NT Stourhead – Wiltshire landscaped gardens

Last month I visited Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire to photograph an intimate wedding in the perfect setting of the Temple Of Flora – by the lake as you enter the gardens. I hadn’t visited Stourhead before but as a National Trust member and established garden photographer, it’s been on my radar for some time. Being asked to document a day that was so meaningful and emotional, in a setting that meant so much to the couple, was very special indeed. I travelled across early – I’m always wary of unexpected traffic issues when there’s a journey involved! – but arrived as the gardens were opening and was able to spend the first part of the day taking a gentle wander, recording some images to set the scene. This part of the world is often subject to early morning fog, so I was fortunate to see Stourhead not only shrouded in beautiful mist, but in peak Spring-time, and then with bright warm sunshine breaking through in time for the ceremony. The National Trust holiday cottage on site, and the Spread Eagle Inn in the courtyard, meant that the wedding party were able to get ready, enjoy their wedding service, and celebrate with a meal, all within a short walk.

Many of my clients, for various and understandable reasons, prefer not to have an online presence; around 80% of my wedding couples now opt to keep their official photos of the wedding private. This particular wedding was warm, heartfelt and full of joy and sunshine; and while the details of the day remain private, I’m able instead to show you around Stourhead on a Spring day of celebration…

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