Sant Ffraed House

A South Wales Wedding 

I’m always happy when I’m asked to be a Sant Ffraed House wedding photographer. This wonderful wedding venue is definitely right up there with my favourite South Wales wedding venues!

My style and approach is mostly informal, natural and unobtrusive. I love to capture beautiful portraits of you on your wedding day, but I won’t be taking you off for hours away from your guests. You deserve to have fun on your wedding day, and though photographs are important, I’m conscious to keep the balance so that you get plenty of time with your family and friends.

Capturing the party is one of my favourite things to do, so I won’t rush off after your first dance and love to get those hilarious moments of your guests letting loose on the dancefloor.

If you’re still looking for your Sant Ffraed House wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!

The Client’s Said

“From the first meeting Becky was incredibly warm and friendly and put us right as ease.

The day itself was brilliant and Becky was imaginative and creative in getting us some special photographs. We were not lucky with the weather but that did not stop Becky getting some incredible shots both inside and outside. She was calm and lovely to be around

Nothing felt forced and she always checked we were happy to have more photos or if we wanted more time to mingle with the guests.

Becky highlighted the importance of capturing those special family moments and her photos really did capture the love in the room throughout the day.

We cannot recommend Becky more!”

The Awesome Suppliers

The Venue – Sant Ffraed House

Bride’s Gown – All About Eve

Bride’s Hair and Make-Up –Minnie’s Beauty

Cake – Cakes by Marie Claire

Florist – O’Hara Floral Design

Band – The Wilderness Wedding Band

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The Wedding Day

There was snow on the Welsh hills as I headed up through the Monmouthshire countryside towards Sant Ffraed House. It was the week before Christmas and this wonderful Welsh wedding venue was decorated with Christmas trees in golds and white, with twinkly candles an fairly lights. The drawing room was already set up with black chairs and white sashes, ready for the wedding ceremony. There were pretty views over St Bride’s church and the lake, despite the grey December day, and it felt cost and welcoming inside.

B and her bridesmaids arrived shortly after me, and were assisted up to the magnificent bridal suite by the Sant Ffraed staff. The girls were giddy with excitement about the enormous suite, with its vast bathroom, beautifully decorated bedroom, and the mirror-lined disco room – complete with disco ball and jukebox!

I got to work capturing wedding details whilst the girls got busy getting into their bridesmaids dresses and sipping champagne. B’s mum helped her into her beautiful lace wedding gown before her bridesmaids and Dad got to see her in her wedding attire.

We took a handful of portraits before everyone dissolved into tears at the sight of B and it wasn’t long before the bridal party were ushered downstairs in preparation for the ceremony.

Groom, M, was waiting patient at the altar and looking relaxed while he chatted to his best man and the wedding guests. M’s face lit up at the sight of B and her dad, walking down the aisle.

It was wonderfully happy ceremony, and everyone cheered as the couple were pronounced husband and wife. Once the rings had been exchanged and the register had been signed, the couple walked back up the aisle as husband and wife, showered in white confetti by their guests.

I snapped some candid photographs of guests drinking mulled wine and cider whilst the couple shared a few minutes alone. Once the staff had cleared the ceremony set-up, everyone was welcomed back into the drawing room for the drinks reception. The wedding coordinator announced the couple back in, where they were greeted with congratulations and well wishes from their friends and families.

Once we’d finished with group photographs, the guests were ushered over to the K room whilst the bride, groom and I took an opportunity to take some portraits. It was raining outside but there was lots of options indoors for some beautiful photographs of the newly-weds. As we were finishing off, B asked me if I’d mind heading outside in the rain for a few photos. I am always happy to go outside in the rain so we grabbed an umbrella and headed out. I just love the romantic stills of these two under their umbrellas in the rain!

Once we’d joined the wedding guests inside the K room, I went to capture some detail photographs of the wedding breakfast set-up and impressive three-tiered cake. By this time, the sky was beginning to darken outside, and it made everything feel so cosy and Christmassy indoors.

Once speeches were over and the toasts had been made. B, M and I popped outdoors in the rain with an umbrella for some gorgeous night portraits. I lit up the umbrella with a flash just below the couple and popped an off-camera flash on a stand further behind them for a gorgeous bit of back-light glow. The rain created a gorgeous atmosphere and the couple embraced getting wet for a minute or two!

Once I’d set up my lights for the first dance, I headed back to the bar to capture some more candids of guests having fun, before the couple were called forward for their first dance. In what was a hilarious and confusing moment, the lead singer of the wedding band got the order wrong and announced the couple for their first dance before their cake cutting! This meant the newly-weds danced around their wedding cake before cutting it! It gave us all a good giggle!

Capturing dancefloor action at weddings is one of my favourite things to do, I love it! B and M’s dancefloor was buzzing and I great time capturing the fun!

a bride and groom kiss under the wedding venue lights

The Oldwalls Collection

The Oldwalls Group is a company that specializes in high-quality events and weddings. Based in Wales, the group owns and operates several stunning properties that have been beautifully restored and repurposed as luxury venues for weddings. The group’s properties are located in some of the most picturesque areas of the Welsh countryside, each one offering its own unique charm and character.

Sant Ffraed House is one of the wedding venues within the Oldwalls Collection. This wonderful Grade II listed venue sits just outside of Abergavenny, in the Monmouthshire countryside. This recently renovated manor house is surrounded by 14 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for your special day. The venue offers a range of indoor and outdoor spaces, the traditional drawing room for indoor weddings, the terrace, for outdoor ceremonies and the K room, a contemporary piece of architecture which can’t fail to wow your wedding guests.

Outside the venue are views of the pretty church from across the lake, up to Sugar Loaf Mountain and beyond, into the South Wales countryside.

The team at Sant Ffraed House pride themselves on their attention to detail and personalized service, ensuring that every aspect of your wedding day is tailored to your specific requirements.

With luxurious accommodation available for you and your guests, Sant Ffraed House is the perfect location for a dream wedding.

Becky Weir Photography – Sant Ffraed House Wedding Photographer

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black and white portrait of the bride and groom kissing in the rain

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