we are always looking for “novel ways” to showcase rings and this book in the library provided a humorous satirical statement for Ella and Andrew’s rings designed by Simon Washbrook
Best Wedding Venues in Somerset, Brympton House are a favourite for hosting Country House Weddings in Somerset. Brympton Weddings have the accolade as one of the most beautiful places to marry in England. Without a doubt Somerset is one of my favourite counties and we are regular visitors. Today we are showcasing the winter wedding of Ella and Andrew Timms. A luxurious celebration on New Years Eve 2012. Ella and Andrew’s party’s and celebrations are of legend so this 2 night three day extravaganza was eager let anticipated amongst their assembled and excited family and friends. If we go back almost twelve months, I remember spending a pleasant 20 minutes or so chatting to Ella and her bridesmaid Andrea at the Tatton Park wedding show in January 2012. As she explained to me all about her plans, I found myself advising of the importance of choosing the right photographer. Winter weddings are not for the inexperienced, you have to be right on top of your game. The importance of light, lighting and weather situations are part and parcel of wedding photography on the day. Add in extras like, New Years Eve, shooting, eating, drinking, candlelit ceremonies, vodka luge, dancing and fireworks, and you have a shooting schedule to inspire and push your creativity to the max. Ella and Andrew knew what to expect having spent some time with us on their E-shoot day. It worked perfectly. Because of the weather and fading light we had to shoot fairly briskly in a short space of time. We were a team and we achieved it to great effect. Thats the value and importance of having an engagement shoot. Alongside us for this Brympton House winter adventure are our friends and professional movie makers Marry Me Films. The road trip down to Somerset in a vehicle packed to the max with an arsenal of kit, was so entertaining. We arrived on top form, the banter was optimised, the shoot plan finalised, the next two days of wedding photography would be wonderful.
So dear readers, here we are. A flavour of winter wedding photography for you to sample. We have selected a few from the 300+ online gallery for you to browse through. We’ve added some thoughts to our selections too. You will find a link at the bottom of the blog post to our Brympton House wedding photography gallery where family and friends are able to view all of Ella and Andrew’s pictures as a slideshow or manually go through each photograph.
The avenue of winter trees are skeletons and make for dramatic black and white pictures. Perfect vista for my Fuji X100 and an impressive car journey down to the house.
The majestic stance of the house. The terrace and steps leading down to the gardens and lake
New Years Eve. After a hearty breakfast the guests ventured out into the wet and blustery morning for a spot of shooting and archery. Despite the very inclement conditions, we gathered quite a few took advantage of the “Freshness” to blow away a few cobwebs after an evening of enjoying Ella and Andrew’s legendary hospitality.
The weather was about to whip itself up into a very wet and blustery day. Claire battled with the CHP brolly, whilst I documented the morning on the Fuji X100. Perfect tool for the job, meanwhile Tony and Sara of Marry Me Films turned in a super professional job in the elements with kit x1o0 bigger than ours.
A great portrait in his last few hours of bachelorhood. When you look at this picture bigger you can get a great visual of just how damp the morning was.
Here is Ella and a few close mates sharing that fresh morning together and it was time for me to do a Rihanna rendition of “and you can stand under my umbrella ella ella”
meanwhile back at the house, roaring fires, hair of the dog and a brew or two
Moving on to the preparations and Ella chose these gorgeous Harriet Wilde shoes
Ella’s dress was designed by Dean Thomas of Burberry. I loved the pattern projected onto the wall in the hall of the bridal suite by the glass lampshade. Perfect for Ella’s bridal portrait
Andrew and his groomsmen. They all had their comical nicknames sewn into the underside of their Harrison Howard suit collars. One of these handsome chaps has the title of “Knobhead”
Andrea and Julie looked absolutely fabulous in their cossack style hats
The chapel ceremony was lit with candles. Cometh the hour the darkened skies dried up and there was a window of brightness for the bride to arrive.
The arrival of the bride and as with every bride that unique look of love behind a smile of anticipation and nerves.
I love this documentary shot from Claire. The glow of candles mixed with a touch of theatre from a frosted Lowel light.
A wonderful splash of colourful confetti. Real flower petals lovingly created by the mums.
Time for a quick portrait of the happy couple post confetti in the spotlight of the trusty lowel light
Dinner is served. Candlelight celebrations for 130 diners.
A stolen moment before the bride and groom are announced in by Toastmaster Peter Craft
One of many hilarious moments during a fine session of after dinner speeches. I shall look forward to see in Marry Me Films footage
The art of the vodka luge Doubling up nicely as a seating plan too.
A good documentary photograph will reveal a number of stories going on in a scene
there are more shots of the luge in the full online gallery. Link at the end of the blog post
we managed to borrow Ella and Andrew for 15mins in between moving from the house up to the orangery. A combination of our lighting skills and available light make for unique and striking winter wedding portraits.
“going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married” a warm romantic portrait in the doorway of Brympton House chapel
A cool winter wedding portrait of the groom. The specks of cold winter rain caught in my lighting, dance like fireflies on a warm summers evening
the terrace steps and backdrop of the house are perfect for this location portrait
the bigger picture reveals the grandeur and drama of the moment.
“Masquerade, paper faces on parade” the New Years Eve celebrations were about to begin
I do love a bride that owns a dance floor
There have been a number of pictures throughout this wedding that have been perfect for many a fine song title. Fairy tale of New York by Kirsty McColl and the Pogues comes to mind here
Past midnight and time to let the New Year in with one last venture outside
Fireworks over Brympton House announced the finale to Ella and Andrew Timms New Years Eve wedding.
There you have it Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for looking. You can visit Ella and Andrews online gallery by clicking this link Brympton House wedding photography where you can see all the pictures from their day. Please don’t be shy, it would be lovely if you left a little blog love by leaving a comment for the bride and groom. Thanks again