Rachel and Richard’s Wedding (April 2011) – Cowbridge

April certainly was a busy month for us, packing in 9 weddings!  Saturday 30th April saw our last wedding of the month with Rachel & Richard in the beautiful town of Cowbridge.  And what a great wedding to end the month too!

The pre-wedding shoot took place 6 weeks prior to the wedding in the Physic Gardens in Cowbridge which was really quite nice!  The weather was cool and the sun was out!  Rachel and Richard were lots of fun to shoot as they were comfortable in front of the camera.  Never a dull moment and always laughing – which makes taking photos so much easier!

The big day began with the Bridal Prep in Rachel’s parents house in St.Mellons Cardiff.  It was nice to be greeted by familiar faces as we’d done Rachel’s brother’s wedding a couple of years ago.  A nice and calm prep as we all had a cuppa and a chat!  All relaxed, well until the wedding dress went on – the nerves started to show a little but still relatively calm!

The couple got married in a huge church in Butetown, Cardiff ( St. Mary’s church) – it was so big it was more like a cathedral!  As we were allowed to take pictures during the ceremony both Joanne and I had our cameras and were at different parts of the church to capture the precious moments, both at the front of the church and on the way out too!

It was a beautiful ceremony – and not a dry eye in the house!

After the ceremony the guests were dropped back to the Bear Hotel, Cowbridge,  however the newly weds, Joanne and I took a short walk back to the Physic Garden where we’d been for the pre-wedding shoot!

It was lovely and sunny! And we managed to take even more great natural photos of the happy couple!

Back at the Bear Hotel, the wedding party sat down for food around 2.30pm which was followed by an Italian Cake.  A cake Rachel had seen at wedding when she was younger and was baked by an Italian Baker – it had an unusual taste but was delicious!

Once the room was turned around there was yet another cake and a hog roast for the evening!  This time the cake was made by Rachel’s grandmother – we couldn’t make our mind up which one was our favourite!

Rachel & Richard had requested our company for the evening party – we had a great evening with some fantastic company.  A long day as we didn’t get back to Swansea till around 11.30pm but a brilliant day!