Mel & Jamie’s wedding at Craig Y Nos Castle

 

 

 

Mel & Jamie had travelled down from the west midlands to get married at Craig Y Nos Castle.

 

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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 🙂

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Become part of the history of Craig Y Nos Castle by getting married in the lovely Patti theatre, with the names of the great composers, Wagner , Verdi and Rossini on adorn the walls.Image

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Dan & Nia’s Wedding at the Waterfront church Swansea, & Oxwich Hotel

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.

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Pre-Wedding shoot in the Studio with Nia & Dan

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!

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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.

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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.

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Dan & Nia had some of their photo s taken at the Oxwich castle  what a really nice place,  we  would recommend this to anyone getting married at the Oxwich Bay hotel.

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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…..

Sunday 27th Nov Photo sessions at Penyrheol

Don t forget we have Photo package deals available for families or individuals this sunday 27th Nov at Penyrheol Leisure centre in the Theatre, bookings available at the leisure centre reception desk or calling 01792 897039.

All prints will be ready to give as christmas gifts.

Need more information give Andrew or Joanne a call 07875412357.

Katie & Steve

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”

 



 

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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!

Nicola and Jason’s Wedding at Norton House, Mumbles

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?!

Cowboys and Indians at The Marriott Hotel, Swansea!

We very often get asked to cover the photography at corporate events – all of which we enjoy doing, but this event with Macmillan Books seems to stand out the most!

They employed an event company to decorate the Marriott and it has to be said, they did an amazing job of incorporating the Cowboy & Indian theme in the function room including a bucking bronco too!

There were some great efforts with the fancy dress from the staff!

Macmillan Books had used our pre payment option and  required of 75 prints  at 9 x 6inch, asking us to pick the 75 images to print from all that we had taken, Ready for the MD to present to the staff,  we printed the images, put them in mounts and sealed them into clear bags all ready for them by 10pm.


RSPCA Dog Show – Sunday 24th July 2011

At Jenkin’s Photography we don’t do JUST weddings, we cover a whole range of photography but one of our favourite annual events is the RSPCA Llys Nini Dog Show in Penllegaer!

We spent the day walking around the show, taking snaps of the dogs (and their owners).   Not the usual dog portraits that we do but it has its advantages as all the dogs were on leads – but on the other hand the show had plenty of distractions which made it all the more interesting!

For every photo we printed on the day (and afterwards on our website) we donated 10% back to the charity.  Many dog owners proudly went away with the photos of their dogs as we were able to print out on the day as we took our full equipped Event trailer along and of course our trusted wireless chip and pin machine!  We’d be lost without it!


One character that brightens up any event is local boy & radio presenter, Kev Johns!  And what a hero he is…. he managed to pack 3 charity events into the day!  Starting off with the Race for Life, then the Dog Show followed by another charity event at TwoCann Cafe in SA1!  The last time we’d spoken with Kev was on the bus at the Swans Promotion Parade!

The dog show raised over £5k on the day – the most they’ve raised at the Dog Show!  And is seems to be getting bigger each year and no wonder as it is a great day out for the family.

Jessica and Paul’s Wedding – Mumbles (July 2011)

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!

Angharad and Simon’s Wedding at Manor Park House, Swansea (June 2011)

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!

Philippa and Gareth’s Wedding at Brecon Castle Hotel (June 2011)

After a quiet month for weddings in May, we started off the month of June returning to the Brecon Castle Hotel and was potentially going to be our first wedding with a member of the Royal family!

Prince Charles had been invited to the wedding of Philippa and Gareth as we are told he visits St. Michael’s church, Myddfai regularly.   Unfortunately Prince Charles RSVP’d informing them he couldn’t attend and wished them all the best for their future.  I’m sure we’ll get to photograph members of the royal family soon!

It was just one week prior we were at the Brecon Castle Hotel photographing a different wedding.  This time saw us photographing Philippa and Gareth’s wedding!  Luckily for the couple the weather was blue skies and white clouds on their big day!

Around 3-4 weeks earlier we met Philippa and Gareth at St Michael’s church where we took the photos at the pre-wedding shoot.  We managed to get some beautiful shots down in the forest as were able to make the most of the natural light.

The couple got married at St. Michael’s church, approx 20 miles from the hotel.  It was a lovely wedding ceremony – with a saxophone and flute playing!

After the ceremony all guests had a group photo in the village square before heading to the new Village Hall and were entertained with Tea, Coffee and welsh cakes while Joanne and I took some shots of the newly weds. I managed to sneak a few welsh cakes for the journey!

On our way back to the hotel the clouds were getting blacker and couldn’t even see the Brecon Beacons and it began to rain.  Luckily the sun came back out after food so we heading back outside for some more shots.

The first dance was great, the couple had obviously had dance classes.  Joanne described it as ‘Elegant and Romantic like out of The King and I’!

Philippa and Gareth asked us to stay for food so we had a quick wash and change in our hotel room (we’d stayed the night before too – perks of the job!) and headed back down to the evening party!

It was a really enjoyable day for all and we look forward to seeing Philippa and Gareth again to collect their album!

Bethan and Gareth’s Wedding at Brecon Castle Hotel (May 2011)

With April being a hectic month for weddings we had just the one wedding in May with a few school proms!

At the end of May we had the pleasure of photographing Bethan and Gareth’s wedding at Brecon Castle Hotel.

Prior to their big day we did the usual pre-wedding shoot on a fairly sunny day down at the hotel and around the grounds.  We were lucky to be able to get some shots by the waterfall but unfortunately as it rained the day before their wedding day we  weren’t able to make it down to the river.  A real shame as the photos we took at the pre-wedding were stunning!

Even though it had been raining the day before the wedding day it managed to stay dry for the day, although a little bit cloudy!  We just about managed to get the Brecon Beacons in the background of a few pics!

It was great to be back with Gareth’s family as we’d photographed his Step Brother’s wedding a couple of years ago.  Always nice to catch up with our customers!

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!

Susan and Mark’s Wedding (April 2011)

We were blessed with lovely weather in April this year and we had the pleasure of taking photographs at some great weddings.

Our April started off with Susan & Mark‘s late afternoon wedding at Oxwch Bay Hotel where we’d been with them just 5 weeks earlier taking some pre-wedding photographs.

Even though Susan & Mark hadn’t had any professional photography done before, they were both great in front of the camera and seemed to really enjoy it!  It’s always a great relief to see the couples at ease with us as it re-assures them that they don’t need to worry about the photography on their big day and they certainly didn’t!


When their big day arrived we were greeted with possibly one of the most chilled out and relaxed couples we’ve come across in our whole time of taking photos at Weddings!  And considering many of their guests had be frantically calling them to tell them there were problems with the traffic in Swansea, it really didn’t seem to phase them!

Apart from a few guests arriving a little bit late to the ceremony everything went smoothly!

We love taking photographs at Oxwich Bay, the scenery is simply beautiful and the marquee at the hotel was stunning too!  They had done a really good job decorating it!

Susan & Mark had only initially planned to have a CD of their wedding photographs, however they seemed to enjoy it so much they’ve opted to have an album too!

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!

Pre Wedding Shoot with Steve & Jess

For all our Wedding clients we offer a Free pre wedding shoot, this gives our clients a chance to see how Joanne and i work, but more importantly we also have a chance to see how they are in front of the camera and a good chance to get to know each other a little better.

For you as clients its much better know your photographers then to have met them a year or 2 ago when you made the booking.  then not seeing them till your wedding day.

Steve & Jess @ Craig Y Nos Castle

Steve & Jess are getting married at Craig Y Nos Castle in December, We had the pleasure of spending sometime with them in the grounds of the castle in the pouring rain  yesterday Nov 22, we spent some time in the park area taking photographs while they had fun in the rain before we all had a hot tea/coffee and a bite to eat at the park cafe which was most welcome by us all and recommended when you visit.