Summing up a wedding in just 25 frames is no easy task, especially when it's a wedding as glorious as Victoria and Liam's, which was between Plymouth and Dartmoor, Devon.
The couple first enquired with me at the start of 2019, and I then met them for their pre wedding session over at Yelverton on Dartmoor last October for a hot chocolate and a chat. Their session was just full of laughter, we got on like a house on fire, and at that moment I knew that I was in for a fabulous wedding day with these two, too!
The couple have been doing long distance between Devon and Dorset for a few years now, something I relate to because my boyfriend Jack and I have been in the same boat for eight of our nine years together (but I finally move back to Devon this winter!) Victoria and Liam are a lot like Jack and I in many ways and seeing them get married was to me, like seeing two old friends make their vows (in other words, I cried!). They're just the perfect match, never stop laughing, and when they do, their quiet moments are so peaceful. That's how you know it's true love.
On their wedding day in April, the UK was still in some form of lockdown, meaning that they were limited to having just 15 guests at their wedding, but not a couple to be defeated, they went ahead with their nearest and dearest present, including Victoria's sweet grandparents who had been together for over 50 years. Her grandma had even saved her veil for Victoria, which she wore with pride all day.
The day began at Victoria's flat where she and her mum calmly got ready with a few glasses of champagne, before I headed to Liam's apartment to meet him along with his best man. St Andrews Church, Plymouth, their local church, was just a stones throw from the apartment, and after a truly special ceremony with their incredible vicar, the couple exited the church only to be greeted by an amass of friends and family who had surprised them and turned up to congratulate them! After a while meeting and greeting everyone, the couple and their families headed behind the church for a picnic, with cups of tea, swirls from Dartmoor Bakery, and a homemade cake made by Victoria's grandma. It was so quintessentially British, and I just loved that I got to sit with everyone over a cuppa and some food, it was so wonderful to be surrounded by happy people on such a special day. Their wedding was so beautiful, intimate and full of joy. You can't help but feel happy around them.
We then ended the evening in Yelverton again, the same place I had photographed their engagement, which made it even more special as we were even able to recreate a few frames. There was nothing better than photographing them both as the sun began to set over the moors, dancing around, having fun and smiling from ear to ear. It was just absolutely sublime!
I feel so extremely grateful to be able to work with such wonderful couples like Victoria and Liam, love really does make the world go around. Thank you both, and your families, for having me be a part of such a special day.