Here is some South Wales wedding photography at Fairyhill for the marriage of Aimee and Mark. They hosted their day at this South Wales wedding venue in Gower on 29th August 2019. In the morning I split my time between the bridal preparations at Mulberry House and the groom’s at Cerrig Glan. Both of these cottages are owned by Fairyhill, and available to rent by wedding clients. The marriage ceremony took place in the K Room, the purpose built extension of this Georgian country manor house. One of my favourite photographs from the day, is of the groom checking his watch as he waits nervously for his bride to arrive for the ceremony. Once the nuptials were exchanged, the guests followed the bride and groom into the grounds to exchange kisses and congratulations. It was a pleasant day, so the some family photographs were arranged on the lawn followed by the throwing of the confetti. The bride and groom only wanted a few posed photographs of just the two of them. So we just took a few minutes away from the guests for a little stroll to the boating pond. The remainder of the drinks reception was spent mingling with friends and family, whilst being entertained by a close up magician. In time the wedding breakfast was served, followed by the traditional wedding speeches. Before the evening brought the first dance as a married couple, there was time for the children to have a quick swing in the garden and kung fu prancing round the wedding cake, which made everyone a little nervous.
“Thank you so much Sacha, some beautiful moments captured.”
“I am finding it hard to narrow down so many good ones!”
Here are a few photographs from the second wedding I have ever photographed at Fairyhill. Today’s bride and groom were Jessica and Shalin, who married on 25th August 2019. In our pre wedding communication, the happy couple requested to have a few portraits of the two of them on the beach during some point in the day. I often hear this request, as quite a few of wedding venues in South Wales are blessed with a location near a picturesque coastline, be it rugged cliffs or sandy beach. However, more often than not, the bride and groom decide against such a venture on the day itself. This normally is because the schedule has over ran, or the prospect of climbing dunes in a big white dress and high heels loses some of its attraction, once a few glasses of champagne are consumed. Nevertheless, as a seasoned wedding photographer, one thing you must learn is how to go with the flow. However todays schedule was well adhered to and Jessica and Shalin were ever enthusiast about the excursion. So once the speeches were completed and whilst the wedding venue staff were preparing the room for the evening festivities, we made our way to the coast. The nearest and most accessible coastline is Llangennith Beach, over looking the vast panorama that is offered by Rhossili Bay. The evening sun was not quite low enough for the golden hour, the schedule for the first dance prohibited such timing, though the these was element of a soft warm glow to the portraits. However great care had to be taken with the timing and composition to ensure no sun seeking tourist was accidentally captured in the background. At the beginning of the day, the bridal preparations had taken place at Cerrig Glan, one of the accommodation options offered by Fairyhill. The ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening dancing took place in the modern function room at Fairyhill. In the intermediate occasions, guests took advantage of the summer weather on the venues patio and grounds.
This was my first time providing the photography for a wedding at Fairyhill. This new exclusive use venue is run by the same company that owns Oldwalls in Gower, South Wales. Fairyhill use to be a boutique hotel and restaurant, but now thanks to the stylish extension it can now host sizeable weddings and events. Situated near the village of Reynoldston and short drive form the coastal city of Swansea, it benefits from picturesque rural surroundings. The bride and groom for this wedding was Charlotte and Daniel. I had been recommended to them from previous clients whose wedding I had photographed a couple of years ago at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. Also Charlotte’s mum, Ann McCormack is a well known face on the wedding circuit, being a well respected hair stylist. And in fact a week later I was bump into Charlotte and Daniel again at another friends’ wedding which I was also photographing. All of this cements the belief, how important personal recommendation is to a freelance business. I estimate the vast proportion of my wedding photography assignments come from referrals from previous clients. So it is nice to know I am doing something right! Todays wedding took place on 4th July 2019, the bride was getting ready at Mulberry House and the groom down the road at Cerrig Glan. Both cottages are owned by the venue and provide covenient locations for said preparations. The marriage ceremony took place at St Rhidians and St Illtyds Church in the village of Llanrhidian. Once the nuptials were exchanged and the confetti thrown, the wedding party made its way to Fairyhill. Here guests were treated to reception drinks as the sunshine filtered through the trees onto the patio and lawn. During the wedding breakfast the entertainment included some surprise singing waiters and some marvellous speeches. Though the spotlight was stolen by the groom’s father with is comical song, much to everyone’s amusement and amazement. Just before the sun was setting, myself and the videographer, Richard from Aurora Wedding Films, followed the bride and groom down to the little boating pond within the grounds, where the evening sun hidden behind the woodland was creating some soft, atmospheric light. As the evening progressed it was soon time for the cutting of the cake and then the first dance for the newly married couple. I generally then stay on for a few more songs to get some images that reflect the celebratory dancing and then make my way home into the night air.