Zara Rowlands Photography

Shannon + Joshua | Leigh Park Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon | 23rd March 2024

As a documentary style wedding photographer, each and every love story that I document through my lens holds memories. The wedding of Shannon and Joshua was held at The Leigh Park Hotel in Bradford-on-Avon. 


Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds facing the River Avon and famous for its canals, Leigh Park Hotel, formally Leigh House in Bradford-on-Avon is a treasure dating back to the 15th century with its stunning views of the Westbury White Horse, picturesque gardens and vineyard which breathes elegance making it the perfect setting for a wedding and special events.

Leigh Park provides a breathtaking backdrop for couples exchanging vows and begin their journey as newlyweds after saying 'I Do'.

For couples seeking a wedding venue where love takes centre stage and where celebrations can flow smoothly from ceremony through to the evening reception. Leigh Park offers a stunning setting where memories are made to last a lifetime and I am extremely lucky to be one of their recommended suppliers.


It started as a cloudy day for the wedding of Shannon and Joshua with the rain holding off for some of the day. Morning preparations were in full swing when I arrived in the Leigh Park with hair and makeup and Prosecco flowing. The couple had a lovely ceremony with spring flowers as bouquets and and beautiful blue sashes on the chiavari chairs. It was a joyous ceremony surrounded by their nearest and dearest conducted by Wiltshire registrar's in the beautiful, natural-lit ceremony room to say their 'I do's' immediately followed with a confetti walk at the front of the hotel going into formal group photos and couples portraits around the grounds between the sun, rain and hail stones showers.

Shannon's bridal bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were made by Flora and Flint Floral Design, everyone's hair was done by Our House Hair and the brides stunning dress was from my favourite local store, The Bridal Lounge in Trowbridge.

Speeches were after the wedding breakfast by the mother of the bride followed by the best man and finished with a speech from the groom. After the bride and groom had their golden hour portraits it was time to cut the cake and have the first dance to start the party.