Last week I was very honoured to photograph Pav’s wedding proposal to Kim at Trebah gardens. Having photographed a couple of weddings, and an engagement shoot at Trebah, this would be my first Cornwall wedding proposal.
Pav didn’t want to do the typical proposal on holiday abroad, as England has some stunning places. Having not been to Trebah gardens before Pav saw pictures and thought it would be the perfect destination to propose.
Having leased with Hannah (one of Trebah wedding planner) the Eirey was chosen as ‘the spot’. Having photographed a couple of weddings I know the grounds pretty well, however I didn’t know the exact spot, so I ventured for a recce the day before, as I knew i would have no control on angles and positioning on the day. The Eirey is a stunning little area with amazing views but not the best for a photographer who wanted to be hidden, so the night before I suggested that the iconic bridge would be a far better choice. I didn’t want to leave anything to chance and sent Pav a stick man drawing of how they should be positioned on the bridge, as I know that fate would have it that I would be hidden in the wrong position and end up with Kim with her back to me and miss all the emotion.
A couple of secret messages back and forth the night before and we were all set with a plan in place for the day. Trebah couldn’t have looked anymore striking on the day, the weather was perfect and the sun was shining. I discreetly took photos of flowers as Pav & Kim entered, with a head nod as an acknowledgement from Pav, I followed them down on a different paths to the Bridge.
It was so lovely watching it unfold, I could see how nervous Pav was, and with the gardens busy with many visitors I could see he was stalling waiting for people to pass by.
…….SHE SAID YES.
We couldn’t keep up the secret for much longer so Pav let Kim in on the fact that he had hired myself to photograph the proposal. Trebah had organised some drinks for the guys so we headed a short distance to the beach cafe for their refreshments. After quick drink, we then worked our way back up Trebah gardens stopping off at various places for photographs. The Gunnera plants are always a favourite with couples and in bloom was the handkerchief tree, which looked amazing.
As a wedding photographer it is always an honour to be a chosen to be part of such an important day.
(Not doing a catalog pose, but actually pointing to The Eirey where he was originally going to propose) If you are thinking of a marriage proposal in Cornwall please don’t hesitate to contact me.