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A Beautifully Intimate Wedding at Penally Abbey

I have been slightly 'missing in action' when it comes to blogging recently. This is largely down to the year we have had. This was meant to be our busiest year to date with 32 Weddings booked in, yet we have only photographed 5!

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It makes me so sad to think of all the couples who had planned to get married in 2020, only to have their dreams shattered. And to all of the businesses who have all but abandoned with little to no financial help what-soever but that's a story for another day.

However, love will prevail and we will hopefully make it through to the other side. In the meantime, I am here to reassure you that you can still have a beautiful Wedding.

Being involved in a Wedding such as this has given me hope that you can still get married, yes there are restrictions, but at the end of the day it is you guys, just the two of you, that really count.

In recent years, we may have all been guilty in getting lost in the lavish details and glitz of Weddings, however this year has possibly forced us to re-evaluate what is important.


Nik & Alicia had always wanted a smaller more intimate Wedding and had always planned to get married in 2020, but as the year began to unfold in the way it did, they initially put it on the back burner.

They then decided to bite the bullet and go for it and planned and executed the whole Wedding in just 8 weeks! They set about looking for a venue which catered for intimate Weddings and struck gold when they contacted Penally Abbey. I have no words for Penally Abbey. Like literally...

I've sat here for the best part of 20 minutes thinking of how to convey how beautiful the gothic styled venue is and anything I have written simply does not do it justice so I will let the photos do the talking, as I am no writer! (If you have a chance to go and stay, GO!). It is the most perfect getaway - my wife and I can personally vouch for that and we will soon be returning.

The couple were joined by their nearest and dearest as Covid restrictions were in place which allowed for up to 15 guests, which just added to the intimate environment that Saskia and the team at Penally Abbey had created so lovingly. I must give a special mention to Flowers by Annabel for creating the floral arrangements on the fireplaces, as well as creating the bouquets and button holes.

Due to the restrictions that had come in to place a few days prior to the Wedding, the couple were only allowed to have their ceremony and teas and coffee in the drawing room.

However, this gave us the opportunity to spend a little more time than we usually would on capturing some Insta-worthy couple portraits in the atmospheric Courtyard. Alicia and Saskia came up with the idea of surprising Nik with a first dance away from their guests. A lovely gesture which I felt privileged to be part of.

Here are a selection of photographs from the short time we spent at Penally Abbey.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Kerrison - it was an absolute pleasure to share your day with you.



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