Phillipa and Dave at the Faenol Fawr

Faenol Fawr Wedding Photographer North Wales

A bride and groom that are game for anything we suggested, a super-secret one-off location shoot, a classic North Wales country house venue and the funkiest campervan we’ve seen yet-Four great ingredients of a successful wedding!

As we often do here at Fresh Photography, we popped out the day before to try and find a location to whisk our bride and groom out to during the day to get our characteristic ‘epic album centrepiece’ shots that we’re known for. We went EVERYWHERE! Eventually I saw the place that I had imagined and tried to get access, but it’s completely closed to the public, covered in security cameras and signs and access is strictly forbidden.

Unless you’re friends with the head of security of course..! An hour of negotiating and arm twisting (and obviously, offers of beer) secured one-time only access to one of the grandest buildings in the North West, sadly abandoned but full of what we photographers term ‘character’. There’s nothing like putting an immaculately dressed bride and groom in a completely trashed area and catching the dichotomy between the two scenes in a single shot. :)

We managed to get some funky shots on the way back down the MASSIVE driveway as well-With some amazing ancient oak trees and vast blue skies offering their services as backdrops against the funky campervan (thanks to Nellyweds for taking her off-road and not being precious about these things-Amazing service!) and because I wanted a shot of the campervan in motion I put the life of the ever-willing Mighty Milton in grave danger by getting him to lean out of my car and drag the shutter as I overtook the camper on the way back to the Faenol Fawr. It worked and he survived so I’m not sure what the fuss was about… Sorry Phil. ;)

Gorgeous flowers were once again supplied by the very talented people at Dorothy’s, the extremely highly-recommended camper can be found here and of course, the Faenol Fawr provided a space for the ceremony, amazing food, shelter and hospitality, all to an absolutely impeccable standard for the day.

All the very best Phillipa and Dave-Thank you for using Fresh -We hope you have an amazing time being married! Love and luck to you both.

Fresh. x

Bride and groom walking over hill

Kirsty and Phil get married. No, not THAT Kirsty and Phil…

When we were asked by a friend if we’d be interested in shooting the wedding of Kirsty and Phil we got incredibly excited. Then we realised it wasn’t THAT Kirsty and Phil. Not to say we weren’t excited about shooting ‘our’ Kirsty and Phil’s wedding-We were! It’s just that we kinda hoped that the famous house-selling TV couple had decided to use Fresh Photography to photograph their wedding. The coverage we would have got and the drama it would have created in the papers would be great publicity due to the fact that they’re already married to other people in the real world… :)


Anyway, I digress-The Kirsty and Phil we shot on their wedding day were probably the cutest couple we’ve ever met-The story of how they met was gorgeous as well!  Small, intimate weddings are always fun as you get to chat to everyone properly and you get a bit more time to shoot the couple themselves’. 


The wedding was held at the Faenol Fawr, the stunning flowers were by the rather wonderful Top Table Wedding Services and an amazing time was had by all! :)

Zoe, Mike and the rubbery guard of honour…


Zoe and Mike Cripps, Bodelwyddan Castle, Faenol Fawr North Wales

Zoe and Mike at Bodelwyddan Castle and the Faenol Fawr. Click for larger version.












A castle, a country house hotel, a bike wheel guard of honour and not one, but two amazing cakes! Zoe and Mike planned everything from a distance due to Mike being in the British Army cycling squad and being posted all over the place in the run up to the wedding. Everything on the day was perfect though. Bodelwyddan Castle looked resplendent in the sun, and as Zoe pulled up in a convertible Bentley she was a picture of pure happiness. Mike had made an effort as well (mustn’t forget the boys!), his number one uniform looking crisp and a pair of shoes which you could use as a mirror!

Once the ceremony at the castle was done (along with a lot of pictures taken!), it was off down the road to the Faenol Fawr for the reception. An absolutely amazing day all round and I’m sure there would have been a few sore heads in the morning! The army boys know how to drink to put it mildly… Thank you for choosing Fresh Photography to capture your special day!