Somerset Wedding Photographer
So I LOVE Somerset, and it may be my favourite place to photograph weddings.
I was born in Taunton, raised near Castle Cary, my mum is from Burnham-on-Sea and my dad grew up in Bristol, so I'm decidedly a local girl! There are so many amazing places across the county, so whether you are looking for a Somerset wedding venue, inspiration on where to have an engagement shoot, or would generally like to learn a bit more about this awesome place - read on!
And if you are looking for a Somerset documentary-style wedding photographer, you can download my brochure here!
Somerset is a county that has everything, and loads of hidden gems. It's the perfect place to get married, hence why I love being a Somerset wedding photographer so much! I got married locally myself, and found it so hard so choose a venue as there as so many fantastic ones.
My Somerset base is near Castle Cary, which is such a lovely area. I've included a map, because who doesn't love a visual aid? For your information, the map includes the 50 mile radius where travel is completely free, but if you're looking for a wedding photographer outside this, no worries! I'd still love to photograph your wedding and travel fees are nominal.
So what, in my opinion, makes Somerset so great?
Gorgeous places in Somerset
One of my favourite places in the world is Bath. The city almost takes you back in time, as you wander amongst stunning honey-stoned Georgian houses feeling as though you were in Jane Austen's time. The Royal Crescent and the Circus are particularly beautiful, but there are gems at every corner - and the shopping is great too! If you're looking for an amazing Somerset engagement shoot location, I'd highly recommend Bath, and the city is full of, and surrounded by, amazing wedding venues.
Fun fact - Somerset is home to the UK's smallest city, Wells. You may recognise this beautiful place from the film Hot Fuzz, which was filmed there. Some of the sights include Wells Cathedral, on which work began in the 12th century. Alongside the cathedral is the gorgeous 13th century Bishop's Palace (where you can actually get married) and historic Vicar's Close, which is remarkable for being a planned residential street unaltered since the 1300s!
Wells is a fantastic place for an engagement shoot - in fact, I had my own there shortly before my wedding! The whole city centre is picturesque and there are so many varied backdrops to make use of.
Somerset is full of beautiful little villages which would make amazing settings for your wedding or engagement photos. Here are some of my favourites.
Pretty Porlock is situated near the coast in Exmoor, and if you want an amazing view, take a walk up Porlock Hill. The village is filled with quaint thatched cottages and gardens filled with flowers, well worth a stroll. If you want to get married near here, beautiful St Audries Park is a short drive along the coast.
Across the other side of the county is lovely Nunney, where I was lucky enough to shoot an engagement recently. At the centre of the village are the ruins of medieval Nunney Castle, which is free to visit. The village is full of lovely old houses and is great to have a wander around and just enjoy the atmosphere.
Also nearby is historic Mells, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. There are lots of countryside walks in the area, and when you've tired yourself out, why not stop for a bite to eat at the Walled Garden?
Both of these places are near Frome, a lovely town full of charm and independent shops. The area is packed with amazing wedding venues, including Orchardleigh House and Elmhay Park.
Heading south, one of my favourite places in Somerset is Montacute. It is full of ham stone-built buildings, and is so beautiful that it has been used as a film set, including in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. The village's highlight is Montacute House, which has been described as 'the most beautiful Elizabethan house in England'. It is owned by the National Trust and has a fantastic gallery housing over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery - well worth a visit. If you want a stunning backdrop to your wedding or engagement photos, it doesn't get much better than this.
If you want to marry locally, there are so many dreamy venues. Some of my favourites are Brympton House, North Cadbury Court and (my personal favourite, and almost my own wedding venue) the Almonry Barn.
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Amazing Somerset wedding venues
I've already mentioned some of the fantastic wedding venues you can find across the county, but there are those and more. Somerset has a diverse range of places to get married, and is a wedding photographer's dream for that fact! There is something for everyone here, whether you're looking for a relaxed seaside ceremony, a cool city backdrop, or a stunning country house. I love being a Somerset wedding photographer, and I'm delighted to share some of my favourite venues with you. Some I've had the pleasure of shooting at, and some are on my bucket list, so do get in touch if you're eyeing up one of these gems. (FYI, I'm a massive sucker for rustic barns and historic country houses, which Somerset fortunately has in spades).
My sister had her big day here, and it was fantastic. Beautiful, and delicious food. Also, it has a spa! What's not to love?
Oh, Almonry Barn. You are so stunning. I spent years lusting after this venue, and the only thing that kept us from marrying there was our teeny tiny budget. I haven't been fortunate enough to photograph a wedding here yet, so if this is where you plan on tying the knot, HIT ME UP. I may do you a deal!
This romantic venue is near Frome and can be hired for exclusive use. You can also get married outdoors, which for me is always a big win.
Beautiful Brympton House was also at the top of our list when Emma and I were getting married. Country Life has described it as the most beautiful house in England - and I don't think they're wrong! And on another note, it even has a party barn to dance the night away in.
Situated in the Quantock Hills, Crowcombe Court is a stunning Grade One-listed baroque house, which offers all wedding parties exclusive use of the venue. It also has a honeymoon suite, so you don't need to go anywhere when your big day is over.
I've already spoken about my love for Wells, and one of my favourite wedding venues there is the Bishop's Palace. You can hire the 800-year-old venue exclusively, and the catering is award-winning. Also, it has a moat, and a drawbridge. Major fairytale vibes.
Holbrook is one of the wedding venues nearest my home, and I was fortunate enough to be there as recently as October. The food is amazing, the photo backdrops are amazing, and I'd highly recommend.
St Audries Park
This is a stunner, and was the winner of 'Best Coastal Venue' at the 2019 British Wedding Awards. The Orangery is a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, and there are DEER IN THE GROUNDS. What more is there to say?
This pretty venue near Bath has two parts to choose from - either the Watermill, which is incredibly pretty and has the option for an outdoor wedding, or the Tythe Barn, which is beautifully rustic.
If you like the great outdoors, you'll love this stunning venue near Taunton. It has fifty acres of landscaped gardens to enjoy, and there are six different locations licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Halfway between Bridgwater and Taunton, Maunsel House is gorgeous, and if you're looking for an amazing outdoor wedding location, look no further than the Pergola. The venue also has 17 bedrooms, so you can really make a weekend of it!
Ston Easton Park
This romantic venue near Bath is a wedding photographer's dream, with beautiful gardens, secret grottos, and an ancient stone bridge over the River Norr.
Bath Assembly Rooms
If you're looking for a stunning, historical city wedding venue, look no further. The Assembly Rooms featured numerous times in Jane Austen's novels, and make such a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. And being in the city centre, you have the whole of Bath at your fingertips for your wedding photographs.
And the rest of the awesome stuff
So basically, I could talk for hours about how much I love Somerset and how many fantastic aspects there are to the county I will always call my home. As well as gorgeous places and amazing wedding venues, here are a few other things that make this place awesome, and why I love being a Somerset wedding photographer.
The FOOD. Cheddar cheese, for one, is the world's most popular cheese, and unsurprisingly. It's seriously yum, and is named for Cheddar here, a pretty place with an awe-inspiring gorge. Also cider. Yeo Valley's yummy organic delights. And apple cake!
The sights! Cheddar Gorge is well worth a visit, and I spent many weekends as a child on a day out at Wookey Hole caves, which always felt so magical. And on a more cultural note, Weston-super-Mare pier! I'm gutted they didn't rebuild it with the original soft play area and the giant drop slide that I thought I was incredibly hardcore to go on as a little one, but it's still awesome.
Historical gems. Including some of the places I have already mentioned, such as the Bishop's Palace, but also the Roman Baths in Bath, the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the Tor.
SHOPPING!!! I love to shop, to my wife's despair. I grew up fifteen minutes from Clarks Village in Street, and love to go and browse through the discounted bargains on offer every time I'm home. If you're in the area, go and check it out. Bath is also fantastic for shopping, and if you venture a little further, there are the delights of Bristol and Cribbs Causeway.
I could go on. But I hope I've convinced you by now that Somerset is fantastic, and if you're wavering on whether or not you should get married here - YOU SHOULD.
So why should you choose me as your Somerset wedding photographer?
I would describe myself as a 'documentary wedding photographer'. That means I don't tend to pose photos, and I certainly won't be nagging you all day to look at the camera and 'SMILE!'. I aim to blend into the background, allow you to be yourselves, and enjoy your special day to the full. I will capture it as it unfolds, taking natural photos full of emotions, fun, and laughter. If this sounds like your kind of thing, HELLO! I'd love to capture your wedding, and please do drop me a message with your requirements.
One of the reasons I love being a wedding photographer in Somerset is because I myself was recently a Somerset bride. I've been in your shoes; I've spent hours researching venues, caterers, makeup artists, musicians, et al, so I believe I have a good handle on what's out there and would be delighted to offer any recommendations. I am also passionate about my home, and I love getting to know the local venues and vendors, as well as meeting all you lovely couples!
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