Javvad and Jing’s Autumnal Wedding at Cardiff Mansion House

By Chris Francis

Javvad got in touch with me while I was on holiday in Turkey having booked his wedding at the Cardiff Mansion house for November 2012. He was looking for a photographer to cover his wedding for a few hours and was drawn to my style of documentary photography and natural bride and groom photo-shoot. We hit it off straight away and I was so happy to have been involved in their unique celebrations.

I arrived early enough be able to capture Jing getting ready, and the guests arriving at the Mansion house which is a stunning building in the heart of Cardiff, once the Lord Mayor’s home and still used for meetings held by the Mayor and other distinguished guests.

Javvad and Jing had a finger print tree for the guests to sign as they arrived, which I thought was a lovely memento of the day.  There were canapés for their guests to enjoy as they arrived and the entire place had been adorned with Chinese wedding decorations by Jing’s parents.

I love travelling and seeing different cultures and as well as the civil ceremony Javvad and Jing also had a Tea ceremony which I was also invited to document. It was a great addition to the day and seeing the happiness on Jing’s fathers face in the photos during both ceremonies says it all for me.

A joining of two people and two cultures in this wonderful venue was a great assignment and we were able to use the Mansion House’s grounds and rooms for photographs too. The wonderful Japanese Acer Tree had turned golden in the back garden, which was a great addition to the autumnal colours everywhere. Having seen the venue about two weeks earlier I had predicted the wonderful colours and was very excited about using them.

Check out their wonderful day and I’d love to hear your comments below…