New Years Eve Wedding at Coombe Abbey, Coventry – Laura & Steve’s Wedding

After photographing probably one of my longest weddings to date which spanning a whole year ! yes – a whole year !! (well ok technically 9am 31st Dec 2016 – 1am 1st January 2017 😉 ) I Just couldn’t help myself by skipping right to the very last image I photographed & editing it first.  Why? because I knew it would be one of my favourites & I was so excited to have a play with this sparkly night image.

I will be editing the rest of Laura & Steve’s New year’s eve wedding images taken at their recent wedding held at Coombe Abbey, a beautiful & unique country house hotel which I have had the pleasure of photographing at on numerous occasions.

Can’t wait to share some more when Laura & Steve have had chance to view them 🙂

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Laura & Steve beautiful New Year’s eve wedding at Coombe Abbey Hotel

 

 

Michelle and Sam’s Wedding at Coombe Abbey

Michelle and Sam booked me to photograph their wedding what seemed to be an age ago.  Their wedding was to be held at Coombe Abbey in Coventry.  Michelle is the head receptionist at Coombe so I was over the moon when they chose me to capture their special day, especially with the number of weddings and photographers she sees 🙂

Michelle and Sam had also booked Stuart to film their wedding and Gemma came out to 2nd shoot for me.

We made our way to Michelle’s house, and even though the weather was wet, cold and gloomy, the girls spirits were certainly not.  After photographing the morning’s preparation and getting the first sneeky peek at michelle’s beautiful dress, accessories and stunning flowers (by flowers by michelle) we headed to Coombe to meet Sam and all his Groomsmen.

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michellesamblogPage002I always find time feels like it speeds up the nearer we get to the ceremony time and, with what only seemed like a blink of an eye, Michelle was arriving in style with her dad in the lovely vintage Rolls from The Wedding barn.

msblog 2Page003Michelle and Sam were married in the Abbeygate and after the service and signing of the register, Michelle, Sam, family & friends headed outside to enjoy the good old tradition of covering them in colourful confetti 🙂

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The weather couldn’t make it’s mind up as to whether it was going to rain or not so we quickly headed off with Michelle and Sam to grab a few photos of the two of them with the car & beautiful backdrop of the front of Coombe, which also meant Sam got to have a drive around in the car 🙂

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Just as we finished the photos with the car, as if on cue, the heavens opened so Stuart, Gemma & I  headed back inside to give Michelle & Sam a few minutes to have a drive around in the car & to start organising the people for the group photos.  We were lucky enough to have one of the indoor rooms available for the group shots and again, just as we had finished the smaller family groups, as if on cue, the rain stopped leaving us just about enough time to squeeze in the aerial shot of everyone, that they had hoped for.

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We stole Michelle and Sam away for a few more photos, well who could resist with Michelle looking so stunning… Sorry Sam, as dapper as you looked I’m afraid you were out-shone by Michelle & we captured one of my favourite image of their wedding…the full length image of Michelle standing in the window with the back of her dress draped beautifully behind her.

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The day just seemed to fly by and as we finished our last photos of them we headed to photograph the cloisters before guests sat down for the Wedding breakfast.  We captured the speeches, I’m not sure whether Sam spent more time laughing or hiding his face tee hee.

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Finally the evening came round oh too quickly and after cutting the cake and 1st dance,  Michelle had planed (or she thought she had 😉 ) that she would leave the room with Sam for a few minutes & when they came back in to the room everyone would be wearing masks of  Sam’s face …. what she hadn’t anticipated was that when they returned all the guests were wearing masks 🙂 but they weren’t just Sams face but MICHELLE as well 🙂 … what a brilliant idea!  I think at one point even Stuart and I had masks on which did make it a little tricky to see through my camera’s eye piece lol.

We said our goodnights and headed off home, a touch jealous as Michelle and Sam were heading off to Walt disney world for their honeymoon … however this did give us an idea for a final page for their album …

One of my other passions as well as photographing is drawing and design so as a little extra we suggested to them, that if they took some pictures they liked whilst in florida, I would make a montage page of images from their honeymoon for the end of their album… It also gave me change to design a little something special & illustrate a couple of extra little characters 🙂

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Linda and Ian at Coombe Park Hotel | Warwickshire Wedding Photography by Victoria Jane Photography

This was one of my more unusual weddings of the year and one of the most intimate and enjoyable!  I was asked to photograph Linda and Ian’s wedding at the lovely Coombe Park Hotel just outside Coventry a couple of weeks ago. The lovely couple had so many guests to invite that in the end they decided to keep the day entirely to themselves! I feel very honoured that they chose me to be with them throughout and to photograph their special day so that they could share their memories with family and friends afterwards.

Coombe Park hotel is a lovely venue on the outskirts of Coventry on the road towards the village of Brinklow. The hotel was once an abbey and the grounds are magnificent. Over the years there have been many stories of ghosts and paranormal activities – so much so that they actually run a ghost tour! ….. And the ghost tour was one of the highlights of Linda and Ian’s wedding day.

I must admit that I was worried that my presence might be a little intrusive, but Linda and Ian were so relaxed and welcoming that it worked out just fine and I’m really pleased with the number and variety of photographs that I managed to get. Here’s a taster ……

Attention to detail …. the shoes were stunning with their intricate detail

Linda and Ian met up before the ceremony to have a stroll in the beautiful grounds and to make the best of the Autumn sunshine for some photographs …..

Time for a quick drink with their witnesses before seeing off on their ghost tour ….

….the start of the ghost tour with Coombe park’s master of ceremonies, Jonathan

Back inside for the ceremony itself ….

Just married … and time for some more photographs and to explore the grounds and historical building a little more

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing in Linda and Ian’s wedding day and I’m sure that they’ll love the photographs. I stayed for several hours and took loads of images which I have posted on the password protected gallery on my main site. The gallery can be viewed by clicking here and entering the password (which is only available from Linda and Ian). Photo prints are available to purchase on my main website.

If you are getting married at Coombe park hotel and you would like a wedding photographer then please contact me. I’m taking bookings for 2011 and 2012 with some dates proving very popular already. As you can see, I’m happy to photograph small or large weddings at lovely venues throughout Warwickshire and the West midlands. It wasn’t appropriate at Linda and Ian’s wedding, but most of my weddings are covered  by two of us: I am always the principal photographer and I almost always have either my husband or another assistant with me to ensure that we get more shots from different angles.

My contact number for enquiries and information is 07739096632. Alternatively, you can email me by clicking here

Two Lovely Warwickshire Wedding Venues | Ragley Hall & Coombe Park Photographed by Victoria Jane Photography

Warwickshire has so many lovely wedding venues that sometimes it’s easy to forget how spoilt for choice our brides and grooms can be. I’m always very aware that many couples book lovely locations because it adds to the atmosphere of their day ….. and, of course, they want some nice photographs that capture the details of the venue to help remember their day by. The following photographs show a couple of venues where I’ve done or and doing wedding photography this Autumn: Ragley Hall in Alcester near to Stratford upon Avon and Coombe Park Country Hotel near to Coventry…….

Ragley Hall – Great for spectacular Wedding Photographs

……but very challenging as a photographer if you don’t know what you’re doing!

This is the driveway within the huge grounds that lead up to Ragley hall. It’s where wedding cars will arrive ….

A closer look at the front of the main house from the courtyard. Ideal for arranging large group shots …

One of the fantastic views from inside the great hall. This photo was taken on one of my preparation visits, not on an actual wedding day, hence the stacked chairs – but it gives you a good idea of how grand it is ! What this photo doesn’t show is how dark it is – something an ordinary camera wouldn’t handle.

This is called the red room, for obvious reasons! It can be used as the room from which the bride first enters the great hall.

… and another view from the opposite end ….

I like to make use of the red room for taking beautiful photos of the bride just before her groom sees her for the first time and again afterwards, sometimes making use of the spectacular view through the windows and the large mirrors inside. I’ve ‘photoshopped out’ the ropes and stands that cordon-off some of the furniture and valuable artifacts.

One of the main attractions for wedding couples is the beautiful stair case and murals on all surrounding walls. Spectacular ….but Very dark and the light available changes massively from day to day. Again, I took the following photos without using any additional lighting or flash since the flash will tend to over expose the white walls and columns, ‘blowing-out’ the detail.

And another view – I can’t stress enough how a normal camera simply wouldn’t handle this image without the flash going off, ruining the details and casting horrible false shadows! Again, I took this photo without flash and it was actually very dark inside.

The mural continues as you look upwards, although it’s worth pointing out that couples do not have access up the whole staircase, only the first few steps …. but it is great for some newly-wed couple shots.

After the ceremony and weather-permitting there is a lovely terrace overlooking the spectacular gardens that guests will be invited to go to: Great for outdoor photo opportunities. Sometimes, however, the gardens are open to the general public and so it can be necessary, as a photographer, to choose your opportunities carefully.

Coombe Park Country Hotel near to Coventry (Often Called Coombe Abbey)

…… Lovely building and grounds lend themselves really well to great photos but again the internal lighting can be very challenging

I’ve taken photographs at Coombe Park for several years and I find something new every time I visit! It has some lovely grounds and the hotel backs onto the public park that can be very busy at certain times of the year. There are great opportunities for lovely photographs in the grounds, which ever way you turn – but again, it’s not a venue that an inexperienced photographer or one without top quality equipment will be able to make best use of. Internally it can be very dark and externally you’ve got the general public to avoid and contend with. Here are a few shots I took today on a preparation visit ready for a wedding I’m photographing there in a few weeks time …..

Lots of people in the Coventry and warwickshire area think they know Coombe Park but few will recognise this, despite the fact that it’s the front entrance!

The moat provides plenty of opportunity to make use of reflections. Here are several external shots from view points that I particularly like ….

 

I decided to let the images do the talking. It doesn’t require much imagination to realise that for a bride and groom any of the views I’ve shown you would provide a perfect backdrop for any number of lovely photographs.

I’m taking bookings for photographing weddings throughout 2011 and I am now receiving enquiries for weddings for 2012 as well. If you would like to talk to me about wedding photography at either of these two venues (Ragley hall or Coombe Park) or any other Warwickshire venue I am only a phone call away!  My number is 07739096632.

I’d be glad to discuss your requirements and provide advice and opinions on getting the most out of your wedding photography. I really can’t stress enough how important it is to have a wedding photographer who has the knowledge, ability and equipment necessary to get the best out of these lovely venues and from your guests whilst enhancing your enjoyment of your special day as well.