2017 Highlights

2017 Highlights

 

Well, where do I start? Once again, I cannot believe where the year has gone – maybe it’s because I had another child thrown into the madness! 2017 has been yet another incredible year for me and my photography. I’ve spent a crazy amount of hours in the car driving here, there and everywhere. I’ve witnessed 27 couples say ‘I do’.  I’ve seen tears of sadness and of joy teamed with nerves and excitement. I’ve assisted with button holes, sewn up a bridesmaids dress and transferred guests from church to reception venue! Not to mention taken thousands of images and eaten a fair amount of three course meals and wedding cake! It really has been a ball! (Ooh, and went to a rave in an Italian castle with the bridal party the night before the wedding!)

 

 

None of this is possible without the couples that book me to capture and be part of their wedding day. It’s taken me so long to select my favourites for 2017, there are literally thousands to choose from. But here they are!

Love and best wishes to you lovely lot!

Jen & Jospeh, Beth & Adam, Christie & James, Keshia & Matthew, Joanne & Ian, Devan &Dan, Gemma & Andrew, Zoe & Lisa, Mariclare & Dave, Emma & Will, Melissa & Jimmy, Louise & Joel, Gavin & Bethan, Karen & Laura, Jade & Owain, Sally & Alberto, Hannah & Dan, Rebecca & Lee, Paige & Rhys, Laura & Josh, Hannah & Ian, Laura & Paul, Sarah & Katy, Sarah & Huw, Rhiannon & Karl, Samantha & Kris.

 

 

 

 


Venice Wedding Photography

Venice Wedding Photography

 

Back in 2015, yes 2015! Rachel and I went to Venice to photograph two beautiful couples. It was June, very clammy and warm which brought heavy rain and thunder at times! We spent 3 days walking the streets of Venice capturing gorgeous images of our lovely couples in the most beautiful locations. Venice is so colourful and pretty it offers such amazing back drops for images.

I’m super excited to share with you these images from our adventure. If you’re planing your wedding abroad, I’d love to hear from you. My camera will travel anywhere!

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Rebecca & Lee

Rebecca & Lee

26th August 2017 – The Angel Hotel Abergavenny

 

 

 

 

 

 


JOEL & LOUISE - FONMON CASTLE WEDDING

Joel & Louise – Fonmon Castle

21st July 2017

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 This week I have four weddings to photograph! it all starts with this gorgeous pair that got married at Fonmon Castle in The Vale Of Glamorgan on Friday! It rained and it rained and it rained! but it didn’t matter one bit. I haven’t had a rainy wedding to photograph at Fonmon before, so I was kind of pleased that we were forced by Mother nature to stay inside and use the gorgeous castle interiors for so many photographs! Louise looked incredible walking down the aisle to meet her groom, as always, such an amazing moment to capture.

After torrential rain for hours, the skies finally cleared and we were able to go outside! I absolutely love the rich greens the surround the castle walls, so pretty. It’s almost 1am, and i’ve finally chosen a selection of images from their day to share with you all! The editing is really pilling up now, it is the middle of July after all – more late nights ahead, enjoy! ~ Sian


MELISSA & JAMES - HENSOL CASTLE WEDDING

Melissa & James – Hensol Castle

8th July 2017

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On Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of capturing Mel & Jimmy tie the knot! It was slightly overcast which was perfect (for photography!) and a little cooler than it has been recently which was also ideal! Mel & Jimmy got married in a beautiful church just outside the centre of Cardiff. It’s a church I have never been to before and always driven past and thought about how pretty it is and how I’d like to capture a wedding there one day.  It was a very colourful wedding! There was a mix of colours in the bouquets, the grooms mens ties, the table decorations and a cake to die for!

After the service, a red double decker London bus took the guests to Hensol Castle where they were to celebrate the rest of the day – lots of beer and prosecco for the journey too! At Hensol Castle everyone was welcomed with more drinks, this really helped to get the party started. It was clear that Mel & Jimmy were surrounded by their loved ones as there so was so much warmth and happiness filling the rooms of the castle.

Not long before I left, I took Mel & Jimmy to the jetty on the lake to have some time out together before the evening party started. I must be honest I do love photographing each ‘section’ of a wedding day. But one of my favourite parts of the day is when I whisk the couple away for 20 minutes in the evening to create some beautiful images of them together.  During the Summer months the air is cooler at this time and if we’ve been lucky to have a sunny day, we have a sunset and soft low light to work with. But most of all, it’s important that they get this time together just to have a breather and talk away from the guests, just for a short time. The day goes so quickly, and in such a flash, that they wouldn’t get this precious time If I did’t suggest it.

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I have gone through the day’s images and chosen a few to share! Enjoy.


THE LITTLE THEATRE BATH WEDDING - KESHIA AND MATT

Keshia and Matt married in The Little Theatre Bath on Saturday. It was wonderful for me to photograph a wedding over the boarder! In fact I have a lot of non Welsh weddings this year! It’s lovely to work at new venues. This is still a working cinema, it so quaint and pretty! Of course, being a cinema it is very dark, which made lighting a challenge (a good challenge) I had an off camera flash set up to capture Keshia as she walked down the aisle, this light adds a theatrical feel to the mood. The guests were supplied with 3D glasses and were served popcorn doing the ceremony, very untraditional which is fab!

Bath is a beautiful town with such beautiful old stone buildings.  We managed to get outside and take some gorgeous images just before it lashed down with rain! (these shots are some of my favourite from the day) You’ve got to love a bride & groom that will get out in the rain!

There was so much energy at Keshia & Matts wedding, they were a fun couple to photograph. Here are a couple of peeks from the day!

 

 

 


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!


ENGAGEMENT SHOOT CARDIFF - GEMMA & ANDREW

In eight weeks, I will be flying out to Italy to photograph Gemma and Andrews wedding. They will be declaring their love for one another in a beautiful castle at Lake Garda! We went out one evening this week to capture some images before the big day. It was quite warm and sunny during the day and unfortunately by the time we met for the shoot, the sun had gone behind the clouds and it was a bit chilly! But that didn’t matter as we walked through Alexandra Gardens in the centre of Cardiff. The blossoms were such a stunning backdrop for the couple. We’re very excited for the wedding now!


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!