Updated: Oct 4
2023 has been an extremely hectic year for me, leaving me with very limited time to blog. However, I am determined to rectify this situation now. The frequency of weddings has slowed with one every week, as opposed to two or three during the summer season. Let's make a start, and this particular wedding holds a special significance as it was the first one I attended in January, at the beautiful Sandy Cove hotel in North Devon. I must admit, I found it quite daring of Rebecca and Iain to choose an outdoor wedding in January. Fortunately, luck was on our side as the weather cooperated, allowing us to capture the enchanting wedding photographs just the way the bride and groom had envisioned.
Sandy Cove Hotel
Sandy Cove Hotel on the North Devon coast, such a stunning place to get married. I photograph lots of weddings by the sea, but what I think makes this venue so unique is not just the beautiful sea but also how the cliffs fade off into the distance. As you can see with this beautiful photograph, it makes such a wonderful backdrop for a couple, looking to get married in a dramatic location. I have photographed many wonderful weddings at Sandy Cove and each time the view seems to look different. Be it the time of year, the ever changing weather or just the type of people I am photographing. It's always refreshing to visit this wonderful hotel.
The wedding photographs by this Devon Photographer
With just four people attending the wedding, it gave me the opportunity to spend some quality time with the bride and groom. As you can see from this photograph we did have a little bit of rain, but the couple were happy to brave the elements to ensure we captured their special day.
As a Devon photographer this was such a fun couple to photograph
I always love it when the couple have complete confidence I will capture their day in such a way they will cherish the memories forever. When I hear the words "we love your work, just do your thing" it's music to my ears, it allows me to get creative with the photographs, ensuring that we capture the bride and groom in a variety of poses, backdrops and settings. I think there's nothing worse than seeing a selection of photographs with a couple standing in the same place, in the same pose, photographed over and over again.
Down by the sea on the North Devon coast
As I often do, when I travel to North Devon and Sandycove hotel, I make the offer to the bride and groom to jump into my car and take a trip down to the local beach. It gives us even greater variety in the selection of photographs that we can take for the bride and groom on the day. I find it easier to jump into my car with the bride and groom and often a willing helper. This is normally a bridesmaid or best man who are always more than happy to help the bride and groom on their wedding day.
Into the evening
As you can see by this last photograph, I stayed until it just got dark. I knew it would looked beautiful with the lights in the backdrop for a photograph of the bride and groom. Although this is a posed photograph, I hope you agree. It also looks natural. All I did was ask the groom to whisper into the brides ear and we can only guess what he had to say.
So as you can see, this was a wonderful start to 2023 I have many, many more to show you over the coming months. If you're interested in my wedding photography for your wedding in 2024 or 2025 or even 2026, please get in touch soon soon. Check out loads more of my wedding photographs taken in the winter on my winter gallery.