Wedding Photography Pynes Devon

A selection of wedding photographs taken at Pynes, Devon by London wedding photographer, Jay Rowden

-Pynes, Upton Pyne, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5EF

For once, I am at a loss for words. How do I articulate the beauty and the wonder of this wedding, so as to do it justice? I sat there in my studio for what seemed like an age, just staring at a blank screen.

Okay, here goes folks, from the beginning…

I had an email from Beany and Noah about a year ago. They lived Stateside and were planning to marry in Devon, UK and were organising their wedding remotely. Beany and Noah also sent a link to the venue where the reception would take place and when I caught sight of it online, my excitement got the better of me. So, would I be interested in photographing their black tie wedding? You bet! Beany & Noah flew into London and we met for a drink at Harvey Nichols to discuss their plans and it was apparent from the outset that their wedding was going to be no ordinary wedding. This was the perfect union of two extraordinary families, that of the Foley and the Davey clans and virtually all the guests were to be flown in from The U.S. to witness this momentous day. I am not one to wish my life away though I couldn’t wait for August to arrive. And arrive it did and as I pulled into the driveway of Pynes, I could feel me heart race. Pynes is an incredible house. Furthermore, Beany was a vision of beauty in an Alvina Valenta designed creation while Noah most definitely lived up to expectations in a stunning tuxedo from Ralph Lauren. Beany and Noah were married at Sacred Heart Church in Exeter where we were all treated to the most sublime sound of The Rosewood Quartet, complete with a solo performance from Josie Walledge. Hearing Josie sing Ava Maria during the blessings sent a shiver down my spine and many of the congregation wept during the recital. There were more tears to come when Josie sang the contemporary version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallejulah. Afterwards we were whisked off in a gorgeous old vintage bus back to the venue and later in the afternoon while everyone dined on canopes and bubbles, the three of us took some photos in the beautiful grounds of Pynes and then we all jumped in my car and headed up to a field I’d found earlier on in the day for some photos. I will never forget the views up at the brow of the hill – utterly breathtaking…..and Beany having to abandon her Jimmy Choos for the comfort of my Prada loafers! Jaw dropping flowers from the super talented Emma Vowles….and as a side note, Beany’s bouquet was created with a very special cutting. One of Queen Victoria’s bridesmaids was the niece of the Earl of Iddesleigh, a former owner of Pynes. A small sprig of myrtle from Queen Victoria’s bridemaids bouquet was planted in the grounds of Pynes and so a cutting was made and added to Beany’s bouquet. You can’t beat a royal connection! The scrumptious food was laid on for us by Antonia’s Kitchen (the steak was melt in the mouth!!!) topped with a brilliant new band After Sun who rocked the marquee till well after midnight. A massive thank you needs to go out to Nat Haydon and Nat Ferrazzano from Jolly Good Wedding for planning this epic wedding. And lastly a totally heartfelt thank you goes out to Beany & Noah for sharing your most special day with me. It was for me the greatest pleasure and a genuine privilege to see you both get married and it will live in my memory for a very, very long time. Right, enough chat. Time for some photographs.

Ceremonial venue: Sacred Heart Church, Exeter

Wedding Reception: Pynes

Bride’s dress: Alvina Valenta from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Chicago

Brides shoes: Jimmy Choo

Brides Veil: BHLDN

Wedding Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs

Calligraphy: Write by Mike, Chicago

Grooms Suit: Ralph Lauren

Rings: Tiffany

Wedding Hair: TMa2

Bow Ties: The Tie Bar

String quartet: The Rosewood Quartet with Josie Walledge

Wedding Cakes: Brides Mum

Catering: Antonia’s Kitchen

Flowers: Emma Vowles Flowers

Band: After Sun

Marquee: Marldon Marquees

Vintage Bus: Quantock Motor Services

Wedding Co-ordinator: Nat Haydon from Jolly Good Wedding

Bride: Beany Foley

Groom: Noah Davey

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  • Kim MartinOctober 7, 2013 - 4:30 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah DaveySeptember 26, 2013 - 5:56 am

    Hi, Jay. Hoping this finds you well. Your description of our special day has brought back so many fond memories and we thank you for your kind words and thoughtfulness. It is hard to believe your words are overshadowed by the accompanying wedding photos. Upon meeting you we understood why our children engaged such a wonderful person to capture these treasured moments. Your being, attention to detail and expert eye are captured in these priceless photographs. Thank you for sharing this wonderful day and the offer still stands for your visiting us in the states.

    God Bless and take care, Chris and DebbyReplyCancel

  • Nat HaydonSeptember 20, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    This has put so many happy smiles on my face! To re-live those jolly memories – Beany & Noah were a fabulous couple to work for!
    Jay well done on doing a fantastic job on the photos!!! Truly amazing.

    Nat
    Jolly Good Wedding xxReplyCancel

  • Jamila Martin-ChaplinSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    The most beautuful wedding photography I’ve ever seen…art really. Cheers to Noah and Beany. It looks like it was an absolutely perfect day..ReplyCancel

    • Jay RowdenSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely words. Yes it was an incredible day!!ReplyCancel