Coombe Lodge Wedding Photographer

Gem and Brad’s Blagdon Wedding

I am always besides myself with excitement with clients ask me to be their Coombe Lodge wedding photographer. Set in the heart of the North Somerset countryside, on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with views over Blagdon Lake, you would have no idea this stunning wedding venue is only a short drive from Bristol city, Bristol airport and Bath.

Gem and I hit it off immediately when we met at the Big South West Wedding Fair in 2021.

I knew Gem and Brad’s wedding was going to be really special. Coombe Lodge is an unbelievably beautiful wedding, add in a splash of Autumn colour and Gem’s creative spark and I had a strong suspicion it was going to be epic. The day certain didn’t disappoint!

The Clients Said…

“Bec, the highlights made us cry and relive the whole day again.

Thank you so much, the photos you got were and are incredible.

Especially the ones we didn’t see, it was such an empathetic and sincere day and you captured that so much. 

Thank you so much for being there, being you and being such a joy to have on the day. Capturing every moment we wanted to remember.

We didn’t think we could love you any more than we did when we first met you.”

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The Wedding Day

Gem and I hit it off immediately when we met at the Big Southwest Wedding Fair in 2021.

I instantly knew Gem and Brad’s wedding was going to be really special. Coombe Lodge is an unbelievably beautiful wedding, add in a splash of Autumn colour and Gem’s creative spark and I had a strong suspicion it was going to be epic. And it certainly didn’t disappoint!

I arrived before the bride and her bridesmaids to capture some of the gorgeous wedding venue in its autumn glory. The staff were busy setting up the venue using Gem’s incredible handmade decorations. Gem is probably one of the most creative brides I’ve ever worked with, she handmade literally everything, even the groomsmen’s’ ties and pocket squares!

The bridal suite at Coombe Lodge has two large windows, flooding the room with light and is the perfect spot for anyone preparing for their big day. Gem and her bridesmaids got to it with hair and make-up and spied on guests arriving in the gardens below.

Gem and Brad have a very particular love of Alpacas and had therefore arranged for their old alpaca friends Guinness and Barney to attend their drinks reception. The cheeky pair arrived early and were great at entertaining the children while they waited for the ceremony to start!

I headed over to Brad to get some quick snaps of him and his best man fixing buttonholes and ties and to take a couple of pre-wedding portraits of Brad in his gorgeous suit.

Once Gem was ready, she headed down the grand staircase at Coombe Lodge and was greeted by her lovely Dad, who shed a tear as he saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

The groom and his best man patiently awaited the bridal party’s arrival in the music room with all the wedding guests. Gem and Brad were both emotional as Gem’s dad walked her down the aisle and one of my favourite shots is the one of both of them wiping away a tear at the same time!

Once the vows had been said and the register had been signed, Gem and Brad were officially Mr and Mrs and they headed outside via the reception hall to be greeted by excited guests who showered them in confetti.

After plenty of time to relax with guests, drink mulled wine and eat canapes, we headed off for a walk around Coombe Lodge’s grounds to take some newly wed portraits. Not before we had taken a few portraits with Guinness and Barney first, of course!

Gem and Brad returned to the venue and were announced into the wedding breakfast by coordinator Martha while guests cheered and clapped to welcome them before their 3 course wedding breakfast was served.

We weren’t lucky enough to get a proper golden hour but as the lights started twinkling and the light dipped outside, I asked Gem and Brad if they fancied a few more evening portraits before it went completely dark and was thrilled they were keen! Coombe Lodge looked cosy all lit up behind and we were blessed with a bright pink sky which was great to silhouette the couple against.

After speeches and cake cutting, the newly-weds took their first dance and then the party started! I never rush off after the first dance as there is always so many awesome moments of your guests having fun on the dancefloor. I like to get stuck in on the dancefloor and join you because that encourages guests to let their hair down and always leads to the best photos!

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autumn colours in the walled garden at Coombe Lodge


gift boxes for the bride and bridesmaids with peacock feathers, baby;'s breath and a white wax stamp


the bridal bouquet, dried flowers with green foliage and peacock feathers with lace ribbon tied around the stems


a crown of green foliage and dried baby's breath


the wedding ceremony room ready for the guests to arrive


a make-up artist applies make-up to the bride


the bride hugging her father as he sees her in her bridal gown for the first time


wedding decorations


the bride and her father approach the groom down the aisle


the bride and groom see each other during their ceremony for the first time. Both Father of the bride and the best man stand next to them with wedding guests behind


both bride and groom wipe away tears during their wedding ceremony


the groom looks emotional as he chokes back tears and his wife wipes away a tear during their wedding ceremony, wedding guests watch from behind


the groom places the wedding ring on his wife's finger


bride and groom look emotional during their wedding ceremony


the bride and groom laughing together as they sign their marriage certificate


a bride wipes away a tear as the registrar signs the marriage paperwork


wedding guests throw dried flower confetti over the newly-married couple


the newly-weds pull funny faces as their guests cover them in confetti


a bridesmaid takes confetti out of the groom's hair


the best man hugs the bride


a bride kissing a wedding guest whilst the other wedding guests enjoy the drinks reception behind


a wide-angle shot of Coombe Lodge wedding venue with the bride and groom in front, holding two alpacas on leads


the bride and groom walking a white and black alpaca outside Coombe Lodge wedding venue


two cheeky alpacas kiss the bride and groom who laugh at the camera


the bride kisses her husband outside Coombe Lodge


a black and white portrait of the couple kissing. the groom's arms are around his bride and she holds the bouquet in her closest hand


the bride laughs at her groom in front of the greenhouse at Coombe Lodge


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the bride and groom hug one another and rest their heads together


the bride holding her bouquet laughs at her new husband


the groom holds the bride's dress train as they walk up the steps at Coombe Lodge


the wedding breakfast room at Coombe Lodge


a pumpkin sprayed with the word Mrs as table decorations sat in foliage


a two tiered wedding cake with autumnal decorations


a pumpkin table number with candles and ferns behind


a bride and groom look at one another and smile as they walk away from the lit up wedding venue behind, Autumn leaves carpet the floor


a silhouette of the newly weds holding hands against a pink dusk sky


the bride brings her husband in for a kiss in front of a red acer behind


the newly-weds dance outside Coombe lodge as the sun sets


black and white photograph of the groom standing, delivering his speech whilst his new wife wipes away a tear next to him


the groom reads his speech whilst the bride sits and laughs, wiping away a tear


the bride laughs as her groom during the wedding speeches


a sparkler exit with a bride and groom and wedding guests


the couple hold sparklers as their guests wave sparklers all around them


a groomsmen lifts his glass to cheers a shot with a friend


the newly-weds cut the wedding cake


the first dance in black and white, the groom spins his bride around the dance floor


the bride and groom sharing their first dance


wedding guests surround the couple during their first dance, they cheer as the couple swing around the dance floor. In black and white with two off-camera flashes firing behind


wedding guests smile at the bride as they dance. an off-camera flash fires behind, creating a starburst


black and white photograph of guests dancing and singing on the dance floor


the bride, groom and bridesmaid laugh as they dance at Coombe Lodge


bride and her bridesmaid dance on the wedding dance floor


silhouette of the wedding venue against a darkening, pink sky


The Venue

The long driveway builds suspense as you approach the striking historic building. Coombe Lodge sits majestically in its beautiful countryside surroundings and its Bath stone exterior remains in pristine condition.

Surrounded by well-kept landscaped gardens, ancient trees and epic views over the North Somerset countryside, Coombe Lodge provides a plethora of backdrops and photo opportunities for your wedding day.

Built by the distinguished architect, Sir George Oatley, for the Will’s Family (a leading Bristol family and the first to mass produce cigarettes) it’s no surprise Coombe Lodge is stunning. Oatley created many famous Bristol buildings, including the Wills Memorial Building at Bristol University and the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

There are so many reasons why I love being a photographer at Coombe Lodge. The venue itself is big and spacious, with large, beautiful windows letting in lots of natural light. Lots of light enables me to keep my shutter speed fast and my ISO low, which is every photographer’s preference.

With options for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, good weather can be fully taken advantage of.  Outdoor ceremonies usually mean more available space for me to move about, meaning I can capture different angles more freely.

The building itself is beautiful, which itself provides a wonderful backdrop for photographs. Also, outside there are so many options for photos too, from the walled garden and orangery to the tree-lined gravel pathways that surround the lodge.

Once the sun has set my flashgun appears, which provides a different look to your wedding photos. Off camera flash enables me to create flare in dancing shots and really accentuates the fun of the party.

Becky Weir Photography – Coombe Lodge Wedding Photographer

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