In this post I will be giving you a tour of the grand and historic wedding venue Great Fulford Estate. You'll see some of my photos from various weddings and photo shoots that I have photographed there over the past years and hear a bit more about why I recommend it.
I would describe Great Fulford House as romantic, charming, characterful, grand and a truly unique venue. It's the perfect place to get married if you are after a venue that offers both opulence and history. It is less polished than some venues, which I feel gives it more of a story; you really get transported back in time and can imagine parties being held there centuries ago. You have the option of getting married inside the beautiful rooms or outside in the breath taking grounds. The long driveway up to the house is very impressive, especially if you haven't seen the venue before.
The manor house a is Grade I listed Tudor building and has served the Fulford family for centuries and centuries. The building itself is imposing and massive, and sits next to a beautiful lake with the resident geese. The first time I saw the estate, there were stormy skies and which gave it all a sort of gothic look, which I loved as it felt like something out of a novel.
As you enter the house, you walk through the cobbled courtyard and you can admire the beautiful stone carvings on the exterior and archway. You can also get married under the exact arch that I photographed Neil and Sam under below too.
The Great Hall
The first room that you enter into is the great hall, with it's beautiful marble checkered floor and 16th century wooden carved panels. I think this room really speaks for itself, it is ideal for a winter reception by candlelight and open fires.
The Great Staircase
The staircase at Great Fulford is tall and winding, leading you up to beautiful Ballroom. The peeling flocked wallpaper and seriously tall windows give it that romantic quality that I mentioned. This space gives you the full height of the house, which is very impressive.
The Great Parlour
Downstairs the Great Parlour room has stunning blue grey panelled walls, similarly to the Ball Room you will see below. The gold chandeliers and framed oil paintings of the Fulford ancestors give it a luxe feel. We reflected these colours in the photo shoot below, which you could incorporate on a bigger scale into your own wedding here.
The Ball Room
This final room is quite possibly my favourite of all. The plastered ceiling is intricate and detailed, with the biggest painting of all framed at the far end of the room. Those blue grey walls again create the a stunning backdrop, alongside the fireplaces and large windows. This room would certainly make an impression with your guests, and is perfect for either a ceremony or reception.
If you would rather get married in the grounds of Great fulford, the venue offers various options. There are panoramic views of the countryside and lake and it looks stunning in each of the seasons. Unintentionally, I took a photo of the same view in both the late summer and autumn, which you can see at the end of this post.
If you are interested in getting married at Great Fulford Estate, find out more from the lovely ladies West Country Wedding Planner.
If you are interested in seeing more or Great Fulford, why not check out my post on the editorial photo shoot I organised there over here