Bristol Wedding Photographer, wedding at Orchardleigh House

Orchardleigh House Weddin
Lucinda preparing for her wedding day at Orchardleigh House.

Tucked away in 500 acres of woodland, Orchardleigh is a family owned rural estate located between Bath, Bristol and Somerset. With a diverse range of wedding options, including its very own secluded Church on its own island, and well kept and stylish accommodation for up to 175 guests, Orchardleigh is a venue which is a privilege to photograph.

Orchardleigh House Wedding – Lucinda and Daniel.

Lucinda and Daniel had their ceremony at the Church on site at Orchardleigh House, the location and romance of the Church is simply stunning and a pleasure to photograph. The Church certainly provides a challenge for any photographer, with no electricity and minimal natural light ensures a real challenge to make those natural colour rich images. Orchardleigh House is a stunning venue and the attention to detail from Lucinda and Dan made for an amazing wedding day.

Here is a review of Matthew Sims Photography from Lucinda and Daniel.

Organising your Wedding is one of the most important things that you will ever do. There is a lot of pressure placed upon couples to ‘get it right’ and to ‘make it personal’, with this in mind my Husband and I spent a long time planning and preparing for our day to ensure it would be ‘perfect’. We were also sure that by the time our day finally arrived, we would want to simply enjoy it and have time to bask in its splendour, without worrying about contracted services or suppliers. We were also aware that after our day was (sadly) over, we would want some beautiful pictures to trigger memories for years to come.

All of the above meant that our choice of Wedding Photographer was very important to us; we spent a long time choosing a photographer, ensuring that their values matched our own and that they understood the type of day (and shots) that we were after. We chose based on recommendation, but when we were let down close to our wedding date with no warning and little explanation we were heart-broken. We went back to the drawing board and started afresh (I hadn’t wanted to use any of photographers we had already seen). Matthew Sims Photography popped up on a google search and after the first phone call, I knew I had found our photographer. My parents say that every cloud has a silver lining, and I’m very pleased to confirm that ours was platinum – Matt came to the rescue, fitting us in at (relatively) short notice, offering us the exact same elements that we had previously chosen (but with a lot more quality!) and added extras that we hadn’t even thought about (and all for a VERY competitive price!).

I had very high expectations (which I’m sure were quite daunting), but Matt and the ever-efficient Tanya allayed all of my concerns and anxieties in the run-up to the day, taking the time to get to know us and visit our venue with us for a ‘dry-run’. All of their preparation meant that without us really realising it, they caught our day just the way we had asked them to. It was important to my Husband and I to have traditional / quite classic shots and group line-ups (along with some more modern, informal photos) for our album, something which we found difficult to convey to most photographers who we met with (who were interested in providing their own style of photography whether you wanted it or not!). Matt (and Tanya) delivered exceptional photographs on the day, and managed their time (and ours) so all that Daniel and I needed to do was enjoy the sunshine, drink the champagne and natter with our guests (jumping into and out of shots as required). We have received lovely feedback from family and friends and many have remarked at how well organised and unobtrusive the photos were. My Grandfather, an ex-professional photographer himself had the highest praise for Matt’s abilities (even before he saw the end results in the album).

Upon returning from honeymoon, we eagerly anticipated seeing the photos and were overjoyed with the results; we recommend Matt to anyone who asks and are so very, very pleased with both the photos and our prints and albums (which were, incidentally, expertly designed by Matt!).

From Lucinda and Daniel

Here are a selection of photo from Lucinda and Daniel’s wedding.


Wedding photography review following wedding at Orchardleigh House


‘We stumbled across Matthew Sims purely by chance, but oh what a find!! We had no idea what photos we wanted for our wedding, other than being relaxed and not stuffy.

On our first meeting, we were blown away by his previous work, and he certainly did not disappoint on our wedding day. From the moment he arrived, in the morning, until he left the reception well into the evening, he worked solidly producing some awesome shots many of which we didn’t even realise had been taken. Our album is a true reflection of the day and for us to treasure.

I cannot recommend Matthew Sims highly enough.

Philip and Amelia Morris”

Wedding photographer for Orchardleigh House wedding. Review for Matthew Sims
Wedding at Orchardleigh House – Photograph by Matthew Sims

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