Claire and Ian asked me to photograph their wedding whilst at the wedding of Ian and Caroline the previous year. I know Claire and Ian well. I played rugby with Ian for a long time and I have some very good memories of times spent with on (and off) the field during our time at London Welsh together. They got married at the lovely Oldwalls wedding venue on the Gower peninsula. It had been a little while since I’d been a South Wales wedding photographer but I was glad to be back in the beautiful part of the country.
Whilst Oldwalls is a wonderful place for a wedding, sadly the registrars on the day had a very firm hold over me and I was allowed to take just one photograph during the ceremony. This saddens me. I’m as unobtrusive as physically possible, without using flash or moving around – but still, rules are rules.
Another sad sight on the day was the rain – although that did not dampen the spirits of the wedding party in any way shape or form. Of course, I knew many of the guests. In fact, I’d photographed four couples weddings who were there. The afternoon rolled into an early evening wedding breakfast with what I can only describe as a very “special” set of speeches. The words from Claire’s lovely dad were tear jerking for everybody there and the three follow up speeches from Ian and his best men had everybody reaching for their hankies and bellowing with laughter.
It was a wonderful wonderful wedding, and Ian and Claire are a truly wonderful couple. Judging by the last few shots, I’m fairly sure Claire is very happy.
As always, a small selection of my favourite images from the day. Guests at the wedding can see the full gallery here.
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