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!

Jenna and Jamie’s Wedding at Jabajak Vineyard, Carmarthenshire (June 2011)

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!

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!

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!

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!