Last Saturday I drove the short distance from my home to the beautiful Llansantffraed Court Hotel near Abergavenny. The bride-to-be Kate had stayed the night before with her bridesmaids. They were all busy being tended to by the talented Christina Cooling make up artist. The lovely ladies from Syran John hair stylist were busy attending to the girls fabulous hair-styles. Kate’s close friends Steve and Lewis were the ‘Master of Ceremonies’ and were super-helpful in getting everyone organised. Whilst Kate was getting ready, a delivery arrived at the bedroom door. The romantic groom had sent a card and present to his beautiful bride-to-be. He had delivered a stunning pair of pearl droplet earrings for her to wear on their Big Day (he’ll make a great husband!)
Besides photographing the very busy goings-on of the morning, I like to go photograph all the little details. The bride and groom have spent so much time planning and organising, it’s lovely to capture these small details. Kate’s Charlotte Mills bridal shoes (containing an embedded sixpence!) were absolutely gorgeous. There was definitely a vintage Gatsby-style theme to this elegant wedding with the bridesmaids dresses in a pale rose gold. The beautiful flowers by ‘Flowers by Stacey’ in Blaenavon were pale pink and ivory roses with the tall floral table settings having a big feather plume. This was beautifully in theme with Kate’s feather and diamente head-piece. The Cambria string quartet was elegantly playing in the background for several hours before and after the ceremony.
Kate’s dad gave her away and there were readings during the ceremony by John’s brother Gareth and Kate’s friend Lewis. On being presented with their new marriage certificate by the registrar, John accidentally dropped it. He tried to grab it as it almost fluttered onto a candle in the fireplace! Poor Kate looked horrified and everyone was giggling the marriage was nearly over before it started!
It was an absolutely beautiful wedding in a stunning location. The staff at the venue were fabulous and all worked really hard. We were very fortunate with the weather so everyone spilled out onto the lawns after the ceremony with some playing a giant Jenga game and croquet (very civilised!) The staff circulated amongst the guests with canapés before the wedding breakfast which was a lovely touch! The guests were a great bunch of people with some of Kate and John’s old Uni friends, many who are now married themselves with little ones. I adore children so am always delighted when I have babies and toddlers to photograph!
After their wonderful meal, Kates dad, John, Kate herself and the two best men made their (hilarious!) speeches before the dancing started. Dancing commenced with Kate and her dad, then the bride and groom, and finally John and his mum before everyone joined in! This couldn’t have been a nicer day and I have so many fabulous photos from this wedding. It was actually really hard to choose a selection for the blog! Kate and John are now on their honeymoon so I wish them both a wonderful holiday. I can’t wait for them to be able to view the rest of their photos on their return 🙂