Caerphilly Castle Wedding Photography
Theres No Place Like Home
It felt great to be shooting again locally at a Caerphilly Castle wedding.
I hit it off with Katie and Matthew during our Skype call whilst they were living in Canada. It was an absolute pleasure to be asked to photograph their wedding in Katie’s hometown of Bassaleg, followed by the reception in the historic Welsh Castle.
In The Beginning
Bridal preparations began at the family run B&B at Pentre Tai Farm in Bassaleg, followed by their wedding service at St Basil’s Church, also in Bassaleg. One of the grandest churches with striking grounds in South Wales. Katie & Matthew laughed off their surprise at finding interior scaffolding inside the church which popped up a few days before for emergency work.
Guests were shuttled to their Caerphilly Castle wedding on a double decker bus, whilst Katie & Matthew took the family vintage car. Unsure if I should mention the 45 minute delay of not one but two breakdowns on the way, although this didn’t alter the joyous mood the couple were in.
Portraits By Twighlight
Once everyone arrived at their Caerphilly Castle reception we carried out a selection of group images and due to the slight delay we left the couple portrait shoot until after the meal and speeches. One mad dash through the castle grounds, around the moat and dodging the duck poo we just managed to catch the last of the daylight. I couldn’t thank Katie & Matthew enough for doing this, it epitomises what a perfect couple they are.
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Photography at Maes Manor Wedding
Matthew and Nikki recently married at Eglwysilan Church near Caerphilly and moving onto Maes Manor Hotel in Blackwood for their reception. Possibly one of the most pleasant but coldest wedding I have ever shot.
The Perfect Service
Snow appeared overnight on our hills and a 4×4 was on hand just in case. Luckily roads and county lanes were clear for everyone to arrive safe and sound. During the service it was a lovely treat to see Reverend Sue Rees thoughtfully suggest that guests and children simply relax and do as they wish. No restrictions, nothing. Even Bailey, Matthew and Nikki’s young boy happily played in the aisle during their wedding ceremony. A lovely touch and a lovely wedding to witness.
Its A Wrap
After a warm toasty service their guest didn’t hang about outside because of a bitter wind chill and took a mad dash to their vehicles. Heading as swiftly onto Maes Manor we all headed indoors where there celebrations didn’t take long to warm up.
Matthew and Nikki later braved the cold as we headed out into the stunning Manor grounds for a quick portrait shoot. Nikki’s shoulder rap came in handy and perfectly matched and set off her stunning wedding dress.
Blast From The Past
It was a blast, thanks both. Being asked to document their wedding was such an honour as I’ve known Matthew and his family for many years. Matthew’s all grown to be a true gentleman, but I’ll always remember his and his brother cheeky little faces as young lads.
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