It’s official, I’m an international wedding photographer…According to Google, and we should never doubt Google, the word ‘International’ means “something (a company, language, or organization) involving more than a single country”. So shooting a wedding in Wales counts yeah?

Leigh & Rus are two of the most fun people I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. I kind of want to describe them as ‘wacky’, maybe even a little crazy, but totally in a good way. They asked me to be their Garthmyl Hall Wedding Photographer and I jumped at the chance. I knew from all the communications we exchanged and from checking out the venue, it was gonna be a fantastic day even before arriving.

With the whole day all at Garthmyl Hall, I started in the morning with Leigh and her small entourage of Team Bride. Within minutes of being there, the room erupted with laughter as Rus had sent over a life-size cut out of himself to make sure Leigh wasn’t missing him too much. I’m pretty sure the laughter never really stopped all morning. Leigh danced around, drank some whiskey and looked like she was having the best morning ever. When I met up with Rus a little later, the same happy vibe was with the guys. Rus had even Brough along his Tortoise who acted as a ring barer for a few shots.

The tortoise wasn’t the only four-legged family member on site. Due to a forgetful bride and groom not getting their dogs sorted with the kennels, the team at Garthmyl Hall very kindly let them house the three super cute pups there. I think Leigh had planned this all along so she could be close to the dogs, but I don’t think she would admit it 🙂

The wedding ceremony took place outside despite the threat of rain and It was beautiful to watch them exchange vows in front of all their family and friends. Just as the register was signed, the rain hit and with Rus & Leigh’s blessing, everyone bolted for the safety of the Hall where they drank and laughed.

When the rain finally stopped we all headed out for some confetti, family photos and a short portrait run before everyone sat down for dinner. Rus had prepared a surprise for everyone, including Leigh, with a video diary of the run-up to the wedding. It was a hit and led nicely into the speeches. Beautiful words were said but Leigh’s brother, who was Rus’s best man, stole the show with his re-worded rendition of ‘Gansta’s Paradise’.

The evening never let up. The first dance was a treat with the couple owning the dance floor with individual routines and then Leigh hit the stage to sing the second song of the night (what a voice). After that, dancing, drinking and more dancing.

I honestly cannot thank Leigh & Rus enough for the chance to capture their Garthmyl Hall Wedding and just for being amazing to be around. The team at Garthmyl were also fantastic and I really hope I get to come back again soon.


Honourable Supplier Mentions

Videographer: Digital Dreams
Caterers: Tallulah’s Catering –
Flowers: Danckert’s florist –
Hair: First Class –
Make up: Sasha Brown –
Dress: Georgina Scott Bridal (Justin Alexander)  –

If you’re looking for a Garthmyl Hall Wedding Photographer or getting married anywhere in the UK, drop me message and let’s chat about your day.


  1. Mate, you have nailed this wedding, amazing images as Jim says from start to finish. Looks a fantastic day and they couple looks like they had such a great day. Everything from the details to the beautiful portraits.

  2. Bridal prep looks like A LOT of fun! As does the party. Great coverage, really enjoying your work Jonathan.

  3. What a fantastic wedding. I LOVED her dress. You nailed the photographs. Brilliant job!

  4. Has a really nice late summer feel to the day.. consistent colours throughout. Solid documentary with personality, emotion and animals! Clean and uncomplicated couple shots. Excellent work.

  5. Looks like a fantastic wedding and you’ve totally capture the fun and so many great moments! Really great work!

  6. Love this emotions in this photographs! Everything is so perfect captured! Congrats!

  7. You found this wedding interesting. The light and editing are done very well. They seem to have felt wonderful at this party!

  8. You captured the atmosphere perfectly. The event seems to have unfolded perfectly. The guests had a great time at the wedding as it seems!

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