On Saturday 1 July we welcomed our very first happy couple to celebrate their wedding at the Great Hall.
Sophie and Luke James tied the knot in St Thomas' church and then brought their 90 wedding guests to the Bay Campus for their post wedding celebrations which saw the Sir Stanley Clarke Audtiorium transformed from 700-seat auditorium into a stunning wedding breakfast venue.
The sun shone down on the happy couple allowing them to capture amazing memories of their special day on our beautiful private beach area.
While the newlyweds enjoyed their photo shoot on Swansea Beach, the wedding guests were treated to a pre-breakfast drinks reception with beers, belinis and canapés in the Great Hall bar for the grown ups while the youngsters in the party got to choose their treats from an ice cream bike.
After drinks in the sunshine the wedding party sat down to a gorgeous three course wedding breakfast in the Sir Stanley Clarke Auditiorium. On the menu was a starter of prawns and avocado followed by lamb cutlets with dauphinoise potatoes and croc en bouche for dessert.
The wedding celebrations took a year of careful planning, with Coordinator Beth Greenhalgh working closely with the bride and her family to ensure our venue looked spectacular for their special event. Sophie opted for a pink and navy colour scheme, with white table linen and silver organza sashes, with stunning floral centrepieces created by a friend. After the meal the party enjoyed coffee and wedding cake while listening to the wedding speeches and piano music from a member of the Morriston Orpheus Choir.
Later in the evening an additional 100 guests joined the wedding celebrations which continued into the early hours with live music, entertainment and dancing on a fabulous LED Dancefloor.
Head of Development Ben Lucas said: “Our first wedding at the Great Hall has been a resounding success. A huge amount of behind the scenes planning and preparation goes into transforming the multi-use auditorium from a 700-seat cultural venue-cum-teaching space into a large flat floor dinner venue. Hosting an event of this scale in the auditorium involves input from a wide range of E&FM/CR services who have to work closely together in order to deliver an event which meets our clients’ exacting needs.
“The bride and groom and their families were delighted with the venue and the professional, seemless and personalised service offered by our team of event and facilities management specialists. I am sure that Sophie and Luke have been left with very happy wedding memories which will last them a lifetime. All those involved should be very proud of what they have achieved”.