I have had a few weddings in Somerset of late. For Tessa & Paul’s wedding the ceremony took place at the English Heritage site of Cleeve Abbey. A wonderful location for a wedding photographer and to have a ceremony. The weather was beautiful with blue skies and lots of hot sunshine.
The day started with meeting up with Tessa at her parents holiday home for some getting ready shots. Preparations had started by the time I arrived and it was not long before the bubbly was opened. I didn’t initially recognise Tessa when I arrived as her wild hair threw me a bit! The time to leave for the ceremony soon came round.
It’s not always easy to take in the value of a venue, but Cleeve Abbey has plenty on offer and it just seems to radiate history from the walls. Well worth a visit. I met up with Paul in the large hall; he looked a little nervous as he waited in anticipation for the bride. Paul & Tessa’s children and best-men Koby & Ryan sat by with rings at the ready.
Tessa looked beautiful as she walked down the aisle with her father. The ceremony was lovely with a reading and an emotional song sang by a friend. After the ceremony we all headed down into the grounds where we did some couple shots while the guests were served drinks and nibbles. A little later we headed off to the reception, stopping off on the way for a few sneaky shots.
Everyone was treated to some jazz as they enjoyed the food. The toasts went really well with lots of laughter and a few tears. After the speeches the guests relaxed outside in the evening sunshine and we did a few fun shots with the ladies down in the stream and in the park. The guys got in on the act too.
The time for the first dance soon came round and they had quite a treat for the party. It seemingly started off as a normal dance but soon moved on to a routine with Tessa’s dancing friends joining in. It was all very cool.
I had a great time and was made to feel very welcome. Thank you for feeding me it was very much appreciated. Talk to you soon. Anthony.
If you are think of getting married at Cleeve Abbey in Somerset, please do not hesitate to contact me