The well-wishers were gathered outside the venue, hoping to get a glimpse of the bride’s much-anticipated outfit. This was The Wedding of the Year, planned meticulously to the last detail, and as the time drew closer to the nuptials, the excitement was palpable. Finally, the wedding entourage arrived and drew gasps from the crowd… Well, it’s not every day you see the bride and groom on bicycles and kitted out in brand new lycra!
As you’ve probably guessed, although it was 19th May, this wasn’t The Royal Wedding, but it was just as memorable and emotional as Harry and Meghan’s day.
Guests gather outside Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
Guests line the road leading up to Mold Registry office.
Delwyn Evans and Sue Evans have been together for over 20 years and we’ve bumped into each other over the years as we have mutual friends, so it was lovely to be asked to photograph their big day. It’s always really special photographing a wedding, but it’s especially nice when you already know the couple who are getting hitched. I knew this day would be out of the ordinary and I wasn’t disappointed.
It was a gorgeous, sunny morning as the guests awaited the arrival of the bride and groom at Theatr Clwyd, armed with a colourful barrage of balloons and Welsh flags. They had no idea that Delwyn and Sue would be turning up on their bicycles, also covered in balloons, and wearing brand new cycling outfits! A huge cheer went up as they appeared, and the happy, relaxed mood continued throughout the day, making it such a fun occasion.
I don’t think the registrar at Mold Registry Office could quite believe that the couple she was going to marry was wearing their cycling gear! The joviality carried on throughout the ceremony as Delwyn got a little bit mixed up when saying his vows, much to the amusement of his guests. The whole congregation burst into laughter, and the happy couple enjoyed the moment very much too.
Arriving at the registry office.
Del and Sue saying their vows.
After the ceremony, Del and Sue slipped into something a little less close-fitting before heading off to The Glynne Arms in Hawarden, where the laid-back feel of the day continued into the balmy summer evening. Wine and food flowed, with lots of laughs enjoyed with friends and family.
I have never shot a wedding like this before, not only was it a unique arrival by the bride and groom, but it was really relaxed and fun, and I felt so privileged to be able to capture the day for such lovely people.
Del and Sue said the memories will last a lifetime and I certainly won’t forget this fabulous day in a hurry. Seeing two people get married in such a unique and chilled out way makes me realise how lucky I am to do a job I love.
Del and Sue slipped into something a little less close-fitting before heading off to The Glynne Arms in Hawarden.