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Beth and Alex met on a dating website. “We have both been married before and gone through difficult separations and divorces,” says Beth. “Alex was incredibly charming and to this day, I still call him my Charming Mr Alex. We had a lot in common, as we both love the outdoors and enjoy walking, paddleboarding, the beach and coastal areas. Our love for life was what really shone through. We had an immediate connection and I know it may sound cheesy, but I know that we were meant to meet. He is what I had been waiting for my entire life! He treated me like an absolute lady from the start and spoilt me rotten in every way and still does. He completely swept me off my feet and the first year was a total dream come true. It is incredible to meet someone who respects you so much for who you are and who will love you unconditionally. I feel so lucky to have met Alex and to now have the family that I do with him.”

Alex took Beth to Iceland for her birthday in January 2022 and proposed at a Michelin-starred restaurant called Dill. “We had seen the restaurant on our favourite programme called Down to Earth,” shares the bride. “I had dreamed of going to Iceland for so long and we had so much fun exploring it together. It was one of the most amazing holidays and one I will never forget.”

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Huw and Dale Photography are a husband-and-husband team based in the captivating landscapes of South Wales. “Our journey together not only thrives in our personal lives but also fuels our creative path behind the camera,” say Huw and Dale. “With years of experience, we have become familiar faces at the enchanting venues of South Wales, trusted by many to capture their most cherished moments. Our photography style is all about capturing genuine, unscripted moments. We believe in the power of natural and documentary-style photography, where every click tells a unique story. Our approach is to embrace the authenticity of the day, but we’re also more than happy to compose elegantly posed shots when the moment calls for it. For us, it’s not just about taking pictures; it’s about making your wedding day as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We always go the extra mile to help create an atmosphere where everyone feels at ease, allowing us to capture genuine, heartwarming moments. We pride ourselves on being open, friendly, and approachable, as we believe that building a connection with our clients is essential to capturing their most authentic and beautiful moments.”

Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Huw and Dale Photography are offering a 10 per cent discount on wedding bookings. To claim this offer, email Huw and Dale at info@huwdale.co.uk and mention the magazine. Offer ends on 30th June 2024.

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Rachel Parry from Brecon Bridal Boutique shares her top tips for planning your first wedding dress appointment.

"First of all, don’t be nervous; it’s not as daunting as you might think. Finding the right boutique can really help with any nerves you may have. Consider heading to a wedding fair to meet the boutique’s owners in person before booking an appointment. That way, you can get to know the team before you visit.

"Each boutique may run their appointments slightly differently, but here at Brecon Bridal Boutique, you are welcomed into the boutique with a pot of tea waiting for you and your guests. We’ll tell you a little bit about the dresses and ask you a few questions about anything you might like or dislike in a wedding dress. We’ll also ask if you’ve been anywhere else before and if there is a dress to beat. We’ll also ask you about your wedding; all this is so we can get a feel for what it is you’d like in a wedding dress.

"After this, we let you go through the dresses and pick out five to six dresses to get your appointment started. You’re not limited to just trying on these gowns; it’s just to get you started. If we can see you favouring a certain style, we’ll pull more similar dresses for you to try throughout the appointment."

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Bethan and Sam met through mutual friends. “We messaged each other for a few months and eventually went on a date,” says Bethan. “We went to Winter Wonderland in Cardiff and instantly clicked with each other. After we met, Sam went back to his local pub and met up with his friends, and when they asked how it went, his response was, ‘I’m going to marry her.’ We went on several dates after this; however, lockdown then happened in March and we made the decision to move in together rather than not see each other.”

Sam proposed at Edinburgh Castle in September 2021. “Edinburgh Castle is my favourite place and we were having a weekend away there for my dad’s 60th birthday,” shares the bride. “My mum, dad, sister and her partner were there, which was important because I’m so close to my family.”

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Local photographers Huw and Dale explain the benefits of having two photographers on your wedding day.

"Weddings are busy days with lots going on, usually in multiple places at once. While a good photographer knows where they need to be to get the shots that you want, they still can’t split themselves in two. When your photographer is shooting the formals, they could be missing important moments or funny candid shots with the rest of the guests. This is where a second photographer becomes invaluable, as they can capture moments otherwise missed.

"A second photographer also gives a second view of the day; your main may be at the front of the church while the second is at the back, and your main may be capturing close-ups of the speeches while the second is capturing the audience’s reactions.

"Ask your photographer if they offer a second shooter, and if they do, ask questions such as: How long have they been shooting weddings? Have you worked with them before? Can I see some work they have shot for you?"

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Sarah and James met at a bar in 2015. “I’d decided to have a spontaneous drink with one of my good friends, Jess, after work,” says Sarah. “It’s fair to say that Jess had a few too many to drink by the time we met James. I was ordering drinks and when I turned around, I saw an overly sociable Jess had started chatting with James’ friends. One of his friends pointed James out to me and asked if I was single. I’d sworn off men at that point and Jess was engaged, but we continued to chat and eventually I got talking to James. I could tell he was a very kind, interesting and intelligent soul and we got on well immediately.”

James proposed in 2019 in their kitchen. “We’d discussed getting married previously, but as we’d bought a house and had our son Oscar, things took a bit longer than usual,” shares the bride. “We’d actually chosen the ring together beforehand, but it had been locked away until James had asked for my dad’s permission. It’s safe to say we’ve done things pretty backwards, but it’s worked out perfectly.”

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Located in the upper Swansea Valley on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is a romantic wedding venue that’s offering two new packages. The Tea and Evening Buffet Wedding Package includes welcome drinks and canapés, followed by a delicious afternoon tea and a hot evening buffet.

The Twilight Wedding Package includes an evening buffet for your guests, a professional DJ and equipment, the use of a dry-ice machine, mood uplighting, a selfie pod and accessories, a dancefloor and a dancing on the clouds moment. The Twilight Wedding Package fulfils your evening entertainment needs for a fraction of the cost if purchased separately, providing a standard evening buffet and extras for a small portion of the individual price.

Those of you looking to stay the night will love the 36 en suite bedrooms; there’s also an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus.

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Revelry Disco is a DJ based in Swansea that serves the whole of Wales. “We can offer music for your ceremony, wedding breakfast, or just your evening disco,” says the team at Revelry Disco. “Leading up to your wedding day, we will work with you to understand what vibe you want to create, whether it’s a calming, laid-back affair or glow stick waving, festival-high energy! Armed with this information, our DJs grace the decks to curate playlists that can span genres and eras, from classic disco to contemporary electronic dance music.

“Over the years, to meet the demand of our clients, we have diversified to offer extra services such as silent discos, magic mirror photo booths, roaming photo pods and light-up letters. This keeps your guests involved and enables us to provide cost-effective packages from one supplier. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality services with prompt communication, so you can rest assured that your evening is in safe hands. It’s your day, so let us take the pressure off so you and your guests can relax and enjoy yourselves.”

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Solva Flowers By Maggie is a florist located in the beautiful coastal town of Solva, only five minutes from the city of St. David’s, Pembrokeshire. Run by Maggie Julien, the company offers a range of services, including wedding flowers, gifts and accessories.

Maggie tells us: “I have a passion for being creative with flowers and creating designs for all occasions. At Solva Flowers By Maggie, I don’t just use fresh flowers; I use my creative flair to produce something special using artificial and dried options. Dried and preserved flowers are perfect for weddings and make great gifts that can be kept long after the big day. I understand that everyone’s wedding day is special, and so it is important to me that your wedding flowers enhance your venue and look stunning in your wedding photographs. Whatever venue you choose, whether it be a large hotel, a castle, or a small, intimate wedding at your local hall, I would consider it a real honour to be a part of your wedding day. I will work with you to choose the perfect flowers and create your dream style and colour scheme.”

Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Maggie is offering one lucky reader the choice of a dried or fresh flower bouquet in a colour of your choosing worth £80. To enter this fabulous competition, visit www.yoursouthwales.wedding/giveaways

The closing date is 30th April 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for full details.

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Jess and Sam met nine years ago via a dating app. “I moved to Oxford after meeting Sam and we started a long-distance relationship with him in Pembrokeshire and me in Oxford,” says Jess. “I would get the train to Pembrokeshire after my night shifts and he would drive up every Friday night after work and drive back every Sunday. We travelled long distances for three years before Sam moved to Oxford.”

Sam proposed during lockdown. “Sam bought the ring the Sunday afternoon before we went into the first lockdown in March 2020,” shares the bride. “We couldn’t go abroad, so we planned a two-week road trip around the north coast of Scotland in September. Sam wasn’t sure when to do it on the trip, so he kept the ring hidden in his sock as we travelled around. Our last stop was Loch Torridon on the west coast and the place where we were staying had its own private beach. He knew straight away he wanted to do it, so he took me down to the beach and asked me to marry him. He cried, I cried, and it was very magical.”

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