Rockstar Bride Cardigan Castle Wedding – what I love about wedding photography is the opportunity to travel. When I was given the opportunity to shoot Morgan and Josh’s wedding in Cardigan – Wales I jumped at the chance! The bride and groom were swimming to the ceremony. Wait. What? Yes you heard that right, swimming, more on that later. And the ceremony was at Cardigan Castle. I managed to pack in a lot of memorable things such as stopping at Fishguard for lunch and photos and staying at a wonderful b&b called Bethsaida in Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire. I had a very very comfortable stay at this sympathetically renovated Chapel run coincidently by a couple who used to live not far from us in Reading! That evening my family and I joined the locals at a cool little place called PizzaTipi , where we sat around a large fire drinking local ales and eating wood fired pizza, our little boy was in his element.
We enjoyed a lovely stay at the Bethsaida, the beds were large, cosy and comfortable. The b&b itself was luxurious and the breakfast was absolutely delicious, we chose from full English, to fresh fruit to overnight soaked oats for porridge.
For faraway locations I like to stay the night, as I don’t want to take any chances on public transport or traffic. The next morning I caught a taxi to the location that the wedding party were going to meet at, the party was to set off in canoes and some of them were going to swim. I managed to capture some of the party before shivering to death! The bride dove into the water, followed quickly by her husband to be. A few of their friends jumped in after them and a few followed the map on foot with me. I arrived near the venue where Morgan the bride, would get out of the water. I could hear them splashing in the water, followed closely by a few friends, I prepared myself .. as they swam elegantly past me. The wedding party informed me of the couples last minute change of plan, they pointed over the bridge where they would exit the water. I ran the opposite way around the canoe shack , past Cardigan Castle and over the bridge, the bride and groom swimming under the bridge. I positioned myself for a grand entrance. My fashion photography background meant I was prepared for unusual and fast changing situtions.
Moments later everyone was out of the water, shivering in the boat house drinking tea and scoffing delicious flapjacks. The bride casually made her way to Cardigan castle to get ready. The ceremony was small and beautiful, the bride and groom looked like best friends in love. Morgan looked beautiful. The reception was at a farm a car journey away, again it was a very relaxed party rather than a formal event. I managed to steal the couple away for 10 mins or so to do a couple of portraits in the old cow sheds.
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