"If we get married, we should do it here," Bec told Linden the first time they travelled to see the place he grew up. Three years later, their closest family and friends gathered in the village of Betws-y-Coed to see them take their vows in the hills of Snowdonia.
The Riverside Hotel, Craig-y-Dderwen, was host for the wedding party, who had travelled to Wales from as far as East Anglia. The groom once lived and worked here, so it really was a home-from-home! Bec and her girls prepared in her suite with a view over the River Conwy, while the rest of the house buzzed with last-minute preparations. After a week of rain the sun shone, the birds sung, and the village turned out to see the bride arrive at church. "Betws-y-Coed" translates as "prayer house in the woods", as the village was founded around a monastery in the 6th century, and the streams of family, faith, place and nature merged in their beautiful marriage ceremony. After lighting their unity candle, husband and wife shared smiles in the sunshine before returning to Craig-y-Dderwen for an afternoon of delicious food, emotional speeches, and a space-hopper race or two. As the sun lowered, we took a walk along the riverbank and spent some quiet moments surrounded by Snowdonia's immense beauty. The bar stayed open all night, the bridesmaids learnt to riverdance, and the groom proved himself an air guitar master.
Immense thanks to the staff at Craig-y-Dderwen for their hospitality all weekend, and to Jo and Mitch for the cross-country lift. Special mentions to Bridy, for old friends made new, and Jess, for the serendipitous meeting of an maybe-Aggie. And, most of all, my thanks to Bec and Linden, and their families, for their generosity in having me share in this wonderful celebration. Three days away in this beautiful place? You bet I'm a lucky photographer.
Dress: 'Denise' by Eternity Bride
Flowers: Scent With Love Florist
Cake: Regency Cakes, Cambridge
Venue & Catering: The Riverside Hotel, Craig-y-Dderwen