Brides showing off their shoes, during a same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

The Bear Hotel Cowbridge Wedding – Dianne and Kathy

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A fun same sex wedding in the Vale of Glamorgan

It’s not everyday you photograph a wedding that’s also being featured as part of a TV series.  However, that’s exactly what I faced with Dianne and Kathy’s the Bear Hotel Cowbridge wedding in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.

Maybe it was because there was a TV crew around that the two brides wanted a much more relaxed and unobtrusive approach to their same sex wedding photography. So given my candid, stress-free wedding photojournalism approach, I was delighted to be asked to be their wedding photographer.

The Bear Hotel Cowbridge

The front of The Bear Hotel, one of the best wedding venues in Cowbridge

The Bear Hotel is a beautiful wedding venue in Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan

Cowbridge is a charming market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, about 7 miles west of the Welsh capital city Cardiff.  Surrounded by fields of grazing cattle and boutique lined cobbled streets, its no surprise it’s considered one of the best places to live in Wales.

The Bear Hotel itself is centrally placed on the main high street and is just as picturesque with its old stonework facade and hanging flower baskets.  Inside there are a stunning selection of suites to choose from for a wedding day.  

Kathy and Dianne opted to have their same sex wedding ceremony in the Georgian Ballroom, which was just beautiful with its stunning high ceilings and dripping chandeliers.  They then had the reception in the St Quentin’s Suite which, no pun intended, marries contemporary style with classic design.

Curvy Brides Boutique TV Show

The TV presenters from Curvy Brides Boutique interview the bride, on the wedding morning in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

The Curvy Brides Boutique presenters, Jo and Al, interview Diane ahead of her same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

As I mentioned at the outset, Dianne was being featured on the TV show Curvy Brides Boutique, so there was also a full film and production company there for the morning preparations – in addition to the show’s presenters’ Jo and Ali.

It certainly made for an interesting and different bridal preparations and I quickly understood why Kathy and Dianne wanted a much more relaxed approach for the rest of their wedding day!

I’m sure you’ll agree from the small selection of images from the day, Kathy and Dianne had a wonderful Bear Hotel Cowbridge wedding.

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The Bear Hotel Cowbridge Wedding Photography

A bride cuddles a young wedding guest in Cowbridge, Wales.

An early morning cuddle ahead of the wedding day.

Same sex bride checks out her makeup in a mirror, in Cowbridge, Wales.

Kathy checks out her makeup

The Curvy Brides Boutique TV show sound man mics up a bride, in Cowbridge, Wales.

The crew of the TV show Curvy Brides Boutique mic up Diane on the wedding morning.

A same sex bride gets dressed ahead of her wedding at The Bear hotel in Cowbridge.

Kathy getting dressed ahead of the wedding.

Excited flower girls sitting on a step, before the The Bear Cowbridge wedding.

Flower girls all excited for the wedding ceremony to come at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Flower girls waiting for the same sex wedding to start at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

The flower girls wait patiently for the wedding ceremony to start

The brides tie the knot in a same sex wedding at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Dianne and Kathy ties the knot, watched by those fathered.

A young wedding guest holds up a button hole flower, during a same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

A cheeky young guest during the wedding ceremony.

The flower girls blowing bubble after the wedding ceremony, at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

Bubble blowing fun after the wedding ceremony.

A wedding guest holds a napkin in her mouth, during a wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

When you just don’t have enough hands!

Children playing an indoor game, after a Bear Hotel wedding in Cowbridge

It’s post wedding ceremony games time for the kids.

A wedding guest takes a quiet moment, after The Bear Hotel Cowbridge wedding.

Taking a quiet moment during after the wedding ceremony.

Wedding details of hat feathers and balloons during the wedding reception, at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

A wedding detail: hat feathers and balloons!

A young wedding guest photographs the wedding photographer, at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Photographing the wedding photographer.

A bride wears comedy glasses and gives the thumbs up during the speeches of this same sex wedding video at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

The wedding speech is going well

The brides being videoed during this same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Wedding video of the brides

A fun and natural portrait, during a wedding at The Bear Hotel on Cowbridge.

A fun and natural portrait

Two flower girls playing during a wedding at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Now that’s what I call wedding fun!

A you wedding guest plays with an inflatable guitar, during the evening wedding celebrations at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Inflatable air guitar during the evening celebrations

The wedding singer with a bride, during the same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

When your wedding singer is a former X Factor contestant.

Wedding guests dancing with a balloon at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

That’s my balloon! Evening celebrations fun.

A wedding guest pulls a funny face, on the wedding dance floor, at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

Not everyone appreciates some wedding romance

The bride dances with a guest, during the wedding celebrations at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

It’s wedding dance floor fun time!

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