Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your South Wales Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Once upon a time

Zoe and Dan met on Bonfire Night in 2004. "A friend of mine asked Dan for his number," says Zoe. "Dan shouted asking for a pen and paper as everyone was leaving, and a lady handed it to him and said 'invite me to the wedding.' We didn't contact each other for nearly a year, but we've been inseparable ever since."

Dan proposed on Valentine's Day in 2018. "I wanted to get married before I was 30, so I told Dan he needed to pop the question soon," laughs the bride. "He asked me to be his wife while we were in bed with our three kids."... read more

Finally, we do

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." Jamie popped the question on New Year's Day in 2019. "He had asked for my mother's blessing the summer before and had managed to keep it secret for a while," shares the bride.... read more

Annabel and Gavin: The love of my life

Annabel and Gavin met at work 10 years ago. "We were in different departments, but Gavin asked me out on a date," says Annabel. "I wasn't sure at first about dating a coworker, but I decided to give him a chance and accepted the offer." Gavin proposed in September 2018. "We were enjoying a staycation in Bideford, Devon, with our beloved rescue dog," shares the bride. "On the final day, we walked the coastal path to Clovelly, and when we arrived at a beautiful beach called Mouthmill, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect."... read more

Hold me close

Chelsea and Huw met in the most unexpected way. "We were in a 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." Huw proposed on his birthday in 2019. "We went to Edinburgh on a midweek break to celebrate as Huw is a huge scotch and whisky lover," shares the bride. "He managed to hide the ring in a pair of socks in his hand luggage. On the second day, we had a tour of Edinburgh Castle booked and while we were at the very top, enjoying the view, he tried to get down on one knee. As I'm quite shy, I asked him to get up as there was a huge group of students passing by! Two minutes later, the castle cannon was fired, and it felt as though it was meant for us. I was sort of expecting a proposal but never thought he would do it on his birthday! He told me I was the best birthday present he could have ever wished for."... read more

Rustic romance with Leena and Neil

Leena and Neil met in 2012 at a music festival in Derbyshire. "It was the last night and I decided to enjoy a few drinks with some friends," says Leena. "In one of the tents, we saw three handsome guys and started talking to them. I was attracted to Neil's looks and the fact he paid attention when we had a chat together. He loved my red lips and Scandinavian looks."... read more

Winter romance

Claire and Samuel met while studying music at Cardiff University. "We bonded over our mutual love of musical theatre and folk music," says Samuel. "I accompanied Claire to a lunchtime concert series, and we became good friends. We quickly fell for each other without even realising it." Samuel popped the question on New Year's Eve in front of Claire's family. "We looked at rings together earlier in December, but Claire didn't know when the proposal would be," shares the groom. "It was also a surprise for the rest of our friends and family."... read more

Woodland wonder with Chris and Rhian

Chris was studying geography, and Rhian was focusing on English literature when they first met. "We were living in different flats in our first year at Aberystwyth University," says Rhian. "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 other more over the years and found we had lots in common and always made each other laugh."... read more

A day to remember for Leanne and Kevin

Leanne and Kevin first locked eyes at work. "We knew each other, but it wasn't until I decided to take part in a charity mountain climb that we started messaging," says Leanne. "Kev was an avid hiker, I, on the other hand, hated it, so he was my advice guru. Over time things started to progress as did the flirting. I eventually plucked up the courage to ask him out, and on October 15th, we went on our first date. Further dates followed, and we quickly realised how we felt about each other."... read more

A dreamy day

Harriet and Jacob met at a rugby game in their last year of primary school. "Over the years our friendship grew, and we've been inseparable since we were 15," says Harriet. "Jacob proposed to me on our 10th anniversary. We decided to have a weekend away at De Vere Tortworth Court in Gloucester to celebrate. We were walking through the grounds when Jacob gave me an anniversary card. By the time I'd finished reading it, he'd got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful ring. We were over the moon and couldn't have been happier."... read more

Truly romantic

After many years together, Michelle and Christopher finally tied the knot at Cottrell Park Golf Resort. Michelle and Christopher's love story began in 2006 when they locked eyes at their local bar. "We met briefly, and as luck would have it we bumped into each other again a few hours later at a friend's house party," says Michelle. "I was extremely attracted to Chris and his gorgeous smile." Christopher popped the question on Christmas morning in 2012. "He handed me a Thomas Sabo ring charm for my bracelet and pretended to propose to me by saying 'would you do me the honour of making me a cup of tea?" shares the bride. "I burst into tears at the thought of him making a joke about a such a serious subject, and he quickly pulled out a box with a beautiful diamond and ruby engagement ring in. I was in complete shock and felt so elated."... read more

One fine day for Laura and Bart

One fine day: Laura and Bart had a beautiful wedding at voco St David's Cardiff. Laura and Bart met at a party. "He doesn't remember meeting me," says Laura. "I was living in London at the time and had gone to visit a friend in Antwerp for the weekend. We went to an after-work party, and while I was there, I noticed this guy with the craziest dance moves. I thought he was quite funny and we started talking. When we left the bar I gave him my number, and he called me a few days later. I didn't answer because I thought it was too direct so I text him asking who it was, little did I know he took that to mean I'd given him a fake number! I messaged him again, and we hit it off.... read more

Ally and Benjamin: Sail away with me

Sail away with me: Ally and Benjamin had a beautiful wedding at Holm House Hotel... read more

Classic elegance

Claire and Paul had a laid back celebration at The Cliff Hotel & Spa... read more

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