Colehayes Park in Devon is the perfect DIY wedding venue. It’s a grade II listed manor house with acres of woodland, gardens, lakes, offering exclusive use for weddings. You can take it over for the weekend and make it exactly what you want it to be. And so it was that Marlis and James came to Colehayes a little while back for their wedding. By some strange coincidence, Marlis and James are friends of a couple whose wedding I photographed last year, so although they stumbled across me as part of their search for a wedding photographer they had already seen my work in Emma and Mike’s collection of pictures from their wedding at Huntsham Court.
Colehayes Park offers exclusive use for a wedding booking and so Marlis and James’ families and friends had gathered over the course of the week leading up to the wedding, and on the day everybody was getting ready together under the one roof. This means that I’m able to move back and forth between the bride and groom over the course of the morning and cover both sets of preparations without needing a second photographer. I tend to work alone and favour this kind of floating photography, moving around the house in the morning and meeting and getting to know everyone, finding and catching moments as they happen. I do occasionally work with a second photographer but it’s not always a necessity and I’m not one for adding in ‘stuff’ that people don’t need. That just serves to add complications and I’m all about simplicity.
I could go on and tell the story of the day in words but then why would I do that when there’s a large set of pictures telling the story. So here they are. Marlis and James’s wedding at Colehayes Park.