A Beautiful Cornwall Country Wedding – Katie and Tristan

Katie and Tristan - a Gorgeous Cornwall Country Wedding

It was an honour to be asked to photograph the wedding of Katie and Tristan for a number of reasons.

The wedding was going to be taking place in Cornwall, where I was raised and where my relatives all still live. Secondly, the wedding was going to be vintage themed with a village fete/fair/circus feel.

The most important reason, however, was much more personal – in the early 90s I was a teacher at a secondary school in Newquay, Cornwall. Katie was one of my pupils – I taught her Drama and English at various points during her school career.

We go back a long way.

This wedding was going to be special – and it was my job to capture this very unique wedding day.

Here is my photography essay showing the day as I saw it.

Artistic Cornwall Country Wedding Photography


Bride’s Dress: £25 from the local charity shop – altered by seamstress for £45

Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Red Heart shoes bought for my first mothers day present from Eddie and Tristan

Bride’s Headpiece: made by bride

Bride’s Jewellery: won in a competition from Home & Antiques magazine

Groom’s Outfit: marks and sparks – chinos and a white shirt – ties and braces from ebay

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ebay – asos £14 each personalised with bright colored sashes

Bridesmaid’s Accessories – all vintage sourced at car boot sales and charity shops

Cake: made by Clare from Alegria Baking Cornwall

Flowers: from bride’s mums garden

Hair: Jane Johnson – Best Woman

Make Up: Jane Johnson – Best Woman

Band: Play It Cool

DJ: Danny Stacey – friend

Stationery: Bride

Caterers: Truro Marquees, cake competition from guests, additional cake Alegria Baking

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  • Pat Kelman - Still deeply proud and honoured you wanted me to be your photographer, Katie xReplyCancel

  • Katie - 7 months since we got married and these photos still make me as happy now as they did when I first saw them.ReplyCancel

  • Asma - What a happy wedding! Everyone looks like they’re having a brilliant time and the images are just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Laura {Babb Photo} - What a cool wedding. Great stuff.ReplyCancel

  • reshmi - How wonderfully vibrant! Loving the genuine jubilance captured (and that super fun cake topper haha!) xReplyCancel

  • Jude - Some fantastic drama, amazing styling and sourcing and so much fun perfectly captured. Great post.ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - Breathtaking… You’ve captured the spirit and personalities of Katie and tris beautifully and effortlessly. Modern, colourful, touching and unique… Give that man a big hand. Who needs words when these pictures tell the whole story so poetically and with just the right amount of humour which encapsulates the entire day. Simply put, Love. Them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Richards - Ab beautiful stunning photos WOW ! Well done that man !ReplyCancel

  • glyniss symons - well bro what a fantastic wedding you have captured stunning phot os you never cease to amaze me with your talentsReplyCancel

  • Helen Askey - Love it all 🙂 xxxReplyCancel

  • marge & rodger - ” STUNNING,STUNNING,STUNNING ” Wonderous day,pulled together to perfection, photo’s, What can you say?? Fabulous. thankyou for letting us share it withyou Katie & Tristanm may happiness follow you all the day’s of your life. xxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • susie - Wow! absolutely stunning pictures. Love the black and white theme. The relaxed atmosphere, the joy and warmth of the occasion really shone through in these beautiful images. So much attention to detail and yet in a really subtle way. Really wonderful and so different! Brilliant job!ReplyCancel

  • John Richards - ‘My comment is awaiting moderation’ ???
    OK, in more than one word, AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME!!!!!!
    Brides Father.ReplyCancel

  • john richards - In a word-AWESOME COLLECTION !!
    Unconventional and photo-descriptive record of a fantastic day.
    Sincere thanks from ‘Father of the Bride’.ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Sorry about the delay in approving, John! So glad you love the pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Park - These photos are totally amazing – I got goosebumps looking at them. Stunning wedding – looks absolutely incredible and the pictures are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Jemma McNeill - Wow. These are a simply breathtaking account of a truly unique wedding, planned to relaxed perfection by a striking bride and groom and executed with love, joy and a barrow load of fun by an amazing wedding party of family and friends. Truly incredible photos. Not just a talent at teaching 14 year olds about Sylvia Plath! Go Pat!ReplyCancel

  • Emma James - Thank you! My oldest freind has been captured in a unique way that only she could achieve !!!! Beautiful Dramatic Crazy Perfection ! I was so sad that we couldn’t be there but your photos have meant we can imagine exactly how the day went!!! You have no idea how lovely these are to see!!!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • anastasia - how many lovely beautiful shots and what a talented photographer you are!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Kelman - Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I’m so delighted you like them.ReplyCancel

  • Jordanna Marston - Bloody brilliant – and that everyone shot is probably one of my fave everyone shots ever. Really very very good! Go Pat!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Wright - The photos are stunning. You are very talented Pat! A beautiful scrapbook of memories has been captured.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richards - I’m speechless – what a beautiful record of my beautiful day, made to look even more beautiful than I even remembered!
    So many moments captured that I missed and so many looks and glances recorded forever.
    Pat was an absolute joy to have at my wedding and the fact that he was there in official capacity as a photographer was a massive bonus!! Every single one of our guests commented on how fabulous he was on the day, he was calm, chilled out, relaxed and just seemed to be everywhere without being demanding of anyone to ‘perform’. Pat has captured exactly what I wanted of my wedding photos……a documentary style record of events snapping people as they were simply enjoying themselves, it is so wonderful to see so many of our guests really throwing themselves into the spirit of our wedding.
    The images of us taken in our quiet time with Pat are beautiful, totally unique and a real snapshot of what the day was all about……I want to get married all over again so that I can ask Pat to come and capture it all over again!!!!ReplyCancel