“Hello Kev, this is Benny.  Me an Jade are having a wedding at Portmeirion next year and would love it if you could photograph it for us”.

That was how the call went….or something similar.   Benny is a long standing rugby buddy of mine.  We’ve share a lot of good times in the past.  A lot!  There was this time, in Portugal…..ok, ok, I’ll move on to the wedding.

Ben and Jade are perhaps the epitome of a fairy tale relationship.  A long time ago, after a game of rugby at London Welsh me, Benny, myself and the boys would usually find ourselves in Molly Malone’s – one of Richmond’s great drinking venues.  Usually peering over the top of several empty Magners bottles Benny only had eyes for one barmaid.  Her name was Jade.

That was how it started…..and it came full circle in April when Ben and Jade had a wedding at Portmeirion in North Wales.  And what a wedding it was.

Portmeirion, for those who don’t know it, is a purpose built folly (small town size) on the North Wales coast that was used as the setting for the very successful 60’s programme “The Prisoner” .

I’d never been before, but I was in for a treat.  Not only was the wedding full of lots of old friends, it was probably the only sunny day in North Wales that whole month and to be frank, it was just a wonderful day.

Benny is from Australia, and Jade and Bennny now live there – choosing to return to Jade’s parents home area for their wedding.  As usual, a small amount of bridal prep photography was followed by an absolutely gorgeous ceremony.  Everybody was so pleased!  Jade’s Mum and brother couldn’t have looked more proud.

Later, at the Portmeirion Hotel there were fairly raucous speeches, but also tears and tender moments.

There was time to catch The Grand National via the medium of an iPhone at the breakfast table before heading over to the evening celebrations.

As a gift to Jade, Benny had organised the local Welsh Male Voice Choir to perform for a while.  Being Welsh myself, and or the rugby generation, I’m a bit partial to the odd Calon Lân myself but the emotion for Jade was palpable.  It was a lovely gesture.

Onto the dancing….and drinking, and dancing and drinking…… followed by a five hour drive home for me.

Ben, though now in Australia, will always have a special place in my memories – not only for the days we shared on the rugby pitch, but also for A Wedding at Portmeirion that made so many people very happy.

Some feedback from their Wedding at Portmeirion

Just this morning, I received this lovely little message from Jade’s mum;

Dear Kevin
Just wanted to drop you a line to say how pleased we are with Jade and Ben’s wedding photos. You’ve captured some lovely moments and have provided us with a beautiful record of a very happy day.
Diolch yn fawr iawn (thank you very much)
Lydia and Mike

As usual, a small selection of my favourite images from their wedding at Portmeirion.  Please do share on social media or comment too if you wish.

If you are considering A Wedding at Portmeirion and would like to discuss your wedding photography please don’t hesitate to contact me (I’d love to go back there).

 

Bridal Prep

Bride arrives at the ceremony location

Groom and Best Man wait

The proud mum of bride and brother

Bride and Dad walk down the aisle

Super proud groom

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

Exchange of Vows

The first kiss

Back of the wedding dress

Watching the grand national

Speeches

Guests games

Cheers

Laughing guests

Grooms speech

Mum cries

Bestman speech

A Wedding at Portmeirion

A Wedding at Portmeirion

A sneaky kiss

Welsh Male Voice Choir

Tears from the bride

A child at the wedding

Welsh Male Voice Choir

Welsh Male Voice Choir

The First Dance

The First Dance

22 Comments
  1. Another master class in Wedding Photojournalism. The black and white images are full of atmosphere.

  2. Great story to this one Kevin and lovely images of course – particularly like the second image with the public looking on – great shot.

  3. S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.

    Absolutely top notch story telling pictures as always Kevin.

  4. Lovely work as always – mum(?) and son sharing a joke is priceless!

    • Thanks Andrew – that’s one of my favourites of the year so far.

  5. Amazing wedding photography as always – second to none!

  6. Stunning account Kevin, so much passion in these pictures in every way.

  7. Nice light at ceremony. Pic no.2 is lovely – bride coming through door.

  8. Classic photojournalism at its best – love the punchy B/W images. Great job Kevin

  9. You really are an exceptionally talented photographer Kev – this is one of the best set of wedding photographs I’ve seen for a long time, and I could wax lyrical about so many of the images. Absolutely agree with David Ryan that the ceremony shots are superb, and I love the image of the bride framed by the archway, including the group in the background. Landscape shots are stunning too, and you should be very proud of your work on this one.

  10. Helen

    Hi Kevin,
    I heard you speak at the SWPP some years ago. I love your capturing of candid moments. Do you mind if I ask a technical question, sorry two? I just wanted to know, do you worry about blowing out the highlights or just so long as the exposure is right on the face of the bride/groom, are you happy? And, what metering do you use, spot, centre, evaluative? Thank you in advance. I really enjoy looking at your blog.

    • Hi Helen – yes, I’ll watch the highlights but the most important thing is capturing the image. I use a range of metering modes but primarily in this shoot I use spot as there was very harsh sunlight coming into the reception room.

      Many Thanks

      Kevin

  11. Wow Kevin!

    I love your lighting here! Gives your photography such an appropriate mood. Those shots are priceless!

  12. Kevin i am very impressed with your images. you’re capture every moment with very beautifully.

  13. The lady in the hat and the man, sharing a chuckle.

    I keep going back to that one.

    Reminds me of the ladies in the hats, in colour, you did a little while back.

    Hope you’re well. Cheers.

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