At the end of April I made my way from Birmingham down to the stunning Compton Verney for Helen and Tim’s epic springtime wedding. Compton Verney is a former historic home, now art gallery and event space, set in a 120 acre estate nestled in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.
The estate has a long history which dates back to Saxon times, with the first manor house being built in 1442 and the Verney family acquiring the land in 1435. The current house, which was designed by prominent Scottish neo-classical architect Robert Adam, dates from 1761. The estate remained in the Verney family until 1921 when it was sold due to financial pressures, ending the family’s 486 year tenure of the property. During the Second World War Compton Verney was requisitioned by the army for the war effort, however, soon after this it fell into disrepair. It was finally saved in 1993 by the Peter Moores Foundation who oversaw the the £45 million restoration project, with the building officially reopening to the public in March 2004. The estate is now used for many varying purposes including festivals and weddings.
I met with Tim in the courtyard at Compton Verney as the final preparations were being put in place for the outdoor ceremony. With the sun shining, the chairs were being laid out and the flowers arranged as Tim placed the boxes of confetti on the seats (whilst making sure to avoid walking on the freshly vacuumed red carpet!).
As the ceremony time approached the guests took to their seats for the arrival of the bride. Helen, who works for automotive company Stellantis made her grand entrance to the ceremony arriving in a tiny Citroen Ami battery powered quadricycle. Certainly one of the more unique, and dare I say compact cars, I’ve seen a bride use on their wedding day. She stepped out into the glorious April weather looking incredibly elegant in her stunning Sophia Tolli wedding dress.
The ceremony was a wonderful affair held in front Compton Verney Hall, overlooking the Warwickshire countryside, in full view of the happy couple’s closest friends and family. With the vows completed and rings exchanged, Helen and Tim were showered with confetti from their guests as they made their way back down the aisle.
Everyone made the most of the April spring sunshine as they enjoyed the drinks reception outside in the courtyard. Entertainment was provided by the amazing Heavy Beat Brass Band who blasted out a selection of everything from old school hip hop to current chart hits. Horns were blown and shapes were thrown as everyone got down to the New Orleans infused tunes from the band.
For their wedding breakfast Helen and Tim treated their guests to a dazzling afternoon tea, served in The Adam Hall of the manor house. Then everyone made their way out onto the back lawn for a silent disco in the spring sunshine. Great fun was had by all as the guests danced, partied and hula-hooped the afternoon away. We even had an impromptu limbo competition break out.
Then as the sun was beginning to set the Heavy Beat Brass Band come out for a second time. They lead everyone in a New Orleans Mardi Gras style parade up to the Old Town Meadow where the party continued. They again blasted out a varied selection of music as the bride, groom and their guests partied alongside, inside and on top of the Morag Myerscough art installation. It was a riot of fun, noise and colour as once again everyone danced under the slowly darkening spring sky.
For the evening reception dinner was provided street food style with Dough2Go supplying some stunning pizzas and Fink some amazing middle eastern fayre. Meanwhile back inside The Adam Hall, one of my favourite wedding DJ’s, Andy from The Best Men, thew down a mix of 60’s soul, 70’s disco, 80’s electro, 90’s indie, noughties pop-punk and much much more.
Before I finish this blog post I must say a huge thank you to Helen and Tim for having me along as their Compton Verney Wedding Photographer. It was a huge pleasure to have been a part of their truly unique fun filled wedding day. Here’s 50 photos to give you a look at their wonderful Warwickshire wedding at Compton Verney . . .