Hot summer’s day at Combermere Abbey
Living in the UK, we have quite interchangeable weather. This was my second wedding in two days and the day before it had rained for most the day. How different it was for Nicola and Adam’s wedding, and my first time as a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer (Shropshire), as the sun shone hot all day long, and what a fun day it was. Here are just 60 photos from their day, out of the 500+ they got altogether.
Nicola and the girls, all dressed in flowery gowns, got ready at the cottage near the entrance to Combermere Abbey. The perfect way to start the day. Nicola wore the most elegant dress from Puure Bridal in Lymm. Adam wore a suit from Jack Bunneys in London. The ceremony took place in the Glass House on the grounds, such a beautiful location and made my job as a Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer so much easier with surroundings that perfect. After the ceremony, and some crazy seed confetti, everyone headed over to the main lawn for drinks and lawn games. Sack races, bowls and croquet were the order of the day with everyone really joining in.
40 Natural wedding photos at Combermere Abbey
In the evening, after their first dance, we went for a walk down to the mere itself for some photos. The light was low as the sun was starting to set. My favourite photo being of them in the woods with the trees surrounding them and the light coming softly in from behind – you need to scroll down to see it. What an incredible day and a huge congratulations to Nicola and Adam again. This stunning venue is now in my top 10 venues of all time and I cannot wait to return to be a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer again very soon. Thank you to Herve Gillet for assisting on this as part of my mentoring programme.
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Weddings at this dream venue
An astounding venue, with magical spaces and grounds. A historical delight, for a magnificent wedding to remember. A dream choice for wedding photographers.
Combermere Abbey is a beautiful, historic venue in Cheshire, with outstanding grounds. Built in the 12th century, Combermere Abbey was originally a monastery located in the midst of dazzling parkland. With nothing for miles around, this is a wonderfully private, exclusive-use venue.
Things changed in the 16th century. In the 1500s, the Abbey church and claustral buildings were removed and Combermere began its new life as a splendid manor house. In addition to the Abbots House and hall, Combermere has been extended and remodelled over the centuries. Today, Combermere boasts a new clock tower, dining room, stables and lots more. In the Beckett family for over 100 years, Lady Sarah Callander Beckett, the current owner has done much to further its value. Since 1992, Lady Beckett has restored the buildings, including the walled gardens, added an impressive North Wing and converted the stable block into luxury cottages.
Professional photographers love to shoot here
Combermere Abbey’s grounds are extensive, encompassing rich parkland, stunning woodland and impressive walled gardens. I can’t express how impressive this looks in wedding photos. As a professional photographer I am spoilt for choice on the compositions and backdrops to choose to capture real moments. Alongside its grounds Combermere Abbey has lots of unique, special spaces for you to enjoy on your memorable day. Begin your day at the Abbey’s elegant Stone Lodge. A Gothic gatehouse within a gorgeous damson orchard, it is the perfect solution to where to spend the night before your wedding. Stone Lodge has two bedrooms, so there is enough space for you and your chosen few to spend the night before your wedding together.
Exchange your vows in Combermere’s beautiful Edwardian Glasshouse. Hiding amongst the Abbey’s wonderful walled gardens and fruit tree maze, the splendid Edwardian Glasshouse is the place where you will make your promises to each other. With views across the Abbey’s spectacular grounds, you and your 120 guests can enjoy a magical wedding ceremony to remember. If you prefer, and the weather allows, say your vows in the open air, with the Glasshouse in the background. This creates a stunning backdrop for your photographs. You can have your ceremony at the centre of the gorgeous fruit tree maze or under the elegant garden arbour.
The drive to the Glasshouse is sublime. Riding in the Abbey’s vintage 1927 Crossley, you will swish down the mile long drive and on to your ceremony on the heart of the grounds. If you would like to have a religious ceremony, there are many charming village churches located close to Combermere Abbey.
Weddings at Combermere Abbey
After the ceremony, the drinks reception will be a great chance for a catch up. Enjoy champagne, canapés, games on the lawn and a stroll around the magnificent grounds. The splendid Pavilion at Combermere, will be the venue for your reception. Located within the Abbey’s walled gardens, amongst the elegant yew trees and fragrant floral borders, Combermere’s superb Pavilion is a picturesque setting for your wedding breakfast. Often I wait with my camera for something special to happen in my photograph.
Specially designed to provide the consummate wedding space, the Pavilion is organised into dedicated zones comprising: bar, dining and dance floor areas. Yours to decorate as you like, the gardens and terrace will also be available for your use. With double doors opening out onto the terrace and grounds beyond, the Pavilion provides a spacious venue for your reception. Combermere Abbey’s partner, Gorilla Events, will provide an exclusive bar service for you, which includes interesting cocktails and fine wines.
For a sumptuous wedding breakfast, the Abbey’s experienced catering partners, Pickled Walnut and Olive Tree, will create your custom wedding breakfast menu for you. Later on in the evening, there is plenty more time for food, with delicious treats such as stone-baked pizza and paella, always top of the list. After your wedding, and when your photography is over, your own private wing of the Abbey awaits. This grand honeymoon suite covers the length and breadth of the Abbey’s plush North Wing. The suite includes its own exclusive entrance, a resplendent staircase and a lavish suite, complete with your own butler to manage your every need. In addition, as well as your own sitting room, you can also look forward to an enormous bathroom, sumptuous bed, a stylish bath with striking views across the grounds and lots more.
Wedding Photography at Combermere Abbey
For your guests, there is space for 49 at the Combermere Abbey’s nine luxury cottages. Each sumptuously decorated, there is even room for your pet dog to come too. Converted from the Abbey’s 19th century stables, the deluxe cottages are a wonderful way for family and friends to spend the night.
Combermere Abbey’s experienced team are committed to delivering the fantastic wedding that you desire. They understand what it means to be able to take stunning wedding photography for you, and help i every way they can. They have tons of advice and lots of partners, ready to take the hassle out of wedding planning.
Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer for couples who want a high-standard of photography, and LOVE the idea of NOT posing.