Combermere Abbey | Wales meets Uzbekistan

I hail from what is often described as ‘Middle England,’ which if Wikipedia’s translation is to be observed, loosely means the land inhabited by middle classed people with traditional or right wing views. I’m understandably uncomfortable with the context that perhaps suggests, but it can’t be denied that my home town was as multi cultural as a Dickens classic. Realism was somewhat injected into my south eastern veins when I joined the BBC and journeyed regularly to a west one postcode for four years in the early nineties. But, it has to be said that my real cultural maturing has occurred during my time as a wedding photographer. I’ve attended nuptials abroad, I’ve photographed for whole days where English was most certainly the third language of an event and I’ve devoured scenes photographically that prior to a career in photography were only offered up on the National Geo channel. Hertford, my original home town from my youth, is 3,802 miles from Uzbekistan, via oddly, the M1. Furthermore, according to Google it will take me 71 hours to get there, by a mixture of transport methods I assume. Combermere Abbey in Cheshire is somewhat closer, and this was the venue for Brad and Dila’s Welsh/Uzbek wedding.

Colour pictures of Combermere Abbey on a wedding dayBride looking at her wedding dress at Combermere AbbeyBride preparing at Combermere Abbey for her weddingColour photo of groom waiting for bride at Comberemere AbbeyA bride and groom during their civil ceremony at Combermere AbbeyThe best man and mother of the bride listen to readings at Combermere ceremonyExchanging vows during a civil ceremony at Combermere AbbeyA guest doing a wedding reading at Combermere AbbeyA picture of a bride and groom lighting a candle during a ceremonyA close up of a brides hand on the groom's back during a wedding ceremonyWedding reception images at Combermere AbbeyBride and groom portrait at Combermere AbbeyPortrait session of bride and groom at Combermere Abbey The bride hugs a guest during the wedding reception at Combermere AbbeyA bride making a speech at Combermere AbbeyGuests laughing during a Combermere Abbey weddingBlack and white speech pictureA bride poses with her friends at Combermere AbbeyBlack and white images of the speeches at Combermere AbbeyThe groom's speech at Combermere Abbey Details from a wedding at Combermere Abbey

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