I recently had the opportunity to photograph Sam and Sophie’s wedding in Coombe Lodge near Bath and it was an unforgettable experience. The beautiful wedding venue sits high up in the Mendip Hills in Somerset overlooking Bristol and Chew Valley lake. Coombe Lodge, built of both Bath an Cotswold stone and is an elegant building which exudes an air of British aristocracy.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather; the sun shone brightly whilst Sam and Sophie tied the knot. As Sandy, of Love in Focus Photography, captured Sophie getting ready, I headed down to the Bell Inn with Sam and the boys as they put a few final beers away before heading to St Andrews Church for Sam to be married. With Sam safely out of sight in the church, it wasn’t long before Sophie arrived in a vintage Bentley along with the bridesmaids. She was all smiles as she stepped out of the car and made her way through the church’s back door and down the aisle. The sun was perfectly positioned outside, shining a beam of light right through the church’s high windows and down onto the couple as they said their vows.
It was back to Coombe Lodge shortly thereafter for a sunny cocktail reception. Whilst the guests were happily enjoying Champagne in the lovely weather, I ducked into the reception room to capture photos of the details, which Sophie had dedicated much time and effort to.
Out of all the speeches, Sophie’s father stole the stage, getting both laughs and tears. Following the speeches we took full advantage of the gorgeous sunset that was lighting up the hillside like a wildfire. The mendip hills near Bath are perfectly positioned to soak up the evening sun. Sam and Sophie were more than happy for us to take them into a nearby field to capture some wonderful silhouettes and some lovely photos of them having a newly married smooch!
After the cake cutting the dancing started, the first dance was beautifully choreographed and was followed by the father daughter dance. Everyone was quick to join in and started to dance the night away. After our goodbyes I caught a final glimpse as a mosh pit broke out and Sam was hoisted into the air, crowd surfing high over everyone’s head.
A truly magnificent wedding to photograph. I hope it won’t be long before I return to the Mendip Hills, near Bath, to be another couple’s Wedding Photographer.