Paul & Manda- Engagement shoot in Aberdovey

These two are so much fun.

engagement photos: Aberdovey

Joe & Charlie-Rose's wedding photography preview from Gregynog Hall, Wales

Thou, sun, art half as happy'as we.

wedding photography: Gregynog Hall, Newtown Wales

North Wales


North Wales: Conwy,  Llandudno and Snowdon

A little house by the sea...


Rhydian & Jenny's wedding photography preview from The Corran, Laugharne

“Love is the last light spoken.” 
― Dylan Thomas

“I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . .” 
― Dylan Thomas

Wedding photography: The Corran, Laugharne, Pembrokeshire Wales

Rhydian & Jenny's Engagement photos at Llansteffan Beach

Pooches & Smooches

Engagement photo shoot: Llansteffan Beach,  Carmarthen Wales

An Anglesey Second Christmas


Steve & Rachel's Wedding photography preview from Rosedew Farm

28 vicars, 1 wedding

Wedding photography: St Illtud's Church & Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major

A little breathing space

Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Wales

David & Gina wedding photography preview from Castell Coch & St Fagan's National History Museum, Cardiff

An intimate wedding in a Welsh castle.

Wedding Photography: Castell Coch & St Fagan's National History Museum, Cardiff


The Davis Family

Love this family so much

Family photo shoot: Neath, South Wales


Bluestone National Park Resort and Broadhaven South 

The Thomases, A family photo shoot

We met one lovely old friend and three new ones for some pictures  in Cardiff. Such a beautiful family.

Roath Park, Cardiff


Alex & Tara- Engagement photos in Aberystwyth

Delighted to meet these guys in [a rather windy] Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth beach, castle & Penglais Woods

Ashleigh & Louise's Surprise Wedding- Marriott Hotel, Swansea

We've been keeping a secret, Sunday wasn't just Sophia's christening... 

All Saints Church, Kilvey and Marriott Hotel, Swansea


Seaside time

We've been visiting a few old favourite spots and a few new ones. Thanks North Wales.

Llandudno & Conwy, North Wales

Life Lately

Square crop photo of us printing by Indie.

Malcolm & Laura- Engaged

Still not quite sure this day was real. Thanks Wales, epic as usual


Steven & Rachel's Save the Date Session in South Wales

Extremely grateful to these chaps for introducing us to this beautiful spot. Can't believe we have 674 days to wait to go back! 

Engagement photos Dunraven, South Wales

Aber CU Photo Competition

The Winner- Alistair Brooks
On Monday night we had the pleasure of attending and judging a photo competition, so we thought we'd take a second to share the results with you here as well. What an opportunity to show of some of our favourite Aber Student Photographers and their work!

Thanks to Aber CU for hosting the event and inviting us along. Event photos taken for us by Lara Rose.

P.S If you entered or were at the exhibition get in touch in the comments below!

Paulina Kubala- Third Place
Desislava Sekul- Second Place
Michael Bull (an honourable mention,  very timely!)
Francesca Meath (honourable mention)

Granny Wales' House

We went to Granny's house by the sea. It's full of her treasure collections.



We love this place. We love these people.


Star at the Stable [Seren yn y Stabl]

Just a few photos from our recent weekend hanging out in the stable with baby Jesus. No biggy.


Abersoch in Spring





Jasmin & Owen's Wedding Preview [Aberystwyth]


warm welcome


Shooting around

While we were away we also had a play around with some double exposure on film and digital. These ones are all in camera on our D700.


Christmas & New Year (take 2)

We are struggling to get over just how beautiful this weekend was- we had a great time in North Wales some very beautiful friends.


South Wales: Part 2

We didn't spend out entire time on the South Wales coast in the dark looking at Christmas lights, we got some fresh air  in Singleton Park, strolled along Swansea Bay and loved the industrial landscape at Port Talbot. 


South Wales: Part 1

We went on an adventure to South Wales to take a peek at the Christmas lights in Swansea and Cardiff. Mostly we shopped and bought a tun of Christmas presents, but we also took some photos- so here they are.  

P.S Check out Nom's slightly freaked-out face on the ferris wheel! 


We did it!

We've completed our 365 project! You can view the full set here (and if you're really nosey, see the 365 project I completed 4 years ago here).

There were 2 bumps (who are now Lydia and Ivy), 5 Johns (or Jons), 14 photos were in wales, 18 were at weddings, 37 were about food (10%!), 43 were in Australia, 58 are of Birmingham (including 28 of where we live- Erdington) and 123 were individual or group portraits (just over a third). There was also a parrot, a seagull, two clown fish, a goat, a rabbit, a dog, two gerbils and a pelican!

We'd like to thank: Leython, Jack, Ben, Matthew, Becky, Auntie Cathie, Bomber, Sarah, Matthew, Izzy, Anton, Albena and Elizabeth, Kelvin, Santa, Nathan, Sunny, Terry, Nai, Sutton Arts Theatre, Hilary, Volker, Atif, Sunny, Hilary, Graham & Caroline, Nanny, Sam, Emirates, Jack & Jill, Corinne, Laura, Alecia, Bethany, Elen, Stu, Sara, Marley, Fiona, Chris, Kelly, Margaret, Helvetica, Carolyn, TOAST, Phil, Manda, Cnob, Rebecca, Clare, Jon, Catherine , Jon, Malachi, Judy, Grandad, Vanessa, Tom & Anna, Viv & Dave, Mum, John, Vaughany, Jo, Girl's Group, Sam, Martin, Sean, Mimi, Ali, Clair, Charlie and Ella, Jeff, Alix and El, Pheonix, Rhodri and Fernandes, Gav & Alli, Peter, Max, Grandmold, Seth, Purple Moose Brewery, Josh, Andy, Ben, Fran & Matt, Gareth, Jess, Mr. Motivator, Uncle Peter, Smithy, John, John, Paul, Charlie & Joe, Michael, Hana, Bekah, Steve, Kenny,  Jason, Aunty Sue, Jason, Ed, Geoffrey, Ostinato Chamber Choir, Charlie-Bob, Rachel & Bump (Ivy!), Jess and Becca, Chewy, Lydia, Davida, Emma, Matt, Nathan, Sarah and Lea, Emily, Josh, Jim & Fiona, Baljeet, The 2012 Paralympics, Rob & Shamima, Scarlet, The Youth, Nay, The Tech Team, Marsh Lane Day Centre, Liz & Paul, Rosemary, Sarah & Joe, Community Group and Ollie.

Colwyn Bay


Colwyn Bay
North Wales

The Llyn




The View from Rhiw
Llyn Peninsula

Joel & Eleri's Wedding Preview [Llyn Wedding Photography]

Joel & Eleri were married last weekend at Capel Y Drindod with their reception at Tremfan Hall, Pwllheli. And oh what fun we had! It was pretty hard to pick out just a few photos for a preview- so keep your eyes peeled for the full post. 

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Joel & Eleri


Joel and Eleri
The Bride and Groom


Capel Y Drindod


Capel Y Drindod
Pwllheli, Wales

A little trip to Wales




Nathan, 2



Aberdaron House



Samuel, 4

Beach Bonfire


Beach bonfire and volley ball
AHM 15+

Tim & Emma

Some photos from 2009 that I shot in Aberystwyth of Emma & Tim... who's WEDDING we're photographing today! Congratulations from Nom & Malc xx 






Josh & Rachel

We got to hang out with some of our friends from Aberystwyth last weekend. It was such a lovely day with sunshine, a walk in a nature reserve, bubbles, curry and brownies. 


Baby M


Coming soon
Baby M :) and her Mum, Rachel

Matt & Jess- Sneaky Peaky Preview

Jess & Matt's Wedding last weekend was stunning! Check out their reception at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, it was a great location on a beautiful warm and sunny day. (Recognise one of the Bride's Maids?)


The Bride


The Bride & Maids
Jess & Matt's wedding morning

The Bride's House


Where she grew up
(the Bride's house)

Mr & Mrs is the name...

Vintage photos from the National Library of Wales collection.

They're really cool aren't they? I particularly love the double weddings. Imagine getting married with your best friends.

Also, a little tune to get you in the wedding mood :


Hell's Mouth


Hell's Mouth, Abersoch





Trainee teacher and master tinfoil craftsman



Josh, 24

Purple Moose


Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog

View from the harbour


View from the harbour, Abersoch

A postcard from GB

To our dear friends from Perth (and other globetrotters),

Thank you for having us to stay! We had such fun exploring your streets, dipping in your pools, talking to your dogs and sizzling sausages.

Now isn't about time we returned your generosity? 

In an effort to persuade you we've put together this little tour of the UK, a dream team itinerary, as a pledge of good hostmanship. We hope it'll wet your appetite.

(If you're here for a while check out the whole list, if you've only got a short stop check out the comments marked with an asterisk*.)

What to do in the UK...

Visit Scotland: In Edinburgh* theres the Jenners department store, the Castle (with the military tattoo), the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art to fill your day. Of course you couldn't miss out Linlithgow*- home of your Scottish friends, which has its own beautiful Palace and Loch (see your first white swans!). If there at the right time don't miss the marches. Take a long drive and two ferries to isolation on Iona, theres a monastery surrounded by purple and turquoise sea (you can easily walk round the whole island in a few hours). See your first ever snow and ski on it in the Cairngorms. Kayak on a loch and spot some highland cows. Make sure you drink IRN BRU, eat tablet*, haggis, an Oliphant's pie and at least one insane thing deep-fried in Glasgow. Finish with a cultural turn up for the books in Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.

Have a long weekend drifting around the countryside on a canal boat. And make sure you see at least one dramatic waterfall and one fast flowing river.

Go to London to see the Queen (and Corinne!*), go to the Tower of London to see the crown jewels (you can have a really quick visit for free if you go round as they lock up), see art in Trafalgar Square and the Serpentine gallery or swim in the Serpentine lake. Top up on art in the Saatchi Gallery, the V&A, the Tate galleries and eat lunch in the Turbine Hall*. Watch a show in the West End, Shakespeare at the Globe and sneak a peek at a celebrity on the red carpet at Leicester Square. Go to the Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museum and see the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Glimpse grandeur in Westminster Cathedral and St Paul's, or watch MPs in The Houses of Parliament. You should probably check out the Liberty's building to compare it to Perth's imitation, London Court. While you're at Liberties you might as well go in for a spot of shopping, and while you're in the mood Oxford street* is a must see (Topshop for Bee and Moo). Get a Boris bike and crash London fashion week. But don't go in the Thames

There are loads of special events to see too, depending on when you're in London, the Oxford/Cambridge boat race, The BBC Proms, Pride Marchesthe State Opening of Parliament, Chinese New Year or the Trooping of the Colour to name but a few.... oh yeh, and there's the Olympics.

In London enjoy the Tube (its fun when you're not in a rush) then take the Megabus to another city for £1.

Stop a while in Birmingham: Go to the Bullring markets and a vintage fair at the Custard Factory. See a show at the REP or a film at the  Electric Cinema (and text your waiter your order for olives from your sofa seating). Have a curry in the Balti Triangle* and experience a proper pub lunch. Meet the pre-raephelites in the BMAG, something more contemporary in the IKON or something less famous in one of the Digbeth galleries. Taste Cadbury's without the wax at its home in Bourneville and check out the canals. Meet our friends and picnic in Sutton Park

In Wales you could stay in a bothy to experience the countryside up close and personal. Take a visit a Welsh revival chapel and some of our favourite beaches around Abersoch. Eat a Cadwaladers, do some wake boarding in the cold sea, warm up with a bonfire on the beach. Then see the heights of Snowdon on your way back to England.

The following deserve at least a mention: Brighton (ride a carousel at the end of the pier, its a family tradition of ours), Cornwall (the best clotted cream and amazing art in St Ives), the Lake District (has lots of lakes), the Cotswolds (have pretty cottages with yellow stone walls and thatched roofs), Bristol (is an environmentally aware city, with a hippy vibe and cool goings on) and Blackpool (for tacky souvenirs and the blackpool illuminations).

This completes our list of recommendations for a visit to the UK (this list is not conclusive). 
Please come and see us soon,        
With love
Coz, Nom & Malc                              

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Aberyswyth, Whitsun 1950

...and "Borth with eldest niece Helen."


Manda's Mystery Tour

Our mystery tour landed in our Wales from Wales- the only Cadwalader's Ice Cream outlet outside of Wales. We spent the afternoon in Trentham Gardens

Thanks Manda Moo!
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Abersoch Detective Agency

Huge thank you to the Abersoch Beach Mission team of 2011. We had such an awesome time. So thanks to each one of you for all your wisdom, courage, inspiration, faithfulness, enthusiasm, patience, prayer, fun, eagerness, aerobics, welcoming, volunteering, leading, studying, encouraging, listening, dancing, singing, dishwashing, early waking, fancy dress, chav make-up, flying saucers, action songs, hot chocolate, dramatic improvisation, photocopier fixing, frisbee throwing, car shuffling, den building, floor sweeping, bonfire building, resource buying, moustache wearing, equipment carrying, errand running, venue decorating, banner tying, banner untying, bracelet making, key hunting, garage foraging, garage locking, prayer letter folding, communal teeth brushing, exhaustion-beating hugs, emergency murder mystery script writing, sticky toffee pudding and marzipan.*

*Not to mention all that work you did with the children, young people and adults.

D+M The Preview

A sneak peek of Dan and Mel's wedding in Aber on Saturday for you all. There'll be more to follow after their honeymoon, which we hope they are thoroughly enjoying!


Off to Wales

We're heading off to Abersoch today to help run a Scripture Union Beach Mission there.

We've made some blog posts to upload while we're gone, about our wedding! And hopefully when we get back there'll be plenty of pictures of sunny beaches to upload.

Happy Holidays

Llangollen 2011

Last week we had the awesomely fun privilege of attending the International Eistedfodd in Llangollen, where Malc was singing with the Cantorion Ostinato Singers. There was a tonne of practising in the run up to their time on stage. The choir have only been together for about 6 months, though previously they have all been - or still are - members of the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers (of Aberystwyth University, of course).

Everyone made a very early start on Friday for the choir's performance in the Chamber Choirs competition. We were all pretty nervous as it was to be their very first public performance. They were up against six other groups from England, Lithuania, the Philippines, Canda, and the USA.

There was a huge level of excitement and fantastic performances. The standard in the Chamber Choirs class is reportedly higher than most and, although Ostinato scored a handsome 82, The Adventist University of the Philippines Ambassador Chior won. These guys went on to win the overall Choir of the World Competition. 

Billed as "the unique international festival" the Llangollen Eistedfodd started shortly after the end of the second world war in an attempt to bring countries together in peace. Its pretty good fun, though mysteriously ignored by nearly everyone outside Wales. The main tent houses formal choral performances of an impressive standards with competitors from all over the world competing in their own language and traditions. Other stages have a different vibe: the S4C stage included smaller bands from a variety of backgrounds, including folk and a local school brass band. There are stalls and shops selling crafts, clothing and food from across the world and everywhere groups of people (usually in matching clothing) rehearsing or singing just for fun. 


After all the hard work the choir relaxed with some drinks to plan out their programme for next years concert, plotting how many competitions they could fit into and testing their tuning against a guitar tuning app. And watched their performance on telly (with full subtitles in English). 

We stayed at a beautiful site next to an Abbey with cottages for rent, a home-grown butchers, coffee shop, and camping facilities (including tent pods). 

Joe and I were the unofficial Official Ostinato WAGs

Every year for a week in July the festival totally takes over this village and from what we saw the locals made all the festival goers very welcome. Its a stunningly beautiful place though, so I reckon its worth a visit when the crowds aren't there. There's beautiful scenery, historic sites, a steam railway, a canal with famous aqueduct and a good chip shop (we recommend the kebab shop at the top end of the high street). 


Just a quicky...

A brief blog post following an all too brief trip.

We headed over to Aberystwyth on Friday afternoon and stayed for only 24 hours. Malcolm had the pleasurable business of choir rehearsing and Nom the tough task of social gathering. It was a lovely time and though few photos were captured they merit online publication.

We would like to thank: Pete and Abi, Naomi Allen, Rhys Curnow, Hana Kelly (who's face can be seen above), Bethan "Beef" Thomas, Nay Dyer, Sam and Meg, Dave Huck, Charlie- Rose, Lisa Stiff and those Mads past and present involved in 'Ostinato' and members of the CU who prop up the Glengower Library of a Friday evening.


Back in December, just three weeks after our own nuptials, we were fortunate enough to shoot the wedding of our good friends Becca (née Davies) and Lee Dutfield. In brief it was a heart warming family effort with a large amount of purple butterflies, chocolate crispy wedding cake with purple ribbon and...purple in general.

We've known these guys a couple of years from uni and count them amongst our best friends, so it was a major privilege to be involved behind the scenes and share wedding planning with them. Getting to know Becca's family during the hen party and preparations was also a joy.

Becca did a good job of sticking to what she knew she wanted and not letting people persuade her of what she 'should' have, with the exception of a Christmas tree in the chapel - that was Lee's idea, and it worked out well. Most of their day was custom made by Becca's Aunties and other family members, from the dresses (the bride's and the bridesmaids') to the wedding favours (little parcels of hand-wrapped Welsh cakes). 

We arrived the evening before the wedding in time to hang out at the rehearsal and work out some shots, after which we divided into men's and women's groups to collect take away food for the separate households. Becca ended up collecting a huge order of chips for her side of the family, much to the amusement of the chip shop staff, whilst Lee and the boys got an order from Domino's. Then it was full steam ahead putting finishing touches to the table plan, favours and dresses, before finally heading to bed pretty late.

The following morning we split forces. Malcolm followed the groom and groomsmen who, after rising early to help putting finishing touches on the hall, headed to a café for Lee's last cooked breakfast as a 'single' man. 

Meanwhile, I watched the girls as they had their hair and makeup seen to. Becca had four bridesmaids, two young ones and two her own age, plus aunts and her mammy to help her. But in the end she seemed to be the calmest of the lot. Becca doesn't agree with 'faff'.

This wedding was nothing if not Welsh, which is obviously not a criticism coming from two graduates of Wales' finest higher-education establishment. Of course, while the rest of the UK was coated in a beautiful white blanket of snow, it drizzled greyly in Neath.

The service was taken by the dad of best man Pete, John MacDiarmid, or as we like to call him, The Big Mac! John was especially excited to lead the service because Pete and Lee have been best friends since primary school, and gave a visible happy heart skip as the newly-pronounced man and wife kissed for the first time.

I'm not sure Becca even noticed the rain, and it did provide a lovely opportunity for the couple to greet their guests: they walked down the aisle as man and wife to find they had no desire to head out onto the church steps in the rain, so headed straight back into the church to the applause of all their family and friends.

The bride had apparently considered asking all guests to wear a purple item in line with the theme. She eventually decided not to, although many guests embraced it of their own accord.

A highlight of the day came as Becca decided she would add a few words of gratitude to the end of the men's official speeches. Her words were confident, genuine and spoken in a 'tidy' Welsh accent. She thanked her mum for encouraging her to make a bigger deal out of the reception because - and we all half-believed her - 'we'd all by in McDonald's by now' if she hadn't.

After eating and speeches the guests broke out their moves on the dance floor. The disco, provided as a somewhat last minute rescue, didn't disappoint. This was especially true for the Aber crowd who, through a lack of a serious clubbing environment, have learned to throw shapes to just about anything.

As many we know have commented, Becca and Lee have rarely seemed happier than when they're together. We're confident their marriage will be a loving one.


D+N (Part 2)

An early service and meal meant ample time to relax in the glow of the early evening sun as it set over Aber. Some of the younger (and more well-refreshed) guests made good use of the bouncy castle, regardless of the rain water it had collected from earlier in the day.

Making no concession for the older guests, the DJ kicked off with Beyoncé's Halo for the first dance before moving straight into a full set of new dance tunes. The couple impressed everyone by keeping the party going until only the élite remained.


D+N (Part 1)

We've decided it takes more pictures than will comfortably fit in one post to tell the story of our second Summer wedding, so we're splitting Daniel and Naomi's across two.

Just how different can one Aberystwyth wedding be from another? Almost completely as it turns out! Daniel and Naomi's wedding was vivid in every sense, all the way from the personalities involved to the bride's evening dress, which was made by mother of the bride, Lindy. We shouldn't neglect to mention that Lindy also made her own dress, the bride's main dress and the cake!  

Things got really exciting in the Morgan camp when father of the bride, Dill, sprang a surprise horse and cart to get Naomi to the church. It's always a pleasure to witness Welsh weddings because everyone seems to take an interest. Half the road turned out to watch the surprised tears of Naomi and Lindy as they emerged from the house to see their new ride. Naomi's Grandad also lent them an antique Rolls Rocye to carry the new couple from St. Michael's church to the cliff railway.


We organised a quick tour of some sea front landmarks for the couple shots. Daniel and Naomi proved exceptionally good sports and played happily along with our silly requests, even though we'd only met them the day before.




Two weddings today that we wanted to share from last Summer. They happened to take place in not only the same church, but the same reception venue as well. But the similarities pretty much end there.


This was the first wedding we shot together. We were obviously nervous and this feeling was only compounded by the rain (which, really, we should have expected being in Wales), but Sam and Louise were so relaxed that we were able to enjoy it almost as much as they did. We were proud of them for their sunflowers (a relatively late change in florist plans that very much suited their style), their attitudes (if it's not sorted months in advance, or even before the morning, that doesn't matter), and their Ugandan-style bike riding. 

Memorable moments include running half of Aberystwyth's sea front promenade and abandoning a coat behind a bench to keep up with the couple as they cycled past surprised guests and passersby. One of our favourite shots shows Louise perched elegantly on the back of Sam's bike, turning to ask an exhausted Malcolm if he was ok. 

If you're trying to pick a reception venue in Aberystwyth, you couldn't do much better than the restaurant at the top of Consti(tution Hill). Its a tad on the small size for a huge wedding, but the food, even for a large group, has been amazing when we've had the chance to try it. Included in their package is unlimited trips up and down the hill on the funicular railway for all the guests throughout the day until the last person has gone home. The view across the whole town and the bay provides a perfect, typical Aberystwyth backdrop.

The meal was followed by a frenzy of creative activity: one table made their table decorations into a tin-can-style phone, others floated theirs on helium balloons or blew bubbles. There were speeches and a truly celebratory Twpath (the Welsh version of a barn dance).


For a special New Year treat we headed over to Barmouth (Wales) for a couple of days with some of our favourite people. So here's evidence of our New Year's blogging resolution, in the shape of a few photos from the weekend. Happy 2011!

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