Wedding photography venues outside London
Richard Sena photography is geared towards London weddings but we do of course also cover weddings in many other counties.
We have another website which is Surrey based and includes many beautiful Surrey wedding venues, complete with detailed descriptions, wedding pictures and customer testimonials. Click here to view Surrey wedding photographer website.
For other counties just click on the ones below to see which wedding venues we have worked at and for each venue there is a useful description along with an assessment of the wedding photography opportunities:
Easthampstead Park - Wokingham; The Great House; Henley Management College; Henley Register Office; Macdonald Berystede Hotel - Ascot; The Olde Bell - Hurley; The Royal Berkshire - Ascot; St. Mary’s - Wargrave; Stirrups Country House Hotel
Crondon Park Golf and Country Club - Stock; Parklands Quendon Hall; St. Lawrence Church - Cholesbury;
Prested Hall - Colchester; Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club; Ye Olde Plough House - Bulphan;
St. John the Evangelist - Havering-atte-Bower
Charingworth Manor - Chipping Campden;The Great Tythe Barn - Tetbury;Holy Trinity Church - Minchinhampton;The King's Arms Hotel - Chipping Campden;North Cotswold Registry Office - Moreton-in-Marsh;St. James Church - Chipping Campden
Bickley Manor Hotel; Hever Castle - Edenbridge; King Charles the Martyr - Tunbridge Wells;
Manor House - Sidcup; St. Mary’s - Kenardington; St. Martin's of Tours - Chelsfield;
St. Mary's Kippington - Sevenoaks;The Shepherd Neame Brewery - Faversham; Shoreham Kent Golf Club;
Sundridge Park Manor - Bromley
Banbury House Hotel; The Crazy Bear - Stadhampton; The Garth - Bicester; The Lambert Arms - Aston Rowant; The Macdonald Bear Hotel - Woodstock; Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons - Great Milton;
The Oxford Belfry - Nr Thame; The Oxford Oratory; The Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford; The Spreadeagle - Thame;
St. John’s College - Oxford; St. Mary's Church - Chalgrove; St. Nicolas Church - Tadmarton
Alexander House - East Grinstead; The Bear Inn Hotel - Burwash; Brighton College; Brighton Unitarian Church; Cisswood House Hotel - Nr. Horsham; Farbridge - Chichester ; Ghyll Manor Hotel - Rusper, Horsham; The Mannings Heath Golf Club, Horsham; Rowfant House - Crawley; The Royal Albion Hotel - Brighton; Rumbolds Farm - Plaistow;
St. Giles’s Church - Horstead Keynes; St. John the Baptist - Kirdford; St. John the Evangelist - Preston Park, Brighton; St. Mary's Parish - Slaugham, Haywards Heath; St. Philip's Church - Burwash; Slaugham Place - Slaugham, Haywards Heath; Southover Grange - Lewes; South Lodge Hotel, Horsham; White Hart Hotel - Lewes
Bedford School, founded in 1552 and steeped in history and tradition, is set in an elegant estate of 40 acres and offers a wonderfully unique environment for a wedding photographer. It has 5 ceremony rooms catering for intimate groups of 16 to parties of 250+ guests. The Great Hall provides a truly elegant setting, with its four large stone arched windows offering plenty of light and a pleasant vista across the School playing fields and can seat up to 220 people for dining. The adjacent grounds provide an attractive location for reception drinks and are a great place for relaxed, natural wedding photography. The Erskine May Hall, located at the heart of the Preparatory School, with its beautiful stained glass windows, can seat up to 450 people (using the balcony seating area above) and up to 80 guests for dining with the foyer as an additional venue for pre dinner drinks. Combining traditional architecture with the modern, Bedford school offers a great mix of historic and contemporary settings (the exterior of Bedford School was used to represent the fictional Brookfield School in the 1969 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips) and the beautiful groomed tree-lined grounds provide a wonderful backdrop for wedding photographs.
The Forest Centre - Marston Moretaine
The Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine, set in 250 hectares of parkland provides a wonderfully natural setting for beautiful wedding photography. It has a range of rooms available ranging from the large Lakeside Café which can hold around 250 for a party or 140 for dinner to smaller rooms which are suited to more intimate gatherings. The rooms enjoy large picture windows and views of the lake, wetland reserve and woodlands beyond with doors leading out to the lake: all perfect for getting lovely wedding photographs with a beautiful background. Taking the newlyweds for a walk for some personal, wedding pictures couldn’t be easier for the wedding photographer with paths winding through great changes of scenery right on your doorstep.
The Inn at Woburn
The Inn at Woburn, once an 18th Century coaching inn, now owned and managed by the Woburn Abbey Estate, provides an intimate atmosphere in a wonderful country setting, perfect for classic wedding photography. Set in the heart of the picturesque and historic village of Woburn, it has the pleasant Convent Garden Room and Canaletto Suites for civil ceremonies for up to 65 guests and also a further three elegant banqueting rooms for the reception and dinner. For the wedding photographer there are plenty of scenic backdrops providing plenty of opportunities to capture beautiful wedding photographs from the big day
History is soaked into the stones of Luton Hoo Hotel. The architect of the original Mansion House in 1767 was the famous champion of neo-classicalism, Robert Adam. Other famous names associated with Luton Hoo down the centuries include Capability Brown, Winston Churchill and our present Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It’s literally a wedding photographer’s treasure trove with its beautifully appointed rooms ranging from the intimacy of the walnut-panelled Churchill Room to the Faberge Suite with its pillars, alcoves and artworks recalling the days when the Mansion House was home to one of the world’s richest collections of Faberge pieces. The spectacular Romanov Suite boasts stained glass and icons, mementos of its time as private chapel of the Russian-born lady of the house and make stunning backdrops for unique wedding photographs. The original Robert Adam-designed ballroom played host to the filming of Four Weddings And A Funeral, (the second reception at ‘The Holbein Place’) and it is a frequent movie location, having been used in A Shot In the Dark, Eyes Wide Shut, Never Say Never Again and Wilde. The formal gardens and grounds offer dozens of stunning locations for stunning wedding photography.
St. Mary’s, Wooton
The first reference to the church of St. Mary’s is in 1251 although, as Wooton was a well established village dating back to before the Norman Conquest, the church had probably already existed for some hundreds of years. The present church building dates from the 14th century and is set in open, spacious grounds, great for beautiful, relaxed and natural wedding photographs. Inside, during the service, wedding photography is restricted to the back of the church but that doesn’t present any problems and atmospheric shots of the proceedings are still possible. The long path from the road to the church door allows the wedding photographer plenty of space and time to capture both the Bride arriving and the newlyweds leaving.
The Mill House - Sharnbrook
The Millhouse Hotel is set on the picturesque banks of the River Great Ouse and is a lovely, well lit and intimate venue for a wedding photographer to capture the days events as they unfold. The conservatories and dining room are licensed for up to 60 people, with the marquee accommodating an additional 60 people for the wedding breakfast. The restaurant has lovely views over the Mill Pond and river and the picturesque and tranquil setting offers a wonderful backdrop for the group wedding photographs.
The Woodland Manor Hotel - Clapham
The Woodland Manor Hotel, Clapham, is a secluded Grade II listed manor house in acres of grounds and gardens two miles from Bedford town centre. Built in 1901 as a family home, it became a guest house and a hospital after the World War II, then a research establishment before becoming a hotel in 1973. As a wedding venue, the hotel layout and décor and the country location provide a wonderful setting for a wedding photographer to capture the wedding day proceedings. The highly acclaimed and award-winning dining rooms overlooks acres of beautiful lawn and gardens, perfect for the group wedding photographs. The restaurant with traditional high ceilings and magnificent drapes can accommodate up to 150 guests, for smaller receptions the Fitzpatrick Suite and the Library are lovely venues for up to 30 guests, while the conservatory with its crystal chandeliers takes up to 25 guests. With a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in a pretty and peaceful setting, the venue is perfectly suited for a natural, relaxed style of wedding photography.
Easthampstead Park - Wokingham
Easthampstead Park is a Victorian Country Mansion surrounded by 60 acres of parkland with a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages, when in 1350 a Royal lodge was built there for hunting. This Jacobean style building with its curved gables, pierced stone parapet and stone frontispiece of naive classicism was built in 1864 and stands at the end of a half-mile, tree-lined driveway. With three well lit, very pleasant rooms, a lovely terrace and beautiful gardens this is a scenic, relaxing venue for a wedding photographer to capture the unfolding day.The Syrett Suite, which seats up 43 guests for a ceremony with 13 more standing, has its own separate section of the mansion and entrance and is decorated in light blue with large windows facing towards the sundial lawn. The Tawney/Orangery Room, with can seat up to 80 guests is split in two, with the actual ceremony taking place in the Orangery Room for up to 30 guests and a further 50 guests in the Tawney Room. The room has views out to the croquet lawn with a door directly out into the gardens. Finally, there is The Terrace Room, which has as a capacity of up to 112 guests, a traditional wooden floor, light airy decor and views out onto the formal gardens and fountain. The terrace and lovely gardens with a picturesque water fountain offers lots of exciting opportunities for natural relaxed wedding photography with plenty of natural pretty backdrops for the more formal wedding photographs.
The Great House, Sonning-on-Thames, Reading
The Great House at Sonning is situated in a pleasant 4 acre estate by a picturesque riverbank and offers the wedding photographer plenty of great opportunities to beautifully capture those important moments of the special day. It has 3 wedding rooms: Regatta is a bright, contemporary restaurant on the ground floor, with great views onto its own private terrace, the gardens and River Thames and caters for wedding parties of between 80 and 120 guests; The Ferryman's Suite adjacent to Regatta is more traditional in style. It too has its own private terrace with the same views onto the gardens and Thames and caters for wedding parties of between 65 and 90 guests and is also available for marriage ceremonies; and The Bridge Suite on the first floor is a more intimate space and is ideal for smaller parties of between 16 and 26 guests. With the large patio, lovely big lawn with trees and mature shrubs, there’s plenty of scope for natural, classic reportage wedding photography and it’s only a little walk for the Bride and Groom down to the river bank for some more personal and romantic wedding photographs.
Henley Management College
Henley Management College in Greenlands House is a spectacular Grade 2 listed white building, in a glorious Thames riverside setting of beautiful rolling green lawns and a sunken garden. Steeped in history and being a favourite haunt of Elizabeth I during her reign, the architecture reflects the splendour of that bygone age. Both the house and picturesque gardens offer a wealth of wonderful settings for the wedding photographer to capture the day. With feature rooms catering for formal or informal ceremonies of up to 50 guests, there is also the Heyworth Riverside Restaurant and Terrace, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Thames or for larger parties there is the option of a marquee. From the sunken garden, to the giant chess board and croquet lawn, to the rivers edge, there is plenty for guests to do and so plenty of reportage wedding photography to be captured. You can be assured of stunning and beautiful wedding photographs from this delightful and picturesque venue.
Henley Register Office
Henley Register Office is a relaxed and friendly wedding venue and its Regatta Court Room is a very light and airy, purpose-built ceremony room. Able to accommodate weddings of up to 60 guests it has an exit directly to an outside terrace which is great for a wedding photographer to capture those natural lit, group wedding photographs.
Macdonald Berystede Hotel - Ascot
The Macdonald Berystede is a warm and welcoming modern hotel in a peaceful rural setting offering a choice of two wedding suites. The Windsor & Eton Suite can seat up to 250 day guests and up to 300 evening guests or can be divided to accommodate smaller numbers. Complete with a private bar, lounge area and a terrace overlooking the hotel’s pleasant lawns and garden it’s a venue that offers lots of opportunities for some lovely relaxed, reportage wedding photography. For smaller weddings, there is the Park and Ascot suite (20 - 80 guests) again with a private terrace area, lounge & bar. The large lawns and mature trees make a nice space for the group wedding photographs.
The Olde Bell - Hurley
The Olde Bell, Hurley is part of a family of modern coaching inns, parts of which date back to 1135 and set in historic timber framed buildings and surrounded by rolling countryside. In the grounds are the historic beamed Tithe Barn, which seats up to 120 guests for Civil Ceremonies and the Victorian Malt House which seats up 40 guests. The Malt House has 5 gathering rooms, 14 bedrooms and its own private walled garden and is perfect for exclusive wedding hire. With inter-connecting rooms and plenty of natural light and period features there its lots of scope for a wedding photographer to intimately record the big day. The main lawn area is large enough for all sorts of games during the reception drinks and the mature plants provide cover and lovely backdrops for the group wedding photographs.
The Royal Berkshire - Ascot
The Royal Berkshire, Ascot, is an elegant country house hotel set in 15 acres of stunning gardens just 2 miles from the centre of Ascot and 5 miles from Windsor. Built for the Churchill family, this beautiful red-brick Queen Anne mansion is a relaxing venue for a wedding photographer to capture all the fun and happiness of a wedding day. There are 4 wedding ceremony room options all of which provide good opportunities for classic wedding photography: the Berkshire Suite is a beautiful naturally day-lit room with access to an outside terrace and the hotel gardens (capacity 200); the Wentworth Room is part of the Berkshire Suite and can seat up to 90 guests for a wedding breakfast and then opens out to the Berkshire Suite for an evening reception (capacity 120); the Marlborough Room is the other part of the Berkshire Suite (capacity 100); and the Library, which is the original Drawing Room of the Mansion House (capacity 40). The gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for group wedding photographs and general reportage photography. There is also the option for a marquee to be placed in the hotel grounds with a capacity for up to 500 guests.
St. Mary’s - Wargrave
Stirrups Country House Hotel - Bracknell
Stirrups Country House Hotel is family run and situated in 10 acres of lovely grounds, offering a personal welcome in a very relaxing and calming environment. It has 3 wedding rooms; The spacious Floyd Suite with its traditional wooden beams and large French windows and direct access to the patio and gardens, has a capacity of up to 120 seated for the ceremony or reception dinner (up to150 for a buffet) and has its own bar; The pleasant Windsor Suite which seats up to 50 guests for the ceremony or reception and then there is the smart Ascot Suite, perfect for an intimate reception of up to 25 guests. All the rooms offer good opportunities for refined wedding photography and outside, the garden offers the wedding photographer plenty of scope with its large patio, beautiful pond and lovely bridge, which all make beautiful backdrops for wedding photographs.
Wokingham Methodist Church
The Bull - Gerrards Cross
The Bull Hotel was originally built in 1688 as a coaching tavern and it’s history includes an association with the notorious highwaymen Jack Shrimpton. It has a range of wedding rooms the largest being The Thames, with its own private bar and lounge area with access to a private terrace. It has plenty of natural light during the day and can accommodate up to 130 for the wedding breakfast and 220 for the evening reception; The Bulstrode has lovely views across the landscaped gardens through a large bay window and has direct access out onto the hotels terrace through patio doors and also has its own private bar and can accommodate up to 90 for a wedding breakfast and up to 150 for an evening reception; The Buckingham has access to the hotels Jack Shrimpton Bar and is suited for a wedding breakfast for 90 and an evening reception for up to 150; There are also the Chalfont Suites and the Garden Room. For a wedding photographer, the landscaped gardens lend themselves naturally as a scenic backdrop for the wedding photography while the patio serves as a great place to capture those natural, ‘caught in the moment’ wedding photographs.
The Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club - Boarstall, Aylesbury
St. Lawrence Church - Cholesbury
St Lawrence's Church, Cholesbury is a pretty 900 year old traditional flint church with an early English south doorway, where medieval weddings were performed in full view of passers-by. Situated within an Iron Age hill fort, most of the fort's ditch and bank are visible and can be walked (there’s a public footpath through the grounds) and there is evidence of prehistoric settlements and the area is mentioned in 8th century records. With a full wedding party inside, the church is very cosy and intimate and so for a wedding photographer room is limited and a fixed position amongst the pews is the only option available. But the intimate nature of the layout does make for some atmospheric and touching wedding photography.
Stoke Place – Stoke Poges
Stoke Place is a beautiful Queen Anne Manor House, built in 1690 and retaining many of its old charms and features it’s surrounded by 26 acres of beautiful parkland and abundant wildlife and is a wedding photographer’s dream location, offering plenty of wonderful wedding photography opportunities. Hosting weddings from 80 to 200 guests, there are a myriad of colourful, beautifully appointed rooms which lead you to the end of the house and to the ballroom where the majority of weddings take place. A large classical white room with doors onto an enclosed terrace, views of the splendid grounds and lake, a dancing room and a private orangery, this venue offers the opportunity for some truly memorable wedding photographs both in the house and in the surrounding grounds.
The Swan Revived Hotel - Newport Pagnell
First mentioned in records in 1540 The Swan Hotel was renamed The Swan Revived in 1952 and today is a stylish Buckinghamshire wedding venue in charming surroundings and nearby to the river Lovat. It has two rooms for wedding ceremonies and after celebrations: The oak-panelled Restaurant which seats up to 46 guests for a wedding breakfast and the Stafford Room, situated on the first floor which seats up to 75 and up to 100 for the reception celebrations, both great for memorable wedding photography. With friendly and helpful staff and a relaxed atmosphere it’s a nice venue for a wedding photographer and a bit different to the usual suspects.
Crondon Park Golf and Country Club - Stock
Crondon Park is set in peaceful and idyllic surroundings and is a lovely, spacious venue for a wedding photographer to capture those special moments of a wedding day. The grand 17th Century Baronial suite is a self-contained venue with its own ceremony room, reception room, bridal suite, bar and private garden with patio. The Ryder Room is a lovely long white walled ceremony room with exposed beams looking out on to the gardens and seating up to 100 guests (or up to 120 with some standing) and adjacent is the Baronial Hall, a wonderfully atmospheric structure, with a view of exposed beams all round and seating up to 160 guests for a wedding breakfast and 240 for an evening reception. A great setting for some wonderfully evocative wedding photography both inside and outside and plenty of beautiful backdrops for some truly memorable wedding photographs.
Parklands Quendon Hall - Quendon
Quendon Park is a beautiful 17th century mansion, set in a country estate with over 100 acres of picturesque deer park, and a dream of a venue for a wedding photographer to work at. The elegant Drawing Room offers a cosy setting with a roaring log fire in the winter months and is great as a small ceremony room or for reception drinks with views onto the picturesque grounds and lawns. The lovely grand Banqueting Hall seats between 30 and 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and can also be used for the ceremony; it has wonderful views overlooking the fountain with doors opening onto the veranda with the deer park in the distance and can host up to 200 guests for the evening celebrations. The Billiard Room is a perfect space for serving reception drinks with French windows opening up to the veranda, it is accessible to the outdoor seating area and perfect for getting guests out for the formal wedding photographs in front of the fountain. Finally there is a silk-lined Pavilion which overlooks the gardens and has a wonderful starlight ceiling and can seat between 35-450 guests for a civil ceremony and for larger numbers, up to 600 guests across both the Pavilion and Banqueting Hall. All in all, Quendon Park is a venue that we have enjoyed working at on numerous occasions and is a stunning setting for a day of wonderful, memorable wedding photography.
Prested Hall - Colchester
Prested Hall is a lovely 15th century manor house, located at the end of a half mile tree lined drive and a perfect Essex wedding venue for a relaxed, friendly and intimate wedding. There are 3 handsome ceremony rooms and a lovely gazebo outside and you can choose which one you want for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, which presents your wedding photographer with plenty of variety for capturing the best bits of your special day. In addition, summer weddings include the use of a traditional marquee on the lawn. With the extensive grounds (around 75 acres) including manicured lawns, an old moat populated by a variety of water birds, an old apple and pear orchard, mature trees and a nature walk, there is everything you would want for a day of wonderful wedding photography. And if it rains, there is a beautiful light wooden panelled room with a beautiful fireplace, which makes a perfect alternative location for the group wedding photographs.
Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club - Romford
Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club is a beautiful country retreat situated in the beautiful Essex countryside and with its wonderful 17th Century oak-beamed clubhouse overlooking the 18th green and pond, provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding photographer to capture all the beautiful key moments of a wedding day. The oak-beamed interior and the cast iron wood burning stove make for a warm and welcoming venue with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and Rustic Tysea Suite can accommodate from between 50 to 150 guests. The stone well outside the clubhouse surrounded by the green lawns and mature trees makes a perfect backdrop for natural and relaxed wedding photographs.
Ye Olde Plough House - Bulphan
Ye Olde Plough House is set amongst 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and is an unusual and interesting venue for a wedding photographer. The main attraction is The Monks Barn which was originally built around1650 at Dennington in Norfolk. All the timbers were numbered, dismantled and made ready for re-erection and now stand in the grounds of Ye Olde Plough House. In its 350 year life, The Barn has been home to many glorious occasions, and with wonderful views of the beautifully landscaped gardens and with a capacity of up to 170 seated guests, it’s an ideal place for wonderfully atmospheric wedding photography. In addition there is The Cavalier Suite, a large open space, which captures the panache of the Tudor period, set on two levels with solid oak beams and an open vaulted ceiling, providing a memorable setting for a wedding ceremony. The landscaped gardens deserve a final mention, with a bridge crossing a stream, open lawns and mature trees it is a great backdrop for relaxed and natural wedding photographs.
St. John the Evangelist - Havering-atte-Bower, Romford
Charingworth Manor - Chipping Campden
Charingworth Manor, with its stunning location in the Cotswolds, is a beautiful, classic venue for a wedding photographer to work in. It can host wedding ceremonies for up to 85 seated guests and there’s a choice of three lovely suites which can cater from an intimate party of 10 to 120 wedding guests or for larger wedding parties in summer there are the marquees for 60 guests and up to 250.The hotel, with its sumptuous décor inside, and its classic grey stone walls outside, all set in pretty colourful flower filled grounds make a wonderful backdrop for some truly memorable wedding photographs.
The Great Tythe Barn - Tetbury
Holy Trinity Church - Minchinhampton
The King's Arms Hotel - Chipping Campden
North Cotswold Registry Office - Moreton-in-Marsh
St. James Church - Chipping Campden
Chilworth Manor - Southampton
Chilworth Manor is a grand 13th Century Edwardian manor house set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens with a range of fine rooms for marriage ceremonies and receptions; The GK Chesterton is an elegant suite, originally the manor house library, with a large bay window overlooking landscaped gardens (up to 65 seated guests for a wedding breakfast, 105 when incorporating the Hilaire Belloc Room); The Lord Selbourne is a contemporary suite with wonderful views over the grounds, its own secluded terrace and use of a private herb garden (up to 86 wedding breakfast guests and up to 140 evening reception guests); The Coach House, a lovely, self contained suite, perfect for larger wedding celebrations with its own bar, terrace and side rooms (up to140 guests, 200 evening guests). For the wedding photographer there are plenty of opportunities for natural, informal wedding photography throughout the day – from the ceremony rooms and the Galleried Lounge inside to the large patio, steps and lawns outside. For the wedding couple we found nice walkways for more intimate, private shots, away from everyone and for the group shots on a bright, sunny day there are some large trees that provide a great shaded backdrop for the group wedding photographs.
The Tichborne Arms - Nr. Alresford
The Tichborne Arms is a beautiful, traditional, thatched pub set in a lovely, peaceful rustic setting. With plenty of outside seating in the pleasant and relaxing gardens, this venue is great for a wedding photographer to capture, natural unposed wedding photographs. But of course with such lovely backdrops all around, the more organised group shots are easy to arrange and do as well. There are dining facilities inside the pub, however, a marquee on the lawn is a popular option and one that helps create that special wedding day celebratory atmosphere.
Hitchin Priory is a charming 14th Century building, set in 19 acres of magnificent gardens and parkland nestling on the River Hiz. Steeped in history dating back to 1317, Hitchin Priory was patronised by Henry VIII and many original features remain, including arched cloisters, Monks Walk with its original beams and large banqueting halls with grand fireplaces. A lovely, friendly and relaxed venue and perfect for a wedding photographer to capture the key moments of a wedding day. Ceremonies, from 20 to 90 guests, take place in the splendour of the Main House, with elegantly decorated and appointed reception rooms for smaller weddings. The Main House has a capacity of up to 80 guests for the Wedding Breakfast and from 80 to 200 guests in the Priory Marquee, and for the evening reception up to 200 guests in the Main House, and 300 in the Marquee. Whichever venue you are in, there is plenty of scope for natural reportage style wedding photography and the spacious greenery outside provides a beautiful backdrop for the group wedding photographs.
St. Andrew Church - Swavesey
St. Bartholomew's Church - Wigginton, Tring
St. Bartholomew’s Church was first recorded in 1217 though there has been a church on this site for over 1000 years, most probably in the form of just a cross where local people and travellers would meet and worship and much of the main building dates from the 15th century and major restoration was undertaken in 1881. For a wedding photographer this is a wonderfully old, quaint building brimming with character. There is plenty of natural light, helped by the white walls and rich beamed ceiling, which along with the wonderfully coloured organ behind the choir pews, provides a lovely backdrop for some warm and atmospheric wedding photography during the ceremony. Outside in the Church grounds, there is plenty of space for the group wedding photographs with the flint walls making a pleasant backdrop.
St. Mary Magdalene Church - Great Offley Village
St. Mary Magdalene Church is a pretty, grade I listed, church in the sleepy, historic village of Great Offley and dates back to the 1800s. This is a friendly and welcoming church and the wedding service there felt very relaxed and inclusive. We found, as wedding photographers, we were given lot of freedom, with great opportunities up close for taking wedding photographs during the vows. There was also plenty of scope for further wedding photography outside, with the lovely church doorway providing a pretty and shaded backdrop for the group shots and the church lawn was perfect for capturing all the guests congratulating the newlyweds.
Sopwell House - St. Albans
South Farm - Shingay-cum-Wendy, Royston
South Farm, once part of the Wimpole Hall estate and dating back to the Tudor times of the 16th Century, is set within 20 acres of lovely grounds and is today an eco-friendly family run farming enterprise. The elegant buildings and enchanting grounds are totally secluded, set deep in the countryside and provide a fabulous, peaceful environment for a wedding photographer. There are a number of lovely places on the farm for the wedding ceremony; The Summer House seats up to180 outside, the Drawing Room, situated in the House seats up to 35 (14 for dining), the Old Dairy up to100 (150 for a party) or the splendid Tudor Barn which seats up to180 (seats up to 140 guests for a formal Wedding Breakfast and 250 for a party). There is a range of interesting places for day’s wedding photography from the casual Sunset Terrace with its attendant farm yard pigs, to the delightful front of The House (painted light blue with climbing roses) complete with an old rusting farm engine, through to the lawns and the beautifully intense and colourful garden with the Summer House on the far side of a tranquil lily pond. We found the area around the stream and bridge with its lush, green backdrop to be a lovely place for the group wedding photographs.
Bickley Manor Hotel
Bickley Manor Hotel, originally known as Albyfield and built in 1878 has many original features and is set amidst acres of lovely landscaped gardens, in relaxed, comfortable surroundings, making it a great venue for a wedding photographer. The Anatolian Suite has French windows running across its length, direct access to the patio and gardens and seats up to 118 guests or 175 standing; The oak Panel Suite has the feel of a bygone era and overlooks the gardens seating up to 100 for a wedding ceremony, up to 90 seated for the wedding breakfast or 180 standing. Its’ private bar area overlooks the dance floor and adjoining it is The Drawing Room which can be used for guests as a quiet place to retreat. The Ottoman Restaurant seats up to 80 for the wedding ceremony, up to 50 for the wedding breakfast or 75 standing and is an impressive room with its gilded architraves and crystal chandelier and great views of the gardens from the balcony. Finally there is The Drawing Room with its old fashioned charm, which seats up to 30 for the wedding ceremony, up to 25 for the wedding breakfast or up to 35 standing. All the interiors are great for indoor wedding photography in winter or on rainy days, whilst the beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for further wedding photographs.
Hever Castle - Edenbridge
There are few places with a more interesting heritage than Hever Castle. Founded in 1270 and the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the Castle was restored by the American millionaire William Astor in 1903 and is a truly enchanting place for a wedding photographer. As preferred wedding photographers at Hever Castle, we have worked most months of the year there covering weddings and events so we know the building and Castle grounds extremely well. With full access to the Astor Wing, the Castle and the gardens for the ceremony and after celebrations it is a perfect setting for some wonderfully evocative and memorable wedding photography. And the day wouldn’t be complete without a private guided walk for the Bride and Groom through the award winning Italian Gardens with its stunning Rose garden, the Italian Loggia with its beautiful views over the lake and the colourful Rhododendron walk with its fairy-tale views of the castle. All in all, a magical place for stunning wedding photographs.
Hever Castle Golf Club - Edenbridge
King Charles the Martyr - Tunbridge Wells
King Charles the Martyr, built in the 17th century was in fact the first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Before 1676 there was no village or any name on a map. Visitors came for the healing powers of the chalybeate waters, but there were no lodging places until Thomas Neale, a London entrepreneur saw the commercial possibilities of the place. He purchased the site of the springs, now called the Pantiles, and assisted with a scheme to design and build a chapel. For a wedding photographer, the outstanding feature of the church is the symmetrical pattern of five round domes exquisitely decorated by John Wetherell, a plasterer who had worked for Christopher Wren. Adding candles adds a wonderful atmosphere to the ceremony proceedings which can be beautifully captured in the wedding photographs.
Manor House - Sidcup
The Manor House, also known as Sidcup Register Office is a lovely, beautifully restored Georgian Grade II listed building. Built in the late 18th Century and originally called Place Green House it is a pleasantly situated Register Office for a wedding photographer. There are two ceremony suites, the Georgian Suite in burgundy and gold and the Jade Suite in turquoise and cream and both are good for atmospheric, intimate wedding photography. The area immediately outside with its’ matures trees, shrubs and greenery also makes a great backdrop for relaxed and natural wedding photographs.
St. Mary’s - Kenardington
St Mary’s church stands on the site of what was believed to be a small Saxon fort and a Saxon church at Kenardington dedicated to St Mary is recorded in the Domesday Book. The original church may have been wooden, then after the Norman Conquest of 1066 was replaced by a stone building. For a wedding photographer, St.Mary’s is a charming church to work in – it’s small, simple and somewhat Spartan (when we were there, there wasn’t any electricity) and with its white walls and natural light, creates a quite unique, intimate atmosphere perfect for natural looking wedding photography. There is also plenty of scenic green space outside for the group wedding photographs.
St. Martin's of Tours - Chelsfield
St Martin of Tours Church, Chelsfield is a grade B listed building and dates from the 12th century with the tower added in the 13th, the porch in the 15th and the current clergy vestry in the 19th centuries. For a wedding photographer this church, with its rough, white walls and grand tulip arches and plenty of natural light, provides a wonderful setting for the wedding ceremony, with the opportunities for some very atmospheric wedding photography. Outside, the grounds offer a peaceful, green, pleasant backdrop for the group wedding photographs.
St. Mary's Kippington - Sevenoaks
The Shepherd Neame Brewery - Faversham
Shepherd Neame Brewery set in the heart of this historic market town of Faversham is a unique venue for any wedding photographer. The 15th Century function room with its white walls and ancient beams provides an intimate and cosy setting for a relaxed style of wedding photography. A tour of the brew house (which itself can accommodate up to 50 guests features a stunning stained glass window, depicting Kentish hop picking and brewing and a traditional century-old wooden mash tun) and visitors centre with its old brewing history and memorabilia will provide many fun and classic wedding photographs
Shoreham Kent Golf Club
Shoreham Kent Golf Club based at the Darenth Valley Golf Course with its scenic setting, is a wedding venue offering spectacular views of the North Downs. The function suite, which has a private entrance, cloakrooms, dance floor and bar, can cater for 100 seated guests for the ceremony, 116 for the wedding breakfast and 200 guests for the evening reception. For a wedding photographer, this is quite a small, compact and informal venue, good for casual, relaxed reportage style wedding photography. And if it rains there is a porch area outside where you can take wedding photographs in the dry and with a green backdrop.
Sundridge Park Manor - Bromley
Sundridge Park Manor is a beautiful Grade I listed Manor House, situated amid 6 acres of terraced gardens and a golf course, and is a wonderful, hidden gem of a venue for a wedding photographer to capture the day’s proceedings. Sir Claude Scott, founder of Natwest Bank, bought the surrounding farmland for £16,000 and in 1797 and employed the famed architect John Nash (Buckingham Palace, Regent Street, Carlton House Terrace, Brighton Pavilion etc) and landscape gardener Humphrey Repton (Brighton Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, Kenwood House, Woburn Abbey etc). When the railway line to Bromley North opened in 1878, the Scott family had the Sundridge Park Station built for their own private use until the late 19th Century when Sir Edward Scott sold it and it was rebuilt for public use. Sir Edward was also responsible for the transition of the park to Sundridge Park Golf Course in 1903. Over the years it has entertained many famous guests, including heads of state such as Napoleon III of France and his wife and members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, who regularly frequented the Manor to take part in pheasant shooting parties. With beautifully appointed rooms, stunning ceilings and grand columns this is a marvelous venue for beautiful wedding photography. With a welcoming and relaxed staff and with so many great wedding photograph opportunities both within the Manor House and outside, it’s a very pleasant Kent wedding venue.
The Woodstock - Sittingbourne
The Kew Bridge Steam Museum - Brentford
The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is housed in a magnificent Victorian pumping station which was built in the 19th century to supply London with water. The Tower was built in 1867 to the design of Alexander Fraser, engineer to the Grand Junction Waterworks Company and is in the Italianate style, probably based on a campanile – a detached bell tower built alongside an Italian church. Used as a standpipe, not a chimney, it houses massive vertical cast iron pipes through which water was pumped before it left the Waterworks. The standpipe acted as a buffer between water under the pulsating pressure produced by the massive steam engines, and the constant pressure required in the mains. With the world's largest collection of steam and diesel powered water pumping machines, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water supply industry in Britain and is certainly an atmospheric and very different sort of venue for a wedding photographer. Outside provides a wonderfully different and memorable backdrop for your wedding photographs as does the inside, where you enter via the Grand Junction Engine House. Dinner is served inside the Steam Hall, with a capacity of 120 for table seating and 150 for buffet style receptions, and is also used for the after celebrations. There is also the opportunity to have the Grand Junction engine, the world's largest working beam engine, operating for the wedding guests.
St. Mary Bedfont - Feltham
The church of St Mary the Virgin, sitting across Bedfont Green, is instantly recognizable from its very unusual topiary display and makes a very distinctive backdrop for a wedding photographer. On either side of the church door, shaped from two yew trees, are two towering peacocks sitting on 3 leafy pillows with the inscription 1704 and 1990. And though it is believed the trees were first cut into peacocks in 1704, the church itself dates from 1150. In 1827 Thomas Hood published a poem about them called "The Two Peacocks of Bedfont" and Bedfont Green Football Club are known as "The Peacocks". The inside of the church, which has an unusual seating plan and exudes it’s ancient history, feels very cosy when full and offers plenty of opportunities for some truly wedding photography during the service. There is also space outside in the church grounds or indeed on Bedfont Green for the group wedding photographs.
Syon Park - Brentford
Described by Sir John Betjeman as 'the Grand Architectural Walk', Syon House and its 200 acre park is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family have lived here for over 400 years. Originally the site of a medieval abbey, Syon was named after Mount Zion in the Holy Land. Syon Park is a wonderful venue to entertain on a lavish scale and for wedding photographers to capture stunning wedding photographs at every turn. The Great Hall in Syon House is a beautiful place for the ceremony (up to120 seated guests), or alternatively the beautiful State Dining Room (up 50 seated guests). Post-ceremony drinks can be served in the charming inner courtyard, a parterre garden with fountain and perfumed flowers. The guests then follow the bride and groom via the wooded, secluded Queen’s Walk to the magnificent Great Conservatory which can accommodate 150 guests for a seated meal, or up to 200 for a standing buffet reception. For larger summer receptions, Syon Park also offers the option of a amazing 200-600 seater marquee, in a private walled garden to one side of Syon House. All in all, a simply stunning venue with the opportunity to produce wedding photography of the highest standard.
York House - Twickenham
York House is a fine 17th century building, with a fascinating history, set in beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Thames and is a wonderful venue for the wedding photographer. The ornate Salon room, at the front of the house seats up to 70 guests, while the elegant Terrace Room accommodates up to 50 guests with French windows leading directly into the terrace and gardens at the back. For the reception, The Salon seats up to 60 guests, The Hyde Room up to 60 guests and the Clarendon Hall from 150 to 200. For the entertainment outside, the rear gardens (they are bisected by a public road and connected by a stone bridge) sweep down to the Thames and come complete with a sunken lawn and statue complex called The Naked Ladies, offering plenty of fabulous opportunities for further wedding photography. York House also provided the setting for the sanitarium scenes in the 1966 firm Alfie starring Michael Caine.
St. Mary The Virgin - Roade
St. Mary the Virgin in Roade is a lovely, rural village, grade II listed building and was founded around 1100 AD with three of the six church bells being cast in about 1450 AD. We found the vicar warm and welcoming which is always good and inside it’s naturally well lit, providing good opportunities for the wedding photography. The lovely coloured stone walls of the church outside can be used as a pleasant backdrop for the group wedding photographs or if the sun is too bright, then the hedges opposite provide a pleasant and shaded backdrop. But for a wedding photographer, it’s the tree lined path leading up to the church, partly in shade, partly lit up by sunlight which provides wonderfully atmospheric photographic opportunities of the bride arriving and later, the newlyweds leaving.
Towcester Racecourse is a stunning setting suited for both event photography and wedding photography. With its beautiful parkland views and award winning stands, The Grace stand (for 50 plus guests) and The Empress stand (100 to 250 guests)Towcester offers plenty of style and elegance as well as natural light and space for a wedding photographer or event photographer to capture the best bits of your day.
Whittlebury Hall, Nr. Towcester
Banbury House Hotel
Broughton Castle - Banbury
The Cotswold Lodge Hotel - Oxford
The Crazy Bear - Stadhampton
The original Crazy Bear in Stadhampton was created in 1993 and the heart of the hotel is centred round a 16th Century pub, refurbished to beautifully combine the old with an eclectic mix of the new and the rather exotic. From its reception office, located in a red London double decker bus to its bedrooms which have been described as luxuriously camp and kitsch in the extreme, the hotel is a true one off hotel and is a wonderful venue for a wedding photographer to work in. The Oak room, the adjoining Glass House and Bar is made exclusive for the wedding service, reception and wedding breakfast and the Glass House opens up into the secluded and visually stimulating terrace with its accompanying lawn and woodland areas. All perfect for some very excitingly different wedding photography. Before we ever shot a wedding at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton we had enjoyed a weekend there and it lives up to the hype: lots of style and quirky charm, a unique oasis in a country setting and a great place for memorable wedding photographs.
The Garth - Bicester
Bicester Registration office is located at Garth Park and there are two wedding ceremony options available. First there is the Garth Park ceremony room which can accommodate up to 50 guests, is light and airy with windows all along the left hand side, with a long aisle and perfect for warm, atmospheric wedding photography. Then there is The Bandstand within the grounds of Garth Park, painted in blue and gold, again able to accommodate up to 50 guests, decked out in flowers during summer and is a delightful venue for a wedding photographer to work at. Both venues with their park location and green, pleasant backdrops offer plenty of opportunities for lovely, colourful wedding photographs.
The Lambert Arms - Aston Rowant
The Lambert Arms, situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty, is a lovely, friendly venue with a relaxed atmosphere and great for a wedding photographer to capture all the excitement of the wedding day as it unfolds. The Oxford Room, with its floor to ceiling windows and views over the Chilterns, accommodates up to 120 seated guests for the wedding ceremony and the wedding breakfast and can be divided into two for more intimate weddings. There is also direct access to the pleasant patio and garden area, used for celebration drinks when the weather is fine, and perfect for relaxed, natural wedding photography. In addition, there are lovely areas to walk nearby for those more private and romantic wedding photographs of the Bride and Groom.
The Macdonald Bear Hotel - Woodstock
Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons - Great Milton
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir, situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences and was awarded two Michelin stars in 1985, just a year after opening, and has held them ever since. The beautifully appointed rooms and the stunning gardens with their wonderful vistas all around offer a wedding photographer wonderful opportunities for outstanding and exquisite wedding photography. It offers a range of delectable wedding venues; La Belle Époque is Le Manoir's private dining room, accommodating between 15 and 50 guests and providing an elegant location for the ceremony and after celebrations; For smaller parties of up to 8 guests, the ceremony can be held in the lounge area of one of the hotel’s Superior Suites and for something larger, up to 120 guests, the hotel can be made exclusive for the whole day. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful manicured lawns, attractive flower borders and orchards, a serene lake and interesting little walkways which provides a wonderful backdrop for some truly memorable wedding photographs.
The Oxford Belfry - Nr Thame
The Oxford Belfry is a modern, contemporary hotel situated within 17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a compact but spacious venue for a wedding photographer. There are two main wedding rooms, The College Suite and The Trinity Suite (though there are numerous smaller variants available). The College Suite has tall windows, plenty of natural daylight and overlooks the landscaped grounds and can seat up to 300 guests for a wedding ceremony, 300 for a wedding breakfast and 500 for an evening reception. The Trinity Suite has wall to wall French doors overlooking the landscaped courtyard and a private bar and can seat up to 180 guests for a wedding ceremony, 180 for a wedding breakfast and 400 for an evening reception. The landscaped courtyard and stone gazebo provides a picturesque and convenient spot for the group wedding photographs and is also a lovely place to take the newlyweds for further private and more personal wedding photography.
The Oxford Oratory
Completed in 1875 and built in the Gothic Revival style, The Oxford Oratory, then known as St. Aloysius' was an important step in the on-going re-foundation of a Roman Catholic presence in Oxford. The most distinctive feature of the church for the wedding photographer is around the tabernacle, with it’s outstanding reredos, crowded with statues of 52 saints and 4 angels, a sign of the unity of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven, providing a wonderful backdrop for some very atmospheric wedding photography. The richly decorated walls of the back of the church, with its large circular window also offers atmospheric wedding photograph opportunities for the entrance and leaving of the bride from the courtyard outside.
The Oxfordshire Golf Club - Thame
The Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford
The Spreadeagle - Thame
The Spread Eagle Hotel, located in the centre of Thame and dating back to the 16th Century, is easily recognizable with its distinctive, 30 foot pub sign and has, over the years, played host to royalty such as King Charles II, writers such as Evelyn Waugh, politicians and even French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars. For a wedding photographer, the hotel has the spacious Fothergill Hall which seats up to 220 guests and can accommodate up to 300 for the evening celebrations which is great for relaxed, reportage style wedding photography. At the back there is also a large garden area which can be used for pre wedding breakfast drinks during good weather and is fine for the group wedding photographs.
St. John’s College - Oxford
St. Mary's Church - Chalgrove
St. Mary's Church dates from the early part of the 12th Century and today it is thought to remain substantially as it was in 1500. The chancel is decorated on three walls with a nearly complete set of medieval wall paintings, believed to have been painted around 1320AD - lime washed over at the time of the Reformation, they were rediscovered in 1858 during a period of renovation work. As wedding photographers we have enjoyed working at St. Mary’s on a number of occasions, it’s a pretty church and with the grounds outside, make a very pleasant backdrop for group wedding photographs.
St. Nicolas Church - Tadmarton
St Nicholas Church, Tadmarton was built in Norman times in approximately 1130AD though the current building has had many changes over its life and is now a Grade 1 listed building. Light and airy inside, in a picturesque, rural setting, this is a fine, church for classic wedding photographs.
Alexander House - East Grinstead
Alexander House Hotel is a stylish boutique country house venue set in 120 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland and makes the perfect backdrop for a wedding photographer to capture all the fun and excitement of the big day. Wedding ceremonies in the main house can take place in The Library and the elegant Asquith and Churchill suites, both of which are perfect for intimate weddings from 2 to 16 guests and have views encompassing the lovely gardens. In the new side of the hotel are the Shelley and Wakehurst Suites; The light and airy Shelley Suite caters for up to 110 guests and 150 guests for the evening celebrations, with the Wakehurst Suite catering for 15 to 30 guests. Both have access to a private bar and overlook landscaped gardens. With opportunities for varied and interesting wedding photography throughout the day inside the hotel, outside, the large patio and manicured gardens also provide plenty of backdrops for more wedding photographs.
The Bear Inn Hotel - Burwash
The Bear Inn Hotel is situated in the picturesque village of Burwash and has been serving travellers for over 300 years. Its bright conservatory dining area can cater for up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and the patio area and the lush green garden area is a great spot for wedding photographs with its lovely views down over the surrounding countryside providing a wonderful backdrop.
Brighton College was founded in 1845 and was the first of the Victorian public schools to be founded in Sussex. Entered by a discreet but imposing gateway arch, you are welcomed by lovely area with green calming lawns and principle buildings that are in the gothic revival style. You can have a civil ceremony in the intimacy of the Hordern room and a blessing in the large and impressive Chapel next door, both lovely areas for romantic and dramatic wedding photography. Outside, the Quad is great for the group wedding photographs with dramatic buildings on all sides providing a wonderful backdrop. The Great Hall lives up to its name for a wedding photographer – for the wedding breakfast it seats up to 168 diners and for the celebrations after there’s a stage for a band or DJ all of which can be viewed from way up high on the balcony. And if there’s time, a trip down to the seafront would seal the day’s wedding photography.
Brighton Unitarian Church
Cisswood House Hotel - Nr. Horsham
Cisswood House can hold marriage ceremonies both within the hotel and outside in the lovely landscaped garden, and has a number of rooms available to suit individual wedding requirements. The Courtyard Suite is an exclusive banqueting suite, which seats up to 130 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for the evening celebrations and has a bar and lounge area as an additional setting for reception drinks. A buffet can also be served in the Ash suite which is included when hire of the Courtyard is taken. The large peaceful landscaped gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for the wedding photographer, offering good opportunities for general reportage wedding photography when all the guests are talking and drinking on the lawn, to the more formal group wedding photographs up near the mature shrubs and trees.
Ghyll Manor Hotel - Rusper, Horsham
Ghyll Manor is a beautiful 17th century, traditional oak-beamed country house hotel, set in the heart of 40 acres of private Sussex countryside. There are two fine rooms for ceremonies and reception celebrations and which lend themselves well for atmospheric and memorable wedding photographs; The Hunsdon Hall, with its high vaulted oak ceiling and gilded chandeliers, can hold up to 120 guests or the elegant Terrace Room, perfect for more intimate weddings of up to 40 guests and complete with baby grand piano and patio doors that open onto landscaped grounds. For a wedding photographer, the wonderful grounds offer lots of options with its beautiful landscaped gardens which includes a lovely lake, a bandstand and a pretty summerhouse; all perfect settings for the days wedding photography.
The Mannings Heath Golf Club, Horsham
Mannings Heath Club house is set in a beautifully restored 17th Century family Mansion and is a lovely venue for a wedding photographer to capture the unfolding events of the big day. The Campbell suite is a naturally well lit room, with a capacity of around 60 seated guests and provides plenty of scope to capture the intimate details of the wedding ceremony. For larger weddings it can be opened up further to host up to 100 seated guests or up to 150 seated guests for the wedding breakfast. After the service guests can have drinks in the cosy and relaxing lounge bar, with its welcoming sofas around the fire, which is a great place for some natural, informal wedding photography and then of course there is the patio and lawns looking out onto beautiful, uninterrupted views of the Sussex Downs. For personal, romantic wedding photographs of the newlyweds, there are lovely little paths to walk through trees and open lawns, with wonderful backdrops in all directions.
Rowfant House - Crawley
Rowfant House is a fine, 16th Century, Grade II listed manor house situated in 22 acres of beautiful Capability Brown-style gardens and parkland, surrounded by farmland and woodland and with its own private lake, offering a wonderful range of scenic backdrops for a wedding photographer. Wedding ceremonies can be held either in the Chapel (for Christian weddings) or in the Locker-Lampson Room and the Churchill Room and for the wedding breakfast there are 5 function rooms: The elegant, wood-panelled Great Hall is the main room which can accommodate up to 80 people seated and is great for relaxed, reportage wedding photography, especially for the after dinner celebrations; The Lounge (adjoining the Great Hall) can seat up 48 guests; The Riga Room up to 20 guests; The Locker-Lampson Room up to 42 guests; and the Churchill Room from 34-40 guests. As well as the fine grounds mentioned, there are some beautiful mature trees, one of which we found large enough to hold a wedding party for one of the wedding photographs.
The Royal Albion Hotel - Brighton
The Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton is a Regency Style Hotel built in 1826 which offers a warm, friendly and relaxed environment for a wedding and with its superb, prominent position directly opposite Brighton Pier, it is a great location for a wedding photographer. The hotel has four main function suits and can accommodate up to 170 guests for weddings. With its roof just waiting to be used for wedding photographs (the bustling pier, promenade and sea are all directly in view), and with the beach just over the road you are guaranteed to get wedding photography with a strong Brighton Seaside influence throughout.
Rumbolds Farm - Plaistow
Rumbolds Barn provides a unique 16th Century location for a very special wedding reception. It is located on a stud farm surrounded by 130 acres of pasture and ancient oak forests on the Surrey / Sussex border near Plaistow village. The Barn with its traditional old oak beams and white walls can seat up to 100, or more with additional marquee hire and provides a very atmospheric setting. It’s fronted by a stone courtyard where guests can mingle and drink before the wedding breakfast and it’s perfect for natural, reportage wedding photography. The surrounding immaculate lawns and flower laden pergola lead out to a large lake and beautiful views of pasture and woodland beyond – offering a wedding photographer wonderful opportunities for some truly memorable wedding photographs. We love working there.
St. Giles’s Church - Horstead Keynes
St. John the Baptist - Kirdford
St. John the Baptist church was probably first built in stone around 1100, as evidenced by the Saxon-type herringbone masonry and a blocked Norman arched doorway on the south wall. The parish is noted for its Sussex marble and for its former glass making, examples of which may be seen in the church, notably the 17th century font which is constructed from marble, and the 13th century lancet window which is glazed with fragments of local glass. The half moon pub is very conveniently situated opposite the church over the road, just in case the groom needs a quick steadier. Though wedding photographers are not allowed to take pictures from the church floor level there is a balcony at the back, also the place for the bell ringers, where wedding photographs of the service can be taken. Outside there is plenty of space for further wedding photography and the long path with it’s overhanging trees make for some romantic arriving and leaving shots.
St. John the Evangelist - Preston Park, Brighton
St. Julian’s Church, Kingston Buci , Shoreham
St Julian’s is set in the tiny village of Kingston Buci and is an ancient and charming Sussex church dedicated to a French saint, the first Bishop of Le Mans. Dating from1050 and mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has a 13th century tower chancel and south porch and features include an anchorite cell, once home to a hermit who lived sealed in the wall, and was fed by passers-by. A small window into the church itself allowed the hermit to take part in church services. The two-decker pulpit dates from the 16th century and the north wall contains a recessed tomb from 1540 which features the Kingston Devil – on the roof of the tomb is a row of rosettes; turn your back and look over your shoulder and one of the rosettes becomes the face of the devil sticking his tongue out. For the wedding photographer the unusual layout of the church makes for some very different wedding photography coverage. As well as being pretty dark and cosy when full, access to the balcony gives an overall view of the inside of the church but only a side on view of the proceedings, so for the more intimate wedding photographs you have to be discretely positioned right in front of the main door.
St. Mary's Parish - Slaugham, Haywards Heath
St Mary's Church was built around the12thand13thcentury and is a Grade II listed building though it does not have a homogeneous external appearance and cannot be attributed to one era but to the gradual change and growth of the building over the centuries. Set in the peaceful little village of Slaugham this is not an easy church to work in for wedding photographers as the light inside was restricted and we had to stay in one fixed place, quite some distance from the wedding couple. Outside, however, there was a lot more scope with some fine tree specimens in the church grounds which provided a very pleasant backdrop for some of the wedding. At the far gate there was a path that led directly to Slaugham Place, the reception venue.
St. Philip's Church - Burwash
Built in 1867, St Philip’s Church is a beautiful building with a warm atmosphere, unlike many Victorian churches which often feel rather imposing. Conceived in the style of a Sussex barn built of local stone and with the traditional long sloping roof of Sussex domestic architecture, the light, sandstone colour coupled with the beautiful stained glass windows makes this a pretty venue for a wedding photographer. The pleasant church surrounds also offers scenic opportunities for any group wedding photographs.
Slaugham Place - Slaugham, Haywards Heath
Slaugham Place is a beautiful romantic waterside marquee wedding venue that is just a wonderful place for a wedding photographer to work at. With its dramatic, moated Grade II listed ruins of the Elizabethan manor house and surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful gardens, bridges, a river and wonderful old trees, it creates a spectacular backdrop for atmospheric wedding photographs. The green spaciousness combined with the peace and beauty of the setting and the generous marquee ensures memorable wedding photography of the highest level. The beautiful medieval church of St. Mary's, Slaugham, which is just a few minutes away, is a natural partner to Slaugham Place.
Southover Grange - Lewes
Southover Grange is a fine Elizabethan Manor House built in 1572 and visited in the 1790s by the Prince of Wales, who later became the Prince Regent and King George IV, and who often slept in what is now known as the Regent’s bedroom. The building has lots of old worldly charm and character and there is just one wedding ceremony room which can accommodate up to 30 guests. The star of Southover Grange is undoubtedly the beautiful gardens at the rear. Divided into two almost equal parts by the Winterbourne stream and with magnificent trees, sweeping lawns, statues and arches and a mass of colour from the formal bedding displays, this is a dream of a venue for a wedding photographer. The wonderful backdrops from all sides provide a simply stunning setting for some memorable wedding photographs.
South Lodge Hotel - Horsham
South Lodge is a beautiful 19th century five star country house hotel set in 93 acres of stunning park and woodland and has amongst its 260 varieties of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas the largest single Rhododendron in England which is 150 years old and currently measures 25 feet. Built in 1883 and in the same neo-Jacobean style as many other Sussex country houses of the period, the final substantial additions to the building were made in 1911 when the Drawing Room Wing was constructed. Winston Churchill was a regular guest and to commemorate this, the corridor through to the Sussex Wing marks the place where a lift used to take him up to the Elizabeth Le Bay room. During World War II South Lodge was used as a hospital and the country house opened its doors as a hotel in 1985.The hotel was in the international spotlight in March 2009 as it hosted The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling and the other finance ministers during the 2009 G-20 London Summit. With beautifully spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms and stunning views this Sussex wedding venue is a superb location for a Sussex wedding photographer. Accommodating from 10 to 130 guests for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding banquet and up to 200 for the evening party they can further accommodate outdoor weddings in the beautiful pavilion. With its beautiful terraced lawns, the hotel provides a wonderful backdrop for all the group wedding photographs and there are pathways and a lake to take the couple off for some more private and romantic wedding photography. It’s also a welcoming venue, with a truly calming ambiance, enhanced by carved wood panelling, tapestry-upholstered furniture and roaring log fires in winter and the toastmaster, Mark is a very friendly and entertaining addition to the wedding celebrations and a great help to us wedding photographers.
White Hart Hotel - Lewes
A former 16th century coaching inn, this hotel rests in the heart of picturesque and historic Lewes, offering modern facilities whilst keeping its old world charm – Just right for some natural, fun wedding photography. Rich with history, the hotel is known as the cradle of American Independence, where Thomas Paine forged his radical policies in the debating club of the old inn. His pamphlet "Common Sense" sold half a million copies in 1776 and inspired the Declaration of Independence, signed later that year. For the wedding photographer, wood panelling, oak beams and welcoming open fireplaces all create a relaxed atmosphere for memorable wedding photographs.
Mallory Court - Royal Leamington Spa
Our Lady of the Angels - Princethorpe
The small village of Princethorpe is dominated by the impressive Victorian red brick complex of Princethorpe College, originally built as St Mary's Priory for a community of French Benedictine nuns in the late 1830s.The dominant building is the chapel, otherwise known as the church of Our Lady & the Angels which was built between 1897-1901. with it's gothic exterior culminating in a soaring south west tower and distinguished by being finished in a rich red brick with stone dressings. An impressive building both inside and out, the balcony allows the wedding photographer to capture a wonderful bird’s eye view of the whole proceedings and the light stone and plaster finish combined with the rich décor makes a wonderful backdrop for some atmospheric wedding photography. There is also plenty of space with pleasant, green, natural backdrops outside for further group wedding photographs.
National wedding venues
Aston Hall - Sheffield
Hassop Hall - Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire
International wedding venues
Dalyan Resort, Dalman, Turkey
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