Combermere Abbey Wedding Photography | Lauren & Rob
A Windy Winter Wedding
Lauren & Rob got in touch in September 2017 looking for a photographer to capture their wedding at the incredible St. Marys Church and the timelessly beautiful Combermere Abbey. We met for coffee in Nantwich and spoke about their love of the outdoors and their Patterdale terrier Milly. Feeling a great connection to my couples is very important to me and luckily enough Lauren and Rob seemed like just my kind of people.
Before Lauren & Rob married I met them at Hawkstone Park Follies for an engagement shoot. These pre-wedding shoots always give you great natural photographs from a really special time.
The day flew by in a flash of laughter and love. From fun with their son Riley to Milly the dog’s special appearance to speeches full of heart to organising jolly guests with sparklers. It was all fun and games with smiles all around.
A really special touch for me was Lauren’s veil. She chose to wear her mums veil which she wore at her wedding 30 years ago! What a “something borrowed” it was! As much as the wind brought challenges to us it did provide some interesting naturally veil breezes through the Yew Avenue at Combermere.
Multiple Weddings at Combermere Abbey
Living within just three quarters of an hour Combermere Abbey means I’m a favourite when couples are searching for a local wedding photographer. Victorian Walled Garden weddings are always awesome and the incredible to photograph and suit my style of relaxed fun wedding photography down to a tee. Lauren & Rob’s day is just one of many I’ve photographed at this stunning countryside estate wedding venue. Having my work often used in Combermere marketing material is a real honour and I love meeting new couples who’re planning their day here.
My style of wedding photography is built on a great relationship with my couples. All of my weddings are different and unique; even those at the same venue like Combermere Abbey. Time on your wedding day is really important to me as I’m sure it is to you too? So if I can help it I don’t really want you to miss a thing and would love you to remember as much as possible. This caring and relaxed approach to my wedding photography is the reason why so many couples recommend me. They always say it feels like a friend is taking their photographs and not a photographer.
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This Combermere Abbey Couple’s Kind Words
“Adam checked in with us throughout the day; asking if we were ok when we were having photos, he would ask if we needed a break or a drink. It was like having a close friend take our photos.”
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Thousands of Years of Historic Natural and Architectural Beauty
This 1,000 year old country estate is in a complete class of it’s own when it comes to luxurious wedding venues in Cheshire. Bordering the Shropshire border Combermere Abbey is a private estate now owned by Sarah Callander Beckett with it having been in her family for over 100 years.
The Combermere story is one of many sagas and goes back to the 12th century when the Lord of Nantwich, Hugh de Malbank began using the area for a Cistercian monastery. In it’s heyday it boasted 22 monks and 22,000 acres of land but all of this came to an end when Henry VIII took a personal vendetta against Catholicism.
Like many monasteries Combermere was repurposed into a private wealthy family home and the building was extended to house servant quarters and emulate the more familiar gothic architecture you see today. Spending most of it’s years as a private home it was then brought by Sir Kenneth Crossley of Crossley Motors fame at the start of the 20th century.
Facing many hard years Combermere’s most notable use was for serving as an evacuee centre for girls during WWII. Towards the end of the 20th century it started to decay away from it’s former glory and was passed down to Sir Kenneth’s granddaughter, Lady Lindsay. In 1992 the current owner, Sarah Callender Beckett took on the estate and began extensive restorations which continue to this day bringing Combermere into the current day whilst respecting it’s vast heritage.
Although the home and the solid structures the Combermere Estate houses speak a very architecturally historical story it’s nothing compared to the story the rolling parkland or the ancient woodlands could speak. Combermere’s fusion of outdoor and indoor space is what makes it one of the most sought after venues in Cheshire and the UK. All of this comes to a head in the vastly magnificent Victorian Walled Garden where all of the main events of any wedding day are hosted. Not many wedding venues can boast the all season trope but Combermere shouts it from the rooftops and rightly so. Walled Garden weddings differ day to day and even more so season to season making a wedding in Winter just as magical as a Wedding in Spring.
A Walled Garden for All Seasons
I often describe Combermere as a timeless wedding venue. With services lit by natural light in the Edwardian Glasshouse, drinks receptions served amongst the historic natural beauty of the Victorian Walled Garden and wedding breakfasts catered to exactly in The Pavillion you just can’t get more beautiful wedding photographs which will look like they were taken yesterday at any other wedding venue. The whole character of the place is devised from the nature and nature never goes out of fashion.
With the option of getting ready on site available to all couples you’re never far away from your big day on the morning of your wedding. No rushing out of the door or having to go back for something it’s all their with you and a saunter up the long drive is the only travelling you’ll have to commit to meaning there’s so much more time to enjoy your wedding day.
Four ceremony options at Combermere Abbey provide enough choice to satisfy even the most picky of couples. The Edwardian Glasshouse nestled to the rear of the Victorian Walled Garden is the favourite amongst brides and/or grooms as it provides the simplest option and only indoor option onsite. If you’re lucky enough to have the British weather on side when you say “I Do” then you can choose to marry outdoors and opt for several prearranged positions including the Fruit Maze and the Garden Arbour for a more intimate occasion. For those couples looking to things in a more traditional fashion then there are several churches nearby which often host couples of the Estate. With St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church, Burleydam and Audlem Saint James The Great Church being the closest.
From here your day opens up on to the lush lawns and beautiful gardens surrounding you. Sipping champagne beneath blue skies whilst your guests enjoy outdoor entertainment or lawn games is a very popular way to enjoy your drinks reception. Should the blue skies not be on your side then The Pavillion at Combermere Abbey hosts a communal area with large bar ran by Gorilla Events for you and your guests to enjoy. Custom cocktail requests are encouraged and the expert team at Gorilla Events are expertly setup to handle any outlandish drinks ideas.
Moving on into your wedding breakfast, the large Pavillion offers a super adaptable space for any wedding size and can be laid out in any old way to satisfy your wedding planning needs. The communal area remains separate for those people wanting a bit more of lounge into the evening whilst the dance floor either already setup or moved in within the evening gives a great party atmosphere for you and your guests.
Meals are served by either Olive Tree or Pickled Walnut who’ve been working alongside Combermere for many years so you can rest assured you’re in great hands when it comes to enjoying a dining experience you’ll remember forever.
As is becoming the norm for wedding venues Combermere has it’s own accommodation options giving your guests the great option to roll off of the dance floor and into their beds. With many different layouts and a private Honeymoon Suite you’ll find accommodation to suit any needs.
Don’t just take my word for how great Combermere Abbey is, they’ve been recognised with awards for several years by independent panels. Most notably, they won the Hudson award for Best Wedding Venue in 2016.
Photographing Amongst the Most Natural Setting
Combermere is hands down one of the best indoor civil ceremony venues in the country let alone county to photograph in. Any photographer will tell you the trials of photographing within a dark church. It brings an air of atmosphere for sure but the ease of shooting within the Edwardian Glasshouse is just something which makes the job so much easier allowing myself to focus on every little moment unfolding before my lens.
With the beautifully simplistic natural backdrops of nature and the rustic Victorian Walled Garden walls your wedding photographs will never cease to look stunning at Combermere. Spacious pathways, archways and lush lawns give great backdrops for your formal portraits and big group photographs.
Then when it comes time to have your own photos taken you can escape in style in a vintage Crossley to explore more photograph opportunities at the Abbey, enchanting lake and beautiful brick stables before returning to your guests. If disappearing from your guests isn’t your thing then you can easily just saunter through the gardens and capture incredible photographs around each turn. The Yew Tree Avenue is one definitely not to be missed from the shot list!
To be able to do my job to the best of my abilities I need to be working alongside some other kick ass suppliers and events teams. Combermere has the event team side of things sussed and every wedding I’ve attended their is truly magical which makes being a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer one of the best jobs in the world.
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