I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Claire and Matt’s wedding in the idyllic village of Stokeinteignhead, Devon for their village hall wedding.

Colourful kayaks stacked up in front of a stone wall in front of The Clipper Cafe

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.

Two men and two women walking along a beach in Devon next to a harbour with glasses of bucks fizz. There are a lot of boats in the harbour A beach next to a harbour in devon with pastel coloured houses overlooking the beach. There are a lot of windbreakers on the beach and a few people walking and sitting on the sand

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.

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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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There are white and yellow paper lanterns hung from the beams across the room. Wedding guests stood in the sunshine in the courtyard of a village hall in Devon Woman blowing bubbles with a young boy with ginger hair about to catch the bubbles Flock of birds flying across a blue sky in the Devonshire countryside with fields below and white clouds in the background Bride and groom sat to the left of the picture on a bench as a person is about to ride by on a horse to the right of the pictur in front of some white-washed thatched cottages Young boy stood on a lawn bending down to catch some bubbles which are being blown out of a fish-shaped bubble machine Three young boys sat on a lawn around a fish-shaped bubble machine which is blowing out bubbles Bride and groom sat in a doorway of a village hall in Devon holding hands. 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