Best wedding venues near Bridgwater for photographs
There are some truly stunning venues for wedding photography in Bridgwater, and here I have selected a handful in which I’ve taken some very special wedding photographs.
With quirky overnight rooms and a 14th century farmhouse setting, Huntstile has many varied photo opportunities and is only a 15 minute drive from Bridgwater itself.
Photos of the bridal party getting ready always turn out beautifully set in the Dove Loft with exposed beams, or the Panelled Room with Jacobean oak panelling.
Huntstile has a Stone Circle situated in a gorgeous hilly spot where we can take very special wedding photos outdoors. There is a fabulous view of the Quantock Hills which makes a perfect backdrop. A place I just love to photograph.
Here, the newlyweds can take a hay-bale ride in a tractor and trailer – another wonderful opportunity for very natural wedding photographs.
Huntstile have designated areas for camping in your own tent or van, glamping in bell tents or style it up in a gypsy wagon.
And to top it off these guys are eco friendly!
Quantock Lakes is a barn wedding venue about 15 minutes outside Bridgwater, set in 200 acres of countryside. They offer accommodation for 50.
There’s a choice of 9 barns for the bride to stay the night before. Each makes a lovely venue for ‘getting ready’ photos on the morning of the big day.
With a choice of two large barns for the ceremony, I could not choose between the two for the best photographs.
The Quantock Lakes grounds and the lakes themselves provide elegant scenery for your wedding photography in this Bridgwater setting.
There are also outdoor hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool and BBQ’s available all year round.
Nyland Manor is a little further afield, about a 40 minute drive from Bridgwater, but also makes a stunning venue for wedding photography.
It is a manor house with unusual décor, providing a complete wedding venue and accommodation in the village of Cheddar, Somerset.
Family owned and run Nyland Manor provides a lovely place for a more intimate wedding.
Woodlands Castle specialises in weddings and ceremonies and is only 15 minutes from Bridgwater by car. It is such a stunning building with period features in every room, and perfectly manicured lawns. A special place to for me to take your wedding photographs.
My favourite spots to photograph the bridal party at Woodlands Castle are: the huge Georgian window seat; in front of one of the large regency windows with views over the gardens and rose terrace; against old paintings that hang on the walls; by the pond or at the end of the long driveway that leads up to the beautiful castle.
St Audries Park is a half hour drive from Brigwater, and is a lovely wedding venue in the Somerset area.
The manor house is set deep in a deer park, through which guests will have to drive to reach your wedding.
From both manor house and the parkland you can see Quantock Hills and as far as the Bristol Channel, which always makes for a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos in the Bridgwater region.
St Audries has accommodation for over 100 guests in different timeworn buildings that are individually reserved by the wedding party – St Audries Park is not a hotel.
A little tip – the rooms in the main house are fitted out beautifully for lovely photographs on the morning of your wedding day. They have four poster beds and large windows creating the perfect light on the right day.
Or choose Church Lodge as it has a lovely little garden for photography.
This is a lovely, more relaxed Somerset wedding venue and is a 35 minutes drive from Bridgwater. There are four acres of beautiful, yet informal landscaped gardens where you will find a fountain, peacocks and swans. What more for your wedding photo scenery?
Hornsbury Mill can cater for outside ceremonies in the stunning garden and Orangery, or use the Corn Loft ceremony room with exposed beams.
There is a dedicated bridal suite with four poster bed for special photographs of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready during the morning.
A pleasant wedding venue with plenty of accommodation and a relaxing leisure club, The Webbington Hotel also provides a beautiful location for wedding photos near Bridgwater.
I love the outdoor buildings here to take photos on a fine day.
And as a bonus? Both brides and grooms get 1 month free leisure club membership.
Bridgwater Registry Office
If you are getting married at Bridgwater Registry Office I often take some shots at the picturesque Kings Square.
Contact details for the Bridgwater Registry Office: The Library, Binford Place, Bridgwater, TA6 3LF, telephone: 01823 282251.
Wedding flowers Bridgwater
For creative, natural flowers in Bridgwater my choice is Dinah Taylor. She never ceases to amaze me with her talent, which you can see from the photographs on her website. She can help with wedding bouquets, wedding flowers and buttonholes.
Wedding makeup Brigwater
Kaishanadine Beauty and Makeup is located on Bridgwater High Street (number 21), and I have seen her amazing work for brides, bridesmaids and mothers time and time again.
I can’t state how important it is to have professional bridal makeup. Even the slightest imperfection can be picked up by the camera, so do be sure your makeup is 100% perfect.
Be prepared to wear heavier makeup than usual so that it can be seen by the camera. Even if you like a natural look, ask for a little more to be applied.
Makeup by Kaishanadine always looks fantastic in photographs, which is why I have recommended her on my blog.
She can also take care of your beauty treatments before the day – offering waxing, lash lifts and tinting.
Wedding caterers in Bridgwater
Each of the wedding venues in Bridgwater mention above supply catering on location. However I must mention Pyne’s of Somerset, an award winning butcher situated in North Petherton who are famed for their hog roasts. And a hog roast always makes for fun photos!
North Petherton is a 10 minute drive, but Pynes will bring the hog and a set of burners to your venue. Pyne’s will stay and carve for you for an extra fee.
They only use locally-reared pigs which are carefully selected. One hog feeds about 100 people – if you have a smaller wedding they can split the hog in half.
Wedding Photography Bridgwater
I am a fully insured wedding photographer from Bridgwater. I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance, so whatever happens we are covered! I also insure my own equipment.
I always feel very privileged when I’m am chosen for wedding photography. I am fortunate to see a special day unfold before my eyes. As a photographer I share some exceptional moments with the couple and their families.
I’ve often been told that I make couples feel relaxed.
I was once thanked by the bride for calming her husband’s nerves when his best man couldn’t! It meant so much to me – knowing that I helped him relax whilst he waited for his bride to arrive to the wedding ceremony.
In those moments I feel like more than a photographer.
You’ll often find me helping with button holes, doing up zips and buttons, cutting tags and carrying flowers.
I’ve even given four bridesmaids a lift to church when the bride’s makeup appointment ran over time! The wedding car couldn’t take them and then collect the bride on time, so I stepped in.
To me these things are part of being a wedding photographer. It is not all about taking amazing, creative photos – it helps to be hands on and truly connect to the wedding party.
These are the reasons that I love wedding photography so much.
Tips from a wedding photographer
Rainy wedding day photos
A great tip is to ask a wedding photographer “What is the plan if the weather is really bad on the big day?”.
I recommend ‘wellies and brollies’ for the bride and groom on rainy days. This can add colour and fun to the photographs. Remind guests to bring umbrellas too so that we can still take some photos outside. A little rain never hurt anyone.
Whatever the weather I will always try to get outside at some point. I say embrace it! We can’t pretend it was a sunny day if it really wasn’t.
Advice on choosing a wedding photographer
When choosing a wedding photographer check the photographer’s style by looking at their website or asking for an example portfolio. It’s really important that their style matches yours.
Wedding photos are so crucial – your wedding is one the most important days of your life. You and your photographer should share the same ideas and get along. You will be working very closely together!
Insurance for wedding photographers
Always check that your wedding photographer is insured. I am not saying we photographers are inclined to knock tables over or stand on the wedding dress, but it is a good idea to check that your photographer has got professional indemnity and public liability insurance for any accident that may occur.
I hope this helped with your decisions on your wedding. Don’t forget to ask me about wedding photography in Bridgwater, I am happy to advise. Take a look at my wedding packages page.