We're looking for South Wales newlyweds who have said 'I do' this year. Any couples can enter the competition: it doesn't matter whether the event was large or small; modest or spectacular. Just click on 'I want to enter' link above to put your wedding forward. If you've been successful, we'll be in touch.
Here are our most recent shortlisted couples - vote for who you'd like to see go through to the final, which will be held in spring next year.
Voting for this round closes on 24 July 2015.
Couple: Lisa Drew and Chris Hinksman
Date: 14th February, 2015
Venues: St Mary's Church, Marshfield, followed by a reception at The Parc Golf Club
Colour scheme: Red
As it was Valentine's Day, roses played a big part in this pair's nuptials. Chris has bought Lisa these flowers every year – including a delivery of 24 deep red roses on the morning of their wedding. “As Chris is a sheep farmer, we named our tables after different breeds and had Mr and Mrs sheep on our cake,” says Lisa.
“Another surprise from Chris was my big-day transport – a horse and carriage.” The groom also travelled in style, thanks to his best man, who took him to the church in a brand new John Deere tractor. “Arriving at the reception to be greeted by all of our wedding guests who were all there for us was so overwhelming.”
Photography by Nathan Marshall Photography
Couple: Fiona Davies and Keir McCumiskey
Date: 11th April, 2015
Venue: King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston
Fiona and Keir's day was an ecectic mix of all their favourite things. “As I was wearing a tea-length dress, I wanted coloured shoes,” says Fiona. “Keir was originally going to wear a navy suit but then found a plum one which we both loved,” says Fiona.
“Our favourite moment was walking down the aisle,” says Fiona. “Keir said to me later that day 'You'll never know how I felt when I first saw you because I'll never be able to describe it to you.'” Loved ones made their day extra personal; Keir's best man Andrew played their first dance song on his guitar, while one friend who couldn't be there sent a special caricature of the pair.
Photography by Roz and Kirsty Photography
Couple: Liane John and Nick Thomas
Date: 17th October, 2014
Venue: Oldwalls, Gower
“We spend our summers on our home sands of Aberavon running a surf school. At first, I shied way from what was an obvious choice of theme; however, we couldn't get married without it being part of our day,” says Liane. A beach hut photo booth, ice cream cart, surf board guest book and pebble place names all made their day a seaside celebration.
“There was a very special guest at our wedding, our seven-year-old Yorkshire terrier, who stole the show and received a louder 'ahhh' when he walked down the aisle than me!” recalls Liane. “Our wedding was perfect; the sun shone, the food and music were amazing, and most importantly, we had a relaxed day, with those we love.”
Photography by Chris Francis Photography
Couple: Sara Thomas and Daniel Wilkinson
Date: 4th April, 2015
Venues: St David's Church, Fleur-De-Lis, followed by a reception at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa
Colour scheme: Pastel green and pink
“We chose Bryn Meadows because of the amazing views. Plus, it was really important for us to have a reception close to our church as so many of our guests had already travelled all the way from Yorkshire for our big day,” says Sara. The happy couple didn't set a theme for their nuptials but incorporated all their favourite things.
Magical moments included Dan's aunt and uncle surprising the pair on the day by flying over from Canada, and Dan's oldest friends coming all the way from Chicago. “At our reception, we auctioned off our centrepieces and raised £250 for Velindre hospital, a charity close to our hearts.” says Sara.
Photography by Eleanor Jane Photography
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year title and a feature all about their big day in the magazine, they’ll also win a deluxe two-night stay in a luxury executive room at The Vale Resort in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan. The lucky couple will be able to enjoy breakfast and dinner on both days, a 55-minute spa treatment each or 18 holes of golf, as well as access to the hotel’s superb sports and leisure facilities. Please note terms and conditions apply, and dates are subject to availability.
Nestled in over 650 acres of stunning countryside, this four-star hotel offers plenty of wow factor. It boasts 143 bedrooms, two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, an award winning restaurant and sporting facilities galore. Whether you want to kick back and relax or enjoy an active break, this venue caters for everyone. The resort’s AA Rosette award-winning Vale Grill specialises in using locally sourced, fresh produce in its ‘best of British’ inspired dishes. If you’re looking for a statement setting for your big day, The Vale Resort is licensed for civil ceremonies.
Choose to tie the knot in the picture-perfect Hensol Castle or one of the hotel’s function or banqueting suites, and for the ultimate arrival opt for a red-carpet entrance. If you say ‘I do’ to The Vale Resort, there’s perks aplenty, including complimentary accommodation for newlyweds and a free anniversary dinner to name a few.
To find out more call 01443 667 800 or visit www.vale-hotel.com.
The winners of our Wedding of the Year competition will also get the chance to win our National Wedding of the Year title and a fabulous grand prize of a three-night mini-moon at the award-winning Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, on a half board basis in a Pool Villa complete with return airport transfers – worth £3,000!
Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, the luxury hotel, which opened in April, 2012, as part of the Oetker Collection, is an idyllic resort of 41 suites, villas and palaces. Situated amidst Balinese-inspired gardens, with cascading water features and lakes, the spot boasts three restaurants, a stylish rooftop bar and an indulgent spa – just perfect for newlyweds. Visit www.palaisnamaskar.com
There will be 17 winning couples from all over the country, and they’ll all be eligible for the national title. Each wedding will be considered by a panel of editors, who’ll look at all the gorgeous little details, read about the most memorable moments of the day, sigh over the stunning photos and, in the end, select the couple they think deserve to be crowned as National Wedding of the Year winners.
All over the country, in 15 of our regional titles, couples entered our Wedding of the Year competitions in the hope that their big day will be voted best in the area, and the overall winner from each magazine was then entered into our nationwide contest.
A panel of editors considered everything about each day – the sweetest details, the stunning photos, the most fabulous stories – to decide who should win the National Wedding of the Year title for 2014.
So, it's with great excitement that we can reveal that the winners of the national title for 2014 are – drumroll please – Your East Anglian Wedding's Emma and Sam Sharples.
They tied the knot on the 12th April, 2014, at Dairy Barns, Hickling, and their gorgeous spring-themed and travel-inspired day was captured by Fuller Photography (www.fullerphotographyweddings.co.uk)
The winning couple will be jetting off on a two-night mini-moon at the five-star Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, situated deep in the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Visit www.chateau-st-martin.com for more details.
Huge congratulations – and a big thank you for entering – to the couples who won the Wedding of the Year title in their regions and made it to the National final.
So glad I've discovered this wedding stamp! Fabulous, isn't it? A hand-drawn portrait of you and your husband-to-be is carved to create a stamp, which you can use on all of your stationery – and beyond the big day. I'll certainly be getting one when I tie the knot! Priced £52 from www.lilimandrill.etsy.com
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