Wow. What a venue. What a lovely couple. What a beautiful day.
I think a good judge of the success of a wedding for me is if I end up wishing I was a guest at it… And I definitely did at this one. The whole day was at Pentre Mawr which is a boutique country house hotel in the North Wales Countryside http://www.pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk. The bride, Rhiannon and groom, Jamie got ready at the venue, got married there and then celebrated with family and friends there. They even spent their first night as a married couple there! I love this country venue and how it is self contained, intimate, and slightly less formal than some venues choices. The people that run it were super friendly and helpful as well which I always appreciate. The weather was perfect for this sort of venue – lovely, sunny and warm.
I was second shooting with Nick www.crystallogicphotography.com again – I do enjoy working with him although I am still trying to convince him that Nikon is better than Canon. 😉 I knew I was going to get lens envy again though, as he flashed his sigma art lens around while raving about the pictures it was taking. That 85mm prime can seemingly do no wrong (although I’m sure the competence of the photographer has something to do with it!)… That’s one on my list for purchase next year – if I can wait until then. Ha!
The ceremony was at 4pm which gave us loads to time to get the prep and venue shots we wanted. I arrived about noon and Nick was already busy shooting the bridesmaids getting ready and some bridal details. Shortly after I arrived, he headed off the pub with the guys to get some shots of them “getting ready” while I stayed on with the girls. I love hanging out with a close knit group of girls and feeling for a few hours like I’m part of their group – that’s one of the privileges for me in doing this job! In between hair and makeup and female bonding, I was able to get pictures of the marquees and the details inside where the ceremony and the wedding breakfast were going to be.
The girls were actually getting ready about 30 yards from where the ceremony was going to be… taking advantage of this with a little trip down the aisle in their dressing gowns made me howl.
Rhiannon’s dad and step dad both walked her down the aisle – that was really special. The service was followed by a little drinks reception in the garden. Nick grabbed the group shots and we got some confetti shots before heading across for dinner. Unbeknownst to us, a wood fired pizza oven had pulled up on the back of a trailer and pizza was being prepared for dinner… Yes please! Nick and I sat outside eating pizza and looking through some of the pictures that had been taken – they were looking really good! The speeches followed dinner and were met with lots of laughs, heckles, as well as some “head in hands” moments. There was no official first dance but instead one song was selected that everyone danced to kicking things off. So mandatory dance rather than first dance I think!? Rhiannon danced first with Jamie, then her Dad and then the best man. After capturing some pictures of the first few songs, we packed up leaving Rhiannon and Jamie to continue to laugh, drink and dance with their guests.
A very big congratulations to the happy couple and two thumbs up for Pentre Mawr.