Thanks to incredible acts of generosity and kindness, the wedding survived after the venue burned down on the morning of the ceremony.

Staff at a wedding venue in Govar are praised for coming to the rescue of a bride and groom, who were set to get married at a neighboring venue, which caught fire this morning. At 5.37 a.m. on Friday, fire crews were called to Ocean View Windmill Farm, a wedding venue in Lanridian, and soon requested members of the public to avoid the area and keep their doors and windows closed.

As firefighters brought the fire under control, the venue was evacuated – and this morning due to the wedding at the venue, a couple were told they could no longer be married. Incredibly, staff at nearby wedding venue Oldwalls Gower soon offered to host the couple’s big day—and arranged for the same registrar, food, and all 93 guests to be able to attend. For the latest updates on the fire, follow our live coverage here.

The loving couple tied the knot on Friday at 11 a.m. and the groom and the wedding party praised the staff for “saving the day”. For more Gower stories, visit this page of our website.

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Groom Mark Bernard spoke to WellsOnline as he made his way to Oldwalls Gower ahead of the 11 a.m. ceremony. “Everything was closed at 7 am today! It was a very sad feeling,” he said. “It was only me – Lowri [my wife] His parents had it’ – and I woke up and had breakfast and I got a call to say that the place burned down.

“From that moment it was closed. Within an hour there were phone calls flying everywhere and all of a sudden we were headed to Oldwall. We’ve been set up in a great location, they’ve taken us over here and pulled something amazing! Let’s do this wedding!”

Usher Regan Craig previously said: “We were told about the fire at about 7 a.m., and we’ve been moved to Oldwalls. They’ve saved the day, they’ll be hosting the wedding with 90 to 100 guests. Everything stayed the same [guests, registrar etc],

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at the Ocean View wedding venue in Lanridian, Gower
(Image: WellsOnline / Gail Marsh)

More than 60 employees of Oldwalls Gower canceled their days off and annual leave and swung into action to help save Mark and Lori’s wedding day. You can get the latest Swansea stories straight to your inbox with our newsletter.

In a statement released just before the wedding, Shakira Obaid, Commercial Director at Oldwalls Gower, said: “When we first heard the news this morning we were stunned for Ocean View and already knew how much devastation the fire would cause because Incidentally we went through this in 2014.

“When the bride’s makeup artist, Farhana Ali, contacted us via Facebook at dawn to ask for help, we quickly swung into action. It turns out the bride’s father is actually our insurance broker and a friend of Oldwall’s We called him straight to advise if Oldwalls was available and we would step in to deliver the big day.

Oldwalls Gower'S Team Stepped In To Help A Couple Due To Get Married At A Nearby Wedding Venue Caught Fire This Morning
Oldwalls Gower’s team stepped in to help a couple due to get married at a nearby wedding venue caught fire this morning
(image: Mark Smith)

“Our event team was about to be out of work so an SOS message went out to all the employees as we couldn’t do without the team. More than 60 of them came back to us to do volunteer work within hours which We’re really proud. We even drafted in the team from our sister venue, the Fairyhill Gardening team, helped set up the outdoor event this morning!

“We’re about to welcome literally over 90 wedding guests and the ceremony will be out at 11 a.m. – at least the weather is on the couple’s side. We did our best to repeat the whole day to minimize disruption for the bride and the bridegroom.

“Our chefs have managed to source the hog roast, the table favors, centerpieces and welcome sign all could have been salvaged from Ocean View which is a huge relief for the bride. We set out to make today a magical day for Lori Will pull out all the stops, Mark and his guests.”

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