This pandemic has taken many twists and turns and as a Cardiff Wedding Photographer it has been a tough 10 months and there was a glimmer of hope come August when some weddings were able to take place even if it was with limited numbers. This Covid 19 wedding in Cardiff was in September and the wedding of Georgia and James was limited to 30 guests at the church and her parents home which was the top end of the numbers allowed.
The weather was perfect for September and I always love shooting in that month when the sun is out and low and the days are slightly shorter allowing opportunities to shoot with sun, natural light and when there is no light at all. This day, however, was very short for me as Georgia and James wanted to get married in 2020 and will be having the wedding party in 2021.
The bridal preparation took place at Georgia’s parents house in Pentyrch and the ceremony was at the very picturesque St Catwg’s church which is just a short 2 minute drive from their house. It was lovely to be in the house with Georgia and her family and bridesmaid. It felt ‘normal’ – it felt like weddings used to be before March 2020 and it is always a good chance to get to know the bride and those close to her. It is really important to form a relationship with these people as it helps the day go really smoothly. So taking photos of Georgia and continually watching the light, emotions and the clock was such a joy after months of not being at weddings and not having so many new people to chat to!
On my arrival at the St Catwg’s church I met with James, grabbed him for some photographs and then went to chat to the vicar. I would always spend a minute or two chatting to with the person who is officiating but it has been even more important in Covid times as there are more things to consider and much of the stuff I could do previously is not possible.
The ceremony was lovely even though it felt very empty in a decent sized church but nobody really cared as they were so delighted to see Georgia and James get married after such a difficult year.
After the ceremony and the usual greetings and confetti outside the church everyone went back to the brides parents garden for a small party. The weather was lovely and after getting some photos of the couple in the gardens I stood back and captured the guests and family enjoying themselves and also managed some conversations with guests. The final part of my day with these lovely people was to photograph the cake cutting and the first dance. This was all outside and a perfect way to finish a perfect (even if not how they initially wanted it) day. Thanks guys.
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