Emotional countryside wedding at Crowcombe Court
Updated: 2 days ago
If you've ever attended a wedding at Crowcombe Court you know how special it is. From the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, to the relaxed atmosphere of the venue, Crowcombe Court weddings are sure to leave a lasting impression and Eden and Jonno's wedding back in September 2022 was no exception.
Morning of the wedding
Eden (the lovely bride) and her besties had set the tone for the morning; the bridal room was buzzing with wedding feelings when I arrived, and I knew this was going to be a memorable occasion. On the morning of the most important day of her life, Eden was so relaxed and enjoying her surroundings and the company of her friends and family. Music, laughter, tears of joy, and singing (I'll get to the singing later on).
A bride's prep usually starts calmly and then time catches up and it's a mad rush to finish the last minute details. But not today! As I said, the tone was set and calm was present all morning. The bridesmaids finished getting ready and left Eden to get into her dress with her mum's help. We had the double reveal today - the bridesmaids and the father of the bride.
After Eden was ready for her reveal, I led the bridesmaids back into the room with their eyes closed. The wedding day just became more alive with the reveal.
When dad walked into the room for his reveal, he wore the biggest smile ever, it was just perfect. Eden was ready to meet her man!
At their pre-shoot earlier this year, we hit it off right away. A pre-shoot is one of the best ways to get to know each other before your big day, which, in turn, helps keep things relaxed and enjoyable. I found out how it all began which in turn is how we ended up here.
When Jonno Met Eden
Eden and Jonno met at work. Jonno had seen Eden's picture on the staff board and asked about her. He kept coming onto the ward to fix broken taps and they just kept smiling at each other as he walked past. Eden asked about him further with her boss in which her boss gave Jonno's boss her number. Jonno wasted no time. He messaged her that evening though Eden played it cool and pretended she had no idea who he was. They have spoken every day since!
Conveniently things kept “breaking” on the ward so Jonno had to keep coming back every day to fix things, until one day Eden and another colleague got caught pulling a tap off the wall to get him back and were told to stop breaking stuff.
When Jonno popped the question
Eden and Jonno were sightseeing on the hottest day in London in quite a while. Eden had not been feeling well and told Jonno they needed to head back to the hotel to get a drink to cool off and chill. But Jonno got frustrated and he said, “No, please, we have to go and see this last place, so we can go back after that.” So Eden drank some coke and sat down. When he got down on one knee Eden understood why they couldn't go back. A woman saw what he was doing and shouted “stop, stop, pass me your phone” so he got up off his knee gave her his phone and got back down again!
Now to meet Jonno before the "I Do's"...
Although Jonno kept it together most of the morning, I think he was carrying nerves for both of them! In spite of this, Sam & Callum (his two best men) were by his side to support him. Though if you were to have witnessed the best man's speech later on in the day, it was quite the opposite and possibly one of the funniest roastings I have witnessed in a long time. A salmon-coloured suit was worn by Jonno and his groomsmen, and he accessorised with a matching waistcoat. Such a unique, cool look!
I had a little keep sake from Eden to give Jonno to open, it was one he could always keep close to his heart. It was a little broach with a picture of his grandad. Following their preparations, the boys headed to the bar area to greet their guests. Here's where the fun begins!
One of the bridesmaids offered to sing at the entrance of Eden coming down the aisle as a lovely gift to the bride and groom, and she did not disappoint. Megan's voice was so beautiful. She sang "I get to love you" by Lyndsey Elm and she smashed it out of the park.
Beautiful lyrics and emotions set the scene for one of the best reactions of the groom seeing his bride for the first time that day! A priceless moment.
Here's a video where you can see it for yourself!
After Eden and Jonno had exited the great hall to have a little breather and a catch up (Jonno sure needed it), the guests all headed outside for a confetti line and drinks.
Pre wedding I always ask for a list of names for the group shots and to assign a couple of people the task of being runners to grab them when it's their turn for photos. Ideally these people need to be quite familiar with the list of people. I do this to try and make the day flow for the couple just so they are not standing around all day having photos. I would rather have them mingling with their friends and family!
They had entertainment for the guests that afternoon, inflatables and alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?!
I gifted them some patriotic smoke flares for the day (in memory of the queen) which were a hit!
Following the smoke flares, this was our chance for some intimate couple shots in and around the stunning grounds of Crowcombe.
The guests decided to join in!
We gave the boys some instructions to throw Jonno in the air but since the alcohol had been flowing, they may have been over zealous with their delivery!
Weddings are often a time to remember absent friends and loved ones and Jonno and Eden did this in a very loving way.
It was time to sit down for the day and have food, but speeches were first, which is, in my opinion the better order, since the party in question can enjoy their meal and beverages without having to worry about speeches.
Eden might have shed a tear or two listening to her father's speech. Both the father of the bride and Jonno's speech were also heart felt and lovely as you would expect. Now the best man's speech on the other hand was pretty funny and brutal - so many funny stories. I am sure he said he had been asked to tone it down, but I'm not sure that it was! Check out some of the reactions below.
A well earned drink after the speeches.
Bouquet throwing time!
And now for the cake made by one of Eden's close friends, Daz.
The first dance was to I guess I’m in love - Clinton Kane It was lovely to see everyone gathered round in the under croft ready to party away.
Thank you Crowcombe Court as always - you are a very welcoming team.
Suppliers on the day
Matt Bunker, Hive Films - videographer
Kieran Clarke - inflatable garden games, horses
Enhanced Entertainment - DJ
Katherine Taylor - florist
Leanna Biggs - hair and make up
Creative Collections - decor