A Chic Lakeside wedding at The Fonthill Estate {Previews}

May 24, 2022 | countryside weddings, featured weddings

The Fonthill Estate is somewhat of a local legend, a beauty spot where most of us Wiltshire locals have enjoyed many a pub lunch and leisurely walks around the lake. I’m lucky enough that this beautiful location is just fifteen minutes from home for me. When I heard Georgia & Jonny’s wedding was in a woodland clearing overlooking the lake in a private area of the estate’s woodland, usually unaccessible to the public I knew the backdrop would be good. And I was not disappointed.

What I couldn’t have known was just how awesome the rest of the party would be or how beautiful Georgia’s styling was. As soon as I arrived at the bridal prep to see Georgia’s effortlessly chic Ghost gown and achingly cool wedding suit, I’ll admit I got excited.

The perfect prep space

Georgia had also chosen quite possibly the best bridal prep location I’ve EVER shot at. One side of the beautiful converted Cart Barn is entirely glass windows. This made for the most dreamy light filled imagery perfect for beauty shots of the make up. The interiors are also beautiful to boot which gave me lots of choice for styling the detail shots. Choosing the right (light!) space for bridal prep (or any part of the day) makes such a massive difference to the results.

I had so many laughs with Georgia and Jonny, and felt like I was hanging out with old friends as we took some photos at the iconic Fonthill Arch after their ceremony (in the church where Georgia’s parents and grandparents were wed). And then back at the marquee the fun continued as they’d laid out a coconut shy, limbo and loads of other fun games for their guests, all over looking the most amazing view of the lake.

An epic party

In the evening as the sun began to drop we took a little mooch down to the lake side and I’m so thrilled with the resulting images. And then Georgia and Jonny had the most bonkers and brilliant cake cutting I think I’ve ever witnessed in my twelve years shooting weddings! They cut the cake with a very special gold plated saw, passed down from Jonny’s Dad to him as he’s a carpenter. Georgia sawed the top tier of cake in half and then proceeded to shove it in Jonny’s face. They then both took hand fulls of cake and fed it to each other before stepping onto the dance floor where the party went off as soon as the excellent band – Vivo – started.

Everyone was warm and welcoming to me all day, nothing was too much trouble, Georgia and Jonny trusted me and went with me when I asked if they’d be up for a few more photos here and there and I think the results speak for themselves. I left pinching myself that this is what I get to call work as it truly felt like I’d spent the day with friends. Thank you so much for choosing me you absolute beauts.

These photos are ‘previews’, the sneak peek images I share with my couples in the first days after the wedding while they’re waiting for the full set. When Georgia saw them she said…

“You were just incredible and SO many people came up to me saying how amazing you were. These previews are just beyond anything we could have imagined, you’ve captured the day and us perfectly and we’re so chuffed. Thank you, thank you, thank you”

If you’re having a Fonthill Estate wedding I’d love to hear about your plans. Drop me a line to chat here.


Dress & Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost // Shoes Jimmy Choo // Flower girl dresses: Next // Make up: Michaela Selene // Hair by Danni @ Seven Ivy Hairdressing // Bouquets: Pampelmousse Dorset

Bridal Prep Venue: The Cart Barn // Venue: Quarry Wood, Fonthill Estate // Marquee: DP Marquees // Calligraphy: Copperleaf Calligraphy // Band: Vivo Band

Bride and Groom standing under the Fonthill Arch Wiltshire on their wedding day photo by Lydia Stamps Photography
marquee for a wedding in Quarry Wood overlooking the fonthill lake on The Fonthill Estate Wiltshire photo by Lydia Stamps Photography
guests relaxing at a wedding in Quarry Wood overlooking the lake in the Fonthill Estate Wiltshire photo by Lydia Stamps Photography
bride and groom at their wedding, standing on a pontoon on the lake at the Fonthill Estate Wiltshire photo by Lydia Stamps Photography
bride and groom at their wedding, walking on a pontoon on the lake at the Fonthill Estate Wiltshire photo by Lydia Stamps Photography


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