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

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Melissa and Matthew first met on Tinder in March 2014. “We matched when I was home from University, but I went back shortly after,” says Melissa. “After months of talking, Matt came to visit me for our first official date, and we've been inseparable ever since!”

Matthew proposed on 5th January, 2019 at Southerndown Beach. “It was the day before my 24th birthday, and we'd gone for a walk on the beach,” shares the bride. “I never wanted a big engagement and the idea of him getting down on one knee for everyone to see filled me with dread. We walked to the top of the cliff, overlooking the beach, close to where we had sat on one of our first dates, and he asked if I wanted to be his wife. I was so shocked that I'm not sure I even said yes! That morning he had gone to collect a delivery and was gone for so long! Later I learned that he was ringing my parents to ask my dad's permission, and he called his parents to let them know. He proposed with a temporary ring, and we went shopping a few days later to find the perfect one.”

Photographer's credit: www.chrisandrewsphotography.co.uk

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Venue stylist, Beth Stretton reveals what you should ask before booking a venue stylist.

"Stylists take the spaces in which you marry, your ideas for theme, colours and mood and combine them into a vision that works for you. Some stylists, including ourselves, are prop based, meaning we combine physical props, handmade items, tableware and smaller details with your overall vision. Other suppliers don't hold stock and are a decorative administration service, bringing in other elements from the outside. Both options can be very effective. You will know very quickly upon speaking to someone whether they understand what you want to create."

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

Photographer's credit: www.owenhowellsphotography.co.uk

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Emily and Richard met almost eight years ago during a night out in Cardiff. “We both lived in the same area and have lots of mutual friends,” says Emily. “I had seen him working out in the gym that I used to work at and always thought he was very handsome.”

"My incredible auntie Glyn created our wedding cake," explains Emily. "It was two-tiers and made up of raspberry and white chocolate sponge covered in buttercream. We wanted it to be simple and elegant, so we decorated it with sprigs of holly around each tier."

Photographer's credit: www.honeydewmoments.co.uk

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When this gorgeous set of images landed in our inbox, we just knew our lovely readers would adore them. Featuring a real couple, fabulous dresses, a very handsome pooch, and on-trend stying, this shoot has it all.

Photographer's credit: www.thestorytelleruk.com

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We interviewed Jenny Leeb-Du Toit from Cakes Especially.

She tells us: "I've always loved baking and making sweet treats. It was my go to activity when I was growing up, and I learnt from my mistakes and had fun in the process. I was quite a proficient baker by the time I left school. I practiced for friends and family for years and built up my decorating skills by attending several courses. I was a laboratory scientist for a few years, and I find that baking is a scientific process – just much more fun!
I enrolled in decorating courses which led me to open my own business and teach a class in Abergavenny. My favourite thing in the world is making wedding cakes, from meeting clients to the design and set up."

To find out more about Jenny, visit www.cakesespecially.com

Photographer's credit: www.instagram.com/carwencrabtree

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West Farm Southerndown Coastal Retreat, formally The Barn at West Farm, is set to open in June 2021. All set within the converted barn which sits on the cliff tops between Dunraven Bay and Ogmore-by-Sea, the venue will include a café that will be open all year round, offering light lunches, snacks and cakes made from local ingredients. The retreat will also feature three luxury self-catering properties, including a renovated farmhouse and two high-end apartments, all set on the cliff-top next to some of the best beaches in Wales.

For more information visit www.westfarmsoutherndown.com

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Chelsea and Huw met in the most unexpected way. “We were in Tesco car park when he accidentally knocked my wing mirror while reversing out of the space next to me,” says Chelsea. “He waited until I returned to my car to make sure there was no damage. For his sake, luckily there wasn't, but he gave me his number just in case, and the rest is history.”

Photographer's credit: www.megan-sianphotography.com

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Ceir y Cardi offers deluxe wedding cars across West Wales. Based just outside of Aberaeron, the company has a range of vehicles that are available to view in their new purpose-built heated garage.

The team have recently added two new white Range Rover Sports to their impressive wedding collection. These stunning cars have a white leather interior and adjustable air suspension for easy exit and entry. Both are available to hire individually or as part of a package.

To find out more, visit www.ceirycardi.co.uk

Photographer's credit: www.clicproductions.co.uk

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Hair and make-up artist, Charmaine Gorwill gives us her top tips for repairing damaged skin.

"When working outside, prevention is key. Your skin should be protected as much as possible, so use SPF 50 every day, no matter how dull and grey the weather may be. If possible, layer up your protection with some kind of shielding, such as a scarf, to block out the harsh winds.

"Stay away from soap and minimise the use of hot water, as the temperature change can make your skin red and sore.

"A skincare routine every morning and night will benefit the hydration and texture of your skin. Use cleansing water and toner to clean it, don't use anything with too many chemicals and finish with a nourishing moisturiser afterwards. My favourite is Elemis they offer a wide range of products to suit everyone."

To find out more about Charmaine, visit www.charmainemakeupartist.co.uk

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Siôned and Jason met in school in 2007 and have been together ever since. “We were instantly attracted to each other and loved that we were both interested in sports,” says Siôned. “Jason proposed on Ogmore Beach on 31st October, 2018. We'd been out walking all day seeing the waterfalls in Swansea when he asked me to marry him. He had planned to propose in Italy, but the timing just didn't seem right, so he carried the ring around the whole of Rome only to pop the question when we arrived back in Wales.”

Photographer's credit: www.1visionphotography.com

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