I first met Bethan in Shrewsbury for a coffee after being recommended via a lovely couple who won a pre-wedding shoot with me earlier that year.
Bethan was based in Cardiff with her fiancé Jonny at her family home and lived near to Aberystwyth. Her chosen venue was Tynrhyd Retreat, which is a brand-new, stylish, contemporary barn complex set in the scenic village of Devil’s Bridge, and just 10 miles from the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Tynrhyd Retreat is a high quality and unique venue nestled in the stunning Welsh countryside of the Cambrian Mountains. It’s a hidden gem and I was lucky enough to be able to photograph the lovely couple there.
I began photographing the bridal preparations at Bethan’s family home in Llangybi. Bethan was relaxed and at ease as she and the bridesmaids got ready and into their beautiful dresses. The bridesmaids wore stunning velvet dresses, just perfect for a December wedding, and very current. The florist arrived with the flowers which were a stunning array of creams and deep pinks.
When arriving at Tynrhyd Retreat, we were welcomed by the fantastic owners and hosts Sian and Gareth, they couldn’t have been any more helpful. It is a magical property to celebrate such a special occasion with fantastic views of the Welsh countryside all around.
The barn was decorated with fantastic bunting and the groom, Jonny was awaiting his bride. The service was lovely and the couple were supported by all their close friends and family. There were touching readings and Sian, the harpist played throughout the signing of the register.
The winter sun shone brightly, creating some fantastic opportunities for creative couple shots. Although it was cold, Bethan and Jonny were more than happy to go outdoors for their photographs and I am thrilled they did. The champagne flowed, the food was simply stunning and their band who had traveled from Bridgend simply rocked!! You can view some of the end results of Bethan and Johnny’s wedding here.