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A Chat with Clare Kinchin Photography

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How would you describe your business?

I am a creative photographic storyteller, capturing weddings, events and people in a unique and individual way.  

What is your favourite thing about being involved in the wedding industry?

CREATIVITY…I feel so inspired by my friends in the wedding industry, either by other awesome photographers or stationers, dress designers and stylists. Its wonderful being surrounded by creative people it adds to my own work and passion to explore new ideas.

Can you describe Coombe Trenchard in three words?



Relaxed Elegance    Erk thats 4 sorry!   

What spaces do you find particularly enjoyable to photograph at Coombe Trenchard

I'm an outdoors girl so the wooded area of Coombe Trenchard is a natural draw for me.  The dining area with the buffalo skin covered walls is an incredibly sumptuous and interesting backdrop for bridal portraits.

What advise would you offer to couples when choosing their photographer?

Think about your own personal style and choose a photographer that you think could best reflect that, I find a lot of my clients are similar to me, so we click! 

My couples often laugh and say they have been stalking my work for the last year. GREAT….do your research.

Try not to make a decision based on budget alone….I know thats tricky as everyone has a budget, but your photographs are with you for a lifetime and longer not just for the day its definitely worth investing. 

Arrange a meeting or SKYPE meeting to say hello to your photographer.

Look at complete weddings not just the edited good stuff from a selection of weddings.

Go with your gut feeling its usually right.

Do you recommend having an engagement shoot, and if so, why?

YES,YES, YES, an engagement shoot is such a valuable exercise. Most couples are nervous about being in front of the camera, this is a great way to meet your photographer and find out how it all works, most of my couples actually enjoy the experience and love the photos. I treat engagement shoots a little mini adventures, we head out to a pre planned location and get to know each other and take some pictures at the same time.  It leaves you with one less thing to worry about on the day.

What do you feel is important when capturing a wedding day?

Weddings are filled with all sorts of emotions and thats what I look for first and for most. Relationships between couples, family members and friends are amazing to capture and are so important in the storytelling. I love photographing the couple the most but I also work really hard to get an amazing record of your guests enjoying themselves, the details, the venue the environment and your family.

Finally, what excites you most about your job?

Meeting and connecting with people…clients often feel like friends and its actually quite sad when the wedding is over and the albums have been delivered. Im a big believer in PEOPLE and while my industry and its technology is insanely brilliant, I am a people person and being able to deliver images that make my clients cry (in a good way) is the most rewarding part of my job.

We implore you to take a look at some more of Clare's beautiful work on her website here.

Unique & Proud - The Coombe Trenchard Way

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Unique and Proud – The Coombe Trenchard Way    

Weddings have evolved. No longer a vehicle for sugared almond sales and varied only in pastel tones or train length, weddings are now truly a celebration of the couple themselves and personality is positively encouraged. Coombe Trenchard couldn’t be happier about this progression and welcome fresh ideas from every bridal couple we meet, all envisioning our interesting spaces in nuanced thought bubbles of wedding joy.

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You see, Coombe Trenchard’s history is embedded with more than its fair share of characters and individuality, not to mention the Arts & Crafts movement that applauded and sought one-off craftsmanship and stylised interest at every turn. Of course, we are also home to the country’s only disappearing wall, a true feat of design, engineering and radical genius. You can see the disappearing wall in action on this video, and be rest assured its unique magic permeates every part of the house. After much research and discussion with historians, we have concluded it was built purely because they could, a wanton use of talent and manpower that shouted extraordinary from the rooftops. And so, since 1906 when the house was built, those with a penchant for the unique have been drawn to Coombe Trenchard’s special kind of mysterious charm. We’re still hunting for the wine cellar, you’ll have to visit to discover what the Billiard Room walls are clad in (not something you would find in John Lewis!) and we continue to baffle visitors and historians alike whilst trying to piece together the story of this exquisite Edwardian home.

This, of course, makes us a wedding venue with a difference, a grand home with a big heart that has a soft spot for things being done a bit differently; yet still achingly beautiful and timelessly stylish. Wedding suppliers, guests and visitors alike are filled with curiosity at the exquisite detailing and distinctive feel of the house and one of our 2016 weddings graced the cover of Mr & Mrs Unique magazine, something we feel wonderfully fitting for our deliciously different corner of Devon. Balanced with a hearty helping of vintage objects d’art and spectacularly atmospheric woodland, we can’t think of anywhere more wonder-filled that Coombe Trenchard for a day that is truly unique. 

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A Burst of Green Goodness

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As the last of the leaves floats down to earth and winter's chill permeates the air, we felt the urge to enjoy an injection of glorious green and relive our Spring themed shoot from earlier in the year. Making full use of the beautiful backdrop of the Coach House and with Icicle the peacock revelling in his debut, the wonderful Blue Fizz organised an array of stand out suppliers to descend on Coombe Trenchard, the results of which were then featured in Wed Magazine (issue 28).

McKenzie Brown


Bursts of vibrant, jubilant blooms were arranged by Vanessa at The Flower Mill Cornwall and the abundant foliage truly conveyed the sprightly, fresh energy of the season. Of course, daffodils had to show their smiley faces in this homage to botanical beauty and we adored their starring role in the statement headpiece, complete with twisted green twigs.


With a nod to A Midsummer Night's Dream, hair and make up by The Event Studios was kept softly romantic with highlights of green and pink. Christine Trewinnard designed the elegant gowns worn and we delighted in both the silky ruffles and the muted moss tones.


Bold, springtime colours were reflected within Knots & Kisses consistently gorgeous stationery and they looked perfect set outside for our gloriously green wedding breakfast on Coombe Trenchard's celebrated lawns.    


McKenzie Brown danced, laughed and snapped away and Samuel Daw & Co provided this sky blue blazer that popped against the rolling green hills seen from the Italian Terrace.

McKenzie Brown

Sugar Mama's Cakery created a total showstopper of a cake to celebrate the botanical goodness, handcrafting intricate sugar flowers, leaves and vines that wowed every single person on the shoot!


It was a pleasure to host such a lovely group of talented people at Coombe Trenchard and we can't wait to work on some more shoots in the coming months.

All images gratefully received from McKenzie Brown Photography