Sunday, 22 January 2017

A Sparkling & Dreamy Winter Wedding in South Wales: Josh & Heulwen

Being a summer girl and lover of all things meadow flowers, nature and warm weather - I always thought the idea of a winter wedding was a little chilly, but back in November, I had the pleasure and fortune to photograph the absolutely divine wedding of Josh & Heulwen on the Gower Peninsula of South Wales and suddenly, I could see why a dreamy, romantic and sparkling winter wedding was actually a pretty darn swell idea after all. 
Heulwen had so many wonderful ideas and touches that made this wedding absolutely enchanting. Their theming was a blend of Lord of the rings, an abundance of sparkles, tweed + jeans groomsmen with fairytale castles. Even their evening reception location was a gentle nod at fairytales; they ate, drank, danced and were merry at the beautiful King Arthur hotel, an old worldy pub sat in the middle of nowhere surrounded by sheep and rolling hills.

I knew it was going to be a wonderful day when I turned up at Heulwen's family farm and these gorgeous, sparkling pink bridesmaids dresses greeted me along with a toasty woodburner and a bright blue sky. 
Oh, did I mention? Her engagement ring was incredible. 

Once everyone was ready and looking wonderful, we wound down the country lanes to the couples church in Llanelli. 

bridesmaids in action 

Heulwen's brother had the honour of performing the marriage ceremony and he did an amazing job too! His service really was brilliant.

Some of the friends and family of the bride and groom had prepared a special wedding vlog to play to the congregation with special messages to and from the couple. This was an idea I really loved!

The tension of pre-confetti moments...

We headed over to Weobly castle to catch the winter sun as it settled and get some fun shots of the bridal party enjoying the grounds.

My favourite shots are often the ones that are totally unposed. These candid shots of Heulwen wrapped up in her blanket filled with genuine smiles were some of my favourites from the day. By this point, the light at the castle had reached it's finest point and was about to quickly vanish.

We headed over to the beautiful little setting of the King Arthur Hotel, a sweet old pub nestled in the middle of nowhere, guarded by many sheep.
Heulwen had decorated the wedding room "Avalon" in beautiful sequinned table runners that matched her maid of honours bridesmaids dress with lord of the rings inspired table places.

I really loved this idea of a guest signature globe! This was the first one I had seen at a wedding and it's such a nice twist on the guestbook idea.

Being a November wedding it would be rude not to have sparklers, right?

The father of the bride speech was brilliant. I found myself laughing along with the guests even though I didn't know these folks beyond their engagement shoot back in Bath... I think that's the sign of a great speech. 

Every wedding disco is quite a bit different and the shots are never ever the same. These guests were 100% into the dancing vibe and I was never waiting on the sidelines for a shot moment to emerge... they were just a continuing thing :)

No autumn/winter wedding is quite complete without a sparkler exit! A huge thankyou to these amazing folks for throwing such a sparkly and pretty winter wedding and inviting us to photograph it.  It was a real pleasure to journey to Wales and capture this special day, we can't wait to go back again for more Welsh adventures! 

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