A Local Love Affair

Love stories are timeless, as is the story of Will and me, partners for 16 years, and now on the brink of another chapter as we tie the knot this summer. We wanted our wedding to be a testament to the love we feel to the community that has been our home for so many years. We’ve decided to celebrate by highlighting the best our town has to offer, showing that a wedding doesn’t need to venture far from home. Every aspect of our wedding, from the flowers to the food, the venues to the music, is a reflection of the place we call home. It’s a testament to the community spirit that has been such a big part of our lives together.

We’ll be saying “I do” in a short ceremony at the beautiful Turner House Gallery in Penarth town centre. Originally built to house and display the private collection of local merchant, James Pyke Thompson, including paintings by J. M. W. Turner, after which the gallery was named, it is now an arts and creative hub for Penarth. We’ll continue our celebration in Penarth Pier Pavilion, the 1929 designed Art Deco entertainment space, looking out over the Bristol Channel. It will be the ideal location for a memorable evening filled with love, laughter, and dancing.

Every detail of our wedding reflects our commitment to local. Our rings will be supplied by Rowley’s the Jeweller in Penarth, and both will contain a small amount of gold from our families. The floral arrangements will be crafted by Lily Pad Florist in Penarth. Our wedding cake, sure to be a masterpiece from Lyn’s Cake Creations, carries a special significance. Lyn is the mother of my longest friend from school, and will create a cake that is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Music has always weaved its way into our lives, so it will be a key element of the celebrations, with Nathan Jones directing a selection of local musical talent to provide the romantic as well as the lively tunes. As we really get the party going, DJ Gino Figliolini will ensure that the dance floor remains vibrant and full of energy.

Will and I will be dressed in custom-made suits from King Fox Menswear in Cowbridge. The colours matching our personalities, and, once again, one of the colours holding a special significance for me, as it will be the same colour Mum got married in over thirty years ago.

To ensure that our day runs smoothly, we have enlisted the help of Penarth-based Cinnamon Pig, so that we can relax and enjoy every moment.

No celebration is complete without a feast, and we are thrilled to have Big Fresh Catering Company providing a menu that celebrates the best of local produce.

Our wedding invitations, beautifully illustrated by Penarth-based Katie Edwards, reflect the artistic talent that thrives in our community. Katie’s unique style has resulted in invitations that have proved to be a great talking-point.

Finally, capturing every precious moment will be photographer Jake Morley and videographer Simon from South Wales Wedding Films. Both will give us lasting reminders of the love and joy we share, not just with each other, but with our friends and family on this special day.

Finally, closing the weekend off will be a post-wedding brunch in the Secret Garden at Willmore’s 1938, where we will be able to share stories and memories from the big day.

As we embark on this new chapter, we are grateful for the support and love we have received from the local community. Our wedding is more than just a celebration of our love, it’s a celebration of the place that has been our anchor, our joy, and our home for over a decade. Whether you are planning a wedding or just looking to celebrate life’s milestones, our local area offers everything you need to create unforgettable memories.