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Old Down Manor is an exclusive use wedding venue in Bristol. It is part of the Old Down estate and is set in acres of the beautiful South West countryside. Old Down Manor wedding photography can look incredible. The venue has stunning views out across the River Severn. As it faces west the sun sets across the water behind the Severn Bridge making a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding. It is the perfect venue in any weather. If you must stay inside it has plenty of space for guests to mingle and a high balcony for the group shot. Of course everyone would prefer to be outside and outdoors, the gardens are incredible, even in the winter. There are stepping stones and secret pathways leading down, through the bushes and trees  to a lawn and a lake. In the spring when all the blossom is out it looks truly beautiful.

The upstairs bridal suite is beautifully decorated and shared the stunning views across the river. Downstairs there is a bar and a huge, impressive grand entrance hall. The dining area is large and light with windows all down one side and mirrors line the other. Ceremonies can cater for up to 120 guests.

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Caroline & Rob had their winter wedding at Old Down Manor a few days before Christmas. They chose the venue as Caroline used to visit the Old Down Estate when she was a child. Caroline wanted a Christmas theme for the day, and chose a silver, pale blue and pale pink colour palette to complement the wintry time of year.

Caroline and her girls were getting ready in the bedrooms upstairs while the guests arrived for welcome drinks in the magnificent atrium. Amanda Whiting, a wonderful harpist, played music before, during and after the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful in the sunny Bernays Room with rose petals in the aisle. Caroline actually did a reading herself during the ceremony which was quite unusual.

While the guests mingled in the atrium with mulled wine and winter Pimms after the ceremony, Rob & Caroline surprised them with a video montage of photographs taken of everyone over the years. We captured a great shot of everyone in the hall from the galleried balcony above.

The weather was kind enough to allow us a bit of time to take Caroline & Rob into the lovely gardens for a few portraits before everyone sat down to eat. The wedding breakfast took place in the beautiful Orangery and even Santa made a surprise early appearance. After the speeches, Rob, Caroline and their guests retired to the atrium again where a choir and pianist entertained everyone brilliantly with some wonderful carols and even the odd Disney song or two. Guests were all given song-sheets so they could join in.

Into the evening, a DJ had people up on the dance floor even before Caroline & Rob had their first dance, and that continued with everyone staying on the dance floor afterwards.

Rob & Caroline loved how much we put them at ease on the day and their beautiful photographs reflect that. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

 

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