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Chocolat Inspired Bridal Shoot at Brympton House in Somerset

Images by Liz Baker Photography.

An abundance of flowers, a beautiful house & grounds and chocolate… or rather Chocolat.

We’re forever smitten with Brympton House in Somerset, so when photographer Liz Baker added in bright florals, a decadent dining scene and luxurious chocolate truffles we couldn’t resist.

Happy Friday folks!

Notes from the Photographer

Brympton House is a magical Grade I listed stately home, set amidst the rolling hills of Somerset. Brympton was once described as “the most incomparable house in Britain”. It has been occupied by just 3 families for over a thousand years, and is packed full of history! As a venue, it is unique in offering a different space for each part of your day – meaning you and your loved ones can really experience all that the house has to offer. With 33 acres of Grade II listed gardens exclusively yours, we weren’t short of finding a picturesque backdrop for these stunning photographs. 

We took inspiration from Chocolat, the iconic romance film starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. The movie featured some scenes shot on location at Brympton House. Based on Joanne Harris‘ book, the storyline is bursting with joie de vivre, colour and life.

“I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatine.”

The movie’s main character Vianne, and her love of chocolate, sparked our inspiration. Luxurious chocolate truffles were made by hand at The Chocolate Society. They’re seen here in coordinating shades of burgundy, caramel and duck-egg blue. A decadent twist served at your cocktail hour, or a mouthwatering treat in favour boxes for your guests!

Our bride waited in excitement in the walled garden – preparing herself to walk the outdoor aisle to the temple – its brickwork brought to life again with a lush, verdant installation.

The earliest part of Brympton House dates back to Tudor times with a later Elizabethan Great Hall and an enfilade of State Rooms that were added in 1640. The eclectic mix of architectural styles provides a wonderful selection of spaces for dining and drinking! 

Couples are invited to plan their wedding breakfast on the South Terrace, and with this in mind a wooden table was laid there overlooking the lake. Adorned with a hand-dyed blush pink silk table runner to add an element of softness to the setting. Cut glasses were added, along with gold cutlery and ornate charger plates. Looser flower designs in pink, peach and green hues ran along the centre of the table, with antique brass candlesticks, holding dusky pink candles, nestled on top.


Venue Brympton House

Concept & Photography Liz Baker Photography 

Styling Brympton Styling

Flowers Stems of Somerset

Dress & Accessories Sassi Holford

Stationery Bureau Design

Cake Baking Chick

Make Up Natalie Berry Make Up

Rentals Keeping it Vintage

Chocolates The Chocolate Society 

Silks Little Acorn Silks 

Film Lab Richard Photo Lab

Brympton House

Somerset, South West


Considered by Country life to be the most beautiful house in England, Brympton House is set in 33 acres of stunning parkland with a magnificent lake.

Venue Details
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  • 200
  • 250
  • Yes
  • Couples choice
  • In-house or Corkage
  • 31 bedrooms
  • Yes
  • Yes
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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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