The Orangery has the absolute WOW factor for me as a De Vere Tortworth Court wedding photographer. The light, the lines, the symmetry… MWAH, perfect!!
Weddings at Tortworth Court enjoy the backdrop of a romantic mix of Victorian architecture and contemporary elegance, set in 30 acres of stunning manicured grounds and parkland.
Tortworth Court Orangery Weddings
The Orangery is a grand conservatory which dates back to 1874, with its own reception area and bar its ideal for ceremonies or wedding breakfasts.
From a practical perspective, you have everything you need in one impressive, light and airy space… From a creative perspective, The Orangery at Tortworth Court is just stunning, outside of Kew Gardens it must be one of the biggest I have ever seen!
It’s the kind of space I see and my creative wedding photography brain goes into overdrive with all the gorgeousness!
De Vere Tortworth Court Wedding Photographer – Claire and Chris
I arrived in the splendid June sunshine, ready for Claire and Chris’ wedding at De Vere Tortworth Court. I arrived early to have a good look around and chat to the venue staff to make sure everything was running to plan.
I was joined by my brilliant live streaming team, who were setting up as I arrived. Claire and Chris’ wanted to ensure that friends and family at home who were unable to join them in person due to social distancing could still be part of their day.
Claire and Chris are such a lovely, animated and down to earth couple. I felt a real connection with them on the day and I know my Amazing PA, Rhian has been exchanging gardening stories, holiday photos and Eurovision plans with them throughout the planning process!
Claire was getting ready with her mum and bridesmaids in one of the suites at Tortworth Court. Claire’s sister was with her, I actually photographed her wedding too several years ago, so it was lovely to see them all again.
I popped in to see Chris who was finishing off his own preparation for the day, his linen suit was perfect for the glorious weather and I knew it would look great in the light and airy space of the Orangery at Tortworth Court.
I met Chris’ family on the terrace for a quick family photoshoot to remember the day then headed back inside to wait for the arrival of the bride.
Claire descended the beautiful wooden staircase and headed to the Orangery. She walked down the aisle with her mum; her late Dad still present with her on her wedding day as his ring was tied to her beautiful bouquet.
The Registrar began with a little bit of information about Tortworth Court, which gave us all a sense of place for the day ahead of the touching ceremony.
Our live stream team made sure people could still be with Claire and Chris from wherever they were in the world.
We started streaming just before the ceremony so people could also enjoy the string quartet that Claire and Chris organised to accompany their day. I even received a message from their friends Adele and Jim, another couple who’s wedding I had photographed, who were watching the wedding ceremony on their laptop in a pub in Wales. Adele said she got a few funny looks as she shed some happy tears!
The string quartet ended the ceremony by playing the Indiana Jones theme tune, which was a brilliant little touch.
De Vere Tortworth Court Wedding Reception
Everyone gathered for canapés and drinks on the terrace, enjoying a few moments in the sunshine with the newlyweds before we all then ran for cover as the British summer decided to join us, and the rain started!
Claire and Chris
I’ve always got a back up plan for wet weather, so we took a few moments to capture some indoor portraits of Claire and Chris relaxing in the library. We also found a conference room, which provided some beautiful soft light to play with.
We noticed a break in the rain so dashed outside to get some romantic shots of the newlyweds under the wisteria arches and a few more family portraits.
I will keep going on about how incredible Tortworth Court is, especially the Orangery which even for an intimate ceremony with restricted numbers and social distancing requirements we were really able to make use of the space so it felt comfortable.
When the British weather can be so unpredictable, De Vere Tortworth Court Orangery weddings allow you to bring a sense of the outside in. Rain or shine, it has the most wonderful light, and we were kept cool and comfortable throughout. I really enjoyed the day, catching up with old friends and ending up feeling like part of the family. Thank you Claire and Chris and congratulations! xxx
If you are looking for a De Vere Tortworth Court Wedding Photographer then I would love to hear from you and chat about your plans for the day – I need to spend some more time in that gorgeous Orangery!! I’m obsessed!