Mawddach Wedding Photography
Cadar Idris, Afon Mawddach and Welsh Magic
As a boy, I visited Wales a lot and often ventured around Mid Wales but never ever ventured upon Dolgellau and this stunning valley until my 20s when I was asked to photograph my best friend’s wedding day at Bwyty Mawddach.
It was a truly beautiful day and as Afon Mawddach flowed by beneath us and as Cadar Idris cast its shadow upon us I couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with Wales. Subsequent trips tied in with close family and friends moving to Llwyngwril, Dolgellau and Montgomery has given me cause to return which I love dearly.
I’ve now returned again in 2019 to photograph another intimate wedding at Mawddach and hope to return time and time again to make even more memories with my lovely couples.
A Favourite at Bwyty Mawddach
With close family friends nearby means I’m a favourite when people are searching for a Mawddach Wedding Photographer. I love intimate weddings and Mawddach has the perfect space for any small-medium day. I love to work with Will and the rest of the team every time I return, they’re great. I often venture further afield to photograph weddings and I don’t charge for the pleasure. In fact, there is nothing I’d like more than to return to this beautiful valley which holds so many personal memories for myself.
My style of wedding photography is built on a great relationship with my couples. All of my weddings are different and unique; even if I was to shoot again at the same venue as Mawddach. Time on your wedding day is really important to me as I’m sure it is to you too? So if I can help it I don’t really want you to miss a thing and would love you to remember as much as possible. This caring and relaxed approach to my wedding photography is the reason why so many couples recommend me. They always say it feels like a friend is taking their photographs and not a photographer.
This Mawddach Couple’s Kind Words
“From the moment we first spoke with Adam over Skype, to meeting him before the wedding – his communication is fantastic, he listens and his number 1 priority really is capturing the kind of wedding photos that YOU want.”
A Mawddach Wedding Slideshow
Two Brothers Cook Up A Welsh Storm
Mawddach’s story is a lovely one and really sings to my heart of caring for my family whilst also maintaining a lifestyle which allows you to live in a way you like.
So on this family farmstead way back when a struggling barn was raised from the ground to be given a new lease of life. Maintaining the traditional stone and age-old wooden beams this beautiful restoration mixed modern living with beautiful traditional building practices of a time gone by. The most striking feature is a floor to roof glass front which provides breathtaking views of the incredible Welsh rural landscape.
Will, the owner, and brother Ifan, head chef, and all-around culinary wizard had strong dreams for Mawddach and wanted to turn it into a place where food was loved dearly and cherished. Therefore Bwyty Mawddach was born.
The area is a rural heartland with the beautiful Afon (translates to “river”) Mawddach running through the valley after traveling 28 miles from its source in the Snowdonia mountains. Cadar Idris which translates to Chair of Idris is a Welsh mountain lying at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. With an elevation of 2,930ft, it lies 600 short of the behemoth of the area, Mount Snowdon. The name Idris has myths around its origins and some believe it refers to a giant whilst others believe it was named this after a 7th-century prince of Meirionnydd. There are also several other myths surrounding the mountain. My favorite being its lakes are bottom-less and if you were to sleep on its slopes you’d either awaken a mad-man or a poet.
Through the years Will and Ifan have picked up several awards for their stunning food at Bwyty Mawddach and have always prided themselves on delivering Michelin style dishes to their guests. In more recent years they’re decided to switch things up though and have changed their focus to sourdough Neapolitan style pizzas. There is no challenge these two brothers won’t push to achieve. This is why they were awarded as a Top 10 Restaurant in Snowdonia by Trip Advisor in 2020.
Weddings at Mawddach
With rave reviews pouring in for their food and this stunning scenery surrounding them it felt only right they turn their skills to hosting weddings and now over 12 years in they’re going from strength to strength still.
Seating up to 75 for your service, 100 for dinner and 200 for your Welsh rave it’s a really great bit of space which is best for hosting Small-Medium sized weddings and ideal to suit those looking for an escape from the hustle and the bustle of English cities for some calm and collective thinking amongst beauty.
With prices for venue hire starting around £1,000 a wedding at Mawddach doesn’t have to break the bank and can keep things sensible for sure. With the reduced capacity also you’ll be forced to make important decisions in regards to your guest list which will, in turn, keep the costs at bay.
The modern interior decor makes a brilliant blank canvas for any wedding day and you can really get creative and add the smallest of touches to your day with little decoration. Alternatively, you can really go the whole nine yards and get your florist to wrap wildflowers around the rustic beams which run the entire length of the upstairs of Mawddach.
The upstairs of Mawddach is the main space used for your service and your wedding breakfast whilst downstairs is used as your transition room where you can grab drinks after the service or dance with loved ones in the evening to your wedding band.
Mawddach also boasts 5 onsite bedrooms for you and your family to stay in. With the surrounding area of Barmouth and Dolgellau being huge holiday locations you can also find some incredible properties and extend your stay even further and really recharge those batteries.
If you fancy a trip the day after you can make your way down the sparcely populated coast to the Mid Wales coastline stopping off at some of my favourite places like Aberdovey, Penbryn Beach and Fish ‘n’ Chips in Newquay. Or you can head north and visit the enchanting village of Portmeirion.
Photographing Natural Beauty
Mawddach really is one of the best places to be a wedding photographer. Not only do Will and Ifan give you such an incredibly warm welcome the surrounding landscape is just one which is impossible to photograph badly. Saying this, fighting the forever changing weather climate which the Irish sea rolls in is the biggest challenge I face every time I return. Still, I can’t help but absolutely love it and relish creating within this intense climate.
The large landscaped beauty of the area really does lend itself to my love of photographing wide with my Nikon 24mm f/1.4. If you’ve got five we can also make the short trip to the historic Penmaenpool Toll Bridge and take some enchanting photographs right in the middle of Afon Mawddach. Then as we return we can stop at the glorious Cymer Abbey and take a few more photographs.
The beautiful blank sleek modern interior and the huge floor to roof window make being a Mawddach Wedding Photographer one of the easiest of venues to shoot within as natural light floods the rooms and bounces around the walls.
Mawddach Wedding Photography
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