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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