Craig and Rhiannon chose the beautiful Garthmyl Hall for their wedding day back in September. It was the perfect venue choice for their super relaxed wedding! They opted for a 5pm ceremony with around 30 of their closest family and friends present, this made it such a wonderful, intimate day and also meant that when they came out of their ceremony we had some gorgeous late summer golden light. I hadn’t met Craig and Rhiannon before their wedding, however I could tell from their emails that they were really relaxed and just wanted a chilled wedding with their closest family and friends. When I arrived at their venue I was blown away with how they had styled everything, Rhiannon is a designer who makes and sells prints, ceramics and stationary. Little did I know at the time of her wedding that I had lots of her Etsy shop items already favourited! Rhiannon had poured her designing skills into their wedding and had created the most beautiful seating plan and order of the day. I was completely blown away by these little details, it was clear that a professional had made them and when I asked Rhiannon who they were by I was so impressed when she said it was her! If you like the way Rhiannon and Craig have styled their wedding, you need to go and check out her shop, Wilonne. I met Rhiannon and Craig as I was taking photos around Garthmyl Hall that morning of their beautiful set up, they were together before they got ready and I loved how chilled they were about it. There really are no rules when you get married, if being with each other on the morning of your wedding will make you feel more chilled, then do that!
Late Summer Ceremony at Garthmyl Hall
As Craig and Rhiannon only had around 30 guests, they were able to have their ceremony in the Summer House at Garthmyl Hall. This is usually the place that the drinks reception is held but it is such a beautiful space I think it worked perfectly for their ceremony. It is quite a tight squeeze in there so it only really works for a wedding with smaller numbers, this also works really well because the smaller room makes the ceremony feel more intimate, rather than having so few people in a large ceremony room. Garthmyl Hall has so many beautiful areas that you could have your wedding ceremony. There is the main ceremony room, this is where Craig and Rhiannon had their wedding breakfast, the summer house and the walled garden which is a wonderful option for an outdoor ceremony. Having such a late ceremony in late summer meant that we did have to be a bit more mindful of their photographs. We knew that we had to do their group shots and their couple portraits before it got too dark outside, and that there wouldn’t be an opportunity to get any more after their meal because the light would be gone completely by that point. Craig and Rhiannon made sure there was ample time between the end of their ceremony and their wedding breakfast for us to capture all of their group shots, some natural shots of them and their guests and of course their couple portraits. And they even managed to disappear up to their room for a quick snack too! This meant that for their couple portraits we had the most beautiful golden light, I was honestly living the dream photographing these two in Garthmyl Hall’s dreamy walled garden!
Florals by Ivypip and Rose
Flowers were a big feature at their wedding which I absolutely adored. They hired Ivypip and Rose for all of their floral needs and it all looked beautiful. I loved how romantic their flower arrangements were and I would honestly recommend them to anyone looking for a florist! The flower arrangements in the summerhouse in particular gave their ceremony such a gorgeous, romantic feel. I truly believe flowers are such an important element of a wedding and can change the entire look and feel of a wedding day.
The relaxed theme for Craig and Rhiannon’s day continued throughout the entirety. They had speeches before their food, including a speech from Rhiannon and her maid of honour. And for their evening bash they had a PA system and a playlist! This worked just as well as many DJ’s I’ve seen and their dancefloor was full from the moment the music began until well into the night!
Thank you so much Rhiannon and Craig for having me there to celebrate with you, I loved every second! If you’re planning a wedding at Garthmyl Hall then get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!