Oxwich Bay Wedding Photography | Claire & Matt

Soooo much joy at this Swansea Wedding and then a reception by the sea!!!

Bride & Groom leaving their wedding at Lifepoint Church in Swansea

Well, what a truly family affair this wedding was

In front of a packed congregation of about 250 at The Lifepoint Church in Swansea the Bride made her entrance to a piece of music written by the Groom....as you do!

Having absolutely no musical ability myself I am filled with awe by people who can sing, play an instrument and especially write music. Amazing!!

Then, the marriage ceremony itself was conducted by the Father of the Bride, who used to be the Pastor of the Church. How special must that be? Having your own Father marry you!!

Let's not forget about the Bride's Sister who wrote her own prayer to say during the ceremony, it was simply beautiful and really full of emotion

See what I mean, a real family affair


You fly with angels wings

You've got my blood in your veins

And your eyes see everything

And they shine like diamond rings

Swansea Documentary Wedding Photographer

Hands up if you get excited when you go to the seaside??

I'm sure it's not just me!

I guess it starts in childhood, memories of long journeys, three children squashed in the back of the car. playing i-spy to pass away the hours as we headed off on holiday. We always stayed in the UK, invariably by the coast, so sooner or later (it always felt like later!) the back of the car would fall silent as the three of us started scanning the horizon, each desperate to be the first one to shout out 'I CAN SEE THE SEA!!!'

Things like that stay with you, so when Claire & Matt spoke to me about their wedding down on The Gower in South Wales my heart sang. With the ceremony itself at a church in Swansea the rest of the day was in a tiny little hamlet called Oxwich Bay. By a strange coincidence Oxwich is somewhere I'd been before, on a camping trip with friends about 5 years ago, so I knew exactly where they meant and how beautiful it is

It's times like this that you remember how lucky you are to photograph weddings for a living

Bride & Groom standing on the beach at Oxwich Bay

Candid, unposed, documentary wedding photography on The Gower

As I arrived in Oxwich in the morning people were heading to beach clutching buckets & spades, picnics & drinks bottles, suncream & hats, excited children ready for a day on the sand.

Tucked away from it all, in a lovely little cottage was Claire and her Bridal party.

Instead of buckets & spades it was makeup and brushes, suncream and hats were replaced with fascinators and a veil and the drinks, of course, were prosecco!

I always think that whatever is being said, the atmosphere in the morning is palpable, an excitement equal to any felt by a child heading to the sand, as the Bride prepares to meet her husband to be in front of family and friends.

On this occasion, there was a 30 minute drive across the Gower Peninsula to navigate before getting to the Church. As a child, Claire used to ride horses in this area of outstanding natural beauty so I wonder if she was reminiscing as the wedding car made its way across the hills?

Looking through window at the bride getting ready in Oxwich Bay

laughing bridesmaid during oxwich bay bridal prep

Mother of The bride getting ready on The Gower

Bride and her friends looking at an album from her hen do

Bridesmaid being hugged by her boyfriend at Oxwich Bay wedding

Bride and friends together on The Gower

Pensive bride in the window at the end of bridal prep in Oxwich Bay

The wedding ceremony might have been a little bit later than advertised (I'm sure it was traffic, right?!) but hey, when it's your Dad conducting the ceremony you'd hope there would be a certain amount of flexibility!

If I was going to use one word to describe this wedding it would be joy, sheer, unbridled JOY!!

As I said earlier, there must have been 250 people packed into the Church and at the risk of making a sweeping cultural generalisation, Welsh voices are amazing!!

I probably spend as much of the ceremony looking around at the congregation as I do looking at the couple. The guests are a big part of a wedding and I think their reactions really add to the story. Capturing a loving smile or an emotional tear gives context to the occasion, a big part of the narrative of the day

Candid photograph of flowergirl at Lifepoint Church in Swansea

Groom before his Swansea church wedding

Wedding guests at Lifepoint church in Swansea

Wedding car arriving at Swansea church

Bride & bridesmaids before wedding at Lifepoint church in Swansea

Best man adjusting Grooms tie before his Swansea wedding

Groom and ushers open mouthed as bride arrives at Swansea wedding

Bride making her entrance at Swansea Lifepoint church

Bride & Groom during wedding ceremony in Swansea church
Lifepoint Church Pastor with his arm aloft  during wedding ceremony

Wedding guests singing hymns during South Wales wedding

Black & white candid photograph of bride & groom during their Swansea wedding

Montage of candid images during South Wales wedding

Mother of Bride looking on as her daughter gets wed

Emotional sister of the bride crying during marriage ceremony at Swansea church

Looking down on bride & groom from above after their marriage at Lifepoint church in Swansea

Candid photographs of wedding guests congratulating bride & groom after their South Wales wedding


Afterwards? Time to hit hit the beach and party!!

Well, almost.

The reception was in a marquee at Oxwich Bay Hotel, with stunning views across the bay as the backdrop for food and speeches

Newly married couple in their wedding car on their way to Oxwich Bay

Oxwich Bay near Swansea

Black & White photograph of Bride & Groom on beach at Oxwixch Bay

Wedding guest hugging bride at Oxwich Bay Hotel

Oxwich Bay Hotel wedding reception

Smiling wedding guest hugs a bridesmaid at Gower Wedding

Black & white photograph of wedding guest helping his son with a camera
Smiling and dancing wedding guest at Oxwich Bay Hotel

Children running across the grass at Oxwich Bay Hotel wedding reception

Guests throwing confetti at Gower peninsula wedding

Father of the Groom giving welcome speech at Oxwich Bay Hotel wedding reception

Groom and Bride cuddling during welcome speech at Gower wedding

But don't worry, there was still time to hit the beach!!

Wedding guests heading on to the beach at Oxwich Bay

Wedding guests on the beach at Oxwich Bay summer wedding

Little boy walking on the sand at Gower wedding

Barefoot wedding guests paddling in the sea at Oxwich Bay

Bride and her sister high fiving on the beach at Oxwich bay wedding

Bare foot Best Man alking along the sand at Gower peninsula wedding

Oxwich Bay wedding guests paddling in the sea

Bride and guests in flip flops on the sand at Gower wedding

Wedding guests in Oxwich Bay walking back from the beach

Father of the Bride giving his speach at Oxwich Bay hotel wedding

Grooms wedding speech on The Gower peninsula

Candid wedding photographs during speeches at South Wales seaside wedding

wedding speeches at Oxwich Bay Hotel

Bride throwing her bouquet on the dance floor at her marquee seaside wedding on The Gower

Bride and groom having their first dance in the marquee at Oxwich Bay Hotel

I hope you've enjoyed reading about Claire & Matt's wedding.

One final thing to mention is that rather than asking for wedding gifts, they asked for donations to fund research into Motor Neurone Disease having lost a friend to this terrible disease

If you can spare a few pounds to support their fund raising then just follow this link

Thank you

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