A glorious summer day on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Isle of Wight Wedding Photography – The Wedding of Jacob and Beth
Photographers: Andrew & Sarah
Location: Marriage at Grace Church, Ryde, and then reception at East Afton farmhouse with photos on the cliffs above Freshwater, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Our final lockdown wedding (we hope!) Numbers were restricted to 30 guests, with masks and social distancing very obvious in the ceremony. We came to really enjoy the intimate scale of these weddings, and this day was truly special. A blazing, gorgeous summer’s day with wonderfully blue skies is, in some ways, a photographer’s nightmare, but it sure makes people happy and keeps them smiling!
We had photographed Beth’s sister’s wedding a few years before. That was a lovely Sussex wedding; this one was across the Solent on the Isle of Wight, with the ceremony and reception at opposite ends of the island. This gave us a break, and probably the bride and groom too!
We are always happy to travel for a full day wedding, and the Isle of Wight is a particularly good area for us as we have relatives on the island and can make a weekend of it very happily.
The service was livestreamed, with some people actually listening in on their phones right outside the chapel! Adherence to Covid regs was impressive, but taking the rules seriously certainly didn’t lead to a dry or stilted day. The wedding was as colourful and vibrant as the sunshine that poured down. I knew that Beth was a huge fan of old Land Rovers; sure enough, she arrived at the church in one and the couple were driven to the reception in the same stately (if smoky) carriage.
A great day – thank you Jacob and Beth for the privilege of photographing it!
We went to the clifftops near Freshwater twice – in the early afternoon and well into the evening. It was this evening session which gave us some memorable moments – this is a favourite.