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Ruth and Liam met the modern way, online. “I was having a bit of a nose on the website, not expecting to meet anyone, especially not the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” says Ruth. “Our first chat was about whether Liam had a beard or not, as his photos showed him with and without one. We met up soon after and spent our first date walking around a park in the rain. I was attracted to him initially because of his beard, and he often wonders if we'd actually be together if he hadn't had one! The more I got to know him, the more I realised he was someone special.”
Liam knew Ruth was the one and asked her to be his wife after only a few months together. “We met in December, got engaged in May and were married by September having known each other less than a year,” explains the bride. “We knew we were right for each other and decided there was no real reason to wait. I knew Liam's proposal was coming as we'd picked out an incredible ring together at Crystalink Jewellery. He proposed in a meadow surrounded by blossom trees in our local park. It means we can visit the sport regularly and remember our engagement, wedding and marriage.”
Photographer's credit: www.scoularfish.com
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To showcase their creative talents, a team of local suppliers worked together to create these beautiful images at Penarth Pier Pavilion. This shoot has it all from oh-so-gorgeous flower crowns to elegant dresses and jewellery.
Venue, Penarth Pier Pavilion, www.penarthpavilion.co.uk
Photographer, SEvans Photography, www.sevansphotography.com
Flowers, Jan Lima Flowers, www.janlimaflowers.co.uk
Hair and make-up artist, Janet White-Ashby & Co, www.janetwhiteashby.co.uk
Dresses, CocoMio Bridal, www.cocomiobridal.com
Jewellery, Anne Morgan Jewellery, www.annemorganjewellery.com
Tea, Waterloo Tea, www.waterlootea.com
To see more images, check out the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download
Beth Stretton from Megan & Claude gives her top tips for styling your wedding venue.
"Use pot plants instead of cut flowers. Late spring and early summer events can often benefit from the number of quality pot-plants available. At my wedding, I used them for the tables, gave some away to friends and family and kept others for our garden.
"Pretty colours are key to creating a summer-themed look. We find a higher demand for pale pink charger plates this time of year while winter is all about silvers and golds."
To find out more, visit www.meganandclaude.co.uk
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Cardiff-based designer, Amy Mair Couture has launched a new wedding dress collection called The Inspired by Collection. It includes eight different looks, separates and slips in luxurious fabrics with delicate details. Each of Amy's designs are intricate, delicate and powerful evoking emotion with a nod to dramatic theatre and vintage wear.
“Each gown in this collection was inspired by a certain place I've visited,” says Amy Mair. “I could picture the bride wearing the gown and the movement, texture and tone is depicted in that place.”
To find out more, visit www.amymaircouture.co.uk
Photographer's credit: www.hannahbarnesphotography.com
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Local florist, Samara Forsyth Searle reveals how you can incorporate autumn into your wedding flowers.
"Many people associate autumn with traditional burnt oranges and reds but we're starting to see an increase in purples, reds, pinks, dried flowers and foliage.
"Deep hues will contrast with soft, muted versions and look great when mixed with foliage. We're starting to see more of these instead of full-colour bouquets as they look more natural and suit the time of year.
"Some options that are available in a range of colours are roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, freesias and delphiniums. Filler flowers are equally as important so look for options like astilbe, thistles, scabious and ranunculus. Foliage is also a must-have, mix your blooms with seeded eucalyptus, cinema eucalyptus, parvifolia and baby blue eucalyptus to create texture.
"The possibilities are endless, and with the help of your florist, you'll be able to create the perfect arrangements."
To find out more, visit www.bestbudsbysamara.co.uk
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We asked Jane Scott from Jasmine Rose Bridal Studio what brides-to-be should take into consideration when looking for their dream dress.
"Don't be embarrassed or afraid to say what your budget is. We work with our brides to find them a dress they love within their price range. Most shops have sale rails of sample dresses which can offer great savings. The dresses are usually in perfect condition but need to be sold to make room for new stock. If time allows, some stores also offer an interest-free payment plan to help spread the cost.
"Be open-minded when it comes to style. Brides often come in with a fixed idea of the silhouette they want, usually because they've fallen in love with a picture in a magazine or on the internet. We see so many brides, all shapes and sizes, so allow us to guide you. We hear so often from curvy ladies that they must have an A-line dress because of their shape, which isn't true. In the right fitted style, curvy ladies can totally rock!"
To find out more, visit www.jasminerosebridalstudio.co.uk
Read for more top tips in our September/October issue - available to download for free now.
Make-up artist, Becky Lingham reveals her top tips for ensuring your make-up stays in place throughout the day.
"This is an important question that I often get asked by my brides. The key to longevity is all in the first stage. Skincare preparation will ensure your skin is well fed, hydrated and settled ready for products to be applied. The happier your skin, the smoother your foundation will look and the longer it will stay in place.
"Always use a hydrating water/tonic, followed by a moisturiser that nourishes but also sits lightly on your face. For oily skin, a light gel-cream is the perfect option. A hydrating under eye mask will also give you a brightening boost on the morning of your wedding.
"Primers play an important part in keeping your make-up set. There are plenty on the market for all skin types, and your artist will be able to advise which is the best option for you.
"Finally, always set your make-up using a light setting powder and a spritz of setting spray to ensure you look flawless from day to night."
To find out more about Becky, visit www.beckylingham.com
Read more top tips in our September/October issue - available to download for free now.
Real wedding couple, Caryl and John entertained their guests with a band and harpist.
Caryl tells us: "In the evening, we had a band called iRock perform. As a small touch, I requested they play songs from John's favourite band, The Darkness, as a surprise. We had several guests approach us throughout the evening and tell us how much they loved the band and Megan Morris Harpist."
Read the full real wedding in our September/October issue - available to download for free now.
Photographer's credit: www.andrew-miller.co.uk
Here at Your South Wales Wedding, we're always looking for the latest trends, so when this chic shoot landed in our inbox, we just had to share it with you all. Make-up artist, Nicola Gordon-Jones tell us: “We're in an age where anything goes, and bride-to-be wants to look beautiful and striking. The team and I collaborated to create red carpet styles that showcased our models' individual styles and features.”
Photographer's credit: www.sian-owen.co.uk
See the full shoot in our July/August issue - available to download for free now
Lowri and David fell in love with their wedding venue, St Tewdrics House.
Lowri tells us: "During our first visit to St Tewdrics House, Eifion and Blanche, the dog, gave us a tour and we fell in love with the property. Each room is beautifully styled, and we adored the grand gates and driveway. The greatest thing was that the price included everything. There were no hidden extras or corkage fee, which was great for us as we wanted to import some wine."
Photographer's credit: www.kateadamsphotography.com
Read the full real wedding in our July/August issue - available to download for free now