One year ago, at the Gipsy Hotel in Exeter, Kevin and Shirley were married. I cannot believe how quickly that year has gone by and also amazed at everything that’s happened to the planet since then.
They wanted a 1 year wedding anniversary photoshoot at the hotel but because of the lockdown, it wasn’t possible. Instead, I suggested the impressive Oldway Mansion in Paignton as the location for the shoot.
We met up precisely one year on and we went around the grounds, taking photos at different points. It was busy so I tried to position them in front of other people, or blurred out the background so nothing was a distraction.
This weekend I photographed my first wedding of 2020 and what a start! Not one but two vintage Aston Martin’s as wedding cars. Combine that with having the ceremony at Agatha Christie’s house and you have the set-up for an amazing wedding ceremony!
Groom prep isn’t something that happens all that often but you miss an important part of the day that the bride and everyone else would never see.
I went along to the Dartington Hall in Totnes and take photos of the Groom prep. The sky was clear but it was warm, very warm, the hottest day of the year so far. The Groom and Groomsmen did well to keep cool. The shade was our best friend.
There is so much banter, laughter and nerves. It was an honour to capture Andy and his Groomsmen as they prepared for the wedding!
Kevin and Shirley are two lovely, wonderful people and it was an absolute pleasure to be their wedding photographer yesterday.
The venue was the Gipsy Hill Hotel in Exeter. We arrived at 1pm (the ceremony was at 3.30pm). The great thing about the hotel is that it has plenty of parking and it is right outside the building. This makes wedding photographers very happy 😉
The bar area has been completely revamped and looks lovely! So much light, and nice light furniture. If the rain had stopped play, photographing inside would have been no problem at all.
As you can see from the photos, the room for the wedding is bright, light and ideal for a smaller wedding. The Gipsy Hill does have larger rooms, but I have to admit, I think this one is the brightest and best.
The good news was the sun was out, the warmth had returned and the day was about as perfect as it could be. The grounds were well kept and with those large trees, finding shady areas from the harsh sunlight was easy.
The Gipsy Hill Hotel laid out a fantastic spread with lots to choose from. The staff were all lovely and very helpful.
Cockington Court in Torquay, Devon, it a lovely location for a wedding. Last year a more intimate wedding venue opened up, called ‘The HayLoft‘. Situated by the glass blowing shop, this venue is absolutely ideal for those smaller weddings.
Don’t let the photos you see online fool you. The Hayloft is well lit, with two roof windows, lights and the old hay doors. It is perfect with weddings with less than 30 people.
The evening reception was held at the Thatched Tavern, in Maidencombe, Torquay. A lovely place, with lovely staff and everyone had a great time.
If you’d like to book me to photograph your wedding please contact me on 07828 467 753 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org