One of the benefits of being a documentary wedding photographer is getting to see all the different venues across the country. Ston Easton Park is an impressive Palladian style mansion house in 36 acres of parkland in Somerset. On their website they say about themselves “Enter this Palladian mansion and take a step back in time to a bygone era of opulence, decadence and romance”. They’re not wrong either as you’ll see.
Elise and Adam chose Ston Easton Park as the venue for their wedding reception, the wedding itself was held at the Parish church, St Mary’s just a short hop across a field away.
I arrived at 10 am to meet Elise and her bridesmaids and get some pictures of the girls getting ready. Elise’s family had all stayed at Ston Easton the night before, her two sisters were her bridesmaids and the make up artist a friend so preparation was a relaxed family affair.
With the three girls getting ready, as well as mum, dad, Elise’s son Rupert, her nephew and various well wishing visitors through the morning the room was a hive of activity. I love the look on mum’s face as she sticks her head round the door. It’s that slightly exasperated mum look that we’ve probably all seen a million times.
Late morning I popped over to the church to catch up with Adam and to see the guests arriving for the ceremony. The family oriented nature of the day really came to the foreground here. Adam’s dad was the vicar and taking charge of the ceremony. The ceremony itself was relaxed and intimate, in the setting of St Mary’s church. It was plain from their faces that Elise and Adam were having a great day. There may have been some nerves evident on Adam’s face but they soon passed.
After the ceremony the couple and their guests returned to Ston Easton park for the reception. Drinks, The breakfast, speeches and a live band that played into the small hours.
Here’s some pictures from the day.