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Pentre Mawr Country House - Jemma & Craig

Back at Pentre Mawr Country House and it's another glorious day - this time for Jemma & Craig's outdoor wedding celebrations. This was the third wedding of 2022, that I've been fortunate enough to photograph at Pentre Mawr. "Nestling in the foothills of the Clwydian range, stands Pentre Mawr Country House. An exclusive-use wedding venue and five-star hotel in an area of outstanding natural beauty" (https://www.unusualweddingvenueswales.com/). It really is beautiful.

After wandering the grounds taking in the late Spring morning air, I headed over to the Secret Garden, which houses the Bridal Cottage to meet Jemma and her bridal party for 'Wedding Preparation'.

One of the great things about Pentre Mawr is that couples can get ready at separate locations on the grounds. There's the Country House, the Safari lodges, the Bridal cottage as well as several out houses. Each unique and with their own privacy. This meant that I could capture Craig and his groomsmen without any fear of them bumping into the bridal party... which now included their dog, Noel.

I really do love outdoor ceremonies. Given the location and the opportunity of decent weather, everyone should consider an outdoor ceremony. The lighting for photography can be perfect. This was one of those perfect opportunities.

Now we could celebrate. Following on from the ceremony, Jemma & Craig were lead through a Confetti corridor, before a big group photo of everyone, taken from the roof, before grazing trays were served to guests, with booze, on the lawns.

Once I'd finished capturing some lovely portraits of Jemma & Craig, guests were invited over to the courtyard where the wedding marquee is located for food and more drink. Instead of traditional 'sit down' formal 3-course dinner, Jemma & Craig opted for something a little different - several food carts served up a range of delicacies. The speeches and 'toasts' followed.

Cheers to Jemma & Craig who continued the party in to the evening. We had free time before the evening reception commenced, but with out the traditions of cutting the cake and the first dance to capture, I headed over to the lawns with the bridal party for the last hour of sun. This made for some beautiful photographs with the sun back lighting the bridal party, casting huge shadows across the lawns. One tradition that we did stick with, was the throwing of the bouquet where there's always some great reactions.