Stars of the Show: Ben & Tess

Make-up: Sarah Keenan

Hair: Natalie Savin

Wedding Rings: Canary Blue

Button Holes: Michelle Burley Hodge

Cake: Lindsay Page

Flowers: Lyn Plimmer & Jo Bennett

Wedding Dress: Amanda K Bridal

Guard of Honour: Falmouth Fire Station

Church: Budock

Choir: Mabe Ladies Choir

Reception Venue: Manhay Farm

Catering: Wheal Dream

Ambience: Sarah Hodder Jazz Singer

Live Music: Motown Pirates

Luxury Toilets: SouthWest Loos

Videography: I Do Film Weddings

Photography: Chris Symonds

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Mr & Mrs Ridgeon

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On the morning of Saturday 22nd July, Ben and his groomsmen started the day with a refreshing dip in the cool waters of Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth. A great way to cleanse the mind and soul and prepare for an amazing breakfast at Gylly cafe.  

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Meanwhile Tess and her bridesmaids were busy getting ready at Manhay Farm (see below). Tess looked radiant and was glowing with excitement, her smile was beaming and was a permanent feature on this happy bride to-be. 

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Budock Church

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Guard of Honour

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Ben works as a retained firefighter and for the last few years has secretly planned this guard of honour archway ever since setting a date. A perfect blessing and show of support by such valued and respected professionals. A visual delight and I hope the images are as good as you had hoped for and last long in the memory. Many thanks to everybody that made this possible at Falmouth Fire Station, 'Hats off to you all'.

Manhay Farm

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Manhay Farm, Nr Helston is an 18th century farm and a brand new and upcoming wedding venue in Cornwall. After using the farm as a venue for the owners own wedding three years ago, people began asking to use it for their own wedding celebrations. The barn is 60 feet x 20 feet and for Ben and Tess's wedding Manhay Farm hosted 120 people on trestle tables comfortably, allowing for a bar at one end. Outside is concrete hard standing, for seating or a small marquee for extra space. Manhay Farm has two fields available for parking and camping and a formal/cottage garden with decking, summer house and pond for welcome drinks, weather permitting...! The converted hay barn/animal pen is available as a self-contained one bed apartment and after completing a barn conversion the original three bed cottage is now available to rent. The one bed apartment is ideal as the honeymoon suite and the cottage has two double and a bunk rooms available for a family.

For any hire enquires please contact Clare Pruen - 07800761962.

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I recently attended a wedding photography workshop with the very talented Alan Law cleverly named Law school. This was the first wedding I have shot since attending and a few things were floating around in my head as I approached different parts of the day. One of the things that I knew I wanted to embrace was "Men Get Married Too!", I wanted to achieve a set of confetti images with the groom as the primary focus and I'm happy I tried to achieve images that maybe haven't been seen before. A little bit of originality goes a long way in an image saturated world.

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As soon as I saw the fire pit at Manhay Farm I knew I wanted to achieve this image below. I would like to say I nailed it first time, the reality was it took a fair few attempts. Trial and error on the correct exposure and lighting was sporadic and assisted by a very helpful wedding guest and legend Adam "professional lighting extraordinaire" Martin, Thanks. 


Get over here! (Scorpion)....

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Huge congratulations to Ben and Tess, smoking hot right from the start to the very end of a truly special wedding.

Mr & Mrs Ridgeon

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"Chris was a complete professional from start to finish taking the time to visit the venues before hand to look at lighting etc. On the day he made us both feel relaxed and blended into the background that we forgot he was even there, which is brilliant as it's these special unscripted moments that he captures on camera which in my opinion make the best photos. Chris professionalism carried on after the day with the album being so cleverly put together. So many photos of the day all amazing memories captured that we will be able to look at for years to come. Thank you Chris words cannot do justice to the amazing job you have done" - Mr & Mrs Ridgeon

Really happy to have been included in the Wedisson Wedding Photography Awards 31st collection.

Wedisson is an international wedding competition of only the very best wedding photography.

Ben & Tess were also published in Issue 43 of the amazing WEDMAG featured on pages 162 - 164.

The real wedding feature is titled Young Hearts, go check it out. 

Also published in WEDMAG Issue 44 for a feature on first dances titled ‘A song for the lovers’ on pages 110-112 printed big (half a page!!) Boom!

Dance floor love with Tess and Ben at the amazing Manhay Farm, Cornwall.

If you would like me to document your wedding celebrations please contact me using the link below,

I have a first-class honours degree in photography and offer extremely reasonable prices.

Chris Symonds | Photographer | Cornwall Wedding Photography | t - 07870817843 |

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