Despite living in Gloucestershire, the border into Wales is only 1 mile from us. So Monmouthshire is very local with the capital of the county, Monmouth, a short 4 miles from home. A Monmouthshire Wedding is right up my street as it’s local and the county offers a spectacular array of ancient churches, historic country houses, castles and beautifull venues to get married in.
I’ve photographed a number of weddings in Monmouthshire at a variety of different venues. Glen-Yr-Afon in Usk and Raglan Castle are a couple but The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club remains one of my favourites and is a venue I have used alot for fashion photoshoots and marketing shoots because of its beautiful grounds, ornate internal decoration and rustic (derelict) upstairs rooms. However, when I was asked by Sam and Eric to photograph their wedding the reception venue turned out to be the Monmouth School playing fields and pavilion.
The wedding ceremony took place in the 18th Centuary St Mary’s Priory Church at the top of Monmouth High Street. This spectacular, cathedral-like, church lies on the site of The Benedictine Priory that was originally built in 1075. Eric had gone to school at Monmouth and the current vicar of St Matry’s was his old RE teacher so the ceremony had a slightly nostalgic feel to it with the odd tale from Erics past strategically slipped into the sermon.
The wedding breakfast took place in the modern school sports pavilion which is open to any one to hire as a venue.
For me, Sam’s dress, ranks as one of the most stunning, most elegant, most striking and most out of this world dresses I have ever had the privilage to photograph. Here is a selection of the photographs from that beautiful day in July 2014.