“Wow. All we can say is WOW! These photographs are absolutely stunning and we can’t thank you enough for being such a big part of our special day. We’re overwhelmed by how lovely these photographs are!” – Nicola and Daniel
The Mother of Wales
I’ve always loved Anglesey, or Ynys Mon as it is known in Welsh. I was off to shoot a wedding at Penmon Priory, having already shot there before. I love staying in this cottage in Malltraeth of which I also took some pictures! Something about the bracing air and its tranquil beaches draws me back to Anglesey time and time again so I jumped at the chance to shoot another wedding there. Maybe it’s because it’s known as being the Mother of Wales. There’s a sense of calm and homecoming when you drive across the Menai Strait on the historic grade I listed Menai Suspension bridge. You’re immediately confronted with breath-taking views of abundant natural green land. It feels magical – almost Game of Thrones-esque! Definitely a stark contrast when you’re driving down from the industrial landscape of Manchester.
Anglesey was the perfect location for Nicola and Daniel’s heart-warming wedding due to a strong family connection to this magical island. Both Nicola and Daniel grew up spending school holidays at various caravan sites on the Isle, so they both held Anglesey close to their hearts. St. Seiriol’s (Penmon Priory) was the same church where Nicola’s grandparents renewed their vows on their golden wedding anniversary several years ago. And being a popular wedding venue, they were also delighted to find that the date they had available happened to be the Nicola’s parents wedding anniversary date. It was meant to be.
All the family were beaming with pride as they helped set this couple off on their journey of married life. One family member’s presence was nearly missing, but this beautiful moment came about when the groom had gifted the Bride a bracelet that morning. It was engraved with her late Grandad’s handwriting whom she was very close with. The grandmother was overcome with joy when she saw the bracelet. I didn’t cry, I promise.
Oh, I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
I love it when couples want to stray a little from the traditional order of the day. And considering we had 125 miles of stunning coastline on the doorstep, it would have been silly not to take the opportunity for a mini photo-shoot on the beach! The bride had always wanted to go for a paddle in the sea on her wedding day. We took a short trip to a local beach that she went to as a child with her Grandparents near where they lived. This was the perfect homage to my late Grandpa as we felt like were visiting his home on our special day.
I’m glad I got to capture this fun moment in their special day. It certainly cheered up the family sat on the beach with their windbreaker out anyway! And it’s not every day I get to shoot with such dynamic landscapes like the lush Welsh mountains and the winding coastline in the background! Something to consider for your wedding photography if you’re getting married in Anglesey, for sure!
A Day To Remember
We travelled back to the wedding reception at Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel for some grub, speeches and a good old boogie! This is another charming historical venue which was built in 1882 as a country mansion house and family home. Surrounded by lots of greenery and flowers, it was the perfect background for some more candid couple shots. One thing that stands out in the day’s photos for me, is the connection, love and care that you can see in their embraces with one another. Nicola and Daniel, I hope your love continues to grow and you enjoy a happy life together!