A jewel tone winter wedding at Tyn Dwr Hall – Helen & Scott
I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the couples out there who are having to postpone their 2020 weddings and, unfortunately, not able to get the equivalent date in 2021 due to their venues, photographers, caterers, etc being already booked for that date. Especially if it’s a peak summer Saturday.
However, the alternative is to move their wedding date to another month entirely, with Autumn and Winter being the prime options.
I know it may seem worrying going from a potentially lovely, warm, rain-free day in July to a cold, blustery, wet day in November… but honestly, from experience, the weather has never EVER affected any of my past couples’ happiness on their big day.
And anyway, you can NEVER guarantee your UK Summer wedding is going to be sunny anyway! The keyword in that sentence is “UK”. If you hadn’t already noticed, it rains here. A lot! Whereas October, November, March, April… these can all have beautiful sunny days with epic sunsets.
Plus it gets darker a bit earlier in these months, which means lots more dancing time for your guests. My partner, Tom, is a wedding DJ (www.instagram.com/tombyrneweddingdj) and he will testify that you need a dark room for people to be brave enough to dance. Clubs and bars are usually dark to encourage dancing, so your wedding should be the same!
While I have been thinking about how amazing out-of-season weddings can be, it reminded me of one bright and chilly day in Wales when I was lucky enough to shoot the wedding of Helen & Scott.
Tyn Dwr Hall is tucked away in the Llangollen hillside with huge windows in the reception space to overlook the beautiful countryside. I’d never shot there before, but that’s one of my favourite parts of the job – getting to explore new places like a blank canvas.
This wedding was also a very special one for me because I had previously shot 2 of Helen & Scott’s friends’ weddings in 2017 and 2015, so I already knew lots of faces in the crowd – it felt like I was joining an old group of friends. (See image below of me and my 3 gorgeous couples).
The day was definitely a family affair, with many of Helen & Scott’s nearest and dearest supplying readings, Master of Ceremonies, and even tinkling the ivories in the snug later in the evening (with bride Helen and sister bridesmaid Emma warbling along). It’s always a pleasure to see so many friends and family getting involved, it makes the day feel so personal, which is reflected in the images I capture.
My couples don’t realise how easy they make my job by just being completely happy all day; not worrying about how cold it is outside (doesn’t matter), whether it will rain or not (sometimes it does), whether their guests are having a good time (they always are), what time it is (don’t worry, you’ll be reminded when something is due to happen) or whether people will look for them if they disappear for some extra sunset photos (they won’t). All I can ever hope for from my couples is no worries, lots of smiles, carefree attitudes and lots of trust in my experience, knowledge and ability.
Helen & Scott mastered all of that BEAUTIFULLY. And if they can, you can too!
But enough about what I thought, here are the bride & groom in their own words…
OUR FAVOURITE PARTS OF THE DAY
Our favourite part of the day was definitely cutting the cake. We got to make a real entrance and walked out to ‘Good Times’ by The Persuasions. It was incredible seeing all our friends dancing and singing along and made what can be a forgettable part of the day really fun.
WEDDING PLANNING AND ADVICE
We were fortunate enough to have quite a smooth journey with the planning. A lot of this was down to us both being quite chilled out by nature. We did have a spreadsheet on the budget, guest list, rsvp etc. to keep us on track.
Straight after the ceremony, we went into a room just us two and had a drink for a few minutes before going outside for the confetti throw. That felt really special after the excitement of the ceremony, it was like we were in our own little world for those few minutes.
Make sure you allow time for one another on the day. It’s easy to lose sight of this when there are so many people who want to chat with you!
WHY WE CHOSE AMY
We chose Amy because we absolutely love her style. We were guests at two weddings she had shot previously and were so impressed, there was never any question who our photographer would be.
She is a genius and is capable of seeing photo opportunities other people wouldn’t. She has awesome wedding tips in general and was a great support up to the big day.
Scott was particularly impressed with how she kept the misbehaving groomsman in check!
OUR FAVOURITE PHOTO
It’s hard to choose a favourite, but if we had to pick, we would choose the red smoke bomb photos in the woods. Amy perfectly captured our theme of autumnal glamour and they are both striking and romantic.
Our main advice would have to be to make sure you discuss with each other at the start of planning, and throughout, what are the most important things to you for the wedding day and what is non-negotiable. Scott let me do a lot of the planning but was adamant all of the men had to have Café Patron wedding favours and there to be 2 different meat options for the evening wedding food. As long as you agree on it together you can make sure you both get your dream wedding and it’ll be a day that represents you both as a couple.
Our other advice would be to make the day personal to you – our friends did a during our ceremony; my brother was the Master of Ceremonies and did it in his own unique wrestling announcer style; Scott’s mum made our table plan, table numbers and guest book; and our Best Man’s sister made our ‘Save the Date’s and invitations as well as illustrations of guests in the evening.
ALL THE AMAZING SUPPLIERS
Dress & veil: Knutsford Wedding Gallery
Groom’s suit: Reiss
Bridesmaids dresses: Goddiva
Groomsmen’s suits: M&S
Flowers: Leaf Heswall
Cake: Sugar & Bloom Cake Studio (no longer trading)
Makeup: Sophie Roberts
Hair: Emily Wells
Band: The Singles Table
Videographer: Lavalette Productions