January & February, 2019
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
CLEVEDON PIER & BEACH, SOMERSET
Hello and Happy New Year (if it's not too late to say so)! This is my first blog post of 2019 and lots has changed for me/ "Megan McAdam Photography".
In January my other half and I moved in together!! WOOHOO! My family home, relatives and general existence, for all of my 24 years, has been based in (or very close to) Surrey. I studied at Kingston University and completed my degree - enjoying the student lifestyle whilst being comfortably close to home.
In March 2009 (when I was just 14) myself and my boyfriend started our relationship, having bonded over our opinions on the bullies in our year 7 tutor group - ah memories. In January 2019, following a job offer he received in Bristol, Somerset - we decided after 10 years together, that now was the time to "officially" leave the nest and move in together!
Since moving, we've taken our time to adjust to our new surroundings and decorate/make a home out of our lovely new apartment, and we've been LOVING it and feeling extremely lucky. These images capture our first venture of Clevedon's famous pier.
Built in 1869, collapsing into the Bristol Channel a decade later, to now, surviving its 150th birthday, the Pier is undeniably the heart and soul of Clevedon. It was originally made to aid links between North Somerset and South Wales and allowed steamer ships to travel between the two during the Victorian Era. This of course allowed members of the public holiday opportunities, especially those living in the city.
In 1886 the idea was scraped and the pier became more of a tourist destination within its own right. With Clevedon's very own cinema opening in 1912, Clevedon became a popular seaside resort and by the 1950s the pier housed the town's first jukebox!
In 1970 the structure disintegrated and the pier was set to be demolished by the council. It was luckily saved by campaigners including poet Sir John Betjeman and it was eventually reopened in 1989, two decades after being closed and £2m later!
In 2001, it became the ONLY intact Grade 1 listed pier in the whole of the U.K. and in 2016 a visitors centre was built along with a restaurant.
It's not only a popular place for locals and tourists but if you're a "Broadchurch" fan you may recognise it from some scenes on the ITV's award-winning drama. It also featured in the film "Never Let Me Go" with Keira Knightly and Carey Mulligan. And of course how could I forget, they filmed One Direction's "You" music video here too!
With views that stretch all the way to Wales, the Pier is the perfect place to have a walk and delightful sit-down under the pagoda. Nearby on the stunning beach you can look at the brave swimmers, let the children explore the rocky pebbles, crab from the slipway, watch boats launch and skim stones.
If you're in the area and in the market for a beautiful day at the seaside, this spot is a must-see, and we feel so lucky to have it on our doorstep!