The story behind the photograph

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Have you visited our Visitor Centre and noticed the striking black and white image of a young couple’s wedding on the wall in front of you? Have you ever wondered who they are and what’s the story behind the image?

Well, here it is….

Bryn and Gwenan Jones got married at the Nant on 25 August 2001. They were one of the first couples to get married there. It was suggested to them by Nerys who had married there in 1998.

Gwenan tells us about their day: “I’d stayed at the Nant following my A Levels and I’d always liked the place.

“Our wedding was quite different to your traditional wedding at the time. We got married at 3pm in the chapel which was an old-fashioned building back then. And we had one large party in a marquee that was put up on the grass in front of the houses. The evening entertainment was Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion and Twm Morys wrote us a poem. It was a celebration to remember!

“Friends and family travelled from all over for the wedding, from Berlin, Ireland and London. They couldn’t believe the road down to the location, which was quite different to the wide tarmacked road there is today! One of the things I remember about that day is the silver colour o the see in the morning, due to the mist. It was the same colour as my dress. The mist did clear, and by the evening we had blue skies.

“Documentary photographer, Rhodri Elis Jones took our wedding photos, and the one which can be seen in the visitor centre. It was part of an exhibition at the National Library, and I’m guessing it was donated to the Nant as a gift. If the Nant were to redecorate, I would be more than happy to take the original off their hands! But I’m happy to admire it like everyone else when I get an opportunity to visit the Nant from time to time.”

Thank you Gwenan for sharing with us the story behind the photograph and the memories of your special day.