During the middle of last month (19th August) we were back on another road trip to photograph & video Becca & Andrew’s wedding day. Heading to Somerset to the stunning Coombe Lodge at Blagdon, nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills.
Having met with the couple a few weeks earlier for their pre wedding shoot, whilst they visited family back in Derbyshire, we had heard in detail the plans for their wedding day.
With a three and a half hour drive, involving both the notorious M6 and M5, we traveled down the day before arriving early in the evening. Many guests were staying at the hotel the night before making this an ideal opportunity for ourselves to meet family and friends ahead of the morning.
Wedding Day – Preparation began at their previous nights accommodation. Professional make-up artist and bridesmaid Lisa (www.lisawant.co.uk) was busy in the room doing both hair and makeup for all of the bridal party. Packing up and making the short trip to Coombe Lodge shortly after 10.30 as preparations got into full swing.
Due to the venue’s location we had not previously had the chance to visit, however lots of research via the internet had taken place to giving us ideas for locations for our photography throughout the day. On arrival we weren’t disappointed – such an amazing venue!
Inside the stunning rooms they were a photographers dream, oozing bright natural day light from the giant windows along with huge white ceilings and walls ideal to softly bounce light off. The burgundy feature wall in the bridal suite provided the ideal contrast and backdrop for Becca’s Camilla dress from Suzanne Neville to hang, whilst the walled garden’s sage green doors provided the backdrop for Becca’s Jenny Packham shoes.
Back in room 6, Chris was with Andrew and his boys as they got dressed and enjoyed a few Peroini’s before making their way out into the gardens for portraits.
Meanwhile downstairs in the service room the staff at Coombe Lodge were busy decorating the venue whilst Amy of Polka Dot Florists, Andrew and Becca’s friends from Derbyshire, was busy adding stunning floral arrangements which included Avalanche, Roses, Dahlia’s and Gyposphila.
As the morning preparations progressed from the open window’s of the bridal suite guests could be heard as they arrived, enjoying the now glorious sunshine which had replaced the morning rain which had caused a few anxious checks on the BBC weather app.
By 2.30pm Becca was making her way down the isle, accompanied by her dad Neil to the sound of the saxophone being played by their friend Liz. Following a short service full of emotion and laughter the new Mr & Mrs Storer made there way out on the lawn to enjoy drinks and canapes with friends and family in the warm August sunshine.
After time with guests and a handful of group shots we headed off with the couple. The venue has an abundance of areas, we could have happily photographed for hours, but with meal time fast approaching we choose three locations concluding the walled herb garden which was awash with summer colour.
Returning to the venue, the room had now been laid for the wedding breakfast with stunning floral centre pieces by Amy and bottles of sloe gin arranged by Becca’s Godfather Sammy from Condessa.
As guests tucked into a menu of smoked chicken salad, organic somerset carved sirloin with dauphinoise potatoes, finishing with a white chocolate parfait wrapped in dark chocolate with honeycomb and passion fruit drops. During the meal, as planned, we were able to nip of with the couple again for a few further portraits in the now deserted grounds.
As the last of the tables were cleared it was onto speeches, now these were something special, kicking off with Becca’s dad full of emotion and reciting stories of Becca’s up-bringing with special mention of her clumsiness. Before Andrews dad returned the favour of Andrews upbringing and subsequent move to Somerset from Derbyshire.
Next its was the turn of Andrew to introduce himself and his new wife, a genuine heartfelt speech showing the strong bond the pair have.
To conclude it was over to best man Phil, as the TV was wheeled in guests gathered behind the top table to get a better view. Phil’s speech was brilliantly supported by both photographs & video of their childhood, concluding in a special message from Andrews special friend Raj!
With the daylight now gone we used one of the sitting rooms for a few relaxed groups of the couples friends, before the new Mr & Mrs Storer made their way onto the dance floor as the evening party got underway with their first dance soon to be joined by family and friends.
Andrew & Becca what a brilliant day, you make a fantastic couple. Congratulations from all of us, it was a pleasure to photograph and film your wedding day. We wish you all the best for the future.
Alex, Chris & Martin