Kate & Chris Wedding, Ocean Kave, Westward Ho!
Occasionally I get asked by brides if bad weather conditions could potentially ruin a set of photos that I capture on a wedding day. I always tell them, absolutely not. It doesn't matter if its raining, the sun is shining or whatever the elements care to throw at us, I can still capture beautiful wedding photos.
I'm sure when Kate and Chris booked the amazing Ocean Kave for a mid July wedding, they probably envisioned blue skies and lots of sun throughout their day. Instead they got a slightly chilly day (for July), a bit of rain and nothing but cloudy skies, a typical British summertime day some might say. The weather certainly didn't stop Kate and Chris and all their guests from having an absolute blast of a day! Having such a beautiful setting for the wedding certainly helps.
Kate and her bridesmaids were getting ready in one of the onsite cottages, so I headed up there to photograph all the preparations, whilst Mike, my second shooter for the day, covered Chris and his groomsmen (and pet dog!) getting ready.
Kate seemed very calm and relaxed and was chatting away to her mates when I arrived. After Kate had handed out gifts to her bridesmaids, they returned the favour by handing Kate a surprise of their own, a special photo book. It was a scrapbook of photos, looking back over Kate's life and as often does when looking at old photos, brought everyone much laughter, reminiscing and a few shocks. It seemed like a good time to open a bottle of bubbly!
I've covered quite a few weddings at Ocean Kave and it just never disappoints. Hopefully these photos will show what a fun filled wedding day it was...........
The guests had started to arrive at the Kave by the time I got there. Chris was inside waiting patiently at the 'altar' with their son and pet terrier dog. Kate arrived soon after and entered into a packed expectant Kave for their ceremony.....
After the newlyweds were congratulated by all their family and friends it was time for the formal group photos. For the 2014 wedding season, I decided to try something slightly different just for a bit of fun during the wedding formal photos (see photo below). Although they are definitely an important part of the day, formal photos can often be a bit drawn out and boring for those involved, especially the happy couple, who are pretty much in every photo. Once I'm happy with a 'normal' group photo I'll try out a few 'alternative' poses! They have been quite a success so far, and one or two couples have even picked the alternative versions for their albums.
Kate and Chris decided to hire an ice cream van, (much to my delight, I'm an unashamed ice cream freak) which went down extremely well with all the guests and the dog! For any future brides out there, I'd definitely recommend getting an ice cream van.
Then we all headed inside to the Sunset Rooms for the wedding breakfast and speeches. The food is always very tasty at Ocean Kave and today was no exception.
During the best man speech, a strange looking pink gorilla suddenly appeared at one of the tables. Turns out, Chris met the creature at his stag do in Las Vegas. The gorilla decided to come all this way and make an appearance at the wedding, much to Chris' surprise. The gorilla was so pleased to see Chris, he gave him a quick kiss and decided to climb on his back! Strange things go on at stag do's....apparently!
The evening celebrations got underway with Kate and Chris' first dance. The pink gorilla even made another appearance on the dance floor which seemed to upset Kate and Chris's son a little bit! There was even time for a few photos of the newlyweds outside in the Kave grounds.
What a fantastic day! It was a real pleasure covering Kate and Chris' wedding. There were many laughs throughout the day which is what a wedding day should be, rain or shine! Special thanks to Mike for second shooting the day with me.
If you or anyone you know is getting married at Ocean Kave, please contact me to arrange a suitable photography package for you!
MK Collins Photography, North Devon Wedding Photographer