Salcombe Wedding Photography – Nat and Gerry at East Soar Farm

 

When we met Nat and Gerry for a coffee right at the start, it was immediately clear that their Salcombe wedding was going to be a day that was right up our street and themselves a couple we would quickly come to consider friends. We asked the question ‘tell us about your day -how are you going to start?’. It was then the magic words, that started this amazing adventure off, were uttered; ‘Well, we’re huge watersports enthusiasts so we’re going to go for a surf or paddleboard first’. Those of you who have ventured into the ‘About Us’ page will understand how it was an absolute no-brainer that within 2.5 seconds, I had replied with “We’re coming with you. With cameras.’

So on the morning of their big day, we met Nat and Gerry and a bunch of their friends on Bantham Beach, ready to go with our kayak, wetsuits and waterproof housings. What a blast! Nat wore her veil, obviously, and Gerry wore his wedding ring. After an hour of fun, Nat left (with Simon) to make the transition from paddleboarder to bride, while I stayed with Gerry and his crew for some more fun in the water. And that’s when it happened. The ring fell off. In the sea.

Fast forward a few ‘Oh. My. Days’ reactions and a fruitless search of the area and we all made our salty ways back to East Soar Farm to freshen up and find a ring to borrow. Nat and her wedding party walked the stunning 45 minute section of coast path to meet Gerry at the end of a twinkly light and candle-lit aisle for a truly beautiful ceremony. There was much hilarity when it came to the ring exchange (Gerry’s Dad to the rescue), but the wonderfully easy going Nat later admitted that she hadn’t really liked the original ring anyway!

Exhausted, blissed out and still very salty (not sure we’ve ever come away from a Salcombe wedding not wet and salty), we bid our reluctant farewells and tore ourselves away from the party that looked like it would continue into the small hours.

Being a Devon Wedding Photographer rocks!

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Kirsty and Marcus’s Payhembury Wedding

 

Kirsty and Marcus headed back to Marcus’s roots, choosing his stunning family farm, the place where he spent his childhood, as their very own, unique wedding venue.

Following the ‘keeping it in the family’ theme, the wedding itself took place in the quintessential, picturesque Payhembury Church and was conducted by Marcus’s cousin, who had taken up residence for one very special day only. The ceremony was brimming over with personality and genuine warmth, full of funny stories from Marcus’s childhood. Once the laughter had subsided, the new Mr and Mrs were led, beaming, up the aisle by the bagpipes, celebrating Kirsty’s Scottish heritage.

From there, everybody headed back to the farm to enjoy cocktails in the sun in the beautiful gardens; the stunning handiwork of Marcus’s Mum, Pip (I know, awesome name, right?), before heading into the marquee for raucously funny and tear-jerkingly touching speeches.The band got the party into full swing while the sun set across the fields. A happy, happy day celebrating the joining of two wonderful families.

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Charlotte and Adam – Wedding Photography at Pynes House, Devon.

The sense of excitable happiness that hit us as we walked in to the elegant Pynes House, was perfectly matched to the beautifully sunny Spring day in the Devon countryside. Swamped with daffodils, Pynes House, a wedding venue that feels blissfully like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but is actually hugely conveniently found just a stone’s throw from the cosmopolitan city of Exeter, was the perfect location for celebrating a rather fairytale-esque story…

Once upon a time, there was a lovely girl called Sabrina, who had a best friend called Adam. When they were all grown up, Sabrina started to work with a sweet girl called Charlotte, with very sparkly eyes, who she grew to be very close to. Being the true friend that she was, Sabrina thought that Adam and Charlotte ought to meet, that they’d probably live happily ever after together, so she engineered a get-together. Fast forward a few years and you’ll find the happy friendship group at the wonderful Pynes House preparing to celebrate the wedding of Charlotte and Adam, and us as the lucky wedding photographers, who were honoured to be documenting it.

True story! And guess what? Not only was Sabrina Chief Bridesmaid to Charlotte, she was Best Woman to Adam too!

Having returned from the emotional ceremony at St Leonard’s church in Exeter, the sunshine flooding Pynes House made for beautiful light as the very informative speeches (you learn a lot about somebody during the speeches, don’t you Adam?!) took place in the lounge area before people made the most of the Spring warmth and headed outside to the extensive gardens. A few rounds of croquet and boules were thoroughly enjoyed, and proved only marginally unsuccessful with the balls having to be extracted from the hedges only a handful of times. I think that’s a win!

Having worked up an appetite, playtime paused while Dartmoor Kitchen served up a veritable feast, that proved to be the much needed fuel for the impressively energetic dancing, and the helpful food cushion for the impressively energetic drinking. Having demonstrated a couple of our own sleek dance moves, we left the enthusiastic revellers to it, with an energised bounce in our steps; it was most definitely the start of Spring, and Charlotte and Adam’s wedding had most definitely brought it on.

And they really have lived Happily Ever After – we have since caught up with Charlotte and Adam, and they now have a beautiful baby! Job well done Sabrina, job well done!

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