DEVON WEDDING VENUES
Woolhanger Wedding Photography
Jess & Carl chose to get hitched in late August, the perfect time of year for their beautiful Woolhanger manor wedding. A childhood haunt of Jess’ just across the open fields from her parents farm near Lynton. I know Carl from the wedding realm, his company Panoptic Motion, do the occaisional wedding video.
I was really made up when Carl asked me to photograph his and Jess’ wedding at Woolhanger Manor. Its one of those hidden away, almost secret places that I dont get to very often. I’m pretty sure that in 16 years I’ve only been there three times. Its a bit like Westcott Barton which is another one of those hidden gems.
The day started with Jess, her parents and bridemaids at her parents cottage, a mile or so from Woolhanger. The couples son soon joined us looking swish in his tweed waitcoat, he informed me it was the same as Daddy’s.
Once ready, the bridesmaids all piled into the back of a vintage morris minor and headed off to the venue, swiftly followed by me. I caught up with Carl and his ushers and we all waited patiently for Jess to arrive.
During the ceremony I get quite close. Its something I always tell my clients prior to the day so they are not surprised when I’m only a few feet away. I don’t stay there, I’m in and out, but still.
At one point I was close, Carl was looking right at me and I backed away thinking I might have distracted him. Afterward I mentioned it and said sorry for putting him off during his vows. His response was “What, no mate? I didnt even see you!” He’d been so focused on his vows he hadn’t even noticed I was there. He’d glazed over, his mind concentrated on the words and was staring right through me!
Carl’s Dad had supplied the food, he runs a pub outside Barnstaple. Aunty had made the cake. The guests had brought along their favourite bakes and cakes for the pud. A real family mash up. When all the food was eaten, the speeches heard, it was time to relax and enjoy the rest of the day.
The party got a little messy late in the evening but thats only to be expected. I’m looking forward to the day when I can get back to shooting proper weddings, damn you covid!