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A winter’s tale at St Audries | Lisa & Neil

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am sure you may have spotted this gorgeous couple on my Instagram and I can’t quite believe its been a year since this beautiful day for Lisa & Neil.

Situated in the Quantock Hills, St Audries was the venue for this winter wedding at the end of January. With a beautiful view over the Bristol Channel, and your very own country house exclusive for you and your guests I can see why Lisa & Neil chose this venue.

The 100-acre deer park offers a beautiful landscape but inside is equally as lovely. With its huge roaring fire, wood-panelled walls and minstrels’ gallery, the Great Hall offers Harry Potter-style charm, while the Banqueting Hall is fit for royalty, thanks to its large windows that let light flood in and overlook the grazing deer. Perfect for a crisp and cold winters day.

I arrived nice and early ready for bridal prep. All the girls were so welcoming and there were lots of candid opportunities. I always like this part of the day to get to know everyone a little better and to blend in capturing the combination of nerves and excitement. It was lovely to meet Lisa’s dad, Clinton, who was multitasking on the day, he was filming the wedding as well as the father of the bride duties. It allowed us time to discuss angles so the day could run smoothly without getting in each other way.

Lisa opted for a grey colour palette – simple and elegant. I loved the decadence of the bridesmaid dress and also the flower girl dresses were adorable. The flowers brought everything together, just oozing winter class and style.

The wedding ceremony took place in the centrepiece of this charming venue, the Orangery. Filled with natural light all year round, its delicate and magical feel is perfect for that special moment of ‘I do’. I think you will agree the love shines through as they said their vows, I loved the little looks of affection and the super cute ring bearers.

As we left the Orangery the weather did take a slight turn however when we had an opportunity Lisa was happy to embrace the January chill, grab the groom and get some photographs outside. Even if it is only 20 minutes having this time allowed us to utilise some of the gorgeous grounds and gave the couple some alone time. I do like it when the weather plays ball, especially in January!

The wedding flowed from dinner to speeches to the after party. Everyone had a great time and it is always nice to see the dance floor packed for action for the night ahead.

Thank you, Lisa & Neil, for allowing me to capture this wonderful day. I hope you enjoy looking back on a few of my favourite photos.

Special thank you to Lindsay for second shooting, I couldn’t have done this wedding without you.

The details

Venue: St Audries Park, www.audries-park.co.uk

Bride’s Wedding Dress: Enzoani, www.enzoani.com

Suit hire: Mos Bros, www.mossbros.co.uk

Makeup: Anna Kate, www.anna-kate.co.uk

Hair: Louise Alway, www.louisealway.com

Flowers: Interiors and Flowers by Design, www.interiorsandflowers.com

Cake: Brides mum made the wedding cake

First dance song: Chantal Kreviazuk ‘Feels Like Home’

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