So this year definitely hasn’t gone to plan, I think we can all agree with that eh?! but whilst all my larger weddings were postponed safely to next year I was able to photograph the small but gorgeous wedding of Sian and Rob.
I first met Sian when I was photographing her best friends wedding and she was one of her bridesmaids. Last year whilst at a wedding I received a photo of her and Rob with the words ‘we’re engaged!’ what are you doing on this date, the date was in July 2020 and I was already booked, I was gutted!
After postponing their wedding to September, Sian and Rob really hoped their celebration could go ahead even at reduced numbers, a month before the minimum number increased to 30 which meant they were definitely happy to proceed. As my plans had been postponed (thanks Covid!) I was now available for them, some kind of fate!. It may not be the wedding they envisaged but their nearest and dearest would be there, with the potential to have a big party at another time maybe.
At the ceremony there were strict Covid rules to ensure everyone was following social distancing rules and staying safe, at that point the rules for having to wear masks indoors hadn’t kicked in so guests didn’t have to wear them.
After the ceremony we photographed some groups based on their extended family units, keeping everyone safe whilst capturing beautiful memories.
Sian and Rob wanted to have their photos at Langland Bay, a place they spent a lot of the childhood, their first date, their weekends paddle boarding, Rob’s proposal and now their first day as husband and wife – a very special place. We had met a month before to look at the spots and plan where we’d go, it was so gorgeous.
They had an early ceremony so we got to Langland Bay early on what was going to be a very hot and sunny day, so off we went to take some gorgeous portraits on the cliffs whilst it was still relatively quiet.
After their photos on the clifftop we made our way onto the beach for some photos in the shoreline. If theres the potential of paddling I’m there! plus anything including the sea would be perfect for this couple. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to get some arty family shots.
It was so easy to photograph at this time, everyone was just happy to be, spend time with each other and to paddle in the sea.
Instead of the usual reception they opted for a family meal at Pierre Bistrot with their nearest and dearest, enjoying incredible cuisine, sharing stories, speeches and well wishes.
After their extended family meal they headed to the beach hut they use regularly to chill out and enjoy the beautiful day.
They really wanted to walk from the huts to the Golf club, it wasn’t far so it made sense but it was also a really lovely touch, with lots of gorgeous light.
We arrived at Langland golf club in good time, it was all set up perfectly to follow the restrictions. This was shortly before face masks were brought in for indoors. Tables held a reduced number of people and were further apart to ensure social distancing was adhered to.
Sian and Rob then enjoyed a safe and socially distanced celebration with their family and friends, cut their cake and got to enjoy a first dance as husband and wife.
I loved photographing this micro wedding at Langland, a micro wedding is such a lovely alternative to the larger wedding, variety is the spice of life as they say and if a large wedding isn’t your thing then go for it!
Note to Sian and Rob, Thank you so much for picking me to photograph your special day, I had a fabulous time with you and your families, see you again soon.