A bride and groom portrait in front of Old Down Manor

Christmas wedding at Old Down Manor, Bristol

Caroline and Rob had a Disney themed Christmas wedding at Old Down Manor in Bristol. It’s a place full of memories for Caroline as she used to go there as a child to visit the animals, go on the adventure playground (and push her sister into the mud). It’s a fabulous place for us Bristol wedding photographers. The staff are lovely and the views across the Severn are amazing

Rob proposed in the most romantic way – After a Friday night takeaway in front of the TV. They were just about to go travelling around South America so he wanted to get it done in case Caroline said no. After asking her Father for permission it was just a case of waiting for the perfect moment. Of course she said yes so here we were. Old Down Manor was the perfect venue for a December wedding as there was plenty of room if the weather was bad and there was a high indoor balcony for the group shot. The theme – which I remember Rob saying fulfilled his dream – was Disney with a cold winter colour palette – silver, pale blue and pale pink. The groom and ushers wore grey silk tails with a pale blue ruche and pale pink rose corsage.

Caroline ended up buying the first dress she tried on after trying out 30 others. It was a Kate Middleton-esque dress by Mori Lee – fitted with lace sleeves. Caroline says “I had a proper Carrie Bradshaw moment with the shoes. I ended up with a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s that I absolutely fell in love with and they were super comfortable (I’m going to dye them blue now so I can wear them with jeans (that’s how I justified them to myself!)”

The beautiful flowers by Becci Hobbs fit the theme with pale pinks, blues, silvers and pine cones. The cake was made by one of the guests. It was three tiers with each tier being a different cake. The stationery which included pumpkin carriage seals was also provided by one of the guests – Sophie.

During the reception there was a video montage of photos of their guests through the years. In the evening they had a Christmas choir and pianist. Everyone was singing along with Rob and Caroline duetting “..but thankfully the choir kept on singing with us, drowning out our less-than-choir-standard voices.”

We asked what their highlights were –

“The whole day was amazing. Rob’s highlight (apart from his first sight of Caroline) was giving his groom’s speech. He really enjoyed being able to have a moment where no-one was talking except him. Caroline’s highlight was listening to Rob’s speech, as he was so witty.” Guess who wrote the last sentence. “The whole day was perfect. Seeing all our friends and family in one place. Getting ready with my Bridesmaids, wearing an amazing dress and feeling fabulous. Having an epic party and of course legally binding Rob to me. He can’t escape now!”

Their advice for other couples planning their wedding day?

For the groom – “Marry a girl who loves planning and be prepared to take an interest in flower arrangements.”
For the bride – “The groom isn’t interested in flower arrangements. He’s only pretending because he loves you so much.”

The DJ – Celebration Roadshow – kept everyone on the dance floor while we slipped away before our carriage turned into a pumpkin.

 “Kevin and Carol were fantastic and put us both at ease. We did a pre-wedding shoot with Kevin which, on top of the great photos made us much more comfortable in front of the camera. They were both very friendly and allowed us to portray the real us.”

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Old Down Manor at Christmas
Mother of the bride taking a picture of the bride
A wedding dress hanging on the wardrobe
A bride helps her father with his tie
Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes
A bride having her hair done in the mirror
A groom has his corsage fixed
A groom setting up the tables
A line of bridesmaids shoes
A bridesmaid reflected in the mirror
A laughing bride holding up a frame showing her wedding date
Bridesmaids help a bride put her dress on
A black and white image of a bride sat on her own, reflected in a mirror
The mother of the bride sees her daughter for the first time
The groom waits at the altar while the bride arrives in the background
The bride and groom see each other for the first time
Grandparents look on as the bride gives a reading during her marriage ceremony
The first kiss
The bride and groom leave the room after the wedding service
Older guests chatting after the wedding at Old Down Manor
Wedding guests laughing
Wedding guests chatting
A harpist plays as the bride and groom stand in the doorway at Old Down Manor
The bride's veil blows in the wind
A portrait of the bride and her bridesmaids
The ushers lifting the groom
The groom chats to some wedding guests in the garden
A portrait of the bride and groom under a tree
A portrait of a bride mirroring a painting on the wall in front of her
The groom shows off his new watch
The bride and groom take their seats for the wedding breakfast
The bride and groom watch the speeches
he best man is silhouetted during his speech
A choir sing on the stairs
The weddings guests singing Christmas carols
The bride and a bridesmaid taking a selfie
The bride and groom singing Christmas carols
Guests dressed in Disney outfits on the dance floor
The first dance
The guests form a tunnel and the bride and groom dance through it
A bridesmaid cheering on the bride and groom
A guest dancing and laughing
A bride sings along with one of her guests
The bride and groom kiss during the first dance

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