Published in 2012.
Robin and I have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed already! We went to Somerset, for a lovely relaxed break.
First of all we stayed in a fabulous luxury yurt, in the grounds of Harptree Court for three nights. This was no ordianary yurt, this was a yurt that included a roll-top bath, electric blanket and a dish washer! Charles and Linda we’re perfect hosts and even left us a delicious welcome kit of homemade lemon cake, bread and locally-sourced sausage, bacon, eggs and butter. We had breakfast one morning over at the main house which was absolutly superb. We also ordered a box of home-grown local veg, from which I made a hearty, healthy stew. We didn’t even mind that the weather was horrible, as it gave us an excuse to stop in and do nothing. We were also touched to find an anniversary card and a box of chocolates when we arrived 🙂
After feeling totally relaxed and rejuvinated, we then went on to Henrietta House in Bath for a further two nights. Again, the service and quality was fantastic, the rooms clean and comfy with nice little touches such as the bottle of filtered water, cookies and fruit. The location was superb being only a two minute walk from the heart of Bath and all the staff were extremly friendly and helpful.
The highlights in Bath included watching the sun go down whilst sitting in the warm thermal waters of the Thermae Spa roof top (unfortunately no photos) and going on a tour of Bath Abbey tower. The tour included going behind the clock, seeing Bath’s amazing views from the rooftop and listening to the bells chime in the bell tower. I even got to chime the bell myself at 2pm!!!
On our way home we stopped off at Bristol Docks and had a tour around the famous Brunel’s SS Great Britain before driving up to Clifton to take a look at Brunel’s suspension bridge in the gorgeous early-evening light.
For this break, we wanted to leave the big, heavy cameras at home so all the photos you see below were taken on an HTC smart phone.
For our wedding work, we always try and avoid any current “fads” as we want our images to remain timeless in years to come. However, I decided to experiment with the popular Instagram app for some fun photos. It was so liberating not to have to drag around a large camera (especially up the 212 steps of the Abbey tower) and also very welcome not to have to then post-process hundreds of images. Everything you see below is straight from the phone. We wont be shooting any weddings like this, but for this break it was perfect for the job.