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November 09, 2015

Cerys and Gavin's Wedding


Documentary wedding photography

of Cerys and Gavin, a Castle Coch Wedding, September 19th 2015

I have driven on the motorway many times and glanced at Castle Coch, hiding in the hilly forest,  as I go by, and thought how magical it would be to have a wedding there, and the time finally came on this special day. Even though It was so amazing to work in the castle, there was still a problem.... It's just too beautiful, and as much as I wanted to explore and document every little detail of the art and architecture, I had a job to do. But, as always, I get on with it, living up to my philosophy of standing back and letting the wedding unfold naturally, whilst hoping my camera is guided in the right direction.

Here are some of my personal favorite's from this wedding. Please get in touch if you are interested in having me as your documentary wedding photographer.

Ceremony: Castle Coch
Reception: Celynen Collieries Workmen's Memorial Hall
For the Photographers: 5dmk3 with 35mm F2 IS, plus Canon 135mm F2 only.


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With original foundations built by the Normans to protect their newly conquered town of Cardiff, dating back to 1081, Castle Coch is actually quite modern, as it was rebuilt as Gothic style building in 1875.

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Groom and groomsmen arrive at the Castle, and decide to head on in to check everything is in order.

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A nice touch, using this Harry Potter book for the rings.

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Always trying to find interesting ways to frame the subject, using the VW camper van's window, with the reflection of the Castle behind me. An interesting expression on Cerys's face as she waits for the moment to walk into the Castle.

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A shard of sunlight shines on the bridal party as they take a moment before the ceremony.

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Atmosphere gets a bit tense, as they get closer to the door.

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While in the waiting area, the officiary breaks the ice, and calms the nerves slightly.

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You can never check too many times that you have the rings.

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She couldn't have been in a better spot for the light. Baring in mind I never ask anyone to stand here or there, I try to keep things as natural as possible.

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The moment Cerys's father gave her away.

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My job is to document everything going on, not only the bride and groom. Here, a touching moment between a father and son, no doubt taking in the emotion in the atmosphere.

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I love this moment, when this lad stole the first dance with the princess.

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Cerys's bodyguards, the Blues Brothers.

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