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Venue Spotlight: Coombe Lodge in Blagdon

Coombe Lodge Wedding Venue Somerset

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I do love photographing weddings at Coombe Lodge and there are many reasons for that: stunning backgrounds, professional and helpful staff, the food that I have a chance to try, not to mention the spectacular Sunset over the Bristol Channel. Recently I asked Coombe Lodge wedding team to share with you, some key facts about this popular Somerset wedding venue.

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What is the name of your venue and where are you located?

Coombe Lodge. Located in Blagdon near Bristol.

What sort of a ceremony set up/ location do you have?

Couples have the freedom to choose from a variety of beautiful chandelier lit ceremony rooms each with lovely views of the garden. Alternatively couples can opt for an outdoor wedding ceremony situated in the tranquil gardens, under a picturesque stone archway.

What type of weddings do you cater for? And if there are any particular styles you feel suit your venue?

Weddings are our speciality – our expertise is evident from the way we focus on the detail. Our main aim is for our couples and their guests to have the most amazing day, beyond comparison to any other. This means that couples can decorate Coombe Lodge to their own individual tastes and our dedicated team here will help them plan every moment.

How many guests can you cater for and in which style?

 50-160 day guests and up to 200 in the evening.

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What makes your venue so special?

 Over the last eight years we have earned an outstanding reputation for hosting all kinds of special events, particularly exclusive wedding ceremonies and receptions. While retaining the splendour and elegance of its past – the house has been sensitively transformed into a beautiful, contemporary venue. What we feel makes us more than just a venue however is the dedication, pride and attention to detail our team take from the very first meeting to the final farewell.

How far in advance should couples book?

For prime Saturday days it is best to plan on booking 18-24 months in advance. For couples flexible on dates we can offer bookings up to only 3-6 months in advance.

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Are they any good spots for photographs?

Our options are endless considering we have 20 acres of glorious landscaped gardens that are ever-changing. With a combination of grand vistas, tree lined pathways, secret gardens and a dazzling array of flowers, Coombe Lodge can offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography whatever the season!

What gives you the most enjoyment about your role at the venue.

One of the most enjoyable parts for all the team at Coombe Lodge is getting to know our couples on a personal level. We all share the same love of creating unforgettable moments and making each wedding day the best it could be. The best part of the role however is seeing how happy the bride and groom and  their guests are which overall make us very proud in what we do.

Any messages to couples you would like to convey?

A wedding venue is more than just a building. It takes our professional and friendly team to go that extra mile to make each day perfect.  The same can be said for our team of chefs who take enormous pride in creating our delicious menu’s for our couples and their guests to enjoy!

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If you are looking for a perfect Wedding Venue near Bristol, then you must visit Coombe Lodge. To see some more images from Coombe Lodge Wedding Venue Somerset, please check some real weddings from Recommended Coombe Lodge Wedding Photographer below:

Brian & Elspeth's  Summer Outdoor wedding

Nathan & Cat's  Spring Wedding 

Ash & Gemma's  Autumn wedding


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Winter wedding at Saxon Barn - Cotswolds Wedding Photographer

Saxon Barn Wedding

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Ema & Henry's epic Winter wedding at Saxon Barn had all what I love about weddings

Ema and Henry got married in December at the groom’s parents’ farm (Priory Farm), which is a beautiful farm in Leonard Stanley near Stroud. They had their ceremony at newly renovated Saxon barn, a stunning medieval barn next to Henry's family home. The couple chose Priory Farm and Saxon Barn, because they could totally personalise it and obviously didn't have to pay for the hire!

Bride & Groom got in touch with me in Spring and their enquiry really intrigued me. They said that there are getting married in a brand new venue and it would be the first wedding in there! I really liked that idea as I love to photograph weddings at venues that I never photographed before. It was also great to know that I came recommended by Ema's friend whose wedding I photographed few years back at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire.

The ceremony

The wedding itself was a humanist ceremony as the the venue didn't have the wedding license yet. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was a beautiful way of involving everyone. The barn was decorated with candles and the wood burner was keeping everybody warm and cosy. To be honest with such a lovely rustic feel you don't need any decoration at all!

The reception

The reception was in a marquee in the afternoon, and they had live band in the evening. The marquee was connected with another rustic farm building and was beautifully decorated by fairly lights. The effect was brilliant. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with sparklers.

The funniest part of the day was the speeches, especially the part involving ducks (see below). They also prepared party poppers for every guests to reveal the sex of their expected baby after the speeches – it was the first time I’ve seen that at a wedding and it was amazing to capture it. Ema and Henry's wedding was so chilled and had a fun atmosphere. Here's their epic Saxon Barn wedding!

Saxon Barn Wedding

Thank you to everyone who made Ema & Henry's Winter Wedding at Saxon Barn happen:

Ceremony and Reception: Saxon Barn at Priory Farm

Hair & Makeup: Feel Good Factor

Dress: Grand Jour Bridal Boutique

Band: Tommy and the Fuse

Flowers: Fleurs de Rue

Catering: Relish Event Catering

Cotswolds Wedding Photographer: Martin Dabek Photography

 

If you are planning tied the knot at Saxon Barn at Priory Farm or anywhere in Cotswolds for that matter, please get in touch.


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Venue Spotlight: Priston Mill in Somerset

Priston Mill Wedding Venue Somerset

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I have been a recommended Priston Mill wedding photographer for many years now and I had a chance to photograph many beautiful weddings at The Watermill and The Tythe Barn. I would like to share with you, some key facts about this stunning and popular Somerset wedding venue:

What is the name of your venue and where are you located?

The Tythe Barn & Watermill wedding venues at Priston Mill are located in Somerset near Bath.

What sort of a ceremony set up/ location do you have?

Indoor ceremonies can take place at Priston Mill either in the stunning seventeenth century Tythe Barn or the totally unique and charming Watermill.  There is an oak pagoda available in the picturesque Watermill gardens for outdoor ceremonies.

What type of weddings do you cater for? And if there are any particular styles you feel suit your venue?

The venues at Priston Mill are so versatile that they lend themselves to all styles of weddings. This means that couples can decorate the venues to their individual taste.

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Priston Mill Wedding Venue Somerset

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How many guests can you cater for and in which style?

60-150 day guests and up to 200 in the evening

What makes your venue so special?

The seventeenth century venues have their ancient character intact and yet they have been refurbished in a contemporary and cosy style which more than meets the expectations of our guests today.

How far in advance should couples book?

For prime Saturday days it is best to plan on booking 18-24 months in advance. For couples flexible on dates we can offer bookings up to only 3-6 months ahead!

priston mill wedding photographerAre there any good spots for photographs? 

Plenty! Outside the rolling hills, Conygre Brook and farmland offer amazing backdrops as do the picturesque gardens. Inside shots taken from the Tythe Barn mezzanine and beside the rather quirky workings of the Watermill are great for the photographer to work with. 

What gives you the most enjoyment about your role at the venue. 

The most enjoyable part for all of us has to be the positivity and infectious happiness from meeting and working with newly engaged couples. 

Any messages to couples you would like to convey?

It’s not just about the venue though. The quality of cuisine is renowned and the team of chefs and event managers have amazing feedback. They are friendly, professional, go the extra mile and are a joy to work with.

wedding photographer priston millIf you are looking for a perfect Wedding Venue for your big day, then you must check out Priston Mill website. To see some more images from Priston Mill Wedding Venue Somerset, why don't you check some real weddings below: Wedding at The Watermill & Wedding at Tythe Barn.

 

 

 


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Relaxed Cornish wedding at Polhawn Fort – Nazia & Martin

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Nazia & Martin's Cornish Polhawn Fort wedding was so much fun that I didn't want to leave!

Nazia and Martin had their second wedding celebration at the spectacular Polhawn Fort, which is an old Napoleonic fort on the Cornish coast near Plymouth and  The South Devon coast. They had their ceremony at the same venue as the reception, which was brilliant. They chose Polhawn Fort, because they could have the place for the whole weekend and they just love it there. Polhawn Fort is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Rame Peninsula, overlooking the sea at Whitsand Bay. I love shooting Polhawn Fort wedding photography, because the grounds are absolutely amazing and the photo ops are endless.

The ceremony

The wedding itself was a humanist ceremony inside the venue as the weather made it impossible to have an outdoor ceremony. During the ceremony they read their own vows. It was so personal. Martin's ushers did the traditional arch with sword at the end of the ceremony which is a must on every military wedding. It was also great to see so many familiar faces from their Asian wedding at Portsmouth Guildhall the week before.

The reception

The drinks reception  was out on the roof and the meal was in the marquee overlooking the sea. The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with fireworks. The most memorable part of the day was dramatic sunset, because it was so romantic and personal. Once the guests were ushered into the marquee for the wedding breakfast, the sun came out for few minutes. It was a perfect timing for few couple photos and also they had some time for themselves afterwards.

The Day after session

Nazia and Martin met online and have been together for few years. They got in touch with me one year before their weddings and their enquiry really intrigued me. They said that they wanted to have The day after session in the sea (also known as Trash the dress session) in the morning after their wedding, and I really liked that they were up for that, well at least the bride was :)

It was a pleasure to work alongside the following awesome wedding vendors:

Video: A Man with a Wedding Camera

Wedding Coordinator: Planning Elegance

Catering: The Little Gem Catering Company

Celebrant: Humanist Ceremonies

Flowers: Floral Creations Cornwall

Cake: Nicky Grant Cakes

Band and the guitarist: Warble Entertainment

Fireworks: Celebration Pyrotechnics

Nazia and Martin’s wedding was such a laugh and so laid back. Here’s their stunning wedding!

Polhawn Fort Wedding Photography

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If you are planning Polhawn Fort wedding (or anywhere in Cornwall for that matter) and you like my Polhawn Fort wedding photography please get in touch.

Check out the highlights from this unique Polhawn Fort wedding from A Man with a Wedding Camera:

 


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Asian Wedding at Portsmouth Guildhall - Nazia & Martin

Asian Wedding Photography Portsmouth Guildhall

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Nazia and Martin had two completely different wedding celebrations, which were just a week apart.

First one was a traditional Muslim wedding at the spectacular Guildhall Portsmouth in Hampshire.

They chose Guildhall because it’s bride's family home and it was actually the only wedding venue they looked at. The venue is perfect for Asian weddings as could cater for 300 guests and has a massive stage which is a must for any Muslim wedding.

I really enjoy shooting Asian weddings because the decor and colours are just incredible, not to mention the Asian food which I love!

The Muslim Wedding Ceremony 

 

Just before the noon there was a small civil ceremony where only parents were present. After the couple were legally married they could start the Muslim ceremony. I love to photograph Asian bridal preparation as there is so much shiny details and jewellery involved and putting this on the bride it's a skill in itself.
Martin and his family arrived in vintage cars and make their way to the entrance, where Nazia's brothers and sisters were greeting them. Well in fact the tradition us that the groom have to pay the ransom for the bride, so after few negotiation the price was agreed and the groom could come in and merry his bride.
During the Muslim ceremony the bride's family were praying for her marriage, which I found really touching and meaningful. After the ceremony and traditional family pictures on the stage I took the couple for some pictures in front of Guildhall. The weather unfortunately wasn't on our side, however the couple and myself were happy with pictures.
Nazia and Martin’s wedding had such a good vibe and was so interesting to capture it. Here’s their colourful Muslim wedding!

Asian Wedding Photography Portsmouth Guildhall

 

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If you considering getting married at Portsmouth Guildhall (or anywhere else for that matter) and you like my Asian wedding photography please get in touch.

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Best Bristol Wedding Photography 2017

Best Bristol Wedding Photography

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A good part of looking forward is also reflecting on the past. I thought to share with you what the last year have looked like – a recap of my favourite images that I had a chance to capture for my lovely couples. It's weird how quick time goes by, it seems not long ago when I did my best of 2016.

From shooting Winter weddings at Brympton House and Bridwell Park to Spring weddings in my favourite Bristol wedding venues - Kings Weston House and SS. Great Britain, then full on Summer and many outdoor and farm weddings all over the country (which I will blog in the coming months). Not to mention unique destination weddings in Portugal and Italy, which were a real blast to capture.

This year for me was busy but amazing, no doubts. The great feedbacks I have received on social media testify to this. Such positive feedbacks warm my heart in a touching way. Kindly follow me on Facebook and Instagram to get regular updates and see what we’ve been up to.

Many thanks to all the beautiful brides and grooms who’ve let me photograph their weddings. It’s been a memorable year indeed, I even got chosen as a finalist as the Best Wedding Photographer 2017 in the South West region with The Wedding Industry Awards. I have worked with the most amazing couples who were incredibly gracious, kind and thoughtful to me. One of the perks of being a friendly wedding photographer is being sent home with hugs and lovely reviews afterwards in appreciation of a job well done. Winks : ))

 Best Bristol Wedding Photography 2017

With that, I am set for 2018. There is something about the New Year that is so full of optimism - a fresh start, a new adventure waiting around the corner. New friends (2018 couples), I can’t wait to meet you all. It’ll certainly be an honour to cover your wedding and lock down the memories of your beautiful wedding day in natural and creative wedding photography. But before then, come take a look at some of the images I created in 2017. Let’s go!

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If you are looking for a creative and friendly wedding photographer for 2019 and beyond (only few free dates for 2018) then please get in touch.


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Feedback from happy couples

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This year I was entered into the Wedding Industry Awards and was delighted to find out, after my 2017 couples had placed their votes, that I had got through to the regional finals! Now the competition is over, I have received all the voters comments through and I am absolutely blown away!
I am so grateful for all the lovely feedback and just had to share some of them. Would love to share all of them, but I would end up with the longest blog post ever! ;)

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award winning wedding photographer bristol

"Martin made everyone (even the camera-shy!) feel comfortable, so that all the photos are both beautiful and natural. He photographed the many emotional moments that made our wedding so special, but without interrupting the ceremony or any of our conversations with our guests. Martin has an amazing ability to single out small details or interactions that were important to us - our wedding album really captures our relationship with each other and with our friends and family. "

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"Everyone at the wedding loved the way Martin worked, he was professional, yet fun and took some lovely pictures. We were so very happy with what he did and now we’ve got a fantastic album created by him to remember it by. Martin was very thorough with his work and made sure we had all the pictures that we wanted out of the day but made sure he did so in a nice relaxed way, we couldn’t recommend him enough for anyone else looking for a photographer for their special day "

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Award Winning Wedding Photographer Bristol

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"I was very pleased with our wedding photos as Martin took some stunning artistic shots. He also captured the key moments of our day perfectly. I was impressed at how he didn't get in the way of our guests but still managed to photograph everything that we wanted."

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"Martin is a very experienced photographer. He is cheerful, professional and has lots of great ideas to take the best pictures. He liaised with us before the wedding day in a very effective manner so we would be on the same page. We loved our wedding pictures. Highly recommended! "

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"Martin was a true professional throughout and had us all at ease with having our photos taken instantly. Michael and I have never had professional photo's taken of us together and were slightly worried about the experience. Martin took away any worries we had straight away, he guided us effortlessly when needed others times he just blended in the background. Martin had fantastic ideas for capturing the perfect shots in the best lighting. We are absolutely thrilled with our photos. Stunning!"

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"From the very beginning from meeting martin to the big day, he was so friendly, answered all my stupid questions professionally and set my mind at ease and I knew with planning my wedding day, the photography was one thing I did have to worry about, martin had it all covered and put my mind at ease. On the day, he was brilliant and all my guests loved him. I also loved every single photo so choosing only 90 for my album took me a few days!! Great photographer and I will always recommend him"

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If you are looking for an Award Winning wedding photographer Bristol for 2019 and beyond (only few free dates for 2018) and would like to have similar experience as the couples above please get in touch.

 

 


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Bristol Mansion House - Karen & Richard

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It was thrilling shooting Karen and Richard’s Bristol Mansion House Wedding. The couple was recommended by the Mansion House to their wedding planner based on my experience in Bristol Mansion House Wedding Photography.

The Mansion House in Clifton perfectly incorporates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with luxury, style and exclusivity in a cocktail mannerism, making it the perfect setting for a perfect Clifton wedding.

Speaking of Karen and Richard’s Bristol Mansion House Wedding, here’s how it went down…

The day started out with Karen getting ready in her bridal suite. Her bridesmaids were her three beautiful daughters who kept her company and helped her as she got ready. The atmosphere was fairly calm and relaxed. Karen’s unique and beautiful short bridal dress was supplied by Veils of Berkeley.

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I love the entire atmosphere of their outdoor wedding which comes across so perfectly in their images. All the elements made the day great but everything came together with the hard work of their wedding planner – Caroline of  The Planning Lounge.

The flowers were supplied and beautifully arranged by Megan of Megan Lilly Flowers. The simple posy style bouquet of mixed roses and astrantia in pale dusky pinks, blush and ivory with soft green foliage were elegant yet subtle. The delicious food and drinks was supplied by Parsnip Mash, which is well know for the quality of their food in the whole of South West.

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There was plenty of great music throughout the day, starting from guitarist Matt Bee who played at the ceremony and drinks reception to DJ (Tom from Crossfade) and Bristol based band called The 45’s”. Friends and families evidently enjoyed the great music. They swayed nicely to the blend of beats.

Karen and Richard’s Mansion House wedding was perfect and they were full of smiles all day long. Their lovely wedding was also recently feature on The English Wedding Blog.

If you are planning Clifton wedding or you are getting married at The Mansion House, please get in touch to talk about your requirements in more detail.

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