Last Satuday I travelled to the beautiful Craig-Y-Nos Castle with my trusty assistant and daughter Sabina. We met up with gorgeous bride-to-be Rachael getting ready with her mum and bridesmaids. Sabina was then dropped off with hubby-to-be Adam and his groomsmen in a nearby B&B. As I concentrated on documenting the mornings goings-on with the girlies, Sabina was doing the same with the boys! Sadly the weather was not kind to us and it poured down most of the day. However, we were all well prepared with lots of brollies … and Rachael even had some glitzy wellies for a real emergency! Although Craig-Y-Nos is licensed for marriages, this gorgeous couple were marrying in the lovely little St John’s the Baptist church, Callwen. It’s only a mile down the road from Craig-Y-Nos. Adam’s grandparents were married at the same church so it had a sentimental connection.
Once hair and make-up were completed by the lovely Demi, Rachael’s four adult bridesmaids helped Rachael into her stunning dress. A few tears were shed as Rachael gave her dad Dave a little card before they left. A friend was driving Rachael and her dad in his big black Mercedes to the church. I met Sabina there before the girls arrived and she told me what a fab morning she’d had with the boys. It was a lovely ceremony – quite emotional with a few tears and plenty of laughter. A couple of readings were given – one by Rachael’s Aunt Lisa prior to the vows. Before we knew it, Adam and Rachael were pronounced husband and wife! Due to the inclement weather, we could’t take too many photos at the Church, so soon headed back to the venue.
This incredible Victorian Gothic-style Manor House was built in the early 1840’s. It was once owned by a famous opera singer called Adelina Patti. She later added the beautiful theatre for her own performances which is now a Grade 1 listed Opera House.. We were allowed to take some photos in there. Despite the rain, this lovely couple were very brave and determined to battle the weather and get some outdoor photos of their day. We headed down into the Brecon Beacons National Park behind Craig-Y-Nos. There is some gorgeous scenery there with a Summer House, the Tawe river with bridges over etc. Despite seeking out photo opportunities weeks beforehand, we were unable to do as much as we’d hoped. It was so wet and Rachael’s beautiful dress was getting dirty. I was still thrilled that they were happy to oblige and be willing to brave the weather … but we achieved some lasting memories for them which I’m sure they will cherish for years to come.
It really was a fablous day. Rachael’s clever dad had made some small wooden Mr & Mrs signs. He then went on to make some huge ‘Best Day Ever’ signs which looked fabulous! Rachael’s mum made the beautiful four-tier wedding cake which looked (and tasted) amazing. Everyone had a lovely meal and the staff were more than helpful. The two best men Alex and Ben gave hilarious speeches along with Rachael’s dad and of course the groom himself. Rachael’s younger brother read out a lovely message from her Gran. By late afternoon it had stopped raining although still very wet. We managed to get a few more outdoor shots on the balcony overlooking the fabulous grounds below. The evening guests soon started to arrive and the band set up in preparation for a dance-off!
Rachael and Adam, we are so happy you are now united as husband and wife – you really do make a lovely couple. We wish you every happiness for the future – and hope you love the selection of pics below from your wedding day (lots more to come!):