South Wales Wedding Photographer
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Having grown up on a farm between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, I learnt to speak the Welsh language long before I became a South Wales wedding photographer.
Though I live just over the border these days, I have a strong connection with my homeland and will be the first to patriotically belt out the Welsh National Anthem with pride when a game of rugby is on the TV!
My love of Wales easily translates into a love of shooting weddings in South Wales. My husband was born and bred in Bridgend and my dad still lives in Ceredigion, so we still have strong family connections in the area and always seem to be buzzing up and down the M4!
There are so many incredible Welsh wedding venues and a few of my favourite include Oldwalls and Fairyhill, Caer Llan , Sugar Loaf Barn, Humble by Nature, Canada Lodge and Rosedew Farm (to name just a few!).
“she definitely deserves more than a 5 star.””
“Thank you so much Becky,
James and I have fallen in love with our photos, you have managed to capture how much fun the day was which is just what we wanted.
Becky made us feel at ease from the get go. We are not ones for posed pictures and she really listened to what our needs/wants were.
We would also recommend getting a wedding album. We are so glad we opted for one, the process was so easy and the album has an amazing quality to it. It makes such a lovely keepsake. (From our wedding date our album was with us within 2months)
We were not the only ones who were impressed with Becky a lot of our guest have said how great and natural the photos are and how well she has captured every magical moment.
We can fully recommend Becky Weir photography; she definitely deserves more than a 5 star.”
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South Wales Wedding Venues
canada lodge and lake
This gorgeous South Wales wedding venue is just a stone’s throw from Cardiff city centre. Nestled in the green, green grass of beautiful Welsh countryside. Lodge by name, lodge by nature, Canada Lodge has a very Canadian feel about it and benefits from views over a pretty lake. Renowned for its excellent customer service and catering for weddings of all sizes.
Hire the Lodge for weddings up to 120 guests, tie the knot upstairs in the wooden-clad Oak room with a civil wedding ceremony or blessing. Later, celebrate downstairs in the Lakeside room where your wedding breakfast will be served and you’ll party into the night. There’s also a large, decked balcony for reception drinks and stargazing during fairer weather.
Alternatively, Rhodri’s by the lake offers a cosy, intimate space for microweddings of up to 30 wedding guests.
There are bridal and guest log cabins for newly-weds and their wedding guests to crash out in after partying late into the night. Relaxed, informal, rustic – I absolutely love this south Wales wedding venue!
Rosedew Farm is a gorgeous, countryside barn wedding venue surrounded by beautiful welsh farmland and just a five minute walk from the South Wales coastline.
The wonderful family-run venue benefits from a multitude of accommodation options on-site. With a choice of barns, lodges or even a tent, your nearest and dearest can make your wedding a real holiday (and may get roped into decorating the barn too!).
Take advantage of the beautiful surrounding countryside for your bridal portraits. Take golden hour shots in the fields of crops or head to nearby Cwm Col-Huw beach for some romantic seaside snaps.
With exposed stone and limewashed walls, big oak-framed windows this impeccably kept wedding venue offers a wonderful space for those looking for a less formal, countryside wedding. Enjoy reception drinks and canapés with wedding guests outside in the sun or by the fireside in the Cwtch during winter months.
Oldwalls and Fairyhill
Oldwalls and Fairyhill are perhaps the most well-known wedding venues in South Wales. Not only do they provide exquisitely beautiful locations for your nuptials, they have excellent customer service and are therefore extremely popular wedding venues.
Both venues are situated on the Gower peninsular – the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – both are set in picturesque Welsh countryside, just a short distance away from the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Welsh coastline and conveniently situated not far from the city of Swansea.
Choose from having your wedding ceremony in the Oakroom, followed by a reception in a state-of-the-art marquee at Oldwalls or select the panoramic views of the K Room at Fairyhill, a contemporary glass function space perfect for enjoying the surrounding Welsh countryside, whatever the weather!
Why not take a drive to one of the Gower’s breath-taking beaches, Broughton, Rhossili or Oxwich Bay for your portrait photos. Maximise the Welsh coast landscapes for photographs with a real wow-factor.
Weddings and South Wales
The best thing about being a South Wales wedding photographer is being able to travel and explore this diverse area. Whether it’s the peace and tranquillity of the River Wye, the fascinating history of the industrial towns of Portal Talbot, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport, or taking in the views from Pen y Fan, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, there is so much to explore in South Wales.
There is an enormous amount of wedding locations to choose from within the South Wales counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. The capital city of Cardiff offers a multitude of urban wedding venues. The Gower peninsula and the coastline between Barry and Porthcawl provide options for those looking for a seaside vibe. Alternatively, the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons and the Valleys all provide the option of a wilder, countryside wedding.
More Favourite Wedding Venues
humble by nature
Humble by Nature is owned by the BBC’s very own Kate Humble, this Monmouthshire farm has been transformed from a council farm at risk of being broken up into small lots into a thriving rural skills centre that’s keeping rural crafts alive. It has renovated barns and beautiful gardens, meaning that the farm animals and mud are totally optional (but if you’re keen for a photo with the pigs, I’m game!)
Deep rooted in nature, this wonderfully rustic venue has several options for smaller and larger weddings. The Long Barn and Pig and Apple Cafe cater for more intimate occasions and the Lambing Shed or Marquee are available for larger weddings during summer months too.
Just 10 minutes from the quirky market town of Monmouth (one of my favourite places on earth!) and half an hour from the M4 corridor, you’ll get that wonderful middle-of-nowhere feeling but with easy transport links – what a combination! There are also several options for on-site accommodation for both you and your guests, which is always handy for a hassle-free day.
With stunning, uninterrupted views of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park, this gorgeous welsh farm is a great spot to tie the knot if you’re looking to escape to the countryside and connect with nature.
Sugar Loaf Barn lies just three miles from Abergavenny train station and with walks a-plenty on the doorstep, there’s ample opportunity to lose yourself in the wonderfully wild welsh countryside.
Being a working farm there’s even the opportunity to ride a tractor or get stuck in feeding baby lambs! There’s also onsite accommodation so for those wanting a stress-free day, you can get ready and get married all in the same place – yay!
Tucked away in the welsh hills is 25 acres of woodland, garden and fields tucked away in the Welsh hills with a jaw-dropping view over the Vale of Usk set against a dramatic backdrop of the Welsh mountains makes Caer Llan an escapist’s dream location to get wed.
With a chilled-out vibe and exclusive use, Caer Llan has options for both an indoor and outdoor ceremony, if the Welsh weather decides to misbehave! With an in-house chef and owners ready, willing and able to ensure the smooth running of your big day, this venue has that fabulous mix of wilderness and seclusion without the worry of DIY.
There’s accommodation for up to 50 guests on-site too – super handy if you’re wanting everyone in the same place – and there’s even an outdoor pool to keep your guests extra happy!
Photography in South Wales
I feel totally inspired when shooting in South Wales. With its epic, mountain-clad views, rolling valleys, the winding, tranquil rivers and ancient, mystical forests, there’s an awesome backdrop around every corner.
Whilst the unreliable Welsh weather likes to pose a challenge, I love the drama that inclement weather brings to photography and being Welsh myself, I’m not in bothered in the slightest about getting a little wet – it adds to the sense of adventure!
The Green, Green Grass of Home
I might spend a lot of time here as a professional wedding photographer, but I also have a personal connection with this beautiful part of Wales. If you’ve already checked out my About Me page, you’ll know I’m a lover of a wild adventure in the countryside. South Wales has some of my favourite places to head out for a hike with my cocker spaniel, Ted.
My family and I love to lose a day canoeing down the river Wye. Canoes can be hired from Wye Canoes, who will drop you and your canoe off and pick you up a few hours later, even allowing time for a pint along the way
Abergavenny’s food festival is one I’d highly recommend if you’re a food-lover like me!
When we visit my in-laws in Pyle, we’re always down at the beach at Porthcawl or Aberavon and we recently discovered the café at Parc Slip Nature Reserve which must be one of the best kept secrets in Wales (FYI, the cakes are AMAZING!).
My mother-in-law got married at The Old House 1147, in Maesteg the year it opened and so this amazing pub and wedding venue is a firm family favourite for Sunday lunches too!
Becky Weir – South Wales Wedding Photographer
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