THE wedding venue owned by Welsh cycling icon Geraint Thomas and his wife, Beth, won prizes in the regional and national categories at the 2018 Welsh National Wedding Awards on November 4.

The couple instantly fell in love with the property, St Tewdrics House, near Chepstow, when they were looking for a place to hold their own wedding.

They decided to not only hold their wedding there, but to buy and renovate the venue, allowing other couples enjoy the location on their special day.

Because the couple were based in Monaco, they decided to hand day-to-day duties to Mrs Thomas' parents – Eifion and Beth Thomas.

“We knew the venue was really special for Sara and Geraint, so when they purchased St Tewdrics House and asked if we would run it, we happily said yes. It was a really exciting opportunity to work as a family and it’s one of the best things about the job," Mr Thomas said.

“We’re at a really exciting stage now seeing the business grow, having just won a national award for being the new wedding business of the year. We’re looking forward to 2019 and beyond.”