Gwenllian & Philip were married in the beautiful August sunshine at Glangrwyney Court in Crickhowell, at the edge of the Brecon Beacon mountains. The ceremony was mostly Welsh speaking with Gwen's sister & Phil's brother performing an impressive bilingual version of Your Song. But you know for sure you're at a Welsh wedding when, at the end of the service, the bride & groom announce they'd like all the guests to sing together so completely unrehearsed and without a panic or a grumble, the whole room launch in to it, pitch perfect! Proper singing too, no-one was shyly shambling through. As a special request from the bride I photographed the group photo in the shape of a heart - a bit tricky to orchestrate while dangling from a first floor balcony, but I'm so pleased it didn't turn out wonky! Gwen's gown came from Emma Philips Bridal Studio and her vintage pretty cocktail hat was by Lucy Brooke-Saunders Millinery, both in Carmarthern. In the evening I left the crowded dancefloor enjoying The Cherry Beats - my personal recommendation who always go down a storm! Thank you to Gwen's friend (the stunning lady in red) who met me at a wedding fair and passed on my details to the bride & groom and thanks again to Simon for helping second shoot.
With an intimate guest list of twenty-something close friends & family, Pip & Byron's wedding day was as relaxed and informal as can be. They were married in their local parish - the medieval St Michael's Church at the bottom of Machen Mountain - a beautiful old building with a lumpy, bumpy churchyard filled with interesting nooks. Normally I wouldn't use a second shooter for such a small wedding but thought I'd borrow Simon for the morning due to the distance between the bride's parents' house and the house where the boys were getting ready. However, when Simon arrived there was no-one home. Byron and the ushers had to nip out that morning to buy Byron a suit for the wedding (!) and in a criss-cross of wires, mistaking Simon's outfit for a uniform and his ThinkTank Retrospective camera bag for a satchel... they assumed he was the postman and drove away! Some time later they popped back to the house to collect something, saw Simon standing there and wondered why the postman was still hanging around! I'm still laughing about that one! Panic averted they somehow all squashed into a tiny Mini Cooper and got back on track to the church. The ceremony was followed by a reception at The Farmer's Daughter, a rustic country pub a short drive away in the middle of a golden cornfield. Cream bunting & pastel pom poms hung from the oak beams with pretty rustic charm. The favours were a special twist on the traditional sugared almond in individual pink boxes from Charbonnel & Walker. This wedding was a small, loving gathering with lots of laughter, sweet stories and good company. Thank you Pip & Byron and your friends & family for being so welcoming and a joy to photograph.
Well, here's a surprise! I had no idea but last month's issue of Your South Wales Wedding magazine featured a four page spread on Caroline & Ross' spring wedding at Fonmon Castle. I wasn't expecting it for another couple of months but hopefully I'll be able to track down a copy for my collection. Spring 2013 seems long ago now so it was lovely to take five minutes to read the article and remember the day. My favourite moment was listening to the male voice choir alongside the tap-tap-tap of the April showers hammering on my umbrella as I stood in the churchyard waiting for the bride to arrive. I shot the portraits in the beautiful Rococo library, tucked cosily away from the rain. Absolute proof that you can still have a relaxed wedding day even if the heavens open!
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I'm Eleanor Jane and I am a freelance photographer based in Newport. I specialise in hairy metal guitarists, American landscapes and Disneyland. If you ask nicely I'll make your dad a mix CD.