In May I was booked to shoot the Brecon Beacons wedding of Ed & Kirstie.  The ceremony was at St.John the Baptist Church in Merthyr Tydfil with the reception at Kirstie’s parents Bed & Breakfast on the edge of the Beacons at Beili Helyg Guest House near Penderyn. If you ever have need or a lovely place to stay in The Brecon Beacons I would thoroughly recommend it!

The view of the Beacons from Beili Helyg Guest House is stunning, however as I drove over the moorland to get there on the morning of the wedding it was raining and I was shouting at the sky in the hopes it would listen and come good. Luckily it did and by the time we were set to leave for the ceremony the sun had come out and mostly, apart from one huge downpour mid-afternoon, the day was gorgeous.

Kirstie & Ed are two of the loveliest people and the day was so full of love and laughter in the most beautiful of locations. Thank you Ed & Kirstie for booking me!

Very detailed supplier list at the end of this page. Thanks Ed!

Brecon Beacons wedding.  Notes by Ed, the groom:

Ceremony Venue – St John the Baptist Church, Cefn Coed
Reception Venue – Kirstie’s Parents B&B, Beili Helyg Guest House  –
Save the Date Magnet Cards –
Invitations –
Order of service and menus –
Church Flowers – Sonia (The verger and lady from Cefn Coed who normally does the flowers for the church services)

Marquee, toilet and generator – West Country Marquee,  (They were extremely helpful and came up a number of times to do site visits to check that they would be able to get a lorry in & lots of people commented on how plush the toilets were. I rang around a number of suppliers before hand and they were all more expensive than going direct through West Country Marquee.)

Catering and Bar Staff from, Jane was extremely helpful and friendly, Kirstie, her sister and Mum went to a tasting beforehand to ensure we got the food we wanted. (Side note from Larissa – The meal was the best wedding meal I have ever tasted)

Beef – Locally sourced by Kirstie’s Dad from Steve the Butcher from Cefn Coed.

White and Rose wine – From Naked Wine, gave significant discounts for wedding purchases as well as a free tasting case when we were deciding on the wine.

Red and Cava – From The wine society

Beer, cider, Ginger beer – All home made by me.

Decorations – Most decorations that we bought were purchased from Amazon, but the majority Kirstie made including: The jute twine wrapped wine bottles, the jam jars with lace, the table plan was made from cork board wrapped in hessian and then Kirstie made the design for the rest of it. The wooden disks were cut by Kirstie’s Dad from Cherrywood. Hurricane jars were bought from Dunelm Mill as were the throws for the straw and hay bales. The bales themselves were bought from Ward Feed Supplies, Lower Ton-y-felon Farm. Cake Stand was bought from Not On the High Street, the guest sign in book was from Etsy, the majority of the photos behind the cake were reproduced through Photobox.

Flowers for the ceremony venue and button holes were bought from M Richards Flowers, Dowlas.

Rings were bespoke made rings from Harriet Kelsall Jewelry (, Kirstie’s was designed by us specifically to fit against the engagement ring I had designed.

Adult Bridesmaids dresses were bought from Debenhams, childrens from Monsoon, the brides dress bought from Cardiff Bridal Centre, jewellery from Etsy. Nails and eyelashes for the bridal party were done at Pink Pamper, Cefn Coed. Hair by Lisa James at Hairport, Merthyr. Hair Combs were bought from Etsy, make-up was bought from Bobby Brown at John Lewis and then applied by Kirstie’s sister, Ghislaine.

The Harpist was from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Ada Ragimov.

The Band are “Goose”, they are one of the house bands from the club, Live Lounge, in Cardiff where Kirstie and I used to go on dates. (note from Larissa – I loved the bad. They were excellent and really cool.)

Wedding Car was hired from IDOO Wedding Cars, the minibus taxi at the end of the night were from MINTAX, Abadare.

Only two of the ushers outfits were hired, the rest had their own, these were hired from Debenhams Formal Hire, the ties were bought from

Wedding Cake was generously home made by Kirstie’s Bridesmaid, Emma Jane.

Gift list and wedding insurance was from John Lewis, John Lewis do one that covers marquees and if you ring them up they will extend the cover to include the put up and take down of the marquee as well for no extra cost.

Wedding Favours were home made, we bought some bulbs and bought the boxes flat packed from Amazon, we then bought a label from Vistaprint to explain what was in the favour.

South Wales Wedding Photographer : Brecon Beacons – Ed & Kirstie

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