Tracey and James’ wedding at Wesley Memorial Church Taibach

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My first wedding of 2013 arrived on St Davids Day. Tracey and James decided to tie the knot at their local chapel – Wesley Memorial Chapel in Taibach, PortTalbot. Like many of my clients Tracey booked me for my documentary approach to wedding photography. Many of my clients are not big fans of having their photographs taken and my approach fits well, as I aim to capture moments rather than staging photographs throughout the day.

The ceremony was to begin at 2pm and I met with James, his best man and ushers at about 1:30pm. Joking about James showed very little signs of nervousness before Tracey arrived looking absolutely amazing in her wedding dress.


Tracey’s brief to me was for me to ensure that I captured some great pictures of her daughters on the day as James and herself were not really too bothered about pictures of themselves. I am happy to say that I think I achieved the brief but have to apologise as I am afraid that I managed to capture some amazing moments between the happy couple also. I’m sure you will all agree that Tracey looked fantastic, and her dress fitted like a glove. They both look so happy after they had exchanged their vows.

The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes and the newly weds headed off to The Prince of Wales pub near Kenfig, where they were to continue with the celebrations. Dating back to the 14th Century and steeped in history the upstairs function room reminds me of a old banquet hall With a hog roast to feast on, and apples with silver engraved leaves to donate the seating, the subtle adornment of the room was very fitting. 

Caricaturist George G Williams of Leicester was also hired to produce caricatures of the guests throughout the evening. It was great to be able to capture the reactions of people on seeing the drawings made by George. He works so fast, and produces such great caricatures everyone was loving his work.


Whilst George was entertaining the guests we headed to the field opposite to pub to make a few portraits of Tracey and James and grab a few quick group photographs before I continued to document the evenings fun and laughter.


A fantastic day I hope you enjoy the photographs. The full set can be found here.

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