As the 2014 wedding season has already started for me, it’s about time I caught up with blogging last year’s weddings!  First up is Deb and Darren’s fabulous summer Compton Verney wedding.

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Compton Verney – I’m a regular visitor to the art gallery and we did our James Bond themed styled shoot there a while back.  So I was delighted when Deb contacted me about photographing her wedding to Darren. I was even more happy when I found out that my wedding planner friend, Louise Harris, was helping Deb with the styling.  Add  Darren’s vintage VW camper van, Melanie Thorn’s elegant stationery, Lisa Price’s cake plus some fabulous flowers from Flower Thyme and we had the recipe for a very stylish day.

A big thank you to Lisa for recommending me to Deb and Darren, and to Harriet for adding me to the Compton Verney recommended photographers list :-)  I’m looking forward to this year’s weddings there now.

Anyway, back to Deb and Darren’s wedding.

Getting ready at Ettington Chase

I started the day at nearby Ettington Chase where Deb and Darren were getting ready while the rest of  the wedding party were relaxing before the start of the day’s festivities:

Guests relaxing outside Ettington Chase before the wedding
Pre-wedding photos including flower delivery, gifts and the bridesmaid putting on a bracelet | Compton Verney wedding photography
Hair and makeup artist Kathryn Parr helping to get the bridal party ready | Compton Verney wedding photography
Bridal shoes | Compton Verney wedding photographyWedding ring box and floral tiara | Linda Scannell Photography
Bride getting dressed | Compton Verney wedding photography by Linda Scannell

Before the ceremony at Compton Verney

With Deb in her gorgeous wedding dress, it was time for me to head over to Compton Verney to meet up with my second shooter for the day, Sarah.  She’d already been busy capturing Darren’s arrival in his own VW campervan,  spruced up for the day with flower garlands and a decal with all the wedding day details.

Sign showing the way to the wedding at Compton Verney |Linda Scannell Photography
Vintage VW campervan dressed with flowers | Compton Verney wedding photography
Decal of the wedding details on a vintage VW campervan | Compton Verney wedding photography

Deb and Darren were having their marriage ceremony in the Adam Hall.  I love it because the light in there is beautiful and flattering, perfect for getting great photos.  It’s a pity that photography can’t capture aromas too because the scent from the flowers was amazing.

The Adam Hall laid out ready for the marriage ceremony | Compton Verney wedding photos by Linda Scannell

Deb arrived in a stylish vintage silver Jaguar with some surprise signs from Darren to greet her.

Vintage 1960s silver Jaguar Mark II approaching Compton Verney | Linda Scannell wedding photography
Bride and father arriving in a 1960s silver Jaguar | Linda Scannell Photography

Darren’s customised cufflinks with maps were excellent – if you look closely, you’ll see it’s got Compton Verney on there(the other one has the place that they got engaged on it).  And I adored the peach juliet roses in Deb’s bouquet – so pretty.

Map cufflinks and a juliet rose bouquet in white and peach | Compton Verney wedding
Wedding guests entering the Adam Hall via the portico | Compton Verney wedding

The wedding ceremony

Groom and best man waiting in the Adam Hall | Compton Verney weddingBridesmaids and page boy walking up the aisle in the Adam Hall | Compton Verney wedding ceremony
Bride walking up the aisle in the Adam Hall | Compton Verney wedding ceremony
Exchange of rings during a Compton Verney wedding ceremony | Linda Scannell Photography
Guests photographing the newly wed couple in the Adam Hall | Compton Verney wedding ceremony
Bride and groom | Compton Verney wedding ceremonyPosed signing of the register | Compton Verney wedding ceremony

Drinks and canapés
Post wedding ceremony drinks in the courtyard at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell PhotographyCandid photos of wedding guests at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell

Group shots and portraits

Time for  a few group shots and some bride and groom portraits too.  If you’re getting married at Compton Verney, allow plenty of time for these if you can –  there are so many beautiful backdrops to choose from around the building, the lake, the grounds and the bridge that it’s a shame not to make the most of them.

Bride and groom and vintage Jaguar in the courtyard at Compton Verney | Wedding photography by Linda Scannell
Wedding photography at Compton Verney
Newly weds in front of the Portland stone rock entitled "Untitled boulder" at Compton VerneyFine art wedding photography using the grounds of Compton Verney | Linda Scannell PhotographyClassic portrait on the bridge | Compton Verney wedding photography
Compton Verney wedding photography | Linda Scannell
Bride and groom walking back to the art gallery | Compton Verney wedding
Confetti throwing on the lawn | Compton Verney wedding

The wedding breakfast

While we’d been busy outside, Harriet and her team had transformed the Adam Hall ready for the wedding breakfast:

The Adam Hall set out for the wedding reception | Compton Verney
Gold white and peach themed top table in the Adam Hall | Compton Verney wedding photographyWedding reception table details | Compton Verney
Peach wedding cake with white filigree lace design | Compton Verney weddingDocumentary photography of the top table guests | Compton Verney weddingDocumentary photography of the speeches | Compton Verney weddingReactions during the speeches | Compton Verney wedding

Into the evening

After the reception, the guests had access to the art galleries while the Adam Hall was rearranged for the evening do, so we popped outside for some more bridal portraits to finish off the photography.

Guests relaxing in the art galleries |Compton Verney weddingThe bride and groom on the portico | Compton Verney wedding

Thank you to Deb and Darren for asking me to photograph your fabulous wedding and letting me share it here.  Sarah and I loved every minute of it.  Wishing you all the best for a long and happy life together.

If you’re reading this because you’re planning a wedding at Compton Verney, I’d love to talk to you about photographing it.  You can find more details on my wedding photography website


Venue: Compton Verney

Wedding styling: Warwickshire Wedding Planner

Wedding stationery: Melanie’s Studio Designs

Cake: Cake by Lisa Price

Hair and makeup: Kathryn Parr

Flowers: Flower Thyme

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