I often talk about venues being a real pleasure to photograph at, and those that are an experience to explore are certainly top of the list. North Cadbury Court weddings are no exception to this. Exploring really is the key to this stunning wedding venue, with 25 bedrooms and a wide expanse of parkland to find hidden beauty and steal a treasured moment.
The house at the heart of North Cadbury Court dates back to the 1300s, originally a medieval hall, and since a family a home that has been passed from generation to generation. The history is to be marvelled at, with winding wooden staircases that’ll give your wedding day a feel of unending grandeur (not to mention give me some stunning spots to capture a special moment… the light through the tall hallway windows, the bride and groom as they look out over the estate they call their own for a day).
In the heart of the still Somerset countryside, North Cadbury Court has a rural history that gives extra character to a property already brimming period personality. After the Second World War, where the house itself was occupied by an evacuated London Nursery, the halls became a learning home for under-privileged young city men looking for a career in farming. From the late 40s to late 60s, several hundred men learnt the ins and outs of the trade that would become their lives. Many of those young men have been back to North Cadbury to visit since. Walking around the property, you can see why this was the perfect choice for such a scheme, where stretches of lush green gardens meet the rolling hills of the West Country. There’s so much space, you can even arrive by helicopter to the venue!
A short way down into the gardens you’ll find a stunning lake, where you can gaze back at the manor from the wooden decking of the yacht club – a perfect spot to take your wedding guests for a champagne drinks reception, or reflect on all the excitement of the day in the early hours of a warm summers evening. Spots like these are made for photographing, and there’ll be no posing necessary to capture the beauty. The style in which I photograph is most commonly called ‘reportage’ or ‘documentary’ wedding photography and can be best described as storytelling. My aim is tell the story of your North Cadbury Court wedding, capturing the intimate moments (some you may have missed in your own experience of your day) that you can look back on with fondness.
At North Cadbury Court you really are spoilt for choice on how to spend your wedding day. The choice doesn’t end with picking the venue, when there is so much to offer in the way of facilities. Each room is a stunning surprise in itself. Will it be the traditional four poster bed rooms that win you over? The classic snooker room? The thought of relaxation in the sauna? Or the possibility of the secret disco and grand casino in the cellar? Endless options to bowl you over, and plenty of opportunity for a wedding photo album full of character.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one Somerset wedding venue, I recommend you embark on the North Cadbury Court adventure for a day, or two, or even take a long weekend to soak it all. With a license to host the wedding ceremony in the house, ample space for all your guests to stay on site, plenty of opportunity for activities and facilities all set against the backdrop of a proud and grand traditional building, you have the chance to create a day that won’t be forgotten. And of course, I’d love to be a part of the experience, and capture all the inevitable magic as it should be, naturally, unobtrusively, without posing or pretence.