Catrin and Gavin’s Wedding at Aberglasney Gardens & Llandelio (June 2011)

June saw us returning to one of our favourite locations, Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire for Catrin and Gavin’s wedding.  We love taking wedding photographs here as the inside of the house and gardens has the best natural lighting and lots of brickwork which looks great in the photos.

Our first stop was the pre-wedding shoot about 3 weeks prior to the big day to get Catrin and Gavin comfortable in front of the camera.  We took some great photos (even if we do say so our sleves!).  Catrin and Gavin had no problems with having their photos taken and made the shoot quite fun!  Certainly a theme for the rest of the wedding!

On the morning of the wedding we had thunder showers and heavy downfalls.  The weather report said that it would stop by midday and it certainly did, on the way to the ceremony!  It didn’t get Catrin down, she seemed to be having a great time with her bridesmaids.

After the ceremony we headed to Aberglasney Gardens.  The beauty about this place is that no matter what the weather you can still get some great shots! With a little bit of rain here and there we managed to get some more great shots and before we knew it, the sun was back out shining!

The reception took place in the Plough Inn, a boutique hotel in Llandelio. It was the normal proceedings for a wedding reception, that was until the Groom got up to do his speech!  A little different from the norm, he went behind the curtains and reappeared with his trousers in his hands!  This was the gift for his new wife – as apparently, she wears the trousers.  He continued to do his speech in his bright pink boxer shorts!  (Luckily he put them back on – well, after 1 hour!)

We stayed to take more pictures of the guests and requested that they signed the mount with a photo from their pre-wedding shoot!  This always goes down well with the wedding couple!

And to finish we were asked to take a picture of the couple with the band – we’re still not sure if Gavin can actually play the guitar!

We had a great day at the wedding!  Lots of fun and laughter had by all!

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!

Gemma and Kevin’s Wedding (April 2011)

April proved to be a very sunny month, and this was no exception for Gemma and Kevin’s wedding at Manor Park Hotel, Clydach!

Just a few weeks prior to their big day we did our usual pre-wedding shoot on location at Manor Park where we had a pleasure of meeting Katie, their daughter!  It was important for Gemma & Kevin to make sure Katie was comfortable around Jo and I and by the end of the shoot she certainly was!  She loved the camera!  The couple  were a little nervous about having their pics done to start, but like Katie, at the end they were loving the camera too! (And the camera loved them too!)

On their big day, Jo and I went to their family home were we snapped the bridal preparations!  The bride was a little nervous, but most brides are – absolutely nothing to worry about as everything was going to plan and more importantly on time!

The day ran very smoothly and we took pictures throughout including the ceremony and afterwards around the grounds.

We love taking pictures at Manor Park, especially on the balcony as there is so much natural light.

We stayed until after the speeches as we wanted to get pictures of the guests and make sure the  picture mount was signed by the guests.  This always goes down well with the couple as it’s such a personal memory of their day that can be treasured forever!

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.