South Wales Same Sex Wedding at St Donat’s Castle – Kim & Kirsty

South Wales Same Sex Wedding at St Donat’s Castle – Kim & Kirsty

On 14th July 2019 I photographed the same sex wedding at St Donat’s Castle in South Wales for Kim and Kirsty. Kirsty is well known in the local wedding industry as she works for Your South Wales Wedding magazine. So I was very pleased that she choose my as her wedding photographer. St Donat’s castle dates back to medieval times, located in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales, it now hosts the internationally renowned Atlantic College.The brides decided that I was to cover the morning of preparations of Kim, before meeting up with Kirsty at the castle where the ceremony was to be performed in the Brandenstoke Hall. The drinks reception was held on the castle lawns with its majestic view of the Bristol Channel. Whilst the guest enjoyed said vista the brides asked for a few portraits around the grounds of the castle, and specially on the sea wall at its own private beach. Just before the wedding breakfast was served, confetti was thrown on the happy couple as they walked through the old portcullis entrance of the castle. Once the food was enjoyed, it was time for the speeches. In the early evening the low sun cast a warm glow to the occasion of the first dance and the celebrations continued into the night.

 

 

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Same Sex Wedding in Cardiff – Joe & Robert

Same Sex Wedding in Cardiff – Joe & Robert

Joe and Robert were married on 25th August 2017 at a same sex wedding ceremony in Cardiff, South Wales. My photographic coverage started in the morning with Joe as he prepared for the day at his brother’s home. Where the niece and nephew, who were to be flower girl and page boy, kept us entertained with their antics that continued through the day. We then made our way to the Anthony Hopkins Centre, part of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, South Wales. Here the marriage ceremony was performed, which was followed by congratulations and drinks in the quad area. The wedding breakfast was served in the lobby of the new building at RWCMD where the glassed walled atrium bathes the interior in natural light. The two groom’s and their close family made their way through the park, allowing the guests the shorter trip between the two buildings, so they could greet the newly married couple upon their arrival. After some emotional speeches, there was a chance to relax and be entertained by a close up magician until the evening celebrations were kicked off with the first dance.

 

“Thanks for the pictures and thanks for all the work you did on the day and in the time since prepping these pictures.

We have to admit we did have high expectations after seeing some of the work you have done previously but we can both say we are blown away by some of the pictures you have taken. Your style is exactly what we were looking for and we love the pictures.

Our fav is defiantly the one with me crying and Rob laughing at me. We both knew it was going to be like that on the day but the picture captures the moment so perfectly.

Also looking through the pictures, you get to see the emotion, the fun and expressions on peoples faces so well, we have both looked through them many times since downloading them.”

 

 

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Llanerchaeron & Harbourmaster Aberaeron Wedding – Daniel & Paul

Llanerchaeron & Harbourmaster Aberaeron Wedding – Daniel & Paul

On Friday 5th May 2017 I travelled across the Welsh countryside to the west coast town of Aberaeron. I was here to photograph the same sex wedding of Daniel and Paul. The marriage ceremony was performed in front of a modest collection of close friends and family, in the converted stables at Llanerchaeron. This elegant Georgian villa, set in the wooded Aeron valley is remarkably unaltered for over 200 years, and remains a self-sufficient estate including a farm, walled gardens and lake. Celebratory drinks and nibbles were served in the courtyard, bathed in glorious spring sunshine. After a while the whole wedding party was transported to the Harbourmaster Hotel, a West Wales mecca of good food. Set in the former  harbourmaster’s house dating back to the early 1800s, this colourful quayside hotel has build a well deserved reputation for its culinary delights. Upon arrival guests enjoyed a harbour side drink before they were called inside for lunch. This was were my photographic coverage ended, I only accept a handful of these shorter wedding days, but they act as a nice juxtaposition to the normal full day photographic that has become the norm in the last few years.

 

“We just want to thank you so very, very much – they’re absolutely amazing!!!!! “

“They will help us to remember forever, the wonderful day we had in Aberaeron. Thank you for the time you spent on the day and for the considerable time you must have spent afterwards getting the photographs ready for us.”

 

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Pitt Hall Barn Wedding – Gregory & Michael

Pitt Hall Barn Wedding – Gregory & Michael

On Saturday 3rd March 2016 I was working near Basingstoke, photographing the wedding of Gregory and Michael. The cermeony and reception was hosted at Pitt Hall Barn, a beautifully restored oak beamed building with adjoining marquee located on a working farm set amongst the Hampshire countryside.

“We are so thrilled with the photos – everything we hoped they would be. A real heartfelt thank you for being our photographer!”

 

Greg and Mike had previous seen my work, as I had photographed the Hampshire wedding of their friends Kirsten and Nicholas last year. So it was nice to see them again, and two nicer gentlemen you would be hard pushed to find, and this was demonstrated the by the sheer joy their friends and family expressed in seeing them married. I should also mention that the day was also witnessed by their little pet dog, Willie the Pug.

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Cardiff Castle & Park Plaza Wedding – Lee & Julian

Cardiff Castle & Park Plaza Wedding – Lee & Julian

On Friday 1st May I documented the same sex wedding of Lee and Julian. I met up with both of them in the morning at the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff, where they were putting on the final touches, fixing ties and cufflinks before taking a stroll, through the city centre to Cardiff Castle.

“We are extremely pleased, and wanted to thank you very much for these great memories.  They certainly bring the day right back!”

The marriage ceremony was to be performed in the guest tower at the castle, where some of their friends had already arrived to the join the pair for a glass or two of champagne before the nuptials were exchanged in the Walnut Room. After more drinks in the tower and few family group shots on the castle lawn, we all made our way back to the Park Plaza for the wedding breakfast and the speeches that followed.

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Victoria & Rachael – Civil Partnership in Abergavenny, South Wales

Victoria & Rachael – Civil Partnership in Abergavenny, South Wales

On Thursday the 11th of August 2011 I was asked to provide a couple of hours of photographic coverage for the civil partnership of Victoria and Rachael. The civil partnership act was granted in 2004, the same year I started my wedding business yet this was the first I have photographed. The day started with a small and intimate ceremony at Abergavenny  Registry Office and ended with a few photographs in the grounds of Abergavenny Castle.

The link to the online proofs where family and friends can see the full gallery of wedding photographs can be found here.

 

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