Cadbury House Christmas Wedding
I met Helenna and Stu for the first time at Coffe #1 in Thornbury back in January 2016, from that moment I knew they were a couple that I would love to work with. The plans for their Christmas 2017 wedding, their story, their aspirations they have as a family, everything about them had me hooked. I was delighted to hear a short time after our meeting that they had chosen me to capture their day.
Helenna’s beautiful engagement ring came from the Jewelry quarter in Birmingham, and they had another trip up there to design a matching interlocking wedding ring at about the same time as we had a pre-wedding shoot on Minchinhampton common. During what we hoped was going to be a kite festival and spectacular on the common – which would have made a lovely backdrop – the wind disappeared and as a result, so did all the kites. A beautiful afternoon none the less. This is the photograph Helenna and Stu chose from the pre-wedding shoot for their signing board which all of the guests added messages to on their wedding day.
The wedding day itself, the 23rd December 2017, soon came around – time always flies during wedding planning I find. I urge you all to take your time to enjoy this process as much as you can. There are many lovely things to savour such as finalising flower designs, makeup and hair trials and of course food tasting.
On the morning of the wedding, Helenna gave Stu a scrapbook of their story together so far; I was privileged to help deliver that to Stu who was just a few rooms away getting ready with his groomsmen and Helenna’s dad. After the speeches, Stu gave Helenna a beautiful quilt made from quilted squares made by hand from many friends and family. Helenna’s daughter’s gifts were teddy bears made from the material of her beautiful Abigail Westrup wedding dress and veil. A unique gift for the girls to treasure forever. These were beautiful moments.
The hair and makeup artists were a pleasure to work with during bridal preparation, and it was soon time to capture Helenna in her final dress preparations and then her father seeing her for the first time – I always love that moment.
The wedding ceremony itself was full of happy tears (that includes the best men), a beautiful ceremony with vows that meant the world to Helenna and Stu and everyone attending.
The entrance of the bridal party and the recessional of the bride and groom were accompanied by Vocal Works Gospel Choir who also stayed for the drinks reception and canapes and were well received by everyone. Highly recommended.
Videography on the day was generously donated by a lovely guy who is a family friend of Helenna and Stu -Andy Grierson – who works all over the world directing and producing sports coverage for the BBC. It was a pleasure working with him and also meeting his lovely wife to be Sue. You can see him in action in one of the photos below with lots of smart kit.
Stu has two beautiful daughters who were so lovely and supportive on the day to their dad, and I really enjoyed meeting and photographing them. The four lovely girls that make up Stu and Helenna’s new family are exceptional and a real credit to Helenna and Stu.
The wedding breakfast was an afternoon tea feast which everyone thoroughly enjoyed – including this photographer 🙂 Credit to Cadbury House for the fantastic food provided.
The Christmas theme continued throughout the day with beautiful table decor by Elizabeth Weddings. Winter themed flowers, mistletoe ball and bouquets by1st Choice Florists and a beautiful and delicious gingerbread cake by a family friend from Heaven Baked.
The evening kicked off to the first dance and then lots of dancing to the Hot Hats wedding band with the fabulous Caricaturist Ian @parody portraits also proving very popular with everyone. I even managed to get the bride and groom out on a very chilly December evening to do some shots in the grounds of Cadbury House.
I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of capturing Helenna and Stu’s wedding day as well as getting to know them so well over the last couple of years. I am looking forward to seeing them again next month to begin the design of their wedding album over lots of tea and biscuits.
Much love to you both,
Lovely words from the bride and groom:
If we could give more than 5 stars we would. Paul was hands down the warmest, most attentive listener when we met him during our search for a photographer for our wedding. He’s been with us every step of the way, interested in my boards on Pinterest, sharing ideas between each other, even delivering the gift I’d made my husband for the wedding morning. Paul wasn’t just a supplier at our wedding, he was a friend. He blended in with the guests and wasn’t one of those annoying in your face photographers putting you into cringe-worthy poses. The photos are absolutely beautiful. Paul must have been everywhere to capture what he did. If you’re reading this and not sure who to choose for your wedding photography, truly look no further. My husband and I said I think Paul would do this job as a hobby if he wasn’t paid. He was so engaged, interested and excited about our wedding he gave us a run for our money! We can’t thank him enough. Helenna & Stu were married at Cadbury House, near Bristol
Lovely suppliers who helped make this wedding so beautiful:
Cake by Heaven Baked
Dress and veil by Abigail Westrup
Flowers by 1st Choice Florists
Chair covers by Chew Valley Chair Covers
Decor by Elizabeth Weddings
Bridal Hair by Roisin Hall
Bridal and MOB make up by Louise Drew
Bridesmaid hair Forget me not Weddings
Bridesmaid make up by Sophie Wooder
Music Vocal Works Gospel Choir and the Hot Hats
Caricaturist Ian @parody portraits
Videography by Andy Grierson, a close family friend of Helenna and Stu
Please enjoy a selection of photographs from this beautiful wedding. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding, then please do get in touch. Further information about the Lemon House Photography and also the magnificent Cadbury House can be found after the photographs.
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About Cadbury House
Cadbury House offers the ultimate in versatility for your wedding plans allowing you to impress your guests with the stunning venue and entertain in style. Mingle, relax and celebrate your Wedding with chic elegance.
As one of the finest four-star hotels in the South West, DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House benefits from a contemporary boutique style.
The hotel offers a taste of luxury with the interior drawing inspiration from the 18th-century house while remaining elegant with simple lines and muted colours. From feature wallpaper to large ornate gilt-framed dressing mirrors, every detail has been thought of.