Hazel and Michael O’Neil were married on 1st September, at Oldwalls, Gower. They planned their wedding in nine months so had to find a great photographer at short notice. Whenever they asked for recommendations, Sian Owen’s name came up. The rest, as they say, is history.
What made you decide on Sian Owen Photography?
It was through lots of recommendations and, looking through her portfolio
of her amazing work on her website, we knew we wanted her to shoot our wedding and, luckily, Sian was available for our date.
Why did you choose Oldwalls in the Gower?
We didn’t intend on getting married over an hour away from where we live but after viewing various venues in our area nothing seemed to tick all the boxes. We decided to go to Oldwalls on one of their Open Days and we were blown away by their hospitality and attention to detail. Their canapes were delicious, staff were friendly and the venue itself was clean, modern and built specifically to host weddings with the added bonus of on-site accommodation and glamping hut village.
What did you like about Sian’s work?
We liked the tone of her images and her eye to capture candid images as well as beautifully creative set-up shots. Her work doesn’t look forced and captures the day exactly how it was. We also saw that Sian does a lot of lovely child photography too and it was important for us that our Page boy nephews, were captured as they are a huge part of our lives.
How did the day go?
The day was exactly how we imagined it to be and more! It’s hard not to gush or sound soppy when we recall the day as it really was one of the best days of our lives. Everyone looked spectacular, the food tasted delicious and the entertainment (The Brotherhood) had everyone up on their feet dancing all night. We made sure that all our close family had a part to play in the wedding from Hazel’s nan doing a reading to her youngest nephew, Tommy, acting as ring bearer.
What was the best part of the day?
The best part of the day truly was that everyone we loved and cared about was there and all of those that couldn’t be there were remembered. It was a celebration of not only our marriage but of two families coming together. If I had to pick a few highlights it would be having a dance-off with my nephew William – he won hands down by bringing out the floss dance!
Did you enjoy working with Sian?
Absolutely! It was like having a friend at our wedding as well as a photographer; a dress fixer, a coordinator, a councillor and more! Sian made everything seem effortless and relaxing on the day. We had spoken to Sian before the wedding about ideas we had and what/who was important for her to capture. We trusted that she would embrace our vision as well as using her talent to create something better than we could ever imagine. One of our favourite images was when Sian used a smoke bomb around us to create a cloudy, dreamy setting.
“It was like having a friend at our wedding as well as a photographer; a dress fixer, a coordinator, a councillor and more!”
Were you pleased with the photographs?
We were more than pleased with the photos and we have had so many nice compliments about them. It was emotional when we first looked through the wedding album as it brought the day back to life, and all the happy memories with it. The photos arrived on a beautifully presented USB stick in a wooden keepsake box which we uploaded to social media to show our friends and family. We didn’t opt for a wedding album although that was an option and we would like to get one in the future. Sian also very kindly edited a few photos a couple of days after the wedding and uploaded them to her social media page for us to see. This was great as it satisfied us until the rest were edited – which, understandably, takes a few weeks as there were hundreds of photos taken. We were overwhelmed with how many photos we received in the end.
Do you think Sian was value for money?
You can’t put a price on memories to look back on and show future generations. It was so important that we captured the day to relive it again and again because not only do you spend a lot of money on one day which goes in a flash but memories fade. We savoured each second and tried to remember it as best we could but, after a few months, the photos really help piece it all together. It is worth spending the money for a good photographer that understands what you want, and Sian did just that.
Would you recommend her to others?
We would, and have, recommended Sian to others that are looking for wedding photographers. You won’t be disappointed if you hire Sian. You only have to look at her work, or meet with her to see that she is very talented and will take on board your needs and deliver fantastic results beyond expectation.
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