Coombe Abbey wedding photography – Sally and Ross.
I have photographed a number of weddings at Coombe Abbey near Coventry and find this a really lovely venue. Coombe Abbey is grade I listed building and a former country house, now a beautiful hotel. The hotel is located in a country park known as Coombe Park. Originally founded as a twelfth century monastery until the dissolution of the monasteries, after which it became a royal property. Around 1771 the grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown, the lake was added at this time. Coombe Abbey was the home for generations of the Earls of Craven until 1923. Coventry City Council purchased Coombe Abbey in 1964 and later opened the park to the public. Coombe Abbey is now a four star hotel with 119 bedrooms and is a very popular venue for weddings. Please get in contact if you are looking for a Coombe abbey wedding photographer.
The bride, Sally, is a make up artist, no prizes for guessing that she opted to do her own make up. I arrived to find Sally and her bridesmaids getting ready in a beautiful room overlooking the front gardens of the hotel. My nest stop was the other side of Coombe Abbey, where the groom, Ross, was getting ready in a more modern section of the hotel. Ross was keen to show me the amazing bath in his bedroom, well it had to be done, so I got a few photographs of Ross taking a bath (with plenty of bubbles) before leaving him in peace and heading back over to Sally’s room to photograph her in her dress.
The wedding ceremony took place in the atmospheric Abbey Gate, this room is more like a theatre, complete with theatrical lighting with red gels – much to the delight of wedding photographers. Warwickshire registrars are well known to wedding photographers for having a lot of restrictions for photography, and even in this unusual setting that was the case. I could photograph the bride arriving, rings exchange and kiss – nothing else was allowed. Thankfully the Abbey Gate is the sort of place you can lurk in the shadows and with my cameras being so quiet I could take the photographs I knew Sally and Ross would want. The room looked beautiful and i wanted to capture the atmosphere in my photographs.
After the ceremony the couple and their guests headed for a drinks reception. Sally and Ross took a few minutes alone together in the gardens, which made for some beautiful photographs. It was then time for the wedding breakfast and speeches. After dinner, Sally and Ross headed up to their room where I took a few portraits of them before leaving them together for some time to reflect on the day. My coverage ended with the first dance.
Sally and Ross had a beautiful 14″x10″ coffee table album with a black leather cover, I think albums are the best way to present wedding photographs.
So here are my favourite’s from this wedding at Coombe Abbey.