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This beautiful country house has been named the best wedding venue in Wales


Porthmawr Country House in Crickhowell has been named wedding venue of the year in Wales.

It is set on the site of a 15th century fortified manor house with a gatehouse dating back to 1480 and grounds approaching three acres, and is a landmark and a principal feature of Crickhowell.

It has amazing 360º views of the Usk basin, Brecon Beacons, Llangattock Escarpment (a nature reserve with one of the largest cave systems in Europe) to the south and spectacular views of the Black Mountains immediately bounding the north of the site.

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It's also really secluded though and is set behind a 12ft high castle stonewall, making it a peaceful, romantic setting for any bride's big day.

Owner Geoff Powell said: "We are all very proud of being named wedding venue of the year and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. At Porthmawr we love creating the perfect and exclusive wedding weekends for our happy couples to reflect their individuality, and we are thrilled that the effort our team puts in to the bespoke wedding events has been rewarded like this. It’s an honour."

What sort of wedding can I have there?

Porthmawr Country House is licensed for civil weddings, with a choice of four different areas, each with their own distinct charm, character and status; as expected of this Regency Mansion House, which is 5-star graded by Visit Wales.

You could choose a Medieval Gatehouse with 530 years of history where Charles 1st once stayed. Alternatively, a beautifully restored Regency Dining room or the Celtic style banqueting room with a wealth of oak and stone.

Porthmawr Manor House becomes your home for your event, when you take exclusive use of the whole site and its three acre grounds. This gives 12 bedrooms over a three day period where at least 32 guests can stay in comfort and with the grandeur of this special location.

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Bridal Show celebrates fifth year


The Atchison Event Center in Atchison, Kansas, was full of wedding professionals and brides-to-be on Sunday for the fifth year in a row.

The annual Atchison Area Bridal Show featured booths offering just about everything an engaged couple could need to plan their trip down the aisle.


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Lauren Eggen, a communication specialist for the city of Atchison, organized the event and said her only hope was to have more people this year than the 100 to 150 from last year.

She said it was designed five years ago to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for future brides.

“We have photographers, caterers, rental places where you can get chairs and tables,” Eggen said. “We have DJs and invitations — it’s basically a one-stop-shop for your wedding day.”

Eggen is engaged to be married herself, but is having the wedding in Jefferson City, where she is from. She said she wishes there would have been a show like Atchison’s that she could have used to do her planning.

“I would have loved to have used this,” Eggen said. “It would have created so much less stress.”

Eggen said the biggest trend in weddings right now is to have a vintage look.

A booth for Grace Auburn Weddings and Events offered a look at how vintage styles could improve a wedding.

According to Candice Jenkins, a representative for the company, old window frames used as decorations or as picture frames, church pews and barn wood seem to be the popular decor to a wedding.

“It seems to be all over Facebook, all over Pinterest. Brides are really excited about having that outdoorsy, rustic, simple feel,” Jenkins said.

There were several booths that offered wedding apparel.

Andy Schank, of Belle Vogue Bridal, said that there are certain trends in dresses and gowns that are in style this year.

“Sleeves are back on trend, brides are loving the sleeves. It’s all over the runway reports,” Schank said. “(Also) illusion backs, that detail, and color is always in: your blushes, your moscatos, your cream café tones and beading, who doesn’t love a little sparkle?”

The show culminated in a raffle of donated goods. Several winners picked up prizes of tanning packages, gym memberships and a $500 dollar check for wedding items.

A fashion show of gowns, dresses and suits finished the show. Models walked the runway in front of a crowd of around 100 people or more.

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Public hearing to address wedding barns


A public hearing to allow wedding barns in Wilmington Township is set for 5 p.m. March 2 at the township municipal building, 669 Wilson Mill Road.

Immediately following the public hearing, supervisors will vote on adopting proposed changes to the zoning amendment that would make wedding barns a conditional use.

The changes would include wedding barns as a new zoning category. They would be defined as permanent structures, currently or previously used as barns that are "fully or partially repurposed as a venue for weddings, receptions or other gatherings."

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The proposed ordinance: limits attendance to 200 or fewer persons, depending on a review by the building inspector or zoning officer; prohibits more than 12 events per year in a residential district but imposes no limit on the number in an agricultural district; requires parking to be on the property and not on state or township roads; states events must be between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.; limits noise to 60 decibels at the property line; requires the owner to have bonded on-site security guards for each event and proof of liability insurance; bans food preparation on site except incidental preparation; forbids food or beverages sale on premises and allows alcohol to be served as allowed by state and local laws; prohibits fireworks or open fires; and requires the barns to be inspected and approved by a township-approved engineer.

The ordinance is available for public inspection at the Lawrence County Law Library, the New Castle News office and the municipal building.

Earlier this month, supervisors agreed to depart from the recommendations of the township planning commission, which recommended a limit of 12 events per year and 200 guests for agricultural zones and prohibiting them in the R-2 zones.

Richard and Jody Wimer of JPC Events Group are asking for the zone change to allow creation of The Farm at Willowbrook on a 5- acre farm on Route 956 owned by Thomas Shumaker. The change also would allow Gina Sharbaugh's SharBarn on Wilson Mill Road. The Wimers plan to invest $2 million in their facility, their attorney, James Manolis, told supervisors at a meeting earlier this month.

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The proposed ordinance states that such wedding barns are not clearly covered in the current ordinance and that the supervisors want to encourage "agri-tourism" while maintaining the rural and residential character of the township.


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