Wedding at The Orangery in Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales.
I feel honoured to have been asked to photograph Nessreen and Hatim’s Egyptian wedding, which also included an Islamic ceremony, a first for me.
The last Asian wedding I photographed was when I first started photography, documenting a Cardiff based wedding.
Preparations were held at the Ivy Cottage next to The Orangery. It’s always a pleasure to work with experienced make up artists, as Farhana Ali had positioned the bride in front of the large patio doors, allowing beautiful light to fall onto her.
With the British weather the way it is, even if you get married during the summer months, you’re not guaranteed nice weather. But the sun was definitely out for this beautiful Egyptian wedding! In fact, it was scorching!
My first time at this wedding venue, and apparently, the venue decorators that were contracted for the job had set up the chairs to face the windows, rather than down the Orangery. For me, it was totally the right move!
The ceremony was a mix between a western ceremony and an Islamic ceremony, it was nice to have it in Arabic as well as English 🙂
After the ceremony, it was time to release the doves! Doves find a partner and pair up with the same one for the rest of their lives! That’s so cute!
I’ve been waiting to photograph a wedding here for years! Ever since I started wedding photography, I’ve had plenty of engagement shoots at Margam Park, but the Castle is not accessible to the public. So I made the most of the Castle getting as much variety of photos as possible for our awesome couple!
As with most, if not, all Asian weddings, there’s a stage at the front for the bride and groom to sit on for photos and speeches. With all the speakers up on the stage, it was a pleasure to photograph!
I usually photograph the family portraits after the ceremony, but as Margam Park closes to the public after 6pm, we decided to photograph the groups after that time. We still had lots of daylight, so it was ideal.
Ahhh, the I couldn’t believe how busy the dance floor was, these guys knew how to party! So much fun, I wish I stayed longer, but as a guest! haha.
Here’s a photo from the wedding day, I’ve been asked not to publish photos, the following photo has been agreed.