Kerry and Scott on the River Dart, South Devon: a beautiful, vintage inspired budget wedding

South Devon wedding photographer
So, Kerry and Scott’s wedding.  Where to begin…?!  It was utterly beautiful.  It was completely vintage inspired, with a 1940s & 1950s theme running throughout.  It moved between two sides of the River Dart.  In fact, it even moved up and down the River Dart at one point, with an amazing boat trip.  It had a vintage bus.  The ceremony was in a gorgeous National Trust property.  And it was all done on a budget, with a huge amount of input from Kerry and Scott’s friends and family, to create something that was unique, special and absolutely the day that they wanted.  
I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feeling I had as I stood on the deck of the boat, photographing the wedding guests and watching the sun setting over the estuary.  It is always an incredible thing, to share a wedding day with people, to document this for them and to be a part of all those amazing celebrations.  And at that moment on top of the boat, I was just a bit blown away by how lucky I am to do this job, to be the person responsible for capturing the day, to be given the opportunity to photograph all this beauty and joy, and to record these moments in the images that I give people.  I will never take this for granted.      
Anyway, back to the details of this wonderful wedding.  The day started in Dittisham, with Kerry’s mum wearing authentic 1940s style rollers, arranging the flowers in the village hall.  Kerry’s granddad had knocked up the amazing sweetie trolley, Scott’s mum had created the brilliant cake, with models of Kerry, Scott and their dog, Midge, and everyone was helping put the village hall together ready for the vintage style tea party. Kerry and all her bridesmaids are hairdressers, and all did each other’s hair and make-up.  I loved the way that Kerry spent ages getting all her girls’ hair ready, before finally sitting down to do her own. 
When everyone was ready in Dittisham, they travelled by ferry across the River Dart to Greenway House for the intimate ceremony in the library there.  Then a vintage bus ride took the wedding party down to Greenway Quay, where they met up with more guests and celebrated with a boat trip up the river on The Fairmile.  Kerry’s dad had secretly been having singing lessons for months in preparation, and surprised her and Scott by performing for the guests.  Amazing!  While the boat travelled all the way up to the sea and back again, the guests enjoyed an on-board barbecue followed by the speeches in the setting sun.  
Then it was back across the river to Dittisham on the smaller ferry, for the big tea party in the village hall to end the day.  And there it was that one of my favourite ever wedding moments took place.  As the bride and groom shared their first dance in the village hall, Kerry and Scott’s lovely dog Midge quietly padded across and then just lay down on the floor next to them.  Awesome indeed.  
It’s a long post.  A lot happened and there are a lot of lovely photos to share.  I really hope that you enjoy looking at the images and I hope that you can see why I enjoyed this day so much.  I’m delighted to say that Kerry and Scott are currently expecting their first baby, who is due to arrive this autumn!  Congratulations again Kerry and Scott.  Here is your day:
Vintage wedding on the River Dart
South Devon wedding photography
Village hall wedding photography
Peonies and carnations for wedding flowers

vintage vases and 1940s style decorations
sweetie trolley at wedding
blue and white vintage short wedding dress
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