Wedding photography at Hafod Farm

Hafod Farm is a wedding venue located between Betws-y-Coed and Llanwrst. Its relaxed vibe and rural location make it a perfect venue for a country wedding. So, instead of our usual wedding round-up, we’ve been inspired to use a recent wedding at the venue to create a set of country wedding styling tips.

These tips are based on Ben and Morwenna’s wedding, which took place on a summer’s day with a mix of blue sky and cloud. But, as you can see from the pictures, the couple’s colour scheme created some great pops of colour:

So let’s look at the styling in more detail…

Hafod Farm itself is a lovely venue for wedding photography, as it combines old buildings with vintage touches. It has a neutral palette to create the perfect backdrop for any colour scheme that you like. As you can see from the images below, the ceremony room is a white space made cosy by the glow from a multitude of candles. Meanwhile, the reception room is light, spacious and full of vintage details, including rustic wood and vintage-style furniture and mirrors:

Ben and Morwenna’s colour scheme suited the venue perfectly. The country-style flowers fitted with the neutral backdrop, while bright pops of colour were provided by a gorgeous selection of yellows and blues:

Note the clever use of a vintage-style teapot for the flowers!

Natural materials featured strongly in the decor scheme, as you can see from the groom’s buttonhole, where the twine is really effective:

We also liked the country effect created by the use of burlap and lace in the reception decor. Baby’s breath is a great idea, as it’s so inexpensive and always adds a country feel. The flower vase is interesting too: a great look constructed from a jam jar, burlap and lace, perfect!

We love the concept of using old crates to create a display, while wooden hearts and a chalkboard provide harmonious accents:

Several dogs attended the wedding, including a corgi guest of honour. A really personal touch was to extend the couple’s love of their dog to the wedding cake, or, in this case, the wedding cupcakes:

And here are some of the four-legged guests, including (from the top) a beautiful rescue dog from Spain, pictured here quietly watching the ceremony, and (at the bottom) a four-month-old cockerpoo, who fell asleep during the speeches and then woke up with a start and a bark when everyone clapped!

Overall, Hafod Farm provided a lovely backdrop to a well-designed country wedding.

Wedding photography just outside Llanwrst

Rachael and James were married at the Gwenfrewi Project in the hamlet of Gwytherin, near Llanwrst. You might be wondering where this and, indeed, we were too, but it’s a venue that’s well worth exploring. Nestled in the hills outside Llanwrst, the Gwenfrewi Project is based in the former St Winifred's Church.

Gwytherin is an adorable hamlet eight miles from Llanwrst with a pub, the former church, a cute village green and the sprucest public loos we’ve ever seen. The Project itself is in the heart of the village and it provides a wedding venue that’s quirky and atmospheric, while being modern and ancient all at the same time. We’d really recommend putting it on your shortlist if you’re looking for somewhere a bit different.

Our female photographer, Jane, is into history and became quite dizzy with excitement as the venue owner showed us around. The churchyard has yew trees that are 3,000 years old! And there are Bronze Age carved stones in the ground! And Medieval stonework in the chapel! Amazing!!! But at the same time, the venue has a contemporary feel, with simple oak seating and beautiful use of a felled yew tree around the chapel entrance. This combination of old and new gives the chapel a special feel that’s perfect for wedding photography.

The country-style wedding of Rachael and James reflected the venue’s character perfectly. The day was modern in its simplicity, with a relaxed country vibe.

The pictures are brilliant, you’ve made us look really photogenic! They’re brilliant, thank you.
— Rachael and James, married at Gwytherin near Llanwrst

The first photographs in our schedule were of the guests arriving and waiting for the bride:

Then the bride arrived! We were asked to stay at the back of the chapel, which is no hardship when the venue is so photogenic. Here are just some of the images we captured:

After leaving the ceremony, the newlyweds paused in the chapel entrance for a few moments alone.

Here you can see exactly why you should consider hiring two photographers. Jane was able to capture the moment from inside the chapel, while Geoff, who’d hot-footed it outside to photograph the couple leaving the chapel, was able to photograph them from the chapel grounds:

We love taking a step backwards and photographing the congratulations. After this, we took images of the family and friendship groups. Here are a couple of examples:

Once everyone’s had a chance to relax, it’s usually a good time to photograph the couple on their own. We’d planned to photograph Rachael and James on the hill behind the chapel, but as it was raining they wisely decided to stay within the chapel grounds. The drizzle actually gave us soft, romantic light and lovely vibrant greens. Here are a few of the photographs:

Notice how Geoff has taken to lurking among the foliage! We’ll have to keep an eye on him…

In the images you can also see how the couple used dried flowers very effectively. The lavender and, um, yellow things added brightness and colour, while we love how twine was used to add a country vibe.

That it was a lovely wedding is down to Rachael and James being a lovely couple. But we feel that the Gwenfrewi Project played its part too. It’s certainly a beautiful venue for wedding photography.

Country wedding photography in Llangollen

This lovely couple were married on an unusually warm Spring afternoon at the Rivercatcher Holiday Cottages near Llangollen. It was an intimate wedding with the couple’s immediate family in attendance, which made for lots of joy and laughter, alongside a relaxed vibe. We found that the location, the couple and their guests, coupled with the gorgeous weather, made for some great wedding photography.

Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so fantastic. We really love the photos! Again thank you so much for your relaxed yet professional style.

Jane, our female photographer, started with images of the bride getting ready, while our lead photographer, Geoff, captured images of the groom. The bride was stationed in the Rivercatcher’s Cilan Farmhouse, a large yet cosy space which became the location for the wedding breakfast. Here are just a few of the pre-ceremony images:

The ceremony room itself is a light, bright space. A highlight of this particular wedding was the bride’s brother providing the musical accompaniment on his guitar. Here are a few of the images we captured of the ceremony:

The glorious weather meant that the couple and their guests could spill out into the gardens. We were able to take some lovely, relaxed family pictures, although our favourite image is the one below of the two Dads working the champagne station!

We always love to go with the flow of a wedding, so after everyone had finished their congratulations and their drinks, we spent some time with the bride and groom to capture images of just the two of them. Our natural, unposed style suits country weddings perfectly! We also photographed details such as the bouquet, which we always recommend as it’s a good way of remembering them in years to come. Here are just a few of the images we captured:

Aren’t the flowers beautiful?! We love their informality, which indeed summed up the whole day perfectly. All in all, it was a lovely wedding, and the location comes highly recommended. There are cottages and lodges for wedding guests dotted all over the site, some with their own hot tubs, and even better, the site is dog-friendly. With rolling meadows and the River Dee flowing alongside, it’s a beautiful spot for a country wedding.