Destination Wedding Photography by Ben Pollard.
On 2nd October 2015 I had an email that would set my world alight. Every photographer who hasn’t yet already done it, dreams of ‘destination wedding photography’. Ok I’ll admit that The Isle of Wight perhaps couldn’t be described as a destination (not when some of my contemporaries travel to Bali or Dubai for weddings), but it was an adventure nonetheless. In summary the email was from Catherine, and talked about what was to be an amazing day with some 230 friends and family.
Herself and Richard had met during their time serving on ships in the Navy. Their wedding was to feature a Church ceremony at HM Naval base in Portsmouth next to HMS Victory, and The Mary rose. As Richard is a Commodore he has some highly ranked friends, who in the grand tradition of a military wedding made what could be the most highly ranked sword arch at the exit from the church. Having a chartered Ferry to take everyone across to The Royal Yacht Squadron on The Isle of Wight, guests had a pleasant afternoon of socializing and some great food. Cake cutting, and speeches with the tide changing on the Solent behind in the open air.
All this came by way of Kate and Tom whom I covered last year with their amazing Tipi wedding, but unlike a wild party with a brilliant live band, Catherine and Richard had a quieter ending planned for their day. Sending all but a small selection of nearest and dearest back early, to have a relaxed but enjoyable meal. I stayed on just long enough to see them settled and of course dragged every last drop of warm sunlight that the best of a British sunset could give me.
This is a wedding that was truly special, with people that mix with Royalty; it’s been an absolute honor to work on. Thanks Catherine and Richard, you were magnificent!