St Audries Park Wedding | Vicky and Chris

October 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
The wedding of Vicky and Chris was a fabulous Autumnal bash held in North Somerset. 

With a romantic driveway entrance St Audries Park is instantly appealing. Deer graze in the surrounding fields, the bellow of a stag interrupts the silence and if you look carefully you can even see the sea, which is just under a mile away. The stately home is quite magnificent but with dark clouds looming, I had my fingers crossed for some good luck.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
 Making my way through the network of passageways I found the girls and the only-ever-so-slightly nervous bride, Vicky. There was gorgeous soft window light which lent itself to some striking images of the bridal preparations.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
The dress was beautiful, although it took Vicky's sister a good number of attempts to lace up the back. Definitely worth the effort though :)
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
Meanwhile, the boys (who were only running an hour behind schedule!) were getting ready a few rooms away. Unfortunately, Chris had forgotten his cufflinks, but never fear when you have a ultra-reliable usher who has a box of them.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
The civil ceremony was held in the stunning Orangery which is a bright and elegant setting which came alive when the sun made it's appearance. Just in time for Vicky who was making her way across from the main house. 
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
As the weather continued to improve it allowed me to take the newly weds for a stroll around the grounds. The front of St Audries Park has a grand entrance and the building is covered in Virginia Creeper, and at this time of year it had turned a magnificent red. This gave a superb backdrop and added to the sun dropping lower in the sky it gave us a unique shooting light and some great photographs.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
Rose petals, Koi Carp fish, croquet, giant Connect 4, a bridesmaid pianist and more were all part of the experience for guests as they enjoyed drinks and canapes around the house and gardens.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography The speeches were heartfelt, touching and at times laugh-out loud. With an iPad malfunction Best Man Mike had to resort to his paper version, but he took it in his stride and with a picture of a 'special' bulldog the guys had met whilst travelling he brought the house down. 
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
Even though Vicky and Chris only wanted a short time alone on the dance floor before being joined by everyone else, I managed to get some great images of them dancing to their chosen song 'For You' by Angus and Julia Stone.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography

St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
Later in the evening I stole them away for a creative shot in the dark with some off-camera flashes in front of the fish pond, here's the result of one:
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen PhotographyBack inside to catch some action on the dancefloor and a brilliant effort at Gangnam Style!
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
With a still night and the stars shining one of my last photographs was a 15 second exposure of St Audries Park from the driveway. A bit of post-production work and I'm pretty pleased with the end result! Thanks to Vicky and Chris and all their friends and family for welcoming me and allowing me to capture their amazing day.
St Audries Park Wedding Simon Biffen Photography
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