Karen Beynon and David Murray-Dickson chose Pencoed House for their wedding venue and it’s clear from Karen, that they made the right decision. Being vegan, they needed a venue that catered for their lifestyle choice and the staff at Pencoed House couldn’t have been more accommodating in giving the couple the wedding and wedding breakfast of their dreams and one which the couple and their guests will remember forever.
What are your occupations?
I am a Support Planner with Learning Disabilities and Dave is an Adult Safeguarding Consultant.
Where did you live and where do you live now?
We lived in Talbot Green and Penarth and now live in Pontyclun.
When and where did David propose?
Unbeknown to me, my gran wrote memoirs and Dave found out that my bampi proposed at Oxwich Bay. He took me there and proposed overlooking the beach from Oxwich Bay Hotel.
When did you get married?
We tied the knot on the 12th October 2019.
Why did you choose Pencoed House as your wedding venue?
Dave knew Pencoed House and the moment he took me there I fell in love with it. From that first moment there could never have been another venue. The place has romance and magic, it is captivating and draws you in. Plus, they have a massive gin selection!
Did you look at other venues before choosing Pencoed House?
That first visit won me over. We cancelled other viewings.
Did you work with their wedding planner?
Yes. From the moment we booked. Their attention to detail was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble although Jamie told me I hold the record for the most emails sent! On the day everything was how I had dreamed.
Did you use their caterers?
Yes, we used Cresta Caterers for our wedding breakfast, and they delivered a feast! The standard was unbelievable, high end restaurant quality. Working with Cresta was easy and the relationship between Cresta and Pencoed House was seamless. Everyone commented on the food. The canapés were of equal standard and even made our wedding photos.
The evening was catered by the Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard and filmed for Episode One, Season 2 (on iPlayer). We had loads of fun and Pritch smashed the challenge!
How did the day go?
Perfect. Literally a dream wedding that was entirely down to Pencoed House Estate who delivered a flawless wedding, and Dave for marrying me of course!
What was the most special part of the day?
Walking down the aisle between the people we love, into my new life as Mrs Murray-Dickson.
Did you and your guests stay at Pencoed House? If so, what was that experience like?
The rooms are five-star quality and we were so impressed by the level of cleanliness, design and comfort.
What was working with the people at Pencoed House like?
It’s easy to see why Pencoed House is considered by many to be the number one wedding venue in Wales. From booking, nothing was too much trouble. They’re clearly experts in their field and gave us total confidence to trust them with the most important day of our lives. In a word, outstanding.
Would you recommend Pencoed House to friends and colleagues?
We have friends planning weddings and we tell everyone Pencoed House is the only choice. From aesthetics to service, they nail the perfect wedding.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Ragdale Hall Spa.
KAREN & DAVID
Quick fire questions
Where did you buy your dress/shoes etc?
Where did Dave buy his (and groomsmen/guests etc) suits?
Where did you source your flowers?
Andreas Flower Boutique in Penarth.
Who supplied the cake?
My step mum made one and the Vale Cake Boutique made the Vegan alternative.
Who supplied the rings?
Dave’s parents which Northern Star rerolled for us.
Who supplied the cars?
Pencoed House provided us with a beautiful new Bentley.
Who was your photographer?
The amazing Catherine Wiggins Photography. So much more than a photographer. She was with us from start to finish and captured the full essence of the day. The finishing touch to our dream wedding.
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