Lisa & Gavin
Lisa and Gav’s love story began at a well known party campsite in Woolacombe, the infamous Europa, and what better place to have their wedding, (no not at Europa) but a mere stones throw from where they met, at the beautiful seaside town of Croyde. When they asked me to be their wedding photographer I was delighted, a gorgeous family, who love the beach and have a special place in their hearts for North Devon. Photographing a beach wedding is something I never tire of and always enjoy devising new ways to get creative.
I arrived at the bride’s holiday home for the weekend, and was greeted by excited kids, and even more animated bridesmaids, many of whom hadn’t seen each other in a long time, which immediately made for some fantastic shots brimming with emotion. In true beach wedding style, the colour theme of the day was instantly apparent- Lisa’s shimmering gold wedding dress, and various shades of blue fabric hanging around the room; gold and blue it was, effortlessly matching the seaside palette.
They had a truly unique wedding day, starting with a brisk stroll to the dunes for their ‘first look’ emerging from separate sand dunes and meeting on a wooden bridge in front of all their family & friends, this made for some inspiring group shots, utilising the shapes, tones and textures of the area. Once the bride & groom had been united, together the whole wedding party formed a cheerful army and marched through the campsites, along the lanes and through the town to the village hall. These natural walking shots came out beautifully, amidst the big blue wave bus, the ice cream licking tourists and even a blow-up tyrannosaurus-rex, this is what makes being a wedding photographer so exciting, capturing the sprit of not only the day but the couple themselves, and in this case it was fun, energetic happiness every step of the way.
The humanist wedding ceremony followed suit, which even included a rendition of Bill Wither’s ‘Lovely Day’ orchestrated by their musically talented friends and sung in rounds by the entire wedding party. The love and emotion was felt by everyone.
And how to end a wedding like this? Well the groom rocking out playing the drums in his band. Ever so cool!
It really was a just a lovely day….