Emma and Red were married at St Nicholas’s church, Newnham, followed by a marquee reception next door to Emma’s old childhood home – in her old neighbour’s field, complete with donkeys next door! If this is your style of wedding, do please get in contact to discuss your wedding photography.

I’d met Red a few years previously when covering his sister Nia’s wedding in Fonmon Castle near Cardiff. Red’s a larger than life character, a passionate Welshman and rugby player/supporter, so I was honoured to be asked to cover his wedding to the lovely Emma.

I started the day at Emma’s mother’s house in Newnham, quickly popping in to say hello and capture the details, then in a quiet moment I nipped up the High Street to meet up with Red and the boys at the ushers lunch, where the beers were already flowing!

Then back to the house to capture Emma getting into her stunning dress, surrounded by her family and the cutest flowergirls ever!

Then it was time to hot-foot it over to the church of St Nicholas to capture a few shots of Red and then guest arrivals.

The weather held until just before the bride’s arrival – typical British summertime – so a quick dash under the umbrella got Emma to the church door.

I made my way into the lovely church for the service. The vicar was absolutely fantastic so despite the intimate surroundings I was able to get some good shots throughout the service. With such a large Welsh contingent, the singing was as you’d expect – a particularly rousing rendition of Bread of Heaven, led by Red of course!

Due to the weather we completed a few group shots in the church, before it was time to brave the downpour and head over to the marquee.

The marquee looked fantastic and was soon filled with everyone sheltering from the torrential downpour – unfortunately things quite often go to plan, but everyone was having a great time! The donkey’s seemed to be quite interested in goings on as well!

After group shots, it was time to head out for some couples pictures – all the areas I’d scoped out the day before were off limits due to the weather. A neighbouring property was being used for car parking and I’d noticed a few dry-ish spots with interesting backgrounds when parking up, so with the help of a very kind neighbour, a ladder and a best man with a big umbrella, we made the best of the situation and got a few shots at least!

Back in the dry, it was time for the speeches. Firstly, Emma’s brother, the Red of course and then the best men. As you’d imagine, as an ex-rugby boy there was no shortage of stories here, complete with some great props and pictures – absolutely brilliant!!

After the meal, as the sun went down, the marquee took on a lovely intimate light which really complemented the family-feel of this wedding as the guests chatted, babies were shown round etc. – just two families coming together in a lovely way.

And then onto the first dance and party with an amazing band! The dressing up box was raided and things were really going full swing when I said my goodbye’s and headed off – congratulations once again to you both!

All photography copyright David Burke Photography 2017