Nant Gwrtheyrn is a wedding venue with a difference. It hangs in a remote cove above a wild stretch of beach, surrounded by tall mountains. It really is totally unique. A former granite quarry village, Nant Gwrtheyrn has been restored and is now the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre. It doubles as a wonderful wedding venue with unlimited opportunities for great wedding photography. Sara and Will are both adventurous types who love the great outdoors, and Nant Gwrtheyrn was an obvious choice for their wedding celebrations.
Nant Gwrtheyrn wedding photography
Nant Gwrtheyrn is approached via a steeply descending and twisting road. Not a road you want to attempt in icy conditions! The wedding party had arrived on the previous day and were making a weekend of it. Sara’s family had travelled from Finland, and another of the guests fro New Zealand and it was great they could all spend a few days together staying in the restored quarry workers cottages.
When we arrived, there was on one to be found. Everyone was getting ready indoors. After making enquiries at the office, we tracked down Lucy and her bridesmaids, who were busy with hair and make-up in their cottage.
Eventually, the girls braved the blustery conditions and walked over to the assembled guests for the ceremony. The ceremony room at Nant Gwrtheyrn is quite small and made for an intimate wedding. It was pretty surreal to see sheep grazing just outside the windows. The reception meal was served in the main building, an while guests enjoyed drinks and canopes, we walked with Sara and Will down to the beach for wedding photographs on the beach in this wild and spectacular place.
After the wedding meal, we took Sara and Will in the car to a viewpoint overlooking the village and the bay for some dramatic early evening photographs, after which we hastily returned to the wedding in time for a cèilidh followed by sparklers outside.
All the photographs in this article were taken by Dave and Lois of Golding Photography. We are based in Conwy North Wales.
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