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.


 Editorial Wedding Photographer

Dorset, UK & Europe

Brympton House

Brympton House

Brympton House

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.

Brympton House | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

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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

Brympton House Wedding | Country House Venue

Brympton House Wedding | Country House Venue

This Autumn I am proud to be partnering with some very beautiful wedding venues in the south west of England, as a preferred supplier for luxury wedding photography. Today I am delighted to introduce my partnership with Brympton House.  I believe a Brympton House wedding will always be a perfect country house wedding.  In the exquisite film stills below you can catch a glimpse of what Brympton House offers you as a deluxe wedding venue. Take a look at this Brympton House Wedding Gallery.

You have the choice of three different licensed ceremony spots – the adjoining chapel, the Castle House with its dark beams (once a cider distillery), or the Palladian temple.  There are more than six different but equally elegant indoor rooms available to you for your receptions.  And don’t overlook the outdoor terrace, lawns and gardens with their endless pretty nooks perfect for romantic wedding photography, and for your guests to stroll through.  For example, just take a look at the magnificent Great Hall, with its wall of stags’ heads and Autumn sun glinting through its impressive mullioned windows.

Set in 33 acres of parkland at Brympton D’Evercy in Somerset, the house boasts the longest straight stretch of staircase in England, and has played host to a number of period films and TV dramas over the years. Its beauty and character is simply breathtaking, and a Brympton House wedding is sure to look and feel magnificent! Styling and floral design are also available from the talented in-house team.

There are 26 guest bedrooms in total on the estate (including the romantic honeymoon suite) with two family suites, so ample room for your close friends and family to spend the night.  Brympton also offers glamping in 20 beautiful bell tents overlooking the Victorian walled garden.  As one of natural light’s loudest cheerleaders it is perhaps no surprise that my favourite things about Brympton are the stunning windows, doors and archways.

If you are planning your wedding at Brympton House please get in touch to find out more about a special offer just for you when you book.  I will also shoot your wedding on real film – just like the stills you see here – so that your wedding images will be as elegant and full of character as Brympton itself.

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Brympton House wedding

Shot on Fuji Pro 400H film and my Canon 1V at Brympton House. Films processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

Stylish wedding photography | Redhouse Barn

Stylish wedding photography | Redhouse Barn

I am delighted to share this stylish wedding photography, as Abbie and Callum united two Scottish clans.  In the father of the bride’s speech we learnt how in darker times these two clans fought each other to the death and there was no love lost!

However on this day Abbie and Callum reversed that trend by marking their commitment to one another and dedicating their baby son.  Finally the service closed with a live acoustic rendition by the whole congregation of Elton John’s Your Song as they sang: How wonderful life is, while you’re in the world.

Abbie’s personality is as sparkling as her Cole Haan shoes – shoes which were not only stunning but also pretty comfortable, because she danced up the aisle with her father and back down it with her husband.  And then – after a few group shots and some champagne – they danced into their reception!

Redhouse Barn in Worcestershire was the perfect venue for this relaxed but stylish wedding photography, and for Abbie and Callum’s unique wedding.  In addition to the dancing shoes, the families and their kilts were there in force.  Once all Scottish socks were on, handsome thistle boutonnieres finished their look.  A close friend’s son made a handsome pageboy in full attire, who took his job as ring-bearer extremely seriously, guarding his precious cargo in his sporran until the moment.

The weather was typically British and could not quite decide.  Sunshine and showers took their turn but we still got our golden hour at sunset, as well as some amazing triple rainbows which everyone tried to capture on their phones.

Another wonderful feature of this wedding was the lovely flower girls.  Having been a bridesmaid twice as a girl I remember the magic of the experience – totally different to being one as an adult.  So it was really great to see this opportunity being given to a sweet little troupe of young ladies.  The girls looked very fine in their fresh flower crowns, and they all earned their fun creche session and tea of their own during the speeches.

Thank you Abbie and Callum for inviting me to document your day.

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Shot on Fuji Pro 400H and Ilford Delta 3200.

Photography: Liz Baker

Venue: Redhouse Barn

Florist: Flowers by Anna Brian

Hair & Makeup: Karen Mason

Dress: Sesay Bridalwear

Flower girls’ dresses: John Lewis

Rings: Simon Lewis Jewellery  & Hatton Garden

Shoes: Cole Haan

Kilts: MacGregor & MacDuff

Catering: Morgans

Stationery: Artejano

Lab: Canadian Film Lab