Back in the day, my dad took a photo of my sister and myself on the steep, cobbled slope in Clovelly, North Devon. In the picture, one of us, I seem to remember, was sat on a donkey (no doubt yours truly) and t’other, was standing beside. I must have been about 8 or 9 at the time. I have no idea where that picture is now, but it’s an image that springs to mind, whenever I think of Clovelly http://www.clovelly.co.uk/
I’d never have imagined then that one day I would be walking along that very same, steep hill – which still looks pretty much the same as it did all those years ago – photographing a beautiful wedding!
When our sons were much younger, we took them to Clovelly for a day out whilst holidaying in Devon. Another very memorable day … especially the boat ride we took out to sea on one of the fishing boats from Clovelly harbour. The boys and Lee thought it was great fun and extremely exciting. Me? Well, naturally I was scared out of my wits being in that little boat on the very choppy water … and obviously my family found this highly amusing!! I have to say, I was very relieved to get back onto dry land!
So of course it was fantastic to be asked to photograph a wedding in such a picturesque location, with such fond memories attached to it.
You may recall my previous post when we met with Karen and James, the bride and groom to be, for our pre-wedding get together https://romseyfotografix.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/a-trip-down-memory-lane-2/
The weekend of the wedding, at the beginning of this month, came round before we knew it. Lee and I travelled down to Devon on the Friday and we all met at the church – the historical All Saints, http://www.clovelly.co.uk/village/places-of-worship – that evening for the rehearsal. We always try and get to the wedding rehearsal if possible, as it’s a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to the clergy and ask where we are allowed to stand during the ceremony etc. The vicar in this case was very obliging indeed, very friendly with a wonderful sense of humour, which made for a relaxed time for all concerned. We took some test shots as the rehearsal got underway, which was of great benefit in preparation for the ceremony itself.
So the big day dawned. The weather forecast had promised torrential rain (great!). Luckily, although it was quite nippy with a gusty wind, and the odd spot of rain here and there, the threatened downpour never materialised – phew! It would have made life a little more tricky had the heavens opened, although we did have our big brollies with us, for the bride and groom, just in case 🙂
Our first stop of the morning was to the bridal suite to take some early getting ready shots of Karen and her Matron of Honour. All seemed nice and calm, although I expect there were a few butterflies!
The bridal room at the Red Lion in Clovelly harbour is quite exquisite and beautifully decorated. It’s a super light, airy and spacious room, with fantastic views out to sea. A superb backdrop for the dress, shoes and flower shots!
James and his Bestman had stayed overnight at the New Inn, halfway up the cobbled street. They wandered down to the harbour area mid-morning, so we could get some shots of them against the brilliant views whilst the tide was out (making sure they were well out of sight of the bridal suite of course!).
Most of the wedding guests were staying in the Red Lion, where the reception was later to take place. The Clovelly Landrovers were on hand to transport everyone in stages to All Saints Church, back at the top of the hill.
James and his groomsmen were the first to head up to the church, and Lee and I followed shortly after in the next Landrover with the first group of wedding guests, so we could take the groom and party pictures at the church, as well as some informal pictures of the guests as they arrived.
Once these shots were in the bag, we hitched a ride in the Landrover going back down the hill, so we could take some more photos in the bridal suite. By this time, Karen was almost ready. We were able to get some gorgeous shots of her looking out to sea as well as those with her mum and dad and Matron of Honour.
After the ceremony, we walked round to the gardens at the back of the church, with such incredible views – a fantastic backdrop indeed for the new “Mr and Mrs” to have their special shots taken with their family and friends.
(Big thanks to the Bestman for carrying the brollies – which fortunately weren’t needed!)
It was a marvellous atmosphere, with the friendly locals shouting out their good wishes as we wandered along.
Lee in the meantime drove our car, which was parked at the church, back to the Red Lion and then walked up from the bottom of the hill to meet us half way – he had the tougher job – definitely much easier walking down the hill than up!
All the guests were safely back at the hotel enjoying their welcome drinks by the time we arrived, and it was almost time for the wedding breakfast and then the cake cutting. Those little rubber ducks you can see around the cake were given to the children – an unusual touch which of course went down very well with the little ‘uns 🙂
The party got underway and everyone let their hair down and had great fun – the hilarious “photobooth style” props went down very well with the kiddies – and the adults too as the evening got into full swing!!
You’ll see I’ve added a canvas effect to some of the shots for this post – which I reckon is rather apt; the village of Clovelly is like stepping into a picture-perfect world – even on a cloudy day!
Thanks so much, Karen and James, for giving us the opportunity to photograph your wonderful day, in such a fabulous location, which we know holds a special place in your hearts. And no doubt, even more so now 🙂
If anyone reading this fancies tying the knot in Clovelly here’s some more info http://www.clovelly.co.uk/weddings