Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photographer | Steven and Kim

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photographer | Steven and Kim

Steven and Kim’s Llyn Gwynant Wedding

I first met Steven and Kim for their engagement shoot at Llyn Idwal in Snowdonia, North Wales. Llyn Idwal is a favourite place of mine to photograph. The beautiful views of the Snowdonia landscape means I could literally spend hours up there discovering hidden North Wales gems.

When I suggested Llyn Idwal to Steven and Kim, they were as keen as I was to capture some awesome photos as it was an area that they had visited before, but weren’t too familiar with.
We had an amazing evening and ended the shoot, just as the sun started to set over North Wales.

Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot

Steven and Kim both admitted they were uneasy having their photograph taken, hence why they booked an engagement shoot; but they absolutely smashed it and looked so comfortable in front of the camera.

Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot

Hopefully you can see why I love photographing in North Wales so much. Especially in Llyn Idwal. Lots of mountatins, rocky paths, waterfalls, wildlife and beautiful skies.

Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot

Anyway… On to the wedding day! I was assisted by Neal who was ready at Llyn Gwynant campsite to photograph Steven and his groomsmen as they arrived.

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Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Meanwhile, I was over in a cottage in the middle of nowhere for Kim’s bridal prep where she was being made up by the talented Keena. Spirits were high, and laughter was loud as everyone made their final preparations. I was lucky enough to be working with Jo from Jo Gendle films for the first time.

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Steven and Kim were married inside the barn at Llyn Gwynant with all their family and friends present. This was the first time I had photographed a wedding at Llyn Gwynant and I cannot wait to go back again. 

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Following the drinks reception, Steven and Kim and arranged with Llyn Gwynant to plant a wedding tree on the land of the campsite which will remain there as a memory of the wedding day. I have never done this before but what an amazing idea! I hope to see more muddy heels, spades and watering cans with future weddings.

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Kim and Steven were amazing and were up for any ideas me and Neal threw at them. We really wanted to head down to the lake for some photographs but thought, it’s a bit unfair on Kim asking her to walk down in her beautiful dress. Now even though I think she would have done, Neal was more than happy to play Parker and drive the happy couple down so we could capture some awesome shots.

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Before long, it was time to head back to Llyn Gwynant Barn for the speeches and wedding breakfast. The barn was decorated beautifully with thoughtful touches from the venue and lovely ideas from Steven and Kim.

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

After the speeches, there was still so much more we could have photographed around Llyn Gwynant…So we did! We headed back down to the lake for some creative pictures, and also had fun with some sparklers and smoke bombs! All this before the happy couples evening surprise which very few people knew about. 

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

Steven and Kim’s surprise was, they had been having dance lessons prior to the wedding and were going to perform a jive for us all. In my mind I’m thinking….This could be awesome, or awkward. It was AMAZING! Kim’s wedding dress and heels weren’t quite jive friendly so a quick change and we were all in awe of the fantastic job they had done.

Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography
Llyn Gwynant Wedding Photography

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Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer | Lloyd and Victoria

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer | Lloyd and Victoria

Lloyd and Victoria’s Soughton Hall Wedding 

Lloyd and Victoria got married back in 2019 on one of the hottest days of the year. I arrived in Oswestry in the morning for Victoria’s bridal prep where I was greeted by her lovely family, before we headed on over to St Oswalds Church for the wedding ceremony.

As is always the way time flies on your wedding day and before we knew it, Victoria’s proud Dad had arrived in good spirits ready to see Victoria in her wedding dress and walk her down the aisle. 

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
North Wales Wedding Photographer
Richard Miller Photography
Richard Miller Photography

Lloyd and Victoria and chosen a stunning Rolls Royce by Chester Wedding Cars to chauffeur them from Oswestry to Soughton Hall in North Wales.
The traffic was a little busy so Lloyd was kept waiting at the alter to sweat a little bit longer, but once Victoria had arrived, he shed a tear and I’m sure breathed a sigh of relief.

North Wales Wedding Photographer
Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

Once inside the church, it was nice to cool off a little. The priest at St Oswalds had allowed me to photograph from the front, and also the back of the church meaning I could photograph some lovely moments from all angles, and also appriciate how beautiful the church is from the back.

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

Once the happy couple said “I do”, it was straight outside where Lloyd and Victoria’s dog had come to offer his Congratulations, before we all got covered in confetti and headed on over to Soughton Hall.

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

As we arrived at Soughton Hall, all the guests were waiting in the North Wales sunshine to welcome and Congratulate Lloyd and Victoria. But first….Some much needed prosecco for everyone! I always take this time to take some candid photos of everyone. 

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

The marquee at Soughton Hall where Lloyd and Victoria would have their wedding breakfast looked stunning as always. It was tastefully decorated with white lace chair covers, and large floral centrepieces. 

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

Following all 5 hilarious speeches, thankfully the weather had cooled a little and we were able to get outside for Lloyd and Victoria’s portraits. The grounds at Soughton Hall are so vast and has some awesome locations for your wedding photography.

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

Once we had caught the last of the sunlight and got some lovely wedding photographs at Soughton Hall, the last couple of formalities remained..The cutting of the cake and the first dance. 

Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer
Soughton Hall Wedding Photographer

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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.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
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.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
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.

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
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!

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer

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. 

Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Photographer
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.

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
Richard Miller Photography
Chinese Door Games
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.

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

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Doubletree Chester Wedding Photographer | Maz & Poppy

Doubletree Chester Wedding Photographer | Maz & Poppy

The Doubletree by Hilton in Chester is an amazing place for your wedding and has lots of opportunities for stunning wedding photography. The Abbey Suite is where your wedding would be held, and has lots of rustic charm with bare brick and wooden beams throughout.
The grounds of the Doubletree in Chester are vast and offer so many different locations to have your wedding photographs. I particularly like the rear gardens for bride and groom wedding portraits.
I caught up with Poppy and her bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding during bridal prep. This time I had the pleasure of working with the talented Victoria and Anna from Cheshire Bridal Hair and Makeup.
Maz was greeting wedding guests prior to the ceremony and looking extremely relaxed. We had a few quick photographs with Maz and his groomsmen before the I do’s.

The wedding ceremony was full of laughter and smiles. Poppy and Maz were a pleasure to photograph all day. Not once did the smiles fade. Even when Poppy’s Dad was embarrassing her during his speech!
We covered lots of photographs during the day and even during the evening too. Making the most of the large fountain and pond at the Doubletree Chester, we were able to create some lovely night lit photographs.

The Doubletree Chester has so many features I love from a wedding venue and is one of my favourite wedding venues to photograph.
If you are getting married at the Doubletree Chester, I’d love to hear from you.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from Maz and Poppy’s wedding day.

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Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

There are so many reasons why I love my job. I love meeting new people and capturing your awesome wedding days mostly. But I also get to see new places and taste some amazing food!

Tower Hill Barns in North Wales, has some of the best wedding food I have ever had the joy of tasting. I am a massive foodie (eating not cooking!), and when Jo and her team from Tower Hill Barns asked me to attend their Winter Wedding Food tasting day, and take some photographs of just some of the offerings, I couldn’t refuse. Especially knowing that I would get to eat what was put in front of me once I had finished photographing it. I left Tower Hill Barns that day about a stone heavier and in serious need of an afternoon nap!

All of Tower Hill Barns’ menu is created with the bride and groom in mind. There is so much to choose from and it can be personalised to your requirements or seasonal vibes. The wedding food I had the pleasure of tasting was themed for a Winter wedding. All the food at Tower Hill Barns is sourced locally in North Wales and prepared at the venue.

If you’re not feeling hungry yet, you might be after scrolling down.

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Chorizo & Manchego Cheese Croquettes with saffron aioli & chorizo oil.
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

Confit shredded duck salad with Asian slaw, sesame, soy and toasted sesame seeds.
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

Roasted rump of Welsh lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, squash puree, roasted heritage carrots, braised leeks and redcurrant jus.
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

Chicken breast with mushroom & truffle, fondant potato. heritage carrots, tenderstem broccoli and madeira sauce.Tower Hill Barns Food 4 - Tower Hill Barns Wedding Food

Chocolate delice with salted caramel, honeycomb and clotted cream ice cream.
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Mango, passionfruit, & white chocolate cheesecake with passionfruit gel and mango puree.
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A Chester Engagement Shoot!

A Chester Engagement Shoot!

Matt and Jess, are due to be married at Soughton Hall in North Wales, and I am so excited to be their wedding photographer for the day.
With us all living so close to Chester, it only seemed right that we caught up at the Grosvenor Park for a chat before we cracked on with some candid photography.

Chester has so many amazing opportunities for engagement and wedding photography, but we chose to stay close to the Grosvenor Park, as the colours were amazing. It was an Autumn afternoon and the orange leaves looked amazing. We ventured off slightly around the Chester walls before heading back home.

We hadn’t long started before the photobombers came. I’m not talking about cyclists or people walking their dogs. We had an abundance of squirrels who were all wanting their photograph taking with Jess and Matt! Jess particularly got on well with the squirrels, feeding them nuts. I am a bit more reserved and was happy to photograph from a distance.

It’s not long now until Jess and Matt’s wedding day in North Wales, and I can’t wait to be part of it!
Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their Chester engagement shoot.

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