Portmeirion Wedding Photographer
If ever I wanted a sunny Saturday it was when I was Suzie and Andrew’s Portmeirion wedding photographer in May. But their wedding was on a bank holiday weekend and we all know that there’s very rarely sun on a bank holiday weekend. Suzie and Andrew live down south in Windsor and they wanted something totally unique for their wedding. It’s safe to say Portmeirion is totally unique. If you’ve never seen or heard of it, Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. It’s been featured in the 1960’s Spy drama The Prisoner and more recently was the location for Supergrass’ single ‘Alright’ (click here to watch the video). It’s super quirky venue for a wedding.
The journey down was a little stressful, having finished my wedding in Manchester city centre at 9.30pm the night before I set off on the 2 and a half hour trip down the A55 to find out that it was shut, due to flooding. Driving around the winding back roads of North Wales at midnight was more than a little stressful! But I made it to my hotel in one piece and I was with Suzie at 8.30am for the bridal preparation at The Portmeirion Hotel. The wedding was at a nearby church before we returned to Portmeirion for the reception. Spotting a break in the rain I grabbed Suzie and Andrew and we got the couple photos in the bag, just in time. The heavens opened which meant we had to improvise on the group photos. The hotel had a fantastic reception lobby, like something you’d see in a high society magazine. and his got me thinking, why not do a high society photo-shoot like a cover of Vanity Fair. So I set up some off camera flash, re-arranged the furniture and got the wedding party to pose as though they were Hollywood’s elite. I must admit, I was a little nervous how this image would be received as it is a huge departure from my normal style, so I stuck the photo on my Facebook page. People seemed to like it and I’ve got a few requests to do it again at weddings later this year.
To round off the day, the first dance was a caileigh, a first for me. Totally different to a traditional first dance and good practice for me as I’ve a couple more of these later this year! Everyone involved had a great time and it was the perfect end to a brilliant wedding. So here’s Suzie and Andrew’s day, photos by me, music by Imagine Dragons…