This was the second marriage for Sally and Charlie. Only because they have already had a wedding, albeit somewhat truncated, last year at Llandaff Cathedral and their parents home under covid restrictions. You can see the photographs from this first wedding at South Wales Wedding at Llandaff Cathedral – Sally & Charlie. So today’s celebration, held on 8th July 2022, which was exactly one day short of a whole year, is wedding number two. With the majority of the more official side of a wedding day already completed, there was a distinct arty atmosphere at St Tewdrics House as I arrived in the morning. The bride and her friends were busy setting up the table plan, whilst the groom meanwhile was sharing a glass of whisky with his best-man, father and ushers. There was a ceremony of sorts, guest gathered around the summer house to hear poems and readings from friends and members of the family to mark the occasion. Then as they passed along the outdoor aisle, they were showered with confetti. Drinks were then offered to be enjoyed amongst this delicious Monmouthshire garden. The wedding breakfast was served in the air conditioned banqueting hall, a welcome relief from the summer sun, which has been extremely warm this year in South Wales. The wedding day speeches were delivered after the meal, and included a few words from the bride, which hopefully becomes more of a tradition as time passes. Sally and Charlie really wanted the day to flow as naturally as possible, so the vast majority of the photography was strictly candid moments. They did take a quick short stroll in the gardens of St Tewdrics, I did suggest the direction, where the light would be nice, but apart from that no posing instruction was expected or given. This did allow them a few minutes to be alone together and absorb the emotions of the day as I documented the occasion that allowed to unfold unhindered. As the evening approached the newlyweds performed their first dance before inviting friends and family to join them on the dance floor. A few of the gathered friends were also part of a dance troupe and a rehearsed performance broke out, much to the delight of the crowd.
Venue: St Tewdric’s House