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09th December 2019

Meet Cornish Wedding Photographer Oliver Harris

Oliver Harris shares the story behind his passion for wedding photography, and top tips for couples tying the knot.

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Born in Truro, Oliver Harris has lived in many different locations all across Cornwall, before settling down with his wife and daughter in Stithians. As a teenager, he lived next door to a church in St Agnes, and recalls the village full of stunning brides, dashing groomsmen and the sound of wedding bells. The wedding parties and their array of guests all coming together to celebrate such an important day sparked a fire in his belly. 

Oliver claims these fond memories shaped the beginning of his career, as he merged his fascination with weddings and his passion for photography. After studying photography at Truro College, Oliver began shooting weddings for a living, and the rest is history!

What's the best thing about photographing a wedding at The Alverton?

There are so many reasons. The history, the stunning building architecture with its cathedral-like stonework and ornate stained glass windows, and of course the amazing staff. Also, I have to mention the delicious food because as a wedding photographer I get to sample the menu!

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What's your favourite photo you've ever taken?

This is a photo I took on my honeymoon in August 2018. It’s Dubrovnik in Croatia. I just love the light after a rainstorm and this photograph captured it perfectly.

What's your best piece of advice for a couple planning their big day?

As a photographer, I would advise them to consider what is really important to them on their big day and plan time for this to happen (adding an extra 20 minutes or more to this scheduled time as we know that things often stray from the plan!) The light is always better towards the end of the day, so for me as a photographer this is the perfect time for couple shots. It is also the ideal time for them to take a breath, have a moment to themselves and to get lost in each other’s embrace within an intimate setting.

As someone that recently got married, my advice would be to accept the help that your friends and family offer you in the lead up to your wedding and on the special day. Make the most of the expertise of the professionals around you - they have watched many weddings unfold and will have lots of good advice to share. But most importantly, this day is about YOU! Everything falls into place so take the time to step back and admire everything you have achieved.

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What's the process once a couple enquires about you photographing their wedding?

We arrange a coffee and a chat to talk about them and their big day. I really love to get to know the couples and give them the opportunity to get a feel for me as an individual and photographer. Once they’ve chosen to go ahead with booking me, I send a copy of the contract for them to look over and sign. Their wedding is then booked on receipt of a deposit. Following this, I attend as many catch ups as required before the special day.

Why should couples choose The Alverton?

Everything is in one place. The amazing team go out of their way to ensure that your day runs smoothly and is memorable for all of the right reasons. On top of this, it is a romantic setting which provides stunning backdrops for the photographs taken. You will not be disappointed!

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Why should couples choose you as their photographer?

It's hard to big myself up, so I’ll let others do it for me!

“We had Oliver photograph our wedding and we honestly could not be happier. He blended into our day brilliantly and was so attentive with the photos that he took. Our guests all commented on how brilliant he was and we couldn’t agree more. Also, such a genuinely nice guy to have there on the day. We can’t wait to see our photos - the previews we have seen are incredible!”

“As the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words... and Ollie's work says a thousand words. We had such an amazing day that was made even better waking up the next day to a few highlights that Ollie had captured and edited for us already by the morning! I would highly recommend Ollie to everyone. He was professional yet relaxed and nothing was too much for him. He is there for you, open to any ideas you have and genuinely cares about you and what you want to get out of the day. He made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and was incredible to work with. Thank you so much for capturing loads of memories for us.”

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Finally, can you sum up a wedding in Cornwall in three words?

Adventurous, fun and unique.

Thanks Oliver! To find out more about Oliver and to browse his work, visit his website, or give him a call on 07557 732293 or 01209 210969 for booking enquiries.

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