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Wedding Photographer South Wales

Wedding Day Preparation is not just for Brides!


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We have put this blog together to inspire all you grooms out there into having your wedding morning preparations documented ……and if you are a bride to be reading this you could use theses images as persuasion to get your finance onside.

We say this because initially lots of you guys out there think the “getting ready’ aspect of wedding photography is solely for brides. Far from it!

When we first meet with our clients a big topic is discussing the elements of their big day that they would most like us to capture. This is a great time for us to show clients our wedding albums. A common reaction from the groom to be is “I’d really like that” referring to our examples of groom preparation.

So yes guys, this part of the day is for you too! Let’s make sure we put some time aside to create some wonderful imagery. We love to capture moments of contemplation, fine details, last minute adjustments or how about you and your best friends at the bar having a casual drink or maybe a cigar.

The images in this blog are a few of our favourites from the weddings that we have documented, we hope that you enjoy viewing them and help to inspire you for your big day.

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Wedding Photography Experience



Your wedding photography experience is of great importance to us. We offer you a portfolio that showcases all your bespoke details whilst capturing the genuine emotions of your day, I ensure that you will enjoy every minute working together with us. We collaborate with you between now and your wedding day, communicating your thoughts, passions and ideas so that together we can create a gallery you will cherish forever.

The following is based on full day coverage from preparation to party.

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BRIDAL PREPARATION

I love this part of the day for the tension building excitement. I document all your pretty details. Invitations, Dress, Shoes, Garter, Perfume and everything that you want to remembered on your big day.

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GROOM PREPARATION

Not all chaps want to document ‘getting ready’ so maybe we could meet you at the bar pre-ceremony to capture some last minute antics with your Groomsmen. But if you do, we would love to be there to snap some natural, documentary style images of you and your friends during your preparation.

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WEDDING CEREMONY

Maybe you are singing your vows or getting married by a friend on a beach? Whichever way you choose to tie the knot this is the time for us to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you are having a religious ceremony we may have to check the rules for photography. This is important information to find out in advance so you know what we will be permitted during your ceremony.

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WEDDING RECEPTION

The reception is a great time to take any portraits you may want. These are heirloom memories you will have for years to come! You may decide on a formal look or informal relaxed group gathering. We advise up to 10 groups maximum. Oh and don’t forget if your pooch is attending your big day a portrait with them is a must!

We then capture the details of your Wedding Breakfast and the candid moments of your guests enjoying your reception.

Once the speeches are over you may decide to cut your cake.

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COUPLE PORTRAITS

This is probably the only time you will have alone together and our couples always love this part of the day for that reason. Couples portraits take around 20-30 minutes unless you have chosen to drive to a separate location on route to your reception. The best time is golden hour, just before the sun goes down. If your timeline is fixed and you are eating during golden hour perhaps we can capture most of the images beforehand and then sneak out for 5 minutes at sun-down? If you need help with your timeline let us know. We don’t like to pose you too much, this is your time together to go for a stroll, kick off your shoes and just have a damn good giggle about what just happened!

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THE WEDDING VENUE

Maybe you are getting married in a country house, a castle or ruins overlooking the ocean? Wherever you choose to tie the knot, our aim is to capture your venue in all its glory.

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THE PARTY

Your groom may be performing a striptease, maybe you have taken Argentinian Tango lessons or maybe you are just opting for a traditional first dance! If you choose our all-inclusive collection we will be there to capture whatever moves you make!

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6 tips for timeless, natural Wedding Day Group Photographs


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I believe our couples would agree that prior to their wedding day they dreaded the thought of ‘group shots’ but during and after they have such a giggle that they all comment they loved them! One thing is for certain: these group photographs are the most downloaded and loved by your family and friends and an important part of documenting your day to look back on and cherish in years to come.

Family photos traditionally happen after the ceremony ends but that is not a hard and fast rule. Some couples like family portraits captured before the ceremony starts and others wait until after dinner (usually this is in the summer when the sun is still out and there's a pretty area around the reception).

Others split it up—they might take photos with immediate family before the ceremony begins, photos with grandparents and close relatives directly after the ceremony and huge group photos right before the dancing starts (this is also a great way to capture a more casual photo with a big group of friends).

Here are a few tips for planning your ‘wedding group photos’

  1. Sit down and put together a full list of all of the family combinations that you might want.Rather than stressing about what you're supposed to do, think about the photos that you might actually want in an album or framed on your walls. Who are the people you want to remember being there when you show your wedding photos to your kids in 30 years? Most couples have 5-10 groups, plus a few more casual groups at the reception later. You can absolutely plan for more or less, but make sure that you leave enough time

  2. Send the list to your parents to make sure that you haven't missed any combinations.There might be photos that they want for their own homes that you hadn't thought about. Just make sure the list doesn't get so long that this will take over a huge chunk of your wedding day. Again, a max of ten groupings is ideal.

  3. Put the list in order. We like to start with the largest groups so that they can leave first and clear the area out, but sometimes it makes sense to prioritise grandparents and who may have a hard time standing or need extra help or children who will have short attention spans. It's also helpful to note who is "finished" after each grouping so the person calling names can tell them that they're all set to go.

  4. Assume that groups will take an average of five minutes each. It only takes a few seconds to take the photos once everything is set up, but it can take a few minutes to get everyone in place, especially large groups. Smaller groups can usually jump in and out within two minutes or so, but we always leave a buffer in case things run over or we can't find someone who we need (it does happen).

  5. Share the list with everyone who is on it, and let them know where they need to be and when.You can email out the master list to everyone ahead of time, then print out copies to pass out to family members so they know when to be ready.

  6. Find your ‘group caller’ Identify the person knows the most people. This person will get a copy of the photo list to help gather the groups.

And here are a few other things to keep in mind:

If your parents are separated, don't feel pressure to put them in a group photo together. Again, if you wouldn't frame it, don't feel like you have to capture it. This is really a personal decision.

Think about special occasions that you might want photos for in the future. Don't forget to have a photo with just you and your siblings that you can give to your mum on her birthday. The same goes for photos with just you and each parent individually. These can make simple gifts for Mother's Day/Father's Day.



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Roberta and Johnny tied the knot in her home town of Avola, Sicily surrounded by close family and friends. They chose to have their couple portraits taken at Avola beach amongst the ancient ruins followed by a reception at Nuovo Castello Crisilio

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