Emma and Lee’s Cardiff Castle wedding part one

Hello everyone, and a big welcome to a week – maybe even a month – absolutely packed full of real weddings for your happy eyes. I’ve been sent so many gorgeous weddings I am absolutely spoilt for choice! Aga from Phototom wedding photography sent me these gorgeous photos from Emma and Lee’s wedding at Cardiff Castle – and wow, they’re just amazing.

It’s hard to believe the wedding was organised in a matter of months: Emma and Lee did a great job and created what looks like a perfect wedding day. From the designer wedding dress to the sparkling VW campervan… this beautiful Welsh wedding is right up my street!

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English wedding blog (2) Emma’s shoes are from Next. The pearl bracelet is a gift from the groom, from Azendi. I love this shot of the wedding accessories… they’re beautiful.

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English wedding blog (4) Emma’s wedding dress is stunning on her – I love the swirly shoulder and her hair is just perfect with the style of the dress. Emma told me, “My dress was by designer Victoria Jane, a one-shoulder fishtail style made from silk taffeta. I bought it from Celtic Brides in Cardiff. In my hair I wore a real rose from my florist – Flowers With a Twist, Kings Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff – and my hair was styled by Toni and Guy, St Mary Street.”

English wedding blog (5)Ducklings HAVE to be a good omen on your wedding day, right?

English wedding blog (6)Emma and Lee are a fun-loving couple as beautifully illustrated here with the girls arriving in style in the VW campervan.

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English wedding blog (9)I was blown away by the atmosphere inside Cardiff Castle – the long chamber with lanterns lining the walls has so much history and it’s wonderful to see on these photographs.

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English wedding blog (12)Smiles all round as Emma and Lee get to play in their campervan, which they hired from LoveDub VW camper hire, South Wales.

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English wedding blog (14)I love this picture with the bridesmaids and the VW camper! Phototom’s wedding photography style is contemporary, a wee bit quirky and very, very beautiful. Recommended if you’re getting married in Wales!

English wedding blog (15)Emma said “Seeing my pregnant best friend from Australia who I hadn’t seen in four years since she emigrated from the UK was a lovely memorable moment.” I love that the moment is captured so prettily on film.

English wedding blog (16)Lee and his groomsmen wore suits from Slaters in Cardiff – they look great don’t they? I love the bridesmaid dresses too, the soft green is so pretty.

There’s more to come tomorrow – and you won’t want to miss the beautiful photos from inside Cardiff Castle I promise. What a gorgeous place for a wedding reception.

In the meantime, pop over to the English Wedding facebook page to see one of the photos from tomorrow’s blog post – I love it, so clever!

Thanks to Emma and Lee for helping out with my new little questionnaire for brides and grooms, and to Aga for sharing her gorgeous photography.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • annie
    8 years ago

    Wonderful post – amazing photos – love the one inside the church!

    • Claire
      8 years ago

      Thanks Annie! 🙂 I love that one too – there must be an awe inspiring feeling of history in that place, paths trodden before and all that. Wait until tomorrow, inside the castle is so magnificent it’s mad!
      Claire x

  • jenny mcavoy
    8 years ago

    LOVE the image of Emma’s dress on the staircase and Cardiff castle looks gorgeous!

    • Claire
      8 years ago

      Thanks Jenny, as I said to Annie – wait till you see the pics inside!
      C xx

  • rebecca williams
    8 years ago

    I am getting married at Cardiff Castle a the end of of December and I am so pleased to see these gorgeous pictures! I am struggling to imagine what it will be like and these pictures have cetainly given me an exctemnt injectiion! I fell in love with the undercroft the moment I saw it! Congratulations on your beautiful day!

    love rebecca

    • Claire Wakely
      8 years ago

      Hi Rebecca,
      Would you have any photos of your wedding. I’ve booked it for next Jun and am trying to see as many photos of the place as possible. Thank you

  • Claire Wakely
    8 years ago

    Which hotel is Emma in before the wedding? I’m getting married in the Castle next June and the place looks beautiful

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