Preparing this slideshow of Helen & Kevin’s Wembury wedding has reminded me just how captivating and enriching a great celebration like this can be. That might sound funny coming from a professional wedding photographer but, as we all know, the past 15 months have been beyond unusual – especially for those in the wedding industry. It’s been a long time since weddings were entirely ‘normal’ but looking back to days like this, and revelling in the joy of them is heady tonic for the soul. These seminal life events are truly important. Once they’re fully back, we’re going to cherish them like never before.

Helen & Kevin were married at St Werburgh’s Church, near Plymouth in Devon. You’d be hard pressed to find a Church with a finer view. Cited above Wembury Beach, looking out towards The Mewstone – a distinctive triangular island – the setting is incredible. Helen & Kevin were always the sort of couple who knew what mattered. Their day was always about family and friends and never felt remotely artificial. I love weddings like this because they inevitably end up feeling more meaningful and tend to be richer pastures for documentary photography. However this was thrown into even sharper focus by the fact that Kevin had been pretty unwell in the lead-up to the wedding. He pretty much checked himself out of hospital in London and enacted the Great Escape to make it to the church on time! It made everything feel even more profound, dramatic and – I’m confident Helen would add – stressful! Thankfully he is now fully recovered, but at the time it gave everything an extra edge. Life is rarely straightforward and weddings have a way of creating their own drama too.

The reception was held at the charming Langdon Court Hotel. It was a beautifully relaxed affair; unquestionably one of the finest ways to celebrate a wedding. To my great sadness, this gorgeous venue closed during 2020, scuppered in part, by the pandemic. I feel pretty lucky to have captured Helen & Kevin’s phenomenal Wembury wedding day prior to its closure and really hope that someone can breathe new life into it in the future. Helen & Kevin’s day featured lots of sub-five-foot guests, including their lovely boys. The sense of fun inspired by these mad-minis having a whale-of-a-time in the stunning grounds is hard to overstate. Don’t take my word for it. Watch the slideshow and enjoy. I promise it will brighten up your day!

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