Lucy & David, Steam Train & Riverboat Wedding at Kingswear & Dartmouth
I was so pleased when Lucy and David contacted me to shoot their train/riverboat wedding in Kingswear/Dartmouth as I had shot a similar wedding in 2013 and loved every minute of it. I guess its the unique combination of riding the scenic steam train and sailing up and down the River Dart in a boat that sets it apart from most weddings. Some people say marriage is 'a journey', well this wedding was certainly that! You'll have to bear with me in this blog and try to keep up with all the various travelling and modes of transport we took throughout the day.
Lucy and David's wedding also included travelling in vintage Rolls Royce's, boarding a car ferry and a passenger ferry, having the Ceremony in Paignton Ticket Hall, the whole wedding party going for a stroll through Dartmouth, stopping for Ice Cream, having a swift pint in a pub and ending with all the guests getting on board an old style London double decker bus, phew!! With all this travelling about, everything had to run like clockwork and thankfully it did.
I arrived in Dartmouth the night before the wedding as there was a very early start, due to the ceremony taking place in Paignton at 11am. I arrived at Lucy's bridal prep at the Dart Marina in Dartmouth, where I found her in great spirits along with her parents, Babs and Ken. Bridesmaids Harriet and Ruth arrived soon after. After initially chatting on the phone to David to arrange the wedding day, I was delighted to finally meet up with Lucy and David for their pre wedding shoot in London's Hyde Park and found them to be such a lovely down to earth couple. The apartment was a hive of activity with everyone getting ready. Soon it was time to get into the Rolls Royces to travel up to Paignton in style.
Lucy and her wedding party got into the small convoy of vintage Rolls Royce's and boarded the car ferry for the short hop over to Kingwear, for the 20 minute car journey to Paignton. I was fortunate enough to be in one of these vintage cars and enjoyed every minute! We certainly turned a few heads as we arrived in Paignton as the procession of Rollers journeyed through town! Lucy and her car drove off for a quick detour to allow the rest of us to get out and meet groom David who was outside the ticket hall with his groomsmen Phil, Stefan and his Dad Phil.
The remaining guests started to arrive and took their seats inside the ticket hall as we all waited for Lucy to arrive. After the beautiful ceremony we all headed out onto the station platform for celebratory drinks and canapés while we waited to board the steam train.
After the very scenic train journey back down to Kingswear, we all got off the train and headed to the nearby ferry port for the next stage of our journey back over to Dartmouth. Are you keeping up with me?!!!!
Once we were all safely back on dry land again in Dartmouth, the whole wedding party stopped off at the quayside for an ice cream and a few formal photos, before heading off again to Bayards Cove for more photos and a short rest! Lucy and David certainly gained a lot of attention from the hoards of locals and tourists in Dartmouth......
As there was a bit of time to kill before boarding the private boat, somebody decided to stop off at a pub for a most welcome drink, not a bad idea given all this travelling about!
By now it was almost 3pm and time to board the Dart Explorer boat and set sail for the river cruise up and down the River Dart. This would also be where the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment would take place. Everyone was greeted with a glass of bubbly as they boarded and sat on the top deck as we cruised out and around the Dartmouth/Kingswear area before heading up the River Dart and past the Royal Naval College.
After everyone had eaten the delicious wedding breakfast, it was time for the speeches, followed by a few photos of Lucy and David in and around the boat, including a request to get a Kate and Leonardo, Titanic shot!
After lots of dancing and celebrating on board, the cruise eventually came to an end for the final part of the journey. Lucy and David had laid on a wedding special London bus to take all the guests back to their hotels, although there was a rumour going round that it may stop off at a nearby pub to carry on celebrations! It was also the final stop on my coverage of the day and what a day it had been!
Well done to all involved for planning this wedding. With so much in the busy schedule, it must have been a bit of an undertaking to arrange, but all credit to Lucy and David and Lucy's parents for organising such an unforgettable day!
If you are looking for ideas for your wedding day and want to do something a bit different with your day then I really cannot recommend this type of wedding highly enough. For more information about arranging a wedding like this click here. And don't forget to book me to shoot it!!!!
MK Collins Photography, North Devon Wedding Photographer