Forde Abbey Weddings: A Grand Romance

Forde Abbey Weddings: A Grand Romance

Forde Abbey

For a Seriously Grand Romance


Channel Downton to your heart’s content at a Forde Abbey wedding.

In the gentle Somerset hills near the Dorset border sits this exclusive gem of a wedding venue.  If impressive architecture, endless gardens and a friendly team are your thing then add this venue to your list pronto.


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Dorset, UK & Europe

Jordans Courtyard Weddings

Jordans Courtyard Weddings

Jordans Courtyard Weddings

New Urban Country Country Chic Venue


Urban chic meets country style at a brand new somerset wedding venue.

There’s an urban buzz at Jordans Courtyard near Taunton – now booking weddings at their courtyard of hamstone barns. The barns are fully modernised and immaculately presented whilst retaining all of their Somerset character. With gourmet catering and a health & wellbeing spa on-site, you’re spoilt for ceremony and reception options in the multiple spaces. If you can’t decide, you can put up a marquee in the grounds.


Venue – Jordans Courtyard
Styling, Concept, planning and Round rustic tables – Apple and Bramble Events
Florals – Cottage Flowers
Photography – Liz Baker
Videography – Ashley Stewart Creative Solutions
Bridal Dress – Kate Walker
Menswear – Harrimans
Jewellery – Julia Thompson
Stationery – Flick and Flourish
Cake – Melanie Todd Cake Design
Hair – Bridal Hair by Helen
Makeup – Laura Le Page
Wax seals and embossed envelopes – Heirloom Seals

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Dorset, UK & Europe

Blush & Modern at The Almonry Barn

Blush & Modern at The Almonry Barn

The Blush & Modern

At The Almonry Barn


Pretty in pink with pops of fuschia at the 800-year-old Almonry barn.

I adore photographing at the Almonry Barn and was delighted to shoot this timeless wedding palette of blush and gold,  updated with fuschia pink details. Strong inspiration was drawn from the textured surface of rose quartz and the romantic setting of one of the oldest wedding venues in England. Coming soon to Bridal Musings.


Film and Digital photography – Liz Baker @lizbakerphotography www.lizbakerphotography.co.uk
Venue – Almonry Barn @almonrybarn www.almonrybarn.co.uk
Styling, Concept, planning and Table- Beth Ralph Apple and Bramble Events @appleandbramble www.appleandbramble.co.uk
Florals, Styling, planning and concept – Caroline Redpath Fleur Provocateur @fleurprovocateur www.fleurprovocateur.co.uk
Videography – Simon and Kiana Photo @simonandkianaphoto www.simonandkianaphotography.com
Bridal Dress – Sassi Holford @sassiholford www.sassiholford.com
Jewellery and hair accessories – Victoria Fergusson @victoriafergussonaccessories www.victoriafergusson.co.uk
Stationery, aisle runner and table plan – Flick and Flourish @flickandflourish
Cake and macaron tower – Baking chick @mybakingchick www.bakingchick.co.uk
Hair- Rachel at Brothers and Sisters @brothersandsisters
Makeup – Liberty Rowe @libertyrowe
Ceramics- Bridget Themming @bridgethhcc
Table Runner and ribbons – CFleurs Design @cfleursdesign
Wax seals and embossed envelopes – Heirloom Seals @heirloomseals www.heirloomseals.com

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Dorset, UK & Europe

Pennard House

Pennard House

Pennard House is a wedding venue in Somerset with fashion connections. I took my film camera for a tour around this stunning wedding venue and gorgeous family home. The location of choice for Vogue, Marie Claire and The English Home magazine, Pennard House is a beautiful, family-owned country estate, just waiting to host your perfect weekend wedding. A hidden gem in the rolling Somerset countryside, the Georgian home is the epitome of dreamy English elegance. Pennard House is an exclusive use Somerset wedding venue for anyone looking for something a little different. Exclusive use weddings are bang on trend for 2019 and 2020 weddings, offering the chance to do wedding, party and mini-moon in one swoop.  You are invited to come and make yourself at home and experience your tailor-made event, uniquely designed to perfectly suit your style. Pennard is a Grade II listed Manor House with grand reception rooms, luxury bedrooms and a converted Coach House event venue ideal for all manners of parties. Surrounded by 130 acres of meadows, woodlands and apple orchards, there’s a croquet lawn, tipis in the garden… it really is the quintessential English stately home. Pennard is all yours exclusively for your stay, setting the stage for the perfect wedding in a truly English setting. Scroll down to take a look around Pennard House wedding venue. My favourite highlights are the hand-painted wallpaper in the bridal suite, the chandeliers in the stables and a courtyard plucked from an Italian piazza. Equipped with licensed ceremony spaces indoor and out, Pennard has an air of timeless elegance but with a welcoming feel.
Are you planning a wedding at Pennard House? Please get in touch for your bespoke quote.
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Blush and Gold | Hollywood Golden Era at Charlton House

Blush and Gold | Hollywood Golden Era at Charlton House

Fairytale Opulence

At Charlton House Orangery


a simple blush and gold palette with wild florals at its heart….

Mixing the opulent glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Era with the fairytale romance of Cinderella as she waits to enter the ballroom. 


 I thought it high time to share this beautiful blush and gold wedding inspiration. Shot during spring at Bannatyne’s Charlton House in Somerset, it featured on Rock My Wedding.

Charlton House’s Orangery is a darling Art Deco style building, with parquet floors and full-height oval patio doors. Classic English country style mingles with French chic with Mulberry drapes and gilded mirrors. It’s the perfect backdrop for a simple blush and gold palette which features wild florals at its heart.

The orangery is flooded with light. It’s perfect for natural light wedding photography during the months of March to October. You can hold your ceremony and/or meal in the Orangery.

Here you’ll find a gorgeous array of garden roses, with armfuls of lush foliage.  A colour palette of blush and gold and foliage works beautifully against the natural textures of marble and brickwork found at the venue. Featuring a huge trailing urn arrangement, gold leaf silk ribbons, a stunning half-up/half-down hairstyle, and a breathtaking asymmetric ruffled gown.

I was commissioned by luxe florist Fleur Provocateur to shoot this brand editorial at Charlton House Hotel’s grand Orangery. It mixes the opulent glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Era with the fairytale romance of Cinderella as she waits to enter the ballroom.  Shooting entirely on professional film stocks added to the aspirational feel.

Blush and gold has certainly been in fashion for a while and might even be considered over-done! But it’s a classic that I believe will never go out of style. And when used cleverly in a space with rich colours it looks seriously classy.

Photography Liz Baker | Florist Fleur Provocateur | Venue Charlton House Hotel and Spa | Dress Ian Stuart via Devlin Bridal Couture | Hair Abigail Constanza | Silks Lancaster and Cornish | Stationery Samantha Geen Designs | Cake Peony Rose Cakes | Gold chargers Elsie Florence

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Dorset, UK & Europe

Choosing your photographer

Choosing your photographer

“Wedding Photographers Near Me”

Did you know that “wedding photographers near me” is a top Google search term?

Yet many or most wedding photographers will offer to cover weddings all over their country – or even their continent. Indeed half my enquiries are from couples marrying more than 50 miles away from my studio. So why are couples looking further afield for their photographer? Often they’re looking for a particular style, or shopping for the best price, or just have a global/travel mindset.

wedding photographers near me almonry barn | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Beautiful Almonry Barn, just 15 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Quality of service

The key to my approach to wedding photography is to offer a high-quality experience and service to my couples. Something that can seriously hamper this is not knowing the local area, or travelling several hours on the morning of a wedding. The chances of getting lost or getting stuck in traffic increase the further the travel distance required. With a local wedding photographer, you can rule out these two problems.

When choosing your wedding photographer the paramount factor is of course how you feel when you view their photos. When you look at the photos you should feel a connection, and be able to visualise yourself in those photos. This should always be the most important influence on your choice.

But coming a close second should be the level of service they offer – including their reliability, organisation and punctuality. If a photographer is travelling a long way to a wedding, couples should ask what steps they are taking to ensure they will be punctual and prepared.

Brympton house wedding

Stunning Brympton House, just 15 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Traffic problems

You might be shocked by the number of wedding photographers who do not allow for (predictable) traffic delays on a wedding morning. I’m a member of a number of photographer-only Facebook groups. Don’t get me wrong, it’s right to use these contacts and of course emergencies do happen. But it occurred to me recently how often traffic delays seem to come up, and how this could be avoided by booking a wedding photographer near your venue.

For this reason the venues I partner with are all a 30-minute drive from me, or less. I will be there with bags of time to spare. I always aim to arrive at least an hour before the agreed time, and because I live so close I know I can achieve this.

wedding photographers near me | Pennard House | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Handsome Pennard House, just 30 minutes’ drive from my studio.

When you type wedding photographers near me or the name of your venue into Google, I recommend using the Google Map it loads up. Take a look through the local photographers’ websites, linked in blue on the right of each listing. Enlarge the map box and zoom into the map to see more photographers in the area.

wedding photographers near me | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Enlarge and zoom into the Google Map to reveal more local photographers

Peace of mind

If you simply cannot find the right photographer near your venue, check you’re happy with their plans for being fresh enough to shoot your wedding. I don’t like to drive more than one hour on a wedding morning – and 1.5 hours is my maximum. It’s not rocket science to expect busy traffic on UK roads. It may sound alarming but some photographers are counting on your wedding prep time as a buffer! I’ll be leaving at the crack of dawn to allow more than double the travel time to take in any delays. Your wedding prep is a key part of your day and should not be sacrificed.

For UK weddings beyond that 1.5 hour drive I will be treating them like destination weddings. That means I will be booking into a B&B the night before (and probably the night after too for a safe drive home). Bear this in mind, and consider that an extra £100 or so is not much to add to the package price. It buys you peace of mind, knowing that your photographer will be well-rested and on-time.

wedding photographers near me | Charlton House | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

The Orangery at Charlton House Spa Hotel, just 30 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Beautiful Wedding Venues just 30 minutes away from me

Almonry Barn


Brympton House

Charlton House

Dillington House

Forde Abbey

Jordans Courtyard


North Cadbury Court

Orchardleigh House

Pennard House

Sparkford Hall

Searching “wedding photographers near me” is popular for good reasons. I welcome all types of enquiries for weddings local to me. Are you planning a wedding at one of the venues listed, or a garden wedding in Somerset?  I would love to hear about your plans. You can also get my guide to planning your own fine art wedding sent to you completely free – when you request your no-obligation, personalised quote.