‘Four seasons in one day’

Kim and Matts Horn of Plenty wedding was summed-up perfectly in this song title by Crowded House. But then that is always what you are going to get with the weather on Dartmoor.
Ever unpredictable, this amazing location in Devon served-up rain in the morning as the guests climbed the formidable Brent Tor. Followed by a thick pea-souper as they left the top-of-the-Tor church. Finally finishing off with a gorgeous evening summer sun for the celebrations back down at The Horn of Plenty. Honestly, you wouldn’t believe it unless you had been there!

We were there and it was a great day. With a great bunch of people at a great venue. Not only people though, but also a canine contingent with a pivotal role being played by Ted – Kim and Matts adorable Black Labrador. You can see that in the first half of the pictures below, from the pre-wedding walkabout with Matt and the lads, through to presenting the rings to the bride and groom in the church. He conducted himself very well and clearly plays a major part in their lives together.

The church on top of a tor

Its the first wedding we have photographed where the bride, groom and all of their guests have to walk to the church. There’s no road. There’s no path. It’s all on foot to the top of the Tor where the 13th century church of St Michael de Rupe sits perched. Unless of course you are the bride and there’s a duty Land Rover present in the car park, ready to take you as far as it can in the rain.
Even then though, our intrepid bride Kim had to walk the final distance ably assisted by her father.

I made my way up ahead of them as David was covering the bridal side of things. I’d only been up to the church previously on a sunny day, but here the weather was that grim that I couldn’t even see the church for most of the walk up. It did, however, reassuringly appear suddenly through the rain when I climbed the final rise to the Tors summit! If you ever get the chance and happen to be in the vicinity, this extraordinary location is definitely worth a visit. We thoroughly recommend it!

Bizarrely, although typical of Dartmoor, come the afternoon/evening we were blessed with warm sunlight which was most welcome. Especially when we got out after the reception for some of those oh-so-lovely golden hour pictures. Have a look, you’ll honestly think it looks like a completely different day.

 

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Our thanks go out to the staff at The Horn of Plenty and of course the delightful Kim and Matt. We had a wonderful day with you all…
So, if you are thinking about having this venue for your wedding then get in touch. We can tell you more about it from our photographer viewpoint and who knows, maybe we can even share your day with you?

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