The drive down into the location for Amy and Anthony’s stunning Manor House Castle Combe wedding was absolutely breathtaking, like something out of a fairy tale. I thought places like this just existed in the movies, and this was to be very representative of the day. The Manor House just felt like the perfect location for a Castle Combe wedding.
The weather forecast was unpredictable, but there was a nice warmth to the air, and it didn’t matter if the ceremony took place inside or out it was guaranteed to be stunning! I am often impressed by how calm our brides are, and Amy was no exception, the room was just filled laughter and excitement. I was able to use my height to my advantage and help the girls out and act as a wedding dress stand, to remove a crease or two with a touch of steam. Maybe I should start adding that to the photography packages 🙂
The rain timed itself well (not), and hit mainly as the ceremony ended and when people like to mingle outside, and where we can take a large group shot. Luckily the venue were on hand with a huge selection of umbrellas at the ready. This did not dampen spirits, and we got an effective group shot, umbrellas included, and the doves didn’t mind either!
After some formal family groups shots, we like to take the newly weds for a wander around the grounds. The rain held off to a slight drizzle, and I love the way the droplets of rain are frozen in some of the photos which just adds to the atmosphere.
I like to encourage some natural moments between the couple, this came effortlessly to Amy and Antony, they were completely at ease as there is an obvious very deep emotional connection between them. The best thing people can do in this situation is forget I’m there, as that is what really makes for special photographs.
Back to the house, celebrations and preparations were in full swing for the speeches. There were some very emotional and powerful moments, which I couldn’t help but hold back a tear or two myself. A look around the room and this was also seen clearly in the faces of family and friends. Some strong rounds of applause strengthened the power of the spoken words.
A welcomed surprise to get the party in full force were the singing waiters! and an incredible rendition of what I believe was a Japanese Tom Jones, by Amy’s father. Unforgettable!
We had been previously made aware there was going to be something very special coming for the first dance, and my gosh they did not disappoint!! Some dry ice, a strategically placed flash, and a collection of family and friends set the backdrop for an incredible first dance. Antony nervously awaited the arrival of Amy, after a quick dress change, which I love how the story is reflected in the photography. They absolutely nailed the dance! What a finish for the day! I absolutely love it here, being The Manor House Castle Combe wedding photographer,
Venue: The Manor House Castle Combe