I couldn’t be more happy when Anna and Jamie asked me to photograph their winter wedding in the stunning Combermere Abbey. I am lucky to have been a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer on many very happy occasions and I love capturing the beauty of this place in all seasons. On this occasion, Combermere Abbey decided to cover itself in magical mist and it looked like a fairytale in our photographs of the happy couple.
Getting ready in Combermere Cottages
I always come a little bit early to catch the last minute preparations of the fabulous setting for the wedding day. The florists and venue dressers, cake makers, wedding planners – all adding their final touches to each lucky couple’s dream come true day. At the time when the bride and her girlfriends are beginning to get ready; the groom and his best man are still writing their speeches 😉 and I capture what the weather gods have prepared for the day. This time the sun was fighting to glow through the high wispy clouds. The frosty ground was holding on tight to the withered tall grasses, still elegant in their after-life state. Everything looked serene, happy and poised.
I found Anna wonderfully relaxed. She wassitting by the beautiful gothic window of the Stone Lodge and giggling with her bridesmaids as the sheer layers of wedding beauty were being artfully applied by her lovely make-up artist. Champagne in hand, soft silk robe gently falling off the shoulder – she was a picture of a happy bride. Minutes later her happy bridal party arrived – mum and dad looking gorgeous and glowing with pride. And then all the pieces of the wedding preparations puzzle came together – the stunning Jenny Packham dress, the sexy Sophia Webster shoes, the jewellery, the white fur stole, the flowers from always creative The Flower Divas and pure natural happiness!
Walking through the winter gardens
A short little ride in Abbey’s own splendid wedding car and our happy bride was ready to do her walk with her father to the Glasshouse. The Glasshouse is set in a unique fruit maze and is one of the Combermere Abbey’s ceremony venues. Something tells me that Anna didn’t feel how frosty was that beautiful winter morning. The excitement kept her warm and she looked hot! As she stepped over the threshold, the wedding whirlwind took over. Emotions, hugs, happy tears, holding hands, kissing, ducking from confetti, cocktails, canapés, wedding chat have thoroughly taken over the day. I photograph in a natural documentary style, so all the events of the day can unfold without interruptions, making so much more fun for everyone involved.
The magical winter mist
Just as well Anna had her fur stole. I always think that in winter wedding, the grooms are lucky too have several layers of well made cloth to keep them warm as well as make them look chic smart. Mind you, they do suffer on hot summer days though!! The exquisite embroidery and beading of Anna’s dress did nothing to protect her from the cold, but it framed her silhouette perfectly. We walked through the frozen gardens of the Abbey. Anna and Jamie kissed and giggled while I was capturing their love for each other. We did one or two stunning “magazine cover” shots, but otherwise I was my usual natural documentary photographer, letting the couple’s personality speak for them.
The wedding party
After very emotional wedding speeches and delicious food during the wedding breakfast prepared by Pickled Walnut, Anna and Jamie had few surprises for their guests. No doubt the biggest surprise was the fireworks set to music. However great cocktails and brilliant entertainment by the band and their singers was equality impressive.
It was a wonderfully magical wedding and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of your special day, Anna and Jamie 🙂
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