The marriage of Robin and Sarah at Castell Carreg Cennen, Nr Llandeilo

By Chris Francis

The marriage of Robin and Sarah at Castell Carreg Cennen, Nr Llandeilo

The very rural and historic site of Carreg Cennen Castle was the setting for the wedding of Sarah and Robin Owen this May just gone. I have a love of castles and they both did too with the names of all the tables given that of a welsh castle and we also did the pre-wedding shoot around Castell Coch which tied in splendidly with the theme.

Robin and Sarah are a fantastic couple they understand each other to a tee. It was fab to see them get married in such a magnificent location. I absolutely loved shooting in the marriage hall which had a magnificent view towards the castle with its two of its side made of glass the light in there was amazing. I was advised that I was not allowed to take many photographs during the ceremony, only at key moments! I am very sensitive to the privacy of the moment and always try to be as unobtrusive as possible whilst trying to get the shot that I want. Key moments are in expressions for me, and sometimes they do not come at the same time as key moments in the ceremony. As a documentary photographer I try to be ready for any particular moment that arrives.

The castle dates back to the 12th Century and has been in a ruinous state from 1462.  It is steeped with history and attracts artists from all over including Turner who sketched the castle. It was beautiful up there and there are some fab spots for photos – Check out the gallery I’m so happy with these. . .

The reception was held in the Barn at Carreg Cennen to which I was delighted to be invited to celebrate with them. Robin’s father’s speech was fantastic, he really delivered well not shy of public speaking and there was a lot of love in the air of this very close affair.  We were served beef which came around un-carved with the men of the table responsible for carving. The beef served was raised on the farm had won the Royal Welsh Show previously and was the best beef roast  I have ever tasted ever, ever, ever, even though I was told off for using mustard by the squire ( sorry, I like it on my potatoes with horseradish on the beef, honest!)

The evening entertainments were firstly hosted by a local traditional Welsh dance organisation with a bit of tutorial for everyone to join in. Fab! Everyone enjoyed this and most people joined in which I did not really expect! This was followed by disco entertainment with some 80’s classics being pumped out until early hours.

Robin and Sarah, I had a fab time and I hope that you love the photos that I have captured of your special day. We’ll catch up soon. x