While the Bath and Bristol area is no doubt stunning for any wedding, as a photographer it is always an extra special treat to get out and about to shoot a wedding somewhere further afield – especially when the sun is shining as it has been the last couple of weeks! Here at Always You Photography, we never feel that location should be a barrier to letting us tell your love story!
One year ago this week, I had the pleasure of packing my bags for the destination wedding of Anne and Mike at the Church of St. Levan in Porthcurno, Cornwall, as well as their subsequent reception at the SandBar at the surfers’ paradise of Praa Sands.
Anne and Mike are the sort of chilled out, relaxed couple everybody loves to have around, and they love to regularly visit the area to enjoy the surf! While they are based in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, it seemed completely natural to all that knew them that they would choose the beachy , chilled-out Cornish coast to get married in, and the pretty St Levan provided the picture-perfect backdrop to their special day.
Anne and Mike kept their décor simple and fuss-free, with some beautiful flowers draped tastefully around the rustic old archways to the church, and beautiful floral arrangements in vintage jugs on the windowsills blended beautifully with the natural light flooding in through the aging window frames.
The Church in St. Levan is literally five minutes away from the internationally famous Minack Theatre, and as the couple really wanted to get some shots showing off the dramatic coastline, I was thrilled to be able to get permission for them to have some shots done in the theatre itself, overlooking the craggy cliff-tops and choppy waters of Porthcurno Bay. The weather on the day was patchy, but the overcast skies added a dramatic hue to the images that really reflected the wild seas and dramatic backdrops of the area that I just loved.
Anne and Mike wanted to have some fun group shots and props for their photos, and so we used a range of retro-inspired chalkboard placards and picture frames to really add some fun as well as to reflect the vintage-feel of the day.
Following the intimate church ceremony, guests made their way to the SandBar at Praa sands, and while at this point the weather had taken hold, the beach-holiday feel was brought indoors with the bar transformed into a stunning reception venue, with pretty nautical details and beautifully hand-painted beach pebbles used as name placards reflecting the surfy, care-free holiday feel Anne and Mike wanted to capture. Washed-out pastel shades, pretty hand-made bunting and hessian detailing brought the whole relaxed surfer-bar look together in style!
One year later, and as well as celebrating their first anniversary, Anne and Mike are also expecting their first baby together – many happy returns to the two of them!
Do you have a destination wedding planned? If you would like to talk to us about it, contact us!