The running theme for most of my wedding photography clients, is that one if not both, do not really enjoy having their photographs taken. Seems a very ironic position for a photography business to be in. Though this was the very reason I helped to pioneer a more natural approach to wedding photography. Taken a more observational point of view rather than dictating the pace of the day. So apart from a few family groups which the couple requested, we spent literally a couple of minutes to take some portraits of just the happy couple. The rest of the days photographic coverage was without intrusion or instruction. I merely let the couple enjoy mingling with their friends and let the day run its course. This lack of control is not for the faint hearted, it takes patience and a lot of hard work to capture the atmosphere without interference. Kate and David got married on 3rd August 2019 at Llanerch Vineyard in South Wales. The bride got ready in the old cottage at the vineyard, whilst the groom was in one of the new rooms that LLanerach have recently built. The marriage ceremony was performed in Calon Lodge, which benefits from the picturesque view of the vineyard. Where later the drinks reception is enjoyed by the wedding guests. The main wedding breakfast is served in the venues purpose built Woodland marquee.
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“Thank you for capturing such special moments of our nearest and dearest, I will treasure them forever. Thank you so much again for really giving us the most wonderful memories of our special day.”
On Sunday 26th May 2019 I was back in South Wales for the Llanerch Vineyard wedding of Sarah and Max. In the morning I met up with Sarah at her parent’s home for the bridal preparations. The weather was not being too kind to us and continued to do so for most of the day. Many umbrellas had to be utilised for Sarah’s rain soaked arrival at the vineyard. Though by the end of the day the sun was back out shining. So we took that opportunity for a belated confetti shot and a couple of portraits of just the bride and groom amongst the spring time infant vines. However during the drinks reception the precipitation did mean taking shelter in the ceremony room. Bride and grooms often feel disappointed with rain on their wedding day, but as it with today it rarely rains all day. Also it does mean guests huddle around the bar area, creating a busy and fun party atmosphere early in the day. I know some photographers panic at this prospect but for me, it is prime conditions to take some lovely candid pictures of people chatting and laughing. I included a few samples below to see what kind of imagery your can expect. The wedding breakfast was served at the vineyard’s marquee, which in every practical sense provides comfortable sanctuary in all inclement weather.
“I would defiantly recommend Sacha to anyone as their wedding photographer. He was so lovely on the day and relaxed which really helped with the nerves in the morning. He worked really hard making sure he got shots of everyone and the pictures are amazing! From the initial enquiry email to receiving the photos, everything was easy. Thank you so much!”
As a South Wales wedding photographer, I am pretty lucky with the amazing wedding venues that the area is blessed with. One of my recent favourites is Llanerch Vineyard. Set on a working vineyard just a few miles from Cardiff, this venue has quickly gained plaudits for its restaurant cuisine, cooking school and permanent wedding and events marquee. So it was no surprise Fran and Tom decided to host their wedding celebration here on 5th May 2018. However, the day started with the bridal preparations at the brides’ family home in the Vale of Glamorgan. The groom, meanwhile was waiting nervously for his future wife at St Cados Church in the South Wales village of Llancarfan. After the official ceremony the newly married couple led their guests through the country lanes to Llanerch. Where cold drinks were served on reception amongst the views of the budding vineyard. Later in the day we were treated to entertainment from a close up magician and music from the band Brother Ray.
“Thank you so much – we’re both so pleased with how they’ve turned out!”
On Saturday 3rd September 2016 I performed my duties as a South Wales wedding photographer at the Llanerch Vineyard wedding of Bethan and Michael, within the Vale of Glamorgan of South Wales. At the beginning of the day I met up with the bride, her bridesmaids and mother whilst their were getting ready for the big day. After the bridal hair and make up was completed and the wedding dress was put on, I went down to the bar to meet the groom with his ushers. The marriage ceremony was performed at the purpose built, Calon Lodge overlooking the vineyard. The day was one of wettest we had this summer, but keeping one eye on the weather during the drinks reception, we did manage to jump outside few a minutes outside to have a couple of portrait photographs of the bride and groom amongst the vines. The wedding breakfast was hosted in the permanent marquee, which unfortunately meant the whole set of guests having to make the rather precarious journey across the yard through the more than generous rainfall. However, with the lofting of umbrellas and the levitation of dress hems, we all made it safely to the venue, relatively dry.
Here is a small collection of the photograph I created for Abigail and Owain’s Llanerch Vineyard Wedding. The marriage took place on Saturday 4th June 2016 at St Nicholas Church in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. The wedding reception was then hosted at Llanerch Vineyard, where on arrival guests were served chilled drinks in the Calon Lodge where they could enjoy with views of the vineyards nestled in the Welsh countryside. Later int he day, everyone was called for the wedding breakfast served in the purpose built marquee, which on own enclosed lawn which was perfect to allow the children present to run and play. Following some entertaining speeches, the band picked up their instruments and got the dancing underway.
As with all my clients, Abigail and Owain wanted a very natural approach to their wedding photography. So apart from a handful of family groups that they had requested and a few minutes of their time for a couple of portraits of just the two of them amongst the vineyards, they were free to enjoy they day with their friends and family. Which is after all the reason to have a wedding day is to celebrate the event with the closest people in in your lives. My task was then to capture the day as it unfolded without intrusion, allowing the atmosphere to created the imagery.
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.