I met Carmel in August 2015, although I had seen her around over the years many times as she lives where my in-laws are based, we were not yet acquainted. She approached me with a ‘late booking’ for December 2015. Carmel had a strong vision for what she wanted yet she was very laid back with me. Over the coming months we talked often, Carmel always keeping me in the ‘loop’ with her plans, decisions and often asking for my recommendations or opinions, which I was happy to help with.
I quickly grew fond of their son Iori who gave me the BIGGEST hug I have ever had from anyone but my boys in our first meet. He is a real charmer!! The plans ran smoothly and one thing that caught my attention quite quickly was Carmels absolute trust in me that “it’d be fiiiiiiine” she had seen many of my images online and also attended a wedding I shot in 2014.
As a natural photographer my aim is to take as many… natural portraits, interactions and unseen/missed moments as possible and around 8-10 structured family photos in a wedding, however with the sheer size of the family it was impossible not to go overboard! I found it to be such a lovely experience, the family are exceptionally close and tactile, especially the siblings, on both sides. It made photographing them easy and enjoyable.
The Bridal prep was at Llangower, Bala, Gethin & Carmels hometown, with the ceremony and reception held in a local (to me) wedding venue, Vale Country Club, Ruthin. As usual Vale Country Club was visually stunning and our meals were lovely which the bride kindly ordered for me. (Thank you again!)
Unfortunately, we had the worst weather of the week on the day, a large wedding party and views to die for that we couldn’t utilise!! So we made the best of it, made it work and still had a fab time.
The wedding was beautiful, with it being December I would describe it as “Winter themed”. The centrepieces were rustic, branches lit up with lights in bases with a couple of Christmas baubles to match the palette of the wedding; mulberry, silver and white. The wedding cake was made by the brides friend Cerys. Every guest (18+) was treated to a lovely favour of homemade gin, including myself. Carmel and the youngest children of the family had collected the berries themselves to contribute to the process. I thought it was an amazing personal favour and really enjoyed mine!
The bride wore a stunning Pronovias Barcaza gown from the couture collection, a Princess dress with bateau neckline and low waist, it also had long button back detail and a front bow for belt illusion. Teamed with a classic up do by Katy Morris at KPS Hair Lounge and smoky make up to match by Harriet Morris MUA, she was a vision. The Bridesmaids all wore matching embellished mulberry dresses by Mori Lee. The Groomsmen, not to be outshone were all suited and booted from local tailor Trefor Jones.
Two of Carmel’s friends sang beautifully while the Register signing took place and I must say all the young children, nieces, nephews and cousins as young as 2 all behaved perfectly!
As a photographer, I spend a lot of my time fine tuning timelines and organising images around the obvious events-ceremony, meal, speeches, cake cutting, first dance and so on. A lot of that time is spent on that by the bride also. On Carmel’s wedding day there was a ‘surprise video’- while I LOVE gestures and extras at a wedding I can still see the look Carmel gave me and the feeling of absolute despair I felt (briefly) when it was clear that half an hour of a tight schedule would be cut from what’s most important to Carmel…family photo time.
Overall though, it worked. My assistant on the day Hannah sure did assist exceptionally well, helping me making up the time and images after. So thank you again! I also got some hilarious images from the surprise video reactions and the guests had some great entertainment.
I think this wedding takes the record for most speeches, I lost count at 15! But it’s testament to them as a couple and how loved they are by their nearest and dearest. In fact, the only time Carmel cried was when her little brother Caio took the mic, it was a real brave moment for him and he did so well!
I’ve rattled on long enough, so here’s some words from the bride herself.
‘After seeing Tashs’ work on social media and word of mouth, I had no hesitation on booking her straight away for my wedding in December, it was the best decision I made. Professional work and advice throughout.
Not only was I so happy and impressed with my album but also the gifted editing that Tash was able to do to help me in some images.
I received honest, professional and very helpful advice throughout my wedding planning and there was so much organisation from Tash’s side that the day ran smoothly.
After only a few weeks the album was ready and I am so impressed with the beautiful and natural images that she caught without me noticing.
By far the best decision I made on choosing Tash to be my photographer on the day as I have these wonderful images to cherish forever.
Thank you very much Tash
Mrs Williams xx”
Needless to say I was a little emotional reading that!
Carmel & Gethin- Thank you for having me to photograph your big day & all the best for the future.
(I will be seeing them again when Carmel’s brother gets married next year)
- Venue: Vale Country Club
- Hair: Katy @ KPS Hair Lounge
- MUA: Makeup By Harriet
- Suits: Trefor Jones
- The Dress: Brides Of Chester
- The Maids: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
- Shoes: New Look
- Flowers/Centrepieces: Y Siop Flodau
- Cake: Cacenau Cerys
- Photography: Love Luella Photography
*But if anyone’s reading this and planning on doing something similar/a surprise, please let me know- it’ll still be a surprise for the bride and groom-I can just plan an accurate timeline and be prepared! Haha!!