Buckland House Wedding Photography, Rhian and Jamie.


The bride and her bridesmaids get ready at Buckland House in North Devon

A wedding at Buckland House.

‘A massive house party with a wedding in the middle’ is how Rhian described what she had planned for her wedding to Jamie at Buckland House in North Devon. When we first spoke Rhian and Jamie weren’t sure that they wanted a photographer at all at their wedding. This isn’t an uncommon thing for me to hear from couples. Often when they first contact me they’re planning not to have a photographer but just want to talk it through and perhaps discover whether there’s an alternative approach that let’s them still have pictures of the day but without all the posing and the organising, the fussing and faffing that can go with wedding photography (clue; there absolutely is – read more about my approach to wedding photography), but I digress, back to Buckland House and Rhian and Jamie…

Surfing at Buckland House.

A particularly laid back pair, Rhian and Jamie had talked about going surfing on the morning of the wedding and on the day Jamie did. Rhian on the other hand thought better of it and opted for a calming morning with her sisters and friends sorting out hair and makeup, and treating themselves to pizza and prosecco. I spent a quiet morning with them photographing their preparations and then when Jamie got back from the waves caught up with him only to find him trying to get dressed without getting blood all over his shirt from a thumb freshly mashed in his van door.  Plasters were found and Jamie sorted himself out in double quick time though.  The ceremony took place in Buckland House’s double height ballroom, where the guests were able to watch from the viewing gallery as well as the seating in the ballroom itself, followed by speeches, the wedding breakfast, a band and a dj, cocktails and dancing through the night.

an observed not orchestrated approach to wedding photography.

My view of wedding photography is that the day is all about the couple and their family and friends. The pictures should show this. The pictures should show people coming together and having fun, not worrying about anything, not standing in endless lineups, not faking stuff for the sake of an album. This was the approach that worked for Rhian and Jamie. They have a set of pictures that hopefully they will always be able to look back on and recognise themselves in, that possibly their children will be able to look at and see mum and dad rather than just some wedding.

If this sort of approach interests you and you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding then please do get in touch for a chat about your plans.

The bride and her bridesmaids get ready at Buckland House in North Devon
The Bride and Groom at the wedding breakfast
Michael Riley Photography


I am a a multi award winning UK and destination wedding photographer. Based in Devon, I offer wedding coverage throughout the UK and anywhere else in the world for couples who like my work and approach to a wedding.


My wedding photography is entirely unposed, natural & candid. My style is documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography which means that I don't intervene in the day for the sake of a shot. I don't pose, interfere or otherwise fuss and faff. Everything is relaxed, laid back and fun allowing for those natural moments to come through and be recorded as memories. You get all the moments observed not orchestrated. If you like the sound of this get in touch via my contact page.

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