Sami & Marc got married at the lovely Elephant & Castle Hotel in Powys. I arrived at bridal prep and met the lovely Sami who had just come back from having her hair done, already looking stunning! I generally like to start bridal prep by photographing little details, like shoes, jewellery and of course the all important dress. Sami’s shoes had been personalised with some Disney decals, I absolutely loved this little touch, it was very “them”. I’m a strong believer that couples should always include as much of themselves as possible within their wedding, it is their day after all! The Disney theme carried on throughout the day, their amazing wedding cake had lots of different Disney aspects painted onto it! They’d even included a brilliant Han Solo and Princess Leia cake topper (which as of 2012 is also technically Disney too!).
Sami’s dad surprised Sami by having a horse and carriage take them to the ceremony. Surprises on wedding days are my favourite and I absolutely love photographing people’s reactions and Sami’s reaction was utterly priceless as I’m sure her dad would agree! The horse and Carriage stayed outside The Elephant & Castle until after Sami and Marc’s ceremony, this meant they could go for a ride after they’d said their vows and just spend a bit of time all to themselves (and the beautiful horses!).
There was an ongoing purple theme throughout the day, their wedding breakfast room included lots of purple touches, the bridesmaid’s dresses were purple, Marc and his groomsmens cravats were purple and the bouquets were purple too! It all tied in so well together!
The rain was almost none stop for much of Sami & Marc’s big day however they didn’t let this stop them from making the absolute most out of their day! We did the majority of their couple portraits after their wedding breakfast and speeches due to the weather. I generally ensure we at least get a few couple portraits done before couples sit down to eat, however as Sami and Marc got married in August the evening light was on our side! We even managed to fit in some beautiful confetti shots at this point too!
The Elephant & Castle was such a lovely and laid back venue, I can’t wait to shoot here again soon!
Thank you so much Sami and Marc for having me along to capture your day!