This was my first wedding at Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay and I hope I have the privilege to shoot there again as it’s a stunning wedding venue.
When Ben & Melissa enquired I was actually heading that week to London where they live, so it was great to meet them in person after a few emails back and forth. I’ve photographed quite a few very small intimate weddings which I love to do as I almost feel like I’m part of the family.
Newquay wasn’t too kind to the weather, with most of the day forecasted for rain. Bad weather never really bothers me as I try to embrace the weather and conditions and to use it to my advantage, in my photographs.
After the usual bridal prep photographs, that lead us into the lovely and emotional wedding ceremony overlooking the Watergate bay beach. After the ceremony, we headed into the bar where Ben & Melissa had laid on “flavoured processo” for their friends and family. With a small break in the weather, we took full advantage and headed to their favourite rock where Ben & Melissa visit every time they come to visit Cornwall, so it was only fitting that we had the group photographs there as well.
Wedding at Watergate Bay Hotel
We then headed back to the Zarchy restaurant for the wedding breakfast and the speeches, on the route we walked past the swimming pool and decided to pop as it just happened to be empty. I think we were in there all of the 3minutes due to the heat, but we came away with one amazing image.
Once again there were some pretty emotional speeches with the boys shedding more tears than the girls, I think lol. After the speeches, we had just enough time to head back to the beach before it got completely dark so we could capture some creative Flash shots.
As a surprise, Ben & Melissa had fireworks planned which I was quite excited about, as I love capturing fireworks at weddings. The weather wasn’t so forgiving and it was absolutely pouring down with driving onshore rain. Stood outside with my camera on a tripod in one hand and clutching an umbrella with the other Ben dragged Melissa out for the display. I actually quite like the effect the rain on the lens gives, and it really helps tell the story of the day.
As usual, here is a selection of favourite from Ben & Melissa’s wedding at Watergate Bay Hotel. Please feel free to share on social media, or leave a comment.