July 6, 2020
Looking for a wedding venue? Here in the midlands there is so many different places to get married, it’s difficult to know where to start. I often get asked what’s my favourite venue, so here’s my top wedding venues and the reasons why I love them.
One of my all time favourites and right on my door step, Shustoke Barn is an 18th Century red brick barn in North Warwickshire. The venue is bursting with rustic charm and it is always a pleasure to shoot as the staff are great and the food is delicious.
I LOVE that there’s plenty of great photo locations whatever the weather, including a Mediterranean styled courtyard, Festoon lighting and huge windows that flood the barn with beautiful natural light.
WEBSITE // https://crippsandco.com/shustoke-barn
THE OLD LIBRARY
Right in the heart of Birmingham, The Old Library is a beautifully bright venue that is the perfect setting for a relaxed urban wedding. I love the converted Victorian libraries huge arched windows and how it’s white walls make it a blank canvas, so every wedding there is different. Every wedding I’ve shot here has had an awesome party atmosphere.
I LOVE being in Digbeth and using the colourful graffiti as backdrops for photos.
WEBSITE // https://www.theoldlibrary.co
The perfect setting for any festival wedding, Worcester Glamping is luxury camping site at Manor Farm. All bookings include exclusive use of their rustic yurt marquee and 5 accomadation yurts for the whole weekend.
I LOVE the relaxed vibe of the venue and it’s views of the Malvern hills that look absolutely dreamy at sunset.
WEBSITE // https://worcesterglamping.co.uk
BLOG // Dan & Amber
Lyde Court is a 17th century venue in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. The rustic barns at have undergone minimal changes in 400 years and provide a romantic setting for any quintessential countryside wedding. Part of the vast Duchy of Cornwall Estate there’s options to get married in the Barn or within the vast gardens.
I LOVE that there’s so many quirky spots for portraits and taking couples out in the fields during golden hour.
WEBSITE // https://lydecourt.com
Rustic but with an industrial twist, Stone Barn is set in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, which isn’t technically in the Midlands but close enough. Part of the Cripps & Co group, expect yummy food and great service. The venue boasts an open kitchen and is both boho and rustic.
I LOVE the colours of the corrugated iron, the hundred of fairy lights inside and the vast views during sunset.
WEBSITE // https://crippsandco.com/stone-barn
BLOG // Emily & Josh
The perfect summer venue and a great place to spend your wedding outside. This venue is a relaxed family run, working farm in Derbyshire. It has an extensive range of fields, and options to get married either in the Byre Barn or in their stunning woodland clearing. The wedding I shot here hired a tipi for their reception for one of the adjacent fields and it was such a great day.
I LOVE the venues flexibility with having an outdoor ceremony or inside just in case the weather turns.
WEBSITE // https://www.mapperleyfarm.co.uk
BLOG // Alison & Alex
KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE
Looking for something a little more quirky? Kitchen garden cafe, is just how it sounds, a beautiful cafe in the heart of Kings Heath, Birmingham that also sells plants. The venue is intimate and great for chilled out weddings for couples wanting no fuss. Plus there’s a lovely patio area which is great for chilling out in the sun.
I LOVE alllllllll the plants. But also I adore the venues eclectic mix of furniture, fairy lights throughout and cute alleyway as you walk in the entrance.
WEBSITE // https://www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk
BLOG // Rikki & Michelle
Based in Warwickshire, Gorcott Hall is a 16th century grade II* listed Tudor hall, and a 19th century barn. This venue is full of character and also has luxury wedding accommodation onsite, however they do take a limited amount of weddings a year.
I LOVE Gorcott Hall’s original timber beams and 5 acres of gardens.
WEBSITE // https://www.gorcotthall.com
BLOG // Jade & Callum
Right in the heart of the country and about 15 minutes from my house, Hampton Manor is a Michelin Starred venue just 5 minutes from the NEC. Bursting with arts and craft charm and William Morris prints. The house itself is Neo-Tudor Gothic and the estate once belonging to Sir Robert Peel.
I LOVE the 45 acres of woodland, the light and airiness of the Coachhouse and it goes without saying that the food is absolutely delicious.
WEBSITE // https://hamptonmanor.com
This venue has everything, traditional Cotswold architecture tick, rustic charm tick, modern elegance tick. Again just slightly out of the Midlands but this venue was too awesome to leave out. Hyde house overlooks the neighbouring countryside and it is even pet friendly.
I LOVE being in the Cotswolds and all the different types of photo locations at Hyde House is just the cherry on top.
WEBSITE // http://hyde-house.uk/
Close to Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick House is a country house that was once used as a hospital and was even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Now an exclusive wedding venue, Warwick House can accommodate weddings both inside and out. They have stunning dressing room and beautiful landscaped terrace & gardens.
I LOVE how elegant Warwick House is, the beautiful arched windows and the crispness of the white exterior.
WEBSITE // https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk
Mill Barns is a stunning waterfront wedding venue in Bridgnorth. Situated on the border between Shropshire and Worcestershire, this purpose built wedding venue includes exclusive-use of three beautiful oak framed barns and eight acre estate. Couples can get married either inside or out and the Mill Barn’s has no corkage.
I LOVE how beautiful Mill Barns looks at night with the colourful uplighting inside and Festoon lights that bounce of the water outside.
WEBSITE // https://themillbarns-venue.co.uk
Based in Staffordshire, Pendrell Hall is no corkage venue with options to get married both inside and or outside in the vintage inspired band stand. I worked here several times over the years and each time has been truly delightful. With onsite accommodation, the romantic country house also has two dressing rooms for both of you to use during the morning preparations.
I LOVE so many things about this venue, it’s stunning grounds, contemporary twist to it’s interiors and it even has a cute little Shepards Hut!
WEBSITE // https://pendrellhall-venue.co.uk
BLOG // DAN & JORDANNA
HAZEL GAP BARN
Another venue from the family run Cripps & Co, Hazel Gap Barn is rustic venue on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire. Similar to the rest of their barns, Hazel gap is extremely well run with lovely staff and delicious food. It also has beautiful natural light that floods in during the day and turns even more magical in the evening with fairy lights and fire pits.
I LOVE the venues huge windows and stunning courtyard.
WEBSITE // https://crippsandco.com/hazel-gap
These are just 15 of my favourite Midlands wedding venues which I’ve had the pleasure of working at. There are so many unique places to get married and I’m particularly looking forward to working at venues such as Fazeley Studios, Mythe Barn, Cripps Barn, Thorpe Gardens & Stanford Farm in 2021. If you are planning a wedding and have any questions about a venue or about photography, just drop me a message. I love talking all things wedding related.