Anyone who has gotten married or anyone who’s in the process of getting married understands how much work is involved. From choosing the location to selecting what colour the seat covers you want, it’s a mammoth task and many are overwhelmed with the whole thing (Including my wife and I). It’s one of the biggest days of your life and you want everything to be perfect so it’s easy to get carried away and the costs can spiral. I mean, who knew a few tiers of icing covered sponge could cost so much and when did a “corking charge” become a thing??
Occasionally though, a couple just want to get married with the minimum of fuss, their nearest and dearest with them and forego the stress of a big wedding.
Last year, I was lucky enough to have been asked by one of my oldest friends to photograph their wedding. I was told that it wasn’t going to be a big event, just a registry office ceremony in Pontypridd with just a few photos after with family in a location on the way home, before heading off on their honeymoon.
After forgetting that the registry office had moved since the last time I was there for a wedding (1994), I made my way to the correct venue with “plenty” of time to spare before the ceremony began. Now, to be part of any wedding is a special experience as a photographer but this was a little different, more intimate. Just a handful of family, the closest people in their lives there to witness Vicky and Gareth exchange vows, become husband and wife and spend the rest of their lives together and I was lucky enough to not only be a part of it, but to capture it too.
After leaving the registry office, everyone headed to Porth park for photos. This was the first time I had ever been to Porth park, even though I had lived only a couple of miles away a few years ago. To say Its a hidden gem of a park is an understatement! It was stunning and finding spots for photos was effortless. Long grass, floral bushes and perfectly laid out tall trees made this park the perfect compliment to the day.
Whether you choose a big wedding or an intimate wedding, the only thing that matters is your happiness. When you look back at your wedding photos, you want them to remind you of the joy, not the cost of the flowers, or how Uncle Frank tried to kung foo kick the chocolate fountain.