I first met Megan and George in April for an engagement session. If you go to their engagement blog post you can read the wonderful story of how these childhood sweethearts first met. Who would have thought being stabbed in the leg with a pencil in school, would have led to marriage.
At the time they were planning a relatively small wedding in a cave, in autumn, next year (I really didn't think it could get more awesome than that. but it did!) We got along great at the engagement session and I had extremely high hopes, that when the time came to book a wedding day photographer, that they would choose me!
So I'm sure you can understand that on May 31st, I was both surprised and delighted when this message popped into my inbox.
"Hey Jamie, are you free on the 5th August this year? Xx"
Megan and George had decided to move the wedding forward (alot, like, to only 8 weeks away) and had now planned to have a road trip to Helston, Cornwall to get married and then onto Kynance cove for a picnic. This was to be the perfect day for them and I was both honoured and delighted to be invited along as one of only 3 people.
This wedding was a day of several firsts for me. More about that, lots of words from Megan and photos of the day below...
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Because your wedding was so unique and so awesome! I have a shed load of questions for you. I think your wedding and your words will inspire others who are planning an intimate wedding.
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We were talking about having a smallish wedding anyway, then just ended up going through the wedding list until pretty much everyone had been crossed off! Not out of spite, but just because it didn't feel necessary to have anyone there; Auntie that I never see? Why would it be important for you to see me get married? My mother who I see all the time? I see you a lot, you're not going to be missing much. Eventually it was just us, two witnesses and you, Jamie! It was just what was right for us.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Honestly? Trying to plan anything around after the ceremony. It ended up being so relaxed it was sort of like just going for a picnic with mates rather than having our wedding! With a lot of guests everyone's excited, but with a much smaller crowd we were worried it wasn't going to be exciting!
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
Some of them were nervous beforehand that they'd be missing out or that it was done maliciously, however once the ceremony was done and they'd seen some of the posts about it they realised that it was the right thing for us and they were then excited to hear all about it and see the rest of the photos.
What wedding venue did you choose and why?
Originally we'd chosen Carnglaze Caverns because of the beautiful location and super helpful lady running it. However, last minute (we're talking 4 weeks here) we booked Helston Registry Office, as it was the closest to Kynance Cove where we wanted to have a picnic afterwards! The staff there were so lovely and accommodating, considering we had so many questions and it was last minute!
What was the theme of your wedding?
Casual! We had mismatched plates, cutlery, cups everything, even our picnic blankets weren't matching. But then that's us! We're not meticulous people in any way, it would've been strange to had such an organised wedding theme when nothing matches at home!
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
How casual it was! It was lovely to only have to look at a few people during it, and it was definitely less to worry about logistics wise; who would be where, who would go in in which order, how we'd leave etc.
What were the highlights of the reception?
Probably giving out the presents! It was a picnic on the cliffside with just the five of us, so it was so funny and stress free, we didn't have to worry about meeting and greeting everyone! We could just sit back and watch the waves on the beach.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Stress. Free. Baby! We weren't clock watching, or worried about anything going wrong because there was so little that could. If the car broke down, the five of us could've easily fitted into another car, it was all homemade food, none of the vendors could let us down because there were none to worry about on the day! It was totally worth it.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Go for it, The only thing is to make sure is that your family understand the why's and the who's of why they may not be invited, friends don't seem to care as much. Just make sure that you do your wedding for you and not other people, it's your day. Have a special small day!
I love food and music! Let's talk about food and music?
We brought a picnic! We brought quiches, cut up peppers, brought fruit, crisps, made sausage rolls, brought smoothies, ginger beer etc! We also made a little cake out of cheese that we cut which was nice, it was super relaxed and exactly how we liked it. We had our witness play us our first dance on his guitar, he played. 'Far Away' by Jose Gonzalez, which is the song that plays in Red Dead Redemption when you first go over the bridge in Mexico!
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
'I hate it when my feet are concealed.' (J.Dunn, 2016, Renault Megane)
One of the many wonderful quotes of the day! Megan, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and reflection of your day.
Ever WONDERED what It would be like to have Jamie from webb family photography as your wedding photographer? keep reading to hear what megan thought...
Megan, Here are a few questions about your experience with me...
How did you find me and why did you decide to hire me as your wedding photographer?
We found you through Facebook, you were running a promotion for engagement photoshoots and thought I'd go for it, as my fiance and I aren't really the outgoing types! You were so lovely and calming and completely suited us, so were the only choice really to have as a wedding photographer!
How would you describe your experience of working with me?
Effortless. You were so lovely to have around as you don't try and force any photos.
What were your hesitations when it came to photography? What did you feel unsure about, what were you anxious of and what questions did you need answered?
If I'm honest, looking good in the photos! There are so many photographers that take unflattering photographs or edit them poorly that that's always a main concern, however you always pick the most lovely ones and it completely resolves any anxieties about working with you. You also talk us through what lens you're changing to and why all through the day, which is nice because it's nice to be kept in the know!
What was awesome?
The petals that you brought with you as confetti! We hadn't even considered confetti, so when you brought out personalised little bags for us it was incredible!
Was there anything that was not so awesome or could be improved?
Would you recommend me to others and what would you say to someone who is thinking of working with me?
Absolutely, we'd recommend both your personality as a photographer as well as the quality of the product. You are overall a wonderful photographer who would be able to capture any family moment.
WOW! Thank you so much Megan! xxx
Planning an intimate wedding and want beautiful photographs to always look back on, that show the day, just how it was? You could take me with you! I would love to come :)