Llanwrtyd Celebrant

An Alternative Wedding? – There’s a new venue in town!

If you want something a bit different for a wedding or vow renewal, there’s a new venue right here in Llanwrtyd Wells. The Cwtch Hwtch at Cerdyn Villa offers alternative wedding, elopement & vow renewal packages

There was a lot of excitement and activity at one location in Llanwrtyd on May Bank Holiday Sunday. Not that’s not unusual for Llanwrtyd Wells we are known for our activities, usually off-centre, always fun; but in the last year, like most locations, ‘fun’ and ‘activities’ have been off the calendar.

Cerdyn Villa reopened its doors with a big launch event having reinvented itself in 2020.

One venue four different styles: An Alternative Elopement, Vow Renewal & Micro-wedding Venue

Its owner, Berni B, trained as an Independent Celebrant want to know what that is? (Follow this link!). She and John then went on to create a magical space in their garden; adding a tree deck, bespoke tepee and glamping pod, in order to offer vow renewal, elopement, and micro–wedding packages to couples of any gender mix, to celebrate and declare their love and unity to each other. In fact, I Bernie is in Mid Wales for all your alternative wedding needs!

The Cwtch Hwtch at Cerdyn Villa, Classic Eldis Caravan Glamping for romantic couples
Bespoke made tepee by Sails of Merit to fit our part-felled tree





Cwtch at Night

On 30th May 20-30, 2021 micro business owners and sole traders with a finger in the wedding industry, gathered at Cerdyn Villa to create four ‘Styled Shoots’ to showcase, not just the venue but all their collective services. That day, we made some magic; made new friends and created service business partnerships that will go on to enhance our visitor experience. The day would not have been possible without any of the participants, but here I want to do a big shout out to Pixie Knowles, The Plan-It Pixie who was our event planner and drove the day forward; and Cathy Cooke, of Vintage Florrie, Eco Wedding Styling, for being the day’s stylist and Fran Phillips of La Di Dardy Flowers in Crickhowell (if I ever send or use cut flowers I always use a Flowers from the Farm supplier so I know the flowers are homegrown and not flown)

Style 1: Magical May Wonderland

photographer, Ann Seymour taking a picture of our bride
Bride and Groom in the garden at Cerdyn Villa, with some of our free-roaming hens
Sky Dancer Storm, Justina Gibbs, doing amazing things in a tree with Ann Seymour taking professional shots
Always the bridesmaid never the bride – John holding the bouquet by La Di Dardy Flowers

Style Shoot 2: Playful Pink Passion

At the home of Lady Lily the Pink of the Monster Raving Loony Party. it would have been rude not to have a pink theme. Tazmin and Samantha, our models are friends from Llandrindod. Both the pink tartan pantaloon suit and the shocking pink dress were bespoke made for the shoot by Zoe, of Scarlet Tayla Couture. The fabulous button bouquet was made for us by Sally of Buttons Beads Bells and Bows.

Lady Lil popping on her DMs, Photo credit: Ann Seymour Photography
Our cat, Emmett, helping calm Sammy’s nerves
Fantastic Grazing boxes supplied by Caffi Sosban her in LW, available to couple staying in The Cwtch Hwtch . Photo credit: Ann Seymour Photography
Our couple chilling out in the Cwtch Hwtch with chilled champagne and a picnic (from Caffi Sosban): Photo: Bobbie Lee Photography
Hair by Chris from Century Marks Salon, based in Builth Wells. Photo: Ann Seymour Photography










 Baroque Inspired Goth:

John designed and built this 3m square tree deck, initially for our grandson (there is a secret entrance hatch in the floor); I wanted it to work as a place for love and unity ceremonies.

Justina Gibbs, Skydancer Storm modelling handmade lace boots by House of Elliott, whilst hanging in a tree… as you do!
Photo: Ann Seymour Photography
Where to look?! John holding the ladder as we have yet to procure a staircase. Dress by Scarlet Tayla, Photo by Ann Seymour
Bernie ready to perform a unity ceremony on the tree deck
I love these old chandeliers hanging in the tree deck., and the view over the horse fields. Photo: Ann Seymour
this ‘naked cake’ is by The Crumb Company in Newbridge. Sarah Waters set it up during lockdown and she’s now a preferred supplier to Cerdyn Villa: Photo: Ann Seymour Photography

Styled Shoot 4: Bold, Vibrant & ZINGY

This final look was created to showcase the work of a new upcycled fashion label.  Carlie Ann Griffiths lives in Llanwrtyd and has set up Cabbage White Fashion.  ‘Cabbage’ being fabric remnants . She makes one-off items from remnants anSo d upcycled charity shop finds.  The fabulous shoes are by Inanna Bespoke Shoes

Fran Phillips of La Di Dardy Flowers, Crickhowell, Photo credit: Ann Seymour
These hand painted shoes are by Inanna Bespoke Shoes. Photo is by Bobbie Lee
This bold dress was designed and made by the model Carlie Ann of Cabbage White Fashion: Photo Credit: Ann Seymour
Sarah Waters of The Crumb Company, decorating her mini naked wedding cake for Bold & Zingy styled shoot. Photo Credit: Bobbie Lee

Meet the Photographers:

Bobbie Lee as taken by Ann Seymour.


Ann Seymore as taken by Bobbie Lee

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