Carolyn and Paul celebrated a beautifully classic wedding in their local village church followed by a reception at St Elizabeth's House. 


Calm, collected and organised was the vibe of the morning with Carolyn getting ready at home. My commute to work on this showery, March morning was a short one with a thirty meter walk down the road, past the soon to be newly-weds family run butchers shop (delicious fresh meat and the best pasties in this part of Cornwall!).

Carolyn and her best girlfriends got ready in record time, with a delivery of the most beautiful, natural flowers with so much movement from the wild grasses used, lovingly created by St Mellion Flowers. And then came the arrival of her four, gorgeous, granddaughters to be; her flower girls. There was time for a few formal shots on their balcony, over looking the River Tiddy, as the sun came out and beamed onto Carolyn and her girls.

The sun continued to shine for the best part of the morning, allowing Carolyn to walk up the road to St Luke’s Church, accompanied by her girlfriends and her son, who was also giving her away. There was a buzz about the village as the street was lined with locals hoping to catch a glimpse of Carolyn in her beautiful dress. My daughters included, stood on the doorstep and waved at the ‘Marry Bride’ as she walked past! 

shop closed for a wedding sign
wedding hair and make up photography
wedding dress hanging in window photography
wedding dress hanging in window photography
pouring champagne on the morning of the wedding
bridal portrait with bouquet
bride getting into her wedding dress photography
bridal bouquet photography
bride and bridesmaids walking to village church photography

It was such a humbling feeling being in a familiar and well loved church for the ceremony. St Mellion flowers had provided a stunning urn of blooms to highlight the centre stage and the natural light that shone in through the windows cast a magical shadow on the aisle.

Carolyn’s son had the privilege and honour of giving her away and the service was beautifully conducted along with some traditional hymns and also some fits of giggles! As the service came to a close, the heavens opened and the biggest downpour of the day ensued meaning that the guests all stood huddled in the church entrance and the occasional brave soul made a dash for their mode of transport to the Wedding Reception. 

groom and best man waiting outside church photography
groom's button hole photography
church wedding ceremony photography
flower girls sat in a church in cornwall photography
groom watching bride walk down the aisle photography
church wedding ceremony photography
Paige boy handing out order of service photography
bride and groom say vows in a church in Cornwall

St Elizabeth’s House, as always, welcomed the couple in with open arms and a very impressive tower of reception drinks. Guests chatted, laughed and admired the married couple as they made an entrance on the red carpet before being swept away for some photos of just the two of them; and arguably the only time throughout the busy day where the newlyweds get to have some quiet time just to reflect and soak in all in together.

St Elizabeth’s House boasts a diverse array of backdrops for the couple shots, and I was delighted (to put it mildly) that the magnolia tree was in full bloom. I was obsessed! We swiftly moved through the couple shots, through to the family portraits, of which I like to keep low in numbers (around 6-8 should be enough), and the wedding party were then called in to be seated for their wedding breakfast. 

Bride and Groom stand under magnolia tree in St Elizabeth's House Plympton
Bride and Groom stand under magnolia tree in St Elizabeth's House Plympton
confetti shot at St Elizabeth's House, Plympton
Groom carries bride across the garden at St Elizabeth's House, Plympton
Bride and Groom walking in gardens at St Elizabeth's House Plympton
Bride and Groom stood in gardens at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
Bride and Groom walk through gardens at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
Bride and Groom stood in gardens at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton

The children of the family were such a prevalent part of this wedding, all with very important roles. I took the opportunity to take the children outside for an ‘adventure’ and took some photos while the rest of the wedding party finished their meals and were served a scrumptious desert. The grounds are enchanting for young children and they had a ball, occasionally following my request to stay still in one place all together so I could snap a few quick group pictures. I think these photographs are some of my favourite from the day!

In fact, on delivering this gallery to Carolyn & Paul, both stated that they had no idea that I had taken the children off for some photos and it was such a lovely surprise to them to see! 

flower girls walking through the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls walking through the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls playing in the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls walking through the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls and Paige boys in the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls and Paige boys playing in the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls and Paige boys in the garden at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
flower girls and Paige boys climbing a tree at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton

I love each and every part of taking photos at a wedding but every now and again an opportunity comes along that doesn’t happen at each wedding and it makes my heart sing! I am always on the look out for these opportunities and sometimes they are completely spontaneous and unplanned; these are the best.

The evening reception saw more laughing, drinking and the arrival of more guests to join the evening celebrations which consisted of cutting the cake, and a nostalgic first dance. And of course not forgetting the bride’s change of footwear into a comfier pair of white sparkly converse to match her flower girls! 

best man speech ad groom laughing at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
groom addressing bride in his speech at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
bride and groom cut the cake at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
bride and groom cut the cake
bride and groom first dance at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
bride and groom first dance at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton
bride and groom first dance at a wedding at St Elizabeth's House in Plympton