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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Laura and Jim – Wedding Photography at The Old Barn, The Milky Way, Devon.

It’s not everyday we get asked to photograph a wedding at a theme park, so as we made our way to Laura and Jim’s big day at The Milky Way in Devon, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

The day started out with a good mix of giggles and emotion during the preparations, followed by a really pretty and heartfelt ceremony under the vines in the beautifully light conservatory. As Jim is an Officer in The Royal Navy, it was only to be expected, then, that an archway of swords and light-sabres would be formed by his friends and fellow officers, and Darth Vader from Star Wars. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Frankly we couldn’t understand why Laura was so surprised.

The guests were then led in to the wedding breakfast by the Stormtroopers, where laughter abounded during the very funny speeches and everybody dined in the soft glow of candles and fairy lights. Not wanting to break with tradition, Laura and Jim then led their party to the usual, tranquil, post dinner ‘Bumper Car’ session, before hitting the dancefloor – hard.

All-in-all, a totally normal day at the office.

Haha! So. Much.Fun!

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Devon Wedding Photography- Castle Hill – Jess and James

 

As Devon wedding photographers, it’s only natural that we come away from the majority of our weddings with muddy knees or wet and salty trousers. So when you come away from a day at Castle Hill covered, pretty much all over, in grass stains, you know it’s been a blast. The theme of Jess and James’s day? As much fun as possible!

The glorious day started off in their respective childhood homes, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, which lent an air of ‘baby flying the nest’ emotion to the preparations. So it was very fitting, and felt rather special, that James was driven to the church in his Granddad’s vintage car, that he had had specially delivered across the Atlantic and restored, for just such an occasion.

As both wedding parties left for the ceremony, nerves heightened, and almost got the better of James. Thank goodness, then, that his Best Man was on-hand to help him rub his ears. Yep, apparently that’s a thing. As the stunning Jess made her entrance, the tears started flowing through the congregation, and didn’t stop until everybody burst out into the sunshine to congratulate the new Mr and Mrs.

That’s when any thoughts of serious, sensible behaviour, left the building, and the fun took hold. Castle Hill is an incredible venue with vast, sweeping grounds and gardens. One can easily picture the gentile taking leisurely strolls in their Sunday best, and wedding guests, and grooms, in their finery, rolling around in the grass performing two person forward rolls, wheelbarrow races, both successful and unsuccessful human pyramids, and a smattering of wrestling, just for good measure.

As if that wasn’t entertainment enough, the magician freaked the life out of everybody (in a fabulous way), as did the perfectly timed clap of thunder that started off a downpour at the exact second the Best Man cracked a joke during his speech.

The rain stopped as the meal came to an end, in perfect time for a very pretty portrait session and one hell of a party.

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