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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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Make-up artist, Emma Locke reveals her top tips for brides-to-be with oily skin.

"This is actually a very common problem and doesn't mean you need to avoid wearing make-up. I use Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer, an amazing non-silicon based primer, on this type of skin. It creates a lovely base for your foundation without making your skin slippery. I also opt for MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation. Not many people are away of this product, it's great if you expect to cry or sweat on the day and it's buildable so you can wear it sheer or heavy. I then use a cotton pad to press fixing powder into the oiliest areas. I like to use Federico Mahora Fixing Powder, it's not expensive, not bright white or yellow and works like a dream. Lastly, I use a fixing spray over your make-up. Take a pad and some powder with you to touch up the oily areas throughout the day or an oil blotting paper."

To find out more about Emma, visit www.makeuplocker.com

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Beth and Lee had an intimate celebration due to COVID-19.

Beth tells us: "We booked our wedding during the pandemic to keep it small and intimate. We originally had a meal for 30 people booked at The Bessemer Hotel, but since lockdown caused the venue to close we instead had a small ceremony at Merthyr Tydfil Register Office. We're planning to have a reception in July 2021. I'm going to re-wear my dress, we've booked a band and are treating the celebration as a second wedding with bridesmaids and ushers."

Photographer's credit: www.judithcookephotography.uk

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Cake specialist, Jenny Leeb-du Toit tells us how you can create a festive cake: "There are several ways of incorporating a winter theme into your cake. A traditional white cake covering will give you a great base to build on. Here are three ways you can decorate it: Evergreen foliage in greens and grey mixed with winter berries, fir cones and flowers make a great addition. Choose between white for the berries and flowers or winter hues such as reds and golds. Your cake maker will be able to advise on whether fresh or sugar crafted versions would be better, as some berries are toxic and cannot be used.

"Fruits, nuts and edible berries are great alternatives. They can add colour, style and warmth to a festive cake, grouped with or without some evergreen foliage. Figs, berries, strawberries and blackberries not only look good but also edible. Sugar dipping some of the fruit will also add a frosted look to your design."

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

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Real bride, Katie fell in love with her gorgeous wedding dress.

Katie tells us: "For my dress, I went to a few local boutiques, but my heart was always set on an image I'd come across on Pinterest. It was an Australia label called Grace Loves Lace that can only purchase it directly from them. Luckily for us, a showroom had recently opened in London, so went for a day trip there. The dress was called Verdelle 2.0, and I fell in love with the cap sleeves, and it was lined with silk, so it was comfortable and easy to put on. My godmother made me a beautiful long veil with individual pearls to wear alongside a flower crown on the day. I booked for my hair and make-up artist to come back in the evening and change my style, with more dramatic make-up and a jewelled headpiece."

Photographer's credit: www.oliverjphotography.com

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Inspired by her love of all things bright and colourful, Sarah Scorey from Withmylittlecamera collaborated with a host of talented suppliers to create this bohemian shoot. Sarah tells us: “I wanted to do a shoot that incorporated the feeling of summer. I went with a bohemian theme as it reflects my style of photography and editing. You can see how much fun we had, and the smiles and laughter came effortlessly.”

Photographer's credit: www.withmylittlecamera.com

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Barr & Co Jewellery Ltd was launched in August 2017 by Claudine Longueira-Barr. The ethos of her business is to design and create beautiful handmade jewellery in Barr & Co's in-house workshop.

The team currently have 26 collections on display in the gallery, all have been designed and handmade in the in-house workshop. They also have a number of one off pieces that they make, these are firm favourite's with customers who are after a limited edition piece.

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James Matthew from Eyes2Me Photography has changed his payment policy to help couples affected by COVID-19. Lovebirds won't have to pay a deposit, will have free cancellation and payments can be made after the wedding has taken place.

Specialising in informal documentary photographs, James works across South Wales and is known for his reportage and photojournalism. He captured natural and spontaneous moments, resulting in relaxed and informal images. He's fully insured, has an advanced DBS certificate and is pre-approved by many local venues. He also belongs to many photography organisations and is a proud member of the Master Photographers Association.

For more information, visit www.eyes2me.photography

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We adore Rhian and Chris' love story.

Rhian tells us: "Chris was stying geography, and I was focusing on English literature when we first met. We were living in different flats in our first year at Aberystwyth University and one night, during Fresher's week, a group of us took a spontaneous midnight stroll near Constitution Hill. We met at the top and started talking about our love of standup comedy. We got to know each more over the years and found we had lots of common and always made each other laugh.”

To remember the night they first met, Chris proposed on Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth. “The plan had been to pop the question as the sunset, but there was a storm blowing, so it was a bit wet and windy,” explains Rhian. “Chris nearly got blown over as he tried to get down on one knee! It was a surprise, but I did get a little suspicious when he was so adamant that we had to find the exact spot that we met.”

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

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Lesley Long from Fresh Food Events gives some of her top tips for creating a wintry menu.

“Venison wrapped in pancetta with a sloe gin and blackberry sauce served with mash and broccoli is a great winter option.

"Rather than serving tea and coffee to the table after the meal, ask your caterer to set up a self-service station for around 50 per cent of your guests. Not everyone will want a hot drink, and this is an easy way of saving some cash.

"While every couple wants their guests to enjoy the meal, remember it's your day so put together a menu with your caterer that includes your favourite dishes and don't be afraid of choosing something a little different."

Photographer's credit: www.pavlovaandcream.com

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Wedding dress specialist , Rachel Parry reveals how you can look stylish at a winter wedding.

"I love winter, it's my favourite time of year, but the weather can be a bit hit and miss! Look for a dress with three-quarter length or capped sleeves to help keep the chill at bay. Try and choose something with some sparkle to it, so the light catches the detailing. Great examples are Pimpa or Zazzy from Adriana Alier by Rosa Clará. Both have lace with clear beading and sequins that sparkle when you move.

"If you're not keen on the idea of wearing sleeves, then look for a fabulous accessory instead. A bolero or wrap will add some warmth to your outfit without detracting from your dress. Alternatively, bridal capes are a rising trend that can be removed if you start to feel warm throughout the day."

To find out more about Rachel, visit www.breconbridal.co.uk and for more tips check out the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

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