Harriet, Will and Mariah Carey at Powderham Castle, Devon

 
 

IT’S CHRISTMAS! What better way to get ourselves fully into the festive spirit than with a Christmas wedding? I know, right? Too exciting.

The exceptionally beautiful Harriet and Will opted for not only a winter wedding, but an all-out Christmas wedding in the most festive setting; the elegant Powderham Castle and the iconic Buckfast Abbey.

The torrential rain and permanently dark sky only served to heighten the beautiful effects of the giant, roaring open fireplaces, hundreds of candles and sea of twinkly lights at Powderham Castle, and had absolutely no effect whatsoever on the enormous sense of excitement and volume of laughter that just kept growing as the day went on. Harriet, her sister and various friends, are all incredibly talented singers and musicians, so it was a complete joy to be treated to a few performances. Nothing gets you more in the seasonal mood than three stunning voices singing a mix of traditional carols and well loved Christmas favourites!

The impressive weather and enormous Christmas tree meant we took the opportunity to sneak off for some indoor portraits, only to be told that were were sitting on England’s most haunted staircase. It was two minutes after this that one of the hall lights went out, and one of ours started going off, all by themselves. That seemed like the perfect time to head back to the well populated, well lit dining room where all ghostly thoughts quickly evaporated with the popping and cheering that erupted as crackers were pulled by everybody.

Following the speeches, and after Harriet had led every single person in a magnificently uplifting rendition of ‘Let It Snow’, the bride and groom took to the floor and officially pressed the Christmas start button by dancing their first dance to none other than Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’, in front of the biggest, sparkliest Christmas tree I have ever seen indoors.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!

Devon Wedding Photography – Natasha and Gareth at Ocean Kave

 
 

It is quite normal, and actually fully expected, for Simon and I to come away from a wedding buzzing, and totally exhausted. There’s an awful lot going on and a lot of people creating endless moments to capture. So it was a real treat to be asked to be part of Natasha and Gareth’s quieter, private ceremony, with just a handful of their closest family and friends.

Ocean Kave, located on the striking North Devon coast, proved to be the perfect setting on what turned out to be a gloriously hot and sunny day.

Having so few people there meant that it was palpable how hugely loved up these two are, and it was a joy to be there for a wedding that was so intense, intimate and emotional, from start to finish. Natasha and Gareth had chosen to celebrate with an enormous evening party another time; this really was a day for focussing on togetherness, and they were keen to have that represented in the photographs. What a dream for wedding photographers! We felt so massively lucky to have had the gift of time to fully maximise and enjoy the stunning location and incredible light, with such a beautiful couple.

Perhaps my happiest memory is when Gareth suggested that the four of us just sit together, in the grass to watch as the sun finally dropped in to the sea, leaving us all feeling wonderfully blissed out, and Simon and I feeling like we had been a part of something really very special.

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