CARYL + JOSH
When I first met Caryl and Josh to discuss their wedding way back in 2019 I knew it would be one I'd love photographing. An outdoor wedding in the Brecon Beacons, with the Carmarthen Fans as a backdrop. The stuff of dreams for this landscape turned wedding tog. What we didn't anticipate then was how long we'd have to wait to tie the knot, but boy..it was worth it.
Getting Ready at Crai Valley Eco Lodges
Not far from Crai reservoir are the Crai Valley Eco Lodges and this was a beautiful location for both bridal and groom prep. Having photographed Caz and Josh's engagement shoot, I knew they would have a relaxed approach to the day and I spent the time capturing the some details, candids and a few portraits. The sun was out and it looked like they'd got the weather spot on for this late September wedding.
With Caryl and Josh officially tying the knot a week earlier, Caz was able to entrust her sister for the celebrant duties. For a first time celebrant, Ceri absolutely knocked it out of the park and provided a personal touch to the ceremony telling tales from their childhood whilst officiating perfectly. Their whole setup looked magnificent and the flower arch, hay bales and tipi had a wonderfully relaxed yet stylish aesthetic.
With Caryl being a Commonwealth Games level athlete, there was always going to be an element of healthy competition! The welly throwing proved a big hit with many records broken (and backs strained I'm sure). Individual touches to the details, in keeping with the theme also provided such a personal touch that helped make their day unique.
Bride and Groom
With lovely early Autumn light, Welsh mountains in the background and this beautiful couple, I couldn't wait to get some portraits. When the surrounding is this stunning, you don't need to go too far so I was spoilt for choice in terms of composition and ideas for photographing them. This is where I feel my years of Landscape photography comes in handy - making the right lens choices and framing images that make the most out of it all. I think we managed that.
As the night drew in, the fire pits were lit, blankets brought out and the festoon lighting provided a coziness inside and outside the Tipi. Fuelled by the top notch wood fired pizza, I photographed the first dance and evening shenanigans before departing with both stomach and memory cards absolutely full.
In short, what an awesome day both. Absolutely smashed it.