We have an absolutely gorgeous pre-wedding shoot for you today!
You may remember that we shared a completely gorgeous Cwtch of the Week of Sarika and Dipesh back in April? Well, the fabulous photographer Sheetal Varsani has now sent us the whole shoot and its just delicious!
Over to Sheetal to tell you more about it….
Sarika & Dipesh by Sheetal Varsarni
I photographed Sarika & Dipesh’s Civil Ceremony last July and their pre-wedding shoot just a couple of weeks before their big day. Sarika & Dipesh’s relationship began in High School and after 10 years together, these childhood sweethearts got married with a ceremony at Cardiff City Hall.
For their pre-wedding shoot, we drove down to Ogmore-by-Sea to catch some of the beach’s gorgeous golden hour light. It’s one of my favourite spots along the Welsh Coast for the sunset and not a long drive from Cardiff. When the tide is in, Ogmore-by-Sea is mostly cliffs and pebbles, but the tide was out so we got to frolic around on the sand as well, giving us more of a variety of backdrops.
Despite it being the middle of July, the weather was a bit dreary, but this made for some dramatic light and backdrop. Sarika & Dipesh embraced the cold wind and drizzle – they were even brave enough to get into the sea for some of the shots!
Sarika & Dipesh were both complete naturals in front of the camera. They got lost in each other and completely forgot I was even there most of the time!
But its just glorious out there today, doesn’t make a Monday quite so bad then does it!
And speaking of glorious, we have a truly stunning sunset cwtch of the week of you all today. Shot by the lovely Darren Thomas, and taken on the beautiful Dunraven Bay at Southerndown.
I will hand over to Darren now to tell you more about it…..
A Sunset on Southerndown Cwtch
Wow, what can I say other than what a superb day to have shot this pre wedding shoot with Susie and Rob.
In August I will be heading to Clearwell Castle where I will have the pleasure of shooting their wedding.
So, having meet Susie and Rob last year to discuss their wedding, I was over the moon that they decided to book me for their big day and recently when Susie got in touch to arrange a pre wedding shoot at Southerndown beach I had all fingers and toes crossed that the sun would come out to play. Well, it worked. The weather man or woman, I’m not sure which :) said it would be cloudy and overcast all day. I should have known, as we all do, they are never right and I am so glad this was true. The brightest and clearest blue skies that I have seen this year, not a cloud in the sky and the location Dunraven Bay, renowned by landscape photographers and many others as an amazing sunset location.
Susie told me that she and Rob were not lovers of the camera so I had to make sure that by the end of the shoot they were. Rob, well Rob clearly knew how to work that camera and even impressed Susie, well done Rob, obviously been practicing :) It was a great day, plenty of laughs and what really made the day for me was when they both said how much of a great time they both had. Thank you both, looking forward to the wedding now.
Its throwback Thursday time! And today its all about me! Well, and my now husband, but you know, mainly me!
Shot by our very own wonderful Maria Farrelly, this was our Pre Wedding Shoot. Shot in August 2011, if you can believe it! Originally published in March 2013, I am very excited to be sharing this again. I cannot recommend an pre wedding shoot enough. Its so much fun, gets you excited for the big day and you get to know you photographer brilliantly!
Anna and Richie’s Urban Pre Wedding Shoot
I’d like to introduce you to a super cool couple; Anna & Richie. I photographed their wedding back in Sept 2011 and this shoot was taken in and around Newport a few months prior to their big day.
Anna Is a Newport girl and Richie is a Cardiff boy. They met in the Meze Lounge in Newport and now they live in Paradise…I kid you not…the Turks & Caicos Islands to be precise!
They were quite happy for me to choose the locations for this shoot and boy did we have some fun, they were up for anything. I decided to take them to places around Newport that I love, such as The Waterloo (an amazing hotel & bistro thats right next to the amazing Transporter Bridge!).
I also photographed them in places that had been playing on my mind for a while. Places you see while driving around or sat in traffic, the sort of places you never actually get out of the car to take a proper look at. Anna & Richie went along with all my crazy ideas and added a few of their own too such as ‘planking’. We had such a great time and laughed so much. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did taking them!
On Monday we gave you a sneaky peek from this lovely post. This cute couple are getting married later on in the year. During Adam and Greg’s engagement shoot Ed had a mini camera emergency…Lucky it wasn’t on the wedding day! Thank you Photography First for these beautiful images. ~ Kate
It’s always a pleasure and an honour when I am referred for wedding photography in South Wales, and it’s even more so when it’s a referral from someone who’s wedding I have shot in the past. Adam and Greg enquired about their wedding photography after I photographed his mum’s wedding – Diplomat Hotel Wedding South Wales – it’s nice to have some confirmation that I’m doing something right.
So we met up for their pre-wedding shoot at Parc Howard in Llanelli in the summer, yes, we did have a summer in Sunny South Wales! I love engagement shoots or pre-wedding shoots, as there’s so much time for creativity and as photographers know it, Off Camera Flash. This is a technique used to manipulate light and is often used my professional photographers. Anyway, half-way through our shoot, my lens decided to jam into position, and I couldn’t take my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II off my camera body (it’s fixed now)!! So I was stuck with this lens for the rest of the shoot, it was a great opportunity to get the most out of my lens, and to get a variety of shots with it too. Having years of experience, if this happened at a wedding, I know I would have coped absolutely fine, should this have happened during a wedding, not to mention I have a backup camera body with me at every wedding anyway!I would love to share some more of your engagement shoots. Drop me an email at email@example.com. If you are still looking for some inspiration for your wedding then you would be silly to miss out on CwtchFest. Get your tickets here.
We have been together for nearly 5 years & lived together for nearly 3. Having known each other since our early years in high school (12+years), we used to hang out with the same crowd of friends, both have a massive passion for the alternative scene from heavy music to conventions, massive collectors & would be classed as heavily tattooed.
Mikey is the shop manager & body piercer at Nu Rose Tattoos and I work for Sainsbury’s as a customer assistant & baker. On the side we also own a small Etsy store called Pinderella Plugs & Accessories so we have very busy lives.
We always see the fun side of life and love to do things as a family. Mikey & I discussed getting engaged back in September 2013 , the final moment was when I arrived home after a friends wedding at 3am Sunday 22nd September. I was shocked to see Mikey had waited up for me all night, as I climbed into bed he asked me this question…
“Would you like to go into town tomorrow and buy an engagement ring? ”
I wasn’t expecting it & started crying with joy. It was so sweet of him; he had obviously been planning on asking me for a little while as he had already saved up all the money to buy the ring. So the next day we went into town to find my beautiful ring. It didn’t take us long to find, I was pretty open on the design, with the perfect amount of sparkle my eyes lit up, I just knew it was the one .
Mikey gave me a cwtch & a kiss as he handed the engagement ring to me.
It was one of the happiest moments of my life.We then rushed home to let our families know the big news, then shared a photo on Facebook of the ring. Which in turn had hundreds of good wishes from all our friends & families, it was fantastic to see how much support we had as a newly engaged couple!