I met Matt and Vicky at the Merchants Manor to talk through their wedding. After speaking with them it sounded amazing as it was going to be a Samoan themed wedding.
On the wedding morning I met Vicky at her parents’ house for the bridal preparations. All the girls were ready with lots of time to spare which allowed us to take advantage of the weather and photograph them all in the garden. ‘Lola’ the VW campervan took everybody up to Illogan church for the wedding ceremony. On arrival there was some amazing colourful headdress’ and outfits worn by Matt’s family.
One of Vicky’s requests was that we head down to Godrevy for some wedding photographs. On arrival it was like a tag team as another bride and groom, in a white VW campervan, had just taken advantage of the views.
After some bridal party photographs, and some of Matt and Vicky we headed over to meet their wedding guests at the Merchants Manor in Falmouth.
This was my first wedding at the Merchants Manor hotel. It was great to photograph in a new venue and everybody took full advantage of the gardens as it was such lovely weather.
Vicky and Matt got all their guests involved in the Samoan theme by giving out traditional Kukui nut necklaces and Lavalava’s (single rectangular cloth worn as a skirt) during the line up before the wedding breakfast. After the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches, with some funny and emotional ones from Vicky’s father and Matt’s parents.
It wasn’t long before it was time for the first dance. Vicky was a little nervous about this as she had learned a traditional Samoan dance especially for the wedding. Not knowing exactly what to expect I set up a camera to record from the edge of the dance floor as I’d heard it’s pretty amazing. Well it didn’t disappoint, if you would like to see the video, click here, or scroll to the bottom of the blog.
As usual, here is a selection of some of my favourites from a Merchants Manor wedding. Please feel free to share on social media, or leave a comment.
Here is where I recorded the traditional Samoan wedding first dance.