We like to follow our couples on instagram. Both on the lead up to a wedding and after. It’s such a personal profession, we spend one of the most important days of people’s lives with them, so we like to know our couples as much as we can before the day. After the wedding, it’s nice to be able to see what they’re up to, how their life is going. It’s such an intense experience to be a wedding photographer. It’s like being thrown into the deep end of a relationship, just for one day. We love it and its always a little sad when it’s over. It feels like we always end up as fast friends by the end of the day and it’s always nice to carry that on, even in little ways, after the day.
So, scrolling through instagram the other day and these two lovelies popped up with a photo of their new little squish! Such amazing news! We can’t believe that it was a full year since Dewi was with them, wandering around the winter wonderland of Portmeirion for their intimate and super stylish wedding.
A dream location
We know, we’ve said it a lot, but Portmeirion is one of our favourite places. Not just for weddings, but as a family, we love any excuse to head over here. One of our first dates, back when we were teenagers, was a jaunt to the snow covered village in the winter and we make efforts to go at least a couple of times a year. One of our favourite days out as a family was back in 2019. A hot summer day with the cub running around in the fountain, ice cream in hand. Like Bodnant Gardens, it’s one of those locations that perfect any time of the year.
Anna & Alessandro had the most wonderful intimate ceremony in the Mirror Room of the Portmeirion Hotel. When you speak to them, it’s very easy to see why they picked it for their wedding. Portmeirion is an architects dream. Anna is an architect and Alessandro is a lecturer in, you guessed it, architecture. Italian inspired design, nestled in the Welsh countryside, really made Portmeirion the perfect place to celebrate this couple’s passion for design and family heritage. If that wasn’t enough, both of them (and Dewi) are huge fans of Wes Anderson. It’s perfect for pottering around, taking some Accidentally Wes Anderson images. Portmeirion, hands down, was the only place these two could get married.
Strength and style in small numbers
Small weddings are something that we have all come to appreciate over the last year, but even before the Covid pandemic, small weddings were rocking the wedding industry. Now you all know we love a big wedding, they have an astounding buzz about them, busy and exciting. But there is something so special, as a photographer, being part of such a small event. It almost feels like a privilege to be invited to them, like you are part of the family unit. Anna and Alessandro had 14 guests at their wedding in total, just the absolute nearest and dearest, and yet it truely didn’t feel like their wedding celebration was lacking in any way.
In their couple’s questionnaire, Anna & Alessandro described themselves as easy going, and this was reflected in their planning for the wedding. They described their hope for the day as ‘our families being together, having a very informal day, to celebrate our marriage’. In discussing timings for the day, they allocated the majority of their time in Portmeirion for ‘exploring around’. This really was a wedding focussed on love, for each other, for their family, and for their passions in life.
Its all in the details
True designers at heart, Anna and Alessandro showed that that a laid back, easy going day, doesn’t have to lack style or fun. In fact, this wedding was ridiculously stylish. Woodland tones with plenty of sparkle as they described it. Gosh they achieved it and more. Anna wore a beautiful sequinned gown with a dried floral hoop, teamed with a full length camel coat. Alessandro looked so incredibly sharp, umbrella in hand and we LOVE the brooch tie.
Congratulations again guys on your new baby and thank you so much for having us along for the ride.
Venue – Portmeirion
Dress – Needle and Thread
Florals – Botanical Tales