Lisa and James Pidgeon – St Mark’s Church Cardiff and Park Plaza Wedding Photography

By Chris Francis

Lisa and James got married in St Marks Church, Cardiff at the end of May 2012 and I was honoured to have been invited to capture the preparations at Lisa’s parents’ home and at her local hairdressers Kadji in Whitchurch. Lisa told me previously that she loved flowers and the wonderful bouquets that had been prepared for her were exactly what she wanted and matched the colour scheme perfectly.

Whilst Lisa was having her make up done, James was only a few doors away getting ready with his best men. His dad, the owner of Pigeon’s Funeral Directors rolled up in his Bentley and I just had to run out to get a few pics of them jumping in the car to get to the church.

Lisa took her time getting to the church (well it is tradition) and even I was getting tense waiting for them to arrive! When she arrive with her Dad to walk her down the aisle she looked amazing and was greeted by lots of friends family and neighbours who had all turned out to watch the joining of two hearts at the church.

The Vicar was very accommodating and welcomed the documentary style that I employ wanting the happy couple to have a wonderful pictorial account of the day. He gave great advise on where I was able to work the church and not having done a church wedding for a while I was relishing the opportunity as I love churches, they are such a great place to photograph.

The ceremony was beautiful and afterwards we proceeded to Cathay’s Park to have a few photographs of the couple alone before moving on to the Park Plaza in Cardiff City Centre. Welcome drinks were held in the lobby and the celebrations continued in one of the many function rooms in the magnificent hotel. Such a dark room I needed to use flash for every shot during the speeches, but was able to bounce it of the white ceilings lighting up the beautifully prepared room and wonderful cake that had little Lisa and James models on the top.

The toastmaster really added to the day ensuring it ram very smoothly and also showed Lisa and James how to cut the cake but also show the rings on their fingers for the photographer.

After some very funny speeches by the best man and James, the couple had organised Casino Tables for the guests to enjoy a bit of Roulette and Black Jack. Good job they were not playing with real money as the house always wins! It was a great way to keep guests entertained and I loved capturing the excitement of it all.

The first dance was followed by the father of the bride dance which was a first for me but really represented the close family ties that this fabulous couple have.

I wish you an amazing life together guys and I’m sure you had a fab time in Vegas for your honeymoon. So jealous, I’d love to go there one day.

Your full set will not be too long now. Can’t wait to show you more photos but for the moment I hope you enjoy reliving the day through this ‘small’ selection!

xx