“I Do’s” in the Somerset Countryside: An Outdoor Summer Wedding at Pennard House”

Pennard House, Weddings

A stunning country estate nestled in the beautiful Somerset landscape, Pennard House is a true gem that boasts amazing gardens and is surrounded by woodland, meadows, and orchards. Groom, Simon, who is a tree surgeon, had a unique vision for some of their wedding photographs, and the couple asked if we could capture some romantic shots in and around the trees. We’ll be sharing parts of their special day, at this gorgeous venue that also boasts a croquet lawn, a freshwater swimming lake, and tipis in the garden!

The idyllic venue was the couple’s first choice not only because of the beautiful setting but mainly due to the fact that the staff made them feel so welcome.  They had looked at a few venues but remembered the excitement they both felt when looking around – something they hadn’t felt at any of the other venues they’d looked at.  

Simon & Sacha both got ready at Pennard house and with the August weather on their side, were able to have their ceremony outside – a perfect blend with their theme of wild flowers and a colour scheme of soft pastels.  Bright sunshine is not always the easiest to deal with from a photography point of view, but we know what to expect and are able to work around it in most instances.

We try to keep things as relaxed as possible when capturing the ‘couple’ photographs, and ‘steal’ the couple away from their guests for short periods of time here and there.

Finding the right balance between capturing moments and giving the couple time to socialise with their guests is key.

Having photographed many weddings at Pennard House over the years we know the venue inside and out and have a really good working relationship with the owners and staff.   Simon & Sacha were happy to be guided by us when it came to choosing backdrops around the gardens for their photographs and were delighted with the results.  In their words “Graham was a brilliant photographer.  Very accommodating, not pushy at all.  He fits in with the crowd and was a joy to have about. He met all of our expectations and was keen to hear our own photo ideas.  We can’t recommend him enough”

Simon & Sacha walked from the ceremony through the gardens to the Coach House ready for their reception, which gave plenty of opportunity to capture candid photographs of them and their guests too!  The Coach House was perfect for the Wedding Breakfast and their evening reception later in the day.

And finally, we asked the Bride & Groom ……

Did you have ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’?

Sacha incorporated sentimental touches into her bridal look, wearing her grandmother’s earrings as her “something old” and “something borrowed.” A touch of nostalgia and a nod to her family’s history. For the tradition of “something blue,” she had a blue flower sewn into her dress – a subtle yet personal touch.

Which photographs were your favourites?

We both really liked the photos we had taken amongst the trees.  We’d requested them and they were amazing!

What was your most useful source for wedding ideas and information?

We tried to use local companies, so really our most useful source was Google.

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Make sure you get a few minutes together sometime during the day.  It’s a very special, but sometimes overwhelming day – make time for each other and take yourself off from the crowd for 5 or 10 minutes.

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Every individual bit was so special in different ways.  After the nerves of the ceremony had gone, we had a blast.  The Band was excellent and kept the crowd dancing all night.


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