Prior Park Wedding

Bath, Somerset

I had the pleasure of being Becs and Stevie’s Prior Park wedding photographer earlier this year and what a fabulous wedding it was!

These two are flippin’ gorgeous! The warmest pair who’s love for one another radiates from them. Their wonderful family and friends welcomed me in and I had the most wonderful day shooting their wedding.

Becs, Stevie and I practically fell about laughing during their evening portraits and their good company alongside the wonderful views made it one of my more memorable weddings from 2022.

The couple had already tied the knot during the covid-19 pandemic but due to restrictions it had been a small affair. They had dreamed of a more traditional wedding celebration with all their friends and family and so once restrictions had eased, they excitedly contacted me to book their wedding photography.

The Clients Said…

“Becky is a photography wizard. Her experience with photographing weddings is clear and she was able to offer advice and support on timings of the day and captured exactly what we hoped for.

Her relaxed, informal style of photos was perfect for what we wanted and the joy of the day is felt in every photo. Many of our guests also said how hard she had worked and how friendly she was and asked for her details for themselves!

To us, it felt like Becky was always meant to be at our wedding and it felt like a friend taking the pictures. Becky made our day absolutely magical.

We would love to ask Becky to photograph more life events in the future – she is a gem of a find and we cannot recommend her highly enough.

Thank you so so much Becky!”

The Awesome Suppliers

The Venue – Prior Park College

Menswear – Marks and Spencer

Bridal Gown – Ronald Joyce from Brides of Southampton

Music – John Prescott

Magician – Will Gray

Cake – Rock Cakes and Rolls

Bride’s Make-Up – Naomi Lake

Stationary – Splodges and Splatters

Florist – Copper Green Flowers

a silhouette of the bride and groom, framed in a doorway at Prior park


The front of Prior Park Mansion with the corinthian columns and a bride and groom in the middle


the front of prior park college


black and white image of the bride and groom dancing. Wedding guests join them behind. an off-camera flash fires into the camera


a bridesmaid laughs as she drinks a Pimms during the drinks reception at the wedding


views from Prior Park of the Landscaped Garden, Palladian bridge and Bath city in the background


black and white image of the bride looking over her shoulder in her bridal gown with the groom holding her waist and kissing her cheek


a welcome sign to the wedding with a bath stone wall behind


The Palladian bridge in the national trust gardens


the bride hugs her bridesmaid


the front of prior park college


A man kisses his new wife in their bridal attire on the steps in front of prior park


a portrait orientation photograph of newly weds. The bride holds her bouquet and the groom holds his wife from behind. They close their eyes. The bridal veil falls down the bride's shoulder


black and white image of the bride and groom


a bride and groom in traditional wedding outfits with bath and the Palladian bridge behind


bath city lights create bokeh behind the newly weds who kiss in the foreground


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The Wedding Day Story

The newly-weds renewed their vows at St Mary’s church on Julian Road in the centre of Bath followed by a drinks reception in the Mansion Hall. Later, their guests headed down to The Dining Hall for food and dancing.

The bride looked a vision in her white wedding dress with roses, eucalyptus and thistle in her hair and bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids wore a pastel blue multiway dress, and the groom and groomsmen wore navy suits with matching buttonholes.

The renewal followed a traditional wedding ceremony followed by a Catholic mass. Father Jeremey was warm and joyful and led a beautiful service.

The bride and groom and I headed up to Ralph Allen Drive ahead of guests so we could take a walk through Prior Park Landscape Garden to take some portrait photos. The grand steps were perfect to show off Becs’ bridal train and veil, and I used the stone balusters as lead-in lines. I used a variety of apertures and played with depth of field to frame them against the beautiful backdrop of Prior Park, the Palladian Bridge and Bath city in the distance. The couple needed little posing and were total naturals in front of the camera. They lost themselves in the joy of the day and it was a pleasure to capture on camera.

By the time we’d finished the portraits, the bridal party had gathered wedding guests and lined them up and down the grand steps leading back towards the Palladian Mansion. Becs and Stevie chose to walk their confetti aisle with the stunning landscape behind them, so I used a wide lens to capture the epic views.

Guests enjoyed canapés and drinks in The Mansion Hall and spilled out via the beautiful arched doorway to a large portico framed with magnificent Corinthian columns.

The wedding breakfast was served in The Dining Hall followed by speeches and cake cutting in the BSR.

Later, the new Mr and Mrs and all their friends and family enjoyed entertainment by the wonderful Swing and Jazz vocalist, John Prescott and as the guests danced the night away, Becs, Stevie and I popped back up to the Mansion for some final portraits. The city lights twinkled behind the couple, creating bokeh, and I framed them against the columns to create silhouettes. It was romantic and gorgeous and a wonderful way to end the day.

black and white photograph of side light hitting the newly-weds as they walk away from rockbeare Manor House in the background. wedding guests can be seen enjoying themselves behind

The Wedding Venue

The Grade I listed hillside Mansion was built by John Wood, the Elder, in 1742, commissioned by Ralph Allen “To see all Bath, and for all Bath to see”. It’s main purpose nowadays is a mixed Roman Catholic public school but it’s also a really special wedding venue. 

Prior Park can’t fail to impress guests and its magnificence is something that must be seen to be believed. I still remember the first time I stepped out onto portico and saw the breath-taking views across the Landscape Garden and Bath.

Despite its regal stature, it’s the perfect venue for informal weddings too. With lots of outdoor space to play lawn games and enjoy the surrounding views.

There is a plethora of spaces available to choose for your wedding too. From the Academy Hall to Our Lady of the Snows Chapel and Kohn Wood Chapel too. You could even consider erecting a marquee on the large lawns in front of the mansion.

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Bath Weddings

Bath is a city I’m incredibly fond of. With beautiful Georgian architecture at every turn, most notably the iconic Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bride, it has always been a wonderful city to photograph.

The Roman Baths, Thermae Spa, Abbey and Christmas Markets draw tourists year-round. Royal Victoria Park and Alexandra Park are perfect for some green space amidst busy city life but you don’t need to travel far before you can truly escape to the surrounding Somerset countryside. 

Bath is such a special place and a wonderful location to get married. It has beautiful venues, wonderful countryside and extremely good transport links.

Becky Weir Photography – Prior Park Wedding Photographer

The bridal gown train flows through the air as the newly-weds kiss and smile

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