Mr & Mrs Worthington
Being a successful wedding photographer from Bristol I have been to many venues however, nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills, within the North Somerset & Bristol area, Coombe Lodge provided me with one of my favourite wedding memories so far.
I always get excited for my upcoming shoots and this was certainly the case.when experiencing Samantha and Jay’s wedding, it was just perfect. I met up with Samantha on the morning of the wedding where she was staying at a boutique bed and breakfast not far the venue. Preparations were already well underway and there was a really jovial and fun atmosphere amongst the ladies. With only a few hours till Samantha was due to say her vowels I was able to capture some extradorinaiy photographs which I am sure helps tell the complete story of the morning!
From the moment I was taking photographs I was free to capture everything from the beautiful dresses to the makeup being applied by the stylists. It was a photographers dream to just freely walk round and capture all the expressions and emotions without any concerns or anyone trying to avoid the camera. The morning was well underway and then the surprises started coming from what can only described as the most thoughtful groom ever (as said from the bride)! With gifts such as perfume and a beautifully handpicked hamper presented to her from each bridesmaid every hour, it was a real treat to witness some lovely and thoughtful ideas (mental note to myself when it comes to my anniversary!)
I left the ladies to enjoy a glass of bubbly and soak up what was left of the morning and headed to the venue which was situated in the Mendip Hills. The weather was holding out and it was a beautiful location. I immediately realised why the couple chose it! I went to meet Jay and with a firm shake of the hand I shadowed him for what was left of the morning. I was able to obtain some simple photographs of him and his guests and there was no need to stage any shots as this guy was a real pro!
With the bride safely arriving at the venue it was now down to ensuring they never saw each other before the ceremony. This was no easy task when they were separated by a door however, the guests and myself did an excellent job and there was certainly no reasons to panic, no-one saw anything. I popped over to see Samantha and her bridesmaids and words couldn’t do justice to how pretty they all looked, it was like being in my own Disney film! We shot some beautifully staged shots of them all and it was really fantastic to get a full collection for the couple to look back on.
The ceremony began and I took some beautiful pictures of the couple, bridesmaids, family and friends. It was so fantastic to capture those intimate moments before they tied the knot. With the ceremony complete, guests were treated to an acoustic performance from a local musician and this gave me an opportunity to get some staged shots. It was a real treat to have everyone so patient and the photos captured all the happiness that filled the day! With the surroundings playing there part and the glamorous guests the photographs were not only visually stunning but fun too! Nearly everyone was smiling! With the guests being entertained the happy couple were whisked off for a private shoot around the grounds where I managed to capture that obligatory first kiss shots as well as those more fun and upbeat images that truly personified the couple!
It was time to celebrate! As a photographer you get to hear the speeches but this one really did resonate with me and it was comical and highly entertaining. With the audience in fits of laughter it was a real privilege to be part of this wedding ceremony. With everyone so relaxed and comfortable i glided along freely capturing photos, this lot were a joy to talk to and photograph! There was a variety of entertainment from artists to even a casino but I was more surprised that Jay agreed to a Mr & Mrs game, he was clearly confident he knew everything about Mrs Worthington! Fortunately, he did and with the laughter flowing it was time for the cake, which was truly scrumptious (I had seconds). With my stomach full I managed to capture the evening entertainment and more essentially, the first dance. It was getting late and with darkness arriving it was only fitting to take some final photos of the couple before they embarked on their honeymoon.
Wishing you all the best in the future Mr & Mrs Worthington
Author:Marcin Nowakowski 10/09/2016