Oxwich Bay Wedding – Katie & Patrick

Where do I begin with yesterday’s amazing wedding at Oxwich Bay?!

So much I want to say, so much I loved and so many amazing photographs I can’t wait to edit!

I’ll begin with the amazing couple themselves, Katie and Patrick. They contacted me last Autumn looking for a wedding photographer and they liked my natural style. We met for a coffee and a chat about their wedding that was booked at the gorgeous Oxwich Bay Hotel.

We hit it off instantly, they are the loveliest couple and straight away I loved their wedding! It was going to be a beach style wedding with a relaxed vibe and style. Many decorations and personal details were made by themselves. Right up my street!

Fast forward to yesterday! (time goes ridiculously fast when you’re planning a wedding!)

Bridal Preparations

Katie’s bridal preparations were in the lovely “pods” at Oxwich Bay Hotel. The Secret Garden has really cute accommodation rooms, perfect for groups of people staying together for a wedding. There was much hustle and bustle with music playing and champagne popping. I could tell this was going to be a day full of fun and laughter!

It was also highly emotional… The whole family (and when I say “family” I include everyone – their friends are their family!) were holding back tears on the wedding morning.

Katie’s Grandad Bobby was going to be walking her down the aisle and I suggested to Katie that a “first look” shot would be a gorgeous idea!

And I wasn’t wrong… These images are some of my favourites of the whole day! And it wasn’t just Bobby that was emotional, I turned around to find the bridesmaids all in tears too!

The Ceremony

When I went to the ceremony room I could see Patrick’s emotions finally hitting him. After being so chilled all morning the reality hit him that he would be marrying the love of his life any minute!

As Katie entered the room, her entrance music suddenly switched to the opening of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”! It very quickly switched back but everyone absolutely cried with laughter! Everyone thought it had been planned but it was actually a complete accident! Turns out it was quite a successful one and it certainly broke the nerves of the bride and groom! Patrick was still full of emotion when he saw Katie though, and she was the most beautiful bride! She looked absolutely stunning!

Throughout the day it was clear to see how close their friend group is. The girls are “The Salmons”, and the boys are “The Lobsters”! The boys even have matching lobster tattoos! It’s lovely to see the support they have for each other and they were just so much fun to photograph. A huge thank you to all of them for making my job so easy!

I must say a massive thank you to the best man Murray and Maid of Honour Jenni. They were both so organised and a huge help when it came to the timings of the photographs and the schedule of the day, my kind of people! I always like to have a timeline to work to because it helps make sure everything runs smoothly. Having Murray and Jenni being absolute list-lovers like me made my job effortless yesterday.

I’ve also decided every wedding needs a Murray! He was incredible when it came to the group shots calling everyone together and making sure they all got done with ease. Thank you Murray!

Group & Couple Shots

All day we were battling the crazy wind and occasional showers. Oxwich Bay beach was super windy but it made for some brilliant shots of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen!

Katie and Patrick had let me know from the start that they absolutely didn’t want any obviously posed “cheesy” couple photographs. So we kept it very natural as I always like to do. I asked them to simply be themselves together which led to much hilarity and photographs full of laughing and smiles!

This was totally them! I don’t think they realised how amazing they were during their photographs!

I had such an incredible day yesterday and loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was vibrant, the styling was just beautiful (and OMG the cake was GORGEOUS!) and the people made it a dream! You were all wonderful!

Thank you Katie & Patrick for making my job an absolute dream! Here’s your preview xx

Wedding Supplier Shout outs! ~ 

Venue ~ Oxwich Bay Hotel

Hair ~ Rachel Reynolds The Art of Hair

Wedding Dress Designer ~ Blue by Enzoani ~ from  Laura May Bridal

Men’s Suits ~ Dyfed Menswear

Cake ~ Baked by Becks 

Band ~ The Styles