Today I wanted to share some photos that are not only of a beautiful day, but have such a significant and special reason behind it.
The 6th of June is Naomi and Graham’s wedding anniversary, and each year on this date they renew their vows. Naomi has been diagnosed with terminal illness, so they do this to commemorate their love and time together. Their vow renewals are very intimate and special, with only Naomi, Graham, their young son Devon, the officiant, a photographer and sometimes a videographer present. They read vows to each other hand written by themselves and spend the day together as a family.
In 2014 I photographed their second renewal at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, and two years later Naomi asked me to photograph their fourth renewal on a beach in Newquay called Watergate Bay. This year the weather was lovely for us, blue skies and sunshine. Watergate Bay is a long stretch of beautiful Cornish coastline, and the beach was practically empty other than a few surfers and paragliders. They chose a little spot next to the cliffs and they held their ceremony with the sea as their backdrop. We then enjoyed taking photos, whilst they dipped their toes in the sea and Devon made drawings in the sand and played amongst the rocks pools. This renewal was a laid back affair with bare feet, sandy toes and the breeze in your hair.
Since learning of her illness, Naomi set up The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, a wonderful charity that helps couples living with terminal or life limiting illnesses get married.
Hair & Make Up: Tracy Pallari Hair and Make up Artist
Florist: Pumpkin & Pye
Celebrant: Celebration Ceremonies
Dress: La Boutique