St Tewdrics House is a Grade II listed, mid century Italian Renaissance villa near the town of Chepstow in South Wales. This luxuriously renovated and exclusive use wedding venue benefits from a peaceful rural location, affording a generous vista towards the Bristol Channel. The owner is professional cyclist Geraint Thomas, and his wife Sara and in fact the whole day had a cycling theme. If you have a keen interest in cycling you may recognise a few faces in this wedding. The bride no less, being three time world champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Dani King MBE. The groom, Matt Rowe also a accomplished cyclist, runs the cycling coaching company roweandking, along with his brother and best man, Luke. Who, with a satisfying sense of circularity, cycles for Team Sky, a team mate of which is Geraint Thomas, owner of said wedding venue. The celebrity status of the wedding day, was not wasted on OK magazine, a few days after the wedding I was contact by the couple’s agent, requesting I provide some of the photographs for the article, a peak of which you can find here; Wedding in OK magazine.
The morning of the wedding on 30th September 2017, my photography coverage began at St Tewdrics. Where the bride and her nine bridesmaids, were making use of the villa’s classically proportioned rooms for their preparations. The groom, meanwhile was greeting guests as they arrived at the location for the marriage ceremony, Llandaff Cathedral. Unfortunately urgent repairs were progress on the ancient place of worship, one side of the interior was covered in scaffolding, though I did manage to avoid this in the photographs. After the ceremony, once the guests had congratulated the happy couple and showered them in confetti, we adjourned back to St Tewdrics for the drinks reception. The weather was such, we could enjoy its gardens in all its autumnal colours before being called into the wedding breakfast. This was served in a new addition to the estate, a purpose built banqueting hall, which housed the food service, speeches and evening celebrations.