Somerset Wedding Photography at Orchardleigh House – Alex & Gina

Somerset Wedding Photography at Orchardleigh House – Alex & Gina

On Monday the 2nd of September 2019, I travelled to Somerset to photograph a wedding at Orchardleigh House. I can probably count on one hand how many weddings I have photographed on a Monday. Usually they are quite small low key affairs, but Alex and Gina managed to put on a lavish affair, filled with tears, laughter, singing and dancing. A lot of guest had travelled from the bride’s native Australia, so I suppose when you have transverse half the globe, which day of the week the wedding is on is not really relevant. Thanks to the generous accommodation afforded by this Grade II listed Victorian mansion, both the bride and groom were able to get dressed on site. I was then able to split my photographic coverage between the two parties, before meeting up for the marriage ceremony. This took place outside within the formal gardens of this sprawling country estate. This young couple were quite happy in front of the camera, so asked me to do several portraits within the landscape, but still keeping a natural aesthetic. This was followed by a collection of family and friend group photographs whilst the drinks reception was enjoyed in the gardens. Before long guests were called back in to Orchardleigh House for the wedding breakfast was to be served. This was made all the more entertaining thanks to a surprise performance from some singing waiters who managed to get the whole room dancing in between courses. Once food was cleared away it was time for some speeches, which true to their nature produced tears of both emotion and laughter. With the night came the couples first dance as the evening celebrations began.

 

 

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! The photos are incredible!”

 

 

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Somerset Wedding at St Audries Park – Isabelle & Kenneth

Somerset Wedding at St Audries Park – Isabelle & Kenneth

Here is some of the photography I provided for Isabelle and Kenneth from their Somerset wedding at St Audries Park. They were married on Friday 14th June 2019 in the Victorian Orangery within the venues generous gardens. St Audries Park can be traced back as far as 1086, when it was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Set in the rolling Quantock Hills, the estate has had a few owners over the years. Some with links to William The Conqueror. Though it was not until 1849 when another Isabel, who was given the estate from her father, took up residence at St Audries  with her new husband, Sir Alexander Bateman Periam Acland-Hood. They commissioned architect John Norton to carry out a programme of renovation and extension, this included new frontages allowing for the Great Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery. The work culminates in the beautiful mansion we see today. Throughout the years the estate has separated, the land was sold to the tenant farmer and the country house now belongs to the company Country House Weddings, a collection of high end venues that includes Gosfield Hall, Leez Priory and Clearwell Castle. I started the day’s coverage with the bridal preparations, though before the exchange of vows, Isabelle and Kenneth, performed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with their parents and close family.

 

“Kenneth and I are absolutely thrilled with the photos”

“You captured some lovely moments and we are so glad to have had the benefit of your eye and skill.”

 

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Somerset Wedding at Clevedon Hall – Georgina & Antonio

Somerset Wedding at Clevedon Hall – Georgina & Antonio

The 23rd September 2017 was my first visit to photograph a wedding at Clevedon Hall, Somerset. It is a Grade II listed mansion, built in 1852 utilising a loose Jacobean Revival style. Originally named Frankfort Hall, it was designed and built for Conrad William Finzel, a local businessman who owned one of the UK’s largest sugar refineries. Over the years it has changed hands a few times and has been used as a private house, hospital school, telemarketing centre, and now as an exclusive wedding venue.

“Thank you so much for photographing our big day so beautifully.”

 

Today is was to host the wedding of Georgina and Antonio. I started the photographic coverage with the bride as she arrived at Clevedon Hall, to apply the finishing touches to her wedding day ensemble. I then caught up with the groom as he waited for his bride down the road at St Andrew’s Church. Following the ceremony the guests joined the bride and groom at their drinks reception on the lawns of Clevedon Hall. After mingling with their friends for a while, we took a few family group photographs. The bride and groom also requested a few portraits to make the most of the gardens at the hall, before making their way into the wedding breakfast. Some amusing and heartfelt speeches followed the food service and the evening celebrations got under way, coaxed by a little assistance of the plethora of personalised limoncello bottles. I left in the night after the bride and groom had their first dance and the guests had joined them on the floor to dance the night away.

 

“They are exactly what we wanted, candidly capturing the mood of the day. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from the family and friends we have shown.”

 

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Stoberry Park Wedding – Jennie & Carl

Stoberry Park Wedding – Jennie & Carl

Saturday 29th June 2013 started out with blue skies, but the rains were not far behind and would intermittently fall throughout the wedding day of Jennie and Carl. The bridal preparations took place at Jennie’s parents’ home in the village of Baltonsborough, Somerset just a short walk away from the church of St. Dunstans for the marriage ceremony. The wedding reception took place in the grounds of Stoberry Park with its magnificent view of Wells Cathedral, where in a break of tradition the speeches took place before the wedding breakfast was served.

Here is the full gallery of wedding photographs for friends and family to view.

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Wedding Photography at Bristol Registry Office & Walton Castle, Somerset – Sophie & Gareth

Wedding Photography at Bristol Registry Office & Walton Castle, Somerset – Sophie & Gareth

I really love photographing a traditional British Wedding, it is after all the mainstay of my business but every once in a while it is nice to do something a bit different. So it was for the wedding of Sophie and Gareth on Saturday the 18th June 2011.

The day began with a simple marriage ceremony at Bristol Register Office attending by just immediate family, they then travelled to Walton Castle in Somerset for the main focus of the day, a big party with all of their friends and family. Sophie and Gareth are quite visually minded people, they run their own design company called Moot Ideas, so I was pleased that they chose me as their wedding photographer, but even more so with just one group shot that was taken at the register office I was allowed to concentrate on doucmenting the day as it happened.

The food was prepared by friends and the groom was aided by volunteers on the barbeque, which depsite the windy weather was a great success. There was no formal sit-down wedding breakfast, but after everyone had enough to eat the party retired to the lounge in the main tower of the castle for the speeches.

The whole gallery of  wedding photographs be  seen by following the link to ‘online proofs’ which can be found here.

 

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