Wedding Photography Favourites 2017/18 - Becoming "Us"

Life is busy and we really need to blog more and to not have compiled a best of 2017 is something we should have done. Now however having spent 2017 -2018 in the beautiful South West in 2019 we have relocated to the just as beautiful (and just as wet!) North West. Trying to establish in a new market as Chester and Cheshire wedding photographers is not going to be easy with so many talented photographers up here but we are sure we will get there.

The last couples of years living in Devon has been an experience we will cherish forever and the weddings we have captured and the couples we have met have inspired us, made us laugh and smile, but more importantly reminded us continually that marriage is a big deal and promising to share everything and become “us” rather than me is one of life's great stepping stones.

“Us” means a package, it means friends talking about the both of you as one thing. It means best friends, total trust and exploring life together. Its the best thing we ever did and we know its the same for all the couples that we have had the pleasure to spend time with on their most important day in their new life as “us”

We have had every type of wedding from church weddings to a lighthouse! from Castles to Village halls, Rolls Royce to Camper vans, Stately homes to at village pubs, countryside to beachside, and vineyards to farm yards. What we also realise is that its not the money you spend or the location you chose or how you get to and from, nor is it being super cool and trendy or sticking with tradition that makes the day. It’s simply the love for each other and those around you that makes the day special and that is the simple truth.

For all those couples waiting to tie the knot we would say just do what feels right. Don’t spend more than you can afford, don’t try to impress or follow the latest trends from wedding magazines. If you think the expense of a country home or historic castle is something worth having then go for it but if what makes you happy is family and friends getting together at the local village hall then do that. Just smile, laugh, love and enjoy the very brief moment that is your wedding day.

Obviously not forgetting to book a friendly, relaxed and good-humoured wedding photographer/s to make the brief moment a lasting memory :-)

Thank you to everyone that invited us to capture their day and if you are a couple that would like some memories like the one’s below, then we look forward to meeting you. For anyone getting married in 2019-20 just click on the link to get in touch and we can take it from there. xx

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.