Nancarrow Farm is one of my favourite wedding venues in Cornwall and I was super excited when Laura–Anne and Rich booked me to photograph their wedding there. I love working at Nancarrow Farm and I love the down to earth couples that get married there and Laura-Anne and Rich are one of the nicest couples you can ever meet. A particular highlight for me on the day was the speeches, not only were they packed full of emotion but Rich’s three best men did a cracking job in not only embarrassing the poor groom but entertaining the whole wedding party with games. There were so many lovely moments from this wedding, I hope you enjoy the photos.
- Best wedding photographer ever!! Honestly, we are just thrilled with them, there are so many gems and it’s so nice to also have such a lot of our lovely friends to share with them too. Thank you Stewart.
Here is their story……
Tell me a little bit about yourselves, for example, where did you meet?
We first met in 2013 in New York City, at our best friends’ wedding. We know it’s a bit of a cliche but Rich was the best man and used to live with the groom, and I was the bridesmaid, and used to live with the bride. We had an amazing few days getting to know each better and enjoying the excitement of Manhattan, although the bride and groom might tell you that we spent parts of their big day a little distracted from our duties!
Can you tell me about the proposal?
Rich organised an amazingly romantic surprise proposal for January 2015. He planned a holiday for us in Capetown and proposed on the beautiful setting of the deserted Dias Beach at Cape Point – the most southerly point of Africa. He got down on one knee and produced a beautiful emerald-cut engagement ring from his pocket – I was so surprised, but utterly delighted!
Can you tell me about your venues and why you chose them?
Neither of us are from Cornwall, but Rich had spent a lot of time there before he met me and loved it. We both liked the idea of getting all of our families and friends away from the distractions of daily life for a long weekend – and turning our wedding into a full weekend, rather than just a day. This was especially important as we are now expats living in Hong Kong, which means we don’t get to see everyone so often!
We came across Nancarrow Farm during our research and when we went to visit we knew straight away that we had to have our wedding there – we were both so excited by the rustic homely feel of the barn, and could imagine all of our wedding ideas fitting in perfectly. We loved the focus on excellent, rustic and delicious shared-style catering provided by Wood fired Weddings, which fed perfectly into our plans for fabulous but informal food. We also loved that it gave our closest friends the opportunity to stay with us on-site for the two nights surrounding the wedding, making it the perfect party venue too!
Were you going for a certain style or theme for your wedding?
We wanted to do something different to all of our friends, but in reality it probably didn’t work out that way! Our main real objective was for it to be one big party and celebration. If we were going to spend so much money on one day we wanted it to be relaxed and fun, with a focus on great food, great music and lots of boozing and dancing.
What is your most memorable moment from the day?
This is such a difficult question to answer as every moment was so special. Key highlights include first seeing each other when I entered into the ceremony, feeling incredibly emotional when taking our vows, the fantastic speeches, seeing everyone on the dance floor, united in singing Champagne Supernova at the end of the night – but above all was the joy of being surrounded by all of the people we love the most in one place, having a great time together.
Why did you choose Stewart Girvan Photography?
Stewart was one of the photographers recommended to us by our beautiful venue and as soon as we checked out his photography we knew his style would fit in with our vision perfectly. We didn’t want a whole series of stiff, formal photos but images that truly captured the day and how it unfolded in the most natural way possible. After an initial chat with Stewart we also knew that he would put us at ease on the day and be great to have around.
How did you feel about having your photos taken and were you pleased with the final images?
As we expected, Stewart was brilliant at putting us both straight at ease on the day – he is very natural, friendly and relaxed and that rubs off on you too. Stewart was great in identifying the key people like bridesmaids, best men and ushers that he might need throughout the day and making sure they knew who he was and that they were relaxed too. Throughout the day he blended into the background so easily, and I think that really helps him take such great photos!
We couldn’t be happier with our photographs from Stewart, they tell such a great story and have shown us sides of our day that we didn’t even know about at the time. The photos are all so natural and have captured a perfect overview of the day and all of our lovely guests. It’s so nice to have photos to share with our guests that feature all of them as well as us, and we’ve had such positive feedback on the photos from all of our guests 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.
We chose to have a Humanist celebrant for our wedding and David Pack delivered an absolutely lovely service for us that really focused on who we are, our story and what is important to us. It was such a personal service and all of our guests commented so positively on it, so we would highly recommend him for anyone also considering a humanist approach.
For our floristry, we chose Loulabel Floral Design, a local Cornish florist. Lou was fab at taking a brief and sticking to the budget and I was confident she’d deliver something great, but even I was surprised on the day by just how beautiful the flowers were. She focused on bright bold colours that complimented our colour scheme and our bouquets and table decorations included the most beautiful big, fat, bright peonies, with the boys’ button holes comprising more masculine herbs. It all looked great and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!
Where possible use your friends and family and any talents they may have, it’s great to have people around you who you know and trust and it’s also a nice way to keep key people involved. For example, my Mum made our beautiful cake and family friends who are beauty therapists and hair dressers were charged with makeup and hair for the bride and bridesmaids – it was lovely to have them all as a key part of the day.
Do you have any advice for future couples planning their wedding?
It’s a bit of a cliche, but relax and enjoy it! Nothing goes quite according to plan, and it’s easy to let that distract you and stress you out, but try to just go with the flow and enjoy every second. It’s true what they say, it all flies by so fast so also make sure you actually spend time with each other too.
Finally remember that it is about the two of you – so don’t be pressured into doing things that you don’t want to do just to keep people happy. We were firm with our family and it paid off with a day that was all about us and was exactly what we wanted – we couldn’t have been happier!