• Emma and Paul, Clearwell Castle

    It's been a busy summer and a privilege to return so many times to the awesome Clearwell Castle!

    This blog post features the Wedding of Emma and Paul. The couple met through a dating website but then realised Paul worked 5 minutes away from Emma's home. 

    "We knew it was meant to be from the moment we both met. We have since had a daughter Evie, who is the light of our lives. Paul whisked us away to Italy’s Lake Como in 2015, where he proposed overlooking the lake."

    Three years following their engagement the couple decided that it was time to set a date! 

    Emma and Paul chose Clearwell Castle as they wanted to find a location in the Forest of Dean, near to where Emma grew up.

    "Clearwell offers something for everyone. It has a beautiful ballroom to have the ceremony and wedding breakfast in, lovely grounds for the children to run about, cosy rooms for your guests to sit and take in the day, a fabulous party cellar to end the evening and amazing bedrooms for the guests to stay in. It is also really picturesque and has so many areas to take amazing photos. The castle staff are so welcoming, professional and accommodating of all needs and request. Nothing is too much trouble. Their wedding co-ordinators are amazing and they seamlessly manage the day. It is the perfect wedding venue."

    With just over a year to plan a Wedding, the couple set about looking for suppliers. Photography was extremely important to Paul and Emma who wanted the photos to capture the day allowing them to experience it all again.

    "We wanted a photographer who was very familiar with the Castle and grounds. We knew that photography would be a really important part of our day because when the wedding day euphoria fades, the joy of the day continues through the photos taken. We wanted a photographer who we were comfortable with and would also put our guests at ease. Someone who could blend in as one of the guests. We chose Lensmonkey because, having look at their website and the testimonials, this was the overwhelming sense that we got from it. After our first conversation with Phil, it became apparent that we had found the perfect photographer. He made us feel welcome and at ease from the start. He knew the castle really well. We had great trust and confidence in him from the start. We had so many comments from our guests about what a lovely man he is, how accommodating he is and how at ease he made them feel."

    "A good wedding photographer is someone who doesn’t just see a wedding as a job but shares your day as a guest and treats you like a friend."

    It's been such a pleasure being part of Emma and Paul's big day. As you'll see from the pictures, the couple didn't stop smiling. It was such a fun-filled day, in beautiful surroundings. 

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