We always knew this wedding would be something great, but it exceeded our expectations.
Maurice and Olivia live in Pretoria, South Africa and had asked her parents to organise photographers for their wedding as they were to be married in Pembrokeshire, Wales. We had a chance to meet these guys six months before their wedding day, but the rest was done via email or phonecalls. We always knew we were in for a day of fun after meeting with them briefly and checking out the stunning church in Lawrenny and Upton Castle, where the reception was held.
The weather (which should have been poor, according to the weather reports!) was great! Sunshine when we needed it and then rained when we were all snug in the marquee! Phew - what a relief!
Olivia is a very proud "fashionista" and wore a stunning dress by designer Bruce Oldfield, which couldnt have looked more perfect on her.
Following Maurice's South African roots, there was a green and yellow theme running through the day, from ties, bridesmaids dresses and table decor. There were also songs sang in English and Afrikaans and a prayer read in Welsh too. There was such a sense of family from these guys and we were so privileged to be welcomed in and enjoyed all of the celebrations. Seriously now, South Africans have to be some of the warmest people about! These guys certainly are! Im not lying to you, lekker bru!
As you will see from these photos there was such happiness and celebration and some seriously cool dancing from all ages at the evening reception. Some of these more mature members of the wedding party certainly knew how to move and groove!
Thanks so much to Jane, Tim & Russell for all your communication via email and phone calls and to Maurice, Olivia and your lovely families for making our job such fun and so easy. A huge congratulations to you both x o&c
We found this stunning boatbuilders door in Lawrenny - there was just something about it we couldn't resist.
Then on to the beautiful grounds of Upton Castle, which brags amongst other things a rose garden, herbaceous borders, Victorian walled garden and Medieval Chapel. Upton Castle dont do many weddings, but we truly hope we have the opportunity to work with them again. Its beautiful!
These speeches seriously made us well up. Truly real people with lots of love for each other.
The dancing had to be some of the best we have had the pleasure to photograph. A jazz band to start the grooving, then later a DJ providing a mixture of tunes. It was one of those evenings of celebration that made every foot in the place tap along. Brilliant fun!
Thanks again to Maurice and Olivia. We loved your day and hope these photos capture some of the joy and love that were so obvious throughout your celebration x o&c