Wedding Venue Search
SOME OF THE BEST VENUES IN THE UK
We are a little bit spoilt for choice
This blog post is relating to some of the gorgeous wedding venues I have been lucky enough to work at, so whilst it is not a full and conclusive list, I have only included venues that I would love to work at again, because I was very impressed by factors such as location, venue detail, friendliness of staff, quality of food and their attention to their couples (excellent client experience). If you have just started your search for the perfect wedding venue, the many congratulations on your engagement and I am excited for you that you are getting married!! I know the internet is a vast place when it comes to looking for the perfect wedding venue and wedding suppliers, so hopefully this will help you out with that!
Over the past twelve years I have been very fortunate to be able to experience and work at some of the region's top wedding venues.
I decided to do a little round up in this blog post of my top ten wedding venue's within my 100 mile radius of Lichfield. I cannot say that one venue is better than the other, they all have some amazing attributes, attentive and helpful staff and wedding co-ordinators as well as stunning grounds and buildings and from some of the menu's I have sampled, they cater extremely well for their wedding guests and as I know that food is generally very important to most of my clients, I feel the food alone is worth a mention!
I haven't put these wedding venues in order of my favourites, I have used distance from my home, starting with the nearest, as this seems the fairest way to share them, they are all fabulous and all are venues that I am looking forward to working at again!
Alrewas Hayes - Such a beautiful mix of old and new
Of all the venues I have worked at, Alrewas Hayes is the one I have probably worked at only a couple of times, despite it being quite close, just ten minutes from my home. In my experiences of working there twice in 2018, I can tell you that the staff were helpful and friendly, the food was extremely delicious and the ceremony room was light and airy with an exquisite style and neutral colour schemes. I love the fact that the older building has been incorporated to create a lovely grand space for the ceremony and drinks reception and later on the wedding moves into a permanent marquee room overlooking the pond for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. I found it to be a rather versatile venue with a huge maximum capacity for larger weddings, there are lots of stunning locations to have portraits and even though it is a very grand venue, it can feel intimate at the same time.
Moor Hall Hotel and Spa - plenty of guest accommodation and beautiful gardens
I may be a little bit biased about Moor Hall Hotel and Spa as it is where my husband and I were married in 2007. We loved the large conservatory, which we felt would be a lovely communal space should the weather be against us and the sunken garden is a hidden treasure! As we had lots of family and friends travelling from a far, there is plenty of onsite accommodation, this was really important to us when choosing our wedding venue.
The region has a number of Barn Wedding Venues and so we are really spoilt for choice. I have photographed a couple of weddings at Shustoke Farm Barns, Tash and Sam were married in August 2015 and you can view their blog post here
More recently in August 2016, bank holiday weekend again, I photographed Laura and Matt's beautiful wedding there, which you can have a look at here
On both occasions the weather was fairly extreme at times with heavy rain, however this venue is equipped to accommodate your guests should the weather be not what you ordered or had planned for you wedding day. One thing I would say is the weather does not have to spoil the best day of your life, it really is a minor detail!
I would say this is a super alternative to a barn venue, if your style is a bit more 'Country House Wedding' or 'English Country Garden' - The venue and buildings itself are very grand, light and airy and again I feel that although the venue is tremendous and grand, it still has an intimate homely feel about it. Looking forward to being back there in June and July!
I do love to shout about my love of The Ashes Barns, so I am not going to deny that I am a little bit in love with this place. Since photographing my first wedding there in 2008 I have revisited many, many times and it always amazes me that one venue can look so different at different times of year. The mature gardens take you on a journey through all of the seasons, depending on which flowers are in bloom. I blogged about Harry and Hannah's wedding at The Ashes Barns which can be found here and also Francesca and John's colourful summer wedding which can be found here. I am super excited to be back here again soon!
I have had the pleasure of second shooting a couple of times at Curradine Barns, but I photographed my first solo Curradine Barns wedding last August when Alex and Matt tied the knot there. They had the most stunning summer's day and were able to take full advantage of the garden/courtyard area. You can read their blog post here
This exclusive and luxury retreat is available to hire for a number of days, so you can take up residence in the lead up to your wedding day and enjoy a few days of wedding celebrations. The scenery around the venue is just breathtaking and it's an intimate and inviting environment. Mel and Jon were married at a nearby church an held their wedding reception at Upper House, it was beautiful and you can read more here.
Certainly Styal Lodge is one of Cheshire's finest wedding venues, I was so excited for Charlie and Glen's June wedding last year. Sometimes it is great to travel a bit further from home, I love the variety of shooting weddings at different venues, but I also love the familiarity of photographing at the same venue's more than once. You can view my Styal Lodge Wedding Photography here
Last year I was very thankful to Boho weddings for featuring one of my weddings at Quarry Bank Mill, Julia and Jon submitted their wedding to the blog and it was accepted, I love proactive couples! this venue is beautiful, it's a little bit different but I love the combination or rustic/rural with industrial buildings, which form part of our industrial english heritage.
If you are interested in viewing a bit more of my work, then I did a half year roundup which can be viewed here
If you are interested in learning more about my wedding photography collections, please contact me and I will be happy to send you my current wedding photography brochure. I also offer weekday photography collections and shorter coverage for couples who would like something a little more low key, but do not want to compromise on having a photographer there to capture their day.