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Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in South Wales.

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Sophie and Tom met in secondary school. “In 2013, we were on a night out and bumped into each other, and we've been inseparable ever since,” says Sophie. “I had plans to move to Liverpool to study nursing that September, but that didn't stop Tom. He would travel up on his days off and spend days chilling out while I went to study. I eventually moved home, and in 2015 we bought our first home and not long after that, we got engaged."

The proposal was a big surprise for Sophie. “We were on holiday in the Dominican Republic when Tom asked me to marry him,” shares the bride. “I was wondering why Tom was drinking champagne for breakfast (trying to hide the nerves), and then when we got back to our room, he got down on one knee."

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To find out more about this gorgeous set of images, we spoke to the shoot coordinator Bess Asprou from Woodbank House: “The aim of the shoot was to showcase all the suppliers and Woodbank House as a new venue. The contributors are very established in the wedding business, so the idea was to let them work their magic in order to introduce the venue. The colour palette was compiled by Jan Lima Flowers and was based on the seasonal flowers that were available at the time of year, which also determined the table décor and chairs expertly put together by The Luxe Touch and Simply Bows and Chair Covers. The beautiful bride was styled by Janet White-Ashby & Co and High Society Bridal Boutique and the artistic images were captured by The Storyteller.”

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“My name is Megan, and I'm a wedding photographer," says Megan Sian. "I love capturing memories and being able to look back at the photos and talk about those days with friends and family. With my love of this, I thought about adding more services to my business, and that's how Happy Snappy was born as a sister business to Megan-Sian Photography. The name came from the fact that nearly every wedding I photographed over the last year, I have had a guest tell me how smiley and happy I am. As I put my all into my work, it just seemed fitting! Happy Snappy is a fun and friendly photo booth business, perfect for a wedding or event that wants something a little extra and to capture the fun side of their guests. The backdrop is described as a flower crown, with all the flowers bunched at the top and a gorgeous bridal gown like voile draping down. The flowers can be changed to suit your style. I love florals, so creating this to look like a flower crown was a no brainer!"

To find out more, visit www.instagram.com/happysnappyphotoboothuk and www.megan-sianphotography.com

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Bryngarw House is located in the heart of more than 100 acres of award-winning country parkland. The wedding venue has recently transformed some of its overnight guest accommodation, including a new bridal suite overlooking the lawn and a self-contained Coach House.

Bryngarw House is one of the hospitality social enterprises operated by Awen Trading Limited, the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of registered charity Awen Cultural Trust. Its chief executive, Richard Hughes, tells us: “Our vision was to develop Bryngarw House, a venue with an impressive history, as a luxury Welsh brand and high-end destination for the wedding market, whilst diversifying the business for conferences, weekend retreats, and special occasions. This, in turn, will boost the venue's impact within the local community and create new and sustainable employment opportunities within hospitality and tourism industries which have been among the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Through our refurbishment plans, we will celebrate the beautiful Welsh valley surroundings, promote the language, cultural and environmental heritage, and offer the very best from local producers and suppliers.”

For more information, visit www.bryngarwhouse.com

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Katie and Shaun met online six years ago. “We had our first date at Ystradfellte Waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons and quickly became inseparable,” says Katie. “Shaun is a very loving and kind person who puts me first, which was something I hadn't felt before and knew it was special. We moved in together after a year, which some may say was quick, but to us, it was so natural. We were on the same page, and I'm pretty sure I mentioned getting engaged within a few months of being together! Shaun put the reins on that for some time, but good things come to those who wait.”

Shaun proposed in May 2018 while the couple were on holiday in Rhodes, Greece. “It was our first real holiday together as a couple,” shares the bride. “I had a feeling that Shaun was going to propose as he is terrible at keeping secrets. He smirked the whole plane journey and was very particular about keeping his bag on him at all times. We arrived at the hotel late at night, so I was tired and grumpy. I started unpacking, and when I turned around, Shaun was on one knee in the middle of the room. It was perfect as I always wanted the proposal to be just us. I asked him later on why he did it so urgently, and he explained that he was worried I would find the ring and he couldn't keep it a secret any longer.”

To read more about their wedding, check out the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

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This beautiful gown from Laura May Bridal is called Tayra by Eva Lendel. Tayra is a wrap-around dress embellished with a V-shaped neckline and long loose sleeves with take-ups in the shoulders.

To find out more about Laura May Bridal, www.lauramaybridal.co.uk

See more dresses in our Bridal Boutiques feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

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Mother-of-the-bride/groom expert Coryn Emma gives us her top tips for choosing a dress to give the illusion of height.

"Your mum needs to make sure she is wearing the dress rather than the dress wearing her. Sometimes less is more, so opt for simplistic elegance. Look for sleek styles over fussy detailing and make your mark with colour and accessories. Always lift with colour to elongate your figure, and avoid wearing hats with brims. Instead, look for a fascinator/hatinator that gives the illusion of height. Designers to consider are Linea Raffaelli, Teresa Ripoll and Irresistible."

To find out more about Coryn, visit www.baroqueboutique.co.uk

Read more top tips in our Fashion and Beauty Q&A feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

Cadi and Gareth met online through a dating site. “We both very nearly didn't turn up to the first date as were hungover after celebrating a Six Nations win for Wales the night before,” says Cadi. “We quickly realised we had similar interests, which made organising dates an easy job.”

Gareth proposed on Christmas Day. “It was very low key,” shares the bride. “Neither of us like much fuss, so it was nice that it was private. It was somewhat a surprise, however, I had dropped lots of hints! He chose a ring from a beautiful independent jeweller in London that I'd been following for a long time called Ruth Tomlinson. We did end up going back to create a bespoke ring which incorporated family stones from our grandmothers and my birthstone. I feel very lucky to have such a special engagement ring that has such sentiment behind it.”

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Venue stylist, Beth Stretton tell us her trend predictions for 2022.

"The popular décor and themes for 2022 promise to be bolder than ever, and what links them is nostalgia. I don't think it's any coincidence given the last 18 months that people are looking to the past rather than the present for inspiration. Among the trends I expect to see are:

"Period features – With costume dramas in high concentration we expect to see trends develop around this theme. Pretty pastels, timepieces such as gramophones and brandy bars are more popular than ever and add a nice touch to any event.

"Disco details – The focus on all things glitter, neon, and retro have not disappeared, and I think it's a trend that will continue to grow throughout 2022. With many companies now offering reasonably priced bespoke neon signs, the world is your oyster."

To find out more about Beth, visit www.meganandclaude.co.uk

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Zoë and Jed celebrated their love with a gorgeous wedding at Tall John's House.

"We chose Tall John's House as we loved the relaxed atmosphere and the owners are truly the best people," says Zoë. "I've always loved the colour green, and it's Jed's favourite colour too, so we chose it for our colour scheme. When I went for a floral consultation at Hilary's Floral Design in Abergavenny, we discussed what pieces I could use at different times of the day, and that's when we came up with the idea of a floral arch. We used it as décor for our ceremony and then at the reception as a selfie backdrop. To add to an already emotional time, we decided to use the flowers from the arch the next day to take to the cemetery. It was a beautiful way to include those who couldn't be there in person."

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

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