One of most impressive places to photograph a wedding in Cardiff and South Wales, has to be Llandaff Cathedral. This impressive Anglican place of worship dates back to the 12th Century, whilst it acts as the parish church of the of Llandaff, its massive size is hidden by its location at the bottom of the Dean’s Steps from the village square. It was here I photographed the wedding of Sarah and Hadley at the end of September 2023. Just the week before King Charles had attended a service during his visit to the principality. My day has started with the bridal preparations, where I was joined by the talented videographer, Richard of Aurora Films. Bride’s dress was provided by One Bridal and flowers were from Rolfes. I roughy stay with the bridal party for about 90 minutes before making my way to see the groom about half an hour before the bride is scheduled to arrive. This way I have the opportunity to grab some photographs of the groom greeting guests. Also it provides a safety net for logistics such as finding a parking place and receiving instructions from the bishop. Each place religion has its own set of rules regarding photography, as well as the personal preference of the officiant. Today it was pretty routine of just staying out of the way, an unobtrusive approach which I prefer anyway, providing a fly on the wall record. Once the ceremony was completed and the register signed, the newlyweds led their guests outside. Congratulations were delivered as well as a shower of confetti as the bride and groom made their way to the green to their awaiting cars. The chauffeured cars from Price’s then transported the wedding party to Cardiff Castle, where the reception was to be held. The arrival drinks took place in the library, followed by the wedding breakfast served in the ornate banqueting hall. As the night drew in, I left the attendee’s dancing away in the undercroft.
“Thank you ever so much for our photographs. Both Hadley and I are absolutely over the moon with them. We love every single one of them and can’t stop looking at them. You really did capture the day and so many lovely memories have come flooding back to us whilst looking through them all. I’m so excited to share them with friends and family later today. I’ve never seen photographs like them. The Cathedral photos are particularly outstanding, thank you very much.”