“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Beautiful Wedding Venues just 30 minutes away from me
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.
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Almonry Barn is a breathtaking slice of history on the Somerset levels.
It sits proud opposite the medieval ruin of Muchelney Abbey. It once formed a part of the 800-year-old Abbey, and now nestles in its own peaceful orchard. The wide expanse of sky and countryside stretches for miles in every direction. Birdsong fills the air.
The Almonry is the oldest barn wedding venue in the country, yet Louise and her family maintain it immaculately. They have carefully styled the interiors at Almonry Barn to reflect a chic, designer aesthetic. In the bar, lounge and ceremony rooms you will find a classic British style with modern accents has been sensitively curated. Warm neutrals define the look.
The atmosphere inside the Barn is quite astonishing. This place needs little to enhance it’s beauty, since the palette of its stones truly sings. The signature canopy of lights hangs perfectly in this warm and beautiful palette of blush, grey-blue and gold.
Windows are juxtaposed at fascinating heights, and two sets of imposing barn doors are thrown open to flood the space with light. And if vaulted beams are your thing, then you’re in for a treat at the Almonry.
In the orchard a handmade swing hangs opposite the duck egg shepherd’s hut. Chic white bistro furniture looks right at home on the terrace. It’s a rural idyll.
Far from your typical barn venue, Almonry Barn is imposing and elegant with just a touch of rustic. Reminiscent of a French gite or Tuscan farmhouse, it’s the perfect luxurious venue with a continental, country feel. View a stylish barn wedding here.
I would love to hear about your plans for a wedding at Almonry Barn. 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.
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Dress: Sassi Holford // Flowers: Fleur Provocateur // Styling: Apple & Bramble Events // Accessories: Victoria Fergusson
Here you will find the perfect Valentines Day wedding planning ideas from Chocolat (the movie released in 2000). The film featured some scenes shot on location at Brympton House. Brympton was once described as “the most incomparable house in Britain”. See more inside the house.
“Life is what you celebrate. All of it.”
Take inspiration for a Valentines Day wedding from Chocolat, the iconic romance starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. Based on Joanne Harris‘ book, the storyline is bursting with joie de vivre, colour and life. Scroll down to enjoy the images from an editorial I shot, featuring in this month’s issue of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding.
“I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines.”
The movie’s main character Vianne – and her love of chocolate – sparked our inspiration. Luxurious chocolate truffles were made by hand at The Chocolate Society. They’re seen here in coordinating shades of burgundy, caramel and duck-egg blue. A decadent twist served at your cocktail hour, or a mouthwatering treat in favour boxes for your guests!
“Old habits never die. And when you’ve once been in the business of granting wishes, the impulse never quite leaves you.”
Our bride waited in excitement in the walled garden – preparing herself to walk the outdoor aisle to the temple – its brickwork brought to life again with a lush, verdant installation.
I bet you’ll want to curl up together and watch the film. (Don’t forget the chocolates.) See the full gallery here.
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This look would suit any outdoor wedding, country house wedding or destination wedding.
“The process of giving is without limits.”
Warm, joyful and honest, this wedding has a relaxed feel, with Brympton House pictured as a French Chateau. A riot of floral colour adorned our table on the terrace. Elegant, classic gold cutlery and beaded chargers are offset by the simple farmhouse furniture. Blush David Austin roses jostled with vibrant poppies, anemones, delphiniums and ranunculus. Delicate pops of purple come from the snakeshead fritillary and grape hyacinth.
Concept & Photography: lizbakerphotography.co.uk | Venue: brympton.house | Styling: brymptonstyling.co.uk | Flowers: stemsofsomerset.co.uk | Dress & accessories: sassiholfordtaunton.co.uk | Stationery: bureaudesign.co.uk | Cake: bakingchick.co.uk | Makeup: natalieberrymakeup.com | Rentals: keepingitvintage.co.uk | Chocolates: chocolate.co.uk | Silks: Little Acorn Silks | Film Lab: richardphotolab.com