Every time a couple asks me to capture their wedding day I feel so privileged, but when it is the wedding of somebody I have known for years, whose family I see daily and it’s to be held in my own village, it,’s a whole other level of wonderful.
I photographed the wedding of Morwenna’s brother and sister-in-law in the same beautiful Devoran field a few years ago, so when she and Olly invited me to join them for their own big day I knew I would be in for a real treat.
When I arrived to get a few shots of Morwenna getting ready at her family home she was chilling out in her dressing gown, watching the Kardashians and welcomed me in her trademark warm, smiley and relaxed way – if it wasn’t for her beautiful wildflower crown you would never have guessed she was a mere hour away from her wedding ceremony! Her bridal look was similarly laid back and absolutely stunning in its simplicity: minimal, natural make-up, a gorgeous wide-legged jumpsuit by a designer in Hackney (where the couple lived) and a pair of funky gold trainers – my favourite wedding shoes ever! I have never seen a cooler bride.
We were blessed with a warm, dry day so Wenna and her family were able to walk through the village to the field where the ceremony was to be held and the gorgeously rustic marquee was set up. It was so special to see so many of the family’s friends and neighbours (many of whom have know Morwenna since she was a baby) stopping to wish her luck or hanging out of windows or over garden fences to get a quick snap of the beautiful bride.
Wenna and her Dad were met at the entrance to the field by a fiddler and lute-player who danced along behind them as they made their way through the orchard, up to the flower arch and hay bales where Olly and the guests were waiting. The ceremony had been carefully designed to be a meaningful and communal experience with guests taking an active part: The couple’s friend Jesse led proceedings, there were readings from family and friends and music was provided by “The Morwolly Choir”, a collection of the couple’s musical friends. Before Morwenna had arrived, guests had been practicing the specially arranged songs so that all could participate. After the couple had made their vows, everyone retired to the lawn for a cream tea in the sunshine whilst being entertained by the Father-of-the-Bride’s speech.
When it came to the meal the communal theme continued: Guests were seated at long tables and had been deliberately “mixed up” to encourage new interactions. Food was provided by the always-wonderful Nomad, and consisted of delicious Italian antipasti followed by rotisserie chickens and gorgeous salads that were dotted along the tables with guests serving and carving for themselves and eachother. Dessert came in the form of huge bowls of fresh strawberries, clotted cream and meringues as well as the wedding cakes – incredible looking Chocolate Guinness cakes covered in colourful petals, made by Olly’s mum and served up to guests by the newlyweds.
As the sun began to set the evening celebrations kicked off with a lively Ceilidh – always a sure fire way to ensure that everyone hits the dancefloor.
The thing that blew me away about this wedding was that so much planning and consideration had obviously gone into it: every tiny detail was so thoughtful and personal, so “Wenna & Olly”, and yet, at the same time the whole day was completely laid-back and unfussy – there was still room for spontaneity and bucket-loads of fun and laughter.
In case you can’t tell, Wenna and Olly, I LOVED your wedding, thank you so much for having me and I wish you both all the happiness in the world.
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