When I met Lewis and Ginette for the first time back in September last year, I instantly knew that they were going to have a stunning wedding. I hoped that they would choose me to be their photographer, so I was delighted when they confirmed the date with me shortly after our meeting!
I met up with Ginette at her Mums in Newport where there was a real buzz of excitement running through the hectic house and the sun was starting to shine outside. Perfect!
Their wedding ceremony was held in Ginette's family church in Llanvair Discoed, a picturesque village in Monmouthshire, South Wales. I had to make a quick dash across to the village to meet Lewis, not realising that I would have to reverse down narrow lanes every few minutes to allow oncoming traffic to pass. By the time I reached the church, the sun was beating down and it was beginning to feel like a mid summers day, not April.
I loved the church as it was very compact, which made the ceremony feel really personal. Finding the best positions for capturing the moments was a little challenging, but luckily the male voice choir were very accommodating, often giving up their seats for me to crawl past.
Due to the location of the church, I was determined to find some local beauty spots to make a quick stop at on the way to the reception venue - The Old Barn Inn. Wentwood reservoir is situated just down the road, but had apparently been closed to the public for some time due to a certain type of Algae being present in the waters. This was very disappointing as I knew we could get some amazing shots there. Luckily, I decided to call Welsh water and found out that the reservoir had been re-opened, so we were able to make a detour on the way to The Old Barn Inn. Some local fishermen offered to take Lewis and Ginette out on their rickety old wooden boats for some photos, un-suprisingly they decided to decline the offer and settled for the views from the jetty instead.
During the wedding breakfast, I went for a quick wander around the inside of the venue and noticed a great stream of light coming in through the rooftop window. As soon as they had both finished their deserts, I whisked them both upstairs for some shots on the balcony, which worked out great! We then took a walk down the road in the dying sunlight and got some great shots on the fields.
I loved this wedding so much and felt very lucky to be a part of Lewis and Ginette's amazing day.
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