Berwick Lodge Wedding

A Same-Sex Wedding in Bristol

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be S&R’s Berwick lodge wedding photographer. These two wonderful grooms were looking for a photographer with an informal, documentary approach to blend in and capture the story of their day. My unobtrusive approach to weddings aims to capture real moments of love, joy and emotion, allowing you the time to enjoy your day. I won’t be dragging you off for hours of formal photos. Despite a handful of gorgeously natural portraits, you’ll spend your day with your guests and having fun. Once the day is through, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your wedding day story has been captured in a set of photographs that will bring back all the emotions and feelings of the day.

I absolutely love shooting same-sex weddings at Berwick Lodge. This wonderful venue has beautiful grounds, fantastic staff and beautiful interiors. If you’re getting married at Berwick Lodge, I’d love to hear from you!

The Clients Said…

“Neither of us particularly enjoy being photographed and have our own insecurities about how we looked. From the very beginning Becky made us feel comfortable and in safe hands.

The entire consultation process was smooth and truly felt like Becky wanted what was best for us as a couple, not trying to get us to buy the most expensive package.

On the wedding day, Becky took the time to get every photo we wanted and helped guide us when we forgot. Before leaving Becky even checked in with us to make sure there weren’t any last minute photos we needed.

She was great with our guests and multiple people have told me how lovely and approachable she was.

The photos and are delighted, she really captured the joy and the emotion of the day.

I don’t think there’s enough space her to praise Becky enough, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer who genuinely cares and will capture the special moments of the day please get in touch with her, you won’t regret it!”

The Awesome Suppliers

The Venue – Berwick Lodge

Menswear – Clifton Suits

Stationary –No Ordinary Emporium

Entertainment / Music – Keiran Clarke Entertainment

Cake – Steve’s Sweets

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The Wedding at Berwick Lodge

S&R arrived shortly after me on the morning of their wedding. S had spent the week creating a beautiful three-tiered wedding cake and the two grooms got to it, setting up the cake before the wedding guests started to arrive. Wedding coordinator Rhiannon was busy making sure everyone felt at home and ensuring the final preparations were going to plan.

We spent half an hour or so taking some photographs of the grooms and their best men getting ready. They helped each other with buttonholes, cufflinks and ties before the grooms descended the sweeping staircase where their Mum’s patiently waited to see their boys for the first time.

The grooms were individually walked down the aisle in The Mews by their Mums, preceded by their bridesmaids in red. The wedding ceremony was bursting with emotion. I always say to clients that they never really know how they’ll react during their ceremony. Though S is usually the emotional one, R was totally overwhelmed during the ceremony, and it wasn’t belong before both of them were wiping away happy tears. Once the grooms had exchanged rings and said their vows, they were pronounced husband and husband and the room descended into celebration as their wedding guests clapped and whooped with joy. The registrar assisted the grooms with the formalities, and we took a handful of formal photographs before the couple were sent on their way into married life. There was tonnes of brightly coloured confetti and a burst of rainbow colour as the wedding guests showered the newly-weds as they left The Mews.

Being February, canapes and fizz were served indoors during the drinks reception but with the sun popping through the clouds, it wasn’t long before guests started spilling out into Berwick Lodge’s pretty gardens. We captured a handful of group photographs before S, R and I took a short wonder around the grounds to capture some newly wed portraits.

Guests were ushed in to be seated for the three-course wedding breakfast and the couple were announced into the dining room by one of their lovely best men.

After everyone had been fed, both grooms and best men delivered speeches before the evening guests arrived. Berwick Lodge has space for an additional 50 guests for the evening party and it wasn’t long before more loved ones were arriving to congratulate the couple and party into the night.

After the cake had been cut and the first dance had been shared, the party got started. I always love photographing dancefloor action at weddings but S&R’s wedding has to be right up there with one of my all time favourites. Mainly because the grooms’ Mums and Nan were having an absolute ball, and I’ve captured so many frames of family members dancing together and just having a wonderful time. For me, that’s what wedding photography is all about.

a gay couple hold one another and laugh during their wedding portraits

An LGBTQ+ Friendly Wedding Venue

Berwick Lodge is a stunning wedding venue and hotel located on the outskirts of Bristol. The historic lodge, originally built in 1890, is a privately owned boutique wedding venue and hotel with space for up to 100 seated guests.

 The venue boasts picturesque grounds, including manicured gardens with views over the River Severn and Wales. Outside you’ll find an original 1920’s Victorian stone path, wisteria clad pergola and Aphrodite’s dome – all providing a beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies and photographs.

The interiors are equally impressive, featuring a cosy lounge with open fireplace, impressive sweeping staircase, ornate pulpit, original wood panelling and sparkling chandeliers. The décor is a mix of traditional British interiors with a Turkish twist that can’t fail to impress your guests. There are 14 luxury bedrooms, each individually designed, where your wedding guests can spend the night after partying until the early hours.

Berwick lodge prides itself on being LGBTQ+ friendly and is fully licensed for civil ceremonies in its ‘Mesopotamia’ in the Mews or for outdoor ceremonies. Furry friends are even welcome at your wedding ceremony too!

Encouraging online wedding planning, using homegrown food and local suppliers are just some of the ways Berwick Lodge shows its commitment to sustainability.

I have witnessed first-hand how this wonderful wedding venue has exceptional service. The staff are warm, friendly and couldn’t be more accommodating. You’ll have peace of mind that the running of your special day is in safe hands at Berwick Lodge.

Berwick Lodge Wedding Photographer – Becky Weir

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