The bride and groom were very lucky with the weather. It was warm and sunny with just a gentle breeze. There was hardly a cloud in the sky which can be very difficult from a photographers point of view. The strong overhead sunshine can create some unsightly shadows and panda eyes if not dealt with in the right way.
As a Cornwall wedding photographer, I was lucky to have this Penventon Hotel wedding which was right on my doorstep and especially with an early start at 7am.
Arriving at the Penventon Hotel, the hairdresser and makeup artist were already underway so pictures started of the preperations. Lucy had her 3 bridesmaids, her mum and aunt all getting ready together so there was a lot going on. Trying to stay small an inconspicuous was not really an option so instead I just joined in with the fun and laughter.
After the preps, I needed to head off to the ceremony location which was at Gwithian Church to take some pictures of Simon the groom and his groomsmen as well of the guests arriving. Not too far behind were the bridesmaids followed by Lucy and her dad. I grabbed a few pictures outside of the church before the ceremony.
My first wedding at Gwithian church, it was great to see some lovely beams across the ceilings and also some beautiful decor. The ceremony was relaxed and went very smoothly. The vicar was very relaxed and accommodating allowing me to change position several times throughout which is always a bonus.
Waiting outside of the church for the newly married couple, it was funny to see their friends dressed in farmers overalls and holding up and arch made of pichforks. I believe they were both keen attendees at the young farmers club.
During the month running up to the wedding, we had planned to take the family formal pictures back at the Penventon Hotel although we had started to take a few outside the church and on a whim decided to change our plans and take all of the family pictures here. The ideal spot was in front of the church and was partially shaded by some trees which was good for me although there was some strong dappled light breaking through and falling on some of the groups faces. Poping a bit of flash was a solution to try and balance the light with some more balancing done in the post wedding editing.
Portraits of the bride and groom were taken nearby at Godrevy beach with a lovely view from the cliffs over the sea with Godrevy lighthouse and St Ives bay in the distance.
Due to the very strong overhead sun and a lack of shady areas, I pulled out one of my favourite and more powerful studio strength strobes. This way I could overpower the overhead sun and put the light where I wanted it. Its also a great way to keep the lovely details in the sky
Back at the Penventon Hotel, the rest of Simon and Lucy’s day was a lot of fun for everyone. The Penventon Hotel wedding coordinator worked very hard with the rest of the staff to keep all of the wedding guests happy throughout the day.
The wedding breakfast was very nice. Simon and Lucy had booked me a table off to the side and provided me with a meal which is always lovely as I certainly never expect it. I was able to refuel, check through my pictures and remain on hand for any further photo opportunities. The speeches were both funny and emotional and the best man did a wonderful job of trashing Simon’s good character.
As the sun started to get lower in the sky, we decided to grab a few more portraits outside in a small wooded area opposite the hotel. I took a few of my favourite pictures backlit with flash which came out very nicely. There were also a few pictures with some sun flare coming through the trees.
All in all, another great wedding day that I was lucky to be a part of.
Check out the Slideshow and selection of pictures below.
by: Jon O’Connell Photography