By Paul Rogers
Maunsel House could be the perfect setting for an English country house wedding. Nestled in 100 acres of Somerset parkland, it has wonderful reputation and is described as 'famous for being a party house' with historic links dating back to Alfred the Great. It really offers the perfect venue for the kind of unscripted candid photographs that I specialise in as a documentary wedding photographer. So when Becky and Ross asked me to photograph their wedding at the stunning Maunsel House, I couldn't wait!
Parts of the house pre-date 1066 and additions have been made throughout the last few hundred years. Although it offers a multitude of opportunities for interesting photography, it is also a very challenging place to photograph late in the year - as the light fades the colour balance between the atmospheric artificial light and the cool Somerset Autumn and Winter light makes an interesting mix. So this late October wedding had plenty of challenges, photographically speaking. Watching how the light falls in some of the elaborately decorated rooms gave me a great canvas for capturing those real moments.
The humanist wedding ceremony in the Ball Room featured a fantastic male voice chorus, The Rivertones, during the proceedings. After which the guests were able to enjoy some of the House's gardens and surrounding countryside before returning back inside for the wedding breakfast and speeches. I made use of the little pools of light and nooks and crannies around the house being sure I focussed on the relationships and interactions of the guests. The mansion has a certain eclectic charm that I hope I've caught in these images.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourite shots from the day, and do please get in touch if you're thinking about Maunsel House for your wedding. Check out my wedding portfolio for more of an insight my photographic approach. For other great wedding venues in the area, have a look at some Sherborne Abbey Wedding Photography or The Tithe Barn in Symondsbury, or Orchardleigh House wedding photography.
These fantastic suppliers helped make this a great wedding:
Jo Bromley, Kith and Kin, Humanist Celebrant
Dress by Laure De Sagazan
Groom's suit by Richard James
Shoes by Rainbow Club
Hair by Isabele While
Florist - Dinah Taylor