Wedding at St. Audries Park, West Quantockshead, Somerset.
What a beautiful wedding on the Somerset coast, nestled in the rolling hills of the Quantocks and a just stones throw from Exmoor. St. Audries is an amazing venue, rain or shine; good job because we did see some for Rebecca & Simon’s day. The rain didn’t ruin anything, we just enjoyed their amazing day in a beautiful building. Grand stairs, great hall, lounges, snugs, bars, dining halls and spacious rooms. The styling and detail is incredible, every room has exquisite coving with some the most staggering intricate shapes I’ve seen yet. The venue as a whole is so well lit with natural light, the careful designers obviously had this mind, there are fabulous skylights letting natural light into the centre of the building hall ways. It is clear to see the St. Audries Team are dedicated and proud to do what they do, everything is so perfect! From the precision well kempt garden bushes to the rich, shiny, well waxed woods of the interiors. Their service throughout was really great, nothing was too much trouble.
The day began mid-morning for me with Rebecca and her six Bridesmaids (Yes! six!) , the Bridal preparation rooms at St. Audries lend themselves so well to our modern function, so much light and space available for comfortable makeup application, hair styling and of course having a good giggle!
The wedding ceremony itself took place in St. Audries’s beautiful Orangery, which for Photographers is an absolute dream! All glass sides and roof make for some superb lighting as well as enough space for a substantial amount of family and wedding guests. Rebecca entered from the rear doors at the end of the isle, a nervous looking Simon awaited her accent of the isle not before the Page boy and Bridesmaids. The first look is such a memorable one, almost disbelief and so much joy. There was also a spectacular laugh between Simon, Rebecca and her Father when they stopped at the side of Simon, I don’t know what was said or even if it was their expressions to one another sparked it, such a lovely moment.
After the ceremony it was off back into the main house, dodging the light rain as it began. Canapés and drinks were taken in the great hall, so many smiles and sharing of stories were taking place with children playing hide and seek. Due to the rain we decided it would be best for the sake of everyone’s comfort to take the group photographs and confetti on the epic grand stairs, it worked so well.
The rain continued well into the night, what do you do when that happens? – ‘the rain shot’! OK, how does that work? Well, the lighting (A single flash with wireless trigger and an LED continuous light) is set up using a brave model and the camera settings perfected before the Bride and Groom are called, minimal disruption and they aren’t out under an umbrella for long!
Many thanks to my Second Photographer Adam Beale at https://www.adambealephotography.com/
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