Here are some of my favourite images from Kelly and Tom’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama wedding. They were married on Saturday 20th April 2019 at St Isan’s Church in Llanishen, Cardiff. I have photographed quite a few marriage ceremonies at this 12th century Anglican place of worship, all with the same vicar. So it was with some sadness he informed me that this was to be his last wedding as he was due to retire the following day. As a Cardiff wedding photographer it has been paramount to nurture good relations with local vicars. When I first started wedding photography, it was quite common to be told they would not allow photography during the service. It seemed every officiant had a bad experience with an over zealous photographer. Though over the years with polite, empathetic discussion, combined with a promise to respect the ceremony, permission has been given more times than not to photograph the exchange of rings if nothing else. Earlier in the morning I met up with Kelly and her bridal party at the boutique hotel, Llanely Hall for her preparations. It was then on to the Cardiff suburb of Llanishen for the marriage service at St Isan’s Church. I recognised quite a few of the guests, as they included three other brides whose wedding I had photographed in the past. It is always a good sign to realise that a lot of your work comes from personal recommendation within friendship groups. Once the last of the confetti was thrown, we all made are way to Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where drinks were being served in the courtyard of the Anthony Hopkins Centre, restored from former castle mews buildings. The drinks reception was followed by a bridal party stroll through Bute Park to the new state of the art college building, which houses concert halls and a magnificent foyer where the wedding breakfast is served. Later in the day, the speeches ended just as the sun was dropping behind the tress in the park, so Richard, the videographer for the day from Aurora Wedding Films and I, made the most of this ethereal light by pictorially capturing the bride and groom whilst they took a romantic walk in the fading light.
“We’ve enjoyed looking at all the photos tonight, we’ve laughed and cried. Thank you for capturing all the special moments, they are so beautiful.”
“We wouldn’t have chosen anyone else, so happy with them”