Love is all around

Stacey and Rhys celebrated their wedding with a Cadbury purple colour scheme at the beautiful Celtic Manor Resort.

Stacey and Rhys met in their first year of university on a night out in Swansea. “For our official date we went to Pizza Hut and then to the cinema to see The Hangover. It was great and he discovered just how much of a food lover I was,” explains Stacey. After six years together, Rhys popped the question at their house. “I was actually ill that day, I was lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and Rhys kept nagging me to come upstairs and sort out what clothes I wanted him to put in the wash. I begrudgingly marched upstairs and found an envelope lying on the bed, I opened it and found a note saying 'Will you marry me? And the ring of your dreams is on the back'. I turned it over and found there was a Haribo ring attached! I thought it was a joke but when I turned round he was on one knee with the perfect ring.”

Here, Stacey shares some of her favourite moments from their big day…

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Rhys wore a dark grey tailcoat suit from Dyfed Menswear, with a cream waistcoat and Cadbur y purple cravat.


Love is all around: Image 2aI had watched plenty of episodes of the television series Say 'Yes to the Dress' so I already knew what I wanted. I purchased a mermaid-style gown from All About Eve, the staff really listened to what I wanted and gave me so many options to tr y. I couldn't stop smiling when I found the one, I didn't want to take it off!

Love is all around: Image 2 We chose silk flowers as I'm not a big fan of real blooms and we thought they would make a nice keepsake.


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We first visited Celtic Manor two weeks after we got engaged. We fell in love immediately and Rhys could tell by my face that I had already set my heart on it. The views were stunning and the size was just perfect. We had an amazing wedding coordinator, Bethan who was there to help every step of the way.


Love is all around: Image 4aWe purchased our cake from a family-run business called Bryn Awel Creative Cakes, they managed to incorporate purple ribbons and diamantés and we loved the fact it was square so it didn't look like a typical cake.

Love is all around: Image 4 I had my make-up done at J.E.M Nails because I had heard great things about them. I went for a glamorous look that was ver y different to my ever yday style, I even wore fake eyelashes! For my hair I went to Rhys Giles Salon inside Celtic Manor, I tried about five different styles and decided to incorporate a headpiece that my cousin wore on her wedding as my something borrowed.


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The bridesmaids' dresses were fitted with a high-low bottom. All four girls loved the gown and to finish their look they carried posies of silk flowers.


Love is all around: Image 6aWe had lots of entertainment throughout the day, we had a toa stmaster, saxophone player, ice lollie cart that served alcohol flavoured treats and a magician who was great a nd left everyone astounded. We also had singing waiters that were a big sur prise for our guests, a photo booth and casino tables that definitely brought out our friends' competitive sides.

Love is all around: Image 6 When we were looking for a photographer we came across Tom, he was excellent value for money and we liked the fact he captured lots of action shots, he was amazing and I've already recommended him.


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We had minimal décor in our reception room, as it had large windows showing off incredible views and I didn't want to take anything away from that. We went for a glamorous and classy theme, with martini glasses as our centrepieces and we named each table after a different cocktail.


Stacey and Rhys's contact book


Bride's dress
All About Eve Bridal Wear

Bride's hair
Rhys Giles

Bride's make-up
J.E.M Nails

Bridesmaids' dresses

Bryn Awel Creative Cakes

Casino tables
Event Casino

Get Dancing

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Dyfed Menswear

Ice lollies
Pop Cycle

Jason Thomas

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
John Lewis

Photo booth and marryoke
Ultra Booth

Beehive Photography Studios

Celebration and Party Supplies

Reception music
Dave Plays Saxophone

Singing waiters
Bravo Singing Waiters

Celtic Manor Resort

Venue styling
Wow Event Hire