Today’s blog is a lovely bit of Gower Wedding Photography from one of the hottest days of last year with the lovely Clementine and Josh. It was the sort of day where my 48-hour deodorant failed to meet the 8 hr demands let alone the other 40 of armpit protection! It was broiling! I had just come from Oxford the previous day and after a few hours in a service station Travelodge (other cheap accommodation is available!) I headed off to the Mumbles early to avoid the traffic from the Swansea airshow and to the bride’s house. I was promptly asked to go and see the boys as the house was at full capacity! Not sure Clementine needed anyone else in the house! The boys were all in the pub beer garden and after a few photos I was back at the house and in no time at all Clem was walking up to the church with her brother and bridesmaids. What a glorious way to arrive at the church too with the sun shining and lots of smiling people going about their Saturday.
The service was great – full of love and tears and after a confetti tunnel outside the church, I followed the newlyweds to a deserted beach for photos. Deserted? Well, it was quite a hike to get to it so perfect for photos with only 10 other people on it (compared to the busy Oxwich bay beach). Clem lead the way on the hike and even in heels she did not falter or slow down. The scene on the beach was so glorious that a proper photographer would have spent far longer there … but true to my word and understanding of the important bits of the day we headed back up the hill after only about 15 minutes to get to the teepee!
The rest of the afternoon before food was very relaxed and very hot … continual trips to the soft drinks table helped keep me cool and to my relief when they went in to have food I managed to get some shade and was kindly given a banana by Gail from Eleanor Gail wedding planning. She was great to work with on the day and helped keep everything focussed at the wedding so everything ran smoothly! She also made sure that I was fully fulled when there was none left in the kitchen. Thanks Gail – much appreciated!
After the food and speeches, there was the first dance and some great dancing by the bride and groom and especially the guests. This is always one of my favourite times for capturing the wedding fun and I think the heat and alcohol had helped some of the guests get right into the groove – which makes my job very easy!
Following first dance and dancing Clem and Josh had organised a ‘fire show’ – I knew very little about this before the wedding and know very little now apart from the fact that it was a great way to end the day sitting atop a Welsh cliff overlooking the sea! I am sure the photos at the end of this blog will give you some idea!
So all in all a brilliant day that helped me lose a few pounds (duly put back on as soon as I went back to my hotel) and a very beautiful wedding with the rather lovely Clem and Josh. Congratulations guys!