Jack and Emily’s wedding photography at Devonport naval base, Plymouth, Devon

A navy relationship is not for the faint hearted. Jack and Emily spent nine out of the twelve months leading up to their wedding apart. Their only contact being a letter, every two months or so. Even that is not private. It is read, and copy typed (often with errors) and with much removed. When at sea, Emily is rarely able to even know anything about Jack’s location in the world, and often Jack has to leave at no notice. As with other navy weddings I have photographed, Jack could not even be certain to be there on their wedding day.

During their engagement couples session overlooking Sand Acre Bay nature reserve, Churchtown farm  in Saltash, Jack and Emily explained that on Jack’s last return from a particularly long period at sea, Emily was surprised to be suddenly whisked away from the ship, and his disembarking colleagues, without so much as a hug. Nine of Jack’s colleagues had been left by their partners during that assignment.  Emily wondered why she was the only person waiting for the ships arrival.

Their ceremony at The chapel of St Christopher within the naval base grounds, was followed by a drinks reception on the admirals lawn, and wedding breakfast at the very stately and imposing officers mess.

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Geoff and Annabell’s wedding at Crowan Church, Camborne and their farm on the Lizard

Geoff and Annabell married in July this year at Crowan Church in Camborne Cornwall which is very close to Annabels family home in Praze-an-beeble. After the wedding ceremony, we went to their wonderful and massive beef farm on Goonhilly Downs on the beautiful Lizard peninsular. A beautiful rural venue.  Annabel is a teacher of music and has no immediate plans to give that up and join Geoff working on the farm full time. We planned a photo session in the long barley (I believe) field where I was told alot but retained little about the specific quality of good grasses. Despite the rain we went ahead and you would not know from their smilie faces that the bridesmaids were cold and wet.  There was plenty of laughs in that field which you will see, …..rain too which hopefully you will not. I learned a lot, and not just about the specific quality of a good grass. Lets just say these images were not the only exposures of the day (see below!!!). … and its always good to know that my clients and friends feel so comfortable with me and my camera around.

Look out for Annabells Dad who liked to get her to laugh at the most unlikely moments. The pitch fork guard of honor was a really great farm wedding idea.

The post starts with two photos from Geoff and Annabels engagement shoot taken on Tretherrup farm in the winter of 2016. Special thanks for those goes to their beautiful Scottish beef cows who, as you will see appeared to be posing for me rather nicely at the time.

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Phil and Becca’s winter wedding at Trevenna Barns

Phillip and Becca first met at University and are both teachers from Plymouth. Becca teaches maths, and Phillip is head of Physical Education. I first met them for their engagement shoot towards the end of 2016 at Trelissick woods and gardens near Truro and Falmouth. They had a wonderful winter wedding at Trevenna Barns, St Neot near Liskeard this February 2017 (yes, I am a little behind with my blogging after a very busy season). Trevenna Barns is a rural converted farm wedding venue in the heart of Cornwall. Becca used to represent the south west in Competitive hip hop and contemporary dance. She sure can twerk and dab as you will see below.


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Dartmouth Royal navy wedding of Lieutenant Chris Carney and Lindsay

 

 

Last weekend Lindsey and her friends prepared for her wedding at Pound barn, Norton Farm, an idyllic rural farm with stunning gardens and views close to the river Dart in Dartmouth. Lindsey is now the proud wife of Royal navy Lieutenant Christopher Carnie. They married at The Royal naval college Dartmouth on the mouth of the river Dart . Lindsey’s  best friend Jenny was unable to be with her on the day as she had been deployed at sea. It was an emotional moment when they connected on facetime while she was getting ready. To both of their amusement I even struggled to keep it together. Look out for the sword arch and what about that view!!!!

As with past naval weddings, the group shots (usually the most difficult part of the day) were a joy and a breeze. Simply hand the shot list to the most decorated guest, set your tripod and exposure and enjoy! the fun.  Military precision!!!

I will share with you my favorite quote from Chris’s brothers (he was the most decorated guest mentioned above) speech “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women (my addition……..naturally) to do nothing”.  Edmund Burke

Without doubt the heros of the day for me were NHS employees Lindsey and her friends. All of our beautiful, caring unsung heros. They have it tougher than we know!!!! Stay healthy everyone xx

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Chris and Lindsay’s engagement shoot at St Catherines woodland and castle Fowey, and Readymoney beach and coast path

I met Chris, a submariner and Lindsay, a cancer nutritionist for Macmillan, whilst photographing their friends naval wedding last year.  Chris and Lindsay live in Halifax. They will be getting married at Dartmouth naval college in July this year. They made the journey to Fowey this weekend to meet with me, and to have their engagement photoshoot. The weather does’nt always play ball.  It was a very dull morning in fact, so i’ve punched in a little sunshine. Chris and Lindsays connection and ease with each other made them blissful to work with as a couple. We had such a great morning in spite of the sluggish weather. After their very early morning start, I heard all about their wedding plans over coffee at The Fowey Hall Hotel. Hardly like work at all really and i very much look forward to working with them again in the summer.

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