Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer | Ian MacMichael

May 8, 2019

Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer Ian MacMichael.

Beautiful Spring Sunshine at Combermere Abbey.

We have been friends of the bride’s family for many years. A couple of years ago, we had the pleasure of photographing Emily’s older sister Jessica’s wedding at Peckforton castle. You can see that wedding here. Emily and the girls got ready in Stone Cottage, the lodge at the entrance to Combermere Abbey. Takis and his party were in one of the cottages in the mian grounds.

The preparations we all very relaxed and chilled which made for the perfect start for the day. The ceremony was in the Glass House which is a beautiful location situated in one of the beautiful walled gardens. On the way to it, there is small maze to negotiate! There wer so many opportunities to create beuatiful images! This made the job as a Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer a real pleasure.

Emotional Wedding Photography at Combermere Abbey.

There are beautiful shots pretty much every where you look. However, our style is to focus on the people and the emotions of a wedding. Sure, the weather and the venue can be gorgeous, which certainly helps. But in the years to come, the most important images are those with emtional impact. The ones that capture forever a look, a kiss or a tear.

A special mention must go to the registrars Catherine and Yvonne. They were totally amazing to work with and really went out of their way to make our job easier! They even gave me a card as they left asking us to share any images with them on social media. This was a first for us! After the ceremony and the confetti shots, we shot a ferw group shots before the guests strolled ove the lawns for drinks in the sun!

100 Natural wedding photographs at Combermere Abbey.

While the guests were enjoying the sun, we headed into another walled garden to shoot some very relaxed and informal portraits of Emily and Takis. We created some stunning images here among the blossom trees in the late afternoon sun! Everyone then made their way into the marquee for the speeches and the wedding breakfast.

After the food, we could see that we were in for an amzing sunset. Em and Takis wanted to go do some shots by the lake near the original Abbey building. Of course, we didn’t hesitate! The sun was low and the was light gold! Although we were only there for around 15 minutes or so, we really made the most of the light and the location.

In fact, we got one of my favourite photos of the year so far! We were in the woodland, bathed in the golden sun light with the lake behind. The beautifully luminous setting sun light was streaming through the trees and bouncing off the water. It was incredible! You can see it towards the end of the selection of images below.

It truly was a beautiful day in every way. It was a pleasure for us to able to tell Emily and Takis’s story. This stunning venue is now defo in my top 10 venues of all time! I’m really looking forward to being a Combermere Abbey wedding photographer soon.


Telling your story without posing or taking over. Weddings are about people, not photographs. 


Weddings at this elegant venue.

Combermere Abbey is simply a sunning venue. With lots of intimate places and truly beautiful grounds. It is a photographer’s dream! It dates back to the twelth century and is a place any wedding photographer would enjoy to shoot at. Combermere Abbey was originally a monastery and is currently privately owned. It is in an ideal location that is both easy to get to but also feel like you are far from madding crowds. It is an intimate venue and it’s yours exclusively for a wedding to be remembered.

On their website, Combermere say “Steeped in a thousand years of English history, come and explore acres of rolling parkland, walled gardens and ancient woodlands alongside spectacular Gothic architecture, enchanting waters and a breathtaking Edwardian Glasshouse, just waiting for you to discover them. Exquisite, magical and tailored just for you.”

During the 1500s, the original Abbey church and associated buildings and artefacts were replaced with a private house. The Abbot’s House and hall are still in use and have been extended and remodelled over time. A hundred years of the Crossley family stewardship of this wonderful estate – its rolling parkland, spectacular gardens and ancient woodland. Exquisite, magical and welcoming. Join us and celebrate our restoration journey – discover the fascinating story, taste our bespoke selection of estate produce, contribute to a Centenary Woodland planting and support our charity of the year Together Trust.

Combermere Abbey wedding Photographer Ian MacMichael

We really enjoyed oursleves as Combermere Abbey wedding photographers and found the staff very helpful. From meeting us as we arrived through to making sure we had everything we needed throughout the day. It was real joy to work at Combermere Abbey and also to shoot in these beuatiful grounds.

Ian MacMichael offers the highest standard of wedding photography for couples who want to enjoy their weddng and NOT stand around all day posing!

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