Cornwell Manor wedding | Amelia & Pete

Cornwell Manor is a grand old house in the Cotswolds that sits within 2000 acres of land, including a church and the hamlet next to it, all privately owned. A big grade II listed, principally eighteenth-century mansion, that is available to be rented out for the weekend. Sleeps 24 people and comes with a live-in cook and housekeeper. A luxury wedding becomes a weekend experience. It was the location for two Australians, now based in London, to hold their wedding with family and friends.

Many from across the globe could not physically attend, so it was via various laptops that many people got to watch the bridal and groom prep as well as the outdoor wedding ceremony. The prep took place in adjoining suites overlooking the lawn where the ceremony was to take place. Unusually led by the local vicar – officially more of a blessing.

Photobomber at Cornwell Manor wedding ceremony

Timings went a little awry, as Amelia had the wedding guests waiting in their seats on the lawn. When she did appear, walking out of the Manor house with her father, a black lab appeared out of nowhere, picked the perfect line and walked up the lawn steps, in front of my camera. The dog, which I didn’t see again, could not have picked a better line in an attempt to block the view of the bride. (See the photo below)

The ceremony, the confetti run and then onto drinks on another part of the lawn beside the main house. This was followed by the meal. This was held in The Ballroom. A 1930s addition to the house, with its high curved ceiling and minstrels gallery – where Amelia and Pete made their entrance. Next to this is a private walled garden. A small open-sided tipi with a bar – where the first dance would take place later in the evening. It wasn’t a day of warm sunshine but it didn’t rain. A result for an English summer.

Here are a few images from this elegant wedding at Cornwell Manor in Oxfordshire…

A small world

‘It’s a small world’ is the cliche. It was the wedding planner, Kerry, who got in touch with me about this wedding but my name had been given to the groom by a mutual friend. A photographer from my days at The Times newspaper. But also, less than two weeks before this wedding in July, I was shooting portraits for a corporate client in central London. A regular shoot for this corporate client, two or three times a year, since 2014. Simple headshots for the multinational company’s website, etc. But on the list of subjects for the morning shoot – Amelia.

Wedding Planner: Kerry Poulter website

Dress: Inbal Dror website

Hair: Mason Josh Instagram

MUA: Emily Metcalfe Instagram

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