Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 93)

IT’S ONLY natural Claire and Thomas allowed the beauty of Batch Country House and its surroundings shine through with an understated wedding theme Images courtesy of Shutter Bliss Photography Claire and Thomas met in their secondary school geography class aged 15. They instantly became friends and for a few months spent as much time in each other’s company as possible before Thomas asked Claire out. Let’s jump ahead to 2019, the day the couple were all set to head off on holiday. Thomas offered to make Claire breakfast in bed and while he was downstairs he sent their dog up with a note on his collar that read: “I have a surprise for you, come and find me. Thomas X.” So, she made her way down and found him in the front room on one knee surrounded by lit candles. “I was in total shock! It took me a good minute to reply,” Claire remembers. Having been to many a function at Batch Country House during the course of the past decade, Claire knew it was the place she wanted to say, “I do.” She explains, “I love the atmosphere, and the grounds are particularly beautiful with so many great photo opportunities. From my previous experience I also knew the food was fantastic, which was important to us. We also loved how many rooms you have use of on the day, allowing everything to flow amazingly well as there’s so much space.” Join us as Claire shares her memories of the wedding day, 16th October, 2022... 29 REAL WEDDINGS