Just before I went away, I photographed Katy and Steve’s wedding down in Ilfracombe. I was really looking forward to it as I had been there a couple of years back for a weekend walking along the South West Coast path and remembered what a nice spot it was.  The forecast for the day was not great so all the way down the M5 I had my fingers crossed it would be fine!

Katy, her sister and bridesmaid Alex, Mum Chesca and other bridesmaid Vicky were all getting ready in a lovely hilltop hotel in Ilfracombe looking out towards the bay and the sea.  They had the whole ground floor to themselves including a pretty funky 1920’s style bar, which they made full use of!  I spent some time with them while they were getting ready – and got major shoe envy when Katy showed me her bright scarlet LK Bennet heels – what a great colour for a wedding shoe!

I then headed down the road to Tunnels Beaches, which is a gorgeous old seaside resort which has just had a fabulous wedding venue open up above the beach. I love open glass buildings – and this was a really eye catching curved building with a big terrace outside overlooking the sea. Steve was having a calming coke and a chat with his best man Ian and some of the other guests when I arrived so I captured all the goings on and we all waited for Katy to arrive. Managing to time her arrival for a bit of a break in the weather, despit the ceremony starting with brolleys up, by the end, the skies had cleared and we all enjoyed a bit of respite from the rain.

When I had first met Katy and Steve, they told me they were going to do an Italian style aperitivo after the ceremony – which I thought was a great idea. For those not familiar with this – in several areas mainly in the north of Italy, for a couple of hours each evening, bars and cafes lay out a buffet of snacks which you can help yourself to with your drink (much more civilised than the usual British bag of crisps or nuts for munchies!).  They had really gone to town on it so everyone tucked in to big platters of cheeses, cold meats, salad and warm focaccia –  canapes eat your heart out!

I took Katy and Steve off down to the beach for a few shots by themselves, but as I have got so many nice images from their day here are a few just until the end of the ceremony. Part 2 coming soon: