DREAM VENUES – WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUCKET LIST
places I’d love to photograph
WHERE ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED?
I get seriously excited about wedding venues. Whenever a couple enquires with me this is one of the first questions I’ll ask, because I think it tells me a lot about the kind of people you are, and because I just love finding new places to take beautiful photos.
As a wedding photographer, I’m always looking to try new things out and push myself. I do a lot of styled shoots and a huge reason for that is because I just love a venue and can’t resist! From tipis to abandoned old buildings, I enjoy seeing a venue dressed in a way that perfectly suits a couple. I’m a sucker for unique features and a bit of history though, so I regularly find myself hunting around for quirky and interesting venues.
Yes, I’m *that* cool.
I thought I’d share them here with you in case you’re thinking about getting married in one of these venues, and wanted a wedding photographer who’s super duper enthusiastic about your venue.
THE GIRAFFE SHED, MID-WALES
The Giraffe Shed is a brand new venue in Mid-Wales. Owners Hannah and Neil Evans built this barn from the ground up, and it’s amazing. A barn wedding venue that’s not a barn wedding venue, the Giraffe Shed is a blank slate. With a polished concrete floor, huge over head space (complete with mirrorball) and enormous windows, it’s a DIY wedding dream. It forces you to decorate it, to bring in caterers and really make it your own.
And even though it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s got super cool urban vibes going on. It has a charred wooden exterior to one side, and a wall painted in pastel rainbow stripes, and even a man made pond.
Price Range: £2000-3000
Location: Tregynon, Mid-Wales
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK
Have you SEEN that motherflippin’ lake?! If you’ve ever been for a wander through YSP you’ll know it’s a beautiful place. Part rolling hills, part wetland, with stunning artwork throughout, there is no other place to get married quite like here.
It’s licensed for ceremonies and you can have your reception in the on site restaurant – complete with views of some of Henry Moore’s Two Large Forms (which will probably have some sheep sleeping in it)
I’ve never shot a wedding here but it would be all my birthdays and Christmasses come at once if I ever got the chance.
Price Range: enquire for prices
Location: near Wakefield, Yorkshire
MALT CROSS, NOTTINGHAM
Image Credit: Malt Cross
Malt Cross is one of the best pubs in Nottingham. Built in 1877, this quirky building has a bar in the middle of the ground floor and a balcony all around the top. The balcony is available for hire, and can seat up to 75 people. It’s perfect for couples looking for a city centre pub wedding.
They always have interesting beers on tap, and the food’s pretty damn good too. I used to drink in here when I was a whippersnapper and have always loved this building. Due to location you could have some super cool urban photos and even include one or two on the tram.
Price Range: £1000
Location: Nottingham City Centre
It’s a mediavel abbey and has broken, crumbling walls that create an almost fairytale feel. You can have a ceremony in the Chapter House, or a simple blessing in the grounds, and then go full on DIY with a tipi or stretch tent for your reception. You’ll be greeted by sheep everywhere you go.
The owners are a delight to work with.
Price Range: enquire for prices
Location: near Ripon, Yorkshire
Image Credit: Aswarby Rectory
Aswarby Rectory is a stunning Georgian house in the Lincolnshire countryside. It opened its doors as a wedding venue rather recently, and appears to be designed for you to have a relaxed wedding in beautiful surroundings.
Choosing Aswarby guarantees you three things: exclusive use of the venue, everything under one roof, and an in house team that will work super hard for you.
Price Range: from £3495 to £5995
Haarlem Mill is one of those awesome old industrial mills dotted around the Derbyshire countryside. Some have been turned into shopping centres, some into flats, and this one into a very stylish wedding venue.
It’s exclusive use and very friendly, with these amazing windows that provide ample opportunity for gorgeous pictures. It’s walking distance from the middle of Wirksworth, and not far from Matlock, which means you could incorporate some of the Dales into your wedding photography if having a little rural adventure floats your boat.
Price Range: £2950 – £7750
Location: Wirksworth, Derbyshire
CAMP & FURNACE
Image Credit: Camp and Furnace
I first heard of Camp and Furnace when my sister was getting married in August 2016. She chose a different Liverpool wedding venue, but ever since then I’ve followed this awesome space.
Set in the trendy Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool, Camp and Furnace offers a quirky warehouse kind of wedding experience. It’s a blank slate venue, so it needs styling. It would suit a creative couple really well – or one with the means to hire a stylist – and the venue will help you make the space look spot on for your wedding day. The photos I’ve seen from weddings at this venue are always fun and quirky.
Price Range: from £8000+
ARE YOU INTO IT?
I hope you enjoyed reading my bucket list. There are so many cool and quirky venues around, and if you’re looking for something bespoke but don’t know where to start, then get in touch – I’ll be happy to help.
If you are getting married at any of these venues then I’d be over the moon to shoot your wedding for you.
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