I love weddings. A day when everyone is at their best - joyful, well dressed and sharing in heartfelt moments (and wine...). For me, the only thing that can top being a guest at a wedding, is being a guest who also happens to be the official photographer! It was such an honour to capture the moments of Sarah and Rob's perfect day at The Gallivant, Camber last month.
The Gallivant is the wedding venue of dreams - a wood panelled, rustic-chic boutique hotel just a stone's throw from the sand dunes and the sea. With the couple's personal touches added, it made for an idyllic location.
Wedding prep starts long before the ceremony begins, and it is important to capture those quiet moments before the storm. Following the bride beforehand is a privilege. Not many others get to see that mixture of nerves and excitement; the relationship that the bride has with her family; and of course the first time the father of the bride sees his daughter ready to walk down the aisle.
The rooms at The Gallivant are well set up for preparations, with most rooms having their own semi-private terrace and garden, and the 'beach hut' available for treatments. Sarah's beautiful look was achieved by professional make up artist Penny from Blush Beauty.
The ceremony took place in a beautifully light and airy room, with quirky framed swimsuits from history. The light in this room made my job easy!
Next up were canapés, drinks and conversation in the bar, before a delicious wedding breakfast and some emotional speeches. The couple had put a great deal of thought into the meal, from activities for the children, to floral arrangements in gin bottles, to iconic balloons (just wait until the beach photos!) and even a wigwam.
After the meal, it was straight over the dunes to the beach. As the holidaymakers began to drift away from the dunes and the sun dropped lower in the sky, it was the perfect setting to start the evening shenanigans. The beach at Camber goes on as far as you can see, and when the tide is out, the space is pretty magical. As the guests drank champagne and generally marvelled at the view, it was a perfect opportunity to take lots of documentary style and loosely posed shots in order to capture this part of the day.
Finally, after at least one guest had gone for a swim and a few sandcastles had been built by the smaller members of the group, it was time to head back to hotel in time for the band to start. The Rock Pins kept everyone dancing until the end of the night with cracking music and energy.
What a fabulous day! I'm so delighted that this gorgeous couple will be able to re-live their day through the photographs. I had a fantastic time taking and editing them.
If you would like me to capture your important day, please do drop me a line.