To help kick start my year I attended SNAP Photography Festival – five days of workshops aimed at wedding photographers, set in the beautiful glamping site of Fforrest wedding venue, near Cardigan in south Wales. But this is no ordinary workshop, SNAP is so much more!
I had the most amazing time!! We toasted marshmallows, sang around campfires, danced our hearts out to a silent disco, hugged all the hugs, were invited to the most beautiful surprise wedding of two of our very own SNAPsters (!!) and we just happened to attend a whole bunch of fabulous inspirational workshops by some of the worlds top photographers along the way! This was an epic jam packed week of learning and fun, with talks, practical sessions and hanging out shenanigans. The only thing missing was enough hours in the day for a decent nights sleep.
As for the wedding, well. Xeco proposed to Rochan on a nearby beach while attending the festival the previous year, so they decided to hold their ceremony a year later at the fabulous Fforest wedding venue. We had been asked to bring our ‘dress to impress’ outfits for the day, yet most of us knew nothing of the wedding plans till a surprise announcement on the morning of their big day! The ceremony was held in a secluded woodland quarry in the warming spring sunshine by a celebrant, complete with hand binding ceremony. It was a beautiful and relaxed wedding day filled with love and was an honour to be a part of, this was a day I shall never forget.
I left Wales feeling so alive (but very tired), inspired and excited about where I can take my work over this coming year and beyond. On top of this I have made so many wonderful friends through SNAP, they are an amazing, fun and supportive community of people of whom I am proud to call my friends, my tribe, my photography family.
Fforrest wedding venue – fforest http://www.coldatnight.co.uk/
Design & Coordination – The Bijou Bride http://www.thebijoubride.com/
Styling – Mr & Mrs Unique mrandmrsunique.co.uk
Wedding dress – E&W Couture http://eandwcouture.co.uk/
Stationery – Hollyhock lane http://www.hollyhocklane.co.uk/
Flowers – Great British florist http://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/
Groom & best man waistcoats – http://sirplus.co.uk/
DJ – wedding smashers http://www.weddingsmashers.com/
Celebrant – Hannah Jones
Signage & linen – Fleur de Lace Wedding & Events http://www.fleurdelace.co.uk/
Guest book backdrop & ribbons – Kate Cullen http://www.katecullen.co.uk/