The revamped ceremony room at the Grand Hotel is something else! With the couples added touches as well, it made the ceremony colours and scene really pop! This was another super enjoyable wedding so let’s take a look at how it went…
On a beautiful sunny day in mid-May, I set off from home, on way to the Grand Hotel in Torquay to photograph the wedding of Adam and Sam. This was not my first wedding there, but it was the first time I had photographed the ceremony in the refurbished ceremony room. More on that later!
The Grand Hotel is situated on the Seafront in Torquay, Devon. It is directly opposite the Torquay train station (Not Torre station, that’s the stop before this one). This makes life very easy for guests who come by train. There is very little parking outside the Hotel but there is plenty of (paid) parking at the train station.
I was assisted by Emma, who had driven all the way from Dorset to assist me. We both parked at the train station and set-up our plan for the day.
Let’s take a look at some of those photos and then I’ll talk more about the day and the adaptions Wedding Photographers need to make.
Sam had brought in all the lovely white ceiling drapes. It really broke up the colour and made the scene that much more special. I would highly recommend the same if you have your wedding there!
I wanted to take the Bride and Groom away to Rock Walk for their main photos but in the end we chose the gardens at the Grand Hotel, just above the swimming pool. It is the nicest spot for small group photos and Bride and Groom photos if you need to stay on the grounds.
The photos you see above were taken in the gardens at the Grand Hotel. At low tide the rocks on the beach opposite are also a lovely spot if you have the time. If you have even more time, Rock Walk and the pier are also excellent choices for the Bride and Groom photos.
The group shot above turned out to be a new record for me. I was given just 4 minutes to do it! Prior to taking the group shot, the videographer they hired took the Bride and Groom away to do a balcony drone shot. That drone shot ended up taking 30 minutes. Thankfully when I realised how long that was taking, I started moving everyone else into position, but still, I had just 4 minutes to get the group shot because the meals were being served. Who says Wedding Photography isn’t stressful 🙂
Our Wedding photography equipment for the day:
- 2 x Sony A9
- 1 x Sony A7IV
- 1 x Sony A7iii
- 1x Godox AD 600 Pro
- 2x Godox V1
- 2x Godox TT685s
- 1x Sony 85mm f1.4GM
- 1x Sony 24mm f1.4GM
- 1x Sony 24-70mm f2.8GM
- 1x Sony 70-200mm f2.8GM
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