Wedding photography at Combermere Abbey
Nicola and Adam’s summer wedding was blessed with – wait for it – lovely sunny weather!. Referred to by Elizabeth, Empress of Austria as ‘One of the most romantic places in Europe,’ it’s a magical venue and to be a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer is truly a treat.
Set within a 900 year old historic estate outside the market town of Whitchurch, the Combermere Abbey Estate originally established as a Cistercian Monastery is a hidden gem on the borders of Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales.
Bridal preparations took place at a beautifully restored self-catering cottage near the entrance to Combermere Abbey . Guests were struck by the beauty of the parkland with its breathtaking landscape and compelling architecture, transported back to the traditions and elegance centuries past.
Documentary Wedding Photography
Nicola made her entrance in a 1927 Crossley Car and was escorted by her father through the only known fruit tree maze in the world.
The ceremony took place in the Glass House, a dazzling pavilion on the Abbey grounds with 180 degree views over the cordons of gooseberries and redcurrant. Combined with the espaliers of apples and pears, there was quite the multitude of colours and thus many opportunities to me as a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer. Nicola dazzled in a gown by Puure Bridal, and not to be upstaged, the groom also looked suave in a suit from Jack Bunneys.
Drinks, canapés and good party
After the nuptials, guests headed over to the main lawn for drinks and games. Sack races, bowls, croquet including a giant Jenga were the order of the day with everyone really getting into the spirit. The whole afternoon had the charming garden party feel of bygone days.
During the speeches it was clear how in love and at ease with each other the new Mr and Mrs were. The smiles continued until the first dance – you could tell they’d been practicing!
To end the day they explored more of the Abbey’s 1000 acres, heading down to the mere itself; the light was low as they wandered through the woodland with its ancient oaks.