I first met Kate & Toby at their house in Exeter on a very wet English spring day, it wasn’t the best conditions to be planning on shooting a few frames of them both. Yet after some hot drinks and chatting about my two favourite topics; photography & travel, and just as the wind started to edge over 30mph gusts, we decided to brave the weather. After getting soaked we warmed-up back around the coffee table in Kate & Toby’s house before realising that Kate actually knew two of my past brides personally. What a small small world it is.
“Barney visited us at home in Exeter and made us feel immediately at ease as we talked about ourselves and our plans for our big day. He took a couple of hours to really get to know us and then we did a test shoot down by the river where he worked out how comfortable we were in front of the camera. It was great to get an idea of how he would interact with us on our wedding day and I was relieved to not have a big camera lens shoved in my face.
Our wedding day with Barney involved was fantastic, his knowledge and organisation made the whole day so much easier. Most of the time we weren’t even aware of where he was and so our photos reflect real emotions as they naturally happened on the day, not the staged photos that some photographers take where your guests are grinning into the sunlight waiting for their photos to be taken.
Most of all, Barney makes you feel like someone you’ve known for ages and becomes a good friend throughout the whole experience we never questioned that we’d hired the right person for the job. We are so delighted with our photos and would thoroughly recommend him.” – Kate & Toby
Toby has a deep interest in photography (through his fishing background) and Kate has travelled and lived abroad for long stints with her job as a teacher, so it was obvious from the outset we had a lot in common. Thus, I walked away from this afternoon with Kate & Toby, fully aware that I was going to have a cracking time at their wedding, and that whatever happened it would be so much fun, and, well, my instinct was right. :)
Kate & Toby got married at The Old Rectory in the North Devon countryside, miles from anywhere. It was a fabulous day, made even more so by having one of my past grooms, Alex, along to help photograph the day with me.
(a great photographer in his own right, but he would probably just call himself a ‘camera nerd’ ) Thanks all the same Alex! Link to Alex’s wedding day with Gemma.
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Venue: The Old Rectory, Pyworthy
Venue Decor: Us and our friends! A lot came from Preloved.com and was very DIY.
Catering Team: Us and our friends! Plus a lady from The Almond Thief
Band: The Audios
Florist: Us from http://www.peamoreflora.co.uk/ a wholesaler just outside Exeter! Plus our mum’s.
Dress Designer: Lily and Louie based in Exeter.
Shoe Designer: Rachel Simpson
Make Up Artist & Hair: Katy Short – Makeup Magic
Suit Designer: Crown Tailor, Bangkok