stay on schedule, lending a hand from zipping up dresses to reminding us to breathe and enjoy ourselves. We would never have gotten there on time without her! One of the standout moments for me was the best man’s speech. This was unorthodox, as it was delivered by Adam’s brother, three sisters, and mother. Each of them had their own take on the speech and shared some embarrassing moments from his life. 36