Jemma & Luke will be getting married in Clyne Church at the beginning of May.
Mel & Jamie had travelled down from the west midlands to get married at Craig Y Nos Castle.
with the wonderful british weather doing its best to keep us inside, and not getting a chance to get the shots at the country park and Castle grounds, we took advantage of other areas in and around the castle keeping Mel & Jamie dry 🙂
This time we were off to Caswell bay on the beautiful Gower coastline on a blustery march morning.
Gareth had spent time here while growing up which brought back fond memories, a place were both Gareth & Clare wanted to start to capture memories of their own life together with a pre wedding shoot.
Claire & Gareth are due to get married at Craig Y Nos Castle in May
Pre Wedding shoot with Helen & Andrew.
It was a freezing cold & windy day when we headed to the seafront at llanelli, we had a laugh about each others hats they looked quite funny sticking up and blowing in the air. We discussed their up coming wedding while having some fun taking photographs, we all enjoyed the walk along the front, before we headed off for some hot coffee and cakes, we discussed the plans for the wedding day which was only a few weeks away, including plans for what we would do if the weather was bad on the day.
After getting married Helen & Andrew commentated on how they enjoyed the pre wedding shoot, and in turn how this had been a great help making it less stressful and more enjoyable when it came to photographs on the wedding day.
after another busy year and neglecting the blog time to catch up !!!!!!!!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
Left banner images from “The Plough Inn A charming four star boutique hotel and AA rosette award winning restaurant set in the beautiful Towy Valley” & Abberglasney gardens stunning location for wedding photographs no matter what the weather.
Centre banner images from Craig Y Nos Castle a romantic welsh castle and Country park one of our favourite wedding locations
Right banner, a beautiful winter wedding with lots of snow at “Newtown House 12th- century Welsh castle historic house and 18th century landscape park” with wild deer in the background makes the finishing touches to a stunning image that Gemma & John will treasure.
With a huge choice of wedding albums suppliers available, we decided a number of years ago to use the Highest quality suppliers in the wedding industry, Our main Wedding Albums suppliers are GraphiStudio & Mario Acerbonie from Italy, and G.F Smith & MTA from the UK , this gives us many options and offer a range of wedding albums to meet a range of wedding budgets available to our Brides & Grooms.
GraphiStudio is by far our most popular wedding Album.
These gorgeous books are all expertly designed in house, you can leave all the design work to Joanne or have your own input into page layout,design and effects used. Andrew & Joanne aim to give you the beautiful album you have always dreamed of, with your own choice of images from the 100’s we take on your wedding day.
With our in house designs service we have the flexibility to design exactly what you want (within reason) make quick changes when required and also give you the following choices:
Album Covers: Crystal glance, Leather, Metal, Engraved, or Silk
Pages: Metalic, Silk, Photo or Textured.
Finally the thickness of the pages, Thin, Thick, or Ridged
Stunningly Beautifully, Excellent quality with attention to detail and Italian style
If you would like to see examples of our range of Wedding Albums and work, feel the high quality of workmanship and finish to the Albums, feel free to arrange a visit. Appointments are available thoughout the week and some evenings.
We look forward to meeting you.
As with all our wedding couples we start off with a pre wedding shoot or getting to know you shoot, usually 4-6 weeks before the big day, either in the Studio or on location, this is a great way to get used to having professional images taken by your photographer, and a good time for us to see what you likes or dislike in various image styles.
We started of at the home of Nia’s parents, with the beautiful Nia & her mother & 2 sisters, everything was going to plan, the weather was dry the sun was out, what more could you want for this time of year
We got some lovely photos of Nia getting ready , her mum was busy doing the back of the dress up , which can be really difficult! but we got there in the end, with a little help from Joanne!
The ceromony was at the waterfront community church in Swansea, what a lovely place, lots of very friendly people. Dan was waiting nervously and looking very handsome, Andrew took Dan and the boys outside for the usual shots of the groom with the best man, ushes and of course his dad.
After the Beautiful service there was tea & cake for the guessed to enjoy, they looked so delicious, everybody enjoyed them, i have never seen so many different cakes at any one time.
The Reception was held at the Oxwich Bay hotel, due to the time of year , the reception was held in the hotel and not the marquee . Every body loved the Band what was playing while they were having food, only a young band , they played from various erra s so there was something for everyone to enjoy & listen to…..
Time to catch up on some recent work in our blog.
It was nice to catch up with Dan & Nia, only a few weeks before their wedding ! As the nights were drawing in we decided that the pre wedding shoot should be in our studio, where it was nice & warm.
Nia is a pretty girl so we had some gorgeous images, the camera loved her, Dan took to having images taken like a duck to water.
September was a quiet month for weddings but the 10th September saw us covering Katie & Steve’s wedding from the Bridal Prep right through to the first dance. A long day, but a beautiful day!
The start of the day saw us covering the bridal prep at Katie’s parents house in Birchgrove , we arrived to a nervous mum and dad rushing around making sure that everything was going to plan!
Katie had 3 Bridesmaids who wore purple dresses accompanied by a flower girl in a beautiful white dress.
The bride wasn’t nervous, but we think the nerves started to kick in around about the time when she put her dress on. Lots of tears from everyone as she looked like a princess, simply beautiful!
We headed to the church in Llansamlet a little earlier than the bride to get some shots of the groom and best man, plus a couple of the page boys in their suits.
Steve was a little nervous by the time Katie walked down the aisle, but it all went to plan with no hiccups!
As the weather was a little damp and the rain started whilst we were in the church we covered some of the shots of the family inside the church.
We headed to Neath Abbey for the post ceremony shoot. A very popular place for wedding couples! As it was quite damp underfoot Steve carried Katie to where we were taking their images. It was quite a fun shoot with lots of laughter!
Luckily the rain stopped by the time we arrived at Manor Park for the reception.
We stayed to cover the speeches and the first dance where the best man final job was to burst a huge balloon filled with smaller balloons and confetti!
Although Katie & Steve only got married on the 10th September this year, they have already chosen their images and taken delivery of their beautiful album with 14 x 11 inch prints from Mario Acerbonie Italian wedding albums “Made with Love”
The Coach House Clydach was our first call were we attend the christening party of Kelsey Mae, a beautiful little girl just a few months old. It was a well attended event and the parents asked us to attend to take shots of the friends and family on this memorable occasion so that everyone would have something to remember the day. As usual at events we set up our mini studio and printed 9” x 6” prints on the day so everybody could take away a lovely memento of the day.
Another event which we love doing each year is the Golf & Archery Tournament at the Grove Golf Club organised by Joanne Popham for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer. We’ve been their preferred photographer for their events now for 2 years! (We also covered the half marathon last weekend, so we’ll get some photos up from this too!)
At the end of September we photographed the Pre-wedding shoot of Lowrie & Barry who were getting married at the beginning of October at St Mary’s Church in Pontyates. We did the shoot at Paxton Tower , it was a dry day but quite blustery . It was a beautiful location with the Paxton Tower and the amazing views over carmarthenshire. On the big day, although the weather wasn’t great we managed to get to the tower for the post ceremony shot – luckily Lowrie was equipped with her pink umbrella and pink wellies! (images to follow)
The last weekend of July saw us photographing Emma and David’s wedding at St Cynod’s Church Penderyn.
We’d visited the venue just days before for the pre-wedding shoot which also doubled up as the rehearsal too. And an interesting one that turned out to be… a little different to the ‘norm’. We don’t usually do the pre-wedding so close to the wedding itself however Emma and David had busy diaries so it seemed the best option to go with! It was an evening rehearsal but the sun was still shining!
As the Best Man was late turning up I was his stand in… they even used our wedding rings! We didn’t mind!
On the big day we headed up to Penderyn, Aberdare a popular location for weddings and even thought we are based in Swansea we are quite happy to photograph weddings outside the area – we’re even doing a wedding in Scotland towards the end of the month too we’ll they are a local Swansea couple!
The bridal prep took place at Emma’s mums house, just a few miles away in Hirwaun. A busy bridal prep with 6 Bridesmaids but a great atmosphere.
When all the bridal party arrived at the church after keeping the Groom on the edge of his seat for 40 min he looked relieved to say the least! St Cynog’s church was packed with not a spare seat left!
After the ceremony the guests walked to the marquee in the grounds of the Red lion Inn, Penderyn, where Cwmbach Male Choir were in full voice, there were not a dry eye left in the room, mine included. This was quite emotional for the family as David’s dad used to be in the choir so it meant so much to them. We took some lovely shots capturing not just the images but the emotions of Emma, David and guests with the choir.
Some of our favourite pictures are of the Groom, Bestman and Grandad who all wore their top hats and threw them into the air – we managed to get about 10 action shots !
As there were beautiful views over the Brecon Beacons we couldn’t resist getting a few shots with them in the background!
It’s been a busy wedding season for us this year and it has seen us visiting many new venues, one of which we went to at the end of July for Nicola & Jason’s wedding at Norton House Hotel. A very beautiful and grand venue in the Mumbles, Swansea!
We visited the venue approx 2-3 weeks before for the pre-wedding shoot and unlike previous years in July, the weather was quite nice and sunny! With most couples having their photos taken professionally for the first time it can be quite daunting. Nicola was a little apprehensive however after we’d taken a few shots she soon became more comfortable. It always helps these days having the digital camera to show the couples what the photos look like… we think Nicola liked them. We certainly did!
The big day finally arrived and we pulled up to the Norton House on a sunny but windy. Not bad conditions for a wedding!
The bridal prep took place in the rooms at Norton House which really are beautiful!
The ceremony was lovely… and quite emotional too.
After the ceremony had taken place we headed down to Oystermouth Castle which had reopened just the week before as it had some major refurbishment done. Although the Castle was still having some construction work done we managed to make sure that no scaffolding were in the photos!
More photos were taken back in the grounds of Norton House including those of the guests.
An overall very chilled and relaxed wedding! And we have to include these couple of shots we got…. there seemed to be a ‘Men in Black’ or ‘Blues Brother’ feel to them don’t you think?!
Our first wedding in July saw us heading down to Mumbles for Jessica & Paul’s wedding. A little different from our usual weddings as the reception was to be held at the grounds of Jessica’s parents in a marquee.
As Jessica and Paul requested that all of the post ceremony photos were to be taken in the grounds surrounding the marquee we visited the week before to do the pre-wedding shoot as we were unsure of how much space we would have and the backdrops etc. It was a beautiful garden with plenty of choice of scenery! We also had the pleasure of photographing their son Max too! Such a lovely little character!
The day of the wedding started at St. Marys Church in Kittle, Pennard where it was quite windy but luckily it was a nice day as it remained dry back at Jessica’s parents house in Mumbles.
Jessica had made a big effort to decorate the marquee herself and also made the cake and table decorations too! And she managed to do all of this whilst studying for her degree in pharmacy plus taking care of Max too!
It was a lovely day. We’d also like to say a big Thank You to Jessica’s dad who gave us a bottle of champagne before leaving!
Jessica and Paul opted for our CD only option – we ensured that the couple had a good selection of photos including a selection of black & white plus some spot colouring to bring the colours of the flowers out too!
After a fairly quiet month of June, we finished it off with Angharad and Simon’s wedding at Manor Park House in Clydach, Swansea on Friday 24th June 2011.
We’d met up with Angharad and Simon about a month before for the pre-wedding shoot at Neath Abbey. We quite like this venue for photography as the stonework is great to shoot and has a range of backdrops.
The big day saw us starting off at Birchgrove at Angharad’s parents for the bridal preparation with her 5 bridesmaids.
The ceremony was originally due to take place at St. Josephs Cathedral however as Father Flock had moved to the St. David’s Catholic Church is Swansea City Centre so did the ceremony!
Just as the ceremony was finishing the rain started to pour down as we headed to Neath Abbey! As always we never leave the studio without our white umbrellas as we can never predict the weather. It certainly didn’t spoil the wedding shoot! We managed to take some great photos and also stay dry!
The rain eased off as we headed to the Manor Park Country House, so we were able to take a few more shots!
We stayed on for the evening reception where we captured the Best Man popping the large balloon full of confetti over the newly weds! It was over in seconds but we managed to get 15 action shots!
Its always nice to go to a new venue to shoot some newly married couples and June certainly saw a great new venue for us at Jabajak Vineyard in Carmarthenshire, just North of Whitland. Jabajak is a Five star a-la-carte restaurant with a selection of rooms and suites, and of course the beautiful vineyard. A venue the couple chose as they wanted something a little bit different and they fell in love with it! We can certainly see why!
In order for us to prepare for the big day at the new venue and to become more familiar with Jenna and Jamie we visited a few weeks before to do the pre-wedding shoot. The couple were naturals in front of the camera and we had a great time.
The big day arrived, a few black clouds in the sky but luckily no rain. Even though the sky was grey, the colour from the sunflowers really helped brighten everything up!
The ceremony was lovely! An emotional day for everyone.
After the ceremony we ventured out to the Vineyard where we took shots between the vines. Even though they hadn’t started to produce the fruit, the colours were still beautiful.
We took a walk further down where we captured the Carmarthenshire Valleys in the background.
Word on the ‘grapevine’ is that Jenna and Jamie have been entered into the Country Wedding Magazine Wedding of the Year competition. We wish them Good Luck for the competition and their future together!