Did I ever tell you the story of the wedding with the missing wedding dress? No, well do please do read on . . .
Back in August of last year I made my first ever visit to the stunning Davenport House near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Davenport House is a glorious Grade I listed, Georgian country house, which was completed in 1727 and remained the private residence of the Davenport family for the next 266 years. In 2017 the property was lovingly restored by the current owners, Lizzie and Joe, who’ve renovated the entire house in a contemporary and elegant style. The house and grounds, which are exclusive use, now provide a stunning backdrop to any wedding day.
I met with Helen and her bridesmaids in the Stable Cottage, Davenport House’s exquisite private bridal dressing room. It was a flurry of activity with Zoe Bywater Makeup Artist busy ensuring that the girls all looked their best. Meanwhile over at the Carriage Cottage, Adam and his groomsmen, with the aid of a sneaky beer or two, donned their super sharp three piece suits which were curtesy of Peter Posh.
As the ceremony approached Helen moved over to the bridal suite in the main house to get into her wedding dress, which was from TDR bridal. It was at this heart stopping moment that Helen realised that her wedding dress wasn’t there! The bridal party quickly sprang into action, searching the entire venue and surrounding area for any sign of the dress. Despite their efforts, the dress was nowhere to be found, because it had been accidentally left about 10 miles away!
With the ceremony time quickly approaching, two of the guests jumped in their car and made the 20 mile round trip dash to retrieve the wedding dress (I fear some speed limits may have been broken). Meanwhile the amazing team at Davenport House prepared a spare dress which was available at the venue for emergency use. Downstairs in The Great Hall, Adam and the guests were completely unaware of the unfolding drama, even as the 2pm ceremony time passed.
With the wedding dress finally on site just a few minutes after 2pm, one of the Davenport House staff sprinted from the carpark (barely letting the car delivering the dress to stop), through the house to get the dress to Helen as quickly as possible. Thanks to everyone’s best efforts Helen made it downstairs to the ceremony only 10 minutes later than scheduled.
The ceremony was a wonderful affair, held in front of Helen and Adam’s closest friends and family. Vows were shared, rings exchanged and the wedding schedule signed. With the legal formalities completed everyone then headed outside to shower the newly married couple with confetti before starting the drinks reception. It was only at this point where Adam and the rest of the wedding guests learned of the pre-ceremony drama!
As the afternoon progressed and with the canapes consumed, it was time to head into the Davenport House Drawing Room for the wedding breakfast. Everyone was treated to a stunning three course feast prepared by the kitchen wizards from Jimmy Garcia Catering. This was followed by the speeches before the start of the evening reception. For their evening party Helen and Adam booked the amazing Benny Smyth, one of the UKs premier wedding and event DJs. Benny kept the dancefloor rocking till the small hours playing a set of diverse music from Motown to speed garage, indie rock to Ibiza anthems. No cheese, just full on tunes!
Helen and Adam’s wedding at Davenport House was a beautiful and unforgettable celebration of love and commitment (and also a reminder to double check where your wedding dress is!). The historic venue, surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque countryside, provided the perfect setting for the happy couple to exchange their vows and celebrate their love with friends and family. Before I sign off I’d like to say a massive thank you to the happy couple for having me along to be their Davenport House wedding photographer. It was a real privilege to have been able to spend such a memorable day with you and your friends and families. Here’s 50 photos to give you a glimpse of Helen and Adam’s dazzling Davenport House wedding day . . .