Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer – Gav & Alison

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer – Gav & Alison

Gavin & Alison’s Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding

As I look back through Gavin and Alison’s wedding photographs from Tyn Dwr Hall, I am reminded of what an amazing day and such an incredible experience it was to be a part of. Now, all weddings are unique in their own way but Gavin and Alison’s Tyn Dwr Hall wedding had so many firsts for me. This was my first wedding I have photographed with Chinese traditions. I had no idea what to expect, but soon found myself amongst the fun!

Gavin & Alison have been kind enough to provide me with their story from when they first met, to when they became husband and wife. But before that, here are a few of my favourite photographs from Gavin and Alison’s Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding.

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Richard Miller Photography
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

As always, Tyn Dwr Hall was looking incredible, and the wedding ceremony room was tastefully decorated with real flowers throughout. 

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

Hair and Makeup by Janie Davine.

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

Alison looked stunning in her wedding dress by Confetti Box Bridal Centre, whilst we took a quiet moment in the bridal prep room, before Dad came in to walk Alison down the aisle.

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography
Richard Miller Photography
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

As group photos go, this has to be one of the largest I have photographed. So many happy faces here to celebrate with Gavin and Alison!

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Alison wore her traditonal Chinese red dress for the morning of the wedding, before changing into her elegant white gown. But Gavin also had a change of outfit. He changed from his traditonal Scotish kilt after the wedding breakfast, into his Army uniform. 

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Richard Miller Photography
Richard Miller Photography
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

The Garden Room at Tyn Dwr Hall looked incredible. The North Wales hills looking over, and Alison’s tasteful decor really made the perfect setting for their wedding breakfast. Uplit Event Hire supplied and created the amazing decor.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

Flowers by Jemma Holmes, designed Alisons perfect floral arrangements.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography

Gavin and Alison’s amazing wedding cake was provided by Boutique Bakery.

Gavin & Alison’s Story…

Gavin and I first met when we were both still at university. We were introduced by a family friend and as much as Gavin says it was love at first sight, it took him nearly 3 years before he made the move! To be fair, Gavin’s in the military and was away in Afghanistan for a while. This did not stop us from keeping in touch until he came back home, to which we officially got together!
I’m a specialist nurse and so there are many who laugh and joke how clearly professionals in uniforms attract!
We were together for 4 years before Gavin popped the question in Palma, Spain. It was a trip to celebrate Gavin’s birthday! So who would have thought he was planning his way of ensuring the ring clears airport security, not to lose the ring and ensure I didn’t find the ring for the duration of the trip! Now I know I was actually carrying the ring for most of the trip and left it unoccupied for a quick swim in the sea! We were out having a meal for Gavin’s birthday, by the sea side when Gavin waited for the sunset before popping the question! Our special holiday ended up being a double celebration with a lot of emotions!
Choosing our venue took about 4.5months from the time we got engaged. Gavin’s from Glasgow and I’m from Aberystwyth, Wales but we both live in Manchester so as expected, choosing a location was not easy! We have family all over the UK and abroad! In keeping with Chinese traditions, our families had wanted us to have a Chinese banquet in addition to a traditional wedding. It was our dream to have a countryside wedding and having it in Wales nearer to home was perfect! Being so specific, we did our research online before taking a few weekend trips to North Wales to view a few wedding venues. We had viewed 5 venues but when we saw Tyn Dwr Hall we absolutely fell head over heels for it and knew we didn’t need to look any further! We loved every bit of the venue from the unique yurts to the cottage and how personal our wedding planner Shannon and the staff were.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

It’s safe to say our wedding was not like any other! We both have big families and knew some were unable to attend the traditional Chinese banquet in Glasgow so we made a decision to incorporate some Chinese traditions on our wedding day. This was not easy to arrange and initially hard to picture; a Chinese Scotsman, with his groomsmen facing a variety of challenges to win his bride!

These challenges we set out by the bridesmaids as they haggle with the groom and the groomsmen on arrival and give a lucky red packets money (lai sei) for the bridesmaids to then surrender the bride! The groom then finds the brides red shoe inside the house and then presents this to the bride, the concept being the bride is not complete until the husband recovers her shoe.

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography
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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

As a bride, it is also tradition to wear a red Chinese dress known as ‘qipo’ which represents fortune and happiness.

The red dress is also worn for the tea ceremony, which is another major Chinese tradition. The ceremony is predominantly for the bride and grooms’ parents and other family members from the same generation. This takes place following the main wedding ceremony so Gavin and I as newlyweds paid respect to our elders. The family are served in order, starting with the groom’s parents before progressing from oldest to youngest. It was important we kneeled on red cushions whilst serving the tea from a red tea set for luck. After each family member takes a sip of their tea, they offer the couple a red packet with lucky money or jewellery inside. On the wedding day some even offered us some wise marriage advice! This luckily went smoothly on the day but actually took a lot of pre-planning to ensure we had a quick process with switching tea cups and finding family members!!! The bridesmaids and groomsmen played such a vital role and the final Chinese tradition is us as newlyweds giving them a red Lai sei packet with lucky money inside as a thank you.

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

Here is some more of my recent work from Tyn Dwr Hall.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer – Gav & Alison

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photography – Sion & Lauren

An amazing day spent with amazing company for Sion and Lauren's wedding day at Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen. Despite the grey skies that hung over Llangollen, smiles were broad and spirits were high as I arrived for bridal prep. Lauren's flawless makeup was done by...
Dan & Laura’s Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding

Dan & Laura’s Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photography

Dan and Laura were guests at a Leanne and Brad’s wedding in December 2017. When they contacted me to say they have seen how I work, they have seen the results and they would love to book me to photograph their Tyn Dwr Hall wedding…well it doesn’t get much better then that!

I drove up to Llangollen where the weather was clear for the time-being, however downpours were forecast throughout the day. This did not bother me, Laura or Dan. We were going to have an awesome day at Tyn Dwr Hall regardless! I was greeted in the morning by Laura’s mum and her 2 sisters who were also bridesmaids. The fizz was flowing and the smiles were beaming as we ticked down the minutes until Dan and Laura said I do.

When Laura’s Dad entered the prep room to see his daughter for the first time, his reaction was what every photographer hopes for! The gasp, the hand over the mouth, the tears and then the smiles.

Once Dan and Laura had said I do in Tyn Dwr Hall’s ballroom the weather was on our side. Everyone out quick for a group photo and confetti, and then back inside to enjoy the celebrations whilst I took Dan and Laura for their couples photographs.

Dan had actually broken a bone in his leg not long prior to the wedding, but still easily managed to get his ten thousand steps in I’d say! Tyn Dwr Hall is a stunning venue inside and out, and it would be a shame not to explore every inch of it.

After the speeches, we had rain…a lot of rain!! Yep time for some outdoor photographs! I love photographing in the rain and we produced some beautiful shots with the backdrop of Tyn Dwr Hall.

Thank you to Gemma from Lee Price Productions who helped me massively on the day and also to every supplier who played a part in making Dan and Laura’s Tyn Dwr Hall wedding a dream for them.

Suppliers:

Venue – Tyn Dwr Hall
Assisted by – Gemma Price
Hair stylist – Hair by Carol Ellis-Thompson
Make-Up Artist – Perfection by Victoria
Suits – The Village Tailors
Wedding Dress – Wed2b
Florist – Elimay’s Flowers
Wedding Cake – EmzCakes
Evening Entertainment – The Chaperones
Harpist – Nerys Hewitt 
Veil – Ivory Promise

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Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photography – Sion & Lauren

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photography – Sion & Lauren

An amazing day spent with amazing company for Sion and Lauren’s wedding day at Tyn Dwr Hall in Llangollen. Despite the grey skies that hung over Llangollen, smiles were broad and spirits were high as I arrived for bridal prep. Lauren’s flawless makeup was done by Lizzie Griffiths http://www.lizziegriffiths.co.uk/

Lauren looked stunning in her wedding dress, huge veil and Manolo Blahnik shoes and their daughter was such a cute flower girl.

During the ceremony, Sion couldn’t hold is emotions. There may have been a tear or 2 as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. I was keeping an eye on the weather outside and the rain had stopped, grey skies had started to lift so we made our way outside after the ceremony for the must have confetti photo and group photo before the rain came back in. Typical North Wales weather, the rain stopped again later on and we were able to get Sion and Lauren outside for some beautiful photos.

Thanks you so much Sion and Lauren for having me a long and thank you again Tyn Dwr Hall for all your help.

Here are a few of my favourites from Sion and Lauren’s big day at Tyn Dwr Hall.

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