Yurt wedding in Devon: Sarah and Jack's Totnes celebrations

It was really lovely to see Sarah and Jack's yurt wedding published recently in Devon's wonderful Wed Magazine.  It also reminded me that it is one of the many beautiful weddings that I haven't blogged in full, so I thought it was about time I did!  The effort put into setting up the field and decorating the spaces within the yurts was quite incredible - the images hardly do it all justice.  However, it is lovely to share it here on the blog and I hope you enjoy seeing how they celebrated.

Sarah and Jack's wedding was actually long, long ago - well, in August 2012 - so it was particularly lovely going back through their images and remembering what a wonderful day it was.  Sarah made her own wedding dress and matched the colours to an heirloom veil first worn by her great-great-grandmother, then her grandmother, then mother.  When I arrived to photograph the wedding preparations at Sarah's parents' house in Totnes, it was all about the sewing, with final alterations taking place up until the very last minute, and the hem being finished while Jack was waiting at the church.  

The whole wedding was an enormous homemade effort, with everything from the invites and table names, to the handmade decorations and gradually collected vintage china, and the incredible array of homemade cakes and jams.  It was really wonderful to see how much effort everyone had put into the wedding, with the preparations having stretched out for many months prior to the day itself.  I'd have loved to have photographed events before the wedding, with everyone transforming the field near Totnes into an incredible reception setting.  With three custom yurts, all beautifully decorated, a campsite, fairy lights and garden games ready for the guests to enjoy, it must have been quite a remarkable undertaking.  What was then so lovely about the wedding day, was how relaxed everything was - after all that work, it must have been so incredibly special to sit back, marvel at everything and celebrate the day at last.   

All that effort was to celebrate something really very special.  Sarah and Jack are the loveliest couple and it was amazing to be there to photograph their day for them.  One of my strongest memories is from  after the wedding ceremony, just after walking out of the church.  Before celebrating with their family and friends, Sarah and Jack just stood together for a long time, completely lost in each other and taking in the moment of being married to each other.  It really touched me at the time and made me well up all over again looking back through the images.  It is an amazing privilege to capture moments like this.   

It was a wonderful day and I am really delighted to share some of the images here on the blog - I hope you enjoy them!  

Charlton House, Somerset: a lovely autumn wedding

Aaaaah, huge congratulations to Kate and James, who got married yesterday at the rather beautiful Charlton House in Somerset.  I really enjoy autumn and winter weddings - there is a particular quality to the light that you only get at this time of year, and I love the crisp feel in the air.  Charlton House was the perfect venue for an autumn wedding, with plenty of warm and welcoming indoor spaces for Kate and James and their guests to relax and celebrate in.  I loved the cosy feel late in the day, as the evening closed in outside and the candles were twinkling away indoors.  Having perfected the art of the international relationship, it was very fitting that the wedding was themed around travel, and the locations around the globe that were significant to them both.  I loved the stamp motif that Kate and James used to knit together their brilliant invitation with their reception theme.  Here is a quick preview of the images...

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Those beautiful flowers are from Rachel at The Rose Shed; Kate's elegant hair was by Rosanne Dyer and fabulous bridal make-up by Kelly at The Barn, Somerset; that incredible dress was designed by Essence of Australia and fitted by Ann's Bridal Room, Leighton Buzzard; and that delicious, oozy pile of cheese was from Cannon & Cannon, Brixton.

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Tunnels Beaches wedding: a preview of Rhiannon and James' seaside celebrations

Bride and groom reflected in the sea

It has been an incredibly busy weekend, with a family photography session in South Devon on Friday, Rhiannon and James' beach wedding on Saturday and a very wet and rainy engagement shoot on the Quantocks this afternoon.  I should probably go and switch off for a bit, but first I did just want to show Rhiannon and James a little preview of their images.  It was amazing to listen to the sound of the waves while they said their vows yesterday, and I loved watching the sun setting over the sea later in the afternoon.  Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe, North Devon, is such a special wedding venue and it was a real pleasure to return there to photograph Rhiannon and James' beautiful day.  Thanks for being so lovely to photograph both of you - I hope you like these photographs!

Bridal bouquet with anemones and roses
Sign posts for bathing beaches and seaside themed props
Wedding ceremony overlooking sea
Bride and groom by the sea
Couple walk up the beach in the sand

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Hannah and Marek's wedding at Tunnels Beaches, North Devon

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Daisy & Sally's spectacular Cornish farm wedding: a preview

Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Daisy and Sally's super stylish and wonderfully joyful wedding in Cornwall.  Following their official civil partnership the previous day, Sally's sister Rosie led a personal humanist ceremony for their friends and family, in a yurt at Sally's parents' farm near Helston.  More guests continued to join them throughout the day for much feasting and merriment, with an amazing buffet lunch followed by a cream tea, which was then followed later by a hog roast and the fabulous Cider Pig mobile bar. Not to mention possibly the largest bonfire that Cornwall has ever seen.  

Daisy and Sally both have a real passion for contemporary crafts and an eye for the most beautiful of details.  The ampersand motif ran right through the day, including a large wooden version adorning the yurt for the ceremony and the incredible lightbulb version decorating the barn, both made by Daisy's dad!  All of Daisy and Sally's family had clearly worked so hard to bring this day together for them both, and it was an utterly beautiful and joyous celebration to be a part of.  Even the tractor had bows on it!  It is also possibly the only time I will ever get to photograph a specially made gents' 'pissoir' in a derelict barn - thank you to Sally's dad for this particularly unique opportunity..!  Anyway, enough words, as I really can't do it all justice... here are some pictures instead:

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