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Couple brought together by their love of rock music.

Byline: Elena Hector Reporter

The couple: Berit Joyce (nee Skjolass), 33, a finance administration team leader from Oslo, Norway, and Justin Joyce, 38, an IT support analyst from Grangetown, Cardiff. They now live in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. The venue: The ceremony took place at the Oxwich Bay Hotel in an idyllic location in Gower and the reception was held in a marquee overlooking the award-winning Oxwich beach on May 23 this year.

How they met:The couple met at a tribute Guns N' Roses concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. Justin was surprised when Berit bought him a beer. On their second date Berit was shaken up as she was mugged on the way home but said Justin was the "perfect gentleman" and looked after her. Since then they hit it off and things became serious quite quickly.

The proposal: The couple got engaged in Norway while visiting Berit's family which made it extra special as she doesn't see her relatives very often. It was her cousin's birthday and all her family were sat in the garden watching the presents being opened.

Afterwards, Justin got down on one knee with a simple princess-cut ring in hand and popped the question.

Berit, who was over the moon, said: "I couldn't speak for at least 10 minutes afterwards." The wedding: Berit's dress was champagnecoloured satin and had a delicate lace top with cap sleeves and an elegant keyhole back. The floorlength gown was vintage style and fitted in perfectly with the gold ribbons on the back of the chairs and the gold invitations. The bridesmaids had long purple-grey dresses which had a similar keyhole back. The groomsmen wore charcoal grey suits with blue ties and handkerchiefs. Berit and Justin, both big rock fans, had their first dance to Nothing Else Matters by heavy metal band Metallica. Instead of a traditional wedding cake they decided to do something a little different and had a sweet buffet of 15 jars filled with retro sweets including flying saucers, which went down a storm with guests who came from all around the world. Berit had the wedding she had always dreamed of.

"I loved having everyone there and being surrounded by family and friends. Everyone being in the same room had never happened before," she said.

The honeymoon: The couple spent three weeks in Oahu, Hawaii.


Justin Joyce and Berit Skjolaas-Joyce married earlier this year |

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 17, 2014
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