Hidden away on the Somerset levels between Taunton and Bridgwater is the ever so quirky and timeless Maunsel House, and incredible wedding venue. I had heard so much about it, so when Emily and Jordan asked me to come along to Maunsel House to photograph their wedding, I just had to say yes, and boy it didn’t disappoint! A truly magical house with the most incredible room for bridal preparations and your first night as a married couple, the King’s room, and sublime gardens, with Peacocks all around. The lawn is perfect for a wedding ceremony, and perhaps my favourite part is the cleverly arranged undercover reception area under the pergola in the beautiful gardens, so you can hold the wedding breakfast outside, whatever the weather. There is even St Michael’s church in the grounds.
A sublime and elegant wedding venue
Emily and Jordan’s wedding was filled with vibrant and beautiful colours, a reflection of their character, but also the perfect compliment to the colours of Maunsel House. Despite what the photos might suggest the weather was poor of most of the day, however I have always been one for spotting potential weather windows, and a tell-tale glow on the horizon told me the weather was clearing from the west, which could mean only on thing – a possible sunset with incredible underlit skies, and for 10 minutes, we were blessed with light to die for. I am so glad Emily and Jordan trusted my instinct!
Thanks to Covid, Emily and Jordan never got to have the full sized wedding they planned, but in some ways this was a blessing, as the day was such a close and intimate family affair, where everyone got to talk to everybody, and it was beautiful. They also plan to revisit in 2022, and do it all again, so I’ll update this when they do!
Built in the 13th Century, Maunsel House has a fascinating history, which is still in creation to this day, truly reflecting the character of Sir Benjamin Slade, it’s current owner. It has been the seat of the Slade baronets since 1772, and all around can be found references to Sir Benjamin’s illustrious and quirky life. From the bar filled with an arsenal of weaponry, through to the Bear in the drawing room, many suits of armour, and the newspaper stories about Sir Benjamin’s lifestyle and many encounters with the press, this is a house filled with so much charm and character. It is also rumoured that Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales whilst staying here.
Hair – Hair by Hannah
Floristry – by the family
Music – played by friends
Cake – The Big Cherish
Catering – Posh Nosh
Venue – Maunsel House, Somerset