We found ourselves in an unusual situation for this Clevedon Hall wedding. The groom was my dad and I was a bridesmaid! Jodie took the reigns on the photography. I jumped in when we needed two of us, helping to organise group photos, the couples session, first dance etc. The rest of the time I was busy looking glamorous and finding out how it felt to be on the other side of the lens!! Don’t worry, Jodie was well fed and looked after. There may even have been a cocktail or two later that night…
The venue was the fabulous Clevedon Hall, North Somerset. The sun was shining, the birds singing, and the guests started arriving mid morning. The whole wedding had a timeless and elegant vintage theme and it was clear how much thought and attention to detail had gone into the preparations. The gorgeous bridal suite was a hub of activity, where you could feel the nervous anticipation. Hannah Rimes was well underway with the finishes touches being made to hair and makeup.
The sequinned gold bridesmaids dresses truly dazzled, but it was Belinda’s exquisite figure hugging halter neck that was the star of the show. Jodie captured all the important moments as flowers arrived and champagne was poured. There were first looks, laughter, happy tears and Belinda’s special moments with her daughters. A huddle of small flower girls giggled and played on the stairs, excited for their big moment ahead and simply enjoying being part of the preparations.
As the ceremony drew close, Matt Hudson warmed up his voice and took to the microphone, welcoming Belinda, the beautiful bride, down the isle. It was an emotional moment as Tom first laid eyes on his stunning bride and the elegant ceremony room. It’s huge windows and stunning light really leant itself to the magical moment. Tom and Belinda said their vows in front of friends and family, who celebrated by throwing confetti before heading into the stunning gardens for some refreshments and group photos. After greeting all their guests, Tom and Belinda wandered further into the grounds. This was the perfect opportunity to have some time together and stroll around the stunning venue. Jodie captured some artistic first shots as husband and wife and natural moments (which always make the best photographs).
Jodie and I worked together capturing the love between the newly weds as they spent time enjoying each others company as the new Mr and Mrs. Clevedon Hall has so many great spots for photography, it’s almost hard to choose where to start. As a result we only stopped because the wedding breakfast was ready! Mr and Mrs Barron made their way into the impressive reception room. The perfect decoration reflected both the grandeur of the hall and the vintage theme of the day.
Matt Hudson sang again for the guests as they were seated. He created such a great atmosphere, singing the perfect songs for a vintage wedding. Tom and Belinda took their seats and everyone enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal followed by some great speeches. Tom being the joker that he is, had everyone in stitches along with heartfelt moments and recognition of the guests that were not with them.
After a short break the evening celebrations were underway. Starting with the cutting of the cake, a glorious masterpiece which has the impressive icing (by Dusicake) and moving into the first dance which came to an end as the rest of the guests joined the contented couple on the dance floor. The celebrations continued until the early hours of the morning, while bringing a wonderful day to an end. Two families joined together with photographs, and most of all memories, that will last a lifetime.
No wedding is complete without a wedding sweet cart for your guests in the evening. The party often doesn’t start until quite late, and even with a buffet on its way, everyone enjoys nibbling on some sweets. It’s not just for the kids, the adults will be first in line to grab some treats and maybe even bring a little one up to the table as an excuse!! There are plenty of great companies that will bring a fully stocked sweet cart along to your big day, but why not create your own and make it personal and themed with the rest of your day? You can buy pretty much everything you need online or at wholesalers surprisingly cheaply – saving you money to spend elsewhere and giving you complete creative control.
Grab yourself some large jars, scoops/tongs and sweet bags, then comes the fun part – choosing your sweets. Bear in mind that not all sweets are vegetarian or nut/gluten free. Are you a classic shrimp and banana fan? Perhaps you prefer a handful of coke bottles, or something more chocolatey. You can be as creative as you like, and keep everything in line with your theme, even ordering personalised paper sweet bags. Fairy lights look fantastic draped through the arrangement and creative display solutions such as wooden crates and vintage tea stands give a wonderful vintage feel. Add some personalised signs inviting people to help themselves and handwritten tags to describe the goodies on offer. Then sit back as the guests appreciate your hard work and all important finishing touches.
Now why stop at sweets? There’s cookies and cakes to add too. In fact, the list is literally endless. You can create a fantastically beautiful and extensive choice for your guests that will keep them happy whenever the munchies hit…plus you’ll have enough leftovers to last you for quite some time!
Don’t fancy the idea of sweets? There’s loads of other nibble options without going for a full buffet. Miniature cream tea? Cheese and chutney (a great option if you had a cheese wedding cake)? Or if it’s the height of summer, why not bring in an ice-cream van while your guest relax outside. You could be traditional and serve the wonderful wedding cake for everyone to enjoy…
Rather than a wedding sweet cart maybe you’ve opted for a winter wonderland wedding and are looking for a Christmassy theme? How about a festive gingerbread house? A real winner with the kids! I bet there won’t be any left at the end of the evening!!
Emma and Mark enjoyed a fabulous Wood Norton wedding in the beautifully crafted hotel built by the Duc D’Orleans. The wonderful venue hosted their whole day from bridal and groom preparations through to a midnight sparkler exit with friends and family. The stunning grounds provided ample opportunities for beautiful photos and the rain held off for most of the day.
Emma and Mark made the most of the venue with the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast in separate buildings and the formal family photos outside in the grounds. The weather did it’s best to try and rain but that didn’t put anyone off enjoying the day.
There are so many opportunities for photography a the Wood Norton. Taking advantage of the gap between the ceremony and breakfast we enjoyed the grounds with the newly weds. We even re-created a picture from Emma’s grandfathers wedding which was a beautiful touch for their album. We also whisked them both away later that evening for a sparkler shoot. It was a lot of fun and everyone got creative with the sparklers, especially the best man!
The happy couple held a receiving line to greet everyone before the breakfast. This gave us a great opportunity to photograph all the guests from the day. And with 4 best men speeches there was plenty of speech photo opportunities too. And of course, if you have a sword, why wouldn’t you use it to cut the cake?!!
Both the bride and groom were well looked after by their bridal and grooms parties all day and that really added to the close family feel of the day. The party started early in the evening, and as we were staying until midnight, we got to enjoy all the celebrations. It was a hectic dance floor all night, and everyone had a great time.
This Eastwood Park wedding was the fantastic day for Tracey and Darren. Everything happened at the same venue, which made for a very relaxing day. Champagne corks popped, makeup was applied, hair styled and the big day was underway. A few tears were shed, but there was plenty of laughter too – especially with the kids having fun. The bridesmaids all helped Tracey into her dress whilst the groomsmen enjoyed a pint before the ceremony.
There were a few more tears during the beautiful civil ceremony. With the register signed, Tracey and Darren left to cheers and claps from family and friends. The sun was shining for the confetti and group photos. And there’s a great upstairs window for a big aerial group photo. There was plenty of time after the ceremony to for the happy couple to wander the grounds for their couples photos. A very brave Tracey insisted on the photo on the window ledge – it’s an opportunity to good to miss with that stunning stained glass! And with such a fairy tale dress, we took some extra time to shoot more photos by the clocktower. The perfect place to feel like a real Princess.
Even more tears were shed during the moving speeches. Speeches are always such a wonderful opportunity to thank family and friends for always being there. After some beautiful gifts were given out, everyone ventured outside with their drinks to enjoy some more of the evening sunshine. Whilst everyone relaxed, staff were busy setting up the chocolate fountain (always popular!), casino and disco.
The couple made their big entrance onto the dance floor for their first dance. The party was suddenly underway and everyone joined them to celebrate!
Leah and Mark enjoyed a wonderful outdoor Broyle Place wedding. The fabulous listed Elizabethan manor house is a private home that opens its doors to beautifully intimate weddings. The sun broke through the clouds mid-morning and set the scene for a warm and bright ceremony in the unique boat house. Leah was getting ready at the venue so Mark enjoyed the vintage wedding car, though they both got to enjoy a spin after the ceremony!
The sun shone and the birds sang throughout the intimate ceremony. There was the wonderful smell of flowers and fresh grass that you only get with an outdoor wedding. A cellist added the musical touch to the ceremony – perfect for the quiet outdoors. The happy couple, now married, walked back down the isle hand in hand to the sheers and claps of their family and friends.
Guests were treated to champagne before the family pictures and then everyone was sat for luxury wedding breakfast. Leah was taken by surprise when the secret singing waiters broke into song, and everyone enjoyed a song and dance. It set the scene for a great outdoor evening buffet and party. Later in the evening, family, friends and the new evening guests were treated to a spectacular firework show on the lawns at the front of the house. We grabbed the opportunity for some late night couples photos too, while everyone else partied the night away. Then Mark and Leah rejoined the party and hit the dance floor once more.
Many guests stayed overnight at the beautiful venue, some in the fun yurts at the back of the building! And the whole family, newly joined, enjoyed a filling breakfast together before heading off home. What a wonderful end to the wedding celebrations. Congratulations Mark and Leah!!