Canada Lodge & Lake Wedding Photography | Georgina & Matthew
Georgina and Matthew chose to marry at a stunning venue called the Canada Lodge and Lake, located in Creigiau, South Wales. It's a mere 20 minute drive from the centre of Cardiff, but the gorgeous greenery, fresh air and surrounding forestry would have you believe you were well out in the sticks. The large lake with feature fountain adds to the sense of being tucked away in your own plot of magical land. It's a great venue for a wedding and provides oodles of opportunities to capture some lovely wedding photography within its aesthetic natural surroundings - ideal for those who want their wedding day to flow seamlessly, as from ceremony through to first dance and the evening party, everything can be hosted within the same visually pleasing grounds.
All action during bridal preparations
I met with Georgina and her preparing bridal party early in the morning while all the action was taking place. Hair styling, make-up, champagne and strawberries, nibbles, a few tears, the works. I captured some of the morning beginning to unfold, some important details, such as Georgina's wedding dress, her delicate shoes, sentimental jewellery, her perfume of choice, and a few of the bridal party enjoying the morning with the small twinge of excited nervousness that always lingers.
I love shooting the bridal preparation unfolding as even though it can be manic at times, it tends to be organised chaos that's filled with a huge variety of emotions which slowly stirs up as the first hours pass. This provides me as a photographer with a ton of photographic opportunities to capture magical moments, acting as the perfect warm up so that I'm fully ready to tackle the big day ahead when I make my way to the location of the ceremony.
A quaint lakeside lodge for a magical wedding day
It was then time to make my way over to Canada Lodge and Lake - the outskirts of Cardiff isn't quite in Canada but this rustic lodge & rural surroundings could have one fooled - to meet Matthew and his groomsmen before capturing their special day. Fortunately, the weather was on our side for the most part and though it was occasionally cloudy - as a photographer, I won't complain about some soft, naturally diffused daylight - the sun did its best to shine through fairly often as well. I remember some beautiful warm tones towards the end of the day as the clouds cleared up a little allowing the last hour or two of sunset to shine through. The lodge also has a large swing tied to the sturdy branch of a tree that some of the guests and bridal party made great use of - a cool prop that provides the perfect opportunity for some fun shots once everyone is relaxed and starting to feel merry.
The venue, being a lodge, boasts tons of character both inside and outside, so the day as a whole was thoroughly enjoyable with this as a gorgeous backdrop. I'm sure that being surrounded by great people and a happy, loving vibe, all added to making this the perfect special day for this lovely couple to begin the next chapter of their great love adventure together.
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WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY AT CANADA LODGE & LAKE // CREDITS
Photography: Shawn Eastman Photography, Cardiff Wedding Photographer
Venue: Canada Lodge and Lake, Creigiau, 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 Canada Lodge and Lake a short drive from Cardiff in South Wales, encapsulate exactly that.