20 UK Wedding Venues Guaranteed to Provide Jaw-dropping Photographs

23 Jun 2015

Tunnels hand-carved in the 1820s to the home of kings and queens, these beautiful UK wedding venues will have any photographer click happy and in hot pursuit of competition-winning photography of your day

Choosing a wedding venue is both one of the first tasks you will tackle as a newly-engaged couple, and one of the most expensive. So what do you look for in ‘the one’ that will see you part with your hard-earned pounds: service, location, cost… but how about beauty? We have scoured the country, interviewing some of the best in the industry, to find 20 of the UK’s best venues for wedding photography. From tunnels hand-carved in the 1820s to the home of kings and queens, these venues are sure to procure the best that a photographer has to offer.


1. Parklands, Essex (pictured above), by F5 Photography – Rahul Khona
“Rachana and Aveesh's wedding was amazing,” says photographer, Rahul Khona of F5 Photography. “They both looked stunning, and the detail on the back of Rachana's dress was beautiful. I wanted an image to show off the intricacy on her dress, with their wedding venue as the backdrop.”



2. Stubton Hall, Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire, by Adam Riley Photography
“Stubton Hall is a stunning wedding venue in Newark, and I wanted to show it off along with a relaxed portrait of the bride and groom,” says photographer, Adam Riley. “I asked Ric and Lauren to walk together along the water feature, and as they chatted I grabbed this frame with the hall in the background.”



3. Thornton Manor Wedding, Cheshire, by ARJ Photography
“I see couple portraits as a chance for the couple to spend a bit of time together and for us to just have some fun and play a bit, and try and make some really cool pictures for them to hang big on their walls,” says photographer, Adam Johnson of ARJ Photography. “But I also know this is a time when it’s important to showcase the venue too. Sunil and Natalie’s Thornton Manor wedding was visually spectacular. Thornton Manor is a beautiful and very popular wedding venue and I wanted to find a different way of seeing a venue I’ve worked at quite a few times now. I was super happy with this shot!”



4. Venue: Coombe Lodge, North Somerset (near Bristol), by Albert Palmer Photography
“This is one of my favourite Coombe Lodge wedding photos, taken outside in the evening,” says photographer Albert Palmer. “The sun had long disappeared and we sneaked outside, after the first dance, for one quick image underneath the stars. I do seem to take quite a few symmetrical images - this is a perfect example!”



5. Tunnels Beaches, North Devon (near Ilfracombe), by Andy Gaines
“Tunnels beaches has to be one of my favourite UK wedding venues,” says photographer Andy Gaines. “Its location, in the cliffs on a beach in Devon, is spectacular – here, Sam and Gemma share a quiet moment just a few yards from their reception.”



6. Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk, by Ben Joseph Photography
“This image was taken at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk,” explains photographer, Ben Joseph. “We had just captured some couple shots, I then allowed the couple to return to the reception while hanging back a little myself to shoot a sequence of pictures. I wanted to convey the scale and size of this magnificent house against the couple. The couple holding hands suggest unity for the road ahead.”



7. Grays Court Hotel, York, by Jackson & Co Photography
“India and Greg were married early this year at the amazing Grays Court Hotel in York,” says Jackson, of Jackson & Co Photography. “It’s the perfect English venue in the heart of the historic city with the city walls running along the back of the hotel. The old wooden panelled walls and glowing lights just made this frame so atmospheric for us and India was the perfect bride looking beautiful and elegant in her dress cuddled up to Greg.”



8. Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire, by Kristian Leven Photography
“With the light fading fast, and the cold setting in, Suzan, Anthony and my good self raced to the other side of the greenery at Stoke Place to capture this autumnal portrait. Such a memorable wedding - I'll always remember it for these words I overheard Suzan's dad say before we headed downstairs for the ceremony: "Anthony thinks I'll let your hand go, but he's wrong - I'm never letting go."



9. Crewe Hall, Cheshire by CG Weddings by the Crawleys
“This frame was created at Crewe Hall in Cheshire,” say the photographers behind The Crawleys. “Every couple will want a great image showing them with the venue they married in as the backdrop. It’s easy to fall back on the obvious (bride and groom stood squarely by the entrance). For me, this approach is unrewarding and so I will always look at unique ways of capturing this ‘must have’ shot – this image represents this thinking process.”



10. Hampton Court Palace, London, by Lorenzo Photography
“There aren’t that many UK venues that provide a more splendid backdrop than Hampton Court Palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,” says Lorenzo. “It was once the seat of Henry VIII and his many wives. This photo was taken on the King’s Stairs, where the walls are painted with a mural by the Italian Baroque painter Antonio Verrio. Not that the couple noticed, since they were rather preoccupied!”



11. St Pancras Renaissance & Burgh House, London, Lyndsey Goddard Photography
“Taken on the sweeping staircase at the overwhelmingly grand St Pancras Renaissance, this image shows Drew and Juliana on their way to be married at nearby Burgh House,” says Lyndsey Goddard. “The St Pancras Renaissance is a huge, historical hotel and one that you need to stand inside to truly appreciate its splendour, but I think this image captures what a special and decadent UK wedding venue it is.”



12. Syon Park, London by Matt Tyler Photography
“Harry and Roya chose Syon Park in London as the location for their wedding. I really wanted to capture a photo of the building at night as it looks simply stunning when it’s lit up,” says photographer, Matt Tyler. “I used the opportunity to grab a photo of Harry and Roya. I love everything about this photo and I have very fond memories of working at Syon Park.”



13. Elmore Court, Gloucestershire, by Miki Photography
“Doug and Jess had their wedding in the historic Elmore Court near Bristol,” explains photographer, Miki Photography. “It was a winter wedding and whilst the grounds were beautiful it was also very cold! Sometimes challenges like that force you to think differently and I’d seen these paintings on the wall and the doorway, and really wanted to something that incorporated them all. We had a small time frame between dessert and speeches and we snuck out and made this photo.”



14. Eaves Hall, Lancashire, by Neil-Redfern-Photography
“Eaves Hall in Lancashire is an extremely photogenic wedding venue, so I really wanted to take a shot which showed that,” explains photographer, Neil Redfern. “This photograph was taken in the evening a few minutes before Sam and Gareth had their first dance. I think it’s important to take nice shots of the venue as it is obviously a place that the bride and groom love and will always enjoy going back to in the future.”



15. Shilstone House, Devon by Rik Pennington Photography
“I love this portrait of Ally and Andy, taken without them knowing as Ally greeted guests at the magnificent Shilstone House in Devon,” says photographer, Rik Pennington. “Taken in beautiful evening sunlight, it was a spontaneous moment that sums up the joy of their day perfectly. It goes to show that most of the best moments happen without intervention from the photographer.”



16. The Tunnels, Devon by Sam Gibson Photography
“The Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe is a unique venue - perched on the side of a cliff and only accessible by a long dark tunnel through the cliffside,” says Sam Gibson. “It feels like you have the whole world to yourselves when you’re there. It’s a fantastic venue and this shot was taken towards the end of Nina and Chris’ wedding there, illuminating one of the tunnels shows the essence of their venue and adds drama and intrigue to their night-time portrait.”



17. Grittenham Barn, West Sussex by Samuel Docker Photography
“Grittenham Barn is a stunning venue set in West Sussex, and it was where Emily and Matt decided to tie the knot,” explains photographer, Samuel Docker. “When it comes to the couple’s portraits, I always look for something a little unique and different to the traditional. During my morning scout, I spotted this grain barn, part of the venue, but tucked away and not really for guests. As soon as I walked into the barn I completely visualised this shot in a second - I hope it’s made it onto a big canvas on their living room wall.”



18. Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, by Stephen Bunn Photography
“This portrait of Catherine and Laurence is taken just after the ceremony at Chiddingstone Castle - a beautiful wedding venue in Kent,” explains Stephen Bunn. “Ceremonies are held outdoors in the Orangery, and the grounds are vast and green. It’s really quite an idyllic setting for a wedding. I love the old aged walls in this image alongside the soft pastel colours.”



19. Arley Hall, Cheshire by Lawson Photography
“The bride and groom were waiting for everyone to filter through into the room for the wedding breakfast and I noticed they were having a good old laugh there in the corner. I framed it to include as much as possible of the gorgeous decor at Arley Hall - this place is just amazing,” says Pete, of Lawson Photography. “It's moments like this that I just love: natural and spontaneous. I hope the couple will look at this in years to come and remember what they were talking about and have another little giggle.”



20.Northbrook Park, Surrey by York Place Studios
“When taking couple shots we like to give our lovely brides and grooms the chance to express their personalities and have a little fun with it!” say Dom and Liam Shaw of York Place Studios. “This shot from Ben and Melissa’s wedding at Northbrook Park in Farnham, Surrey was captured in-between portrait shots and we love how incredibly natural they are together, making each other genuinely laugh and smile throughout the shoot.”


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