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 29 May 2015.
Couple: Carla Holton and Gregory Batty
Date: 31st October, 2014
Venue: Penallta House followed by a reception at Bryn Meadows, Ystrad Mynach
Choosing a theme for their big day was an easy decision for the couple. “We both love Halloween and the burnt orange and autumnal colours,” says Carla. “Our reception venue placed a giant pumpkin at the entrance.”
The pair wanted a venue to suit their intimate guest list and budget. “Bryn Meadows is situated next to a golf course and the views are beautiful – you can see the local town and mountains,” adds Carla. “After seeing how much effort the staff and suppliers had put in, it was definitely worth the stress. It all came together perfectly. I didn't expect everything to look as fantastic as it did.”
Photography by Eleanor Jane Photography
Couple: Michelle Davies and Darren Morgan
Date: 18th October, 2014
Venue: Carreg Cennen Castle, Llandeilo
Colour scheme: Earthy red, brown and dusky pink
The couple opted for a laid-back wedding. “We married in a part of the world that's very special to us – there's something about the endless rolling hills that's so calming and peaceful,” says Michelle. “We were pleasantly surprised to see that our wet and windy wedding day made for some brilliantly dramatic photos of the castle ruins.”
“My highlight was walking towards Darren and looking into his eyes when I got close. He looked like he might burst with pride. I'd wanted to be his wife for so long so it was really special and emotional,” says Michelle.
Photography by Rob Hudson Photographer
Couple: Nia Jones and Kerry Henly
Date: 29th December, 2014
Venue: Cawdor Hotel, Llandeilo
Colour scheme: Red, silver and ivory
“We wanted a classy and elegant wedding so we decorated the venue with candelabra, flowers and lots of candles,” says Nia. “We named tables after our holiday destinations, and had a red carpet and rope barriers at the entrance to remind us of our trip to Hollywood.” “The Cawdor's ceremony venue Ty Horeb is an old refurbished chapel and was perfect for us, and as a female couple the staff made us feel very comfortable.”
Nia surprised Kerry with a cake topper of them and their dog, while, “at the end of the night Kerry organised for the band to play our favourite song – little did I know that it was a recording of her singing it, it was so sweet!” says Nia.
Photography by Maria Farrelly Photography
Couple: Rebecca Rees and Nathan Jones
Date: 14th February, 2015
Venue: The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Colour scheme: Neutral
It was a timeless elegant style that the pair desired, and their wedding date – Valentine's Day – inspired their table names, with the top table being St Valentine and the rest named after other saints. “When we got engaged we knew straightaway it had to be at The Celtic Manor,” says Rebecca.
“Our favourite memory of the day was when our guests rushed on to the dancefloor to congratulate us. The atmosphere was electric!” says Rebecca. Other surprises included an emotional speech by Nathan's mother and a special something blue. “My bridesmaid had a blue fabric heart sewn into the lining of my dress – it was material from my friend's clothing, who passed away.”
Photography by Oliver + Ruth Photographers
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.
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