With every wedding I photograph, I always like get to know a little bit about the couple before the actual event. For me, it’s great to know what interests the couple have and what they like doing for fun and in their free time, just to get a feel for the type of people they are. All this normally happens quite naturally during initial emails or at meetings in the run up to the big day. However, in Bryony and Tom’s case, it wasn’t possible to meet in person. Instead, we set up a few meetings over Skype. That worked really well. From the off it felt like I was chatting to old friends!
It was very clear from their venue choices and throughout our conversations that Bry and Tom had a love for the great outdoors and in particular the countryside. They were keen to get a few relaxed portraits of the two of them between the ceremony and their wedding breakfast, so they did their own research beforehand – spending time before the wedding day walking in and around the area to pinpoint a few spots that they particularly liked. They even sent me photos of the locations! This was a great idea. It’s really nice that they chose those scenes themselves. I think it means much more when ideas like this come directly from the couple. I’m always happy to be creative with suggestions and I do my best to work out how to achieve the best shots in the desired locations.
The wedding day itself was held at another new venue to me, Pengenna Manor, just north of Wadebridge.
Everything happened here, from getting ready beforehand, to the fireworks and dancing later on that evening. We were super lucky with the weather as Bry and Tom were brave enough to have planned the wedding ceremony outside overlooking the beautiful countryside that surrounds Pengenna. Great choice!
This was such a sweet wedding to photograph. You can read Bry and Tom’s comments below, but I just want to say myself that I really did feel like one of the family, and I feel very privileged to have been part of this wonderful day.
Bry and Tom, best wishes for the future, guys, and I hope to see you again soon!
- Hi Stewart, We absolutely love the photos! You caught every crack of a smile! Almost like living it all again! Thank you so much!
Here is their story……
Tell me a little bit about yourselves, for example, where did you meet?
We met in 6th form where we’d frequently pass each other in the corridors and take the mickey out of each other. Over time we got to know each other through MSN messenger (!) and going on dates chauffeured by Tom in his N reg Ford Fiesta. We moved in together at 17 years old and have been together ever since. After 10 years of love and laughter together it was amazing to be able to share the most wonderful day of our lives with family and friends.
Can you tell me about the proposal?
On the 22nd of July 2015 we climbed Scarfell Pike mountain in the Lake District (the highest peak in England). We reached the top and were greeted with spectacular views over the Cumbrian landscape where Tom unpacked our picnic and promptly dropped to one knee after pulling out a cleverly hidden diamond ring from the bottom of his back pack. Everybody at the summit cheered for us and we practically ran down that mountain we were so excited!
Can you tell me about your venues and why you chose them?
We chose Pengenna Manor as our venue for both our ceremony and reception as it was really important to us to be able to enjoy the countryside as part of our day. The Manor was a stunning backdrop which could be personalised in every way and we were able to use a variety of suppliers so create a marquee wedding which fit us perfectly. Relaxed, rustic and natural.
Were you going for a certain style or theme for your wedding?
We didn’t want a formal or stuffy wedding. After 10 years together it was more about celebrating a decade of being together. We wanted to include a country, rustic theme.
What is your most memorable moment from the day?
It is really difficult to pinpoint a specific moment of that day for us as it really did feel like an absolute dream, however I must say that the fireworks in the evening surpassed all expectation.
Why did you choose Stewart Girvan Photography?
After looking around for a photographer for some time and feeling a bit overwhelmed about what we should do, a friend recommended getting in touch with Stewart and after looking at the stunning images from past weddings and getting in touch we knew that Stewart was the best person for the job!
How did you feel about having your photos taken and were you pleased with the final images?
Stewart was practically part of the family on our big day. Utterly unflappable and great fun to have around. He caught every crack of a smile without anybody noticing he was even there! Like a photography ninja decked out with several cameras! The extensive collection of images that he captured were more than we could have hoped they would be. Seeing the photos is like living the day all over again.
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.
We were so lucky to have had such an array of excellent suppliers who all went out of their way to create the perfect day:
- Pengenna Manor – The Venue
- Absolute Canvas – The Marquee and Bar
- Cornwall Hog Roast Company – The food
- Life is Rosie – Garden games and bunting
- Celebration Pyrotechnics – The Fireworks
- The Qwest – Party Band
- Sweet Thoughts Cake Design – The wedding cake
- Wadebridge Flowers – The Flowers
- Steam Hair Design – Hair
- And many others
Do you have any advice for future couples planning their wedding?
Make it a day that you will never forget. Do the things that you enjoy and be with the people you love. Planning makes perfect so that when the time comes you can just enjoy the day without any worries. Treasure every single moment as it will fly by!