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September brought the joyful peal of more wedding bells. Will and Rachael were the happy couple, taking their vows in the fine parish church of St. Cleer, before the party moved to the Lanhydrock Hotel.
Both our bride and groom are teachers, and this wedding was a wonderful lesson on building a personal and complete wedding experience. The day started with promising weather – warm but not too bright – ideal for Cornwall wedding photography. As Rachael prepared at her parents’ house, our work began: capturing every moment – from dress to dance.
Will and Rachael finally united between the stone walls of St. Cleer parish church, an ancient and historical building first established over 1300 years ago; its walls stood witness to another chapter of history as our couple committed their vows.
With the ceremony over, Will and Rachael enjoyed a quiet moment among the church’s gardens; and we were able to capture some great photographs of the belltower, looming mightily nearly 100 feet above. Finally it was time to move on, and the wedding party began the journey to the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club.
The Hotel’s ample green spaces made a great opportunity to squeeze everyone onto one camera lens, and Will and Rachael took advantage of the views to capture some beautiful images set against the picturesque backdrop. Inside, the merriment continued as the wedding guests enjoyed the couple’s personal touch on the proceedings; Rachael’s love of puzzles manifested a wonderfully original puzzle guestbook, each guest filling a puzzle-piece.
As the final dances began, we took our leave of Will and Rachael; their wedding enjoyed fine weather, beautiful views, and a lively party – a lesson for us all. We thank them for allowing us to be a part of their special day, and their happy wedding experience.
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August sprung to a happy, if damp, start with Jason and Louise’s wedding in Grampound. Fortunately umbrellas were plentiful and the rain didn’t spoil the happy couple’s day, as the smiles and flower petals testify.
The small village of Grampound has a rich history drawing back to the 13th century and beyond; and the local parish church of St. Crida stood a fitting venue as Jason and Louise began their own history among family and friends. Unfortunately as the service ended the weather worsened and rain threatened to undermine the celebrations – but Ben Photography is never unprepared, and our ivory parasols (and manlier black umbrellas) soon justified their existence once again.
With the rain pouring outside, we moved back into the church and managed to capture some lovely shots of the couple against the beautiful backdrop of the empty aisles and stained-glass – a rare opportunity, and a break amidst the chaos of the day.
After the wedding, the party moved to the reception at the Falmouth Hotel, overlooking the Falmouth Bay and the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe. Unfazed by the grey skies, the newlyweds took to the sand after dinner, framed by the waves and the distant figure of Pendennis castle.
We had the pleasure of following Jason and Louise from the morning preparation to the first dance, sharing with their loved ones their special day and helping mark every moment. As they proved, a wet day doesn’t have to mean a ruined wedding. With some flexibility, you can have a wedding experience as individual and memorable as you are.
We wish Jason and Louise every success for the future, and thank them for letting us be part of their beautiful day.
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Dress and veil by Bride! of Penzance
Flowers by Rachel; you can find her at http://www.truro-florist.co.uk/
Cake by Harriet Barrow Cakes
To find a church in Cornwall that works for you, consider the Church of England register
For more information on the history of Grampound, Falmouth and Cornwall through the ages, be sure to visit the Cornwall Heritage Trust
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Occasionally I photograph weddings outside of Cornwall, and it’s always fun to see new places. And sometimes friends ask me to photograph their wedding for them, which is always extra special as I know the couple so well, and besides my wife says that I’m a terrible wedding guest. So I really enjoyed getting to photograph my good friends’ Iain & Jenny in their home town of Lewes, just outside of Brighton. Lewes is a beautiful part of the country, and the small village where the ceremony was held is more of a large farm community. It holds extra significance for Jenny as it is where she grew up and just a little way away from where Iain had lived.
Vintage themed weddings are very popular at the moment, but if you want to see one done really well then look no further. Iain and Jenny pulled out all the stops to not only make it look vintage, but to give it a real chilled summer picnic feel. They held the ceremony in the beautiful flintstone village church, that both sides of the family had spent most of the previous day decorating with hundreds and hundreds of wild flowers. Apparently both had been growing flowers especially for the wedding. It not only made the church look stunning, but filled the church with the wonderful scent of wild flowers.
For the reception Iain & Jenny had set up a marquee outside of the church, and had decorated it beautifully with wild flowers and and many little vintage themed items. One of the really special touches was all the bunting, all of the girls at the bridal shower had spent the evening making the bunting for the wedding, which gave it a little extra meaning. Rather than have a formal sit down meal, Iain and Jenny opted for a more picnic feel by having wicker baskets of food that got shared out amongst the people. This worked really well to break the ice and it really felt quite festive.
The evening rounded off the celebration beautifully with a folk band playing great music in the church hall, and a fireworks display by Iain’s father and brother. It was great to be part of Iain & Jenny’s wedding day, I wish them all the best for the future and look forward to seeing them again soon.
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It was great to be part of Greg and Hannah’s amazing wedding day. They had their ceremony in the stunningly picturesque setting of Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. Pendennis castle is one of my favourite venues to shoot at. It’s a 16th Century Castle built by Henry VIII with sweeping views of Falmouth harbour all the way round to Gyllynvase beach. It has everything that a photographer like me goes crazy for. Beautiful sea views. Lovely old architecture with massive granite stones that have loads of texture to use as backdrops. To top it all of it has a rustic little hall for the wedding ceremony, that is only lit by lanterns and candle light, giving the ceremony a wonderful vintage feel. Greg and Hannah also decorated it beautifully with fresh flowers and candle displays resting on old wooden barrels, to give that authentic feel.
Their ceremony was a lovely balance of lighthearted moments with some wonderful readings done by their parents and tenderhearted ones that left very few dry eyes in the castle. After the ceremony everyone enjoyed the sunshine on the lawn with drinks, this gave the guests a chance to appreciate the views and me a chance to shoot some of the guests, only with my camera of course.
We then got to one of the parts of the wedding that I enjoy the most, the photos of just the couple. With such a beautiful setting I could have quite happily photographed them all day long, taking advantage of the wonderful views and beautiful old building. It must be one of the best jobs in the world to get to spend time with people on one of their most important days, and get to witness their love for each other.
After the ceremony Greg and Hannah headed back to Hannah’s parents house, where they had set up a marquee in the field next door. What I really enjoyed about this wedding was how much consideration they had given to giving their guests things to do at the marquee. There were all kinds of outside games, from giant Jenga to table tennis and there was even a very lively game of footie that kicked of in the evening. It really help the atmosphere of the wedding to be festive and fun. As a photographer we are always looking for photographs of people having a good time and laughing, and there was no shortage of that at this wedding.
I feel really privileged to have been able to be a part of Greg & Hannah’s day, and wish them all the best for the future.
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