Folly Farm Wedding Photography

Tash and Paul found me on Instagram (@farwoodphotography) after a friend had made a shortlist of photographers for them to have a look at. The moment we chatted over Skype and got to know each other I was massively excited to photograph their wedding.

Folly Farm is a gorgeous venue up in the Chew Valley that's set within a 250 acre Avon Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Just to get to it you have to drive up a single track lane alongside fields of grass being quietly grazed whilst looking at the view back over Chew Valley Lake. It's beautiful.

That sense of stepping away from the rest of the world pervades through the whole of Folly Farm. The whole place was taken over by Tash, Paul, their friends and family and that energy just carried the day.

I love to cover the day as it happens starting with bride/groom prep and going though all the way to chaos on the dance floor. Somewhere in the middle beyond taking photos in a reportage style I like to step away with my couple and take some beautiful portraits. We were spoiled at Folly Farm for wedding photography. From the woods to the fields to the sunset that drops down behind the main patio we were spoiled for choice.

The day wouldn't have gone the way it did without some amazing suppliers and Tash and Paul chose some of the best:

Venue: Folly Farm Weddings
Flowers: Ivory Flowers,
Hair & Makeup: Flowers & Fringes Hair and Makeup
Band: Soultown ft Char B

Colehayes Park Wedding Photography

When I met Rozzy and Tom for our first meeting at Colehayes Park I knew it was going to be a wonderful wedding when conversation moved onto tree climbing and jumping in lakes. Their passion for life and the world around them really shone through from the moment the day began.

Rozzy and Tom had a wedding straight out of a fairytale. It started with a beautifully personal, unique ceremony beneath the boughs of an ancient cork tree; followed by a bagpipe procession to a row boat entrance across a lake to a tent so full of cake I could barely see past all of the cream and strawberries and ended in a ceilidh of such energy I couldn't help but get involved.

I love staying well after the first dance to photograph all the chaos and joy of the main party. Rozzy and Tom hosted a ceilidh for almost 170 people which was like nothing I've ever seen. People were spinning, twirling and flying around the marquee all over the place and it was all topped off by an LED poi display from Rozzy's brother that was wonderfully personal.

Venue: Colehayes Park
Food: Eranís Kitchen

It's all about the dress at this Totnes wedding

Weddings for me are all about witnessing the shared joy of two people and collecting the photos that will tell that story for years to come.

In July 2018 I had the absolute pleasure of heading down to Totnes to witness the wedding of Tamsin and Ben. In a small barn so covered in colour and sequins that I almost had to wear sunglasses they stood in front of their family and friends and proclaimed their love for one another. In a ceremony combining both family and new traditions they begun a day that was all smiles.

A wedding at home is something special. You're turning your home into a place of celebration that will forever be more than just your home. It will forever also be where you got married.

Being a wedding photographer in Devon gives me the chance to visit stunning rural venues, castles, manor houses and barns. Even with all of them in mind nothing quite beats a wedding at home.

Tamsin wore a stunning, sequinned, colourful dress from Temperley London that would not only catch the eye but any beam of light that would happen to go near it. Decorations and flowers were provided by friends and family and I particularly enjoyed the left over bunting from the London 2012 Olympics!

Every wedding is unique to the people getting married and this was no exception. Enjoy!

Pynes House Wedding Photography

Photographing a wedding at Pynes House was always on my wishlist and being able to record Jet and Louisa's wedding there was really something special. Just starting the day there with its amazing windows and light that illuminates everything beautifully really set the day off with a bang.

Jet and Lou are two of the warmest people I've had the good fortune to work with and every aspect of the day reflected that warmth. I don't think I've seen as many smiles in one day as on that day in August.

Wedding cars are always a lot of fun but on this day I got to play with the fleet of cars Jet and his family have restored and built from scratch. Seeing a restored VW camper, a Spitfire and a home built beach buggy rocking up at a venue will be a sight I won't forget in a while!

Also when someone asks you if a confetti cannon during a first dance is a good idea - just say yes!

Stamford Wedding Photography

Being a wedding photographer in Devon doesn't mean I only take photos in the south west. I love to travel and for Alice and Max I made my way up to Barnack in Lincolnshire to photograph their wedding.

The day started with one my favourite parts of a wedding day - bridal prep. There's a lot of fun to be found in the final stages of getting ready to be married. From hair and makeup to nervous laughter all the way through to the way a mother looks at her daughter; it's one of my favourite parts of a day.

Alice and Max are both wonderfully creative people and their day was a reflection of that. It was full of little touches that tell the story of how they came to be there together. From Alice's amazing two piece dress to the subtle matching hair accessories and the wonderfully personal table centres the day was full of details. Capturing them alongside the portraits and events of the day really help bring it all together later on in the album.

It also gave me a good chance to play with wedding photography and rain storms - not something I normally hope for on a wedding day but it lets us all play!