Jen and Graham’s wedding was particularly colourful and fun. Both Jen and Graham live in Australia nowadays, but Jen was born in Cornwall, so returning to her home county for the big day meant combining a traditional ceremony with a good old fashioned shindig by the sea. Fantastic! A really enjoyable day.
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The marriage ceremony took place at Truro Methodist Church, which was packed with family and friends from all over the world. A highlight of the service was the moment when confetti showered down from the high church ceiling onto the happy couple, just as they were pronounced husband and wife. That was a really cool touch, and as you can imagine it produced a lively and spontaneous photo opportunity for me to make the most of. Lots more confetti was thrown as the couple left the church and went on their way in a VW Camper van – appropriately decked out for the occasion, of course.
After the church, Jen and Graham and the whole bridal party departed for St Agnes Head, where I took the opportunity to capture some natural group shots, as well as some more fun and quirky poses, with the help of some imaginative props we had available – for example, purple wellies! And then Jen and Graham took some peaceful moments just by themselves, which meant I could capture some special photos of them. Standing at a distance I photographed the couple against the backdrop of the beautifully scenic views and amazing coastal light. It turned out to be the only quiet moment of the day!
Next it was off to Newdowns Farm for a truly lovely wedding reception. The purple theme was carried throughout the wedding, including in the stunning flower arrangements (provided by the awesome Anna Sawle, from Wedding Flowers in Cornwall). The huge Absolute Canvas marquee was absolutely overflowing with well-wishers. It really did look amazing. A perfect venue for this part of the day. Very soon the drinks began to flow and the wedding breakfast got well underway.
As the evening wore on, the guests began to strut their stuff on the dance floor and a party atmosphere prevailed, led by a very cool funk band. And then, courtesy of some work friends of Jen and Graham, the fun-filled wedding day was topped off in style with an impressive firework display. Perfect.
The Wedding Venue – Truro Methodist Church
This church holds particularly fond memories for me as my brother and his wife Helen were married here nearly 15 years old. The church building is right in the middle of Truro, so weddings taking place there tend to draw a decent crowd of onlookers. As a wedding photographer, it’s a dream venue, as it’s very spacious and light, with plenty of space for moving around and scope for some great shots. Another factor, which not everyone would think about, is the fact that most of the floor in the church is carpeted, which means that the photographer can move around easily without making a noise.
There are some nice locations in this church that can be used as part of the wedding photography. Shortly after Jen and Graham’s wedding ceremony, and while the ushers were outside preparing the guests to throw confetti, I nipped upstairs with the couple to get a quick portrait in front of the stained glass windows. This really is a beautiful church and I hope to work here again soon.
The Wedding Reception Venue – Marquee at Newdowns Farm, St Agnes
If you’re looking for an amazing spot for a marquee reception, you should definitely consider Newdowns. It’s very popular for weddings as it’s situated on St Agnes, on a farm between St Agnes Beacon and the sea. You’re literally a stone’s throw from some of Cornwall’s most epic coastline – well, in my opinion anyway – and we certainly made the most of it for Jen and Graham photos. The situation was also very convenient for a few portraits taken on the coastal path at Wheal Coates, while waiting for the guests to arrive at the marquee.
Supplier Shout out
- Wedding Ceremony Venue – Truro Methodist Church
- Reception – Newdowns Farm
- Marquee – Absolute Canvas
- Flowers – Wedding Flower in Cornwall
- Makeup – Penny Pascoe