The picture of Rachel & Ben braving hay fever & the rapeseed dwelling beasties at Dyffryn Springs is one of my absolute favourite wedding photographs I've ever taken! It was definitely worth dodging the daddy-long-legs to catch those bright yellow blossoms against the clear blue sky. Rachel & Ben were married at a midday ceremony at Cardiff City Hall before hopping in a vintage Volkswagen (Frankie from LoveDub Weddings) and travelling to their countryside reception alongside the glittering lake. After a delicious afternoon tea in the marquee everyone piled outside to enjoy the sunshine; playing lawn games (I had to include the shots of the mishap with the ball!) and lounging on inflatable Chesterfield style sofas. Rachel & Ben spent their honeymoon road tripping around America visiting the national parks featured in their table plan - perfect!
If you grew up in South Wales during your primary years you probably have fond memories of school trips spent visiting this fabulous wedding venue - St Fagans National History Museum. Just outside of Cardiff, St Fagans is an outdoor folk museum filled with original rural buildings & quirky historical details - a Welsh ffotogirl's dream! They've even rebuilt, brick by brick, the Oakdale Working Men's Institute where my Dad used to play as a boy when it was still situated in the valleys. Katherine & Mike were married in the beautiful wood panelled hall of the Elizabethan Castle and later walked through the museum grounds to the Oakdale for the evening reception. It was a small, intimate celebration and many of Kat's relatives flew in from Canada which I know made it extra special. There were lots of personal touches throughout; Kat and her bridesmaids handmade all the boutonnieres & bouquets which later doubled as the reception decor and Mike's talented sister hand embroidered every single place name. Oh and check out Mike's subtle Batman accessorising! (Thanks again to Simon Ayre for helping second shoot.)
Here's Joe Bonamassa live (right here in South Wales!) on the opening night of his UK tour at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. This time around there was a slightly different band line-up featuring Tal Bergman, Carmine Rojas, Derek Sherinian and a flight case full of quarter million dollar Gibsons! Fantastic photo opportunities as always - my favourite is the shot of Joe's shadow on the amp rig. Diolch yn fawr, until next time...
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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.