Cat & Dave's Hayne Barn Wedding

Cat and Dave had contacted us from New Zealand where they had been working and exploring to ask us to provide the photography for their wedding in Devon once they arrived back home in July. As always we love outdoor weddings and was immediately drawn to this couple, the venue and wedding they had planned.

The Venue was Hayne Devon, a natural and rural wedding and events space. Set in the rolling hills of rural mid Devon close to Crediton. The historic 17th century Threshing Barn lies in the heart of 25 acres of beautiful grounds and enchanting gardens. South facing, the site gets the first and last of the sun and is a perfect setting if your looking for a natural country wedding with some glamping thrown in. With a long Barn, Yurts, bell tents and a shepherds hut it provides great accommodation for guests happy to embrace the outdoor wedding theme.

After a outdoor ceremony beautiful conducted by the minister (who also happened to be Cat’s father) the couple with their guests had the rest of the afternoon and evening to socialise and dine in the open sided Barn before starting the night with some Irish folk dancing Ceili band.

We have now moved to Chester but we still cover the whole of the UK although we are looking forward to booking more natural country style weddings in the stunning NW countryside. With Snowdonia, The Peak district and The Lake District on our doorstep we hope there will be plenty of opportunity in 2019 to work more locally as well as nationally and internationally!

Luke and Dean's Tunnels Beaches Wedding, Devon

We were looking forward to this wedding for some time. Not only we were excited about photographing our first same sex marriage, not only was it at one of the best venues in Devon but having met Luke and Dean a few months before we knew that these two midlands lad were going to have one hell of a colourful, fun wedding.

We had met the guys at Croyde a few months before and after a lunch in one of our favourite pubs “The Thatch” we had taken our dogs for a walk along Croyde beach on a very misty Sunday in February. We had a great afternoon with them and got on like a house on fire so we were both excited to see them again at the wedding.

Tunnels Beaches is a old victorian bathing area in Ilfracombe, Devon and although now a very popular wedding venue it is still open to the public as a bathing area. A network of hand-carved tunnels lead through the rock face and out to several sheltered beaches and tidal bathing pools. The access tunnels were dug way back in 1823, and they have become a famous feature of the town.

The weather was hot and sunny all day and the perfect weather for a venue such as this. As the party rocked on on one side of the cliff face, further down the tunnel families bathed in the tidal rock pools as the temperature soared into the high 20’s!

The only day to end such a perfect day was with a perfect sunset and as the sun dipped down below the horizon, the evening party was just getting started as the couple, friends and family celebrated into the night.

It was a joy of a wedding to be part of and a venue that was totally different to anything we had done before. Although we have now left Devon for a life in Chester we will no doubt be back and hopefully next time we will get a chance to take a dip in the bathing Pools.

Angels & Rock stars - Alice & Jamie's Cadhay House Wedding, Devon

Its not every wedding that we have a world famous rock star of one of the worlds best bands, gate crash the party, yes gate crash; he was not invited however he was very welcome!

So we had a star but for us the biggest stars are not rock stars or football players they are people like Alice, a oncology nurse at Guys hospital, London. Having plenty of experience of the NHS we have total admiration for the  nurses and all the clinical staff who work within it.  So for us having Mat Bellamy the lead singer of Muse was cool but there was only one shining star at this wedding and that was definitely the bride! 

The day started with Warren at Cadhay House with the groom while Carmen went to the hairdressers with the bride before capturing her getting ready at home.

After a beautiful ceremony in their local Church in Gittisham it was over to Cadhay House for the rest of the day and evening. The house looked stunning and even in October the weather stayed fine through most of the day.  The wedding breakfast was in the Tea rooms which is a traditional old stone barn with a wood burner to keep things nice and cosy

It was only later as we watched the brillaint wedding band, The Lyrics did word get around that there was someone at the back who looked familiar.   We later found out that Matt had flown over from LA for the day (as you do!) to see his Dad play in the band.  Matt was great and was happy to chat and came out to meet Alice and Jamie and try some of the amazing pizza from www.hiddenpizza.co.uk .  After some fun with sparklers and more pizza it was time to party until the early hours as the Lyrics smashed out some great covers. 

For us this was a last minute booking and we are so glad we could capture the day for Alice,  Jamie and their family and friends.  They were totally chilled out and happy to let us do our thing and so here it is. Our take on their  their wonderful story as it happened.  Enjoy!

A musical highlights slideshow of their day can be found here