The Little Black Book of Wedding Contacts
Weddings are one of our favourite celebrations to host at Penally Abbey and we felt it was time to share our little black book of the very best wedding contacts you need to plan your wedding in Pembrokeshire.
It can be an agonising task choosing who will do your photos, plan your day, feed you and your guests and style your hair for your wedding. We always provide couples who get married at Penally Abbey with a list of our favourite contacts of the ever-growing bunch of professionals in the industry.
Today, we’re sharing our secrets…
Pembrokeshire Wedding Venue
Penally Abbey Hotel
Of course, we may be a LITTLE biased, but Penally Abbey truly is the most magical place to vow to spend the rest of your life with your partner. Every wedding we have hosted has been carefully thought out and incredibly special in various different ways. We are not a wedding venue 'machine' and limit ourselves to a small number of weddings each year. This means we can give them the time, thought and attention they require and deserve.
Penally Abbey specialises in intimate ceremonies followed by romantic, candlelit dinners to celebrate. We can hold weddings for up to a maximum of 30 people with another 20 people during the evening when guests have exclusive use of the hotel. We are all about providing a personal, unique day with friendly, unobtrusive staff and the sea gently twinkling in the background.
Contact: Miriam & Lauren
Hanna Just Imagine
Hanna runs her own wedding planning company and we are lucky enough to have her on board at Penally to assist in the planning of our exclusive use weddings. If you’re looking for a totally hassle-free, calm, fun and enjoyable wedding experience then Hanna is a necessity.
Her calming influence, extensive knowledge and genuine understanding of the flow of the day is reflected in everything she does in the run up to your wedding. When life is busy and hours in the day are slim, Hanna takes the reins in the most unobtrusive, gentle and wonderful way.
We have a borderline obsessive love for flowers at Penally Abbey and are constantly filling every corner of the hotel with fresh bunches. Our cutting garden is slowly but surely developing in the garden and our dream is to one day fill the hotel with our own homegrown flowers…and maybe even be able to offer wedding flowers! Until that time, our two favourite florists based in Pembrokeshire are two lovely ladies, who are not only fabulously talented but people you’d love to have around on the run up to your big day.
Deborah Wilcox Flowers
Deborah is based in Pembroke and has the most wonderful flower shop filled with beautiful inspiration in the form of both flowers and gorgeous gifts. With her experience and a keen eye for detail, working alongside Deborah means you will instantly feel relaxed in her knowledge and capability to design beautiful arrangements which bring your vision alive.
Flowers by Annabel
Annabel is based in North Pembrokeshire and is inspired by the incredible Pembrokeshire coastline. You only have to head over to her Instagram to get an idea of the beautiful arrangements of flowers she can expertly and creatively put together for your wedding day. For those looking for wild, creative and beautiful arrangements, look no further than the lovely Flowers by Annabel.
When you consider the amount of time and effort that goes into your special day, it is crucial that you choose a photographer that you feel will capture your day, the atmosphere and the important details. We suggest local photographers who have photographed Penally a number of times and who we find are a joy to work with.
Jacques is our resident photographer here at Penally Abbey and his photography style is about capturing moments as they happen in a beautiful, natural way. For those who have their weddings at Penally Abbey, you couldn't ask for a better photographer, as Jacques knows the best angles and beauty of the building better than anyone. He's also great fun to have around on the day as his relaxed, easy-going attitude is enough to calm even the most stressed wedding couple.
Owen Howells Photography
For those looking for an experienced, incredibly capable photographer for your wedding day, Owen is your guy. With a large number of weddings under his belt, you can rest assured that the important, the intimate and the little-detailed shots will be captured. His local knowledge of Pembrokeshire and the perfect, beautiful backdrops for photos is also a fantastic bonus for those getting married in the area.
Nic Ford Photography
Nic Ford will capture your wedding perfectly whilst constantly providing a relaxing, fun influence on the day. Nic’s ability to portray the emotion of the day so prominently through her photos means she can deliver an album of photographs that will transport you back to your day for decades to come.
Ben Walton Film
Emotive, cinematic, beautiful film making is consistently delivered by Ben. If you want a film which not only you but friends and family will want to watch for years to come, Ben Walton is the only man for the job. His films are staggeringly beautiful and thoughtfully produced and edited to give the most emotive and real story of the day. Photos will forever capture your wedding day, but Ben’s films enable you to re-live it is as many times as you like.
Make – Up & Beauty
Amrie is the perfect person to start your wedding day with. Her calm, relaxed and cheerful attitude towards weddings is due to her extensive experience and emotional understanding of what every bride is going through on the morning of their wedding. Amrie consistently listens and adapts to your make-up style and skin type whilst working hard to accentuate your natural beauty, ensuring you look the most beautiful version of you.
She can also do all your wedding run-up prep as well as stay with you throughout your wedding day for those post emotional vows and speeches touch ups!
A wonderful group of girls headed up by the fantastic Sophie. Guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and looked after. Sophie and her team can cover all of your pre-wedding preparation from nails and massages, to expertly doing your hair on the big day whilst always ensuring the whole experience is an enjoyable one.
Sarah from Andrew Price
Sarah is a fabulous hairdresser from Andrew Price in Tenby and lives just a 2-minute walk from Penally Abbey Hotel. She is a popular choice for brides that get married at the hotel as Sarah only has to pop up the road and her experience and expertise put every bride at ease. Sarah is not only guaranteed to make you look beautiful but someone who is a joy to have around on the morning of your wedding.
Pembrokeshire is incredibly lucky to have such a fabulous bridal boutique. Sally White runs the famous White Bride Boutique in Narberth and is renowned for her personal service, fantastic eye and complete commitment to every bride that steps into her perfect calming oasis, where picking out the perfect wedding dress is made a breeze. The boutique has an array of incredible designers all individually picked by Sally. Her team is dedicated to helping each bride find THE dress and they make the whole experience magical and enjoyable for everyone involved. Sally's boutique also sells the ultimate collection of accessories to complete each look along with a number of different beautiful bridesmaid dresses. Appointments are essential!
Megan and Claude
If you have a vision for your wedding and are unsure about how to create it, look no further than Megan and Claude. They can provide simple wedding props such as table seating plans to full lighting and wedding styling in order to completely create the wedding of your dreams. Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly how you'd like your wedding to be but Megan and Claude have endless creative knowledge and a 'can do' attitude which is essential in all event planning.
Pembrokeshire Wedding Cakes | Gertie Gabbles Cakes
Deborah is an incredibly experienced, talented and creative cake maker from Penally village who is a total joy to work with. Her spectrum of skills and styles is never ending and her competence at being able to bring your vision to life is second to none. Although, I do recommend jotting down a few simple ideas and leaving the creativity to Deborah who will add her own stamp onto the design of the cake, as the results are fabulous!!
Here at the hotel, food is a fundamental part of any celebration. We offer a number of different catering ideas from an incredible 3-course dinner to delicious buffets that ignore all boring beliefs of beige and blandness. However, if we were going to disclose our favourite choices in Pembrokeshire, this would be them...
The Creative Catering Co
A group of incredibly creative, talented and experienced chefs who will go above and beyond to make sure your wedding day is remembered not only the beautiful day but the delicious food. Unlike many event catering companies, you have the reins to explain exactly the style of food you would love to have whilst celebrating with your closest family and friends. Whatever your food vision for your wedding, The Creative Catering Co will be able to make it happen with ease and style.
Think delicious middle eastern platters, salads, spiced lamb tagines and brightly coloured dishes of tabbouleh. Michelle delivers the ultimate free-range wedding with all her meat being raised on her farm and ingredients which have often been foraged and grown at Paternoster Farm. Michelle has the most gorgeous van which can park up at the wedding venue and serve midnight snacks, canapes and even a celebratory morning-after brunch. Her attention to detail and experience means that you won't have to worry about anything when it comes to food for your wedding, just how much will be left over that you can take home!