Jo & Mark, Glandyfi Castle, Machynlleth

A Castle Wedding!

The middle of August meant a trip towards the coast for Jo & Mark's wedding at the amazingly fabulous Glandyfi Castle near Machynlleth.  Firstly an apology as I'm sure I will go on about the venue more than a few times in this post.

As I said in the sneak peak post, I was a little excited about this one, from the moment Jo & Mark got in touch with me and asked me to photograph the day I knew it was going to be one of the  highlights of my year.

The journey began rather damply up over the hills past Llyn Clywedog, but thankfully, as has been the case with most of my weddings this year,  as I approached Glandyfi Castle the weather turned for the better.  Tucked away up on the hillside over looking the Dyfi estuary, it's the kind of place that you really wouldn't know existed.  A winding narrow drive leads you up the hill  and through the woods to the venue and it really is a 'wow' moment when you first see it.  The views in particular are just sublime as are the gardens and grounds which are expertly manicured.  I really could have spent hours and hours there!

The wedding itself was a small intimate affair, just close friends and family.  As mentioned, the weather defied the forecast and held dry which meant the ceremony could take place outside overlooking that amazing of the estuary, before the reception took place in what I'm lead to believe was the oldest part of the castle which has been restored beautifully with its glass ceiling.

It was a real pleasure not only working for Jo & Mark but also getting to know them a little more.  A great couple, so easy to get on with and down to earth with it, they really were great.  

One last shout out to Maureen and her team at Glandyfi, thanks for everything.  You really do have a gem of a venue there, I just hope I get the opportunity to come back one day.

So all in all a fantastic day, my first castle wedding!  It was also another first for me, the first time during my photography career that I went for a tumble and fell over!  It literally could not have happened at a worse moment either, the bride making her entrance to the ceremony, the wedding party looking in our direction and then it happened, head over heels!  I blame a combination of damp grass, a slight incline and leather soled shoes.  Check out the picture below for an action shot taken by a guest which happened to catch it perfectly!

Hair - Ffiona Lisa

Make-up - Claire Evans

And for those who like a laugh...