On Saturday 2nd April I travelled from my base in South Wales to Herefordshire for the wedding of Arabella and Nathaniel. I started the morning with the bride at Dewsall Court where she was beginning her preparations for the day. A short while later I caught up with the groom at his ushers’ lunch at a nearby pub, before heading back to Dewsall to capture the remaining preparations.
The marriage ceremony took place at Christ Church in the village of Llanwarne, after which the wedding party and their guests headed back to Dewsall for the wedding reception, drinks and canapes were served in the main house. The wedding breakfast and evening celebrations were held a short stroll down the garden path in the purposely converted barn.
Dewsall Court was originally built by Richard Pearle in 1644, it was the birth place of the 1st Duke and Chandos, sheltered important works of art for the The National Gallery during the Second World War and and also been owned by Guys Hospital. The present owners, the Robinson family purchased it in 1989, by which time the house had fallen into a derelict state. After a pain staking decade of restoration, the property is in a splendid condition and now provides a unique wedding venue amongst acres of Herefordshire country side, with beautiful views over the Black Mountains of South Wales.
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