Pamflete House: pre-wedding photography

On Valentine's Day, I had the pleasure of meeting Francesca and Andy, who were over from Guernsey for their pre-wedding/engagement photography session.  As their wedding is going to take place on the Flete Estate in South Devon, we thought it would be nice for them to have these photos taken here as well, to make the most of the beautiful setting.  We were rather unlucky with the weather on the day - I drove through torrential downpours and some rather enormous (road sized) puddles on the way there, and the rain was annoyingly persistent.  So we had to get a little bit creative with the inside spaces - luckily Pamflete House is wonderful inside and there were plenty of places for us to create some lovely photos.  I am hoping that the sun will shine for their wedding in May, and that we can then enjoy the beautiful sea and estuary views around the estate.  Who knows, we might even make it down to the beach... fingers crossed!

Maunsel House wedding, Somerset: Sophie & Tom

Bride and groom kissing by barn

It is such a pleasure to look back at some of the weddings that I haven't yet blogged from last year.  Sophie and Tom's beautiful day took place last August at Maunsel House in Somerset.  I clearly remember how genuinely lovely Sophie and Tom were and how enjoyable it was to photograph their wedding at North Curry church and Maunsel House.  What I'd forgotten about was how ridiculously beautiful the pergola looked for their reception, and also just how emotional their speeches were.  There are so many really lovely moments in their photos.  I really enjoyed going back through the images again for this blog post, and remembering just how special their wedding day was.

Sophie got ready for the wedding in the Mill Farmhouse, one of the various cottages in Maunsel House's grounds.  Meanwhile, Tom was enjoying a beer in the wonderful bar in the main house, so I was able to stroll between the two of them and capture a little of what they were both doing.  I love seeing all the various birds around site on my wanderings, so I may have also stopped to photograph them a little as well...

North Curry church has a really spectacular location, with views for miles and miles across the Somerset Levels.  I loved Sophie's arrival in the rain under a canopy of umbrellas!  It was particularly nice that the biggest showers happened during the service, leaving us with some brighter weather afterwards, so that everyone could enjoy the location before heading back to Maunsel House for the reception.

Sophie and Tom used their love of cider as a theme for the wedding decorations, with mulled cider served to their guests on arrival at Maunsel House and the reception tables named after their favourites.  The hessian table runners were decorated with the bride and grooms' initials, and the beautiful and delicate flowers from The Rose Shed looked so pretty throughout the pergola. There was, of course, an 'I love cider' speech bubble as part of the props for their photobooth later in the day!  I loved seeing the peacocks strutting around the tables while the guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast in the brilliantly weather proofed pergola.  It was just so pretty and a real pleasure to photograph.  The wonderful cake of different cheeses was crowned by the most fantastic cake topper - a bride and groom knitted by Sophie, complete with bouquet and bunting overhead, matching the lovely bunting used over the tables.

Sophie and Tom, I hope that you are both well and thoroughly enjoying your first year of marriage together.  Here is a look back at your fabulous wedding day:

13th Century Manor House with antique canons
Birds pecking on the ground
wedding sign by the door of Maunsel House
Doves sitting outside the barn
Bride getting ready at Mill Cottages
Wedding dress hanging up
Bridal shoes, heels and Toms