Photos from the Rowcroft Sleepwalk 2019

Rowcroft is a charity that I am very grateful exists. I shot the Male Trail earlier this year but this weekend it was the turn of the Rowcroft Sleep Walk 2019.

There are two routes, a five or ten mile walk, starting and ending at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

I followed the first group as they walked around Torquay Harbour, through Preston in Paignton, and then over to the Torbay Leisure Centre in Goodrington, Paignton.

The marshalls were all fantastic, so supportive and funny. Rowcroft could not have had a better bunch of people marshalling the event!

I have more photos on my Rowcroft Sleepwalk 2019 Facebook Post.

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Groom Prep At Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon

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!

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Another Wedding in Exeter, Devon…

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.

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Bullies Out Mega Walk a success

How would fancy walking from Torre Abbey in Torquay, to Haytor on Dartmoor, and then back again? No, not me either 🙂

A massive congratulations to the team 34-12, who walked 34 miles in 12 hours for Bullies Out, an anti-bullying charity.

As someone who was bullied all through school, I was really happy to help by capturing the day with my cameras. At the time of writing, you can still donate to them via this link.

Here are some highlights of the day…

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Phillip & Lauren – Wedding at the Hayloft, Cockington, Torquay

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.

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Lee and Hanna’s Ceremony – 25th May 2019

It was the perfect warm May day for a ceremony in Greenwich, London. The venue for the ceremony was the Church of our Layde Star of the Sea in Greenwich, with the reception being held at the Tudor barn Eltham, London.

With over one hundred guests this was a busy wedding with lots of emotions and joy. The church requested that I didn’t use any flash and I was to keep my distance, which I was happy to do. My telephoto lens made sure I was never too far away from anything that needed capturing.

The reception was amazing. The Tudor Barn looked amazing and the staff were incredible. The flowers by http://rachelmorganweddingflowers.co.uk/ were also of an incredibly high standard. I highly recommend them!