The top venues, photographers and cake designers have been celebrated at the Welsh Wedding Awards 2022.

Now in their fourth year the awards recognize exceptional wedding suppliers that go above and beyond to ensure the “uniqueness of every wedding”.

Prizes were handed out at a ceremony at The Portland House in Cardiff.

A spokesperson for The Welsh Wedding Awards 2022 said: “The winners represent the industry’s gold standard that work tirelessly to meet the demands of the couples and their guests.

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“The Awards showcase some of the best wedding specialists that operate in the industry, whose excellence and commitment brought them to the forefront of the industry.

“These champions are tried and tested specialists that know how to create a stress-free wedding experience, keeping the romance in the air. We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements.”

Flintshire photographer Stacey Oliver, 44, of Sealand, was “elated” to win the top spot in the Creative Photographer of the Year category.

Stacey, owner of Stacey Oliver Photography, was shortlisted alongside six other photography professionals from across Wales.

Photographer Stacey Oliver

Stacey, who is a mum-of-two, said: “It’s been such a tough two years in the industry for everyone involved. It has been a time when it has been necessary to call on all my creative skills to keep up morale, support the couples I had made a commitment to and look after the future of my business.

“So to be top in the Creative Wedding Photographer of the Year category felt very special and a highly personal accolade for all the hard work I have put in over the last couple of years.

“It’s been a fantastic boost for me, especially when you are up against so many other fantastic photographers from all over Wales. It feels like a very special achievement and I can’t thank my family, friends and all the lovely couples I have worked with during the pandemic for supporting me to get to this highlight of my career.”

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Nominees for the awards make it to the shortlist after being voted for by past couples. Final winners are then judged on by an expert panel.

Stacey added: “What is important to me is that it shows couples I have worked with are delighted with the photos I captured for them of one of the most important days of their lives. The fact they made the effort to vote for me to ensure I was in with a chance means a lot.”

Owners and staff at Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen said they are “thrilled” to have been awarded the Best Wedding Venue of the Year North.

Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen

General Manager Tracey Owen said: “We’re so proud of the team here and this award is testament to the hard work they constantly put in to deliver the very best experience to our couples.

“To have been recognized in a national award is a true honor and we will certainly be celebrating this fantastic win.”

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The winners of The 4th Welsh Wedding Awards 2022 are:

Freelance Wedding Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year: Cassie M Bridal Hair & Makeup (Colwyn Bay)

Wedding Entertainment of the Year: SGDJ (Cardiff)

Stationery Supplier of the Year: Nikki Swift Designs (Newport)

Wedding Accessories Provider of the Year: Embellish Millinery by Yolande Jane (Pontarddulais)

Wedding Specialist Supplier of the Year: Acacia Marquees (Powys)

Romantic Wedding Venue of the Year: Rossett Hall Hotel (Wrexham)

Caterer of the Year: Cleverchefs (Cardiff)

Jeweler of the Year: Xclusive Jewelers (Newport)

Photographer of the Year: Bells & Whistles (Caerphilly)

Creative Photographer of the Year: Stacey Oliver Photography (Flintshire)

Videographer of the Year: MJ Motion Films (Newport)

Groomswear Supplier of the Year: Slater Menswear (Cardiff)

Wedding DJ of the Year: NuSkool Entertainment (Llanelli)

Celebrant of the Year: Unique Life Ceremonies – Janine Hailey (Swansea)

Transport Provider of the Year: Five Star Travel – Peter Daniel (Penarth)

Event Decorators of the Year: The Wedding Business (Swansea)

Wedding Planner of the Year: Carolyn Louise Weddings | Wedding Planner & Stylist (South Wales)

Wedding Coordinators of the Year: Affinity Wedding & Party Hire (Swansea)

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year North: Jade’s Hair and Beauty (Llangollen)

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year Central: PrettyBowMakeup (Brecon)

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year South West: Bedazzled Hair & Beauty (Ammanford)

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year South East: Nevaehs Hair & Beauty (Barry)

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year Cardiff: Visible Changes Hair and Beauty salon

Hair & Makeup Specialist of the Year Overall Winner: Nevaehs Hair & Beauty (Barry)

Cake Designer of the Year North: Cake Mania By Nicky (Wrexham)

Cake Designer of the Year Central: The Cake Box (Llandrindod Wells)

Cake Designer of the Year South West: Icing to Slicing (Swansea)

Cake Designer of the Year South East: The Vale Cake Boutique (Barry)

Cake Designer of the Year Cardiff: Cakes and Bakes – Cardiff

Cake Designer of the Year Overall Winner:The Cake Box (Llandrindod Wells)

Florist of the Year North: Vivid Floral Design (Wrexham)

Florist of the Year Central: Cloud 9 Events (Brecon)

Florist of the Year South West: Garden of Eden Florist (Swansea)

Florist of the Year South East: One Splendid Day (Penarth)

Florist of the Year Cardiff: Secret Garden Florist Cardiff

Florist of the Year Overall Winner: Vivid Floral Design (Wrexham)

Wedding Venue of the Year North: Tyn Dwr Hall (Llangollen)

Wedding Venue of the Year Central: Glyngynwydd Wedding Barn and Cottages (Llanidloes)

South West Wedding Venue of the Year: Gellifawr Woodland Retreat (Pembrokeshire)

Wedding Venue of the Year South East: St Tewdric’s House (Chepstow)

Wedding Venue of the Year Cardiff: voco St David’s

Wedding Venue of the Year Overall Winner: voco St. David’s

Wedding Boutique of the Year North: Karen Lesley Bridal Emporium (Northop)

Wedding Boutique of the Year Central: Wedding Belles At Laura’s (Llanidloes)

Wedding Boutique of the Year South West: Chic & Elegant Bridal Wear (Swansea)

Wedding Boutique of the Year South East: Bells & Whistles Bridal Boutique (Caerphilly)

Wedding Boutique of the Year Cardiff: Timeless Elegance Bridalwear

Wedding Boutique of the Year Overall Winner: Chic & Elegant Bridal Wear (Swansea)

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