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?!

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!

Louise and Tom’s Wedding (April 2011)

We always find that each wedding has a special little twist to it and no wedding is the same!

Louise and Tom’s wedding in April this year saw a few special guests in attendance!  In amongst the usual relatives, friends and colleagues was Oscar… the dog and a few of his friends too!

People usually say that you shouldn’t work with Children or Dogs, but Oscar was a lovely dog and proved to be great in front of the camera.  Our pre-wedding shoots are usually just the bride and groom, but on this occasion we were accompanied by Oscar!  But I don’t think Louise and Tom could have left him at home as we discovered that Craig y Nos Country Park is a place they frequent for regular walks or what Joanne and I would call hikes!

On the day of the wedding we started off at Craig y Nos Castle where we met Louise’s mum who was more nervous than the Bride!  It might have been something to do with Louise preferring Jeans to dresses in her day-to-day life… with talk that guests thought she might even turn up in her jeans!  Louise looked lovely in her dress and her mum certainly agreed!

The next surprise of the day was when a  noisy VW Campervan arrived to take Louise to the Church down the road.  Tom had arranged it as a surprise for Louise – she was over the moon!

The Callwen Church where the ceremony took place is a lovely little church allowing the wedding to be very intimate and personal.  And soon discovered that it also has great acoustics when the vicar got his guitar out and began playing a song for the couple to which the whole wedding party joined in with!!!


After the ceremony Joanne and I headed down to the Country Park behind Tom and Louise in the campervan to take some more shots.  Little did we know this would turn into a hike around the Castle and lake – It was interesting trying to keep up with them as they were full speed ahead – luckily Joanne and I had come prepared with sensible footwear!

Louise & Tom are a lovely couple and this was added to when they did a collection at the church where half of the donations were given to the church and the other half to The Dogs Trust – a great cause, close to their hearts!

This week at Jenkins Photography Swansea…

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks here a Jenkins Photography Swansea but they say that variety is the spice of life don’t they?!

Enjoyed a lovely day down Mumbles doing some pre-wedding photography with Jessica and Paul for their wedding in a few weeks time… lets hope the weather comes back for them!

Lots of editing pictures for some of the recent weddings we’ve done but the most interesting day has to be our trip to Rhosilli & Oxwich. We’d been asked by a customer to take some landscape photographs of the Gower so she could  then donate them to the Cancer ward in Morriston Hospital. It was such a pleasure to be asked to do this. After spending a great afternoon taking shots we jumped back in the car to head back to Pontardulais only to break down! Luckily we rescued fairly quickly and whisked back!

So our week ahead is a couple of School Proms to photograph at Parc y Scarlets Stadium and Marriott Hotel No weddings this weekend, but maybe that’s a good thing with the weather taking a turn for the worse! Lots more coming up in July and August!