Dumbleton Hall Wedding Photography | Vicky & Rhys
2017 ended with my first trip to Dumbleton Hall to capture Vicky and Rhys’ nuptials and the firsts didn’t stop there as 4 inches of snow the day before meant it was also my first snowy wedding. I’m always looking for something different to photograph at weddings and i’d been keeping my fingers crossed we’d have enough snow to cover the grounds, while not enough to stop everyone getting to the venue!
A Perfect wedding Venue
And what a venue it is too, I really couldn’t have asked for a better location to photograph a white Christmas wedding. Dumbleton Hall is a traditional Cotswold Manor House set in 19 acres of stunning gardens with breathtaking views over a lake, populated with their famous black swans. Meanwhile the fabulous interior has a unique character making it the complete wedding venue. A photographer's paradise.
Dumbleton Hall is the perfect venue to create lasting memories.
snowy pictures in the grounds of Dumbleton hall
Vicky’s day started at Dumbleton as she got ready in one of the rooms with her mum and Bridesmaids, while Rhys and his Groomsmen got ready at his home. The ceremony took place in the oak panelled former ballroom. Licensed for up to 100 guests, Vicky & Rhys packed the room to capacity and even managed to squeeze in a string quartet.
Following a drinks reception and nibbles we ventured outside to take a small number of group shots, one of the Bridesmaids had recently got over a bout of hypothermia and did well in the winter temperatures but obviously didn’t want to hang around outside too long. Not a problem as I never take more than 10-15 minutes to get the group shots done. That just left the happy couple to spend some time together in the grounds of their beautiful venue. A few moments away from the hustle and bustle of a wedding day are always important as it’s the only time a newly married couple get to spend any quality time together on the day itself.
The picturesque gardens looked fantastic in the snow and I captured some lovely natural shots of the new Mr & Mrs Lewis together. I never pose my couples, I want them to forget i’m there and just enjoy some time in each others company. I think this approach to a couple’s shoot always yields better images than stuffy staged poses with people looking at the camera.
Through there was one problem as we tried to get back into the house, we’d been locked out as everyone tried to keep warm inside. I’ve not seen a bride have to knock on a window to be let into her own wedding before! Something both Vicky and Rhys took in good humour, working with such a laid back couple always makes capturing a day so much easier.
While the afternoon drinks took place the hard working and attentive staff at Dumbleton had turned the ballroom around and it was ready to host the wedding breakfast. After a traditional Christmas dinner the speeches followed including a great double act from Rhys’ two Best Men.
Tables gave way to the a dance floor in the evening and guests were treated to evening entertainment from Thrill Collins, a wedding band with a difference, popular songs covered in a skiffle style. It sounds odd, but the dance floor was packed as the band put on one of the most entertaining sets I've seen from a wedding band. The night was rounded off with a sparklers and fireworks - always fun to photograph.
Below are some of the images from the day.