This country farm wedding took place last July in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.
I was working with Catherine Evans, a wonderful friend and wedding photographer whom I have second shot with on a few occasions now. My job this morning was to photograph the groom preparations, a part of the day that is sometimes missed but gives some great images. It’s one of the benefits of having a second photographer at your wedding, as well as capturing moments from your wedding day that might otherwise be missed.
The journey to the farm where the groom’s preparations were taking place took me through winding lanes and hills up into the most gorgeous Welsh countryside. And on such a sunny morning it was the opitomy of summer!
I was met by the groom Steve and his groomsmen, all bustling around tying their cravats and pouring champagne!
One of the first things I like to do when taking groom preparation images is to photograph the rings. I set to work on finding the ideal place for it, it may seem like a small thing but I think its important. Outside in the farmyard I saw a small rusty old horseshoe lying on the ground, I knew this could be the perfect thing to photograph them with, as horseshoes are considered lucky on a wedding day and especially as it was from Steve’s family farm.
I nestled it amongst some green leaves on a stone wall and love the results.
The group shots of all the boys together were taken in the back garden with views overlooking the countryside with views of the Sugarloaf Mountains, just perfect.
After a stop off for a pre-wedding drink in a nearby pub, Steve and his groomsmen made their way to the Church of St. Telio, Llantilio Pertholey.
Lynne arrived looking beautiful in her full length lace wedding dress with bridesmaids in deep red. The ceremony was traditional with singing from the church choir as Lynne and Steve signed the register.
Being a country farm wedding, the reception took place in a big field with a marquee and a tower of hay bales which made for some great group shots! The marquee was decorated beautifully with table centre pieces of cute wellies! I thought this was a lovely touch and a nod to it being a farm wedding. One of the things I love about photographing weddings is the different personal details that make each one unique, I know how much time and care has gone into each decision and capturing these details is so important.
The wedding guests drank champagne and Pimms in the afternoon sunshine and the whole atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
We left the bride and groom to dance the night away with their guests, it certainly looked like it was going to be a lively evening!