Pembrokeshire wedding photography – Gibbs & Vet
Lara & Darren met in Queenstown, New Zealand. She was on her medical elective and he was on a placement for his vet degree. Both of them were at Uni in Bristol but had never met even though they had mutual friends – She would have remembered because he was “super handsome.”
He proposed with a sapphire at sunset on a clifftop walk. They were holidaying in Pembrokeshire where Lara’s parents have a beautiful house. It’s such an amazing area they decided to have a marquee wedding at the house. Lara told us “It’s our happy place and the most stunning area. The house is not far from the sea and has a beautiful view of ‘Dinas Mountain’ in the background (it’s not quite a mountain, more like a large hill)!”
Lara & Darren wanted their Pembrokeshire wedding to be all about friends and family. Having the wedding at Lara’s parents made it very personal especially as everyone came together to help out with setting up. This also meant that it was very relaxed and informal. Being by the sea also gave it a lovely country feel and we were certainly gifted a gorgeous day. In the evening after the speeches we managed to run down to the sea for some portraits before the fading light caught us and we returned for the first dance.
The dress was was Naomi Neoh from Carina Baverstock Boutique in Bradford on Avon near Bath. Lara says “I totally fell in love with Naomi Neoh dresses when looking online right after we got engaged. I used to do some ballet dancing and still have a thing for gorgeous, floaty material that moves beautifully with you. The dress I wore was Dita and I adored it. I’m trying to think of an excuse to put it on again!! Carina and her team of fitters were very professional and seriously talented when it came to the seamstresses. I would recommend them to anyone.”
Darren wore a blue Italian wool suit from Austin Reed with the bridesmaids looking beautiful in Ghost maxi bright blue dresses.
There were a lot of DIY touches – The road signs (see above), The place settings had a Yorkshire Rose (Lara is from Yorkshire) and a dragon (Darren is Welsh) hand drawn by Mum. Darren’s Aunt made the cake “..it was so good that people have kept mentioning it to us.” There were childhood photo-montages, painted slate signs and Dad’s pretty wooden wine cases for cards and presents.
Lara’s favourite part of the day?
“My favourite part of the day was the first half – the morning with my favourite girls and then the ceremony and champagne reception. On our way into the Marquee, when we were first announced as Bride and Groom, our bridal party threw confetti over us. This had not been planned but was so much fun and has provided some of my favourite photos.
One totally unique part of the garden is a huge galvanised steel welsh dragon, made by the local blacksmith. We mounted our table plan in the Dragon’s lair and the guests all walked through the lair to get into the marquee. I loved that this added a slightly magical touch to the day!”
Any advice for other couples planning their day?
“There is absolutely no need to be stressed. I have seen so many friends have arguments with their families over their weddings and I find it really sad. We spent 3 days in Pembrokeshire before our big day to set up and make everything pretty and it was so much fun. We honestly all loved every minute and there were so many family and friends around to help out that those few days were almost as special as the wedding day itself. There are so few moments in life when we have all the people we love around us, all for one reason and I loved stopping and taking that all in. It meant the world to us that people had come such a long way and we have been quite emotional reliving it all.”
If you are getting married and are looking for a wedding photographer in Pembrokeshire or anywhere else in the world then please get in touch. Here’s what Lara has to say about us –
“Kevin Belson was recommended to us by a friend based on her engagement shoot, the photos from which were amazing. I had been struggling to find a photographer whose website I was bowled over by until I found Kevin and Carol’s. After talking to our friends who, like us, had been nervous about having a camera in their face, he seemed an obvious choice. We honestly could not have found a wedding photography team who were better suited to us. Kevin and Carol are relaxed and funny – a must for us – as well as being professional and fabulous at what they do. They made us feel at ease right from the start and more importantly have given us the most amazing photos that will last a life time.”