Orchardleigh House Wedding Photography – Claire & Tristan

Tristan & Claire got married at Orchardleigh House in Somerset, on a sunny winters day in November.  Their day was filled with friends, family and laughter.  Oh and dancing, so much dancing!

My day started in one of Orchardleigh House’s apartments as we couldn’t get into the bridal suite until later that morning.  Once the room was ready we all headed into the house and up to the stunning bridal suite.  There was plenty of hustle and bustle in the morning.  Between hair & make-up, looking after their daughter and coordinating everyone dressing the banqueting hall downstairs, there was plenty to be done.  However, Claire remained calm the entire time…  Tristan on the other hand, not so much!  Once Tristan and the Best Men had finished downstairs, it was a mad rush to get ready.  I’ve never seen so many guys all shower

and get ready so quickly.

Their ceremony was followed by reception drinks on the terrace, overlooking Orchardleigh’s gardens while watching the sunset.  We took a few minutes out from celebrating with guests to get a couple of natural portraits of Claire & Tristan together, before heading in for their wedding breakfast and speeches.  There were plenty of “Dad jokes” in Claire’s Dad’s speech, Tristan made a beautiful and touching speech followed by his two Best Men giving him a good ribbing.

It wasn’t long before they hit the dance floor and partied the night away. Here are some of my favourites from their day…


Bride & Family arriving at Orchardleigh House Bride having her make up done bride having her mascara applied bride having her make up done in front of the mirror bride playing with her daughter on wedding morning bridesmaid looking out of the bridal suite window with brides daughter bride in front of bridal suite mirror bride having her hair done brides reflection in mirror bride looking at herself in the mirrorBest Men Dressing tablesBest man drying himself after showering best man helping groom put on cuff links groom getting ready groom looking in mirror mother of the bride and bridesmaid buttoning up brides dress Brides daughter putting brides wedding shoes on bride looking at her dress in the mirror father of the bride hugging bride bride and father of the bride walking down the stairs bride & grooms children walking down the aisle bride walking down the aisle father of the bride walking bride down the aisle bride smiling at groom groom putting ring on brides finger bride and groom kissing bridesmaid making a reading bride and groom kissing at sunset bride and groom kissing bride and groom holding hands walking guests laughing at wedding guests joking at wedding Orchardleigh house hall Bride and groom making their entrance guests excited for speeches everyone laughing at father of the brides speech bride & grooms reaction to bad joke bride and groom laughing at speeches bride shocked at speech groom making his wedding day speech bride and groom laughing bride and groom kissing after speech best mans speechguests laughing at speeches top table laughing at speeches Bride and groom first dance bride and groom dancing everyone watching bride and grooms first dance groom twirling bride around bride and groom partying bride and groom funny dance guests dancing at wedding couple dancing at wedding wedding guests singing along to music lady dancing at wedding groom crazy dancing at wedding bride and groom dance-off groom doing at backflip at wedding