Tipis, cider and apple blossom: Phaedra & George get married in Somerset

Oooh, I think you might like this...  Phaedra and George got married last Saturday - the sun shone, the apple blossom was in bloom, the tipis were spectacular and George's cider was flowing merrily.  It was a beautiful day and here is a little preview of some of my favourite images.  Big congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Perry!

You might also like to have a look at:

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you liked the images!  Please do pop over to Facebook and 'like' my page to stay in touch with my current work.  Your support is appreciated, thank you x

A wedding at Haldon Belvedere: Nat and David get married in a castle

Great big congratulations to Nat and David!  They celebrated their wedding in style yesterday with a ceremony at the beautiful Haldon Belvedere in Devon, the afterwards at the Lord Haldon Hotel.  Here are a few of my favourite images - I love Natalie and her Dad walking up the spiral staircase at the beginning of the ceremony, what an amazing last few steps to take before you get married...

Bride walking up spiral staircase in castle
First kiss after a wedding in a castle
Bride and groom outside the castle
Bride and groom in garden
Couple standing under clematis after wedding

Somerset engagement photography: Nat and David preview

This is just a quick preview, as there are so many more lovely images from this shoot that I will share in a longer blog post soon.  Natalie and David are getting married at the end of May in the beautiful Haldon Belvedere, which I'm really looking forward to.  In the meantime, we had a really fun session at Burnham-on-Sea, getting blown around the beach and dodging the sinking patches of mud!  I loved this shot of Nat and David together by the lighthouse on the beach and I hope you like it too:

Newborn twin photography session: Bertie and Polly

A little while ago I had the pleasure of photographing newborn twins, Bertie and Polly, at their home in Ashburton, Devon.  It is always amazing, to be invited into the home of people who have just had a baby, as it is just such an incredible milestone in people's lives.  And in this case, not one but two beautiful babies, so something really quite special to capture. When I photograph newborns, I concentrate on building up a picture of them, from the tiny little fingers and toes, to the downy hair on their bodies, to their delicate features. Without using any overly constructed poses, I capture the details of the babies as naturally as I can.  It is always lovely to see them nestling in to their parents, and with twins it was just wonderful to see babies snuggling comfortably up with each other.   I love the image of Bertie and Polly cupped gently in their parents' hands, and I absolutely adore the yawns and stretches from both of them.  I hope you enjoy seeing a selection of the photographs from the session:

newborn twins

A gorgeous wedding at The Great Barn, Devon: Louise & Lee preview

Aaaah, huge congratulations to Louise and Lee, who got married today at The Great Barn, at Higher Ashton in Devon.  The forecast was rain and cloud all day, but look what happened: sunshine :).  Lots of sunshine!  In fact, I even got sunburnt...  It was worth it for a beautiful day with photos like this.  Here is a very quick preview from earlier, I really can't wait to edit the rest of the images!

Kerry and Scott on the River Dart, South Devon: a beautiful, vintage inspired budget wedding

South Devon wedding photographer

So, Kerry and Scott's wedding.  Where to begin...?!  It was utterly beautiful.  It was completely vintage inspired, with a 1940s & 1950s theme running throughout.  It moved between two sides of the River Dart.  In fact, it even moved up and down the River Dart at one point, with an amazing boat trip.  It had a vintage bus.  The ceremony was in a gorgeous National Trust property.  And it was all done on a budget, with a huge amount of input from Kerry and Scott's friends and family, to create something that was unique, special and absolutely the day that they wanted.  

I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling I had as I stood on the deck of the boat, photographing the wedding guests and watching the sun setting over the estuary.  It is always an incredible thing, to share a wedding day with people, to document this for them and to be a part of all those amazing celebrations.  And at that moment on top of the boat, I was just a bit blown away by how lucky I am to do this job, to be the person responsible for capturing the day, to be given the opportunity to photograph all this beauty and joy, and to record these moments in the images that I give people.  I will never take this for granted.      

Anyway, back to the details of this wonderful wedding.  The day started in Dittisham, with Kerry's mum wearing authentic 1940s style rollers, arranging the flowers in the village hall.  Kerry's granddad had knocked up the amazing sweetie trolley, Scott's mum had created the brilliant cake, with models of Kerry, Scott and their dog, Midge, and everyone was helping put the village hall together ready for the vintage style tea party. Kerry and all her bridesmaids are hairdressers, and all did each other's hair and make-up.  I loved the way that Kerry spent ages getting all her girls' hair ready, before finally sitting down to do her own. 

When everyone was ready in Dittisham, they travelled by ferry across the River Dart to Greenway House for the intimate ceremony in the library there.  Then a vintage bus ride took the wedding party down to Greenway Quay, where they met up with more guests and celebrated with a boat trip up the river on The Fairmile.  Kerry's dad had secretly been having singing lessons for months in preparation, and surprised her and Scott by performing for the guests.  Amazing!  While the boat travelled all the way up to the sea and back again, the guests enjoyed an on-board barbecue followed by the speeches in the setting sun.  

Then it was back across the river to Dittisham on the smaller ferry, for the big tea party in the village hall to end the day.  And there it was that one of my favourite ever wedding moments took place.  As the bride and groom shared their first dance in the village hall, Kerry and Scott's lovely dog Midge quietly padded across and then just lay down on the floor next to them.  Awesome indeed.  

It's a long post.  A lot happened and there are a lot of lovely photos to share.  I really hope that you enjoy looking at the images and I hope that you can see why I enjoyed this day so much.  I'm delighted to say that Kerry and Scott are currently expecting their first baby, who is due to arrive this autumn!  Congratulations again Kerry and Scott.  Here is your day:

Vintage wedding on the River Dart
South Devon wedding photography
Village hall wedding photography
Peonies and carnations for wedding flowers

Somerset pre-wedding photography: Phaedra & George

I had a lovely time with the lovely Phaedra and George last week, catching up on their wedding plans and enjoying a pre-wedding photography session with them in the early evening sunlight.  They are having their wedding celebrations in tipis in the apple orchards at Perry's Cider in Somerset, which I'm really looking forward to photographing. We were hoping that the apple blossom would be out for their engagement shoot, but no sign yet.  I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed that it now holds on for another couple of weeks - it would be so beautiful to photograph their wedding amongst some blossom instead!  Here are a couple of images from their pre-wedding session:

You might also like to have a look at:

Pre-wedding photography at Budleigh Salterton, Devon: Sarah & Ian

Wedding photography at Polhawn Fort, Cornwall: Claire & Andrew

Destination wedding photography: Leanne & David's Italian wedding

Thanks for visiting my blog!  If you would like to stay updated with my work and see previews, then pop over to Facebook and 'like' my page - your support is much appreciated :)