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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Somerset Wedding Photography – Katie and Chris at Orchardleigh

The walled gardens at Orchardleigh are perfect for luxuriating in, on a hot Summer’s day, which is perfectly lucky, because a hot Summer’s day is exactly what Katie and Chris got for their pretty, carefree wedding in the Somerset countryside.

We started our day off in the usual way – one of us with the girls in an elegant hotel room, for a morning of excitable preparations, and one of us in the pub with the boys, for an excitable pint in the sunshine, before all making our way to the quintessential St James’s Church in Shaftesbury, Dorset, where the overjoyed bride and groom had chosen to exchange their vows.

The new Mr and Mrs emerged from the church, blinking into the hot Summer sunshine, where an impressive shower of confetti was quite literally thrown at them, before heading off to Orchardleigh where the sun blazed, the flowers bloomed and the gorgeous decking area invited happy summer lazing (hold that thought, writing this, and looking through their photographs, is making me want a Pimm’s. I’ll be back in a minute…).

Once the sun had been thoroughly soaked up, the guests headed into the beautifully light and spacious Orangery, to enjoy the equally touching and funny speeches and a veritable feast, before being called back outside by the golden evening sunshine. While the guests enjoyed drinks and games on the lawns, we snuck off for a little while with Katie and Chris to create some rather lovely portraits.

As the sun set, the music started so it was time to take it back indoors, and for Katie and Chris to take to the floor for their first dance as newlyweds, and lead their guests into a night of fun on the dance floor.

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Wedding Photography in Devon- Dan and Alice at Cadhay

If somebody was to say to you “I want you to find me somewhere to get married in rural England, steeped in history, beauty and elegance, with extensive pretty gardens, magnificent views, the possibility of an outdoor ceremony in a water garden, and a huge pond”, you’d probably think that was an awfully tall order. Well, let me introduce you to Dan and Alice’s quintessential, and absolutely stunning outdoor ceremony at Cadhay, in rural Devon.

Cadhay was built in 1550 and is an historic Tudor Manor House full to the brim with tales of past custodians, nestled amongst the prettiest of gardens. Oh, and it’s got a huge pond, too.

The skies were a striking blue and the sun was hot, as Dan and Alice said their vows under a rose arch in full bloom, in the water garden, with their guests enjoying the folk music played by close friends. A brilliant rendition of Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ was played and sung by a friend who predeeded his performance with “I’m not a 19 year old girl, so I feel I ought to apologise to you for this…OK, here goes…” Haha! Needless to say, he smashed it. Sorry Taylor.

The sun continued to shine as we took a stroll around the gardens with the happy couple, before more impromptu music played by the guests during the very funny speeches, a first dance fit for its manor house setting and of course, all rounded off with a good old tug of war, long after the sun had set.

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