Lauren and Nick wanted to make sure that their wedding day was unique to them. By creating a festival style wedding on a campsite near Newquay, Cornwall. They did just this. The only thing that they had not bargained for was the arrival of Storm Catherine coinciding with their wedding (Cornwall is blessed with some amazing weather and also some not so amazing weather). It was no matter though. Neither the bride, groom or guests let this minor factor dampen the wedding day. For a wedding photographer, days like this can be a challenge, but if the guests and the bride and groom are as relaxed as Lauren and Nick’s the day just flows.
The wedding day started with the bridal preparation in a safari style tent on the wedding campsite. Despite the building winds, the tent was warm, dry and cosy thanks to a log burner. In fact, it was almost too hot! It is always great to see brides adding their own particular style to their wedding dress. In the case of Lauren she had added some amazing cowboy boots – check out the photos below.
Wedding prep finished, it was time for the wedding party to depart for St Columb Minor Church for the wedding ceremony. Yet again the worsening storm did nothing to dampen spirits. Getting the bride to the church through the rain was a tricky manoeuvre incorporating multiple umbrellas (rain can be a wedding photographers worse nightmare – you need to keep your lens dry!).
Safely in the church, it was time for the wedding ceremony. Yet again the bride and groom had sort to put their own stamp on the day with music provided by friends. With the ceremony over it was time for a quick confetti photograph in the storm outside – ‘swirling’ confetti makes for a great shot. With everything finished at the church, the wedding party headed back to the safety of the wedding marquee.
What followed in the wedding reception definitely manage to achieve Lauren and Nick’s ambition of a festival style wedding experience. A steel band and live music from some of Newquay’s top musicians provided the entertainment of for the wedding party. Even the wedding breakfast had a feeling of festival flare, with guests being roped in to serve the food. After all, there is no such thing as a free lunch 🙂
Before the wedding, Nick, Lauren and I had discussed the idea of using a local field for the wedding shots. With the storm raging outside, the chance of doing this seemed doubtful. However, without any warning, the storm just stopped. No wind, no rain and the sun started to shine through. Rushing up to the field, it turned out that we had thirty minutes to get the photo that we wanted. I love the photo I took of Nick and Lauren with the stormy sky behind and the sun peaking through the clouds.
As the evening light started to fall, the party kicked up a gear. Awesome dance moves with a packed wedding dance floor. As I left, I couldn’t resist a little boggy in the dark as I packed my photographic gear away. Festival wedding? Absolutely! Complete with mud, wind, rain and good times – the perfect UK festival wedding experience.