Hayley & Mike Say “I Doodle” with their Four-legged Witnesses
Among the uncertainty and stress that 2020 has brought to people across the globe we have felt especially sorry for people whose wedding plans have been ever-changing. With rules and restrictions changing constantly, it has been a challenge for us to keep balance what we must do by law, and what we want to do to make our couples’ days as special and memorable as possible. However, we love a challenge! We also REALLY love dogs, so a Covid-times wedding including four-legged guests is one of our favourite challenges.
The couple had twelve guests who, between them, occupied every one of our four and five-star, dog-friendly cottages. The couple hired a decorative flower wall to place in the – the perfect backdrop for photos of the couple and their two and four-legged guests!
The September Dickensian weather, complete with mist and crashing waves, failed to put a dampener on the wedding party’s soaring spirits as Hayley arrived at the Kave looking absolutely beautiful in a perfectly tailored, white lace dress. As the couple’s nearest and dearest watched Hayley enter the Kave and walk towards the two loves of her life: Mike and their stunning Doodle, who looked resplendent in his very own tux, there was barely a dry eye.
The couple engaged Devon Wedding photographer Holly Collings Photography to capture their cherished wedding memories, it was Holly’s first visit to Ocean Kave and we knew as soon as we met her that this wedding album was going to be great. Holly’s calm and friendly disposition put everyone (human and canine) at ease, yet at the same time you could see she was constantly on the lookout for the next fab shot. This is such an essential skill for a professional wedding photographer to have, even with the sea mist and dogs galore her photos completely captured the mood and vibe of the couple’s special day.
Following the ceremony, the couple enjoyed a few pictures and a celebration drink before heading to The Rustic Barn, where they and their guests celebrated the couple’s love with a delicious socially distanced wedding reception, although brief due to Government Guidelines the celebration was enjoyed by all.
Every element of the day was just like Hayley and Mike: happy, relaxed and just incredibly special. At Ocean Kave we have had the privilege to be part of hundreds of weddings of varying sizes and with various challenges, but despite the challenges of the day, Hayley and Mike’s was one that not only will they remember forever, but which will go down in history as one of the most magical wedding days we have seen. Thank you to Mike and Hayley for trusting us with the best day of your life and letting us ride that roller coaster with you! – we wish you a life full of love and laughter and hope to be able to welcome you and Baloo back soon in another of our dog friendly cottages.
Photographer - Holly Collings https://hollycollingsphotography.com
Flower wall – Katie at Best Day Ever https://bestdayeverdevon.co.uk
Flowers – couple’s own.