Wedding Day Photography At Bryn Meadows | Lauren & Rhys

bride-and-groom-kissing-under-large-tree-at-bryn-meadows-in-south-wales.jpg

This mid-summer wedding in July for Lauren and Rhys provided the perfect conditions for wedding photography - mildly overcast at times but with enough respite for the sun to consistently make an appearance, warm but bearable temperatures, and best of all, a large group of wonderful people at the stunning location of Bryn Meadows Golf & Spa Hotel in Ystrad Mynach, just outside the Welsh capital city of Cardiff in South Wales. It was ideal because not only is this a visually stunning venue with breathtaking surroundings, but my lovely couple were also able to spend the entire day in this one location and gather all friends and family together with ease. Ceremony, reception, wedding day speeches, first dance, evening party, and all the magical moments that you would expect from a wedding took place under the same roof - or for some of the time, outdoors among the beautiful green surroundings.

From groom prep to bridal prep

I started the day bright and early with the groom. As soon as I arrived, Rhys had some gifts from his bride-to-be to unwrap, one of which was a smart Tommy Hilfiger watch, so the time to begin capturing moment began immediately. Surrounded by his groomsmen, I photographed the morning unfold as they each readied themselves in their attire for the special day ahead. After taking some detailed shots, a few laughs, some signs of nerves and a batch of the groomsmen all together looking dapper, I made my way over to the Bryn Meadows Hotel where Lauren was due to be getting ready herself.

 

When I knock the door of the bridal suite I always expect it to swing open amidst carnage and bedlam, and though that can be fairly close to the truth quite a lot of the time, as soon as I walked into the suite I could see that Lauren's wedding day preparation seemed calm, in control and well on time. There may have been some of those expected nerves floating around with such an important day ahead, but fortunately there was no concerns over a mad rush as the morning unfolded beautifully with some of the most important women in Lauren's life by her side. Not to mention a glass of champagne for each one of them regularly being topped up. Always important on the morning of the wedding!

A wedding among the beautiful surroundings of South Wales

As family and friends begin to come together at the venue while waiting for the start of the wedding ceremony, there are always plentiful opportunities to capture chatter and embraces. So, after capturing a little of that inside the ceremony room, I headed back to the main entrance and awaited the arrival of the bride. The ceremony itself was truly beautiful, and it was complimented by the venue thanks to the wide panoramic windows overlooking some of the gorgeous leafy surroundings and letting the natural daylight pour inside. There were laughs and tears with everyone enjoying these precious moments as they celebrated a new chapter of Lauren and Rhys's adventure of love.

 

Fortunately, we were able to make use of the grounds as I spent some time with the couple taking some shots among the sprawling green grass and high trees. We were also gifted with an incredible sunset later in the day. The party was well underway by that point, but I could miss an opportunity as the natural light outside was incredible, so I ran inside to grab the bride for some fashion-inspired shots posed on a field with nearby sun-drenched villages in the distance. Overall, it was a beautiful wedding and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing their day.

SEE LAUREN & RHYS'S BRYN MEADOWS WEDDING PHOTOS BELOW.

Washing bag and gifts displayed on a wooden floor belonging to a groom on the morning of his wedding day
Groom buttoning up his white shirt on the morning of his wedding day
Groom putting on his watch while getting ready on the morning of his wedding day
A groom doing up his tie on the morning of his wedding day while laughing alongside his father
Groom nervously looking into a mirror while adjusting his tie on the morning of his wedding day
The feet of a bride as she wears white tribe bride slippers on the morning of her wedding during bridal preparations
Make up artist applying lip liner to a bride on the morning of her wedding day during bridal preparation
A wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses and a flower girl dress hanging on display on the front of a wardrobe
A bottle of Chloe perfume belonging to a bride displayed on a side table on the morning of her wedding day
A young girl on a bed in the bridal suite playing on a mobile phone before dressing up as the flower girl for the wedding day
A bride smiling at her mother as she adjusts her bouquet of flowers on the morning of her wedding day
A large wooden light display sign spelling the word love in the reception room of a wedding at Bryn Meadows hotel in South Wales
A wedding cake on display in the reception room of the Bryn Meadows hotel in South Wales
Close up details of a wedding cake in the reception room of the Bryn Meadows hotel in South Wales
A picture of a loving couple with various love signs and flowers in jars displayed on a white table during a wedding at Bryn Meadows hotel in South Wales
Jars of flowers surrounded by white petals displayed on the floor of a reception room on the day of a wedding at Bryn Meadows hotel in South Wales
Main entrance to the Bryn Meadows Golf & Spa Hotel in Ystrad Mynach, South Wales
Young flower girl holding the tail of a bride's wedding dress
A bride adjusting the strap on her wedding dress while looking to the right
A father proudly walking his daughter down the aisle as the groom looks back at his bride at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
A bride links arms with the groom while her parents sit in the background during their wedding ceremony at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
A groom places a wedding ring onto his brides finger during their wedding ceremony at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
A bride and groom hold hands while smiling at the marriage officiant during their wedding ceremony at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
A happy bride and groom smile as newlyweds after signing the marriage register during the wedding ceremony at Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A bride and groom walking down the aisle at the end of their wedding ceremony as the marriage officiant stands in the background applauding them at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
Guests throwing confetti over a newly-wed couple as they leave their wedding ceremony at Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A newly-wed couple hold hands while walking on a field on the outdoor grounds of Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A bride and groom smile while standing in front of a flower bush in the gardens of Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A bride and groom stand and kiss on a field underneath large trees on the ground of Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
Close up of a bride holding a bouquet of flowers on her wedding day while facing the groom on the grounds of Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A bride and groom holding each other and smiling while stood in a green field on the grounds of Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
A bride and groom hold hands and laugh while looking at each other while walking along a field on the outdoor grounds of Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
Two wedding rings displayed on a stone rock
A groom smiles midway through his wedding day speech at the top table while his wife smiles in the background at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
The mother and father of a bride laughing while sat at the top table during wedding day speeches at Bryn Meadows Hotel in South Wales
The mother and father of the groom laughing and smiling while sat at the top table during wedding day speeches at Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales
A bride posing on a field during a stunning sunset on the grounds of Bryn Meadows Hotel near Cardiff in South Wales

WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY AT BRYN MEADOWS // CREDITS

Photography: Shawn Eastman Photography, Cardiff Wedding Photographer

Venue: Bryn Meadows Golf & Spa Hotel, Ystrad Mynach, South Wales

...

Shawn Eastman is a Cardiff & South Wales based wedding photographer. He takes pride in documenting two lovers at the start of their biggest adventure together. Along with his couples and families, Shawn is driven to capture something authentic, beautiful, powerful and raw. These wedding day photos captured at Bryn Meadows Golf & Spa hotel in Ystrad Mynach, a short drive from Cardiff in South Wales, encapsulate exactly that.

  • Instagram
  • Facebook