When you plan a winter wedding you understand that the weather may or may not be on your side (let’s face it, when you plan a UK wedding at any time of year, you take that risk!) but with a winter wedding, you may secretly hope and dream for some snow! And that’s exactly what Hatty and Rory got for their December wedding at Crowcombe Court in Somerset.
Crowcombe Court is nestled in the Quantock Hills in Somerset (these hills did make getting there a little dicey in the snow!) and is an incredible Grade I listed Manor House. Internally and externally the house is beautiful and a complete dream to photograph.
My day started photographing Hatty and her bridesmaids and flower girls getting ready in the aptly named ‘getting ready room’. This was a super-chilled affair with prosseco poured, sandwiches made by Hatty’s mum and the kids providing the entertainment. And of course the super talented Laura Bukin was on hair and the incredible Laura Le Page doing make up, and what a job they did!
As the flower girls headed down the long snowy drive towards the church with Hatty’s mum, I hung back in the grand hall with Hatty, her dad and sister taking this time to do some bridal portraits in the most incredible grand entrance hall. There was so much snow on the ground that Hatty decided (with everyone in agreement!) that wearing wellies would be the best way to reach the church without ruining her shoes or potentially going flying on the slippery surfaces.
After the lovely church service, the couple left through the porch to their cheering guests and down the path they went with bucket loads of confetti being thrown high into the air around them. We then headed back up the snowy driveway to quickly snap some couple shots in front of Crowcombe before heading back into the warm for the drinks reception.
As the guests filed into the splendidly decorated dining room (which happens to have the most beautiful and intricate ceiling) I snapped a few shots of Hatty and Rory in-front of the Christmas tree and descending the staircase behind and then it was time for them to enter for speeches and dinner with their guests clapping and cheering as they entered. The speeches hit the perfect balance of emotion, warmth and hilarity from all speakers. This was followed bye an utter feast put on by Crowcombe Court’s team of chefs.
As the meal finished guests slowly started filing out and having a coffee or even a quick drink from the bar waiting for the cake cutting. The cheese cake was made and decorated by Hatty’s mother and looked magnificent. The guests and more importantly couple had some time to chat and drink as more guests arrived for the evening’s festivities downstairs in the bar next to the dance floor. After the first dance I snapped away merrily at the dancers going crazy and others preferring to prop the bar up and natter the night away.
As I slipped away I couldn’t help but reflect that this really had been the perfect day for Hatty and Rory and how honoured I was to be chosen to photograph their day, so … thank you!
Photographer: Falkenburg Photography
Venue: Crowcombe Court
Florals: Interiors and Flowers
Bridal attire: Abbi Chapel
Groom attire: Astaires
Hair: Laura Bukin
Makeup: Laura Le Page