Weddings and Coronavirus

Weddings and Coronavirus

Here we are at the beginning of the British spring time, the wedding industry awakens from its winter slumber. Well, as it turns out maybe not just yet. The Coronavirus, specifically Covid-19 has hit all industries hard, but weddings are an emotive event, with a lot of time and money already spent in its preparation. Bride and groom’s plan for years in advance, saving money, carefully choosing their venues, suppliers and the time of year to host they special day. Unfortunately the disruptions to the planning of weddings is unavoidable in such unprecedented times. I would like to offer some information and advice to anyone planning their special day.

 

POSTPONING YOUR WEDDING

At the time of posting, all of my April and early May weddings have postponed their dates. This decision in most cases has been instigated by the churches or reception venues either before or since the forced coronavirus lockdown. Those with weddings booked further ahead seem to be taking it day by day, dealing with new advice as it comes from the government. I have been in touch with my wedding clients for the next couple of months after which I hope this pandemic will be behind us and life has returned to a sense of normality. My policy is to be as flexible as possible, I have offered to slide any bookings to new dates as and when required. Some venues have been very proactive and have offered ‘plan b’ dates just in case. If this is the situation I advise to check with the majority of your other suppliers to see if they are willing or able to switch your booking to your potential new date. Most new dates have been for later this year, either mid week, late summer or autumnal months. For the wedding industry this is the best solution as they will generally have availability during that time. Though understandably some couples have been adamant on preferring Saturdays in the summer months, in which case they have opted to wait for a 2021 date. As an industry, the majority of our annual income comes from these peak dates. So do not be surprised if your venue is hesitant on accepting a postponement until next summer. Having one wedding ‘take-up’ two peak dates has huge financial implications. I have read on forums that bride and grooms have been surprised that their venue insists on a new date wedding occurring within this financial year or levying additional charges for the second peak date. It really will depend on your type of venue, some are small family run business that only host a few weddings a year, in which case they have room to be more accommodating. Though some of the most popular wedding venues are intricate businesses, with a busy schedule and fixed overheads, in which case they may be a bit more restricted in their negotiations. If you are self hosting of course, a marquee in a field of your own is obviously available at your convenience, though your caterers and other suppliers may already have a summer 2021 fully booked. So prepare to be flexible and open to compromise in your plans, the wedding industry in one of most customer focused businesses. Though despite the government reassurances, all wedding suppliers will lose a large proportion of their income thanks to the restrictions during their peak season.

 

MY CONTINGENCY PLANS

I have talked, albeit online, with a lot of other wedding photographers in recent weeks, I am pleased to say the current situation has seemed to have made the whole industry closer. We have been working together to find solutions, not only on how to survive as self employed sole traders but mainly on how to keep our clients happy. To this point, agreements have been but in place to cover each others weddings in the event of sickness or unavailability. Thanks to the internet, social circles are wide spread and so can ensure a quality substitute photographer who can be called upon if required. In this event I would still personally edit the work of the associate photographer to maintain a consistent aesthetic to meet the wedding couple’s expectation.

 

REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT THINGS

Eventually things will return to normal. One thing is sure, most of the worldwide population will be affected either through personal illness, lost loved ones, employment or with mental health issues. Weddings really do bring out the best of the human race, I have photographed hundreds over the years, and it never fails to surprise me the level of joy that humans experience being together with friends and family. So let us be patient, work together with understanding and in due course we can celebrate life in real style.

 

MEANWHILE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE

 

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Posted: 31st March 2020
South Wales Wedding Photography at Fairyhill – Aimee & Mark

South Wales Wedding Photography at Fairyhill – Aimee & Mark

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!”

 

 

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Llangoed Hall Wedding – Ann & David

Llangoed Hall Wedding – Ann & David

On Saturday 13th June 2019 I photographed the Llangoed Hall Wedding of Ann and David. Llangoed Hall is a wonderfully elegant and historic Edwardian country house hotel situated in the beautiful Wye Valley near the Brecon Beacons in the heart of Mid Wales. Ann and David had travelled here from their home in London. They were both on location for the morning preparations so I was able to split my time between the two parties. It was a busy start to the day as they have two lovely little boys who also needed looking after dressing, never easy with toddlers. In due the course the groom and his ushers made their way to the marriage ceremony, which was held in the nearby town of Crickhowell at St Edmund’s Church. Once the bridal preparations had been completed the parties united for the marriage ceremony at the church. Following the ceremony, congratulations were received in the churchyard before guests were transported back to Llangoed Hall for the reception. Here amongst the rolling scenery of Wales, there was time for everyone to catch up on the day’ events. A few drinks and some family photographs on the lawn later gave way to giant jenga and croquet. Though in time the wedding breakfast was served in the hotel’s orangery and garden room. Later some marvellous and surprising speeches were delivered with great aplomb, before the day turned into evening and the dancing began. As a Wales Wedding photographer we are blessed with some remarkable venues, Llangoed Hall being one of them, so picturesque it makes the day a blessing to attend.

 

 

 

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for making our very special day so painless while being photographed and the fact that you were so unobtrusive is amazing.”

 

 

 

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South Wales Wedding Photographer at Hensol Castle – Kate & Jason

South Wales Wedding Photographer at Hensol Castle – Kate & Jason

Kate and Jason were married on 31st May 2019 at Hensol Castle, in South Wales. The wedding photography coverage began with the bridal preparations, which took  place at The Vale Hotel, part of the same resort as Hensol castle. Apparently accommodation is still in the pipeline at the castle, and will be a huge boon for this popular South Wales wedding venue. Meanwhile the resort provides transport to and fro throughout the Vale Resort. As Kate was putting the final touches on, guests were beginning to arrive at Hensol for the marriage ceremony, where Jason was patiently waiting. Once the nuptials were exchanged, drinks were served in the lobby before the congregated friends and family made their way outside. In the picturesque grounds, confetti was thrown and family photographs were taken as more drinks were served throughout. The bride and groom portraits are at their discretion, I offer some ideas and see what the couple are happy with. This was they are not dragged around for a photo shoot all afternoon, whilst missing out on mingling with the guests. Late in the day, the formal wedding breakfast was served, followed by the traditional after dinner speeches. The evening sun was quite splendid today, shining across the lake, so I suggested we find a little spot with the light was filtering through the trees for a couple of more portraits. It only took a few minutes and the time was well used during the period where the reception room was being prepared for the evening. The first dance took place with the newly married couple showered in paper confetti, before the guests filled the dance floor. I was asked to stay a bit later than normal, as Kate and Jason were keen to have a sparkler exit photographed once dark enough.

 

 

“That are absolutely incredible and we’re more than delighted with them. Thank you again for capturing our day so perfectly!”

 

 

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South Wales Wedding Photography at Llanerch Vineyard – Sarah & Max

South Wales Wedding Photography at Llanerch Vineyard – Sarah & Max

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!”

 

 

 

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Monmouthshire Wedding in South Wales – Tabitha & Llywellyn

Monmouthshire Wedding in South Wales – Tabitha & Llywellyn

Tabitha and Llywellyn’s Monmouthshire wedding took place on Saturday 22nd September 2018. The morning preparations for the bride took place at her parent’s amazing home, Pilstone House in South Wales. Later in the day it was also to host the drinks reception in a rather fortuitously positioned marquee providing shelter from the days precipitation. The marriage ceremony was held the over side of the River Wye at All Saints Church in the idyllic village of Newland. The bride arrived in a classic American car and was protected from the rain with a plethora of umbrellas as she made her way along the church path. A horse riding accident weeks before meant a strapped ankle, but to everyones admiration she till managed to wear her wedding shoes. After the ceremony it was back to Pilstone House, where the champagne was flowing and continued to do so throughout the day. Guests and wedding party alike enjoyed chatting and catching up with friends, before the formal cutting of the cake and the wedding speeches entertained as all as the evening approached.

 

 

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