What a lovely idea for two sailors to get married at West Usk lighthouse, With a strong nautical theme it was the perfect backdrop for their big day. The west Usk lighthouse is now run by a husband and wife team who attended to the guests needs all day with no fuss and a smile.
The lighthouse was the first to be built by renowned Scottish civil engineer James Walker in 1821. Amongst other projects, Walker went on to build another 21 lighthouses. The land around the lighthouse has been reclaimed as farmland but it stood on an island until 1856. It was decommissioned as an operational lighthouse in 1922.
The Lighthouse is available to hold Civil Ceremonies. Which is held downstairs in the large Dining Room, This has a sea view as well as landward view, with seating for 20 guests. You can also have the ceremony in the slate bedded Entrance Hall for 10 people, with the spiral staircase as a backdrop. As we are a B&B, the Lighthouse will be entirely at your disposal for 4 hours on the day, preferably between 12pm-4pm. You can bring your own refreshments for afterwards. You will have access to the lantern Room, the Roof Garden, the Wedding Room, and the Garden where you can continue with your celebration afterwards if you wish.
With full use of the lighthouse it was something new for us at Dave Packer Photography, and so a quick recce to find the best light and that was all we needed before we captured the day in our usual informal style of documentry photography. The day came to a close with the kids relaxing the hot tube and the bride and groom providing everyone with an evening fire works display
A private road off the B4239 (Lighthouse Road) leads to the lighthouse. Alternatively, it may be reached by a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) walk along the sea wall footpath from the car park of the Lighthouse Inn on Beach Road. The lighthouse is situated next to the Pont-y-cwcw Reen. Give me shout out if you want more information about our wedding prices
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Having your wedding at St Fagans wedding venue is a good choice if you want to be surrounded by stunning well kept wall gardens, lakes, fountains and rose lined paths. A medieval castle dating from the 13th century. St Fagans Castle became a Grade I listed building in 1977 previously existed on the site, and a new house was built on the site by Nicholas Herbert, who bought the site from Gibbon in 1586. Part of the D-shaped medieval boundary fortifications remain, forming a wall around the current house.
I have photographed a few weddings at St Fagans and each time its been a nice cosy affair with 20-30 guests with both rooms providing stunning window light to shoot the wedding ceremony and guests, and with my camera on silent mode no one hears me snapping away during the service. There are plenty of rooms and walled gardens to provide cover too, if the dreaded rain comes in on the your big day. The bride can make a grand entrance in her wedding car along the tree lined route from the St fagans village end and always provides a great photo for the memories. The Wedding cars always stay behind after the wedding service and we position the bride and groom on the same path with St Fagans wedding venue behind them. The tourist are kept away from the main house area for the wedding so the guests can have private use to relax and enjoy the wedding day.
Autumn family photo shoot in Cardiff, I photographed Becky and Martin's wedding a few years ago, and my wife taught Becky to Ski when she was only 4 years old. (Wifey is feeling old now) So it's been great to keep in touch over the years and we had a great laugh chatting about skiing and all the characters from the ski centre. Llandaff fields provided us with a stunning carpet of fallen leaves for Toby to kick around whilst I snapped away with my super fast Sony 55mm 1.8. Becky brought the family waterproof picnic blanket for the photos, so they would be nice and comfortable holding their latest addition to the family, young Molly. I have been spending a few hours this evening editing the lovely colours to get an even match before they go off to the printers for Xmas presents. XDave
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Rosedew Farm Wedding is a fine venue to choose for your big day. With the Great Barn providing an ideal room for the ceremony and party. So it was hay bales out and Dear Florence prividing the rustic charm, chic and finishing touches.
The new Mr and Mrs Dite put on a great afternoon for their guests which included a 60s singer and Space Hoppers (What's not to like). Pre wedding breakfast nibbles was in the shape of little cones of fish and chips washed down with Champers and beer. The staff and front of house at Rosedew were on hand to make the day go smoothly and all the guests found their seats on time although some insisted on bringing their space Hoppers!
The bearded Taco man provided alcoholic ice lollies of various flavours and taste which went down a hit, They trade from a uniquely converted ford transit van named Contessa, who spent most of her previous life as a police riot wagon. All the ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible check them out on facebook for more information.
With only a couple of requested formal shots from the lovely Mrs Dite, Mandy and I were able to spend most of our time with the telephoto lens attached to the cameras, observing, waiting and then CLICK getting the shot. We love shooting weddings at the great Barn as there is nearly 360 degrees availablity around the Barn for photos which is important for us humble wedding photographers looking for the best light to shoot and make the photos punch.
Dear Florence provide the inhouse decoration hire at Rosedew farm, they hire out the wedding or party decorations you want for a fraction of the price of buying and a whole lot less effort! Hiring is really simple to organise.
Want can I say about the evening show / band. Big Macs Wholly Soul band were the head line act and boy did they rock the Great Barn out, EVERYBODY was dancing to the classics. Thanks for including me in your big day guys XDave
Waiting for the rain to stop at a wedding seems like it takes forever sometimes. But always little shots of little people to be had with window light. XDavewaiting for the rain to stop
Using drones at weddings
As a couple eager to get married, you definitely want to have an unforgettable day. In order to enjoy your day, you want to capture the best moments of your wedding in a unique way
Ever since the drone photography trend has hit the market, using an UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) at a wedding location has become a highly successful idea. The photos and videos captured by it are simply fantastic, and the end result is definitely much more satisfactory than taking standard photos from the ground.
Aerial photography and video recording adds a whole new dimension to any wedding. With a quadcopter or UAV, you can take photos from a wide variety of angles, bringing a real element of “Hollywood cinematic” into your wedding. With these beautiful devices, impossible is made possible, and all of your memories come to life.
Drones can offer unique perspectives on the whole area, emphasizing the beauty of the nature and the surrounding panorama around the venue location. These devices are also capable of capturing unique moments. Unlike a ground-based photographer who can only take standard photos, a quadcopter equipped with a high-quality camera offers a whole new way to record your nuptials. This tiny flying device elevates your normal experience, transforming it into an once-in-a-lifetime moment that you will never forget.
Even though using one of these devices involves getting drone insurance and taking into account potential accidents, a professional drone operator with experience can do a marvelous job flying the quadcopter. He makes sure to capture every single beautiful moment while ensuring everyone on the ground is safe.
If you are looking for a professional and experienced operator to use a drone at your wedding. Telling the beautiful story of your amazing wedding day. I have access to a fully CAA licensed, top of the range drone that can take photos and record videos in full HD. Contact me now and I will make sure your wedding memories will be nothing less than exceptional
The first dance Dave. No we are not having one, really Said Dave? oh well said Dave eyeing up the pizza van instead, serving up fresh pizza for the guests! Next a rush of white dress and Richard has grasped his wife by the hand and headed for the Dance floor. Lucky that Dave had his LED light and camera set up just incase lol
According to Wiki. The "first dance" of a married couple is a popular element at modern European and American wedding receptions or post-wedding celebrations. The newly married couple, as the guests of honor at a dance, open the dancing. The style of dance is a personal choice. Some couples opt for a rehearsed, choreographed dance, whereas sources like etiquette columnist Judith Martin feel that performing a choreographed duet for spectators is inappropriate.
In the past, the couple did not dance the first dance alone. In her 1922 guide, Ettiquette, Emily Post recommended that newlyweds not join the dancing until after their guests had begun, and simply dance with one another first before moving on to other partners. This occurred while other guests continued dancing, and was not given particular attention or treated as a performance.
In the current times, ballroom dance is not a skill that is common within society. Therefore, some modern couples either slow dance or learn a dance, whether it be a ballroom dance style or a choreographed dance routine. Teaching and rehearsing the "first dance" is now a service offered by dance studios, independent dance instructors and specialist wedding dance tuition companies.
Seeing the shot getting the shot is really important when you have 10 mins to shoot a bride and groom have one waterfall and no shoes on…. Richard and Hannah were keen to get a shot at the waterfalls so it was shoes off for everyone to get the photo. This is one of their favourite spots and will always be special to them. You can just spot the flash hidden behind them to add a little bit of magic to the background. XDave
And yes it was worth it
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Photographed a wedding near Caerphilly so hatched a plan and waited for the right moment to take the bride and groom up the hill to get this shot. Def worth the 20 min walk i think...Then a quick dash back to the party before the first dance and evening bash.
Shot with the new Sigma 24-35mm Lens. Cant wait to share the rest of their wedding X Dave
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