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Lemore Manor Wedding Photography

Lemore Manor Wedding Photography

Harriet & Adam celebrated their wonderful spring wedding day in April at the lovely Lemore Manor in Herefordshire. Beautiful bride Harriet got ready with her bridesmaids in the Hen House near to the manor, and then they had their ceremony in the airy 19th Century Coach House. The floral circle that made their ceremony backdrop was totally magical. They held their Wedding Breakfast in the amazing newly-built Orangery, and their elegant decorations suited the contemporary space perfectly. I loved the brass terrariums filled with succulents and roses! Their sage green colour theme was also right up my street. The flowers by Issy & Bella were completely stunning as ever, with styling by Couture Events. Hair was by Phillipa Torrence and makeup by Emma Haines Holistic Beauty. Huge thanks to Harriet & Adam for having me with them to celebrate their special day - it was an absolute pleasure! In the gallery below you will find a few of my favourite pics. I hope you will enjoy this Lemore Manor wedding as much as I did!

Here’s what they said when they saw their photographs:

Thank you so much for our incredible Wedding photographs!!

It was lovely to meet you in person on our big day. Thank you for being so relaxed and helping us feel completely comfortable having our picture taken (something we are not normally very used to!). You were so helpful with your gentle directions. Our guests and relatives also really appreciated your lovely nature and quiet presence.

We got back home from a fantastic Honeymoon yesterday morning and couldn’t wait to log in to your gallery website and see our pictures. Looking through the beautiful photographs felt like reliving our perfect day, they are wonderful! You captured everything we wanted and lots of lovely extra touches we never would have thought of! We’re really excited to share them with our friends and family.
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Absolutely beautiful! Lemore Manor holds a very special place in my heart as I grew up very near here and used to play in the grounds as a small child. So it is always a complete joy to return, and I adore the stylish wedding venue that it has become! If you are getting married here and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! x

Herefordshire Wedding Venues - My Top 10 Best

Herefordshire Wedding Venues

HEREFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUES:

If you are looking around at Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment, then congratulations on getting engaged! Finding your perfect wedding venue is going to be a really exciting quest, and celebrating your wedding day there is going to be amazing. Hopefully this blog post might help you a little bit as you look around for the best Herefordshire wedding venues. There is such a great choice of wedding venues in Herefordshire – from castles to country houses to barns to vineyards – Herefordshire really does have something for everyone who is looking for a wedding venue here.

Because there are so many wedding venues in Herefordshire, I have had to narrow down my selection to just my top ten. This list is entirely based on where I love to photograph weddings, so I do recommend that you check out all the venues to make sure they suit your needs too. So, here is my best Herefordshire wedding venues selection for you…enjoy!

In no particular order…

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Dewsall Court

Dewsall Court is a country house and barn wedding venue at Callow, near Herefordshire. Wedding ceremonies are possible inside and outside in a number of beautiful locations, including the church on the grounds. Mingle on the lawns for your wedding reception, or in the lounge. Your wedding breakfast can take place in the recently-restored luxury Wainhouse barn or in the conservatory at the house. Make a whole weekend of it and enjoy the luxury bedrooms. The rustic barns, gardens and the views across the Herefordshire countryside make this a really wonderful wedding venue.

You can see my recently updated review of their different options for your wedding here. This guide takes you through your whole wedding day at Dewsall with the aid of pictures to visualise how your own celebration would look.

Take a look at Katherine & Ian’s wedding at Dewsall Court for more inspiration, as well as Alison & Rich’s wedding, one was outside and one in the church.

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Homme House

Homme House is a country house wedding venue at Much Marcle in Herefordshire. Wedding ceremonies are possible in the main house and also in the gardens by the summer house, or in the church at the edge of the estate. They have put a lot of work into creating beautiful grounds for your wedding photographs and for your guests to mingle in, including a rose garden, dovecot and wildflower meadow. Wedding breakfasts can be held in the dining room or in an adjoining marquee. With such a warm, welcoming and homely atmosphere, you really do feel like this house is your own home for your wedding weekend.

I wrote a full review of this venue on the blog here, guiding you through a whole wedding day with the help of photographs to imagine your own wedding.

Take a look at my Homme House wedding mashup for even more ideas.

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Hellens Manor & Barns

Hellens Manor is an ancient manor house with two barns on the grounds, located practically next door to Homme House at Much Marcle. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the manor house or in the barn. The grounds and backdrops are lovely for photographs, with many different areas to explore. Your wedding breakfast is held in the main barn, with a smaller adjacent barn housing the bar. As the sun sets across the orchards, you can look back on a really memorable wedding day here.

I wrote a review of this venue on the blog here, with pictures to guide you through how a whole wedding day would look.

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How Caple Court

How Caple Court in Herefordshire is a rustic venue with an elegant concert barn and beautiful gardens set over terraces by the historic house. It is possible to get married outside on the terraces, by a gazebo. You can also get married in the barn or in the church on the grounds. The terraces are wonderful for reception drinks afterwards, and the wedding breakfast and dancing takes places in the concert barn. You’re bound to have a few extra wedding guests in the shape of the resident peacocks who roam about!

I wrote a review of this venue on the blog here, so that you can imagine how your own wedding day would look.

Take a look at Abbie & Darren’s wedding at How Caple Court for more ideas.

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Lyde Court

Lyde Court is a rural barn wedding venue located just two miles outside Hereford. The old 17th Century stone barns are available for your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party, providing a really atmospheric setting. You can also get married outside if wished. The venue is surrounded by amazing views over the Herefordshire countryside. This venue has so much quirky character, it really is quite unique and weddings here are always fun!

I wrote a full review of this wedding venue on the blog here, taking you through each part of your  Lyde Court wedding day.

For more ideas, you can see Kerry & Matt’s wedding at Lyde Court here, and more recently Bea & Gareth’s wedding at Lyde Court here, featuring indoor and outdoor weddings.

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Lyde Court Venue

Lemore Manor

Lemore Manor is a country house wedding venue near Eardisley in Herefordshire. They have recently undergone extensive refurbishments to make Lemore a luxury wedding experience – there is now a fabulous Coach House to get married in, a Hen House for getting ready, and a stunning Orangery for your wedding breakfast. I grew up around this area so it’s always a lovely one for me to return to!

You can take a look at Harriet & Adam’s Lemore Manor Wedding here on the blog.

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Brobury House

Brobury House in Herefordshire is where I got married! This house has lovely gardens and overlooks the River Wye. You can get married in the conservatory, and mingle with your guests in the stunning grounds, which are perfect for photographs. Your wedding breakfast can be held in a marquee. They only do a very small number of weddings per year so it’s a pretty exclusive venue!

You can see Mel & Dan’s Brobury House wedding on the blog.

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Brobury House wedding

Lyde Arundel

Lyde Arundel is a barn wedding venue just outside Hereford, with lovely gardens and a lake by the pretty house. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the barns or outside, and then you can mingle by the lake for your wedding reception. Your wedding breakfast takes place in either a small barn or a large barn, where there are also two bars. The Herefordshire countryside makes a beautiful backdrop for your photographs.

You can see Emma & Adam’s recent Lyde Arundel wedding here (they were married outside by the lake).

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Whitney Court

Whitney Court is an impressive country house wedding venue at Whitney-on-Wye in Herefordshire, with amazing views over the Wye Valley from the gardens. Ceremonies are held in the oak-panelled hall, and wedding breakfasts take place in the pretty dining room with views over the grounds. There’s loads of space for guests to stay overnight too.

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Broadfield Court

Broadfield Court is a rustic country estate at Bodenham, Herefordshire. It has recently come into new ownership, and there are lots of exciting changes happening, with weddings being started again in summer 2018. The grounds make a lovely setting for a wedding, and it’s sure to be stunning with all the new renovations inside.

Take a look at Sarah & Tom’s Broadfield Court wedding on the blog.

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So that’s my run down of my best Herefordshire Wedding Venues that I love to shoot at! There are a lot more Wedding Venues in Herefordshire that I also love to go to but I had to narrow my list down to my top ten otherwise I could have rambled on for ages! I hope that this little collection has helped to expand your search for your Herefordshire Wedding Venues and maybe given you some new ideas. It’s so exciting that one day in the not too distant future you will find your favourite venue and then you can look forward to planning your wedding day there! I regularly shoot at all these lovely places, so if there is anything else I can help with in your wedding planning, please do contact me and I would be very happy to help.

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Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Hereford, Herefordshire UK. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Herefordshire wedding venues, please do take a look at my website! I really enjoy photographing weddings, it is my absolute passion in life. As you can see, I do tend to love rustic, countryside settings, so barn wedding venues and country houses really do suit me down to the ground. I love to shoot in a natural, relaxed way, capturing everything that happens in a quiet and unobtrusive fashion, creating beautiful, real images of your amazing wedding day. For more information, please get in touch! I would love to hear from you! x

HELLENS MANOR & BARNS WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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HELLENS MANOR & BARN WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment – congratulations! There loads of lovely wedding venues to choose from in rural Herefordshire, and as a local wedding photographer I’m really lucky to know most of them very well. So I’m writing this little guide with pictures in the hope that it might help you learn more about Hellens Manor as a possible option as you look around for your Herefordshire wedding venue. I really love Hellens – if you are getting married here and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch as I’d be delighted to photograph your wedding day!

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Hellens Manor and Barns is an historic manor house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, with two barns in the grounds that are perfect for weddings. The Great Barn and the Manor House itself are both licensed for Civil Ceremonies, and the barns are a fabulous setting for your wedding reception and evening entertainment. It’s a totally unique and exclusive wedding venue, with only a small number of wedding bookings taken there per year. The gardens and grounds are wonderful – with orchards, a dovecot, a labyrinth, many contemporary sculptures, and a couple of donkeys to mention but a few features! All in all, this is a stunning setting for your wedding and there are many places for great photographs. If you would like to find out more about holding your wedding at Hellens Manor & Barns, drop them an email: info@hellensmanor.com.

Here are some photographs which show how your wedding day at Hellens Manor & Barns could look:

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Wedding Ceremony in The Manor House:

The Manor House is a fabulously historic building dating back to 1096, with a fascinating history and so many interesting features.  You can get married in the Music Room here, which is an oak panelled room with a feature fireplace, a piano and many old books.

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Wedding Ceremony in The Great Barn:

The Great Barn at Hellens provides a more rustic setting for your wedding ceremony. With it’s beams and vaulted ceiling it is a great space for you to add your own decorations to make your wedding look how you want.

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It is also possible for you to get married at a church/location elsewhere and then arrive at Hellens for your reception afterwards.

Reception:

After your wedding ceremony, guests are invited to mingle with drinks at The Manor House while The Great Barn is made ready for your wedding breakfast. On pleasant days, it is lovely to wander in the gardens at Hellens, chatting with your friends and family. There are plenty of beautiful trees, plants and sculptures to discover. On rainy days, you can mingle inside instead, in the Hall and Music Room. These make very welcoming surroundings with the fireplace and lots of comfortable sofas. You can also wander round to the Haywain Barn and explore the orchards, play garden games and meet the donkeys. Make the most of this time in these amazing surroundings with all your loved ones!

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Photographs:

Hellens provides so many different photo spots if you would like some pictures together! It really is a photographer’s dream and I absolutely love shooting here – the rustic barn and brick backdrops, the wooden doors, archways, and old windows, the flowers and greenery, and the meadows and gates are all so perfect – this type of place suits my photography style down to the ground! I love to keep your couple photographs as natural as possible so that they reflect the real you – I like to work with you as a couple and capture the feeling of your wedding day, whether you are a romantic couple or a quirky couple or everything in between!

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Wedding Breakfast:

Your wedding breakfast will take place in the Great Barn, which can seat up to 100 at round tables. This amazing space is your own blank ‘barn’ canvas to decorate however you wish. The layout is very flexible, with your top table position being possible just about anywhere! You could also have a circular top table, or a long top table, as preferred.

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The Haywain Barn is right opposite the Great Barn and features as the bar for your evening wedding celebrations. It’s a wonderful feeling to sit in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by apple trees, chatting to your friends and family, as the sun begins to set.

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

For your first dance, the top end of the Great Barn is cleared into a dancefloor area, and you can have a DJ or a live band if wished. The lights are lowered and the dancing commences! Welcome your guests onto the dancefloor to show off all their crazy moves, and party the night away at Hellens.

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You can also find more inspiration for your Hellens wedding on my Pinterest board here.

I hope you have found this guide to weddings at Hellen’s Manor & Barns useful in your hunt for your Herefordshire wedding venue!

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire, UK. If you are getting married at Hellens and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can see more information about my wedding photography on my website. Best wishes with your wedding planning! x

HOMME HOUSE WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Homme House Wedding Venue

HOMME HOUSE WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking around for Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment, then congratulations! Exciting times ahead! I am a wedding photographer based in Herefordshire and I know Homme House very well, so I wanted to help make the decision process a little easier for you by showing you, in pictures, how your wedding day there could look. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding here, please do have a look at my website after you have read through my guide to Homme House!

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Homme House is located in the countryside at Much Marcle, Herefordshire.  With origins dating back to the early 1500s, Homme House is an elegant Grade II listed country house set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and woodland. It is lovingly run by Jocelyn and her husband John, and their family. Homme has a fascinating history, with the current red brick and stone facing dating from the mid-nineteenth century, but with the oldest wing dating back to the 1500s still visible. Such a warm and friendly family welcome is provided at Homme House, that you really do feel as if it is your own home for your wedding day, and I always enjoy photographing weddings here because of the wonderful setting and the fabulous homely atmosphere the place has. The four internal reception rooms available downstairs include the Hall, the Library, the Panelled Room and the Dining Room. A marquee can be added for larger weddings if wished. Upstairs there are a number of bedrooms for family and guests, with a large and spacious Bridal Suite perfect for the bride to get ready in on the wedding morning. The house is licensed for Civil Ceremonies, or you can be married in the parish church of St Bartholomew which is located on the edge of the park. You can also now get married in the gardens at the gorgeous Grade I listed Summer House outside. The gardens have recently undergone extensive improvements and are a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, with plenty of colourful flower borders, trees, a rose garden, dovecote, and a wildflower meadow.  Couples who are married at Homme House become part of the ‘family’, and it really is a very special place to celebrate your wedding day.

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So here are some pictures to show you how your wedding day here at Homme House Herefordshire could look:

Getting Ready in the Bridal Suite:

The Bridal Suite at Homme House is very light and spacious, with a four-poster bed and a dressing table. The huge windows have views over the gardens, and provide plenty of lovely natural light for your hair and makeup professionals, and for your photographer.

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The bride can then descent the beautiful curved staircase and head off to where the wedding ceremony is taking place.

Wedding Ceremony in the Panelled Room:

For those wishing to hold their wedding ceremony at Homme House, the Paneled Room is licenced for marriages and can seat approx 90 guests. It has original Georgian panelling and a very grand Jacobean fireplace. The light colour of the panelling and the full length windows make this a very light, welcoming and pretty room for your ceremony. You could alternatively have your ceremony in the Dining Room, which can seat up to 120 guests.

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Wedding Ceremony in the Church:

The church of St Bartholomew is just a short drive (or a longer stroll) across the estate’s parkland. Outside the church porch there is an ancient hollow elm tree which is said to be hundreds of years old. Inside, the church is very spacious and has plenty of room to seat all your guests. Usually, the bride enters the south porch at the start of the ceremony, and then the bride & groom exit through the west door at the end of the ceremony.

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Wedding Ceremony at the Summer House:

You can now also get married in the garden at Homme House, by the historic 17th century Summer House! This structure is licenced for marriage ceremonies so you wouldn’t need to go elsewhere to make your marriage legal. Having an outdoor wedding ceremony in the beautiful gardens with such a unique setting and those wonderful views across to the Malverns would really be very special.

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Confetti Moment:

You could have your guests line up and throw confetti as you exit the church gate, as you leave the summer house, or you could make your exit from the front of the house at Homme with your guests around the steps waiting for you!

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Reception:

Homme House has lovely gardens and views for your guests to enjoy as they mingle and chat in the grounds in the warmer months. It makes a beautiful setting for you to meet with everybody and have lots of natural photographs taken of the hugs, fun and laughter. It is possible to have croquet and other garden games on the lawn, and guests might like to go exploring the rose garden and the walled garden. In the less warm months, or for rainy days, Homme House has space for your guests to mingle indoors instead, in the Library and Hall, and Panelled Room.

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Photographs:

Homme House provides the perfect backdrop for any more formal photographs you might like to have done. I especially love going off with the bride & groom for as much or as little time as you like, giving you the opportunity to have some moments together exploring the beautiful gardens and enjoying your wedding bubble. The walled garden, rose garden, secret sunken garden, wildflower meadow and woodland areas are all wonderful photo spots. There are plenty of flowers and trees, as well as walls, gates, rustic doorways and archways and the Summer House to make your photos look stunning. I love to capture all of this as naturally as possible so that you will love your pictures when you look back on them in the years to come.

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Wedding Breakfast in the Dining Room:

The dining room at Homme House can seat up to 100 guests for wedding breakfast. You can decorate the room however you wish, and with it’s huge bay window and impressive fireplace, it makes it an inviting and homely setting to enjoy your first meal together as husband and wife. You can position your top table however you wish – most go for a top table across the length of the bay window, but you could also put it infront of the fireplace. Homme House are very flexible to accommodate your needs.

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Wedding Breakfast in a Marquee:

For larger weddings, the wedding breakfast can be held in a marquee on the lawn, which adjoins the house. This can seat around 140 guests. In the summer months the side panels can be opened up to make it feel like you are sitting outside in the gardens! There is plenty of scope for you to add plenty of decoration here to make your wedding personal to your own style.

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

The band or DJ can set up in the Panelled Room or in the Dining Room (depending on where you’re having your wedding breakfast). You can be announced in for your first dance, and then all your guests can join you on the dance floor! A bar can be set up in The Hall so that the fun can keep going all evening. If some guests would rather have a little more peace to chat, there is still the cosy Library with it’s fireplace to sit by, or the Dining Room (if not being used for the dancing). Enjoy the rest of the evening as the sun sets on your amazing wedding day!

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You can take a look at some full wedding days at Homme House on the blog here:

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I hope you have found this guide and photographs helpful in your hunt for a Herefordshire Wedding Venue!

If you are getting married at Homme House and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website for further information, and drop me a line for a chat! I’d love to hear all about your plans. If there’s anything else I can help with, please do let me know x

HOW CAPLE COURT WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

How Caple Court Wedding Venue

HOW CAPLE COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for a Herefordshire wedding venue right now – huge congratulations! In this series of blog posts I am aiming to help you choose the best wedding venue for your wedding day. How Caple Court in Herefordshire is another of my favourite wedding venues. I am very lucky to have photographed some gorgeous weddings here over the years, and I wanted to share my knowledge of this lovely place with you to help you decide whether it’s where you want to have your wedding too! If you are looking for a wedding photographer as well, please do get in touch!

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How Caple Court is a beautiful country estate located in rural Herefordshire, lovingly run by the owners Vanessa & Roger Lee. The estate has an incredible history and is mentioned in the 1089 Domesday Book! The stunning gardens and the barn with adjoining marquee are available to you for your wedding day.

How Caple Court is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Concert Barn, or outside in the romantic Gazebo in the gardens.  There is also a church in the grounds for your wedding ceremony if you would prefer.

Enjoy your drinks reception on the formal terraces and picturesque gardens in front of the house, before your wedding breakfast and evening’s entertainment in the barn or adjoining marquee. With stunning views across Herefordshire and the Welsh mountains, and with endless beautiful photo spots, this really is the most romantic and rustic setting for a wedding.

If you are getting married at How Caple Court and you are looking for a wedding photographer, I would be delighted to chat further with you about your plans and your wedding photography!

So, here are some photographs to show how your wedding day at How Caple Court could look:

Getting Ready

Upon arrival at How Caple Court on the morning of your wedding, you are sure to see some of their peacocks strutting about! There is even a white one – perfect for your wedding day. The bride and her bridesmaids are welcome to have the use of the stable for getting ready – it has been made into a lovely space for the girls to have their hair and makeup done together. It’s then just a short walk down the drive to where your wedding ceremony is taking place.

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Ceremony 

At How Caple Court, you have a number of options for your wedding ceremony. For an indoor ceremony, you can either get married in the Concert Barn, or you can get married in the 13th Century Church located in the grounds. For outdoor wedding ceremonies, the romantic garden gazebo on the terraces is licensed for marriages – this is a stunning setting with views across the gardens to the Wye Valley and Welsh Mountains beyond. Alternatively, you could choose to get married at another church elsewhere and then arrive at How Caple for your reception afterwards.

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Reception

In the warmer months, the most lovely thing about How Caple Court is being able to mingle with your guests on the terraces for your wedding reception. The formal terraces date back to Edwardian times, with yew hedges, lily pools, ageing statues and a traditional rose garden, contrasting with less formal plantings of rambling flower borders, mature trees and shrubs. The rustic walls, stone stairs and charming gardens make a wonderful backdrop for lots of natural candid photographs as you meet and greet your family & friends.

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For the cooler months or for rainy day weddings, there is a spacious marquee adjoining the Concert Barn, where you will be able to comfortably mingle with your guests in the warm and dry!

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Photographs

How Caple Court really is a photographer’s dream, with all the lovely places we can go for your couple photographs together. I love all the rustic details, the barn doors and stone outbuildings, the flowers and trees. I also know a few hidden places that we can take a stroll through the grounds to find, with romantic gateways, lovely light, and an overgrown Italianate outdoor theatre in the woodland – all amazing for your photographs. It’s such a nice idea to take a few moments away from your guests and enjoy a little time with just the two of you together in the loveliest parts of your wedding venue, taking it all in. I like to shoot in as natural and relaxed a way as possible, so that you get some beautiful photographs of the two of you just being yourselves together in these atmospheric surroundings.

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Wedding Breakfast

Your wedding breakfast can take place in the oak panelled Concert Barn, or in it’s adjoining marquee. These can seat up to 120 guests, and have marquee lining, beams, fairy lights and chandeliers. You can add whatever decoration you would like to the spaces to suit your own wedding day styling.

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Dancing

Up to 200 guests can be held for your evening party. Your band or DJ can set up on the stage area at one end of the Concert Barn. Rock your first dance and then get all your guests on the dance floor with you to party the night away! The adjoining marquee has a bar area set up where guests can also mingle and chat away from the music if they wish. Enjoy celebrating with your guests before your wedding day at How Caple comes to an end!

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I hope you have found this guide and pictures helpful! You can take a look at a wedding blog post here:

Abbie & Darren’s How Caple Court Wedding 

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire and recommended by How Caple Court. If you are thinking of getting married at How Caple Court and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I love photographing weddings at this beautiful venue x

DEWSALL COURT WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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DEWSALL COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for wedding venues in Herefordshire, then hello and congratulations! I’m a local wedding photographer and I have shot many lovely weddings at Dewsall Court in Herefordshire, so I hope that you will find this little guide helpful if you are looking at this venue as being a possible choice for you! If you are thinking of getting married at Dewsall Court, please do get in touch, as I love shooting weddings here and I am highly recommended by the venue. You can find more information on my website – please do take a look when you’ve read my guide to Dewsall Court!

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Dewsall Court is located in the middle of the Herefordshire countryside at Callow, near Hereford. It is an absolute gem – the first time I ever went here, many years ago now, I was blown away by how beautiful it was (and almost changed my own wedding plans!). The sun was shining, the daffodils were in full bloom, and rabbits were hopping lazily about the grounds, with picturesque views of the countryside all around – really quite idyllic and a gorgeous location to get married!  Samantha the owner gave me a warm welcome and showed me all the lovely rooms inside the grade II listed country house and barns, all of which is available for your exclusive use for your wedding. Each of the bedrooms is unique and spacious, beautifully decorated, all with feature bathrooms (huge baths!) and stunning views. The fabulous conservatory, kitchen, lounge and other rooms are all yours for your wedding weekend. Samantha showed me the photographs of how the house looked before the family completely renovated it – practically derelict – and the transformation to luxury is just amazing – everything has been perfectly crafted to restore the place to it’s original grandeur. Dewsall has also very recently undergone another huge transformation with the re-development and improvement of The Wainhouse. It now has fully opening glass sides, a purpose made dance floor area, a bar and all the facilities you could need.  Outside, the grounds all around Dewsall are equally well looked-after, and I always love to explore the gardens and wander down to the church and the lake.  The church can be used for wedding ceremonies too if wished. Dewsall pride themselves on being a totally unique wedding venue, and their flexible approach is exciting, refreshing, and different from anywhere else I have ever been. They only take a small number of weddings each year, and tailor-make every package to the couple’s requirements.  Their wedding packages include a two-night stay for you and your guests, and full exclusive use of the house and grounds – a wonderful wedding house party!  Dewsall also host a number of dinner parties, retreats and courses based on country lifestyle and wellbeing, as well as paying particular attention to interesting and stylish food created from the highest-quality Herefordshire produce.  Dewsall is definitely a place I love revisiting for weddings time and time again – I am head-over-heels in love with it! If you are interested in holding your wedding at Dewsall, there is lots of useful information on their website, and you should get in touch with them there to find out more.

Here is my guide to how your wedding day could look at this venue…

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Getting Ready:

Dewsall has plenty of lovely rooms for all of your bridal party to stay over and get ready on the morning of the wedding. The groomsmen can also get ready in the barn rooms on site, and can even have a game of snooker in the main house. Enjoy a fun morning of being pampered by Dewsall’s recommended hair and makeup professionals, as you get ready with your bridesmaids and your family in luxury surroundings. Your Dewsall wedding planner will be on hand to make sure everything is running smoothly, and to bring you champagne if wished!

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When it is ceremony time, the bride can descend the Dewsall staircase and go to wherever the ceremony is taking place.

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Dewsall has a number of options available for the location of your wedding ceremony. You can choose to get married at a church elsewhere if you wish, returning to Dewsall for your reception. Or you can take your pick from one of these lovely options available on site:

Ceremony in The Wainhouse Barn:

The newly renovated Wainhouse Barn is a great place to hold your wedding ceremony. It now has a polished concrete floor with plenty of space for your ceremony seating, and a full wall of glass which can be opened up if it’s hot in the summer, or kept closed and cosy for winter weddings. There is also the option to have festoon/fairy lighting, and flora & fauna decorating the beams. The building is licenced for marriage ceremonies, so it is a legally binding wedding ceremony with no need to go and sign the register elsewhere before/afterwards. The walk to the Wainhouse from the main house is very short with a path, so access for the bride and guests is very easy, and adds to the build up of excitement and anticipation!

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Ceremony on The Lawn:

If you are having your wedding in the warmer months, it is possible to have your marriage ceremony out on the lawn at Dewsall. Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and Dewsall is a lovely location for this, with views from the lawns out over the Herefordshire countryside beyond to the Black Mountains. You are surrounded by carefully looked-after flower borders packed with colour. Leaving the house and making your grand entrance up the aisle is a wonderful feeling for brides, and for the grooms who are eagerly awaiting your emergence! Dewsall can offer the wonderful option of a canopy if you would like to provide your guests with cover outside, whether it be from the hot sunshine or from untimely rain showers. The canopy makes a striking scene and is very rustic in appearance, made of natural wood and canvas, in keeping with the feel of the venue. You could even have it decorated with flowers if you wished. If you are not worried about the weather though, you can also have your wedding ceremony open to the skies with no canopy, enjoying the full feeling of getting married out in the open air. Outdoor ceremonies are not legally binding and therefore you would need to go inside to sign the register afterwards, or have already done this previously, to make your marriage legal, but having the ceremony outside in these beautiful surroundings makes it well worth it.

With the Canopy:

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Ceremony in The Church:

Dewsall Court is very lucky to have Dewsall Church in it’s grounds. Dewsall Church is a very pretty little church with a wooden porch (perfect for a flower arch). Inside the church can seat about 80, although I have done larger weddings where people have stood at the back as well. The church wedding can either be a legally binding ceremony, or it can be a blessing (with the legal part done back up at the house or before/after the big day). For more information about having your wedding ceremony at Dewsall Church, have a chat with your Dewsall wedding planner.

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Signing in The Study:

If you haven’t had a legally binding location for your wedding ceremony, you can skip along to the study where you can quickly do the legal bit with the registrars to make your marriage formal! This is a nice private moment for the two of you to enjoy becoming husband and wife. During this time, your guests can be gathered together for your confetti moment outside.

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Confetti Moment:

Confetti is pretty much compulsory at weddings I think! Luckily Dewsall allows you to throw it where-ever you like outside (biodegradable, of course), so there are lots of opportunities for your confetti moment. You might like to exit the main Dewsall front doors and have your guests waiting in two lines ready to throw it there, or you might like to exit the side or back door onto the lawns, ready for your reception there. You might even want to have it thrown along the length of the path from/to the Wainhouse, depending on the logistics of your day. Or if you have had your wedding ceremony in the church, have your guests throw confetti by the pretty wooden porch there, or along the lane on the walk back up to the main house. The choice is yours!

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Reception:

Dewsall Court is very happy to accommodate all your wishes for your wedding day, and has lots of flexible options for your wedding reception. You have the use of the inside of the house, which is particularly useful in the autumn or winter months, or if you have a rainy wedding day. There is plenty of room in the lounge, conservatory and kitchen for your guests to mingle, and if it is cold the roaring log fires can be lit to make it extra cosy with a homely atmosphere. Outside there are the lovely grounds, lawns and gardens, with plenty of beautiful places for your guests to discover if they should wish to go exploring. In the warmer months your guests can spill out from the front of the house or from the back conservatory, and enjoy being outside in the spectacular surroundings, as drinks and canapes do the rounds. You could even have a croquet set or other garden games put out for entertainment, or have some live music playing too. Make the most of your wedding reception time – this is the best opportunity for lots of natural photos of you and your guests chatting and laughing, as well as for any more formal photographs you may require.

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Photographs:

Dewsall Court provides a stunning backdrop for your photographs. There are lots of stone buildings, rustic barn doors, beautiful informal gardens, trees, fields and pretty views. For your couple photographs, I love to spend as much or as little time as the two of you would like, and I know all the best photo spots to take you to – the romantic hidden secret garden, the lake with willow trees and a jetty, the swing, the ivy-covered ruins, the rustic outbuildings, the spring blossom or the autumn colours, the summer meadows of long grasses, the view to the Black Mountains as the sun sets… it’s all yours to enjoy together on your wedding day.

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Wedding Breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn:

Your wedding day is flying by like a dream, and it’s time for your wedding breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn, which, as mentioned, has been newly-restored so it is now a luxury space for your celebrations, with a purpose-built dance floor area and bar as well as high-spec facilities. You can decorate the Wainhouse however you like, and as it already has a very rustic look of it’s own, you can really add to this with your own flower arrangements and greenery, bunting, festoon or fairy lighting, candles, lanterns, favours, furs, crockery and other touches. There are a number of ways you can arrange the tables too – with circular tables or long tables to choose from. Don’t forget that wall of glass too, which in the warmer weather can be fully opened up, so you can enjoy letting the summer in as your guests mingle inside and outside. The Wainhouse can accommodate up to 120-170 guests seated for wedding breakfast, and more for the evening. Catering is provided by Dewsall’s own catering team, and is always of the highest standard (and absolutely delicious!).

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

The Wainhouse now has it’s own dancefloor with a beautiful painted motif, and area for the band or DJ to set up without disturbing your meal. When it’s time for your first dance, the dancefloor is revealed as a surprise for your guests, as your music begins and the barn doors open to the view of you two dancing! Then all your guests can pile onto the dancefloor with you to dance the night away. With the bar close by, it’s ideal for plenty of crazy moves! There is also a firepit and seating area amongst the trees and lightbulbs outside, where guests can toast marshmallows, play with sparklers, and enjoy the incredible spectacle of your wedding day as it draws to a close.

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So there we have it – I hope you have found this guide and pictures of Dewsall Court helpful in your Herefordshire wedding venue search!

You can view some full Dewsall wedding blog posts here:

Alison & Rich’s Dewsall Court Wedding - ceremony in the church

Katherine & Ian’s Dewsall Court Wedding – ceremony in canopy on the lawn.

There are also more pictures on my Dewsall Court Pinterest Board. Lots of inspiration for your Herefordshire wedding day!

Gemma Williams is a recommended wedding photographer for Dewsall Court in Herefordshire. If you are planning your wedding at Dewsall Court, I would love to hear from you! Please take a look at my website and get in touch. If there is anything else I can help with, please do let me know! x

LYDE COURT HEREFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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LYDE COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are on the hunt for a Herefordshire Wedding Venue right now, then congratulations! Herefordshire has so many lovely wedding venues, it may seem a daunting (although exciting) task ahead to choose the one that’s right for your wedding day. Being a local wedding photographer, I know all the loveliest wedding venues very well, so in this series I am aiming to help you find your venue, with the use of pictures. Today I’m showing you Lyde Court in Herefordshire – probably the nearest wedding venue to my own home, being only 10 minutes away! If you are looking for a wedding photographer too, please do take a look at my website when you’ve read about Lyde Court.

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Lyde Court is a stone barn wedding venue with ceremonies outside and inside being possible. The barns date from the 17th Century, and are completely unspoilt, with stone walls, vaulted ceilings, beams, galleries and arrow-slit windows. It all makes for a very rustic and atmospheric setting! Especially when you add in candles, mismatched antique furniture, and all your own decorations that you would like to add to your wedding day styling. The gardens of the house itself are available for photographs, and the fields all around give fantastic views over the Herefordshire countryside. There are other barns and an oast house as well as the main house too. It’s amazing to think you are only 2 miles from the centre of Hereford, in this idyllic rural hideaway. Gary and the team at Lyde Court give you huge flexibility to create your own wedding day however you want and are always on hand to help – if you are interested to find out more you can contact them here.

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So here are some photographs to take you through how your wedding day at Lyde Court could look…

Getting Ready

Bridal prep before the ceremony is possible at Lyde Court in the main house. There is a dedicated room downstairs for this, the White Room, as well as a Bridal Suite upstairs, which provides ample space for getting ready. I particularly love the natural window light in the White Drawing Room. You are tucked away here so guests and the groom won’t accidentally see you before the ceremony, and it is only a short walk to your ceremony when it’s time.

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Wedding Ceremony Outside

Lyde Court provides an amazing opportunity to get married outside, in a choice of two beautiful locations. Seating for your guests is set up on the grass on The Willow Lawn or The Rose Lawn outside the barns, and your ceremony is conducted at the barn opening. Performing your marriage ceremony under the barn structure in this way means that it is legally binding, so there’s no need to go elsewhere to complete the formalities.

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Wedding Ceremony Inside

Wedding ceremonies indoors can be held in the barns (this also gives a plan B in case it is raining on the day of your outdoor ceremony). You are free to decorate the barns however you wish, and the ancient stone walls, beams, and candles make a very romantic atmosphere. The White Room in the main house may also be used for very small ceremonies. Alternatively, you may wish to have your wedding ceremony in a church nearby, and arrive at Lyde Court for your reception afterwards.

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Confetti

At Lyde Court you can throw biodegradable confetti where-ever you like! You may like to throw it after your outdoor ceremony as you walk down the aisle, or as you go to your reception across the lawn. The organisers at Lyde Court are very good and will help you plan this in.

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Reception

Lyde Court has great spaces for your wedding reception come rain or shine! If it is raining, guests can mingle in the bar area of the barn, where there are sofas downstairs and some more seating upstairs too. If it’s a nice day, guests can mingle on the lawns, both by the barns and by the house. There are opportunities for garden games and other entertainment as drinks and canapes are brought round. There are also fire pits and picnic tables outside to use. Make the most of mingling and chatting with all your guests at this time – it’s the best way to get lots of natural photographs too!

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Photographs

Lyde Court has lots of lovely photo spots we can use – surrounded by countryside, there are beautiful views all around. There is also a secret garden and lots of flowers and trees, including a stunning wisteria at the right time of year. I love the rustic backdrop the stone barns and wooden doors provide, and a short hop into the fields gives even more opportunity for amazing photographs. This is why I love shooting here! I am very happy to spend as much or as little time on your ‘formal’ photographs as you wish, and I like to keep them as ‘informal’, natural and relaxed as possible, so that you look back and see the real you enjoying your wedding day.

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Wedding Breakfast

Your wedding breakfast is provided in the Great Barn, and is catered by Lyde Court’s own team. I always think that the barn set for wedding breakfast is a stunning sight. You can choose to have round tables or long banqueting tables, and you are free to put your top table wherever you would like it best. There’s also an unbelievable selection of vintage chairs to either match or mis-match, giving the barn a really original and quirky look. You can add your own decorations, bunting, fairy lights, flowers etc to make it look amazing. Lit by candles, it really is a most atmospheric dining experience for your guests.

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Dancing & Evening Fun

Your band or DJ can set up on the stage at one end of the Great Barn, and there is a dancefloor area here with plenty of room for crazy shapes. Lyde Court has a great PA and lighting system, so you’ll be able to party until you drop!

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So there we have it – I hope this little guide has been helpful for you choosing whether to have your wedding at Lyde Court! It really is a fabulous fun venue that I love to shoot at. You can see some of the full blog posts of the weddings I have photographed here for more inspiration:

Kerry & Matt’s Lyde Court Wedding – ceremony outside the Rose barn

Bea & Gareth’s Lyde Court Wedding - ceremony inside barn and White Room

You can also check out my Lyde Court Pinterest Board for more ideas.

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer, based in Hereford and recommended by Lyde Court. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do visit my website and get in touch! Good luck with your wedding planning, and if there is anything else I can help you with, please do let me know x

Dewsall Court Wedding Photography

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Alison & Rich were married at Dewsall Court, Herefordshire, in August. Regular visitors to my old blog will know that Dewsall is one of my most favourite wedding venues! Their summer wedding was absolutely beautiful, and made more so by the amazing abundance of flowers by Love Lily – I’ve never seen the church porch so thick with blooms! Alison’s gorgeous lace dress is from Satin Bow at St Albans, and her bridesmaids are wearing glamorous gold sparkly dresses. Hair is by Angie of Bridal Beauty, and makeup is by Sam of Indulge Beauty. I loved so many things about this wedding, including the ‘Family Tree’ of family photos hung in the tree by the Wainhouse, the Mr & Mrs giant balloons, and the personalised games of ‘Guess Who?’ on the dining tables, featuring the faces of their guests. So much fun! Here are a few favourite wedding photos from their day – I hope you enjoy seeing their story! Huge thanks to Alison & Rich for having me there!

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you again for our gorgeous wedding pictures!! The USB arrived on Saturday and we are so happy with them, we can’t wait to get some prints and start making albums! Thank you for our lovely card and chocolates too – a lovely touch and very thoughtful!
Thank you for being so great on the day, for being so patient with us and blending into the background. We are so happy we had you with us on the day and you’ve given us some amazing memories to look back on, we can’t thank you enough! Best wishes for the future and thank you again”.

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Bea & Gareth were married at the amazing rural barn wedding venue Lyde Court in Herefordshire in September. They had such a wonderful sunny day! I loved this wedding because it was so relaxed and happy. Everyone got involved with the preparations, and I think Bea’s mum had the most roles of anyone at a wedding ever, being the florist, the baker, and also actually doing their marriage ceremony! Bea and her bridesmaids got ready in Lyde Court’s white room, and later on the legal registration of their marriage took place here too. Bea’s beautiful wedding dress is a Ti Adora by Alvina Valentia – I love that it has two styling options, with a romantic, floaty embroidered top layer for the day, removable to the satin dress underneath for the evening’s partying. The bridesmaids dresses (from ASOS) were all different, in shades of light pastel peaches, with lace and sequins. Hair is by Clare Davies of The Cutting Room, and makeup is by Sam of Samantha Claire Makeup. Guests enjoyed specially named cocktails, the Bea-llini and the Gin Collins, in the sunny rolling hills of Herefordshire, before heading into the barn for more merriment and dancing into the evening. It was an incredible day – thank you so much to Bea & Gareth for having me there to capture it! I absolutely loved every minute.

“We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the wonderful wedding photos. We sat down to look at them on Saturday night and were completely blown away but how fantastic they were. There are so many wonderful candid shots spanning the whole day, from the morning preparations through to the end-of-night party – and you managed to capture the whole spectrum of moments and emotions from the sentimental and romantic, through to the hilarious and drunken. You really captured the spirit of the day – it was like re-living the wedding all over again, through loads of different points of view! They really are a beautiful set of images, thank you xxx”

Homme House Wedding Photography

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Homme House Wedding Venue

In 2018 I had the pleasure of photographing lots of wonderful weddings at one of my most beloved Herefordshire venues, Homme House. Here is a big mashup blog post which features some favourite photos from all of those lovely weddings! Hopefully this will show you what a fabulous venue Homme House is, with possibilities for weddings indoors, in the church on the estate, as well as ceremonies outside in the wildflower meadow by the summer house. And options for the wedding breakfast in the dining room or in a marquee in the gardens. Plus all nestled in such a beautiful setting in the Herefordshire countryside! It was great to be able to work with lots of fab suppliers at all these weddings too, including Love Lily florist, Jenny Fleur Florist, Herefordshire Flower Studio, Wedding Paint, Amy Bemand Hair, Amelia Bourne Hair & Makeup, A to Zest Catering, The Hereford Balloon Shop, and the amazing Hypnogician. Huge congratulations to all the brides and grooms who were married at Homme House – thank you for having me there on your wedding days! If you are getting married at Homme House in the future and you are looking for a wedding photographer who loves shooting there, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! So here’s my Homme House megamix….