Back in October I had the great honour in capturing Catie & Marc's special day.
A day we were not sure would happen, till the final hour.
2020 has been such a rollercoaster of a year for everyone, but imagine planning a wedding. This amazing couples plans changed every day. Their dreams of how they initially thought their big day would be, were taken away month by month. New guidelines and restrictions meant that guest numbers were lowered, honeymoon rescheduled, reception plans cancelled ,compulsory masks, no singing . Gosh ! the list was endless.
But Catie and Marc firmly kept saying they will go ahead as long at the regulations allow. They were willing to make the changes, they just wanted to be husband and wife. What a truly wonderful platform to start their journey as Mr & Mrs not even a global pandemic could get in the way of their love for one another.
I arrived at Catie's family home to witness the preparation stages. Catie was so calm and so full of happiness with a little dash of disbelief that it was actually really happening. I think the weeks of uncertainty had made her believe this day may never be possible. But here she was looking absolutely radiant and surrounded by her family bubble.
The measures that were put in place to ensure everyone's safety was amazing. Everyone involved took their responsibility so serious, as everyone had the same goal.
Ensure these two get married.
The ceremony was held at Ct Cedol's Church, Pentir. This parish means a lot to Catie and her family. Her grandfather was the parish priest and her parents were married at the church. On this special day what better way to continue the family connections but for her auntie to conduct the ceremony.
Observing Catie's auntie who's face throughout the ceremony radiated such pride and love for her niece. Had me struggle at times to hold back the tears, this intimate ceremony had so much love . Everyone knew that this marriage was true love and that their marriage would be everlasting.
Even though so many amendments and changes were made, there was still some beautiful details. The grooms party wore dinosaur themed ties. Red carnation flowers were in the bouquets, Catie's grandfathers favourite flower. The exact amount of flower bouquets in the church to then lay on loved ones graves afterwards. Not forgetting the organist playing Lord of the Rings , another moment I could not hold back the tears. This couple wanted a quirky, fun wedding that reflected their relationship and their respect and love for their families. They still managed to do so even under the circumstances.
It was so difficult to not be emotional when capturing this special day, however my mask was there to catch the tears. I wish Catie and Marc so much love in their journey as Mr & Mrs and cannot wait to celebrate again with them next year. With all those who sadly could not attend.
I would like to say a heartfelt thankyou to Catie & Marcs family whom were so wonderful to me throughout the day . But an even bigger thankyou to all who took part in making this special day happen.
Videographer ; Kim Ritters www.kimritterfilms.co.uk
Reception Venue: Bethesda Rugby Club
Hair: Kelvin Lloyd-Roberts