Last Saturday I had the the honor to photograph the wedding of Eva and Rhys. Evan and Rhys had visited me a few days before and we went thru exactly what they wanted and worked out a plan of action for the day especially if the weather turned bad – lucky for us we just managed to get all the photos done just before the rains started.
This was my the first of my weddings at Tyglyn Aeron Hotel which is only 5 minutes from Aberaeron in the heart of Ceredigion, Ceredigionshire this year and its a great location for weddings with tons of space and great grounds in which to shoot photos.
Normally its not till after the couples have recevied their photos etc that you start to get recomendations from them, however about 3 weeks ago I booked another wedding for another great couple who were recommended to me by Eva and Rhys – Thanks guys.
I turned up early to shoot the establishing shots of the venue. Following this I headed up to the Brides room to shoot the bridal preparation shots. Bridal prep photos are some of my favorites as its pretty good fun watching the bride suddenly realize she is getting married in a short while, it always happens and its great to photograph.
Here are a few of Eva getting ready.
Part of the fun of the bridal preperation is people watching – Bridesmaids always seem transfixed watching the bride going through her transformation, here a couple of Eva’s bridesmaids are watching Eva from a distance – I snagged these shots using a longer lens which allows me to stand off from the action and just capture what is happening around.
In the following few shots, Eva and her mum are both having their hair done.
Details are always important to photograph when your shooting a wedding. The following couple of shots help tell the story of the morning, the makeup all over the floor tells its own story while the picture of the beautiful little bridesmaids dress is so cute.
I was lucky at this wedding that the groom (Rhys) was getting ready just a few doors down the hallway. Here are a few pictures of the groom and his two best men chillin just before they headed off downstairs for the wedding.
Then I rushed back to get a few shots of the bride getting her wedding dress on, naturally these shots are for the couple only but here are a few shots just after Eva climbed into her dress – Pic 1 the back of the dress is being tied – pic 2 is mum just adding the finishing touches.
From here we jump right to the wedding, in the next couple of shots Eva is being walked down the isle by her dad and I snag a shot of the back of the dress. – These were the last shots I was allowed to take using flash until after the service was completed.
The venue has a great location for the couples to get married in however it causes photographers a nightmare – the wedding takes place in a huge bay window – the problem is its south facing and with windows from floor to ceiling the couple is totally back lit causing silhouette – the only option for a photographer here is open up the f stop and allow the background to blow out but loose parts of the couple. This is where a photographer starts to earn his money, these are the shots that matter, get them wrong and you loose the wedding photos.
Here Rhys is putting the ring on Eva’s finger
I LOVE THIS PHOTO – Eva lost it a little while saying her vows – priceless photo.
Eva’s sister giving a reading
Eva’s mum giving a reading
Following the wedding the couple signs the register (still in a backlit situation) but I am now allowed to use flash. Here is a posed photo of the couple after the signing is over.
Then its outside for the confetti shot and the group photos, Since there were a lot of group photos I have decided not to show any incase I miss someone out and piss someone off !
But I am going to post a photo of everyone !
The two best men helped me out with the group photos so its only fair I show a picture of my two new hero’s – here with Rhys
Since I was only at the wedding for a couple of hours, I set up a ‘artistic’ cutting of the cake photo – this sounds so much better than a fake cutting of the cake photo. – Again the cake was placed in the space where the wedding took place so was very heavily back lit.
Last but not least are a couple of photos of Eva and Rhys, we shots these while their guests were getting ready for the wedding breakfast. We had about 10 minutes in which to shoot our bride and groom formals – it was just starting to spit with rain here but with cleaver use of the camera you can make a winters day look like a summer afternoon !
I just wish to say Congratulations to Eva and Rhys, and thanks for choosing me to be part of your day. Hope you like your picutres and thanks for the dinner invite, I am only sorry I could not take you up on it.
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