On Saturday 27th July 2019, I find myself in West Wales to photograph the wedding of Michael and Joeley. They decided to host the majority of their day at Tynrhyd Retreat. A collection of self accommodation cottages near Devil’s Bridge in Ceredigion. They had managed to book the whole complex to host all of the guests. It was here I met up with them in the morning whilst they were busy preparing for the marriage ceremony. Splitting my time between the two wedding parties. One of my favourite images from the day was taken, as Michael was demonstrating how to put on a tie to their sons. The actual ceremony took place at the sumptuously decorated Music Room at the Georgian country home that is Nanteos. This venue is near the coastal town of Aberystwyth, a short drive through the picturesque Welsh countryside from Tynrhyd. After the ceremony, confetti was thrown and drinks served to their wedding guests in the front of the mansion house, where they could enjoy splendid views of the valley. After a few family photographs, we all made our way back to Tynrhyd, where food was being prepared for the wedding breakfast. Desert was courtesy of an ice cream van, which was greeted by huge smiles as the child spied its arrival.
A trilogy of occasions this year saw me make the picturesque journey across the principality to the west coast of Mid Wales, to photograph weddings at Nanteos. This final visit of 2017, was for the joyful union of Katie and David on the 2nd September. The whole day from the bridal preparations to dancing the night away was hosted at Nanteos, a splendid Georgian country house restored into a luxury hotel. The King’s Suite is one of my favourite places to photograph the bridal party getting ready, with its large Georgian windows flooding the sumptuously decorated room with the perfect amount of natural light. It is also quite handy for the marriage ceremony which takes place next door in the music room.
After the ceremony everyone made their way to the front garden, where drinks were served, congratulations given and confetti thrown. As per instructions there was time put aside for a few group shots of close family and the wedding party and a couple of portraits of just the bride and groom as they enjoyed the surrounding landscape. These were done by ten minutes or so, leaving the happy couple free to mingle with those that had joined them for the day. The after dinner speeches were enjoyable, though looking through the pictures to select for this blog, I cannot quite remember why the best man presented the groom with a shopping trolley, but perhaps that is for the good.
In this age of digital communication, where email has quickly become the norm, the act of giving a physical thank you cards seems to decline each year. Yet to to receive one even before I deliver the photographs has to be even more rare. I think that is testament to the decency of Katie and David, who perfectly the demonstrated that sometimes throwing a wedding, is not just about yourselves but making sure everyone is having an enjoyable time. This fun loving couple saturated the day with good times and laughter. Nanteos was filled with such a good atmosphere, close family and friends all wishing them well.
“We just wanted to contact you prior to seeing your photos and say a very big thank you for helping to make out wedding day so wonderful!”
“We both felt so comfortable in your company and we feel so lucky to have been recommended you.”
Charlotte and Adam were married in West Wales on Saturday 26th August 2017. Early in the morning I travelled to the town of Aberystwyth to Nanteos Hotel where they were both getting ready for the big day. So it was logistically possible for me to split the photography coverage between the bridal and groom preparations. I then made my way to the marriage ceremony which was held in Capel Y Morfa in the town. After which the happy couple asked for some portraits of themselves amongst the castle ruins and on the beachfront at this Mid Wales town. On our return to Nanteos the guests had gathered outside enjoying ice cream from the provided van, before greeting Adam and Charlotte with more confetti.
Here is a few photographs from the wedding of Abby and Allan, who were married at Nanteos in Mid Wales on Saturday 15th July 2017. Nanteos Mansion is a grade one listed Georgian Mansion, and bit of a jewel in the crown of the Mid Wales county of Ceredigion. The estate that once include much of th eland that is Aberystwyth dates back to the 13th century. The mansion itself was bulit in the 1700’s by the weathly Powell family untilt the last relative passed away in the 1950’s. Since then it has passed through several hands and even was boarded up for a while. The present owners spents years of meticulous and painstaking renovations, to bring the building back to its former glory. Nanteos Mansion has once more opened it’s doors reviving the long tradition of welcoming guests to enjoy what is a quintessential Georgian Mansion that just happens to be a luxury hotel!
“Massive thanks to you for Saturday. We really did have the best day of our lives.”
The Nightingale, which serves as honeymoon suite during wedding celebrations, is probably one of my favourite locations to photograph the bridal preparations. Not only does it benefit from elegant decorations but the tall Georgian windows provides perfect light for photography. The marriage cermony took place next door in the Music Room, one of the most lavish rooms at Nanteos, with its sumptous Rococo style design. Once the happy couple walked down the asile as man and wife for the first time, a saber arch was formed outside the main entrance whilst other guests eagerly waited to throw confetti. The remainder of the day went as swimmingly, the weather beahved during the drinsk reception before everyone was called into the dining room for the wedding breakfast. Following the speeches the evening sun made a welcome appearance, bathing the front field in glorious sunshine. Braving the inquistive horseflies for a few minutes, we managed to get a few portraits of the bride and groom in the aestheitcally pleasing light before the evening celebrations were kicked off with the traditional first dance.
“Thank you so much for the Wedding Pictures. We love them.”
Here are a few photographs from a wedding at Nanteos near Aberystwyth in West Wales, photographed on Friday 30th December, my last wedding for 2016. The bride and groom, Mared and Mark were both getting ready in the Georgian Hotel, the girls in the main hotel, whilst the chaps were making use of the Mews House. The marriage ceremony took place a few miles down the road at Capel Seion. The wedding reception was back at Nanteos, where guests were greeted with warming drinks on arrival in the lobby. The afternoon continued with the drinks reception, where the bride and groom where free to mingle amongst their guests. The wedding breakfast was hosted in the hotel’s restaurant, where the table and chairs were laid out in three long rows, making for a fun atmosphere.After the meal, the speeches were completed before the evening guests arrived to join the party.
Nanteos Mansion is a grade one listed Georgian Mansion, regarded as one of the most important estates in the county of Ceredigion. Whilst records of the estate stretch back to the 13th century the Mansion itself was built by the wealthy Powell family in 1738. The Powell family remained in residence for 200 years up until the last of the Powell’s, Margaret Powell, died in 1951. At its height the estate covered some 35000 acres, covering most of what is today Aberystwyth and was the major employer of the county. Today after four years of meticulous and painstaking renovations and refurbishment and some 5 million pounds of investment, Nanteos Mansion has once more opened it’s doors reviving the long tradition of welcoming guests to enjoy a what is a quintessentially Georgian Mansion that just happens to be a luxury hotel!
The wettest December since records began was well under way by the 19th December 2015, but it did not dampen the spirit and festivities for the wedding of Lisa and Aled. In the morning I split my time between the bride and groom as they were both getting ready within relative short distance of each other. The marriage ceremony took place at Capel Mynach in the village of Devil’s Bridge. The reception was then hosted at Nanteos Mansion, a grade one listed Georgian Mansion.
As with most winter weddings when the inclement weather keeps guests within the shelter of the reception venue, it does allow for a party atmosphere from an early start. With all family and friends rubbing shoulders as they huddle around the bar and fireplaces provides for a warm and friendly ambience, which is something I try to capture with my photography.
Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth is regarded as one of the most important estates in the county of Ceredigion in West Wales. Whilst records of the estate stretch back to the 13th century the Mansion itself was built by the wealthy Powell family in 1738.