The Wedding of Tree and Tom
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Teresa (Tree) and Tom – I had first spoken to the couple via Skype while they were in Texas (USA) and they booked me on the spot. So it was not until the day of the wedding that I first met Tree and Tom. You might thing that strange but I actually only meet around 50 % of my clients before the actual wedding.
Tree and Tom had expressed exactly what they were looking for and I had a few secret emails with Tree about the dress etc – I got ever excited when i knew that Tree would be wearing a deep red wedding dress – I knew this would make for great photos, then I heard that they wanted to go up to Pentre Ifan and shoot some similar photos those I shot at the wedding of Liz and Hayden.
Well I turned up to Gellifawr which is a GREAT place for a wedding with lots of amazing photo opportunities, no mobile phone signal so no distractions and the most friendly and efficient staff you could ever wish to find. I shoot a lot of weddings in Pembrokeshire since I lived there for 7 years and Gellifawr is one of my favorite venues.
From the second I arrived I knew the theme of the day would be flowers, butterflies and bows – and I have never seen the inside of the hotel looking so good – The ceiling was dressed - this was the first time I had seen this at this venue
and talking of butterflies, there were amazing ones hanging from the ceiling
and did I mention flowers ? well these had butterflies as well
and I decided to use these for the ring shot
and since I am doing the flowers at this time, here is a beautiful wand that the young bridesmaid carried – I saw it sitting on a window sill next to it was the buttonholes
so after we shot all the detail shots etc, we took a trip to the brides room to photograph the wedding dress – it was breathtaking – there is something magical about red wedding dresses (maybe it could be because Nikki my wife wore one on at our wedding)
I knew the second I saw the dress it was going to look spectacular on and couldnt wait to get the couple outside for a few ‘signature style photos’
While Tree got dressed Tom got a special gift – it was beautiful, and it came in a very special little blue box
shortly after this Tree was ready and made her way over to the main hotel building for the wedding service, naturally I used this time to grab a few shots
and a closeup of the beautiful Tree in her amazing wedding dress
and then the moment all brides dream about – walking down the aisle
and looking at Tree walking down the aisle was Tom – this photo gave Tom huge kudos with all the girls at the wedding, if he hadnt just got married…….. well lets say he let is softer side show !
and the happy couple got married !
and the exchange of rings
and then as man and wife they walked down the aisle together
at this stage I let the couple have a mad 10 minutes with their guests before starting to shoot the formals
The big group shot
while we were outside the staff turned over the room and dressed it for the wedding breakfast – again tons of detail went into this and it looked amazing
Then while the guests were being seated for the wedding breakfast I took the couple off for 15 minutes for a few of my signature style images – these are the more artistic, staged images.
Then it was back inside for the wedding breakfast, after this were the speeches and I shot this pretty much in a photo journalistic way (raportage style) – around 2/3rds of my coverage is shot this way I dont often put too many of them on the blog as I like to get in the details, the wedding and the other shots but today decided to give you a small selection.
This one got a good chuckle during the slideshow
and I am a sucker for little babies and black and whites so when you get a shot like this its just magical
*** ooops I suddenly realised that I forgot to show you a photo of the brides bouquet, I know its out of order but its such a stunning arrangement that I have just got to pop it here
Then after dinner it was time for the first dance, and here is quick one from that
Normally after the first dance is where the photos stop, however Tree and Tom had requested a sunset trip to Pentre Ifan – its a burial chamber that kind of looks like a mini Stone Henge and it makes for great photos.
What an amazing day – I cant say a big enough thanks to Tree and Tom for choosing me to be part of their big day, I had the time of my life it was a great wedding and I am delighted with the results. I know Tree and Tom are due back from Honeymoon today so have put the photos up for their return. I wish them all the very best in the world and hope that the joy and the happiness they experienced on that day lasts their lifetime.