Real Weddings, 26 November 2018

Court Colman Manor Hotel Wedding

From a church, Cèilidh dancing, Portuguese traditions (and cakes), to sparklers, jars of dirt and a tunnel exit. This wedding had everything! Phillip Warren was the lucky wedding photographer of choice to capture this special day.


Erin, along with her bridesmaids got ready at her parent’s gorgeous house not far from the Church in Bonvilston. One of the few weddings where nothing was rushed. Everything was super calm, and ultimately on time. A few nervous glances out of the window at the ever-changing weather before getting ready and it was time to hop into the car for the short journey to the church.

black and white photo of the final touched of the veil being put in while the bridesmaids look on


The church on the side of the A48 is quite a small church. Blink as you drive past and you’d miss it. But like most small churches, it’s full of character and charm. Some nervous looks as Erin entered. Jaime only turning around once to see his wife to be before remaining facing forward as she joined him at the front of the church.

A lovely reading from one of the guests, a few songs and the traditional first kiss in front of the cheering congregation later, they were married. They moved outside to throw confetti before jumping into the cars to make their way to Court Colman.

The bride arriving at the front of the church smiling while the groom continues to look forward holding in his emotion
Black and white photo of the first kiss at the end of the wedding as the guests look on with smiles along with the best man taking photos
Taken from the back of the church looking down the aisle as the bride and groom are about to walk out of the church just being married
Black and white photo the bride and groom kissing in the back of the old wedding car whilst holding champagne
Taken from the back of the room at Court Colman showing the bride and groom kissing during the best man speech


I won’t lie, I had to google the “jar of dirt” thing, then remembered it was from Pirates of the Caribbean. A nice touch, along with giving the mothers some roses. Not the flowered variety, but an actual boxes of roses. Kudos to you Jaime. Top speech.

With everyone seated, Phillip Warren Photography disappeared to back up his photos and relax a little. In the background, he could hear the sound of the guests tapping their glasses with their forks. He later found out this is a Portuguese tradition. They do this to make the bride and groom have a kiss in front of the guests. Which you can see the result of below in one of the images.

Groom making a joke about jars of dirt during his speech at the top table in Court Colman


During his little downtime, Phillip Warren often goes for a walk to check out the surrounding area and to see where he will take the Bride and Groom for photos. He likes to be very prepared so he doesn’t waste any time. Another reason for checking out the surrounding areas was that the last time he was at Court Colman was 2 years ago. A lot can happen in that time!

He grabbed the Bride and Groom to get them away for a spot of quality time away from their guests. All his photos are very natural and fun, although he also shot some staged photos in the sunset and on the stairs. When you have surroundings like this, you have to take advantage of them sometimes!

Bride and groom taking a walk away from the camera having some quiet time in the gardens of Court Colman Manor Hotel in Bridgend
Black and white photo of the bride and groom hugging each other and smiling in the gardens at Court Colman
Groom holding his bride by the waist as he kisses her in the gardens after the wedding at Court Colman Manor near Bridgend
An intimate moment between the bride and groom with the sun setting in the background taken in black and white
Bride and grooms silhouette in the window above the stairs
Taken in the evening outside Cout Colman Manor Hotel
Black and white photo of the bride and groom on the stairs


After some fantastic Cèilidh dancing (Scottish/Irish folk music with singing and traditional dancing) the band ushered everyone outside.

They lit what felt like 500 sparklers and had some fun with it before heading back in to continue with the party. Jaime and Erin decided to leave their wedding via a tunnel made by their guests in a mic drop finish. Such a classy way to end what was a fantastic day.

The bride and groom wanted to leave the wedding on a high through a tunnel of people


Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church Bonvilston

Reception Venue: Court Colman Manor

Wedding Car Supplier: Exquisite Bridal Cars

Hair: Scarlett Knight Hairdessing

Wedding Dress Details: Timeless Elegance

Suits: Moss Bros

Wedding Cake Maker: Marks and Spencers

Flowers: Love Lily

Entertainment: Cat’s Claw

If you’d like Phillip Warren Photography to capture your big day, you can contact him here.

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