Somerset Wedding Photographer

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Being a lover of informal, countryside weddings there are so many wedding venues which suit my unobtrusive, documentary style as a Somerset wedding photographer.

It isn’t any wonder that Somerset is a popular spot to get married, not only is it a beautiful backdrop for a wedding, its central location makes it within easy reach from London, Wales and the South West.

Some of my absolute favourite Somerset Wedding Venues include Huntstile Organic Farm, Pennard House, Hestercombe, Almonry Barn, The Barn at Cott Farm and Yarlington Barn.

“We would 100% recommend Becky without hesitation!”

“We met Becky at a wedding fair and knew straight away that she was perfect for us. We didn’t want heaps of posed photos so were looking for somebody who shared our relaxed approach and would just capture the fun in our day.

On the day itself Becky was an absolute star.

We had a few organised family photos but we honestly just forgot about her for the most of the day (sorry Becky!) but this meant we got exactly the sort of shots that we wanted.

We we’re given our sneak peak photos super quick which kept us happy in that post wedding lull and only a month later had a full set of amazing pictures to enjoy.

We would 100% recommend Becky without hesitation!”

the maid of honour hugs the bride to wish her congratulations

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bride walks down the stairs after getting ready for her wedding day

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the couple walk down an aisle while guests throw confetti at their orchardleigh wedding

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the maid of honour looks cries at the wedding speech

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the bride's grandfather gives her an emotional hug

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a wedding guests hugs the bride to congratulate her

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the father of the groom and the bridesmaid wink at each other and laugh

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the groomsman holds his friend and they laugh in their flat caps as they await for the bride to arrive at the wedding ceremony

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the bride and groom laugh as he spins her around the dancefloor, in monochrome

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the groom pulls a funny face as his wife wipes away lipstick from his lips

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newlyweds dance at elmhay park wedding venue

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the newly-married couple dance together with guests in the background. the bride looks overwhelmingly happy

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guests wave sparklers and hold them up high whilst the newly-weds walk through the aisle they've created

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father of the bride cries as he does his speech

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wedding guest looks thrilled to see the bride

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the best man hugs the groom with microphone in hand. Bokeh in the background

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the bride and groom shout with joy as their wedding guests shower them in confetti

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the bride lifts her glass whilst hugging her groom whilst fireworks go off in the background

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the bride and groom hold a knife together as they cut through their 3 tiered wedding cake, the bride laughs and her husband smiles

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the bride wipes away a tear while she does her speech

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the bride in window light as her hair stylist curls her hair

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a bridesmaid pops a champagne cork

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bride and groom throw their arms in the air in joy having just been pronounced husband and wife

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groom sheds a tear at the sight of his beautiful bride

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the groom hugs his bride from behind and nuzzles into her neck, she rests her cheek on his and smiles

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a couple surrounded by trees, lean in for a kiss on their wedding day

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Somerset Wedding Venues

huntstile oganic farm

Huntstile Organic Farm is a working farm set in the beautiful Quantock hills and is perfect for an informal, outdoor wedding with a rustic/ vintage vibe.

Tie the knot at the local church in Hunstile, or take more alternative option with a humanist ceremony at the venue’s own Stone Circle, which allows for complete freedom for an entirely authentic and original ceremony tailor made for you. Set on a hill with epic views on one side and woodland on the other, your guests can be ferried to and from The Stone Circle on a hay-bale tractor and trailer, making your ceremony even more memorable!

With a wonderful focus on sustainability and the environment this wonderful venue is a great option for anyone seeking to reduce their impact on our planet. The in-house caterers use home-grown and locally sourced produce, perfect for your wedding day feast.

There’s a huge variety in accommodation options too, from B&B, self-catering, glamping, camping or even a gypsy wagon, there’ll be somewhere to keep all your guests happy during their stay at Huntstile Organic Farm.

Almonry Barn

Winner of the UK Wedding Awards “Best Barn” and “Best Overall Wedding Venue” in 2016 this 800 year old barn has been lovingly restored into the wonderful wedding venue it is today.

Almonry Barn is a real blank canvass, perfect if you’re wanting to put their own stamp on your wedding venue and make it feel authentically you.

I always love venues with separate ceremony and reception rooms, as this means eliminates the need for room turnarounds which can be disrupting, Almonry Barn has a separate upstairs hay loft for ceremonies with the Threshing Barn downstairs for your reception and party.

There’s lots of outdoor space for little legs to stretch and guests to explore on a sunny day, a walled terrace, traditional Somerset apple orchard and landscaped gardens too.

 

The Barn at Cott Farm

I love the Barn at Cott Farm because it reminds me so much of my own wedding. Set in Somerset’s gorgeous rolling countryside, this rustic wedding venue benefits from a spacious, light filled-barn, tonnes of outdoor space, complete exclusivity and on-site camping with luxury, furnished bell tents!

It also has lots of extras included, such as corkage and furniture hire, and a whole day before your wedding to set-up and prepare, a consideration when trying to choose your wedding venue.

Fully licensed for marriages and civil ceremonies, if the weather’s looking good, why not get married outdoors in front of the barn? If the British weather decides to misbehave, you can always change plans and have the ceremony indoors.

What Somerset has to offer

Having lived here for several years, Somerset never ceases to amaze me with its endless quirky finds. The large flat expanses of the Somerset levels draw to an end at the craggy hills of the Mendips, Quantocks, and Exmoor National Park. As a Somerset wedding photographer I love the variety that this county has to offer, from the pretty thatched cottages of Winsford village, the breath-taking drive through Cheddar gorge, breezy walks along the tidal coastline of the Bristol Channel or taking a trip underground to explore the caves at Wookey Hole, there’s always a new adventure to be had.

Being a lover of the outdoors means come rain or shine you’ll find me out exploring the rural Somerset countryside. If I’m not shooting or editing a wedding, I’m usually out adventuring with my Cocker Spaniel, Ted loyally by my side. Some of our favourite local walks include Uphill Beach, Brean Down, and when we’ve got a little more time, we’ll take a hike up the Mendips so we can take in the epic views over Somerset, the Severn estuary and into Wales.

Having grown up on an isolated hill farm in rural west-Wales, then lived in Bristol during my wilder, uni days, my country-bumpkin soul felt the need to escape back into a more rural landscape in 2017. We bought our first home on the outskirts of Weston-Super Mare and quickly settled into a slower pace of life. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to explore a county I was totally unfamiliar with and as the years have gone by, I have fallen in love with this little slice of paradise.

If Ted and I are really feeling the need to get out into the wild, we’ll take a trip to Exmoor National Park. This rugged landscape is the perfect place to get lost in your own thoughts with moorland, woods, farmland and sea-epic views.

Another of my favourite places to visit includes the quaint village of Wedmore. Tucked away between the River Axe and the River Brue, we stumbled upon Wedmore one lazy Sunday afternoon. With an abundance of independent shops, cafés and pubs, as well as traditional architecture and a gorgeous church, this Somerset village is an absolute gem of a find. You should check out the Ashton Windmill if you’re headed that way, and definitely stop for a pint of Cider at Wilkins Cider Barn on your way through.

Glastonbury is also a firm favourite, despite being home to that well-known festival, the town itself is so worth an explore at any time of the year. Unsurprisingly, it’s impossible to take a walk through town without bumping into a grey-bearded hippy or getting a whiff of incense. Glastonbury has a disproportionately high volume of vegan / veggie / organic shops and cafés, the perfect place for a spot of lunch. The Reclamation Yard is one of our favourite places to spend an hour searching for a piece of furniture to upcycle (my landscaper husband likes to nerd out over the reclaimed bricks!) and when you need to stretch your legs there’s a short, sharp climb up Glastonbury Tor which rewards you with some pretty epic Somerset views.

More Favourite Somerset Venues

pennard house

The first time I arrived at Pennard House I incorrectly assumed this was just another traditional country house wedding venue. I was definitely wrong! This wonderful wedding venue, just south of Shepton Mallet, offers far more than you might initially think!

The multitude of spaces on offer provide options for traditional and non-traditional weddings alike. From christian church weddings within East pennard church, to humanist weddings within the beautiful gardens. You can also tie the knot inside the house itself with a civil wedding ceremony.

There are a plethora of spots for photographs, the gardens and wooden conservatory being my favourites. As sun sets, head up the driveway for west-facing views over the Somerset countryside. Dance  in the golden hour glow for beautifully natural images of you and your new spouse.

A quick nod to the staff at Pennard House, they are ace! With long-standing wedding coordinators who are professional, fun and experienced. I love this Somerset wedding venue.

hestercombe

This idyllic wedding venue boasts 50 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, extensive lawns, lakes, woodland and historical buildings too – I can’t think of a better backdrop for a beautiful, Somerset wedding.

Nothing says romance like a quintessentially English country garden wedding, and this little slice of paradise is picture-perfect. You can get married in the fully licensed Orangery, with endless natural light streaming through its many windows.

The team will keep your guests well-fed and watered with homemade, locally sourced, seasonal produce and a huge variety of menu options to choose from.

Imagine drinking champagne and eating canapes on the lawn, or taking a wonder in the gardens and sneaking a kiss with your love, as the sun sets we can sneak off to make magic happen in that gorgeous golden-hour light, set against the stunning backdrop of Hestercombe.

 

Yarlington Barn

This quirky lakeside venue in the heart of Somerset is tucked away just 10 minutes from the M5, even as you drive past, you’d hardly know it’s there. I know this because  having lived 10 minutes away for the last 3 years, I’d driven past it a hundred times before I realised there was a wedding venue there!

Yarlington Barn is licensed for civil ceremonies and sits alongside a gorgeous lake, with beautiful woodland behind. There’s ample space to walk along the cider orchards if you’re keen to stretch your legs or slip away for some time alone as newly-weds.

The barn itself has exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers and rose-clad gazebo along the lakeside.

The seaside village of Brean is just down the road and there’s plenty of local accommodation just 10 minutes away in Weston-Super-Mare.

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

Photography in Somerset

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With its varied landscape and rugged, rural scenes, I feel totally inspired as a photographer in Somerset.

Feeling most at home in the great British countryside, this county offers a plethora of wild, wonderful scenes and has a bounty of wonderfully informal, rustic wedding venues too, it’s no wonder I’m happy at work when shooting a Somerset wedding.

Becky Weir – Somerset Wedding Photography

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