St Giles House

Wedding Photography


Elegant storytelling for a luxurious venue

St Giles House, in the beautiful Dorset village of Wimborne St Giles, is simply one of my absolute favourite venues for wedding photography. As a luxury wedding venue which is filled with timeless elegance, the house is simply stunning, the grounds and gardens are gorgeous, and above all the light is incredible. The way St Giles House has been restored, keeping faithful to the tones and colours of the original paintwork is just sublime, and it is a wedding venue like no other, filled with character.

As a Wimborne based wedding photographer, I am very local to the venue and know it well, and it suits my style of photography perfectly, as I look to make the most of reflected natural light, sumptuous gardens, wild flower meadows, and warm Dorset sunsets.

Nestled deep in the Dorset countryside, St Giles House is a truly incredible place with a fascinating history, the ancestral home of the Earl of Shaftesbury which has been lovingly restored back to it’s former glory.


Stepping back in time

To step in to the grounds of St Giles House, and explore the building is to step back in time – partially derelict until a few years ago, rather than rebuilding, every detail has been painstakingly restored, including the original paint and wallpaper, revealing gorgeous warm tones, and history wherever you look – it is a photographers paradise. The light is incredible, and I love this place, only a stones throw from my own home.

Bridal preparations usually take place in the Japan room, with original wallpaper, and doors which are not quite straight, but work perfectly, there is quirkiness wherever you look. The main staircase features old photos of Lady Shaftesbury, and as a bride walks down the stairs, there is an incredible sense of timelessness, as she blends in to the surroundings like a work of art.


St Giles House wedding photography

As the sun begins to set, there are endless opportunities to wander round the gardens, which change beautifully through the seasons, with purple and white Alliums in spring, through the incredible summer wildflower meadows which surround the hosue, to the magnificent colours of the bech avenue in autumn. There is magnificent light in the 18th century shell lined grotto, and of course the the statue of Eros standing proudly. As night falls, you descend in to another world, with the ‘rave cave’, or underground dance floor, created by the Earl of Shaftesbury himself, as an established DJ, making his own mark upon St Giles House. The cellar has to be seen to be believed, with strips of light that draws you mesmerizingly into the tunnel, and a party that cannot be heard, deep underground, while St Giles House sleeps above.

St Giles House Highlights

“Robin understands light like no other, his storytelling was just sublime, and captured our day exactly as we imagined!”

– HAyley and chris

Supplier Love

A few of the most amazing suppliers I have worked with at St Giles House over the years



If you are getting married at St Giles, please get in touch, I’d love to talk about your plans!

I’ve now shot many weddings at St Giles House, ranging from gorgeous summer days to crisp and cosy winter weddings, so you’ll be in safe hands. 

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