Recent work, upcoming events & wedding fairs, and random ramblings
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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
For reasons that aren't exactly clear, this winter's been very busy, with October, November and December on a par with the busy summer months.
I like winter weddings. OK, the days are shorter, and it's a bit colder, but the sun is lower in the sky giving the light a different quality, and indoors the warmth of artificial lighting and open fires can add an ambience that you don't get in peak summer.
There's a higher risk of rain of course, but only really at the start and end of winter, and January and February are more likely to be dry and crisp.
This year, the weather's been quite kind and we've been lucky. These images were from Hayley & Greg's wedding at the Quay in Deganwy, a few days before Christmas. The venue sits right on the Conwy Estuary, so it can be a bit breezy, but these were taken in the courtyard in the centre of the hotel - a little haven, perfect for wedding photography.
You'll find more of their images here : Hayley & Greg's Quay Deganwy Wedding
Rachel & Chris' Lion Quays WeddingDown by the canal in the winter sun
The weather for Ruth & Chris' November wedding at Lion Quays was just perfect, with lovely low winter afternoon sun right through the afternoon.
An unassuming couple, whose elegant wedding had just the right ambience and was a real pleasure to be a part of.
Their photos are now live on the wedding galleries, here : Ruth & Chris at Lion Quays
Oes rhywun yn gwylio Priodas Pum Mil ar S4C?
Is anyone watching Priodas Pum Mil on S4C?
It follows couples arranging their wedding in just a few weeks, and with just £5000 to spend.
It's worth a look. And it's got English subtitles for those that need them.
Wrexham Engagement PhotographyAn Autumn shoot at the Plassey, near Wrexham A few images from a fun shoot at the Plassey.
Engagement Shoots are a great way to get to know your wedding photographer and break the ice, and for those of us who are a bit self-conscious in front of a camera to shed any nerves, so that you're relaxed and comfortable on your big day. The Plassey where I'm based (between Johnstown and Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham) covers a vast area, and we're blessed with a great variety of quiet, secluded locations away from the public. My premium package includes an Engagement or Pre-wedding Shoot as standard, or it can be added to any of the other packages as an 'extra'.
Rebecca & Luke's was a nice relaxed affair on a quiet Autumn Sunday morning. They're tying the knot next year in Whitchurch (the Shropshire one) and I know it's going to be great wedding!
There's a few more images on my Facebook page, if you like to see them