At the very end of September 2018, myself and my assistant travelled to Wales for a stunning castle wedding, here at Craig Y Nos Castle. What a beautiful venue this is, nestled in the mountains in Pen-Y-Cae. An historic venue with plenty of options both inside and out to keep a photographer busy!
I attended for Bridal Prep in the Nurse's Quarters (hair and make-up by Jayne at Colour Me Perfect) and my assistant photographed guests, the groom and the groomsmen whilst they waited for the big event in the Nicolini Lounge and Patti Bar. Groom and groomsmen wore suits by Moss Bros and the bride wore a beautiful gown by designer Mark Lesley, supplied by Boo Bridal. Bouquets and buttonholes were created by Russell at Origami by Russell.
It had been raining lightly for most of the morning but it certainly didn't dampen anyone's mood. The theatre was used for the ceremony (and what an amazing backdrop for a wedding) and then after this, we walked around to the rear of the castle for group shots and newlywed portraits.
Bethan - Welsh Harpist played throughout the ceremony and drinks reception which was a beautiful touch. Welsh cakes sat upon a table nearby, a lovely (and yummy) touch! A projector screen was set up in a small room just outside of the Conservatory where the wedding breakfast was to be held. The slideshow playing was created by the bride's father, and was filled with childhood pictures of the newlyweds growing up as well as some photographs of when they met.
In the Conservatory, tables were decorated with beautiful candelabras, red and white flowers in decorate jam jars and wedding favours with table numbers chosen by the couple based on their meaning (Table 6 - Years We've Been Together). Most of the decor (including confetti cups and invites) was created by the couple themselves along with family member's help - in particular the bride's mother who hole-punched all the confetti from left-over card from the invites. The beautiful cake was created lovingly by the bride's Aunt Avis. Personalised wine glass charms were provided by Everlasting Crafting.
After the meal, speeches were made and gifts were given to special family members who had helped with wedding plans. The groomsmen had a cigar outside and then all guests moved onto the evening function room for the first dance, father-daughter / mother-son dance and an evening of partying and dancing was had by all. Disco (and first dance dry-ice and confetti) was courtesy of Pure Weddings DJ.
What a truly amazing wedding this was. We had the perfect weather at the perfect time, the hotel grounds were just picturesque and the couple looked fantastic. Everyone had such a wonderful time and I'll remember this wedding for a long, long time.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Armsworth. Thank you for having us!