Tunnels Beaches, a luxury and exclusive wedding paradise by the sea in Devon. As a photographer I just love Tunnels Beaches, it has to be one of my favourite wedding venues for photography. The anticipation as you walk through the tunnel, to feel the cool salty sea breeze on your face, and then there it is, carved out of the rock, above its own private beach, with magnificent views out to sea. It really is the perfect place for a beach wedding.

Tunnels Beaches wedding photography

Tunnels Beaches matches my photography style perfectly, with dramatic skies, beautiful light, and magnificent sunsets. Tunnels Beaches is unique in that it is a venue which was purpose built for weddings, with three levels, a terrace, and of course the beach, which makes the transition between each part of the wedding day seamless, and the team who work there are second to none. Whether you want a wedding ceremony indoors or out, there are easily changeable options for both, and with the fire pit and a range of options for an incredible seafood barbeque, Tunnels Beaches is the bespoke venue you can make your own on the day, and this is one thing I love, the fact that very single wedding is completely unique to the bride and groom. 

I have photographed many weddings at Tunnels Beaches, through the seasons from Spring to Autumn, and I have experienced the full range of weather too. One thing you always find at Tunnels Beaches though is that the weather clears from the west, and therefore stunning sunsets are not uncommon. Of course, the weather in October may not be as bright, warm and sunny as the summer, but it is still stunningly beautiful, perhaps more so!

Whenever I photograph a wedding at Tunnels Beaches, I work closely with you as the bride and groom to plan the photography, to make the most of access to the tidal pool, and sunset too, as the beach and the venue change through the day. These little details are what makes the big differecn to your wedding day, and the photography too. I can also provide aerial photography to really showcase your weding venue and the expanse of sea around it. 

With an exclusive beach on the Devon Coast overlooking Lundy Island and the Bristol Channel, there are opportunities to paddle in the sea on your wedding day, or just admire the sunset as you wander round the tidal pool. A sparkler exit in the tunnel is the perfect way to finish the day.

The history of Tunnels Beaches

In the 1820’s, the Victorians were big on the health benefits of bathing by the sea, and four tunnels were carved through the cliffs in Ilfracombe by the Ilfracombe Sea Bathing Company, employing hundreds of Welsh miners to provide access for Victorian bathers to otherwise inaccessible beaches, by horse drawn carriage. The tunnels gave access to two separate beaches, one for men, and one for ladies, with a large tidal pool designed to maintain the level of water at low tide, which still exists today, and forms the tidal pool which is a joy to walk around on your wedding day. Times are different now of course; in Victorian times, they even employed a bugler, who would sound his horn if men dared to attempt to stray and spy on the ladies!

If you are getting married at Tunnels Beaches, and looking for a wedding photographer, then do give me a shout, as one of the venue’s recommended suppliers I’d love to be back again, with the sand between my toes!

 A range of superb suppliers who I have worked with at Tunnels Beaches

Venue – Devon Beach Weddings – Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon

Flowers- In Bloom, Devon 

Flowers – Pumpkin and Pye

Hair – Louise Alway

Make up – Eve Ashby

Make up – Isabella Grace

Cake – Edible Essence

Cake – Claire Makes Cakes

Band – The Salvation

Photographer – Robin Goodlad Photography