When I think back to weddings that I have photographed over the years it’s always the people and the characters I meet that I remember first. These are always fond memories and I know I have said this a million times before but it really is such a pleasure and privilege to be invited along to witness and be involved in a couple’s special day each weekend.
The wedding of Amy and Kev was no different and from our first meeting these guys felt like old friends. The wedding service took place at the church in Kev’s hometown of Porthleven and a marquee reception followed at Porthleven cricket club (where Kev was a member). Amy and Kev used many local friends and businesses to help make their day even more personable to them. This really added to the relaxed and fun atmosphere of day.
Behind the camera, I had a big smile on my face all day as there were so many fun and lovely moments to photograph. I hope you enjoy their slideshow highlights below.
- Stewart, WE LOVE THEM. Thanks so much!! Also can't stress enough how great you were on the day, think my gurning happy face in every shot says it all though.
Here is their story……
Tell me a little bit about yourselves, for example, where did you meet?
We met in the Blue Anchor in Helston, working behind the bar, and stayed in touch when we both moved out of county. We had a little book-swap by post going on until about three years later, when we both ended up back in Cornwall and back in the Blue Anchor (but as patrons this time).
Can you tell me about the proposal?
Kev organised a few surprises for my birthday – we went back to Fowey, where we’d been on our first trip away, to the same weird B&B. We went out for dinner and when it stopped raining, he was able to get a table & a bucket of champagne outside & get down on one knee. The next day we went to Vienna.
Can you tell me about your venues and why you chose them?
The church in Porthleven is where my grandparents got married in, 65 years ago, so it was lovely to be able to follow in their footsteps. We held the reception at Kev’s cricket club – he’s played there for years, and has dropped a few hints in that time that it’d be a lovely place to have a party. It was great that they’re within walking distance of each other, too.
Were you going for a certain style or theme for your wedding?
Not really, we just wanted it to be relaxed and accessible for everyone. It was all a bit of a mishmash. We chose the colours from the flowers, the DJ used to sing in Kev’s choir, the band because Not The Beatles are GREAT (& used to play at the Blue Anchor), and burgers for the meal because we had a burger club in Bristol.
What is your most memorable moment from the day?
Getting driven to the church our old driving instructor was a fun & unexpected start for me – and Four Lanes Male Choir singing the hymns was great, everyone mentioned afterwards that they’d made a fantastic sound. We also both enjoyed having some time together after the ceremony while we had our photos taken, out on the pier and the Wrestling Fields. The speeches were fun and the dance floor was everything we’d hoped it would be.
Why did you choose Stewart Girvan Photography?
We loved the relaxed photos Stewart had displayed on his website, especially of the wedding attendees – we didn’t really want too many staged shots, and it was important for me to have photos of our families and friends having fun.
How did you feel about having your photos taken and were you pleased with the final images?
Really, really pleased. It was a pleasure to have Stewart at our wedding and we’ll treasure the pictures forever. Our family love them too.
Can you tell me about any other suppliers that contributed and played an important part to your wedding? For example, florist, makeup artist, transport, entertainment.
- Florist – Marianna Fuller (brilliant, & grows her own flowers)
- Food – Barry & Jim at Wheal Dream (excellent & took so much stress away from the day)
- Hair – Hollylocks
- Transport – Tony Giles (would recommend as a driving instructor if you’re in the Helston area)
- Entertainment – Not The Beatles & Mr Morgan, DJ of Bristol’s ‘Don’t Tell Your Mother’ night
Do you have any advice for future couples planning their wedding?
There is loads of advice for people getting married online already…Maybe just set a few priorities between you, then keep them in mind while you do whatever you want. And definitely keep a spreadsheet, no matter how much it hurts to look at sometimes.