Category Archives: Weddings
A small group of family and friends gathered by a painted wooden house, in the cool green shade of a Welsh valley that is home to a mighty waterfall. A little while later, Dan and Charlotte would sign their marriage certificate in the little wooden house, but until that moment their wedding was going to be as ‘outside’ as possible, just as they had wished. So, with moss for carpet and walls of proud trees, with the waterfall roaring and the drizzle tapping out its tune on brollies and hats like nature’s drumroll, this magical setting waited patiently. Bob the dog waited impatiently, a ring tied to his collar. Dan also waited (and watched and smiled and paced) in a doorway decorated by friends with flowers and vines.
The sun arrived with the bride.
This was the start of a weekend of wedding magic, and it began at a waterfall in Wales.
WELCOME TO PART ONE: TWEED JACKETS, WELLIES, AND A WELSH WATERFALL
These two are very dear to me, and their wedding was always going to be as unique as they are as people. Suspicions were confirmed by an invite to their three day long ‘Welsh Wedding Jamboree.’ It can take guts, ingenuity and a certain amount of charm to do things your own way. Dan and Charlotte are brilliant at it, so this was Part One of a wedding of two parts, the beginning of three days of laughter and celebration, featuring one bridesmaid, two flowergirls, three best men, and an over excited ring bearer called Bob (the dog).
Charlotte is a talented dressmaker and made her beautiful wedding dress herself. Dan is a creative businessman, lively, driven and quite the natty dresser. Together they run Junk Shop, an inspiring, award-winning business where vintage clothes and possessions are recycled and reworked, given a new lease of life. It’s a manifestation of their thoughtfulness, hard work and creative flair – and was recently voted 7th Most Unusual Shop in Great Britain, by the Guardian! (If you want to learn how Charlotte made her dress you could try signing up for one of their courses in the School of Junk).
They follow their hearts and do things their way.
After the ceremony by the waterfall Dan and Charlotte planted a tree, the bride saying a few words she had written for the occasion, as everyone helped cover the roots and pat down the earth. Vows exchanged and tree planted, it was time for a knees up at the local pub. We wandered back up the river to the cars, only stopping to say hello to the resident horse, who promptly ate part of Charlotte’s bouquet.
I can’t express here quite how wonderful and funny and soaked in their spirit this day was, needless to say I’m glad I was a part of it.
Look out for Part Two, coming soon: the wedding party travel onwards to a blessing by the sea and a Harvest Moon Jamboree.
Whenever I open an email or answer a call to find that someone has chosen me to be their photographer I tend to beam from ear to ear and do a little dance. When Lianne booked me I did both, and I was also incredibly flattered. Working as an art director for one of the biggest advertising agencies in the land this creative lady deals with images and photographers for a living. Oh and she also happens to run a wedding business in her spare time! Daniel, her groom, is a TV producer – whose nickname ‘the smiler’ makes total sense as soon as you meet him.
Lianne an impeccably organised and kind person to work with – not to mention beautiful! The level of thought and care she and Daniel gave to this day jumped out at you with every detail and was reflected all around, its presence written plain on delighted faces and echoed in the constant rumbles and shrieks of laughter. I overheard guests say how they could ‘see’ Lianne as soon as they walked into the venue: every detail of the decor simply sang out with her style and personality. Add to that her peach of a groom who was just as considerate and gracious and you have, to understate things quite a bit, a good thing going on.
The only thing that managed to crack their composure was, at either end of the aisle, each other.
So, one day in the summer of 2012, somewhere between pom poms, popcorn and a piano man, I found myself between blue skies and green grass. The rolling hills surrounding us were flooded by sunlight, and I was having the time of my life being the photographer at their wedding. It was a total joy to shoot and I’m very grateful to have been a part of it.
Thank you to the warm and friendly bridesmaids and families that made me feel very welcome.
This is Lianne and Daniel’s chic black and white themed day. Look out for some of my favourite bits, including:
// The guest table, featuring framed photographs of the bride & groom’s parents & grandparents on their wedding days
// A wedding service sheet transformed into mini tubs of popcorn for the guests to enjoy while they waited
// The cake-cut that turned cake-fight (the bride won)!
// Daniel’s uncle showing me a treasured photograph he had tucked away in his pocket of him and a young Daniel at a football match
// A knock-out sunset
// A candy buffet that was just as popular among the grown ups as the kids
// Sneaking out for a few night-time photographs under the big tree
// Some of the best and most earnest moves from children on a dance floor ever seen
With big respect to the following:
- Lianne’s army of friends and family who were busy decorating every corner way before the guests arrived, including lots of black and white themed loveliness courtesy of Lianne and her wedding business: www.poshpartybag.com and on facebook here
- Charley, the coordinator at the venue who ensured the whole day ran like clockwork, and all the lovely people who helped http://www.heatonhousefarm.co.uk/
- The fine folk who rolled up with hours of photobooth fun http://www.shootboutique.com/
- Beautiful cake making skills from http://www.cakesbybeth.co.uk/