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When Mel & Jez came to me looking for a Cary Arms wedding Photographer on the web enquiry form they just said the source of their referral was a 'Friend'.  But this friend must have been really convincing as Mel booked me without even speaking with me. When we got to a couple of days from the wedding I thought I'd better try and have a conversation so spoke with Mel via a really bad line but I heard enough to hear the friend that recommended me was my brothers (Who lives on the other side of the country) best friend Laura (Thanks Laura). It's been years since I’ve been to Babbacombe, the last time was when I was on a school journey in my junior school, so I made sure I got there really early to have a wander around to get photo ideas. It certainly is picturesque and a very nice place to while away some leisure time, but I was there to do some work, so I headed over to meet Mel early who was getting ready in one of the beach huts.This was to be a very intimate wedding, just a little more than an elopement, as Mel & Jez only had four friends there and six parents, so only booked me for three hours as it was a midweek wedding, so I wasted no time in getting snapping away. Starting with Mel’s STUNNING dress she bought from Wed2B.When I arrived Mel was just having her finishing touches done with makeup by Fiona Miller and hair by Alexandra Adamson, but these clever ladies only had the one lady to work on as Mel’s maid-of-honour was an extremely helpful gent called Mark. The ceremony took place outside, just below where Mel was getting ready in ‘The Pod’. A glass sphere just big enough for five people, so sadly I couldn’t fit in, but as least I was about to capture all the beautiful floral arrangements by 'Fiesta Red' and a lot more angles. After the signing of the register and the brief group photos we headed down to the beach for some couple photos. I have to say, I think Mel is possibly the most gung-ho and totally up for in bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. This might have something to do with her having her own mountain climbing company www.mbmountainadventures.com which is really deceiving as she’s so laid back. Because of the mountain climbing connection, I just HAD to utilise the giant rocks on the beach, and of course Mel & Jez were only too happy to oblige. We even got their twelve year old Husky ‘Shadow’ involved. It might not have been sunny, in fact there was a slight see mist, but MAN was it warm. Then we moved on to a second smaller beach, but with all the rocks showing it looked totally stunning. And because it was so lovely I thought it’d make a great location for a group photo of all the guests. When I made a suggestion about climbing over to this little stone jetty I didn't expect them to go for it, but of course they did!!!Dearest Mel & Jez, thank you SO much for asking me to be part of your very special day, it really was an honour sharing the day with you. I hope you enjoy these photos for many years to come, and I very much look forward to coming up to Cheltenham to do that commercial shoot for you Jez, photographing all those restored classic sports cars for your website www.jworx.co.ukIf you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Big loveK xxSuppliers:Ceremony Venue: Cary Arm, Babbacombe DevonDress from: Wed2BMakeup: Fiona MillerHair: Alexandra AdamsonFlowers - Fiesta Red Florist p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'}
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Liza and Nick enquired with me about being their Pengenna Manor wedding photographer after receiving a recommendation from the venue they'd chosen to have their wedding breakfast at, the beautiful St.Enodoc Hotel in Rock. My day started with meeting Liza in her room at St.Enodoc hotel where she was getting ready.  When I arrived she was alone, already in her dress and raring to go. Prior to entering the hotel I took a scene setting shot of the front, and managed to capture Liza in her room patiently waiting (top left windows). It was a small wedding of only 22 guests in total and so Liza not wanting bridesmaids opted to have her two nieces looking like a gorgeous pair of cherubs in dusty pink dresses. But Liza went for something with a lot more drama, choosing a stunning 'Watters Dress' which she bought from 'Dress Me Pretty' and had the help of Chloe her hair stylist from Carbon 50 to help get into her gown. Finishing her look with flowers from 'Jane Lawrence'.For her transportation Liza chose an elegant white Jaguar to take her and her mother the twenty minute drive to Pengenna Manor curtesy of 'Love Weddings Cornwall'.Originally the plan was to have the wedding ceremony outside at Pengenna, but soon after arrival the forecasted rain soon arrived, and so despite the scene being set for and outside ceremony the decision was made to have it in the manor house.I've been to Pengenna on numerous occasions but this was my first ceremony inside the house there, and it worked really well. It was such a lovely ceremony seeing so many beaming faces around the room.   It was dry when Liza and Nick first left the house but by the time they'd crossed over the square the showers were back and so we went inside the threshing barn for drinks and canapés. Then for about two hours it was a case of dodge the showers to get some photos outside in the beautiful grounds at Pengenna.If you look closely, in some of the photos you can see the rain coming down, but it didn't dampen anyones spirits. And then it was time to make our way back to Rock.The rest of the guests made their way straight to the hotel, but Liza and Nick came with me down to the estuary for a few couple shots. And individual ones too. Both with the car and without.With a bit of veil action thrown in too.Before heading back to the car.And joining their waiting guests at St.Enodoc Hotel, rounding my time off with our happy group with the emergence of a rainbow on my departure. Dearest Liza and Nick, I'm so glad you chose me as your wedding photographer and considered my suggestions when we chatted about how to get the most from your midweek wedding, opting for longer coverage. I hope you appreciated the honest advice and feel the photos reflect the true atmosphere and emotions of the day. It was a real honour being part of your very special day. If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Big loveK xxSuppliers:Ceremony Venue: Pengenna ManorReception Venue: St.Enodoc HotelDress: Watters from Dress Me PrettySuit: Ralph LaurenFlowers - Jane LaurenceCar - Love Weddings Cornwall Mk2 JagHair - Chloe at Carbon 50 (Hawksfield)Food - Fi's FoodDrinks - Wadebridge Wines 
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Not only was this my smallest Headland Hotel Wedding, it was my smallest wedding period, as Rachel & Chris' elopement wedding was literally just the two of them and none of their friends or family had a clue.Rachel and Chris came across me at one of the hotels wedding open days last autumn, and in their words felt instantly at ease and knew I was the photographer for them. I'm always honoured to be booked to photograph someones wedding, but even more so for this elopement as there was literally nowhere for them to hide if they didn't get on with me, but hopefully by the time you've got to the bottom of this story you'll see they had a ball.For elopements I do a three hour option, and so I arrived thirty minutes before the ceremony. On arrival to the hotel I found Chris looking somewhat lost in the hotel foyer not really knowing what to do with himself as there were no guest around to distract him. So I took him to the ceremony room to get some portraits and found the registrars in there preparing themselves for the ceremony. So I left him in their capable hands ands and went upstairs to find Rachel.When she opened the door Rachel was already in her dress as Tamsyn and Rochelle had already done Rachel's makeup and hair and had went on their way. Rachel was calm, relaxed, and looked stunning in her floor length grecian bridal gown with a bejewelled belt. She finished her look off with a bouquet of differing white blooms that came as part of the hotel's elopement package. The ceremony wasn't any shorter or less emotional than that of a wedding of greater numbers, and was interlaced with tears and laughter. Rachel and Chris were given a glass of champaign and laughed when I declined one, explaining how I need to keep focused, so once they'd finished their drinks we went on our little photo session road trip into Newquay. After getting some shots out the front of the hotel we headed to the Huer Hut (Old fisherman's look out) for a few photos, always trying to keep The Headland Hotel as a backdrop whenever possible.Then on to my old favourite, the graffiti wall. Rachel and Chris wondered why I was briefing them on what to do before we got there, and then they discovered why. It's right on a roundabout and there's a non stop flow of traffic, most would wave as they passed or try and stop for me to get the shot, but not wanting to cause a minor traffic jam I always flag them through.We then moved on to the harbour. Being a Monday at the end of April it was nice and easy to get around, and not too many bodies in the background to avoid. Rachel and Chris obviously wanted to get some beach shots, so we went back to the hotel to park up and then took a little stroll down to Little Fistral beach.Stopping on the headland on our way. When we got to the beach the sky was looking ultra dramatic and made a magnificent backdrop for some atmospheric beach couple photos.  And then before we knew it our three hours of fun was up, so I took Rachel and Chris back to the hotel for their wedding breakfast for two in the hotel À-La-Carte Samphire restaurant. Dearest Rachel and Chris, thank you for putting your faith in me, I really loved being a slightly bigger part than normal at your wedding. I hope I did you proud and that you enjoy your Craig David garden wedding party!!!If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Venue - Headland Hotel NewquayMakeup - Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup Artist and Beauty StylistHair - Hair By Rochelle
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Ant was the best man at a wedding we covered several years ago, so I was chuffed that he not only remembered us but that he and Lucy booked us as their Knightor wedding photographer. My first port of call was Scott the best man's in Probus where Ant and his two sons were getting ready, just down the road from the church where Lucy and Ant were to be married. Spirits were high and I knew it was going to be a great day!Lucy got ready in Truro at one of the three bridesmaids homes along with her two flower girl nieces. When I arrived my wife Tamsyn was just finishing off Lucy's makeup, along with Emma Carlisle who was doing the ladies hair. Lucy had her dress made for her by the lovely Kyla at 'Roamer Rose' and chose 'Rosewood' in Lemon Street Market to make the flower arrangements. To make the fifteen minute journey to the church Lucy travelled with her father in her parents Morris Minor convertible (top up, wedding hair and all that).Bless him, Ant was getting rather emotional even before Lucy's arrival at the church, so when she came down the aisle he really had to try and keep himself together, and I don't think Lucy could have been far off. It was such a beautiful service full of love laughter and emotion.And a beautiful bride shedding a tear. Its been about a decade since we shot our last wedding at Probus church, I'd forgotten what a grand and ornate church it is.Leaving the altar to take their first walk down the aisle as Mr & Mrs, Lucy and Ant stopped at the end of the aisle and broke out into a funky little dance to the joy of their watching guests. But once out all the guests were dancing with joy as we had a confetti moment and a couple of group photos before making our way to the wedding car.On arrival to Knightor Winery where Lucy and Ant were to have their wedding reception I met the lovely Jess. I'd not had the pleasure of working with Jess before but she was not only lovely but really efficient with it.  After saying my hello's I popped upstairs to the wedding breakfast room to capture it all set out for the wedding meal, it certainly raised a smile when I saw what Lucy and Ant's theme was, cricket. They are both obviously cricket mad, as the tables were named after fielding positions, and the table plan was a Subbuteo type live action cricket game.While the guests took their seats for the wedding breakfast I made the most of the time and took Lucy and Ant for a few photos in the grounds. The speeches were totally top draw and had about a third of the guests in tears, with the added bonus of having not one but two songs in (check out the photofilm above to see).After the meal Lucy had a freshen up on the makeup and then we went out for a few more couple photos in the grounds. The grounds are so lovely at Knightor, they actually use this timber structure for outdoor ceremonies but I just use it as a lovely location for photos.And then we caught the last of the evening sun on the edge of the lake. In the evening Lucy and Ant booked a jazz band called 'Aint Miss Behaving' who travelled down from Exeter to entertain our happy couples and their guests. Dearest Ant thank you for remembering us, and thank you Lucy for trusting Ant's suggestion, Tamsyn and I loved being part of your wedding experience and are so grateful you asked us to be part of your greatest day. We wish you a long and happy life together!If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Venue - Knightor WineryMakeup - Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup Artist and Beauty StylistHair - Hair By Emma CDress - Roamer RoseFlowers - RosewoodSuit - Johnathan HawksCake - Cheese (The West Country Cheese Co.)Car - ParentsBand - Ain't Misbehavin
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It's always a treat to photograph a Pendennis Castle Wedding and Gemma and Chris' wedding was no different. They discovered us after a referral from English Heritage and I'm really glad that they did. Gemma and Chris are such a lovely couple but unfortunately I didn't get to discover just how lovely until the actual wedding day as we didn't get to meet up prior due to logistics and timeframe. So we only planned their wedding day over the phone whilst they were on their journey down to Cornwall for the actual wedding. My day started with meeting Chris and the boys in one of the two cottages within the walls of Pendennis Castles grounds. They were all such a great group of fellas in their early forties, but there was something very special about this group of groomsmen. Since photographing weddings since 2007 I've never had a wedding where all six of the grooms party had gone to school together, you could tell that there was this invisible bond between them all. The gents wore black with pinstripe grey morning suits from 'Moss Brothers' with a white rose for their buttonholes. Once dressed chris gave out gifts to all the groomsmen of monogrammed hip flasks, shot glasses and a big bottle of gin, not to mention a magnum of Verve Clicquot. Then it was time to head over to 'The Greenbank Hotel' on the other side of Falmouth where my wife 'Tamsyn Siddiqui' was doing all the makeup for Gemma and her bridesmaids in the bridal suite, along with 'Rochelle Winter' doing the hair. Gemma chose a stunning off the shoulder gown in off white, in the La Sposa range by Pronovias which she sourced from 'Mirror Mirror' in London, and wore crystal slippers by Dolce & Gabbana. She also had four little ballerinas in tutu's and ballet slippers as her flower girls who seemed to be just as excited as the adult bridesmaids.Gemma finished her look with bouquets from the lovely florist 'George Mackay'.  Gemma and her father had the pleasure of being driven to Pendennis by her future brother-in-law in his vintage soft-top Citron which he drove down from London. Bless her I think Gemma was possibly one of the most anxious brides I've ever had the honour of photographing, but as soon as she saw Chris she seemed like a different person with the relief on her face.  I really do think someone was looking down on us that day, bearing in mind it was late October we were outside in the chamise for two hours after the ceremony and the weather was glorious. The ambience was only made better by the amazing Jamie and his team at 'Beetham Foods' serving canapés and champagne along with the air being filled with bubble curtesy of 'Really Big Bubbles'.    Not wanting anyone to feel left out Gemma even got non alcoholic champagne and flutes for the children too.After the confetti tunnel the heavy guns at the castle were fired to announce the wedding breakfast in the Barrack Block, so we made the most of the time by taking Gemma and Chris off for a few photos around the castle while everyone found their seats, starting inside.And on the roof top.Then back out to the front of the castle with their wedding car and a dreamy sunset. Gemma and Chris used the bridesmaids bouquets as the table centre pieces and went for chocolate hearts for the wedding favours. And something that I thought would make a lovely souvenir from their wedding day, Gemma and Chris had an ornate silver mirror sign written to show the guests where they were sat, so they had a record of all the guests they had on their wedding day.  Now here's something I'd heard of but never seen at a wedding, a champagne tower. Gemma and Chris poured five magnums of pink champagne into this tower so the guests had drinks for the toasts during the speeches.For the evening entertainment they booked 'Kaj' (pronounced Kai) a local Cornish musician who sings a mix of modern and classic hits as well as playing on the keyboard and guitar. The evening was rounded off with a firework display to music, presented by 'Celebration Pyrotechnics'.Dearest Gemma and Chris, thank you So much for having us as your wedding photographers and makeup artist, we loved being a part of your very special day, and know that with friends like you've got you're going to have a long and happy life together!If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Venue: Pendennis CastleMakeup - Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup ArtistDress - Las Sposa by Pronovias - From Mirror MirrorSuit - (Moss Bros)Hair - Rochelle WinterCatering - Beetham FoodsVideo - I Do Wedding VideosFlorist - George MckayString Duo - Classical Strings - Sue AstonBand - KajBubbles - Really Big BubblesFireworks - Celebration PyrotechnicsCar - Tim Callaghan 
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We've waited a LONG time to photograph this wedding, as since 2007 we've always wanted to photograph a destination wedding, and thanks to Sophie and Colin we were able to scratch another item off our bucket list by photographing their wedding at 'Thalassines Villas' just outside of Aiya Napa in Cyprus. Colin and I go way back as he was one of the first customers that came into our photolab and studio in Truro and sublet the office above our shop. Since then our paths have crossed often, always on happy social occasions. So when Sophie and Colin came enquiring about photographing their wedding and doing the makeup too I was chuffed to bits, but when they told me it was in Cyprus I had real trouble containing my excitement!!My day was to be rather a long one as my wife Tamsyn was doing Sophie and the girls makeup, and as there was no way we were going to hire two cars I headed in nice and early with Tamsyn and got a few scene setting shots before I went to find Colin and the boys, two of which were his sons. I found this beautiful spot to get the boys ready in with dreamy light but unfortunately it was in the best man Danny's room and so his poor girlfriend Rachael decided to vacate it while we got the boys into their outfits. I'm not sure how things are done in Manchester where Danny is from but he explained that he wasn't aware that I was coming and wasn't ready for our little photo session.    Speaking of photo session, when I first met with Sophie and Colin they said that they didn't want any posed or interactive photos at all, wanting everything to be natural because they didn't feel comfortable in front of the camera. To which I responded that this was fine and I was happy to do it but I think that they were missing a trick not getting the best out of me and my skills. For my superpower is people skills and these were to be their forever photos that would document one of the best days in their lives, with all the little fractions within it coming together for this one special moment. So why leave things to chance and hope for the best that they'd happen to be in the best possible light and position? They should not judge me against other photographers people skills (or lack of) that they’ve met in the past, and that they should let me give gentle guidance when needed to get them and their guests looking their best and draw out their characters and personalities. To which they said that they trusted me :0)Unsurprisingly Sophie brought her wedding dress out with her from Cornwall, buying it from 'The Bridal House of Cornwall' in Truro, but other than that, makeup and photography Sophie and Colin used local suppliers for everything. Trusting the suppliers that Thalassines Villas recommended, such as 'Arocaria' who did Sophie's flowers. Sophie had help getting ready in her own villa from Holly and Vicky her two bridesmaids, and again the light in her bedroom was SO inspirational. Sophie had some beautiful details for her wedding day, including a white box the size of a small suitcase with her future name encrusted in crystals on it which made for a great prop. Also, being as Sophie and Colin are about the same height and that their whole wedding day was actually on the beach, Sophie decided to do away with traditional shoes and opted for pearl toe ring anklets on her feet. As I mentioned before, the whole day was to take place on the beach as in Cyprus the weather in almost 100% predictable SUNNY! And with the temperatures in the low 30's the guests were only sat moments before Sophie was walked down the aisle by Colins uncle Steve.One really funny moment during the ceremony was where poor Colin misheard the line from the charismatic Cypriote registrar where he said "I Colin Paul" instead of 'I Call upon" due to the registrars accent. Bless him!After the ceremony I was going to do their list of group photos under the trees, but as we got a slight cloud cover we did most of the group photos with the sea as a backdrop. But at the end of the not particularly long list I was almost on my knees with dizziness and dehydration, as I limit what I drink before the ceremony as I don't want to be wanting the loo at the wrong moment, but note to self "Drink more water on destination weddings!"The wedding breakfast was served in the shade of the olive trees, and as Sophie and Colin wanted a really laid back informal day they decided on no set rules, so they let anyone who wanted to say something as a speech could, thinking no one would, instead there were several, all delivered in the same playful spirit of the day. Once the food was finished the fun really began, when a company called 'Love Me Do' who brought loads of beach games to occupy the spirited guests with, such as an ice cream trike, quoits, connect four, Jenga and limbo dancing (which turned into a high jump minus the landing mat) to name a few. All this was set to the AWESOME Ibiza party style soundtrack supplied by DJ Dan James. Another little surprise for the evening were these Hookah pipes or Shisha as they call them in Cyprus. In the last five minutes before the sun goes down at Thalassines everything goes a golden orange, so we timed Sophie's makeup change just before this so we could make the most of this special moment for some couple shots. And then the second to last little surprise arrived, this amazing little guy with a sax turned up called 'Moditisax by Giannos' so I pulled him over as a prop for our final couple shots before letting him do his thing. Things kicked off with Giannos doing a set playing along to some chilled party island tunes before DJ Dan took back over. Once things got dark things really did turn into a proper beach party, where I saw sights that really did make me blush (thanks Holly), ending up with a grand finale of a firework display.   Dearest Sophie and Colin, thank you SO much for taking us along on your crazy Cypriot beach party of a wedding adventure and helping me fulfil a dream. I hope you're pleased with the results and that you agree that a little input from the right photographer isn't a bad thing. :0)If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer and do get in touch. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Venue: Thalassines Villas, Aiya Napa CyprusImagery: Khalile Siddiqui PhotographyMakeup: Tamsyn Siddiqui makeup Artist and Beauty StylistDress: Bridal House of CornwallFlowers: Arocaria of CyprusSaxophonist: Moditisax by GiannosClub DJ: Dan James Hair: Bridesmaid Holly
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Pum and Andrew booked us for their wedding photography and makeup for their Pendennis Castle wedding after coming across us at the castle's wedding open day back in 2017. When I first met Pum and Andrew I was struck but just how gentle and sincere they both were, and that feeling didn't change throughout the whole of our wedding journey together.  It really was a wedding with a warm fuzzy feeling throughout, with all of their wonderful friends and family attending creating a really loving spirit. My day started with meeting Andrew at his best man and brother Jon's who's an osteopath in Truro located opposite the train station. When I arrived Andrew was just hanging out with Jon and his family, having a chin wag and a bite to eat. It was all so relaxed and they made me feel most welcome, and so after the introductions we got on with getting the boys ready and then a few lighthearted family shots. The next stop on my journey was at 'St.Michaels Hotel and Spa' in Falmouth. I'd missed 'Sarah Louise' who'd already been and done Pum's hair but I did find my beautiful wife Tamsyn who was busy helping Pum out with her makeup and veil before picking up her camera to carry on with her second roll at a wedding, second shooting. The beauty of this is Tamsyn is around all day so she includes makeup freshen ups and a change of look for the evening which our brides just love.Pum recruited the help of her sister Nok and her four bridesmaids to assist her getting ready. Pum had two dresses made for her wedding from a dress makers in Bangkok Thailand. The dress she had for the daytime was off-white and Pum wanted to add a bit of colour by having a sky blue ribbon to tie her in, and she finished the look with pink and white roses in a bouquet made by the lovely 'George Mackay'.When I heard that Pum's mother couldn't understand any English and that she had a bridal party made up of a group of beautiful Thai ladies I did wonder how I'd fair with the more formal photos, but it seams a playful demeanour and a cheeky smile is the same in all languages :0) For her wedding car Pum was driven to Pendennis Castle by her brother-in-law Rob in Andrew's own Ferrari California. As Pum's father had passed on Pum asked Rob to walk her down the aisle to give her away. It really was a wonderful ceremony, and Pum definitely goes up there as one of our most happy and smiley brides. At the end of the ceremony there was a bit of a delay as the lovely ladies from the registry office had never had a Thai bride sign her name in Thai before and so after a bit of frantic paperwork checking Pum was given her marriage certificate. After the ceremony everyone made their way out to the Chemise for drinks and canapés, and also a blessing from Andrew's father a retired priest who conducted his blessing on the steps of the castle bathed in the golden late afternoon sun. Once the canon fired to announce the wedding breakfast at 6pm Tamsyn and I took Pum and Andrew off for a few couple shots in the golden rays. The wedding breakfast took place in the barrack block of the castle, and as we arrived 'Sophie Faldo' the winner of 'The Great British Bake Off' was doing the finishing touches to the cake she'd brought down with her from Kent. After the wedding breakfast Tamsyn did a change of look for Pum's makeup and Pum took the opportunity to change into her second dress, a simple pink straight cut ankle length number with a satin sash. And by popular request Pum threw her bouquet to the waiting unmarried ladies. Dearest Pum and Andrew, Thank you SO much for having us along on your marriage journey, we've thoroughly loved being a part of it!. If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Imagery - Khalile Siddiqui PhotographyMakeup -Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup Artist and Beauty StylistVenue - Pendennis CastleFlowers - George MackayDresses - BangkokSuit - Moss BrosHair - Sarah Louise Cake - Sophie Faldo (Great British Bake Off)
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It was SO lovely getting to shoot Laura and Ben's Hendra Barns Wedding as Laura lives only two doors up from us and it seems SO long ago that Laura first spoke of getting married and she's been possibly the most excited bride I've every had the pleasure of photographing, and boy does she have stamina on the wedding planning front!My day started with meeting Ben at Hendra Barns where he was getting ready with his best man Shaun. Bless him he was SO apprehensive, not because he was scared of getting married, but because he was SO worried about how everything was going to go, as he knew more than everyone just how much effort Laura had put into the design of their big day. It's been a long time since I've been to a wedding with this much styling and planning going into it. From the gift boxes that they'd bought each other, to all the thoughtful contents within them. Such as all the personalised and thoughtful gifts, like the watch Laura had bought Ben, to the individually monogrammed boxes for all the six groomsmen. Laura even contacted Ben's beloved Arsenal Football club who sent a framed personal letter to the pair of them congratulating them and wishing them luck for the future. I don't think that there was one little detail that Laura hadn't thought long and hard over.      Despite Laura living two doors away from us she got ready at Bridge House which is in our village of Goonhavern, owned by family friends as it had more space for all the bridesmaids and family who were staying there. On arrival at Bridge House I had a bit of a surreal moment. Before I arrived Laura had a knock on the door and on opening it there stood a white haired man with a camera bag on his shoulder asking to come in, Laura obviously asked who he was to which he replied "I'm your photographer". "NO YOU AREN'T!" replied Laura. It turned out that there was another bride getting married across the road and just by chance he knocked on the wrong door. He was still in the front drive when I arrived and also by chance it turned out that he was Terry who photographed Tamsyn and I's wedding nineteen years ago, and that this was to be his final wedding before he emigrated to Spain (Best of luck Terry). Anyway, on entry to the house my beautiful wife Tamsyn who also second shoots for me was busy with her primary business of makeup and beauty styling Laura and the girls. Our brides love the facility Tamsyn gives of makeup freshen ups and a change of look for the evening being as she's around all day on the wedding day. But she wasn't getting the girls looking great on her own, she was joined by 'Lisa Poole' who was styling the girls hair. On arrival at Bridge House I went upstairs to photograph Laura's little details and saw Ben wasn't the only one with Arsenal memorabilia, Laura also had an Arsenal garter to put a smile on Ben's face (a loving wife indeed!!!). But Ben wasn't going to be left out on the detailing front, he too had a box made up for Laura with thoughtful gifts in, such as a framed star consolation of the day they met, and also a very personal printed book all about 'Laura & Ben'!   Laura's parents Jackie and Paul live very close to us too, and we've known them almost as long as Laura and Ben, so I was doubly excited for the moment when Paul got to see his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress (Such a lovely couple too! Laura has great mentors!).I drove Laura and three of her bridesmaids to Hendra Barns in our Mercedes to the waiting Ben and guests. The ceremony was due to take place in the beautifully handmade wooden pavilion made by Ken who owns Hendra Barns, such a lovely man who can produce amazing things with his hands. But despite it being mid September the weather looked more like December, so the location was moved inside the large V-shaped garden room of the main house. I think this revised location was one of the main reasons why Ben was so apprehensive that morning, knowing just how much Laura had her heart set on getting married under the pavilion. But once she'd arrived he knew the worry was for nothing, she was the most beaming bride with smiles from ear to ear and loved every minute of the day.  After the ceremony the plan was originally to have drinks on the lawn by the beautiful lakes but as there was driving mizzle (Cornish for misty drizzle) we moved on to the bar/function room for drinks/canapés and photos before moving on again to the rather large Absolute Canvas marquee for the wedding breakfast. This really was a culinary treat as Laura and Ben had booked 'The Round Kitchen' to look after the catering. Inside the marquee Laura had loads more details to delight the guests, like slammers for each guest as they entered the marquee (The non alcoholic bottle didn't even get opened), wooden laser cut place names, a personalised surfboard to show the guests where they were seated, and sticks of rock with 'All You Need Is Love' running though it. Laura's florist, the lovely Anna of 'Wedding Flowers in Cornwall' not only supplied beautiful bouquets, corsages and head table centre piece, she also finished off the decorating of the elegantly simple cake which was supplied by 'Cakes by Charlotte' At the end of the meal Laura and Ben held a quiz for each table, all about themselves, with prizes for the winners (More booze). Then before the light went and while the drizzle wasn't too bad we took Laura and Ben off for some photos in the grounds of Hendra.  And then under the wooden pavilion that Laura had fallen in love with for their ceremony.  There was plenty of evening revelry to be had including the cake cutting (VERY funny moment), and chocolate fountain eating, supplied by 'Absolute Chocolate'. And to round the evening off Laura threw her bouquet to 'All the single ladies' which strangely enough got a bit boisterous.     Dearest Laura and Ben, I know it wasn't quite how you pictured your wedding, but I very much doubt that you could have imagined any more laughs and loving moments than you received, you truly have such wonderful friends and family surrounding you, and I know that your life with be a happy loving one. If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK&T xSuppliers:Imagery - Khalile Siddiqui PhotographyMakeup -Tamsyn Siddiqui Makeup Artist and Beauty StylistVenue - Hendra BarnsMarquee - Absolute CanvasFlowers - Wedding Flowers in CornwallCatering - The Round KitchenDress - Maggie Sottero - supplied by Amanda K bridalSuit - Moss BrosHair - Lisa Poole  Cake - Cakes by CharlotteEvent Styling - Box & CoxDJ - Cornwall DJFountain - Absolute Chocolate
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I was lucky enough to get to photograph this Shilstone wedding after I came across Emily and Adam at a wedding fair in Plymouth. I'd never heard of Shilstone before Emily and Adam spoke of the venue that they'd chosen for their  wedding venue. Needless to say I was super excited after visiting their website. This private home that opens up for exclusive weddings is SUPER immaculate inside, outside and throughout the grounds. And after I did my venue visit back in June I only got more excited! Shilstone has two beautifully appointed converted barns for accommodation for the bridal party, so first off I headed to the grooms encampment to see Adam and the groomsmen getting ready, and MAN did I have suit envy. All the boys had individual three piece tweed suits and Adam's bespoke number came from 'Zabels' in Exeter.For the girls Emily purchased her effortlessly elegant ivory gown from Monsoon. Her four bridesmaids had floral knee length dresses in individual colours to match the boys and their ties. When I arrived Emily and the girls were nearing completion of hair and makeup carried out by Blush of Ashburton.Having everyone all on one site doesn't half make things simpler for getting the buildup shots, as it gives us loads more time, so once Emily was in her dress we got a few portraits to show off her look which was finished off beautifully by the vibrant bouquets created by 'Holly Hocks' florist, I just love Sunflowers, they never fail to put a smile on my face :0)Before we knew it daddy arrived to see Emily in all her glory (I love that moment)Shilstone have a couple of golf cars to transport the key players around the site, but being a just lowly photographer ;0) I just walked up the hill to the waiting guests so I could get some action shots.The ceremony took place on the front steps of the main house, and the light was beautiful. The ceremony was conducted exceptionally well by the registrar Paul (definitely worth asking for if you're having a civil ceremony in the area) you can tell when someone loves what they do, and it was clear to see that what Paul was doing wasn't just a job. For an extra special touch Emily and Adam created their own wedding vows.   After a bit of confetti fun on the terraced lawns everyone came to congratulate our happy couple, and one of the guests brought over a new friend he'd made, a field mouse! While the guests made their way to the reception marquee I took Emily and Adam for a few photos around the grounds as we weren't allowed back near the house after the wedding breakfast. When it came to the speeches, Adam and Emily's father did their speeches before the food with the three best men performing theirs after the food. And as wedding favours Emily and Adam gave all their guests raffle tickets and at the end of the wedding breakfast everyone went outside onto the lawns where Yasu, the Japanese best man doubled up as a gameshow host and entertained the guests with his tombola while the marquee was prepared for the evening entertainment. Before we headed back in we got a few low light shots.In the evening Emily and Adam recruited a local folk band called Harbottle & Jonas from Totnes to entertain the guest. Dearest Emily and Adam, thank you so much for putting your faith in me, I truly loved your wedding experience, it really was a treat meeting all your wonderful colourful guests, and with a crowd like that I know that you're going to had an extremely wonderful life together!!!  If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK xSuppliers:Venue: ShilstoneFlowers - Holly HocksDress - MonsoonSuit - ZebelsCake - Two ginger nutsBand - Harbottle & JonasHair/makeup - Blush of Ashburton
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Hannah and James booked us for their traditional Cornish marquee wedding after getting a tip off from friends in the area about our photographic services. These very special friends not only gave Hannah and James advice on wedding services, but they even gave their land over for the site of the 'Absolute Canvas' marquee. Despite this wedding almost being in walking distance of my home my day started with meeting Hannah and the girls getting ready at 'The Plume Of Feathers' in Mitchell, normally about fifteen minutes drive from home, but being August bank holiday I aired on the side of caution and headed off a bit early. When I arrived I found all in hand, with Hannah and her seven bridesmaids raring to go, after receiving help from 'Charlotte Albert' for makeup and 'Emma C' for hair.After an extensive search Hannah found her stunning 'Madison James' gown at 'J&J Designs Bridal' in Newcastle-Under-Lyme near her home town where she grew up. Hannah and James hired themselves a silver 'Landrover Defender' as their wedding car from 'Holmbush Car Hire' in St.Austell, and gave the honour of driving it to her brother Joe. It was a packed house in the church with one hundred and fifty of their friends and family filling the place, and making quite an extensive confetti tunnel for Hannah and James exit through.  Hannah and James wanted to give their guests time to get to the Marquee before their arrival, so we stopped in a little orchard right by the field so they could have a little moment to themselves. With the bank holiday traffic we were about fifteen minutes late getting to the church, then with the service running on by about half an hour longer than planned, we had to crack straight on with the group photos. Hannah and James had lots of lovely little touches inside their marquee, not least the rum punch James' dad insisted on making being an expert from the West Indies!Hannah and James had lamb cooked by 'The Good Food Company' for their main dish, and chose a guest from each of the tables to do the carving for their own table. Always a great photo opportunity! On both the Friday and Sunday of the bank holiday it was pretty damp and miserable, but on Hannah and James' wedding day it was gloriously warm and sunny, and a real treat to bask in. So the guests were more than happy to amuses themselves with all the field games Hannah and James had laid on while I got to get my first ever experience of driving a Defender, as I drove Hannah and James down to Perranporth beach for some late afternoon sun couple photos. I didn't quite know what to expect when we I arrived, as I had a tip off that the tide was really high, and with it being August Bank Holiday you can get up to one hundred thousand people on that beach, but where there's a will there's a way!!! (and a bit of Photoshop doesn't hurt)We parked behind The Wateringhole, Europes only bar actually on the sand of a beach. Now I knew people weren't allowed to park behind there, but with it being a Landrover driving onto the sand with white ribbons I thought we'd be safe for ten minutes, but just as were were finishing I heard someone calling up to us, and would you believe it, it was a traffic warden!!! But after explaining I wouldn't normally park there, and that this was a real wedding with a Landrover wedding car and that we were now leaving he just smiled and waived us on our way. By the time we got back to the marquee the band 'Vivo' who had travelled down from London were ready and raring to go with the first dance.    Dearest Hannah and James, thank you so much for entrusting the memories of your wedding day with us, I hope you're not disappointed! If you're planning your own wedding, be it big or small, home or away, please do check out our main weddings page for loads of helpful information to consider when booking your wedding photographer. Lots of loveK xxSuppliers:Marquee - Absolute CanvasMakeup - Charlotte AlbertHair - Emma C (Carlise)Car - Holmbush car hireSuit - Next (Tailored)Dress - Madison James from J&J designs Bridal (Newcastle-under-Lyme)  Caters - The Good Food Catering CompanyBand - Vivo from LondonFavours - Davenport Chocolates

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