I just LOVE a spring country wedding; the daffodils, the lambs, the never-knowing-whether-it-will-be-sunny-or-chuck-it-down in the lead up to the big day! 10 day forecast nerves are a huge feature of British weddings!
And so it came to be that I had the pleasure of photographing the North Wales wedding of Cathy and Dave at Plas Hafod Hotel, near Mold. We had met up the week before, and I had got to know this lovely couple. After being together for many years, they were planning a laid-back wedding for close family and friends.
Cathy had stayed in some nearby cottages the night before the big day. Getting ready with not only her bridesmaids, mum and dad, brother and even more family around her made me realise what a close, tight-knit family they were. For some brides, they enjoy the quiet build up of having their hair and make-up done. Cathy, however, had breakfast cooked for her, her mum adding the finishes touches to her own mother-of-the-bride dress (which was her own creation!), and plenty of laughter and giggles with those around her.
A special wedding gift from Dave was opened (the music to their first dance) and it was nearly time to leave!
The ceremony itself was at the Hotel, in a beautiful light and airy room. Again, it was so touching to see the reaction of Cathy and Dave's parents in particular, and a few tears were shed during the ceremony!
Canapes, champagne and group photos followed, then the couple grabbed a couple of minutes for some alone time; the wedding portraits. I wanted keep these relaxed and informal, as they not only reflect my style, but most importantly reflect Cathy and Dave. They wanted a laid-back, natural wedding so my photos needed to capture that!
Back to the hotel for the meal where we listened to the speeches. Dave had three, yes three, best men! How lovely to have so many close friends that you can't choose just one!
The cake, beautiful first dance and party followed. And it was a cracker! I busted a few moves myself (luckily no photo evidence of that!) and then for the drive back to Liverpool! See you soon Wales!