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:
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.
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.
Deb arrived in a stylish vintage silver Jaguar with some surprise signs from Darren to greet her.
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.
The wedding ceremony
Drinks and canapés
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.
The wedding breakfast
While we’d been busy outside, Harriet and her team had transformed the Adam Hall ready for the wedding breakfast:
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.
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