HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018

 

Sian Owen Photography – Highlights of 2018

 

(Photograph by Angharad Thomas Photography)

 

 

Well, where do I start! I thought 2016 was an extremely busy year as I worked and welcomed the arrival of our second daughter Penelope, but I was wrong! 2018 sure topped the craziness by 100%

In 2018 I managed to shoot 18 beautiful weddings,20 commercial shoots, 12 portrait shoots, and 6 e-shoots, have a third baby and move house! Not to mention it was the HOTTEST Summer since 1976 – but I did it and I’m so so pleased. I’ve been running my photography business for 6 years now, I can’t believe where the time has gone. I have always worked from a desk in the dining room which has had its challenges as being right in the middle of the house, it’s hard to get quiet time to get on with it all. In our new home I’m so pleased to have my own office space where I can have my work on the wall, files on shelves and albums out to view. It’s amazing how having a creative work space can help with mindset, motivation and personal development.

As I’ve been looking back through last years images, I have been thinking again as to how thankful I am to all of the couples who have booked me to capture their special day. I know I say it each year, on each new highlights post, but I really do mean it. Being able to photograph people going about their lives is a dream come true. Photographs are so important. They are important to us now, but they will be treasured even more in years to come by our children’s children.

I have carefully selected (way to many) images to share with you from 2018. I tried to cut it down, but it was too difficult! So here they are, all 274 of them! I have a couple of weeks off weddings now, it’s a great time to update my website, order new albums and meet up with my photographer friends before we start another crazy season. It’s also wonderful to have free weekends to spend with my family. 2019 is going to be a special year for us too as we are getting married in August. It’s going to be wonderful being the bride and groom for a change! Just to think this time next year as I will be writing my 2019 highlight’s blog as a married woman!

Here’s to what 2019 has in store!

Sian

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Hazel and Mike Oldwalls Gower Wedding

Hazel and Mike – September 1st 2018

Oldwalls Gower Wedding

I was extremely delighted after meeting with Hazel & Mike that they then chose me to photograph their stunning wedding day at oldwalls . Hazel and mike are such a wonderful couple and their love for each other was clear for all to see. I had the best time capturing and creating gorgeous images on their wedding day and working alongside Simon & Dave of ‘We Create’ videographers.

I have spoken to Hazel and Mike since their wedding to find out how they felt planning their wedding. And how they felt on the day and after. Below are just a few images that tell their story.

 

What was your inspiration for your wedding?

At first the inspiration was going to be based on Italy as we got engaged in Sorrento. So we were going to have yellow as the main colour to represent the lemons grown there and a possible lemon table arrangement and have a vintage relaxed affair with pizza as the evening food. However, it all changed when I found THE dress… and THE dress is pink. The dress dictated the theme of the wedding from that moment. The colour scheme changed from grey and yellow to grey and pink and as the style of the dress is very fairytale and whimsical this look was carried on through the whole wedding-from the flowers used to the tails on Mikes suit.

 

How did you find the planning? fun, stressful, or a mixture!?

We went through a mixture of emotions throughout the planning of the wedding. We planned the wedding in 9 months from the moment we got engaged which had its pros and cons. The pros were that we didn’t have time to get too carried away with the little things or spend more than we wanted as once we had sorted the main things we just about had enough time to do a few finer details and not obsess about things we hadn’t got. The cons about planning it in under a year was that we had limited dates to choose from and then found it harder to find the services to fit the date- this was a little stressful. Once we had found the main things which we felt were important (the venue, the photographer, the videographer, the band, the dress and bridesmaid dresses) we could relax and enjoy doing the home made touches and sourcing the rest. Planning a wedding certainly was a mix of highs and lows, busy times and lulls, but we look back at the process and are proud at what we achieved to create the perfect day for us.

On the day how did you feel?

Hazel – Once I walked up the aisle and saw Michael I could not stop smiling! The smile didn’t leave my face all day! I was just full of love for not only Mike but my friends and family around us. It was a truly happy and magical day for us.

Mike – I felt quite calm as we were in good hands with the venue, the photographer and the videographer. We trusted that they would do a great job and they did! This allowed us to relax and just enjoy the day. I was a bit nervous on the morning, but good nerves which then went away as soon as I saw Hazel walking up the aisle. The rest of the day I felt so happy-it was lovely to spend the day with everyone we love.

Best moments?

Best moments were a mix really.The funniest best moments were when I got stuck walking up the aisle because my dress was too big and also me forgetting my vows- it just made me laugh so much at how clumsy I am.The most romantic moment was our first dance, we were dancing on cloud nine to our song (Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer) that we heard in Sorrento shortly after getting engaged.

However my absolute favourite and most precious moments was when my nan read a poem at the ceremony and delievered it with such heart that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. And my grandad delivered an amazing speech which was heartfelt in places and hilarious in others. He even had everyone singing ‘What a wonderful world’. To have both my grandparents play a part in our big day was incrediblely special to us. I am very lucky to share it with them and to have that memory of them is the best moment for me.

How you feel looking back?

I look back on the day with pride in what we achieved- we brought all our family and friends together and that was the most important thing. To share that happy moment in time with everyone was awesome.

Everyone on the lead up was saying that the day will go past in a blink of an eye so I made the concious effort to absorb everything. After the wedding I could remember the day in such detail but as time moves on my memories are fading which is why I am so happy I hired a fantastic photographer and videographer (We Create) to relive the day.

 

 

Venue – Oldwalls Gower https://www.oldwallsgower.com

Videographer – We Create  http://wearewecreate.com/wedding#wedding-cinema

Wedding dress – Jasmine Rose http://www.jasminerosebridalstudio.co.uk

Suits – Dyfed Menswear http://www.dyfedmenswear.co.uk

Bridesmaids dresses http://www.asos.com

Cake – Bella cakes http://www.facebook.com/bespokebellacakes/

Flowers (Flowers including floral arch display, lanterns and vases)  Bluebell and Rose www.facebook.com/bluebellandroseflowers/

Make up – Laura Batchelder http://www.instgram.com/lb_bridalmua

Hair – Lehanne Reed,Tonic Hair design http://www.instgram.com/tonic_hairdesign

Photography – Sian Owen Photography  http://www.sian-owen.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Yasmin & Will

Yasmin & Will

June 16th 2018 – The Plough and Harrow – Wick

 

 

 

I had the honour of photographing this beautiful wedding back in June. Yasmin got in touch a couple of months ago after following my photography on Instagram and loved my style of shooting so I was super pleased I was available on their wedding date. Yasmin and Will were certain that the photography was very important to them!

I’m delighted to share with you a selection on beautiful images from their amazing (very windy) wedding day! The confetti images are my favourites from the set – it was blowing a gale!

Enjoy!

 


FFION & JACK E-SHOOT CARDIFF BAY

Ffion & Jack

Cardiff Bay e-shoot – June 2018

 

 

I met Ffion & Jack at a beautiful wedding I photographed in July 2017. I was extremely excited when they contacted me after the wedding to see I could photograph their forthcoming wedding in 2019! They also booked an engagement shoot with me that we decided to do at Cardiff Bay with their dog Rudy. E-shoots are a great way to experience what its like to be in front of the camera and for me to get to know the couple and for them to get to know how I work, and of course have a gorgeous set of images. Lots of couples like to use the images for save the date cards.  It was a beautiful evening at the Bay. I know FFion & Jack enjoyed their shoot and we’re all looking forward to the big day next year!

 

 


LAURA & IEUAN - ROSEDEW FARM WEDDING

 

 

 

Laura & Ieuan – 11th April 2018

Rosedew Farm

I first met with Laura, Ieuan and their beautiful daughters 8 months before their big day! They told me of all the fine details, how they plan to decorate the barn and that their day will have a lot of children so lots of fun activities for them to keep busy, hence the bouncy castle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jodie & Hassan - Camden London e-shoot

Jodie & Hassan engagement shoot

Camden Town, London

 

I first met Jodie in April 2016 ( I was pregnant with Penny) when we worked on a shoot together. Jodie is a very talented make up artist and beautician. During the shoot we got talking about her engagement to Hassan and their wedding plans! I was delighted following the shoot when Jodie got in touch to say she’d like to book me to photograph their wedding at Margam Park Orangery in September 2018. Jodie and Hassan secured their booking with me two and a half years ahead of their wedding which is amazing. They also booked an e-shoot that we decided to do in Camden Town as they live in London. On Easter Sunday (now with a new baby bump in tow) I took the train to London and had a fantastic time photographing the two of them in such an incredible setting. Jodie and Hassan are clearly in love and their passion for each other shone through out the shoot. I love these images. Their emotional connection along with the colours and vibrancy in such a busy city make me very happy! They also enjoyed every moment of the experience. I’m very excited for the wedding, (there will be no baby bump at the wedding!)

 

 


Rebecca & Lee

Rebecca & Lee

26th August 2017 – The Angel Hotel Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 


Abergavenny Wedding - Beth & Adam

Easter Sunday was the perfect day to officially start wedding season 2017. After having quite a long break from weddings following the birth of Penelope in September, I was super ready to get back into the swing of things! 7 months really does fly by.

Beth got ready in a gorgeous cottage in the centre of Abergavenny, and Adam in The Angel Hotel Abergavenny. It was a slightly overcast to start – I quite like the moody grey clouds above The Chapel. It did rain a little in the afternoon, but it was a beautiful day. The Chapel has such amazing light. Beth’s designer wedding dress looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the aisle, catching the light and shimmering. I always feel so privileged at this part of the day to be able to see the groom’s expression when he see’s his wife  to be for the first time!

After the service we walked through the town to The Angel Hotel. The ballroom was dressed beautifully with white tulips and each table named after a type of dance (the waltz they did for their first dance)

We managed to get outside and take some lovely images of the two of them together – it rain a bit! WE walked to the castle where we took some gorgeous images with the blorenge in the distance. It was rot peaceful. As always, it’s difficult to choose images to share. But below you can see a set of images from the day – enjoy.

 

 

 


St Fagans e-shoot - Paige & Rhys

I am delighted to be photographing Paige & Rhys’s Welsh wedding at Rosedew Farm this Summer. Their marriage will take place at Bethesda Chapel in Dinas Powys, then the rest of the day’s celebrations at Rosedew Farm in Llamtwit Major. We went to St Fagans earlier this month to capture some beautiful images ahead of the wedding in August. It was a warm Spring morning and there was so much colour!

Here is a selection of what we did!


Brecon Wedding - Stuart and Shireen

So many people ask what will happen if it rains on my wedding day?  well, the day goes on! and this one has to be the rainiest wedding day ever that I have photographed! Stuart and Shireen married in Merthyr civic offices then went on to celebrate and party at bunkhouse in a field in Brecon, South Wales. When I arrived at the civic offices I was already soaked though, and the guests were rushing in with their brollies blowing on the wind! we knew we were in for a full day of it, so we embraced the weather and had the most incredible time. The wonderful thing about this wedding is the way Stuart and Shireen’s family and friends were so involved. There was so much detail in the bunkhouse from mismatch bunting, and mismatch plates and cutlery (which looked amazing)  doilies and plastic animals ( these were the table names) that were all set up by the family and friends team leading up to the day.

The bouquets were made by Shireen and her bridesmaids the night before and Shireen even baked a chocolate wedding cake that morning. The food was all vegan (it was stunning) there was gin being poured into tea cups and bubbles and glitter galore. The rain continued throughout the day but we still went outside for photographs! The weather was an opportunity to capture a real unique set of images, and I must say it is one of may favourites to date. You can see in everyone’s expressions, particularly the bride and groom just how much fun they were having! one image ( the black and white one of Shireen peaking out of the car) was selected by Nikon to be used in their ‘I am Nikon 2016’ short film which I was super pleased about.

So, as you can see from this set, if it rains and you’re up for it – get outside, even if it’s for a couple of minutes!