The first dance

The First Dance

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.

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seeing the shot getting the shot at a wedding

Seeing the shot then getting the shot

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

seeing the shot getting the shot
seeing the shot getting the shot

And yes it was worth it

seeing the shot getting the shot

wedding photographers Caerphilly

Wedding photographers Caerphilly

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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Peterstone Court wedding photography | Clare & Dafydd

Had an early start to drive up for the wedding at Peterstone Court Breacon, I was photographing the wedding of Clare and Dafydd. The hotel was covered in fresh flowers and there seemed to be  101 people busy setting up the hotel for the big day.

The groom and his ushers arrived early. So early infact i checked the time of the wedding but all was good they were just doing as ordered! Upstairs was quite calm with Clare having her hair done.  Mum was on hand to show me where the dress and Jimmy Choos were and even though it was a winter wedding i spotted a flood of  quality light coming from one of the windows. This was going to be my studio for the shots of Clare in her stunning dress.

 Peterstone Court wedding photography


Peterstone court wedding photographs

Wedding photographer Cardiff

Cardiff wedding photographer | Wedding at Llandaff Cathedral | Canada Lodge.

Cardiff wedding photographer

Lots of tradition at todays wedding with the car and the Cathedral playing a big part in the lives of the brides family for many years and generations. The day started off at Vale hotel with the bride and all the girls enjoining a relaxed morning getting ready and putting the final touches to the arrangements. Cardiff wedding photographer

Llandaff wedding photography

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Wedding at Miskin Manor

Another special wedding at Miskin Manor. Its such a lovely venue with lots of options for photos if it rains. Which is always helpful in the UK...

Wedding photography at  Miskin. its a  Beautiful venue to photographs which you can treasure for the rest of your life. This will remain as a memory of your perfect day; however, the Welsh weather is not always as perfect as a photographer would like. Fortunately, at Miskin Manor Hotel there are many wonderful internal backdrops for breath-taking pictures, all of which are all unique to the illustrious Grade II building.

When it comes to finding  venues near Cardiff, Miskin Manor has a beautiful and varied collection of rooms for your big day. Whether you are looking for a beautiful, intimate venue, a sizable suite to suit a family affair, or a large, spectacular venue, you will find gorgeous rooms with unique characters at Miskin Manor – the most beautiful of venues in Wales.


Sue arrived in in a super cool vintage VW campervan and with all the guests already inside awaitng her entrance, it was a quick chat with the registrar to check the final details. The mistral hall has plenty of light, so with my camers set to silent mode and i can position myself to capture the ceremony and its special place in the day. The weather was kind to us this day so allowing plenty of time for the guests to enjoy the grounds.



Wedding at Miskin Manor
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