Here’s a real life wedding story that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I photographed it on the 7th May! When Jane and Mike asked me to photograph their wedding at Chateau Rhianfa I was absolutely thrilled. Chateau Rhianfa is the kind of venue that makes me feel very fortunate to be a wedding photographer in North Wales: it is absolutely stunning and located in a really unique setting overlooking the Menai Strait.
Chateau Rhianfa, North Wales
Chateau Rhianfa is a Grade II listed building in Anglesey, North Wales. Anyone looking for a fairytale wedding venue needs to look no further: this multi award winning luxury wedding venue is your very own fairytale castle! I just knew that when it came to wedding photography this venue would be a complete treat to work at, and the images I captured of Jane and Mike certainly didn’t disappoint!
On the morning of the wedding the Welsh weather was being kind to us, and I took the opportunity to take some fantastic external shots of the venue and the surrounding area in the morning light.
I then joined Jane for some bridal prep shots. I always love being a part of bridal prep as it’s such an exciting time right before the ceremony. Jane’s beautiful wedding dress was from Ivy and Oak, Lyndsey Marie did a fabulous job looking after make up, and Jane’s gorgeous bouquet was by Darling Buds Anglesey.
Jane and Mike have two lovely little boys, Theo and Sebastian, who were page boys for the day. Before the ceremony I spent a little time with Mike, Theo and Sebastian capturing some special shots outside the venue, which really highlight the unique beauty of the Chateau’s setting. I also spent some time photographing Mike and his groomsmen once they were all suited and booted.
The ceremony commenced at 11.30am in the beautiful oak-panelled ceremony room. Chateau Rhianfa really is a wedding venue where the interior is as breathtaking as the exterior: every room is romantic and elegant. As a wedding photographer, one of my favourite things is capturing those little candid moments that the bride and groom may not see on the day. During Mike and Jane’s ceremony I managed to take some great photos of their guests enjoying their ceremony- you can really see the emotion shining through in the images.
If you’re looking for a venue with the ideal space for post-ceremony drinks, Chateau Rhinafa is hard to beat! After the ceremony we headed outside to the terrace overlooking the Menai Strait and the Snowdonia mountain range. With background music from cellist Elin Taylor, the sun shining, and everyone enjoying themselves in the North Wales countryside, it really was an idyllic setting for champagne, canapes, and some outstanding wedding photography!
Chateau Rhianfa Wedding Photographer
I love the photographs I captured of Mike and Jane spending a little quiet time together at the venue’s romantic summer house amongst the venue’s mature gardens. There are countless photo opportunities at the waterside too which we took full advantage of, and this resulted in some truly standout wedding photography.
The wedding breakfast took place in one of the venue’s oak-panelled reception rooms which are full of atmosphere and unique features. I captured some photos of Mike and Jane cutting their exquisite cake, which was created by Emmazing bakes.
After dinner, we found a little time to pop outside for some really creative shots which were great fun to shoot and look fantastic.
We headed back to the venue in time to enjoy the evening reception and music from band The Different Lights. As you can see from the photographs, it’s definitely safe to say that everyone had a brilliant evening!
I knew I would absolutely love being the wedding photographer for Jane and Mike’s wedding in North Wales. It really was the perfect day at the perfect venue: a wedding photographer’s dream! However, the thing that I really love about being a wedding photographer is knowing that I’ve made a positive difference to a couple’s day, so the icing on the cake for me was to receive this message from Jane:
“We would like to say what a fantastic day we and our guests had and how delighted we were with all of the professionals on the day from yourself to the cellist, cake maker, and the band. And a special mention to the florist as I thought the flowers were beautiful. Plus Delyth & everyone at Rhianfa of course!”
Jane’s lovely feedback just proves that when us wedding professionals all work together, we really can make magic happen!
If you’re getting married in North Wales, Chester, or further afield and are looking for a professional creative wedding photographer, I would be delighted to chat to you and hear more about your plans. You can get in touch here.