Happy Wedding Wednesday loves!
Dionys and Nigel were married on September 20th, 2013 in Cornwall, England. They decided to elope in a personal and very intimate way. Only 3 people were in attendance…the bride, groom, and their photographer! (I love it! So romantic!)
Some AMAZING insider information from Charlene Morton Photography….
My plans for Dee and Nigel’s wedding were under way. They had a organized a service and meal for family and friends locally. As the day got closer I received an email calling it all off! Now it’s not what you think, the couple have been together for a while and are madly in love, but the idea of being center of attention terrified Dee. I have known her for a while and she is a highly organized business woman running the department store Herbert Lewis in Chepstow, but with a quiet and gentle demur I completely understood her decision. As I read the email further she let me in on her secret, they were going to elope for a Newquay wedding. So the question came… “Can I come?”
It was a 3 hour drive to Newquay but I managed to arrive before then to find the cutest little cove surrounded by 3 cliffs. Lusty glaze was a little slice of heaven, it is a family run restaurant, gig venue and accommodation right on the beach. The atmosphere was relaxed and there weren’t many people around, only the occasional surfer.
When Dee and Nigel began the descent down the cliff steps I was even more excited about the photographs I knew I could get. Dee had on a simple fawn colored knee length dress, her mother’s pearls and flats (sensible). To compliment this was Nigel, in a twee brown waistcoat and jacket with maroon tie and pocket hankie, which apparently had been coated to be water resistant. These guys were ready for some serious photos!
The ceremony was still as emotional as any I have seen and the two witness also got caught up in the atmosphere. It was a luxury for me to be able to move around the couple freely and use whatever lighting I wanted. Immediately after the ceremony I brought the couple a drink for the bar, we opted for beer instead of champagne which seemed in keeping with the relaxed setting. They then set to the task of calling the parents to tell them they just got married!
The tide was quite far out so we decided to explore some of the caves while we could. I wanted to get an editorial style so we tried poses that were slightly more fashion than wedding. These were then complemented with natural and romantic shots walking up the beach. We were so engrossed in taking photos we didn’t realize the tide was fast approaching. Nigel suddenly ran out of shot to rescue his shoes (with iPhones and wallet inside) then I realized the water had nearly reached my knees!
We moved up the beach to a safer distance taking advantage of the low sun which I used to create whimsical photographs of the couple kissing and splashing in the sea. I added Dee’s vintage fur shrug to some photographs but it also helped keep her warm in the evening. I found a sand castle to place the rings on and Dee wrote memories in the sand.
We decided to stay at the beach as there was charity event on that evening, of course this gave plenty of time for some food and MORE photography. We chatted to the owners and staff who all had that lovely relaxed and friendly Cornish attitude. I had been waiting for the evening sun to photograph the beach huts and also hoped for a sunset to capture an idea Nigel had really wanted to do.
The band were setting up so I decide to let slip that a first dance would be amazing and before the couple couple refuse they were thinking of their favorite songs. This turned out to be the most amazing end to a beautiful day as the couple danced in front of strangers to an acoustic version of ‘Times like these” by the Foo Fighters. A stunning couple with the most perfectly suited day.
Sounds like absolute perfection to me!
Huge congratulations to Dionya and Nigel. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world. Thank you to Charlene Morton Photography for sharing another beautiful wedding with us!