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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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Have you thought about what you're going to do with your bouquet once your special day is over? On average, eight per cent of a couple's overall budget is put towards flowers, yet there's often no thought about what happens to them afterwards. Gone are the days when the only option was to bin them or air dry them, there are now lots of ways flowers can be preserved.

Encapsulated Memories is a small business in Llanharan offering flower preservation. The owner, Emma Cross, tells us more: “I've been building this dream for just over a year. It all started because I wanted to learn how to preserve my own bouquet from my wedding. My heart and soul goes into every order and I feel so honoured to be able to preserve such precious, memorable handmade pieces. I offer framed options, resin and new jewellery products.”

See more from our Handmade in South Wales feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

Make-up artist, Janet E White-Ashby tells us what's on trend for spring brides.

"This year we are going to see a continuation of the minimalist trend. Whether it be a less structured, effortless look or a sleek approach to an up do, attention is going to be on the dress rather than the hair.

"Brides are opting for a sleek centre-parted style finished with crystals or jewels. This style works really well for the those who want to go beyond the understated veil and incorporate hair accessories into their bridal look.

"The slick bun will continue to rock strong in 2023. A sleek, middle-parting with a neat knot at the nape of the neck is simple, elegant and exceptionally popular. Sophisticated, clean and fuss-free, brides-to-be are flocking towards this style as it's super flattering when combined with golden skin."

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

Adrien and Matthew met through a mutual friend. “I saw a photo of Matthew and wanted to know if he was single,” says Adrien. “We are complete opposites! Matthew is a calming influence, and I'm the life of the party, but it turns out opposites attract.”

Matthew proposed in December 2018. “It was two days before my birthday,” shares the bride. “We were at home when he got down on one knee and presented me with a ring that he had helped design. I cried and, of course, said yes! I then called everyone despite it being midnight!”

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

Amy and Ieuan met through mutual friends when they were 18. “I didn't like Ieuan at first, but he was persistent and really wooed me,” says Amy. “He turned out to be romantic and we've been inseparable ever since.”

Ieuan proposed in 2020 during one of the many lockdowns. “It was the first day I went back to work after being furloughed for a few months,” shares the bride. “When I returned home and opened the door, our favourite song was playing, balloons were covering the ceiling, there was a flower petal trail through the house and candles everywhere. It was so personal and romantic.”

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

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St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club is a four-star venue that's easily accessible from Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and Bath. Nestled within 400 acres of picturesque parkland in the rolling hills of the Wye Valley, this 14th-century manor is accessible via a grand tree-lined driveway and offers a range of leisure facilities, perfect for pre-wedding celebrations, including a spa, treatment rooms, fitness classes and a swimming pool.

There are several areas available for weddings, including The St Pierre Suite, which boasts a foyer, bar, ornate ceiling, a chandelier, impressive views of the surrounding golf course and space for 200 guests.

The idyllic 11th-century St Peter Church is available for couples wanting a religious ceremony.

Intimate celebrations take place in St Davids. Boasting a private patio overlooking the croquet lawn, it’s capable of holding 40 nearest and dearest throughout the day.

See more from our Monmouthshire, Brecon & Around feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

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Here at Your South Wales Wedding, we understand how stressful it can be trying to find the perfect suppliers. With so many to choose from, it can feel like a bit of a minefield, so to help inspire you, we've rounded up some of the region's wonderful suppliers.

One of which is Baroque Boutique which is run by mother and daughter team, Marion and Coryn. The boutique specialises in designer wear, accessories, hats and shoes for the mother-of-the-bride and groom and outfits for wedding guests. With her daughter, Coryn, experienced in the wedding industry and into fashion, Marion decided to use her commercial experience to create new a business.

When the opportunity to lease a large premises in a former wedding dress shop became available in the Abergavenny high street, their vision became a reality. Using her creative skills, Coryn transformed the space into a luxury high-end designer boutique and Baroque Boutique opened its doors to the public in January 2013.

See more from our Best Of South Wales feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

The King Arthur Hotel in Swansea are finalists at The Welsh Restaurant Awards in the Hotel Restaurant of the Year category. Located in the heart of the Welsh countryside, this award-winning hotel is a hidden gem in the spectacular Gower peninsula. Family-run, it comprises of 18 en-suite bedrooms, an 18th-century Guinevere's cottage and self-catering cottage apartments.

Rich in history, the King Arthur Hotel's wedding venue, Avalon, has been popular since 2003. The large room boasts a high-pitched ceiling with exposed French oak beams, Welsh slate floors and arched windows overlooking the surrounding landscaped gardens.

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Rhian and Adam met at university in 2008. “We lived in the same flat during our first year,” says Rhian. “After we moved out, we stayed friends and in our third year we started spending more time together. Before we knew it, we were inseparable, staying up all night watching films and eating takeaway. We knew from the start that we had something really special and after 11 years together, every day is still just as amazing as when we first started seeing each other. We always say we are like two puzzle pieces that fit together, as we love so many of the same things, but differ in ways that bring out the best in each other.”

In an incredibly romantic gesture, Adam flew across the world to propose to Rhian. “I was on a family holiday in the Dominican Republic and he took a gamble by not telling anyone he was coming,” shares the bride. “He arrived at our hotel on the same day as us, managed to lay low for a day-and-a-half and in that time, brought my brother in on his plan to propose. On the second night of our holiday, Adam appeared on my balcony. I had been in my parent's room with my brother, when I was asked to go back to mine to get the key we had 'forgotten'. When I went back, I was met by rose petals leading me from the door to the balcony and there was Adam waiting for me on one knee. That was the biggest surprise of my life. It meant the world to me that he had gone so out of his way to not only surprise me, but to have my family be a part of it too.”

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

Your wedding album should be a treasured memento of your big day, so you want it to be packed with fab photos that reflect all of the magical moments. Although fashions may change and hairstyles come and go, the memories are timeless and will be captured forever if you find the right photographer to suit you as a couple. To help get you started, we asked Megan-Sian Vickery from Megan-Sian Photography. to share her favourite wedding photos from throughout the day.

“I adore this photo and most first kiss photographs as I'm not just capturing the moment between two people that have just become husband and wife but look at the bigger picture," says Megan. "Everyone in the room is so happy for the newlyweds and it's just such a lovely photo filled with happiness and lots of love."

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

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The team at All About Eve Bridal Ltd explain what you should bring with you to your first wedding dress appointment.

"It's easier said than done, we know, but try not to worry about your first dress appointment. This time is meant to be magical and stress-free, so let yourself be taken care of and leave your worries and doubts at the door.

"When considering what to bring with you, it's vital that you have an open mindset. Without which, you may struggle to see beyond a concrete look that you have in mind, and, more often than not, brides leave having bought a completely different dress than the one they initially had in mind. Despite this, it may be useful to your stylist if you were to bring images of your favourite styles, necklines and silhouettes that you have seen online or in magazines."

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

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