Meifod, Caernarfon, & Llanengan Church pre-wedding photographer scout

I visited the church in Llanengan, down the Lleyn Peninsula, and the Meifod hotel near Caernarfon, in preparation for photographing and filming Ffion and Alun’s wedding in June.

I write up these notes so I have a clear idea what I’m doing on the wedding day, and so couples can see the thinking behind what I plan to do on their big day.

The church at Llanengan is located in one of the most beautiful areas of North Wales, a few miles past Abersoch down the Lleyn Peninsula. I got the key from the owners of the Sun Inn, a pub where I’ve often gone for food before, nice place.

There is a path leading up from the back of the church, which could work as a place to photograph Ffion and Alun with the church in the background.

There is window next to the door, so there should be good light for a photograph of the bride entering the church.

The church has a kind of double roof, with arches down the centre inside… this makes it a challenge to photograph/film all the seated guests, but could also make for some interesting compositions.

The natural light isn’t sufficient for photographing in most areas of the church, but there are overhead lights and the Reverend seemed relaxed about taking pics during the service.

There is an impressive stained glass window, under which I assume the couple will receive blessings. One issue here is there is a hanging light which somewhat spoils the shot from behind… could perhaps get round this by taking an extra picture of just the window and blend this with the photo of the couple.

Outside the church, my eye was drawn to the red telephone box. Not really sure why yet, cos I can’t quite picture a picture, but perhaps something will come to me…

Not far down from Llanengan is Hell’s Mouth, a spectacular beach, but perhaps a bit far from the road to get down to take photos on the day.

The Meifod, on the Bontnewydd side of Caernarfon, is prob a bit more than a half hour drive from Llanengan, maybe more considering there will be summer traffic to contend with.

The room where the wedding breakfast will take place is very large and well lit, so will get some nice photos here. Noticed two different backdrops for photos of individuals, the brickwork, which has some interesting lighting from the arched window, and cut logs.

There is an appending marquee where buffets are sometimes held, and as this is white it will make a good spot for candids of guests, with bounced flash.

There are some good locations for photographs of the couple outside, but I struggled a bit figuring out the best way to do a group shot of everyone.. think this will be a step ladder job, v cliche.

k, think that’s about it… looking fwd to the wedding.

Tom Simone – personal photography

This website is dedicated to the wedding photography and videography side of what I do, but I’ve recently spent a bit of time updating my personal website –

This year I’m attempting to do a 365 project, where I take and upload a photo every day. Yesterday it was my son Raffi who starred, think he and Jac will probably take top spot on quite a few days 🙂

Tom Simone North Wales Portrait Photography

I’ve photographed many things – everything from a hotel tap to David Cameron – but I’ve not done a lot of straight out portrait photography.

However, this last month I did a couple of different portrait shoots and really enjoyed it, so it’ll definitely be something I’ll do more of in the future.

Of course, it’ll be somewhat easier once I get a studio set-up – the number one thing on my list of new-year resolutions – but in the meantime shoots on location are the order of the day.

North Wales Portrait Photographer

This shot was taken at Debs’ mum’s house.

North Wales Portrait Photographer.

This shot of Elen and her two brothers was taken at the park in Llanrwst. They gave me some of their granddad’s cider, which was very nice…

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.

Tom Simone Wedding Photographer at Seiont Manor Wedding Fair

Caroline and I went to the Seiont Manor Wedding Fayre today… and now we’re pretty exhausted.

Kudos to batman Sam for building me a very well made wooden display board, from which I hung my canvases…

Wedding photographer at Seiont Manor wedding fayre

It was our first time there and we spent ages getting everything ready, incredible how long all the little things take really.

It was well worth it though, we met a load of very nice couples and made friends with a bunch of other wedding people.

Our table was next to Gav’s discos, who is very well known around the Caernarfon area. He had the Liverpool v Everton  match on his laptop, he supports Eveton and they beat us 2-0, … he seemed like a nice guy apart from that though.

Also met Ioan’s wife, of Celynnen Photography, who I’d come across on the twitters…geeks the both of us.

Also met Alan and Ffion, who won my wedding competition earlier this year, although embarrassingly I couldn’t immediately place them…sorry!

All in all, it was a well worthwhile event and I can’t wait to work with some of the couples I met there… exciting times!

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