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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.
Claire McGeer from Hookedin Cotton gives us some of her top styling tips.
"“Natural backdrops with sustainable dried floral installations make a strong statement and appeal to many free-spirited modern brides. Think about incorporating macrame into your table runners, napkin rings, seating plan, tipis, swings, chair backs and favours. With many local macrame designers available, you're sure to have beautiful styling.
“Backdrops for your cake, ceremony and selfie stations add another layer of texture and interest, making your photos and memories pop off the screen! It's one sure way to ensure your personalities shines on the day.”
To find out more, visit www.hookedincotton.co.uk
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The British Bird of Prey Centre in The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire has continued to help couples celebrate their weddings during the pandemic, including one client who required evening entertainment. The director, Emma Hill, tells us more: “Last month we received an email from a young couple who, due to COVID-19, had to cancel all their wedding entertainment very last minute and were asking if we could help to treat their guests. It's unusual to have a request for evening entertainment, but we decided to do our good deed! It was a beautiful sunny evening, and The Coach House in Neath was lovely. We flew a falcon, hawk and owl and all the guests had a chance to have a go with the bird flying to their glove and even meet a baby owl.”
The company offer fun-packed packages, including an owl to fly down the aisle to bring you your wedding rings and birds of prey providing the ultimate entertainment for the wedding reception.
Discover more at www.britishbirdofpreycentre.co.uk
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Jess and Jamie met like most modern couples, online. “We both swiped right on Tinder more than six years ago,” says Jess. “We talked for a few months before deciding to meet in Swansea, which was halfway between where we both lived. We instantly clicked and ended up taking for hours while we walked the length of Swansea marina and bay.”
Photographer's credit: http://katerichardsphotography.com
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Photographer, Anthony Crothers gives us some his top planning tips.
"From the outset, it's important to build a relationship with your photographer. Consultations and an engagement or pre-wedding shoot will help build trust between you. Find a supplier that's on your wavelength, puts you at ease and understands what you want from your images.
"Good wedding photographers will want to give you precious pictures that you will treasure for a lifetime and will do their best to help you enjoy the day as, after all, it's all about you. Keep in mind, if they're a member of a trade association, that's usually a good indication that they take their work seriously."
To find out more, visit www.anthonycrothers.com
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Wedding dress expert, Rachel Parry tells us how you can accessorise a plain gown.
"It's amazing what a few simple accessories can do to a plain dress. A belt or sash is always a good place to start. Whether you pick something with sparkle or lace, it's a great way to define your waist and bring a little something extra to your overall look.
"Look for a statement veil or cape. If your dress is plain, a long statement veil could be just what you need to bring the wow factor. It's always a great idea to try on different accessories when you try on your dress at your chosen boutique. That way you can see exactly what suits you and get a much better idea of how it looks together."
To find out more about Rachel, visit www.facebook.com/breconbridalboutique
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Verity and Oliver knew each other from school but starting talking properly during a night out. “We began dating and have been together ever since,” says Verity. “Oliver proposed at Celtic Manor on the 19th May, 2018, after we'd been together for 10 years. I had spent most of the day with my friends watching the royal wedding with absolutely no idea that he was planning to pop the question that evening. He told me we were going for a meal, but when we went for drinks in the lounge he surprised me by getting down on one knee. He had arranged for our parents to be there, so they celebrated with us and booked for us to stay the night. Oliver had the ring made at Diamond Centre Wales and incorporated some of the diamonds from his nan's ring into the design.”
Photographer's credit: www.sophiecollinsphotography.co.uk
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Vegan cake expert, Sarah Powney tells us how you can incorporate summer into your big-day bake.
"Summer weddings are fabulous because you have the choice of so many fruits, colours and flavours," says Sarah. "Our favourite cakes to make are tiered creations where each layer is a different flavour that all complement each other. When it comes to texture and flavour, our cakes taste the same as non-vegan cake, we think they taste incredible, and your guests won't notice the difference."
To find out more about Sarah, visit www.thenakedvegan.co.uk
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Emily and Lloyd danced the night away with friends and family at Llanerch Vineyard.
"I chose a Paloma Blanca design from Laura May Bridal," says Emily. "I thought I'd have a big, princess dress but looking back, it really wasn't me. I loved the plain, simple look of my dress with a little bit of glitz. I accessorised with earrings, a bracelet, veil and my nan's wedding ring. Lloyd and the groomsmen chose their suits from Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters in Cardiff."
Photographer's credit: www.thestorytelleruk.com
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Local photographer Sarah Scorey from Withmylittlecamera teamed up with local suppliers to put together this romantic spring-themed shoot. “It's the perfect season for a new beginning, and our pink, purple and gold colour scheme complemented the time of year beautifully,” says Sarah. “It was an opportunity to get creative again after another lockdown, and it allowed us to look forward to a future filled with love, joy and more weddings!”
Photographer's credit: www.withmylittlecamera.com
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Photographs are more than just keepsakes. It's a way of reliving those happy memories over and over again and reminding yourself of just how magical your special day was. To help give you heaps of inspiration, we've asked Kate Richards from Kate Richards Photography to send in one of her favourite images.
“I remember photographing this," says Kate. "I was concerned, but they were insistent on standing on the middle of the log with a flowing river beneath! I got into position, which required me to wade into the river and then, by surprise, the groom picked the bride up! My heart was in my mouth, but it turned into an amazing photo and memory.”
Photographer's credit: www.katerichardsphotography.com
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