Castell Coch & Llanerch Vineyard Wedding – Elizabeth & Rory

On Friday the 1st of April 2016 I was commissioned to photograph the wedding of Elizabeth and Rory. Following the bridal preparations in the morning the marriage ceremony took place at Castell Coch. Whilst there has been a castle on this woodland hill near Cardiff in South Wales since the 11th the century, this “Red Castle” was the invention of Victorian architect William Burgess who was given free rein by the 3rd Marquess of Bute to create a homage to Gothic style.

The intensely decorated Drawing Room, holds a maximum of 30 people at any time and so perfect for relatively small and personal wedding ceremonies, which today was followed by some bubble blowing in the courtyard much to the amusement of Elizabeth and Rory’s baby daughter, Bethany. The wedding reception took place at the restaurant of Llanerch Vineyard, a modern wine producer which provides hospitality in the Welsh countryside.

The majority of weddings I photograph these days are a whole day affairs, ending in the evening once the dancing has gotten well underway, however during the weekdays and winter months I am happy to offer shorter coverage where possible, and so it was today. Suitable for weddings  with close friends and family, the coverage ended for this wedding with the serving of the formal wedding breakfast.

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