I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Claire and Matt’s wedding in the idyllic village of Stokeinteignhead, Devon for their village hall wedding.
A morning walk on the beach
I knew from the outset that I was in for a lovely and stress free day when I rocked up to meet the couple and their close friends and family for a morning walk along the beach in Shaldon. I love it when couples forego some of the wedding ‘traditions’, such as not seeing each other on the morning of the wedding. It definitely made for a relaxed atmosphere.
A Village Hall in the heart of the community
Both the ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Andrew, and the reception at Stokeinteignhead Village Hall were a mere three minute walk from one another. I managed to get some shots of the village hall before the ceremony while the finishing touches were being made. I loved the homemade paper flower bunting adorning the walls. The yellow and white paper lanterns perfectly complemented the sunflowers in the bouquet and buttonholes. A village hall provides a blank canvas for you to have a bespoke finish, whilst retaining a cosy community feel.
Keeping it cool and natural
We were blessed with beautiful weather and I loved that Matt and his groomsmen were keeping it cool and simple in white shirts and chino’s…and huge sunflower buttonholes! Having spoken to the couple beforehand, I knew that they did not want any formal shots of the two of them. Nothing posed whatsoever…that is right up my street. I managed to get the two of them alone for the walk between the church and the village hall. I think I managed to do a cracking job of getting some great natural shots of them. There were plenty of games to keep the kids and adults entertained. With giant Kerplunk, Jenga and Hula Hoops enjoyed by all… as were the six wedding cakes!!
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