Ruth + Martin – Hafod Farm

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You’re all invited to the tea party!

What a lovely venue Hafod Farm is. It has so many little nooks and crannies! Your guests can stay in the farm in tents or campers or log cabins or cottages it’s just beautiful.
Ruth and Martin are a very sweet couple with impeccable taste. Their Alice in wonderland theme looked fantastic amongst the location of Hafod Farm.

I hope you enjoy the photos

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Marie + Jason – 2016 Review

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The first wedding of every year always brings butterflies, we’ve been doing this job for so long now but you still get them! What’s always great though is every wedding day morning I arrive with the bride and there is just love, smiles and excitement and it’s infectious. The first time you see the dress hanging up, it’s always magical. I can never get over how year on year dresses still manage to remain as beautiful and fresh as the year I started wedding photography.

Even simple things like the makeup are continually developing. The amount of amazing talent that is in the wedding industry now is staggering. One thing I liked seeing making more prominence in 2016 was brides and bridesmaids doing speeches. More and more we are seeing different weddings. Years ago nearly every wedding would have the same theme or same colour, but it’s a huge mixture now and that’s exciting. One of the other major changes over the last few years has been the rise in the choice of wedding venues. This means brides are spoilt for choice and there really are some exceptional venues to choose from.

2017 I think will we will continue to see more of a mixture of wedding styles and themes. I feel brides and grooms are choosing different elements from different styles and mixing them together with new ideas to create a unique wedding to them. I think weddings will still aim to be on the more relaxed side with a move to more modern wedding etiquette.

Two of my favourite elements of any wedding day are the music and the food and it really please me to say that every couple nailed it in 2016. The quality and thoughtfulness from the couples into this really showed in their wedding days.

Let’s hope for an amazing 2017 and here are some of the special moments from 2016…

Helen + Adrian – Bodnant Welsh Food

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Helen and Adrian, here is their story…

How we met:
We met online on a dating website. Not ashamed to say it as I know many people are. After numerous failed dates you soon wisen up and are a little bit more critical about who you message or reply back to. Adrian messaged me first. We chatted for a few weeks then it went quiet…Adrian went on holiday with his friend and we lost contact. A couple of weeks later, attracted by his new holiday profile picture, I messaged him again and the conversation was ignited. Adrian made numerous attempts to try and arrange for us to meet…I finally agreed to meet him after playing hard to get. We arranged to meet for a drink, it happened to be the day after my birthday – 10th October. As a gift, he bought me a love spoon which instantly impressed me. The date went well (despite the fact he turned up in a hoodie and trainers!) and we still laugh now at my inappropriate first date question ‘do you want to get married again?’ having known that he had previously been married. Thankfully he didn’t hesitate and here we are!

The proposal:
We made a joint decision that we wanted to get engaged. We agreed that we would go ring shopping together and then hide the ring away until Adrian felt it was the right moment. That way, I got the ring of my choice and he got to surprise me with it. Saturday 26th October 2013 – The day started with a spa day in a local hotel (not too unusual for us as we do enjoy spa days and had previously purchased a day spa pass to use the facilities). He then whisked me off to a hotel in Cheshire where the proposal took place in the beautiful gardens. We had a lovely meal in the hotel and drinks to celebrate. We spent the rest of the evening phoning everyone to let them all know the exciting news!

Wedding vision:
We visited many wedding locations – hotels, country houses, barns, large holiday lets and even discussed the possibility of doing it abroad. We finally decided on a local wedding and wanted a barn style venue. We visited Bodnant Welsh Food and was instantly attracted to it’s beautiful surroundings, rustic nature and modern barn. We fell in love with the venue’s relaxed setting and decided this was the one.

We loved the simplicity of the venue and the use of raw materials such as the wood, we decided to combine this into our wedding theme along with pretty pastels.

We wanted to be creative and personalise our wedding so we decided to swap formal suit hire for relaxed chinos and blazers, we decided on no formal seating plan and swapped the traditional wedding breakfast for afternoon tea as we are big afternoon tea lovers!!

We love our music and so much so we decided on having three forms of musical entertainment at the wedding – an acoustic singer to entertain at the ceremony and wedding breakfast, a pop/rock band to get the party started and a DJ to ensure everyone would be dancing right up until the end.

The band we booked ‘Big Business’, wasn’t just any random band, they were the first band we saw on our first weekend away in Llangollen together a couple of weeks after meeting. It was a huge relief when Adrian spoke with the lead singer 4 years later and the band agreed to do the gig.

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Wedding suppliers:
Lunaflower Florists, Rhos on Sea
Rhiannon Pritchard, Make up artist, Llandudno
Jo Gendle Films, Videographer, Manchester
Dorothy Rose Bridal Boutique, Ellesmere Port
Bodnant Welsh food, Tal Y Cafn, Conwy

Nadine + Peter – Tower Hill Barns

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Here is their wedding story as written by Nadine…

How we met – We actually met at work 8 years ago, 4 years before we started dating. We were friends for a long time before realizing there was something more there.

Proposal – Pete proposed while we were on holiday in Canada last summer. My grandmother was very ill and he wanted me to be able to tell her the good news in person, and so he proposed while we were staying with her. I was very surprised, and he had planned the whole thing meticulously, proposing on a bench my parents had actually built there together 40 years earlier, which still has their initials engraved on it.

Wedding vision – very simple and low key! No colour scheme or bridal party.

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Suppliers –
Tower Hill Barns,
Vivid Floral,
http://www.northernstringquartet.com/,
Jonny Ross Music.

Cara + Anthony – Tower Hill Barns

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Their Love Story as written in the words of Cara:

Anthony and I met at the ages of 16 & 18! Yes, we are first loves!
We have now been together over 12 years & are FINALLY tying the knot!!

We have shared some of the most fantastic experiences together during our time travelling the world from sweating on farms in Australia to working on ski resorts in New Zealand! We have truly had some fantastic years where we have swam in the Great Barrier Reef and lived in an old 1980’s camper van for 5 months!! After an amazing couple of years away, we are ready to settle down and grow old together!

The proposal came as a bit of shock! After 10 years together, Anthony popped the question whilst we were on a trip through Italy. He actually proposed on a gondola in Venice outside of Marco Polo’s house. How he ever got down on one knee on an unsteady boat I will never know!!
The proposal was the most romantic setting ever as it was twilight & the city of Venice is so pretty!
The celebrations carried on at a local restaurant where the locals cheered/ sang for us & the restaurant staff even came out with sparklers

Our Wedding vision is an Italian themed, rustic style barn wedding! We would like a very relaxed and happy day full of smiles & fun!
The scheme/ colours are very natural with blush pinks, creams and sage greens.
The evening party is a venetian masquerade theme which will make for some great pics!
We love the candid shots of people laughing/ dancing and just enjoying themselves!
We love the outdoors & hope we can spend a lot of the time outside at the venue!

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Suppliers:
Tower Hill Barns for food/ drinks/ whole wedding day
Cakes by Lowri: cake
Damon Jacs: Acoustic singer
Decades Discos: DJ
Family Member: flowers
Tim Cowell: Videographer

Charlotte + Matt – Cock o Barton

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I photographed a few of Charlotte and Matt’s family previously and so it was lovely to see so many familiar faces. Charlotte and Matthew had opted for a simpler wedding and you really did feel very relaxed and welcome at their wedding. One of my favourite parts of their reception held at the Cock O Barton in Chester was the open plan space used for the speeches. It was a simple gather round affair and felt really intimate. I honestly don’t think I have ever photographed a wedding where a bride has smiled more during her wedding day. Here’s to Charlotte and Matthew, I just know these two are made for each other x

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Ffion + Eilir – Carden Park Hotel

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It was the Welsh wedding of Ffion and Eilir and the rain and winds decided to arrive on the very small village of Cerrigydrudion! It was Very unusually for a small village to have two weddings in Cerrigydrudion on the same day on the 20th of August this year 2016. Luckily the weddings were not in the same chapel but both have the SAME minister and registrar so Ffion was really concerned about making it to the chapel on time.

The make-up artist Kay Evans whom is fabulous and hairdresser KPS Hair Lounge made everyone look amazing.

After the service at we travelled to Carden Park where the weather looked more favourable. Welcome drinks for guest upon arrival were served inside the hotel as the weather was still not dry enough but I love the inside with my favourite part being the antler chandelier.

I just want to mention a theme which ran through the day and has inspired me to do the three peaks in memory of my mum for the 20th anniversary of her death next year. Eilir lost his brother 10 years ago this October. Eilir and 12 of his friends have just finished a 503 miles bike ride around the coast of Wales (2nd of July to the 11th of July), to remember Myfyr and to raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance. The total they have raised so far is staggering at over £20,000. I just want to say well done and Da Iawn to them.

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Joanna + Bruce – Quay Hotel, Deganwy

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I absolutely loved the blush pink running through this wedding and Joanna looked so stunning in her dress she was like a model.

The ceremony took place in the amazing Bodelwyddan Church and afterwards onto The Quay Hotel Deganwy.

The wedding was beautiful and the guests amazing. Thank you so much for an amazing day.

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Amy + Ryan – Faenol Fawr Hotel

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It was our first visit to Faenol Fawr Hotel and we were not disappointed, turning down a long luxurious drive we were met with lovely stone buildings. The main building split over three floors which is almost like having a different venue for each part of your day.

We had an amazing day, hope you enjoy the photos x

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Steph + Lloyd – Iscoyd Park

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Two dress changes and more musicians than you can imagine. Steph and Lloyds wedding day was music to my ears from start to finish. Starting in the lovely Willington Lodge I had a fabulous girlie morning deciding which earrings and which shoes went best and loving the collection of makeup Steph owns, I so want her to do a makeover on me!

We then moved onto the stunning St Michaels, Marbury Church where it was lovely to receive a friendly welcome from the minister there and an invite to their Christmas carol service for the wedding couple which I must admit I would be tempted to go to as its lovely to feel welcome in a church.

It was then a trip to one of my favourite venues Iscoyd Park where the service is always exceptional and the food by Fine Dining company some of the best I have ever tasted.

Thanks you so much to Steph and Lloyd for booking us for their wedding day xx

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