Pre-Wedding photo scout at St Bridget’s Church, Dyserth, and Deganwy Quay Hotel, Conwy

I visited St Bridget’s Church in Dyserth and the Deganwy Quay Hotel a while back in preparation for Laura and Andrew’s wedding next May.

It is a beautiful little church, with a large stained glass window. This will make a good backdrop for when they are receiving their blessing.

Photographs aren’t allowed during the actual service and on the day I visited the church was quite dark.

For the photograph of Laura walking down the aisle I may see if I can take a couple of shots with my flash. Alternatively, I can use my fastest lens (lets most light in), a high iso, and some careful focusing on her face.

The kiss and the signing of the register will require a similar approach.

The church door will make a good frame for the couple, but there is not enough room for larger group shots outside the church.

Nearby, there is a well known waterfall and I think this will make a really interesting backdrop to some photographs of Laura and Andrew together.

There is a kind of corridor of rock in the same place and – with some creative use of off-camera flash or fortuitous overhead natural light – this will make a very cool shot of Laura, particularly to show off her dress.

The Deganwy Quay hotel is a great looking venue, with tonnes of opportunities for great photos.

Outside, there is a long water structure, which could act as a lead in line to the couple.

There is a grassy area suitable for the larger group shots, with me on the balcony above.

Inside, where the reception is being held, there are large windows overlooking the Conwy estuary which provide lots of natural light. The ceilings are white.

The piano and the floor in the foyer caught my eye, which will be good for reflections and background respectively.

Ok, think that’s all for now…

Why do I write up notes on these pre-wedding photos scouts?

The main reason is for me to know exactly what I’m doing on clients’ wedding days – I like to be uber-organised and prepared, it makes a massive difference on the wedding day.

Secondly, it gives my clients the opportunity to see exactly what I’ll be doing on their wedding day, which is always a good thing.

Conwy wedding photography at Plas Mawr & Sychnant Pass House

Conwy wedding photography at Plas Mawr Elizebethan house

Conwy wedding photography at Plas Mawr Elizebethan house

I photographed Amy and Andrew’s wedding in Conwy over the weekend.

They were the first couple to ever get married at the Plas Mawr Elizebethan house in Conwy, which dates back to the 1500s, and it was an amazing setting.

They had their reception at the Sychnant Pass House, a very nice country hotel five minutes out of Conwy. The sun was shining, guests sat out on the lawn, and it was a very relaxed and enjoyable day.

Amy had made her hat and parts of her dress and looked amazing with her very vintage look.

There’s some really good light at Plas Mawr, and these couple of pics have come straight out of the camera.

Conwy wedding photography at Plas Mawr Elizebethan house

Conwy wedding photography at Plas Mawr Elizebethan house

The pic of Amy and Alex together is taken in the attic at Plas Mawr, and was one that my wife Caroline said she liked because of the way Amy is holding her shoes.

The rest of the photos from Amy and Alex’s wedding will be put up in an online gallery in the next couple of weeks.

Pre-wedding photography scouting at Plas Mawr, Conwy and Sychnant Pass house

Plas Mawr, Conwy

I’d not actually visited Plas Mawr, the Elizabethan house in Conwy which dates back to the 1500’s, before checking it out from a wedding photographer’s point of view.

It’s a very cool place to get married, and definitely something a bit different.

The room where the ceremony will be held is able to fit up to 40 people, and this gives it a very intimate feel.

It is light, with large windows on two sides. A wide angle lens will be required for shots of the bride, groom, and guests during the ceremony. The 24-70 lens will be better for shots of just the bride and groom, so I will use two cameras so as to avoid changing between lenses.

Flash is allowed at Plas Mawr, but the natural light is so good I think it will be best to avoid using it as much as possible.

One point where flash might be needed is  when the bride and groom sign the register. The table is lit by three large windows, behind and to the left and right, which will create good hair highlights when complemented by a little fill flash.

I was then shown the other rooms in the house – it is mostly done out to look as it would have done when it was originally lived in, which makes it a really exciting place to take photos.

There are stairs to the tower (which Plas Mawr is best known for) and to an attic room.

The stairs themselves make an excellent point to take a photograph of the bride from above, with small windows creating areas of light and dark that will really bring the photograph to life.

The attic is Rachel’s, the lady who showed me round, favourite room, but she did point out that it might be difficult to climb the steps up there in a wedding dress.

There are big wooden beams which I think  could be used to create a great frame for a sequence of photos of the bride and groom.

I also liked the room with a four-poster bed and the kitchen, where there is very good light from the windows. There are so many good backdrops and ways to frame the photos that I’ll almost be spoilt for choice.

The courtyard and garden area outside is large enough for group shots. Plas Mawr and its tower make a good backdrop and the doorways make good frames.

Sychnant Pass House

Sychant Pass House is a two minute drive from the town of Conwy and tucked away in the woods on the way up to the Sychnant Pass.

The room where the bride will be getting married has a king size bed with ornate wood carvings. There is a skylight and numerous light sources that will make an atmospheric image.

I liked the chess set (I’m a bit of a chess boffin) and the fact the rooms are named after TS Eliot’s cats. It gives the place a kind of bookish feel that appeals to me.

There is a large lawn and a courtyard, either of which would be suitable for larger group shots.

The drawing room could be used for group shots if some of the furniture is moved around.

There are daisies and bluebells on the lawn, which could be used as for foreground elements in portrait shots of bridesmaids/children.

I’d noticed photos of the swimming pool at Sychnant Pass House on its website and thought the reflections might make for some good photographs, but have ruled it out because the humidity might kill my camera (it’s happened to me twice before) and wouldn’t be great for the bride’s hair.

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