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 22 November 2013.
Meet the contenders
The finer details Couple: Elizabeth Harris and Justin Coutange Date: 6th July, 2013 Venues: The Church of St Hilary of Poitiers, Cowbridge, followed by a marquee reception Colour scheme: Pink and lavender
The day Growing up in St Hilary, Elizabeth had always dreamed of tying the knot at the village church. “I've attended services there for many years and it was only a short walk back to the marquee in my parents' garden,” she adds. “We tried to keep it as local as possible. Guests enjoyed Welsh cheeses and our rings were made by the Diamond Centre of Wales.”
Memorable moments To Elizabeth's surprise, a Bentley arrived to whisk her to the church in style. However, her favourite memory from the day was the toast. “It meant so much to me that my dad and husband had made the effort to write a speech; it's not easy to speak in front of all those people. I'm glad I didn't have to stand up and say anything,” she explains.
The finer details Couple: Kayleigh Davies and Carl Williams Date: 17th May, 2013 Venue: Maes Manor, Gwent Theme: Romantic vintage
The day Despite a forecast of heavy rain, Kayleigh and Carl awoke to blue skies on their big day, all the better to enjoy Maes Manor's grounds. Candelabra draped in flowers and pearls, and heather bridesmaids' dresses brought their romantic vintage theme to life. “Kayleigh is obsessed with jelly beans, so we filled jam jars with them and gave them to guests as favours,” says Carl.
Memorable moments “We'll never forget standing with all our guests, enjoying the fireworks display at the end of a fantastic day,” says Kayleigh. “Another moment that stands out is coming across one of our guests happily riding around the grounds on the vintage ice cream bike provided by Icicle Tricycle Wales during our Mr & Mrs shots.”
The finer details Couple: Rebecca Williams and Justin Davies Date: 30th August, 2013 Venue: The Parc Hotel, Cardiff Colour scheme: Pink
The day Rebecca took inspiration from her Diane Harbridge gown for their 'flowers and sparkle' big-day theme. “I surprised my husband with a guitarist to play before and during the ceremony, as Justin is a keen amateur guitarist,” adds Rebecca. “Justin is learning some of the songs I requested as they remind me of when we first started dating.”
Memorable moments Although the couple have many happy memories of their big day, Rebecca's highlight was walking down the aisle: “As I walked into the ceremony room, I saw Justin holding our little girl Grace at the end of the aisle. When I stood next to him he said 'I'm so glad you're here' and gave me the biggest smile.”
The finer details Couple: Lucy Phillips and Matthew Lewis Date: 11th May, 2013 Venue: Welsh Green Weddings at Penybanc Farm, Llandysul Theme: Rustic
The day The eco-friendly Penybanc Farm fitted perfectly with the couple's nature-inspired theme. “We felt instantly at home on our first visit and the venue is absolutely beautiful,” explains Lucy. While handmade elements lent the wedding a personal touch.
Memorable moments Friends and family made the day for Lucy and Matthew: “Other than being pronounced man wife, the best part of the day was seeing all our guests relaxed, happy and having fun,” says Lucy.
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 luxurious two-night stay at Ynyshir Hall Hotel in Eglwysfach, near Powys, worth more than £920. The lucky couple will be able to enjoy a hearty breakfast on both days, free entry into the UNESCO Biosphere as well as a tasting dinner, complete with complementary wines one evening in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Please note terms and conditions apply, dates are subject to availability.
Set in 14 acres of stunning gardens, Ynyshir Hall Hotel is a nature-lover’s paradise and the ultimate retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With 10 boutique bedrooms, each named after a famous artist, and a lounge bar with roaring log fire, Ynyshir Hall Hotel is a home from home, albeit one where you are waited on hand and foot and fed tasty morsels from head chef Paul Croasdale’s restaurant.
If you’re looking for an idyllic setting for your big day, Ynyshir Hall Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies. The hotel’s team prides itself on its personal service and will help you to create a wedding with a difference, whether you want to fly in by helicopter or compose a menu from scratch to show off the magnificent ingredients the region – and the hotel’s dedicated kitchen garden – has to offer. For more information, call 01654 781 209 or visit www.ynyshirhall.co.uk
Terms & Conditions
Competitions are not open to employees (or their immediate families) of KD Media Publishing Ltd.
The competition closing date is subject to change without prior notice.
The winner(s) will be notified in writing.
The editor's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The prize is not transferable and has no monetary value.
If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
No purchase necessary to enter and there is no charge to enter via the website.
This prize is based on double occupancy.
Prize excludes Christmas, New Year, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day and is subject to availability.
Not transferrable with any other booking.
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