Venue Spotlight | The Mansion House


The official residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol, The Mansion House is arguably one of Bristol's best kept secrets. Set in the heart of Clifton, this historic Victorian building oozes romance and grandeur, and is the perfect setting for a wedding with a difference.

The Mansion House Bristol

A little while ago I organised the styling of this fabulous venue for some new imagery for their promotional literature and website. We were fortunate to have a glorious sunny day for the shoot, and I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous team of suppliers, including the talented Scott Wilson from Life in Focus Photography who captured the stunning images.

The Mansion House is licensed to carry out weddings and civil partnerships in both the elegant Drawing Room inside the house, and the stunning gazebo in the Rose Garden, which offers something a little different for couples searching for an outdoor wedding space in Bristol. 

I wanted to showcase the beautiful outdoor ceremony space leading to the gazebo, adorning the aisle chairs with beautiful garden florals provided by Emma Petersson, a wonderful Bristol-based florist who knew instantly which blooms would work to create just the right effect.

The Mansion House Gazebo

We also took the opportunity to recreate the ceremony set up in the Drawing Room, utilising the same furniture and florals yet producing a very different look. The hallway serves as an impressive entranceway for guests, and the space is also perfect for serving welcome drinks as guests move into the Dining Room for the reception.

The Mansion House Hallway

The grand Dining Room serves as the perfect reception space, and can cater for up to 100 guests for a seated meal. I wanted to create a fresh yet elegant look to showcase it's full potential, using glass pedestal vases filled with beautiful blooms to match the ceremony d├ęcor for the centrepieces, and glass and silver tealight holders to accent the look. 

I created classic calligraphy menus in white and dove grey to complement the centrepieces, and used matching place cards for each table setting. Antique silverware, including wonderful Victorian salt and pepper silverware sets, also graced each table.

The Mansion House Tables

Silver edged beaded glass charger plates supplied by Prestige Hire were used on the top table to add interest, and worked perfectly with the elegant colour palette and florals.

The Mansion House Table Settings

The gorgeous hand-decorated wedding cakes were provided by the talented and award-winning cake designer ANNA Cake Couture, and looked exquisite alongside the Victorian sweet jars and silverware on the dessert table.

The Mansion House Cake Table

Catering is offered in-house by Parsnip Mash, boasting an extensive range of bespoke menus using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. If a formal sit down meal isn't your style, Parsnip Mash are happy to offer a range of alternatives; from a high tea served to the table on vintage crockery, to an informal barbecue outside whilst your guests relax on the lawn.

The Mansion House Conservatory

I am proud to work in partnership with The Mansion House as a preferred supplier. If you are planning a wedding at the venue and require any assistance with the planning or styling of your day, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss the ways in which I can help!

Special thanks to all suppliers for their involvement in creating this shoot.

All images courtesy of Life in Focus Photography