December 24, 2021


When Emma and Matthew first got in touch with me about their wedding, I was so thrilled – they were planning a laid back winter wedding with an intimate ceremony and live music for the reception. Emma and Matthew are the most wonderful people and I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding!

Bride and groom prep

Oliver and I started the day at West House, where the couple were getting ready, and it was really exciting, because everyone was in a such a good mood. Emma wore a gorgeous fitted lace dress with the most amazing cape train and Matthew wore a gorgeous burgundy tux and they both looked incredible.

The ceremony

The wedding took place at the gorgeous St Donat’s Castle in Vale of Glamorgan and was a romantic registar led ceremony. They had a beautiful reading, and Matthew’s nephew was in charge of rings which was the sweetest thing. After the ceremony they walked down the aisle together, and then they headed outside where they were showered with confetti.

One of my main tips for winter weddings is to have your ceremony earlier on in the day so that you have plenty of daylight to enjoy time outside and for photos! These two got married at 12pm which gave them enough time for couple photos and family photos!

The reception

The wedding reception took place in the main room at St Donat’s Castle, which they’d decorated with lanterns, gorgeous Christmas greenery and Christmas baubles as place settings. It was so gorgeous.

It was a cool and overcast day, which was perfect for photos. While the guests hung around drinking Prosecco, we sneaked off down to the beach for some couple photos. My favourite photo from our couples session is easily the windswept photos we got on the beach, these two look like they should be on a magazine cover! Check it out below!

During the reception they had a lovely meal with friends and family, which went down a storm. For the wedding breakfast they had a roast dinner, and it looked absolutely delicious. Afterwards, they had some wonderful speeches and the party kicked off. They also had a photobooth, which was a huge hit. During the evening reception, we snuck out again to the front of the Castle for some gorgeous night time shots, with the help of some of the groomsmen! While we don’t usually tend to shoot with flash that often, it’s great for winter weddings and look at that shot of the two of them in the arch!

Advice for planning your wedding

Winter Weddings is one ofmy favourite time of the year to shoot! Make sure that if you’re having a winter wedding you choose a venue that not only has a lovely outdoor space but also nice spaces indoors too incase of wet weather!

Here is Emma and Matthew’s wedding story. Make sure you check out the blog for some other winter wedding inspo and if you’re planning a wedding at St Donat’s Castle and you’re looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch!