Recent work, upcoming events & wedding fairs, and random ramblings
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Sarah & her bridesmaidsGood times never seemed so good
A bit of fun with the bridesmaids at Sarah & Steve's wedding at Rossett Hall recently.
Just as we were gathering the girls together, and moving round to the other side of the hotel (by Oscar's) to do the photos, the wedding singer was singing 'Sweet Caroline'. So we kind of took it with us, and got the bridesmaids to sing it for us.
It worked quite well. So I've done it at a couple of other weddings since, and it's become a bit of a thing, for now at least!
There's some more images from Sarah & Steve's wedding here : Sarah & Steve's Rossett Hall Wedding
p.s. We also do formal, posed group photos. Sometimes.
Hafod Farm WeddingPriodas yn Fferm yr Hafod, Eryri
I love Snowdonia, and have spent many hours there walking in the mountains. So Hafod Farm, between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst, a chilled-out country venue with its backdrop of the Gwydir Forest, has been on my list of ‘venues I’d like to shoot at’ for some time.
The chance came with Kelsey & Glynn’s wedding, and it didn’t disappoint – a perfectly relaxed day in glorious weather, and with a festival feel with many of the guests camping and caravanning in the grounds for the whole weekend.
Their images are now in the galleries, if you'd like a little look.
Ceri-and-Jackor Ceri & Todd if you prefer !
The images from Ceri & Jack’s wedding are now in the wedding galleries – check them out here : Ceri & Jack
Next to actually shooting a wedding, designing albums is definitely a favourite bit of this job. And I love delivering them to clients too!
It's the culmination of the whole process, and not much compares with seeing their excitement as they see their wedding photos displayed in something that they and their family will treasure for years to come. An album is just so much more tangible than a set of digital files.
Mine are usually from Graphistudio's range. They're hand-made in Italy, and a quality product with a massive range of cover & customisation options so that no two albums need be the same. My packages include a very wide range of options as standard, and all albums are supplied in custom presentation boxes - that's not always the case, and some photographers only provide them as an add-on at additional cost - worth remembering if you're comparing photographers' prices, to ensure that you're comparing like with like.
At my studio at the Plassey, I've got a range of sample albums, and swatches of the available cover materials. Please feel free to pop up sometime to have a look!
(The images above are an extract from Hannah & Adam's, from their weddiing at Tower Hill Barns last August)
A busy Easter weekend coming up, with a family shoot and 2 engagement shoot, and a few other bits besides.
Engagement shoots are a great way to 'break the ice' before the big day, and the Plassey where I'm based has plenty of scope and a great range of natural backgrounds to use, in the quiet corners that the public don't normally get to.
Here's one I made earlier ... from Stacey & Neil's shoot back in November. There's just another month or so to go before they tie the knot !
Well, new to me anyway.
The My Wrexham Wedding website was set up in 2012 by Natalie Edwards, and has always been the best site of its kind in the area. But because of work & family commitments, Natalie's no longer able to give it the time it needs ... so I'm going to have a go!
If you're familiar with the site, you'll know that Natalie’s formula for it has worked well, so I’m not planning on changing it too much – it has the definitive listing of wedding fairs in the area, and it’s a great way for brides and grooms to find wedding suppliers, and to read about other people’s experiences. So we’ll keep all that, but I’m aiming to build on it with the new ‘Help and Advice’ pages, which will grow in the coming months. And there’s a few other ideas taking shape too.
Rhian, Ffiona & NerysThree sisters. one photographer !
Three sisters, one photographer.
I've just taken a booking from someone who's sister's wedding I shot a few years back. Which reminded me of these three lovely ladies.
Lovely to receive this first thing this morning - a perfect start to a Monday morning, and to the week !
Ruby & Paul's Llangollen Railway WeddingFirst Class, on the 15.10 to Corwen Just catching up a bit now that we're out of the main wedding season, so a chance to share some of Ruby & Paul's wedding photography, from their awesome & quite different big day at Llangollen Railway. Ruby arrived by carriage from Abbey Farm (where the evening reception would be held) for the ceremony in the Henry Robertson suite. Then a few group photos on Platform 2, before catching the 15.10 train for afternoon tea, and jumping off at Carrog for the 'couple shots' while the train went on to Corwen to turn round.
Ruby & Paul met at Drama School, and were probably the easiest couple I've ever worked with - they had some great ideas, and I think they directed me, more than the other way around! Great fun, lovely couple, First Class day and just the ticket!
Alison & Mark's Christmas Wedding at Chateau Rhianfa
Château Rhianfa’s an extraordinary wedding venue – it sits high on the banks of the Menai Straits at Porthaethwy in a commanding position with views over to the mountains of Snowdonia. And for Alison & Mark’s wedding, just after Christmas, we were blessed with gorgeous winter sunshine that showed it off in all its stunning beauty. Add to that the faultless service from the staff on the day, and I think it’s just become my favourite venue!
Alison & Mark called in to the Plassey this morning, to see their wedding photos, and pick up their USB … and to re-live the day over a coffee, and a few cookies!
You can see a few more of them here : Alison & Mark at Château Rhianfa