Sophie & Ieuan
Hello! Welcome to my first ever blog, go easy on me. My love of wedding blogs borders on an obsession, and so now that I’m capturing images that I’m dying to show off, what better way to do so than to try my hand at this blogging game?
I’m lucky enough to enjoy weddings (would be a little sad if I didn’t!) and I find them all special and unique in their own way. One of the great parts of my job is meeting so many new people, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also relish a wedding where all the awkward ‘getting to know you’ part was done and dusted years ago. This wedding was one of those.
Sophie & I go way back. In my Cathedral Choir days I sang alongside her, her sister Alice & her dad Arwel. When you’re sitting together in a pew for hours at a time you get to know each other pretty well, and so when she asked me to photograph her wedding at St Davids Cathedral I was honoured and excited, as I knew it was going to be a beautiful special day.
And sure enough, when I met with Sophie and Ieuan a few weeks before the big day to find out what was in store, I was not disappointed. No stone had been left unturned and they had collaborated with some of the best wedding suppliers in the industry!
The day itself was in early May, and the sun was shining as we arrived early at Reinvention where the wedding prep was underway and the ladies were looking the part with their personalised robes on & rollers in! I always say that this is the part of weddings that I look forward to the most, all girls together giggling and getting excited, so it was a great way to start the day. After taking a few ice breaker snaps I headed down the road to Sophie’s parents’ house to capture some details and the stunning dress, but of course not before managing to set my car alarm off… so much for the people of St Davids’ Saturday morning lie-ins!
With that little drama over I finally got to indulge in what is truly one of my favourite parts of a wedding… seeing the dress for the first time!! I LOVE wedding dresses.. big ones, little ones, frilly ones, sparkly ones - I’m obsessed! Sophie’s elegant Augusta Jones number from Huw Rees Bridal in Llanelli was no exception, with it’s gorgeous appliquéd lace along the neckline and scattered on the nude colour tulle back, sleeves and cuff. Stunning!
Details captured, I walked over the road (love a local wedding!) to Grandma Betty’s where the boys were getting ready. I introduced Isaac who was second shooting for me on this occasion and covering the boys morning prep, which was going pretty smoothly. Also assisting was Jemeima, who is my most capable assistant and also just so happens to be my little sister. Leaving the boys in Isaac’s capable hands, she and I headed back over to Sophie’s parents’ house, where, updos perfectly pinned, the bridesmaids were getting into their dresses.
As I arrived I was welcomed by the sight of the wedding cars supplied by JJ Mchughs that had now arrived to chauffeur the girls to the Cathedral. The flowers had also arrived; seven beautiful bouquets by Flowers by Annabel. They looked and smelled out of this world!
The bridesmaids dressed in beautiful floor-length pink gowns with shawls and a clutch to match. Flower girls’ bows tied and jewels donned we now just had to wait for Sophie to return so we could get her into that stunning dress and to her wedding!
She came in rocking a 1940’s style updo & ran up the stairs to get dressed. No dress reveal to the dad shot here as he was the one helping her into it! Dress on, shoes on, veil on and into the car sharpish - blink & you’d have missed her - what a woman!
Sophie and her family play a huge role in the St Davids community so when she arrived at the Cathedral she was welcomed by a hoard of people waiting to catch a glimpse of her before she linked arms with her dad and headed inside to the full naive of friends, family and perhaps most importantly - her husband to be!
Both Sophie & Ieuan are keen musicians and their service reflected that, with Simon Pierce on the organ and the John S Davies Choir singing. This was extra special as both Sophie & Ieuan sing with them and met in this choir.
Another personal detail to the service was that Ieuan’s dad, John married them. The impressive service was topped off with an exit through the west doors! A truly rare occasion in St Davids Cathedral so a real treat to capture.
Every bride wishes for a sunny wedding day, and every photographer wishes for a dry, not too bright day! That day Sophie’s wish was definitely winning so we headed to the trees to hide from the sunlight to capture the family photos before some dramatic indoor bridal portraits in the window light that had caught my eye during the service.
The reception was at Warpool Court Hotel . In between all the congratulations and laughter, we took some time to capture the group shot, showered the couple with petals and took the wedding party away for some less formal photos. We then left the couple to catch up with their guests and headed indoors to capture the room and beautiful details which were supplied by the incredibly talented Megan & Claude
The guests were seated, grace delivered by Dorian and the most amazing food was served! Once everyone was fed we stole Sophie & Ieuan away one last time to capture a few photos before the sunset, getting them back as swiftly as possible for the speeches. As the day gave way to the evening, people mingled and the NR Swing Band arrived. Once they were ready we brought everyone to the dancefloor to witness the cutting of the beautiful cake created by Kayleigh’s Cupcakes followed by the first dance. The band swung into their tunes and I couldn’t help but move my feet! I stayed to capture some of the funky moves being thrown from all angles before packing up for the day and heading home which was just a dreamy 5-minute drive away.
A truly magical day for a lovely couple, made all the more special by it being in St Davids - a place I love and am lucky enough to call home!
Dress: Huw Rees Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Nigel @ Reinvention
Caterting & Decoration: Megan & Claud
Cars: JJMC Hugh wedding cards
Flowes: Flowers By Annabel
Choir: John S Davies
Ceremony venue: St Davids Cathederal
Reception venue: Warpool Court Hotel