Coombe Lodge Wedding Photographer

El and Lee’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.

Like lots of my clients, when I first met El and her fiancé Lee, we hit it off straight away, so I was thrilled to be asked to be their wedding photographer. I live just down the road in Weston Super Mare, so Coombe Lodge is super local to me, and having covered Blagdon as a community nurse for years prior to my photography career, I know the area well.

El and Lee knew they wanted to have a Just Us engagement shoot so we arranged this for the autumn before their wedding. In fact, it wasn’t just them at all – El was heavily pregnant with their little boy Archie at the time. El was AMAZING though, leaping over styles and trekking across the Mendips for epic views and backdrops for their shoot. We met at Deer’s Leap, just above Westbury-sub-Mendip with views over the Somerset flats, Glastonbury Tor and beyond.  We were blessed with golden hour and a beautiful sunset, which made my job easy. We caught silhouettes of Lee, El and her bump between trees and even managed some shots with the house El grew up in in the background. It was pretty special.

 

The Clients Said…

“We are so pleased that we chose Becky to be our wedding photographer!

We met Becky at a wedding fair, and knew that we wanted to have her as our photographer for our special day.

She understood exactly what we wanted from our photos and the photos that we have received are so beautiful and personal.

We have had so many positive comments, and some of our family and friends have said that her photos should be up for an award!

Thank you Becky”

The Engagement Shoot

bride and groom to be lead each other across the landscape

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a groom cuddles his bride to be in black and white

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a couple kiss beneath the trees as sunset on their engagement shoot

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groom kisses his soon to be wife with Westbury-sub-mendip in the background

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newly-engaged couple dance at sunset

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a man kisses his wife to be

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groom kisses his wife-to-be while she holds her pregnant bump, a tree and hedge behind

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a portrait photograph of the silhouette of a hugging couple with a tree, behind are views over the mendips and the setting sun

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colourful photograph of a woman sat on her husbands lap with a birds-eye view from above

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newly-weds and a beautiful view of the mendip hills

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a newly engaged couple hug

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The Wedding Day

The wedding day arrived just a few months after Archie was born and I met the bride at her parents’ house where preparations were well under way. The father of the bride, Michael, was particularly emotional to see his daughter in her bridal gown and veil. El looked stunning!

Despite the rain holding off until the wedding guests were welcomed into the church, after the ceremony, the heavens opened! Luckily there were plenty of brollies to go around, and El was able to shelter inside the church porch with some of the older wedding guests.

The rain continued for a while after everyone arrived at the wedding venue but didn’t last long enough to prevent guests throwing confetti over the newly-weds outside. It was a little windy for portraits but that didn’t stop us, and I absolutely LOVE the images of Lee carrying El’s train while her veil blows in the wind.

One of my favourite moments of the day was after the wedding speeches, when Di, the mother of the bride, rounded up the wedding guests to come outside. There she was dressed up as Only Fools and Horses’ Del Boy with the iconic yellow Reliant Regal! A definite wedding first for me!

the bride smiling into the mirror in black and white

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buttonholes with a label saying "father of the bride"

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a close up of the bride while she has her make up put on

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the bride looking nervous as she prepares for her wedding

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detailed photo of the back of the bride's dress

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bridesmaid does up the bridal gown buttons

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the parents of the bride get ready

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he bride looks in the mirror as her hair stylist curls her hair

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father of the bride putting on his cufflinks, a cat wonders in the background

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the bride's dad looks shocked as he see's his daughter in her wedding dress

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father of the bride wells up as he sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time

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bridesmaids do the finishing touches to the bride and her dress outside the church

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the bride prepares to enter the church for her marriage ceremony

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the bride puts the ring on the grooms finger, the vicar smiles behind

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the couple say their vows

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a wedding guest gives the photographer the thumbs up while he waits in the rain in the churchyard outside the ceremony

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the bride laughs as she shelters from the rain in the church porch

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the wedding car, a VW camper adorned with flowers and ribbons

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newly weds kiss outside the church

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a wide-angle photograph of Coombe lodge

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the bride and her bridesmaid come in to the wedding venue from the wedding car with umbrella's in the rain

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wedding cake in the window, a lucky horseshoe on the table

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the wedding cake

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the bride hugs her friend

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wedding guests throw confetti over the newly married couple

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black and white image of wedding guests smiling during the drinks reception

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bride and groom kiss in an archway of the building, the bride holds her bouquet

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the bride's veil blows in the wind and the groom holds her wedding dress train in blagdon

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a close up of the wedding rings as the new mr and mrs hold hands

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the couple kiss in the gardens with North Somerset countryside behind

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wedding bouquet and wedding rings

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wedding guest laughing at the speech during the wedding breakfast

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the groom looks awkward and the bride laughs during the father of the bride's speech

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mother of the bride dressed up as Del Boy with a yellow three wheeled car in the background

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bride and a wedding guest in a car outside Coombe lodge

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three wedding guests pick up the groom

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Bride and her wedding guests dance on the dance floor at Coombe lodge

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black and white photograph with flash, the wedding guests doing the conga

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wedding guests dance

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wedding guests doing the conga at the wedding reception

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wedding guests dancing at Coombe lodge

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wedding guests dancing

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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.

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the newly weds cuddle in and look into each other's eyes outside Coombe lodge wedding venue

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the bride and groom kiss in the walled garden at Coombe lodge

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