On 3rd July 2015 I photographed the wedding of Christy and Richard at Coombe Lodge situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, within the North Somerset and Bristol area. Though they live in South Wales, where Richard is from, Christy’s family is originally from South Africa, hence the flags, as pictured below and my attention to the globe residing in the Lodges library. One of Christy’s two sisters is familiar to me as I see her at the occasional wedding in her role as a professional make up artist. The second sister flew in from her home in Canada, quite a feat with her two young children, but it was not an occasion to be missed, with strawberry cocktails, inflatable dinosaurs and vodka bottles attached with miniature video cameras.
I have been to this venue a few times now and it is fast becoming on of my favourites, constructed from Bath stone in 1932, Coombe Lodge was commissioned by the Wills family, who ran the W.D. & H.O. Wills Tobacco Company and was designed as an E shaped Jacobean house by the distinguished architect Sir George Oatley.
“We genuinely don’t know how to thank you for giving us the most beautiful wedding photographs. We hardly noticed you were there most of the time, yet somehow you managed to capture such happiness, laughter and emotion – a true reflection of our special day. We cannot stop looking at them and reliving all of the wonderful memories.”