Oh, by the way, it was their wedding!
Gemma and Matt’s Winter wedding at Rockbeare Manor in Devon, was one awesome way to spend New Year’s Eve! It had the perfect mix of excitable build-up, glamorous outfits, sumptuous feasts, non-stop drinks and extravagant fireworks. One hell of a party!
Rockbeare Manor? Check. Tuxedos? Check. Sequins? Check. Tears? Check.
As per usual, Simon and I started the day in different locations, so that we could photograph both the Groom and the Bride prep. Today was my turn to spend the morning with Team Bride, where emotions and sequins were a-plenty. There was a definite extra-celebratory feel in the air as we laughed our way through the preparations, in the elegant front room. The crushed velvet sofas, roaring open fire and chic décor added to the already over-flowing glamour! Just for a little while, the rain stopped beating down and the sunshine poured in as the stunning Gemma held tightly to her Dad, and made her way to the beautiful ceremony room.
Meanwhile, downstairs, Simon had been hanging out with Matt and his boys for a spot of pool in between shoe polishing and button hole fixing. Matt was now looking exceptionally dapper and more than ready to get married AND celebrate New Years Eve, all in one go. He headed out to greet their guests and nervously await the arrival of his beautiful bride.
Firm Friends Means A Tearful Photographer!
During the months leading up to their wedding day, I had chatted with this gorgeous bride more than I had with some of my closest friends! So by the time it came to their beautiful Winter Wedding, I had made a firm friend. It’s no surprise, then, that as they tearfully exchanged vows, my emotions got the better of me and I joined the ranks of ‘blubbering friends’. Thank goodness for the cameras held permanently to my face!
As I dried my tears, the Devon rain also dried up just long enough for everybody to head outside. We took advantage of the surprise bit of Winter sun for some beautifully backlit family shots, and a sneaky couple of impromptu outdoor portraits. However, the dry spell didn’t last long so Simon and I made a swift change of tack and came up with a magic plan for some gorgeously cosy indoor portraits. Nothing says ‘Glamorous Winter Wedding’ quite like an open fire, sumptuous sofas and on-point lighting! (I know, I know, we’re a little obsessed with sculpting the light! #sorrynotsorry… Just take a look for yourselves!)
Rapping, Partying, and Fireworks.
It could also be argued that nothing screams “Glamorous Winter Wedding’ quite like a good rap song. Yep. That’s right. The Best Man (Matt’s brother), pulled it out of the bag with a speech the Beastie Boys would have been excited to get their hands on. After his performance, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they’d called him up, actually. He definitely has a career option there. So, as you can imagine, that, combined with the limoncello shot favours, got the party well and truly started. And it didn’t stop. Everybody was having the best New Year’s Eve ever, and brought their A-games to the floor, for a party we’ll never forget.
As midnight struck, we were all treated to an epic firework display in an incredible symbol of new starts, new adventures and a bright and colourful future.