Emma and David’s Wedding – Penderyn (July 2011)

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!

Delyth and Alex’s Wedding (April 2011)

Every year we attend dozens of traditional white weddings and snap the ten’s of guests at each event, so it’s lovely to attend a few intimate weddings.  Delyth and Alex got married earlier this year at The Cawdor Hotel in Llandeilo with just a few family guests. Such a lovely young couple who’d not long bought their first house! We really enjoyed taking the photos as they’d chosen some great vibrant colours! Alex was disappointed to discover the Audi TT wasn’t a present from his Dad, therefore he had the next best thing by having his photo taken with it instead!!! The couple only planned to have their photos in the small garden to the rear of the hotel and also a few to the front, however, when they arrived the hotel had scaffolding up, therefore Joanne and I suggested that we take a trip down the road to Talley Abbey 7  miles from Llandeilo.  We’d been to this location a few times before and felt the couple would get much better pictures… they certainly agreed once we got there! After taking some beautiful pictures of the couple we headed back to Swansea as the family were having their meal back at the hotel. Photographing at smaller, more intimate events like this allows us to focus on the couple which was an absolute pleasure!

Sian & Greg’s March Wedding

We’ve had some lovely weather this year, a lot earlier than expected especially at Sian & Greg’s wedding in March this year (2011).

The sun was out all day, a little bit windy but still, a beautiful day and so was the pre wedding shoot too just 4 weeks prior.

Greg hadn’t been to Neath Abbey before the pre-wedding shoot and was a little nervous, like most grooms about having their photos taken.  Having the pre-wedding shoot got rid of any nerves as we spent the afternoon getting to know Greg and Sian and what they wanted out of their day.  Therefore not having to worry about it on their big day!

The day of the wedding saw Joanne and I starting off at Sian’s mums house in Morriston where we were greeted by an organised bride, her parents and four bridesmaids!

All going to plan, we left for the Glyn Clydach Hotel for the ceremony and reception.  No problems, just a request from Sian to have this photo taken, apparently it’s a family joke as the car belonged to Sian’s Dad’s friend!

Greg was a little nervous but his ushers kept him calm!

After the ceremony we headed to Neath Abbey for the photo shoot and took some lovely pictures of the newly wed couple.

Back to the Glyn Clydach Hotel for the reception and evening party where Sian and Greg took to the dance floor like experts.  We weren’t aware of any pre-wedding dance lessons but they certainly looked liked they had!

A very organised and enjoyable wedding and we’re looking forward to seeing Sian soon to collect the albums!

Gemma & John’s White Winter Wedding

We attend dozens of weddings each year so we thought we’d start sharing more with you!

Back in December 2010 we attended Gemma & John Francis’ wedding which turned out to be an interesting one.  As you will all remember, we all woke up to Snow on Friday 17th December which sent the whole of the UK into panic!  Well, apart from Bride and Groom Gemma and John who were due to get married the following day in Newton House, Llandeilo.

Expecting a stressed out bride we were simply asked to attend The Cawdor Hotel on the morning of the wedding (instead of the Bride’s mums house) as it was closer to Newton House.

Luckily the snow didn’t affect us too much getting to Llandeilo as the roads were pretty clear and we arrived safely in Llandelio to a quite surprisingly calm atmosphere where we met Gemma”s family and four bridesmaids.

What was lovely about this wedding as that the couple didn’t care about the Honeymoon or even the reception at The Fig Tree (Llandelio) – all that mattered is that they were going to get married on that day!

Staff and groundsmen went out of their way to ensure the paths were clear from the main road for all guests and more importantly the Bride to arrive safely.  The only hitch was the car radiator breaking down so we were greeted by a very cold Bride – but still very calm!

The ceremony went with no problems and then we had our time to take the photos of the couple in the beautiful white snow with blue skies (and deer in the background if you look close enough!).

Taking pictures in the snow can be quite difficult as the white snow can appear to have a blue tint, but we managed to ensure the show showed up in the pictures as stunning as it was in person!

We’d done a pre-wedding shoot with Gemma and John and as per usual, we’d prepared for both sunshine and rain, but had not thought we’d have snow to deal with!  I’m sure you’d agree the scenery is stunning in the snow!


After taking the pictures we headed to The Fig Tree for the reception.  Unfortunately the band had cancelled due to the weather , however this didn’t stop the newly wed couple from enjoying their evening, instead, they were given permission from the owner to play the music from their ipods!

It was lovely to spend the day with Gemma and John and so pleased that they liked their photos and Mario Acerboni album (and the 3 parent albums too!)