Updated: Aug 1, 2020
And just like that, we're back in the game!
WE DID IT!
Even after hundreds of the things, I still find weddings nerve racking, I don't deny that.
I feel though, that this can only be a good thing, as it shows just how much I care and how perfect I want it to be for each of my amazing couples.
Although I´m seasoned enough now to know, that as soon as I peer through the lens of my trusty Canon and click the shutter for the fist time, I'm home.
Adrenaline takes ahold and all I have to do is succumb to the good times whilst riding the waves of everyones ecstatic energy.
But this wedding was very different. Law changes left right and centre, flight cancellations, hotel closures, obligatory mask wearing, no dancing rules, post wedding quarantines and personally racking up 22 wedding postponements from only May, June & July.
If i´m honest... Until the morning of W-Day, I wasn't 100% that we would be going forward.
But, even after all of the uncertainties over the months and a 4 day delay due to flight cancellations, Maria & Mike had never been surer of anything, than they were of their seafront vow renewal going ahead.
And ahead it went.
So here I am, sitting fine and dandy on the other side, I can finally deliver as promised an unbiased update for those of you, who have been on as many up's & down's as we have here on the island, since this blasted pandemic arrived on our doorstep.
From the top....
I was greeted at reception by the friendly & helpful staff at The Seaview holiday village,
No hand sanitiser or fearful glares thrown at me while I strode in maskless (unintentionally, but #sorrynotsorry).
Signed for my pass and guided to The Sunflower rooms (lent mask firmly in place until I reached Maria´s & co´s suite).
I easily flit through the halls from Bride to Groom, grabbing my fave preparation shots of both, with Mike having no qualms in doing the same, popping in & out at his leisure when needing an extra set of hands. (and who else's, than them of his already bride of 20 years?).
The ceremony took place at the hotel's dedicated open air platform, seamlessly hosted by in- house planner & celebrant, Toni Torres Torres.
Cheerful, helpful and an unexpected yet fabulous brummy accent to boot!
We stayed here for after ceremony refreshments and group pics until it was time to catch the mini bus to beach - front venue, 5 mins down the road, aptly named, The Beach.
Walking in to the blissful acoustics of Nell Shakespear´s Ain´t Nobody and the simultaneous popping of numerous bottles of chilled champagne. I knew this was going to be my kind of soirée.