WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT PRUSSIA COVE
What do you get if you cross a wedding photographer, her ex-professional surfer (now surf-instructor and part time wedding photography assistant), a cherry picked selection of the best suppliers in the business plus one of the finest wedding venues Cornwall has to offer? You get Victoria and Johnny’s wedding at Prussia Cove.
I had the absolute honour and pleasure to be asked to shoot the best days of their lives in a beautiful location. The venue, as always was spectacular and, for a March wedding, the weather held out nicely - we even treated to some evening sunshine. What more can you ask for, eh?
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT FOWEY HALL
I was fresh off the plane from shooting Hayley and Jake’s wedding in Australia followed swiftly by a month in Thailand. When we left Bangkok it was a lovely, sweaty 37 degrees, with glorious humidity and sunshine. I love the warm and I love the sun, but returning home, it was baltic and a massive shock to the system when walking out of the terminal and into the freezer.
Anyway, five days after arriving home came Natalie and Joe’s big event; their wedding at Fowey Hall Hotel. Any sane person would probably think that, after such a long hard winter lasting well into the spring, it would’ve been rubbish, cold and miserable (cue more moaning), however, it came as a pleasant surprise that it was the polar opposite! We all bathed in glorious warm sunshine under an impossibly blue sky with the best part (other than the fact Nat and Joe lucked out and got hitched) being me not having to wear a jacket. I simply paraded around with just my shirt on with sleeves rolled up - and working up a quite a sweat. Also, having ton of exposure to the sun and sporting a sexy golden tan, I figured that I wouldn’t need sunscreen. I felt immune to sunburn - especially on my forehead (which, lets face it, is like a Mack truck), but, after a full day of shooting in the sun, I came away burnt, which then peeled and subsequently left me with no tan at all.
Anyway, I’m rambling. Where was I?
Their wedding! Simply put, it was beautiful; stunning views over Fowey, lots of champagne, hugging, kissing, delicious food and a rocking dance floor. Incidentally, when I first heard from the guys, they were living and working in Denmark and naturally invited their raucous Danish friends - hence the curious tradition of the ‘cutting of the sock’ depicted toward the end of the gallery.
(Danish for cheers).
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SYDNEY
Hayley and Jake - both from the UK, are one of those annoying couples who have everything; they are amazingly friendly, good looking, hone positive perspectives on life, they have good jobs (Hayley is a veterinary nurse and Jake owns a crossfit gym) and both had the gonads to leave the UK for a better life in Australia.
It’s a country which I’ve travelled to for other work and I can honestly say I love the place. The weather is mostly sunny which therefore enables everyone to have a great outdoor lifestyle, unlike here in the UK with our pathetic excuse for a summer. Naturally, when they planned their wedding they opted for their home down under rather than travel to the other side of the world to the northern hemisphere which obviously got a gigantic, baseball-fan-foam-hand thumbs up from me.
Forward-wind to the morning of their wedding and it looked like they made the wrong choice; it hacked it down. I’m not talking drizzle or lingering, miserable rain; I mean the type of fat droplet rain that comes down in litres, saturating everything within seconds. I was a little concerned, I had travelled to the other side of the planet for this one and, it being held at the tail end of their summer, you’d kind of expect it to be nice. Luckily, like most fat droplet rain, it didn’t last long and wound up going from hazy sunshine during the day to a stunning golden hour shoot in the evening.
Their ceremony and reception was held outside on the decking at Valcluse Yacht Club - a stones throw from Sydney Harbour in a beautiful little spot called Watsons Bay. As with all weddings offering free alcohol, things rapidly descended into drunken chaos - most of the guests were all dribbling wrecks by about 9pm whereas the hardcore few stayed up for games of drink and pass* until well after midnight.
In my humble opinion, this was how a wedding should be, really informal, everyone drinking beers during the ceremony with no designated areas to sit and, if I were to mark it on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best), this was like an 11.
Thanks dudes for having me - it was a pleasure.
Oh, forgive me for sounding like a millennial or an annoying Radio 1 DJ, I’d like to give a special shout out / props to Voli K who smashed it with the music and Ben Ager who nailed the ceremony in true style.
*Sip and pass is exactly what it says on the tin; usually involving a bottle of gin / something similar; sipping it, passing it over to the next person until the whole bottle is gone.
WEDDING AT NANCARROW FARM
There would be too many superlatives to describe Nancarrow Farm; perhaps fabulous, awesome, lovely, superb, cracking, amazeballs, spiffing - and it’s always sunny there (honest!). The staff are lovely and organised, the venue is beautifully rustic and food-wise, it’s surpassed by very few.
Their day started with the guys’ going to St. Agnes for a chilly wetsuit-less swim and the girls getting ready at Nancarrow’s bridal suite. It then finished with tequilas and ties around heads on the dance floor.
A few hours before that though, we bore witness to kiwi ballerina (that’s Delia btw) and Josh get hitched in front of their nearest and dearest with lots of people overheard saying ‘awww, these guys are so in love’, ‘what a beautiful dress’ (made by Delia’s mum nonetheless!), ‘what a handsome young man Josh is’ and ‘how’s this weather?!’ After all, we’re talking about Cornwall in the summer which isn’t the most reliable place to get wall to wall blue skies.
So, I’ll let you into a little secret; when it came to taking them out for portraits - I was intending to shoot in a nearby forest littered with pine trees, however we got a little lost and ended up driving up random farmers’ lanes for a wee while. After a few more trips up disgruntled, tooled up farmers’ lanes complete with threats to shoot us if we didn’t get off their land, we randomly stumbled across a beautiful little nature reserve in Truro called Daubuz Moor - result!
Anyway, what I’ll do now is stop writing a let these pictures tell the story.
WEDDING AT KINGSCOTE BARN
Chilly weather, moody skies, wine, laughing, hugs, kisses, beer, toasted marshmallows on an open fire and mental dancing; that’ll be a wedding at Kingscote Barn in Gloucester then. I met this awesome pair at Georgia and Jacobs wedding (also featured in the Stories bit) and Nick was the person in the pic where their friend was pictures being dragged along the floor. It might sound like lip service and that' ‘I say the same thing about all couples’ but I don’t. All of the people who book me are like-minded folk and the whole relationship between them and myself thing just clicks. Sarah and Nick - you guys absolutely rock and I salute you!
PS. No one got dragged along the floor by Nick, or anyone else for that matter.
WEDDING AT HOLLAND PARK
Given the current high state of alert the UK is on right now, it probably wasn’t the best idea to let off smoke bombs in Holland Park, but rules are meant to broken and this is what we did.
Prior to that, they had their ceremony in Holland Park’s beautiful orangery and, because of the pouring rain, everyone congregated together under cover for a buzzing reception - fuelled by drinks and canapés.
I must say a big up to Sarah and Jim for braving the elements too - they were well up for getting soaking wet by risking the awful weather - and potentially ruining their lungs with all the toxic, green smoke.
The reception was held at the Alice House Pub where a quiz was held between speeches (hilarious questions too - you had to be there) with the victorious table winning a cardboard cut out of Danny Devito - which, I think, everyone should have in their home.
The copious amounts of champagne that followed transformed a normally relaxing pub into a wild dance floor. I believe the next day I had an almighty hangover without even drinking. Maybe it was due to how their guests were possibly suffering the next day. You know - like that phantom pregnancy thing which men have, when it’s actually their wives are actually who are carrying the child. Know what I mean? Anyone?
Anyway, I’ll just shut up and let y’all look at their amazing day.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT RANCHO DEL INGLES.
So, it was off to southern Spain for a spot of wedding photography at Rancho Del Ingles - an English owned, beautiful venue nearish to Malaga, featuring typical Spanish decor, a typical Spanish swimming pool, typical Spanish tapas plus a typical late ceremony (because of the heat). I should also mention the two stars of the show, Pete and Meryl - a super chilled English couple who both work in France as aircraft engineers
Photo-wise, we only had a few moments to go out for portraits because of the light at that time of day. However, I did manage to steal them briefly for a quick cuddle and kiss (not including me of course) under countless bulbs of festoon lighting.
WEDDING AT TREVENNA BARNS
Trevenna Barns isn’t a place I shoot often, so it was a pretty cool opportunity to photograph this lush little spot. For those who don’t know, the venue sits right on the edge of the moor - a place where wild horses roam, a heavy mist hangs low on the ground and the Beast of Bodmin Moor can frequently be spotted roaming around for some children to feast upon. Sadly, we didn’t see any of these three things . What we did see was a gathering of family and friends surround Katy and Chris for a full on day of delicious food, tons of drinking, dancing and hoolahooping.
WEDDING AT ASHLEY WOOD FARM
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I feel I need to write a bit ‘o blurb to attempt to describe this peach of a day. Firstly, if you’re thinking of planning a country wedding and are on the prowl for a bit of visual inspiration, look no further than an Ashley Wood Farm wedding. It featured two of the finest humans I know, besties James and Renata – or, as they’re commonly referred to, the amalgamated singular; ‘Jamata”. They got hitched at the incredible, afore mentioned Ashley Wood Farm in Wiltshire on a roasting hot July day. I’m pretty certain that I can speak for everyone in attendance when I say that their wedding was utterly flawless and featured a palpable atmosphere of happy, buzzy vibes that resonated around the four acres of grounds from start to finish.
I also am sure I can speak for Jamata when I say that if they had the opportunity to do it all again, they would. And so would I.
I’d now like to invite you to pop the kettle on / pour a glass of wine / crack open a beer and look through their pictures – I hope you agree that there are thousands upon thousands of words worth of awesomeness.
Italy has been already well documented as a go-to destination to get hitched. But add Beth and Eugene with their nearest and dearest to the incredible town of Noci – mix in a good old knees up amongst the Trulli’s of Puglia and you have a recipe for an amazing wedding. The primary ingredient (apart from romance of course) for most Italian weddings is food – and in abundance. They never stop eating! How the locals maintain slim waistbands I’ll never know. Anyway, below is a summary of pictures which makes up about 0.1% of what they received afterwards on their USB.
A special thanks to Elisabetta from Madama wedding planners for sorting everything!
WEDDING AT LOWER BARNS
I never thought I was soppy, but Richard and Amy’s wedding at Lower Barns has turned me into exactly that; an emotional, cry at anything (happy tears by the way) type of guy. I mean, all weddings are emotional but the one caught me right in the feels!
It was a small intimate affair with Lower Barns at capacity; 20 guests featuring a mixture of close family, step family and friends - the steps’ were all friends by the way, which is, unbelievably, a common rarity and unusual dynamic at weddings.
Amy and Richard were such a dream to photograph, especially in glorious April sunshine and in such a beautiful part of Cornwall. All of their portraits (apart from the ones taking during the golden hour) were at nearby Vault Beach. Lets face it, 98% of people, including me, aren’t comfortable with having their picture taken, but these guys were total naturals in front of the camera.
The owners deserve a special mention too; Janie and Mike are some of the most awesome humans around with Janie and her exceptional eye for decor - and Mike being super talented at building. They also make me perfect flat white’s and exceptional cheese and coleslaw toasties.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN CORNWALL
It was the first time I’ve ever shot a couple in a supermarket – and not just any supermarket; mighty Sainsbury’s! I would’ve preferred Waitrose but at least it wasn’t Asda, Morrison’s or Tesco’s. I think, while competitive, their produce just isn’t the same.
It was the first wedding I’ve photographed where an ambulance was called out. A potentially lethal combination of alcohol, a trampoline and an inebriated guest spraining their ankle was the reason why. Scroll down for evidence of this.
It was the first wedding I’ve been to where I’ve photographed a bride lying against said ambulance. Again, scroll down for evidence of this.
It was the first wedding I’ve been to where most of the wedding party (when things really got underway) changed out of their finery and into onesies.
Nicole was my first ever bride to where heat-induced-colour-changing nail polish.
It was the first wedding ceremony I’ve photographed in the morning.
It was the first wedding I’ve photographed to include a skate ramp.
It was the first wedding I’ve photographed to feature a three legged dog.
As a wedding photographer in Cornwall, it was the first time I’ve shot (with a camera) a Canadian groom.
It was the first wedding where, after taking them to a timber yard (also a first) they wanted ‘hitching shots’.
Enough said really. I think its much better to let the photos tell the rest of the story.
WEDDING AT THE GREEN
Awww, I love these two amazing humans. They both work in conservation in a big way. Not in a helping-clear-up-plastic type of way (which is an extremely important thing to do), but in a travel-around-the-world-working-to-save-rare-species-of-marine-life way. The reality of this is that they don’t spend a lot of time together! When I asked how they cope with spending months apart, they simply said ‘thank the universe for FaceTime and Skype.’
So, eventually they got to see each other along with all their loved ones and commenced getting hitched at one of my favourite places to shoot in Cornwall - The Green. I feel like I should say that every time I’ve photographed there, it has rained (massively frustrating), but their good karma for being awesome, smashed the jinx out of the park. They got married down by the lake and had a mostly outdoor reception followed by a feast consisting of shark fin soup, extremely rare dolphin steaks for the main and a delicious desert of caramelised sea horse - all in the swish new barn (you HAVE to see it).
This was a perfect wedding in a perfect place with perfect people who were looked after by the perfect wedding co-ordinator, Kate - along with her perfect team. Basically, what I’m trying to say it was all perfect. Thanks so much for having me guys.
Just kidding about the food by the way.
WEDDING AT HIGHER EGGBEER FARM
So, it was off to merry ‘ole Devon for Bristol couple Georgia and Jacob’s wedding at the stupendous Higher Eggbeer Farm. Their day was a culmination of an awesome group of family and friends, lots of delicious food (courtesy of Two Birds Kitchen), beer pong, jazz music, love, laughter and cider. Oh – and some pool time too for the select few who wanted a bit of respite from the muggy weather. (Remember kids; alcohol and water don’t mix, scroll to the bottom to see the guilty culprits).
WEDDING AT EVER AFTER
Man, Penny and Pete’s wedding at Ever After was a riot. Without mentioning what a well oiled machine Ever After is, with a gorgeous style, decadence and setting - their day was utterly stunning. It featured an element of Jewish-ness to it, warm sunny skies and another annoyingly good-looking couple.
During the speeches, Penny (who is fluent in Japanese) was totally blown away by a lengthy tribute from Pete in her learned language. Nobody had a clue what he was going on about until he translated it, causing all manner of tears and emotion throughout the wedding party.
It was then follow by one man band Roger Styles - on typical form and the person responsible for the packing out the dance floor.
Since learning a spot of Japanese myself, I feel as though my tribute to them should be re-written in the language because it was that good. Here goes;
マン、ペニーとピートの結婚式は、暴動だった。エバー・アフターは、豪華なスタイル、腐敗とセッティングを兼ね備えています。その日はすごく素晴らしいものでした。それはそれにユダヤ人の要素、暖かい日当たりの良い空と厄介な見栄えのカップルを特色にした。 スピーチの中で、ペニー（日本語に堪能な人）はピートからの長い言葉を学んだことで完全に吹き飛んだ。誰も彼がそれを翻訳するまで、彼が行っていたものを手がかりにしていなかったので、結婚式のパーティーのいたるところであらゆる方法の涙と感情を引き起こしました。 それから、典型的な形式とダンスフロアを梱包する責任者の一人の男性バンドRoger Stylesが続きました。 簡単にperfect！
Not too shabby eh, Penny?
WEDDNG AT CORNISH TIPIS
I’ve never photographed a wedding at Cornish Tipis. I mean, I have heard of the place, with it’s beautiful quarry and lake (more on that shortly) - an outside arbour allowing everyone to witness ceremonies in the open air whilst being surrounded by greenery - plus hideaway tipis which you can rent out. What more do you need? Actually, that’s a silly question…you need an awesome duo called Lisa and Matt, summer weather, lots of outdoor games including welly throwing, giant Jenga and that game where people throw hoops on bottles. You also would need an amazingly decorated marquee, food cooked by The Round Kitchen, a rocking dance floor and, possibly a guest falling into the water after trying to disembark a boat - which, incidentally had Lisa’s approval for me to photograph.
Not even kidding on that last one; see below for more evidence.
Lisa and Matt - I high five you both.
NANCARROW WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Hannah and Luke’s wedding at Nancarrow Farm* was stupendously good. In fact, I’m afraid of looking like I’m feeding you yet another bunch of lip service. So, if you look at their pics, I’ll let you fill in the blanks.
Everything about there day was **insert a superlative here**
Hannah looked **insert a superlative here**
Luke also looked **insert a superlative here**
Nancarrow, as usual, hosted a **insert a superlative here** corker of a day.
Some nearby woods were **insert a superlative here** for photos.
AND, I know I keep going on about the weather, after all, it’s a UK wedding and , for all overseas folk, it rains a lot. However, they lucked out with **insert a superlative here** sunshine.
DEVON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Being a Devon wedding photographer, I think Mantie and Rob’s day is reason No.234 why I love my job. They are the sweetest couple, their families and friends are an amazing bunch of people to be around, their wedding was hosted at the ridiculously lovely Bicton Botanical Gardens, the weather played ball (everyone got sun burn), everything went to time, the food was exceptional, the fireworks were spectacular and their band ‘The Velvetines’ rocked. In fact, I would highly recommend you shoot their wedding. Wait, we did that. Pow!