Alternative Wedding Photography

They say that it’s “your special day”. That may be true, but that doesn’t make you the most important people at your wedding.

Your grandmother, your father, your best friend from primary school, your sister, your uni mates and even your cousins are equally as important to me as you are on your wedding day.

The thought of being photographed kissing on a mountaintop makes me cringe if I’m honest, but I’m sure there are some people out there who are only having a wedding for that opportunity. Some, but probably not many.

For many the wedding is just an excuse for a party. A once in a lifetime opportunity to bring all of your favourite people in the world together in the same place and celebrate relationships. And an amazing set of images that captures everyone’s personality and cheeky side will be invaluable for the rest of your life.

So as a wedding photographer, I appreciate that nobody wants to be followed around all day being stalked for photos, especially by a 6” bearded baldy with a wide angle lens. My focus on your wedding day will be where I’d want it to be at my own wedding, on the guests.

You may see many members of your family every week, but having them there will be so special. It’s fun to imagine before your wedding day all of these groups of people mingling, laughing and enjoying each other’s company on your wedding day; when you close your eyes you can see them now, all just being themselves.

But they won’t be themselves, not at first. They’ll be sober, which may be unusual, so you might not even recognise them. They have probably had a stressful morning getting there, they’ve had to squeeze into the new dress and realised that suit from last summer no longer fits.

Of course you’ll want nice photos of them all looking all ‘nice’ and that’s part of my job. But the thing that I enjoy more, the thing that you’ll enjoy more and will give you more pleasure is photos of your guests being themselves, letting the wedding faces slip, throwing in 3 canapés at once, minesweeping the tables, necking their fifth shots, falling over their own feet, sharing an old joke or snogging your aunty June.

To be able to see through the garb and capture the personalities of your favourite people is what I will enjoy most about being at your wedding. Smiling at every photo I process and knowing will be photos that will make you smile, laugh and cry fills me with a smug joy.

I do this by being me. I may not fit into your wedding at all, you might be inviting a load of stiffs. But in 99% of cases I’m able to build a rapport with all guests and engage them in a way to breakdown the barriers and capture them when they’re having fun and enjoying themselves the most.

Wedding photography as a genre has become so homogenised that for many people looking to hire a wedding photographer for their wedding they feel like they’re spending evening after evening flicking through websites and seeing the same old thing. It’s usually a bride and groom, often looking bored, holding hands in a cornfield at sunset or kissing on a clifftop.

“I won’t repeat the essay I’ve already written to Owen about how truly awesome he and his amazing photos are – I actually ran out of superlatives. However, just know this, choosing Owen as your wedding photographer may be the best decision you make about the whole of your day. Owen, thank you again for everything you did to make our wedding day complete and thank you so very much for our perfect photographs; we couldn’t have asked for anything more and will treasure them forever. Xxx” LC via Facebook Page Review

 

“Awesome photographer, can not recommend highly enough. Becomes one of the family for the day.” Facebook Page feedback from bride RZ

 

“Owen was fantastic… The way he engaged with the guests was great. He went the extra mile to make our day perfect. Thank you Owen.” Facebook Page Review Feedback from LC

“Excellent service, laid back and personal approach really made the day that little bit more special! Also brilliant at working with an unruly bunch! Thank you!” JW feedback through Facebook Page

“I met Owen at a recent wedding. Not only are his photos superb but he’s also a genuinely top bloke. Highly recommended.” PW via the Facebook Page Review

 

“Top man! Took some really innovative and amazing photos. Not intrusive at all!!” TH Via Facebook Page Review

 

Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer

Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer
Fun Wedding Photo of Guests Cardiff Wales Bristol Swansea Party Fun Quirky Alternative Photographer

Lucy and Aaron are two of the most laid back and fun people you could ever meet. When we first spoke they were living and working in China, where they had been for many years. Our Skype conversation was mainly laughter and finding out how many mutual friends we had in Cardiff.

Their wedding was as much of a reunion at the end of their time in China as it was a cerebration of marriage. Their laid back attitude ran throughout the day and it was hard to describe the day as anything but perfect.

Fforest is a wonderful alternative outdoor wedding that would suit so many of the couples who book me who are looking for something individual, alternative and fun. The staff are all amazingly friendly and fun to have around, although they rich the day to a tight schedule and everything is delivered to perfection.

Many of the best photos in this set were taken by my very good friend and brilliant photographer Jonathan Cross-Jones.

Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales
Alternative Humanist Wedding at Fforest Pembrokeshire, Wales

One of the reasons this year has been so great is the because of the number of times I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to photograph weddings at Rosedew Farm. It was here that I photographed my first ever wedding and so it always feels a lot like home to me.

Katie started the day in Cowbridge and caught a VW Beetle along with a camper full of bridesmaids from Love Dub Weddings, who have the best cars, down to Llantwit Major. There virtually wasn’t a single photo from this day where everyone wasn’t smiling. A million happy memories for life for Katie and Phil, an awesome, happy, friendly and top couple.

I have to come clean, some of the best shots in this set are credited to Vikki Tyrell, the most fantastic human being and photographer you could ever meet.

Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers
Katie & Phil - Farmer's Barns, Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major, South Wales Alternative Wedding Photographers

Rosedew Farm

Rosedew Farm (The Farmer’s Barns) in Llantwit Major is one of the most flexible and fun wedding spaces in south Wales. Every time I photograph here the venue looks completely different as each couple is allowed to demonstrate their own ideas, style, timings and even choose their own caterers and bar company. One thing I always end with weddings I photograph at Rosedew Farm is that the party is always AWESOME.










See another Rosedew Farm Wedding from this year here > Katie & Phil

Alternative Wedding Photographers Crear Scotland

A couple of years ago I had a conversation with some wedding photographer friends where they were sharing their desires to photograph weddings abroad, mostly in hot mediterranean countries. They thought that I was mad that my top bucket list venue was Crear on the west coast of Scotland, although after seeing a wedding by the amazing Neil Thomas Douglas I was obsessed. Within weeks of that conversation Amy called me and wondered if I’d be willing to travel up with them and their family, almost all from the midlands . . . . “YES PLEASE!”. It really didn’t disappoint.

It’s about a 35 minute drive from the nearest town on a single track road before you reach the coast. It’s all seals, deers and breathtaking scenery that is like nowhere else in the UK. The venue is often used as a classical music recording studio as it’s so remote, but for weddings it’s nearly perfect, lots of communal areas and many rooms that can accommodate family and closest friends. In the evening during the summer the sun sets over the Isle of Jura across the water and brings the most amazing light in through the glass wall of the main room. The venue also has it’s own beach, which is has clean white sand and a derelict chapel that mades for some amazing portrait spots.

Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue
Amy Andy Scotland Wedding at Crear Alternative wedding Venue

Jade & Luke - Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding - Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

A fun, small Thursday wedding at City Hall Cardiff turned out to be a scream when we were one body down from spelling out “JADELUKE” when a passing barrister on his way to the Crown Court.

On the Saturday there was a larger, and even more fun, humanist wedding in the gardens of Dinas Powys village hall. Village Hall weddings are my favourite because people have usually focused on people as the thing that’s most important to them on their wedding days, and Jade and Luke knew some of the best people.

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys

Alternative Humanist Village Hall Wedding Photography Cardiff Dinas Powys