Andy and Jayne got married on an early autumnal day at Felin Newydd House, a stunning exclusive use country house set in the beautiful Brecknockshire countryside, a stones throw from the wild and untouched Brecon Beacons National Park. From the start Andy and Jayne wanted a venue that felt homely and relaxed but also grand and Felin Newydd fitted the bill perfectly. It truly was a day focused on friends and family and an absolute joy to photograph.
Three words to describe your wedding day.
Relaxed, Intimate & Emotional.
When planning your wedding, how did you go about choosing a venue that would fit your style?
Firstly we spent some time discussing what sort of wedding that we wanted. We decided that we would like to rent a country house for the weekend, it was important not to have a venue that felt corporate, we wanted to feel at home and relaxed in the venue. It had to be grand but tranquil and understated and one where we could have the wedding and reception in one place – we then visited several places but there was only one that really suited us, so it selected itself. It turned out beautifully and we loved the place – having it for the weekend was ideal too.
Tell me about your decor & colour theme: where did you get ideas from?
The theme was circa 1930’s-40’s glamour; lots of old rose colours, dusty pinks, mauves mixed with silver and pewter metallics. The flowers were also reflective of the theme, 30’-40’s manor house style; not overly structured but glamorous with some really beautiful big blooms and loosely tied with satin ribbons.
3 tips for future brides and grooms on bringing your own character into your wedding and making the day unique:
It’s your day and no-one else’s, always remember that. Time spent together getting your vision really clear for the day before you contact any venues, suppliers etc. speak to any family will help you stick to what you want.
-Don’t compromise, that’s easier to do if you have a vision.
-Trust your instincts.
-Meet everyone who will be playing a part in making your wedding wonderful and ensure they understand what you want, listen well and are almost as enthusiastic as you about day!
If you were to do it again, is there anything that you would do differently?
No – it worked out wonderfully. It more than matched our vision for the wedding, it was so much more.
Why was it important for you to have photographs of your wedding day?
Photographs are really important to us, both from an aesthetic and emotional viewpoint and we wanted to have photos that conveyed the feeling of the day for us to return to time and again (and we do).
Do you have any advice for future couples on choosing their photographer?
We think that you have to ‘connect’ with your photographer, and if you do everything else will flow from that. When we met Cat and Rich we immediately liked them and thought that they understood us and what we wanted from the photographs of our wedding. Not only did they take fantastic photos of our wedding that we will treasure forever, it was also great to have them at the wedding and many people said that they felt more like guests than photographers (in a good way!).