Wedding! Alex and Sian, The Vale of Glamorgan.

August 2nd, 2010

So I’ve been wait­ing for the right time to blog this wed­ding and I’ll be straight with you here; this is a long post.
Col­in, my web-guy will prob­a­bly kill me for this. Sor­ry Colin.
We’re talk­ing like, 120ish images here. So, I’m sor­ry but at the same time I’m also not sor­ry at all because I know you’ll love this wedding.
Alex and Sian, as I men­tioned in my pre­vi­ous post fea­tur­ing their engage­ment pic­tures, are both doctors.
A fair per­cent­age of doc­tors were present at the wed­ding, I’m sure they would of had an absolute field-day pok­ing my odd lit­tle body and won­der­ing what the dev­il is up with it!

Alex and Sian had their wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny in Cow­bridge in the Vale of Glam­or­gan, just a few miles out­side Cardiff.
They then were joined by their friends and fam­i­ly at Sian’s par­ents amaz­ing house in a lit­tle vil­lage called Bonvilston.

It was an utter plea­sure to shoot. I was looked after so well by every­body, espe­cial­ly Sian’s par­ents who kind­ly host­ed their daugh­ter’s and new son-in-laws wedding.
They had an amaz­ing mar­quee on their land but as you might know, a mar­quee requires flat land and it meant that earth lit­er­al­ly had to be moved to make every­thing even!
I joined Sian and her brides­maids, as well as Alex and his boys as they got ready for the most amaz­ing, musi­cal wed­ding that Bonvil­ston has ever seen. Probably.


Sian and her girls got ready in a room that was big enough to host her 21st Birth­day par­ty with a boun­cy castle!

An asian/south american/english fusion break­fast! Of course!

These bou­quets and the but­ton hole a few pic­tures up were by Vida Flo­ra in Porth­cawl. Real­ly amazing!

Sian sur­prised her girls with pearl neck­laces. I loved their reaction!

I think all of Sian’s girls all looked amaz­ing, they were great fun too.

I then met up with Alex and his ush­ers in this fun­ny lit­tle B&B.

We popped over the road to a pet­ting zoo for some quick formals.


The amaz­ing Welsh male voice Choir filled the church with their incred­i­ble voices!

Does moth­er approve Alex?

Don’t they all look great! Sian’s sis­ter is the one in the middle.

That’s a proud Dad!


My favorite pic­ture from the day I think!

It was so hot. Alex and Sian had kind­ly made sure that the ush­ers hand­ed out bot­tles of water to the guests out­side the church. Lit­tle acts of kind­ness like this cost so lit­tle, but say so much!

We vis­it­ed the cas­tle ruins that we did part of their pho­to­shoot in. I was expect­ing the cas­tle to of been fin­ished by then, but no.

Samuel Davies, an incred­i­ble jazz pianist set the mood whilst the guest enjoyed cham­pagne and canapes.

Enjoy these detail shots from the marquee!

Both Alex and Sian’s par­ents are still hap­pi­ly mar­ried so they chose to dis­play wed­ding pic­tures from pre­vi­ous generations.
Call me slow, but it was right here that I realised the impor­tance of my “job”.
In 30 or so years, pic­tures that I’ve tak­en will hang next to these pic­tures at their child’s wed­ding! Such an honour.

The table names were all named after pubs on a famous Leeds pub crawl.

A review I found online of the Poly­bop charm­ing­ly said:
“Every darn sat­ur­day we always get our­selves com­plet­ly drunk and end up going to this com­plete dive. But the thing is, every time we go here we have a right good time. I dont know what it is, meb­bies because every­one who is there hates the place as much as you do then every­one is out to just have fun and pull any­one they can…”
Great choice for the top table then!

Look at that view!

Time for food! Cater­ing by New House Hotel, they did an incred­i­ble job. 

Just as they start­ed the first dance, they had a pow­er cut! Thank good­ness it did­n’t last long because it looked like they’d been practising!

With­out a shad­ow of a doubt, this was the best wed­ding band I’ve seen. They’re called SoundAwake. I can’t wait to work with them again!

Look lady, we all know how to play a vuvuzela!

Yes, there were a lot of pic­tures, but I could of eas­i­ly blogged them all!
I had such an amaz­ing day, thank you so much for let­ting me cap­ture all of this Alex and Sian!
It was a plea­sure, all day!

Hope you enjoyed!

  1. Julie Batterham August 2nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Stun­ning as always Joe !!

  2. Hannah August 2nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    These just keep get­ting bet­ter and better!
    Love the one of all the hats hang­ing up and the atten­tion to detail in the marquee.
    Well done Joe!

  3. Phill August 2nd, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    WELL worth the extra screen real estate. You aced this one Joseph. It’s patent­ly clear what a fan­tas­tic wed­ding day it was.

  4. Gardner hamilton August 3rd, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    some real­ly knock out work here…i real­ly enjoyed look­ing through it…thanks

  5. Jennifer August 3rd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    What a stun­ning col­lec­tion of pho­tographs! Love the brides and her friends in their neck­lace por­traits. What a trea­sure! The cou­ple’s dance shots are great, too.

  6. Maggie Rife August 3rd, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I love the detail shots. Real­ly nice! And the shot of the cute old lady in the big hat! Also like the shots of the cou­ple danc­ing! So fun.

  7. mark carey August 3rd, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Your images are always inter­est­ing Joe­sph. You have a great tal­ent for cov­er­ing a lot of bases very well, light pos­ing, reportage and artis­tic details. Well done.

  8. Jonathan Taphouse August 3rd, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Great pho­tos! looks like a beau­ti­ful day, per­fect­ly captured.

  9. Natalie Gibbs August 3rd, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Very nice set. They had some beau­ti­ful details. I love the black and whites of the brides­maids… so pret­ty. The shot of the bride and groom danc­ing on the check­ered floor is my favorite.

  10. Shari DeAngelo August 3rd, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I adore your eye for pho­to jour­nal­is­tic moments but your details shots are tru­ly stunning!

  11. Ryan Brenizer August 4th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I have two words for you: GROUNDHOG WIN. Great job, man.

  12. Matt Stanton August 4th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I love your detail shots, and you cap­ture the expres­sions and emo­tion from the day wonderfully!

  13. Cliff August 4th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    You just post­ed more pic­tures from one wed­ding than I have ever tak­en in my life… and they were all good. But THE GROUNDHOG SHOT?!?!?!??!! Amazing.

  14. Leo Druker August 4th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    You’ve got some amaz­ing cap­tures, both dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny and all of that awe­some danc­ing at the recep­tion.. then again, there’s the ground­hog shot :)

    Bril­liant work!

  15. Kevin Mullins August 12th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Nice work Joseph — love the detail shots.

  16. Heather K August 14th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Won­der­ful atten­tion to detail. Well done!

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