Gemma & Andy, wedding at Ocean Kave
Call it intuition, but I just knew Gemma and Andy's wedding was going to be a good one after we met in person to discuss their wedding way back last year.
Gemma had attended her sister Holly's wedding at the Kave a few years before, so knew it was the perfect venue for her wedding. When I arrived at the bridal prep I met with an excited but slightly nervous Gemma as she was getting her hair and makeup done, but her bubbly smile was never far away!
After capturing some shots of Gemma in her stunning dress, I headed down to the Kave where I met with groom Andy and the guests, all patiently waiting for Gemma's arrival.
Luckily, the weather was gorgeous and sunny all day, which was a bonus. Gemma eventually arrived at the Kave with her three bridesmaids and four flower girls to make a grand entrance into the ceremony. One of the ceremony highlights was hearing Gemma and Andy read their own written vows, which was both funny and emotional.
After the ceremony had ended the couple ventured out into the sun and into a confetti line, closely followed by drinks and canapés on the lawn. They also laid on traditional games on the lawn to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained. The kissing booth was the most popular attraction and there was no shortage of couples to photograph.
After a few formal photos overlooking the fabulous view, everyone headed into the Sunset Rooms for the meal and speeches. This was one of the first weddings this year where I really started to notice the rise in popularity of the 'Selfie Stick' amongst the guests. Since this wedding, which was back in May, I've noticed it more and more at weddings, with one wedding even having them placed on each guest table as a wedding favour. I like them myself, as it can make some interesting photos for me to take!
I'd previously suggested to Gemma and Andy that we should head down to nearby Westward Ho! beach for some bride and groom photos at sunset, which they were both keen to do. When we drove down there we were treated with an amazing sunset and the tide was fully out, which was a big bonus. We then headed back to Ocean Kave for the cake cutting and the evening celebrations. After the traditional first dance, Gemma had a little surprise up her sleeve. She and her Hens had secretly rehearsed a choreographed routine to show off to all the wedding guests. Just in case they forgot their dance moves, they had a video recording of them all performing the routine displayed on a video screen, brilliant!
What a great day. Such a lovely, friendly, down to earth couple, amazing attention to detail, friendly guests, gorgeous weather, great venue!
MK Collins Photography, North Devon Wedding Photographer