Blog post by Katy Tainton
Oxwich bay was the backdrop for this beautifully romantic Gower wedding. It was a windy February day, which made for some stunning veil shots on the beach.
Hannah got ready at the hotel with her four bridesmaids so I joined them while they had their hair and makeup done to get some gorgeous detail shots and natural photos of them getting ready. I was also able to pop downstairs to catch a moment with Adam and the groomsmen as they greeted guests arriving in the bar.
It was an emotional moment when Hannah's dad saw her for the first time. When possible I always love to arrange a reveal with the bride's father and bridesmaids. This one did not disappoint - happy tears all round!
The had a beautiful ceremony witnessed by family and friends, with more happy tears from Hannah, who beamed throughout. The Oxwich Bay ceremony room is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in, with the soft overhead lighting from the large skylight.
Following the ceremony we headed outside for confetti, which Hannah had made herself by drying hundreds, probably thousands, of rose petals. Stunning! We then headed up to the marquee where guests enjoyed welcome drinks and we took some formal family photos.
It was time to head to the beach with the bridal party. If you live near the coast you'll know that when it's windy at the beach, it is WINDY at the beach! These guys took it like champs and although they were freezing, Hannah's bridesmaids stayed to help tame her long veil so we could get some stunning dramatic shots of the couple. Scroll to see a behind the scenes shot of the bridesmaids giving us a helping hand!
The couple chose simple elegant decor for their reception in the marquee, with white florals and green foliage, lots of fairy lights and green chair sashes.
If we get the opportunity at the right time of the day, I love whisking my couples back outside after food for some beautifully romantic golden hour photos. By this time of day, couples are always that bit more relaxed and combined with the soft lighting of the low sun, this makes for the most dreamy photos of the day.
Although it was overcast, we still got some breathtaking images overlooking the bay in the sand dunes. Also spot the point where we decided it would be a good idea to get Adam (and myself at one point) under Hannah's veil. This did not go to plan due to the high winds but it did make for some hilarious blooper shots!
We ended this gorgeous wedding day with lots of candid photos of the guests, the cutting of the cake and the first dance... Thank you Hannah and Adam for a fantastic day, and the team at the Oxwich Bay - amazing as ever.
This wedding was brought together by an incredible team of suppliers. We're so lucky in South Wales to have so many amazing businesses in the wedding industry. Here are the links to the suppliers I worked alongside on this wedding - the dream team!
Venue: Oxwich Bay Hotel
Hair: Sarah Marie Hair
Makeup: Makeup by Saima
Dress: Rowberry Bridal and Fashion
Suit: Formal Hire Swansea
Cake: Wicked Welsh Cakes
Photo Booth: Ultrabooth