Our first wedding of 2017 saw us with the delightful Daniel and Charlotte at Cardiff Museum. The weather leading up to the wedding didn’t look very promising, but when the big day finally arrived, the sun was shining brightly.
Being a relatively small wedding, the service didn’t start until 3:30pm, which gave us plenty of time to arrive at the museum and get ourselves organised. Guests started to arrive shortly after and everyone was mingling outside, giving us plenty of opportunities to get candid shots of people chatting away.
Guests started to make their way into the museum and up to the gallery where the service was to be held. It then wasn’t long before the white version of a traditional London taxi cab arrived dropping off the first group of bridesmaids before returning for the Bride and her father.
With a tear in her eye, and the smile of a very proud father sat next to her, Charlotte arrived outside the museum. It was truly a privilege to be part of this exceptionally emotional time, and it’s times like these that remind me why I enjoy this job so much.
With the guests becoming restless with the news that the bride had arrived, Daniel was waiting patiently and showed not a single glimmer of nerves - his best man at his side.
As the chosen music began to play, the bridesmaids made their entrance. But all eyes were now looking back as Charlotte began to walk into the gallery, her eyes fixed on Daniel and beaming with the look of true love.
The ceremony was a relatively short one, but none-the-less contained all the happiness that one would expect from a very special day. It ended with the inevitable kiss and a loving and intimate embrace of husband and wife.
Immediately after the ceremony, the guests congregated at the bottom of the great stairs to welcome the happy couple as they walked down. This was followed by the excited rush as guests were eager to get close to the couple to personally wish them congratulations.
Just as the sun began to hide behind the neighbouring buildings, the whole party gathered on the steps outside the museum for the group photos with everyone having a big smile on their face. This was followed by the smaller family group shots and then the more intimate portraits of Charlotte and Daniel together.
The wedding breakfast was held in the museum’s elegant main hall. The tall marble pillars and the patterned marble floor were a perfect backdrop for the sounds of laughter and chatting that came from every table. It was soon time for the official cutting of the cake. A tower of beautifully made cupcakes, topped with a more traditional style cake decorated with white and red sugar craft roses. Having been at many weddings now, it’s normal to be able to predict the next moments. However Charlotte took me by surprise as she took one of the cupcakes and proceeded to smear it across her husbands face to the cheers of many guests.
Following the meal, the guests boarded a vintage double decker bus and were taken to the evening party at Llandaff Rowing Club. It wasn’t long before the party was in full swing and guests were enjoying themselves with dancing and further conversations.
Soon it was time for the first dance. Daniel and Charlotte took to the floor and held each other in a loving embrace as they danced to their favourite song. As the next song began to play, they both started to dance with their parents. As Charlotte danced with her Father, and Daniel with his Mother, I suddenly had an overwhelming sense of pride to be able to share this beautiful moment.