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


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


the wedding ceremony room ready for the guests to arrive


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 places the wedding ring on his wife's finger


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


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


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


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the bride holding her bouquet laughs at her new husband


the wedding breakfast room at Coombe Lodge


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


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 bride laughs as her groom during the wedding speeches


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


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


silhouette of the wedding venue against a darkening, pink sky


Lucy and Mark’s Blagdon Wedding

Lucy and Mark tied the knot at Coombe Lodge in Spring. They’d visited the venue on the same date exactly twelve months before and at that time the grounds had been a carpet of daffodils. They really wanted to incorporate daffodils into their wedding photos and even had them in their bouquets and floral arrangements!

Like many of my clients, Lucy and Mark wanted gorgeous photographs and had a strong vision for their portraits, but lacked confidence in their ability to be able to relax and get comfortable in front of the camera. With my warm, relaxed approach, it wasn’t long before the two of them were smashing it in front of the lens, and we managed to get some awesome photos, including (of course!) some of those daffodils!

The Clients Said…

“Becky was absolutely amazing on our wedding day! As a couple we don’t like having our photo taken and we were nervous about our portraits but Becky made us feel extremely relaxed and a lot of the time we would forget she was there!

We didn’t want her to leave not just cause we wanted her there taking photos but because she was generally just a great support to both of us.

We can’t thank Becky enough! Thank you so much Becky – let’s do it all over again please!!!”

formal portrait of bride and groom in the doorway of coombe lodge wedding venue

A Spring Wedding at Coombe Lodge

Whilst Lucy and Mark had hoped for an outdoor ceremony, the weather forecast was a little hit and miss and so they opted for a beautiful indoor ceremony instead. The ballroom at Coombe Lodge is flooded with natural light and a photographers dream for well exposed photographs of both the couple and their wedding guests.

We were blessed with a (mostly!) dry drinks reception and so whilst family and friends enjoyed canapes and champagne, I took photographs of the bride, groom and the bridal party.

After a three-course wedding breakfast had been served, Lucy and Mark were hopeful for some golden hour shots but sadly it was a little too cloudy. We decided to head up to the grounds above the house anyway for some more informal stills of the two of them before the evening guests arrived and the party got started!

I absolutely love shooting at Coombe Lodge. Every wedding I shoot there I can do get creative and imaginative because there are so many beautiful backdrops. I really tried to incorporate photographs of Blagdon lake in Lucy and Mark’s gallery because the trees were yet to fill out with leaves and so it was more visible than when I’ve photographed there in summer.

the bride and groom look jubilant as guests shower them in confetti


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a close up of the bride and groom with bridal bouquet


the father of the bride's hugs his daughter emotional on the dance floor at her wedding - in black and white


a bride wipes away a tear during her wedding speeches


the newlyweds sign their wedding register


a couple share a kiss in the grounds of Coombe Lodge


a couple kiss in front of Coombe Lodge wedding venue


the bride walking towards her wedding ceremony at Coombe Lodge


black and white portrait shot of the bride and groom sharing their first dance


the make-up artist is applying make-up to the bride


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bridal portrait, the groom kisses his wife


the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband nd wife


father of the bride delivers his speech


bride and groom having a cuddle, the bride holding her bridal bouquet and a glass of champagne with the wedding venue behind


a black and white portrait of a couple at Coombe Lodge wedding venue


wedding decorations of the tables at coombe lodge


bridesmaids celebrate after the ceremony


the bride laughs during the wedding vows


a bridesmaid wipes away a happy tear during the wedding ceremony


bridal bouquet with daffodils, roses and bluebells


the bride once her hair and make-up is finished and she has put on her bridal gown


black and white photograph of the bride looking at herself in the mirror at Coombe Lodge


the wedding ceremony decorations at Coombe Lodge


bridal bouquet


the bride walking down the aisle with her father


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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