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Penny & Danny’s lockdown wedding

Let me tell a little bit about Penny & Danny…

Penny & Danny decided to get married at one of my favourite venues Chevin Country Park Hotel. It’s a gorgeous venue, hidden in the woodland with a beautiful lake in the middle.

I met them both more than once in 2020 to chat about their day and to have some fun at the same time.

Penny expressed her desire to have shots at Chevin view point and at the hotel. Asking if it’s possible. Answer is yes. The view point is less than a 5 minute drive away from the hotel. So we decided to have a test run at the view point and the hotel.

Now I love Chevin hotel, the staff are fantastic and will help wherever they can. Communication is always key, setting out expectations before the wedding day, helps not only for me to capture everything you would like but the venue to prepare for the next stages.

We started at the hotel, first time meeting is always a bit awkward until wedding plans are discussed and it quickly turns to excitement.

We went for a walk after our chat, with the talk of Covid about we decided to plan as normal and take each month as it came. No one knew what was going to happen at this point.

Walking around the grounds, we discussed potential ideas and laughed about being silly, which helped me capture some of those natural smiles from them! All in all, everything was great. Penny and Danny brought along their son Leon who we also had some lovely shots with. It also helped me build a small relationship with Leon so I wasn‘t a stranger on the day!

We left Chevin hotel with a plan in place for a full wedding. A normal wedding day happening in September 2020.

The pandemic hit and things started to change.

Now Penny mentioned the view point before, but we never made it there on our first meeting. So this time we met at the view point. By now, pubs were bookings only and hotels were shut. So we booked at table at the pub across the road to the view point.

Walking to the view point, we started to realise how busy it was, however that wasn’t going to put us off from trying to capture some shots while we were there. Challenge, people. Lots of people!

We had a giggle as we walked, it now felt like we were old friends meeting up for a walk! Everything was so relaxed from the beginning. The adventure of the view point photoshoot begins!

I think it was a great success! It was busy. It was hot but we got the shots we wanted and an idea of how long we would be there on their wedding day. We talked about where to go and where not go when we go back. We didn’t want Danny sliding down the hill in his shiny shoes!