Tunnels Beaches Devon

You could be excused for thinking you are abroad in summer at Tunnels Beaches, hidden, tucked away and secluded in a cliff overlooking the sea in North Devon anyone who has visited these historic bathing pools would not be surprised to hear it is now one of Britain’s most popular exclusive wedding venues. As the dream of a beach wedding in the Caribbean fades with all the logistical problems of getting your nearest and dearest halfway around the world, suddenly The North Devon link road doesn’t seem so much to conquer and the alluring charms of Ilfracombe call to put seal on another holiday romance.

I have had the pleasure of photographing at Tunnels Beaches (or as my florist wife & I call it Tunnels) many times in the past, so many in fact that I have encountered British seaside weather in all it’s vagaries. From stunningly hot October days to gale force winds & rain, sea fog, spring sunshine & even hail. Snow is the only weather I haven’t yet encountered there, but that is due to the winter closing of the venue, a wise decision considering it’s exposed position.

For a venue that hosts more weddings than I photograph (usually I photograph between 80-90 a year) the venue is always immaculate, spotless and like-new. From the time the late night party revelers from the wedding that day leave in the wee hours of the morning to the arrival of the next nervous Groom the North Devon elves must appear and clean and scrub with such vigor that no trace of any wedding ever happening before yours will be left. This goes for the staff also who are always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, happy, attentive, polite and cheerful without being overbearing. Welcoming to the suppliers & guests alike to make sure that today’s couple have the most amazing wedding day and to treat them as if they are the only couple ever to get married at Tunnels Beaches.

I have witnessed the most stunning sunsets from the roof top, whilst guests join us drinks in hand music playing throughout the venue and out onto the patio area overlooking the sea where couples sit by a fire-pit snuggled under blankets reminiscing about their own special day or planning one to come.

From a couples perspective Tunnels has everything you need for a relaxing beach wedding day,  from the gasp as your guests exit the Victorian hand carved tunnels into the sea/beach vista before them to the awe-inspiring Atlantic sunsets (well it’s The Bristol Channel really but watching the sun set behind the Island of Lundy, who cares?!).

For a photographer it is a dream venue, no wonder every wedding photographer in the UK wants to book a wedding here! Tide in or tide out the scene changes and the sea covers or revels the tidal pools, those reflections, that light and all in such a relaxed manner you have to pinch yourself to remember you are working. I hope you enjoy these few photos from Tunnels Beaches as much as I enjoyed capturing them and with another year of weddings ahead I cannot wait to return. More photos at Evolve Photography

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Huntsham Court Devon

As a wedding photographer in Devon for 27 years I have worked at some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the South West, so I am going to share an insight into some of my favourites.

I first photographed at the stunning Baronial Mansion Huntsham Court in 2012 when I was hired to photograph the wedding of a professional T.V cameraman. Always a compliment to be hired by  fellow creative. Since then I have photographed in excess of 15/20 weddings at Huntsham Court & each and every one has been unique, personal and wonderful!
From Spring weddings outdoors under the arbor (for a musician and being a fan of Jake Bugg it was great to meet & photograph him at this wedding) to winter weddings in the Great Hall, very cozy with the fire roaring. A fair amount of the weddings I have photographed at Huntsham have been three day events. An evening meal for close family & friends on arrival day, the full day of festivities on the wedding day itself and then fun and games on the lawn as a perfect wind down before heading home. I have worked with a lot of Devon’s best suppliers at Huntsham, Dartmoor Kitchens, Posh Nosh, Pumpkin and Pye, Eve Ashby make-up and Devon Wedding Hair  Changing Faces 
Some of the outstanding and memorable weddings I have photographed at Huntsham have included peaceful humanist ceremonies on the lawn in the warm summer sunshine complete with bird song. In contrast lively evening parties with some amazing bands, my favourite wedding band of all time I have seen three times at Huntsham, The Iron Boot Scrapers. Huntsham Court really does tick every box with accommodation for 82 people, wedding breakfasts for 120 guests seated in one space. No corkage, event planners. Huntsham Court is one of Devon’s biggest yet most intimate wedding venues. Please visit the Evolve Photography main site for many more Huntsham Images and featured weddings on The English Wedding Blog   Aaron & Emily   Rachel & Alhuntsham-court-wedding-photographer-devon-185

Summer wedding at Tunnels beaches

A sunny North Devon beach wedding at Tunnels Beaches for our RAF couple Rachael & Dan.

it started off wet and cloudy in the morning but turned into a beautiful Summers day and evening at Tunnels.

A lovely couple to work with and a great fun filled day.

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Huntsham Court late October wedding

Alex and Mark picked the stunning Huntsham Court for their wedding in late October. The weather was perfect with beautiful Autumn light and mild temperatures meaning we were lucky enough to be able to get outside.
Friends and family helped with the decorations by carving pumpkins for the front door steps and arranging flowers for the table centres

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Fox and Hounds very wet June wedding

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On Monday I was at the Fox and Hounds In Devon for a very wet summer wedding, Jayne and Greg didn’t let the wet weather dampen their spirits and were even up for putting on some wellies and going for a walk to the lake for some photos.

 

Photos by evolve photography

Flowers by Pumpkin and Pye

St Olaves wedding Early March 2014

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A bright early March wedding at St Olaves in Exeter with such a lovely couple Emma and John, Lots of lovely bright colour, buttons, feathers, smiles, giggles and pom poms.

mini best man buttonhole by Pumpkin and Pye

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