Every wedding has a story and Rachel and Darren’s was no different. The story here is of a family who love each other, there are quotes and plaques of love and laughter all over the house and the sentiments are beautiful. At the centre of this family is a mother who sadly passed away 8 years ago. She may not have been present on this special day but she was present in the thoughts of the guests and the bridal party, present in the family home and most of all present in the mind of the bride, Rachel. There is evidence of her family’s love for her throughout the home and Rachel very much wanted her to be a part of her wedding day.
When I arrived at the house for bridal preparations (hair and make-up Merteen Jones) I found a family busy getting ready and was immediately made welcome and part of the day. There were a few tears from a reluctant flower girl but the atmosphere was happy and excited. I got to work and was struck by the evidence of the family’s love. I decided there and then that I would need to try to capture this as well as the events of the day.
Following a busy morning of getting ready there was an emotional service in Pontypridd Registry office. From there we went to take pictures on Pontypridd Common, the place has special significance for Rachel, and with her mum in mind, she wanted a few special photographs taken here.
Following a stroll around the common we followed the guests to Duffy’s Ex-Servicemen’s Club for the reception (catering by KD Catering and Events) and evening entertainment. There was a wonderful party atmosphere and I loved being part of this special day. Thank you, Rachel and Darren, for asking me to be a part of your wedding.