St Donats Castle Wedding

In June last year, Sioned and Sandy got married at St Donats Castle in The Vale of Glamorgan. They had to postpone their big day from June 2020 due to covid and so this day was going to be a very special occasion indeed!

I had done an engagement shoot for them at Southerndown beach in March 2020 which was wonderful. They love wild swimming and ended up in the sea at the end of it! It was so lovely to see them again for their wedding day.

The day began with Sioned, her family and bridesmaids at her childhood home in Penarth while my second photographer Sian photographed Sandy and the boy’s preparations at St Donats Castle. Sioned is Welsh and Sandy is Scottish so it was a day of two Celtic families coming together in a big celebration of love and merriment!

The bridal party left Sioned’s family home and arrived to St Donats Castle in two Land Rovers. One belonged to Sioned’s Dad and they looked splendid arriving at the castle together!

The neighbours decorated the walls of the house with bunting and balloons and waved her off. It was extra special because her parents were moving the following week to Scotland to be near to Sioned and her new husband.

Groom Preparations

The groom and his groomsmen got ready in the cottages on the grounds of St Donats Castle. The wood panelled walls gave the perfect setting for their photographs as they got ready.

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in Bradenstoke hall at St Donats Castle which had been beautifully decorated. The floral arrangements by Amanda French Flowers were so pretty and the fixture at the top of the aisle was stunning!

A Welsh bag-piper greeted the guests as they arrived and the atmosphere was one of pure happiness. Sioned’s entrance was stunning and she looked a fairytale bride in her dress by Welsh wedding dress designer Stephanie Alin.

The vows were perfect and each was hand written and personal to the other. Sandy said a few words in Welsh to his Welsh bride and it was a really lovely tribute to her and her family! It brought a smile to Sioned’s face and I thought it was lovely!

After the ceremony the piper led the couple in their confetti walk which was on the bridge by the gatehouse! And after the confetti the piper led the guests through to the top terrace for reception drinks.

The Lawn Reception

The group photographs were taken on different levels of the grounds. We started with the couple portraits down by the sea and worked our way up. We met with the bridesmaids and groomsmen on the next terrace, followed by Sioned and Sandy’s parents in the Tudor garden. When we reached to top terrace we finished with the family portraits! The little nephews in kilts were just too cute for words! Sioned wanted to include the grounds as much as possible and I loved this idea, it worked really well.

A fantastic four piece band called Trip For Biscuits entertained everyone in between speeches. Their music combines modern songs set to a 20’s style sound which is just amazing! The mood was upbeat and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day which added to the feel good atmosphere.

The Wedding Breakfast

Sioned and Sandy chose to have a sweetheart table at their wedding breakfast and I always love seeing this! A gorgeous table just for the two of you to share your first meal together as husband and wife.

A trolley set with Scottish whiskey welcomed the guests as they entered the hall! The bride and Groom drank theirs from a Quaich, a Scottish loving cup which is used in offering celebration drinks to guests and families. Both the Scots and the Welsh know how to party and love a song, and this celebration had plenty of that!

Sioned and Sandy used a ceremonial sword to cut the cake and guests sang “Lets get married” by The Proclaimers as they did it! After this, the first dance took place outside with the sea as a backdrop. I honestly think that more first dances should be done outdoors, it was absolutely amazing!

Before we left we took Sioned and Sandy to the Tudor terraced rose garden for some final couple portraits. The videographers for the day Hitchflicks got the drone up and took some incredible footage of them dancing from above!

St Donats Castle is a dream wedding venue. It was the perfect fairytale setting. I am honoured to have been a part of Sioned and Sandy’s wonderful day!

Supplier credits –

Venue – St Donats Castle

Second photographer – Sian Owen Photography

Videography – Hitchflicks

Florist – Amanda French Flowers

Make-up – Lara Champion Make-up

Hair – Hair by Harriet Young for Ken Picton Salons

Wedding dress – Stephanie Allin

Bridesmaid dresses – Ghost London Bridal

Men’s outfits – Eight Yards

Cake – The Cake Cwtch

Confetti – Shropshire Petals

Piper – Welsh Wedding Bagpiper

Band – Trip for Biscuits

Invites – Fine Art Calligraphy

Ribbon – Silk and Purl

Tables – Rustic Hire