Lindsey Arber Photography
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
You’ll pick your wedding venue based on lots of things like availability, cost, location and … about a million other things. One of the things that might be on your checklist when it comes to choosing a wedding venue might be the kind of wedding photos you’ll be able to have taken on the big day. In this blog post I’m sharing some of the best venues in our Northamptonshire area where you’ll be able to have some stunning photos taken.
1- Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh Near Market Harborough. This luxury wedding venue has tons of brilliant wedding photo settings. Kelmarsh Hall is set in lots of secluded gardens, and has a beautiful orangery that would make for great piccies at any time of year. There are also areas which are raised enough that will allow your wedding photographer to take that all import photo where your whole wedding party is captured.
2- Rockingham Castle, Rockingham Near Market Harborough. The castle itself obviously provides an incredible backdrop for wedding photographs, but this venue is also perfect for the bride and groom who want open fires or hunting trophies in the background of their snaps.
3- Lyveden New Build, Near Corby, Northamptonshire. The ruin of Lyveden New Build, which is set in acres of secluded, hilly countryside will provide a setting for some stunning wedding photographs. As the building is only a ruin the snaps end up being rather magical, and almost ghostly – but in a good way!
4- Rushton Hall, Near Desborough, Northamptonshire. The ornate mansion that is Rushton Hall will most definitely lead to some wonderful wedding photographs. The drawing room, with its high ceilings and windows, make an excellent background for photos. The library also provides a very grand setting for your wedding and the photos.
5- Barton Hall Hotel, Near Kettering. With a grade 1 listed orangery which dates back to the 16th Century, Barton Hall offers the perfect backdrop for your civil ceremony. With nearly three acres of landscaped grounds, Barton Hall which was renovated to its former glory in 2012, makes an idyllic setting for weddings.
6- Highgate House, Near Northampton. This 17th century country house has endless photo opportunities with it’s 26 acres of grounds. With a choice of three licensed ceremony rooms which all offer something different in taste, the venue can cater to a variety of tastes.
7- Whittlebury Hall, Near Towcester, Northamptonshire. This is another luxury venue where you’ll be able to have some awesome pictures taken. The venue is set in plenty of landscaped grounds, as well as having an orangery – which always look great in wedding photos.
8- Harrowden Hall Near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. This hall dates right back to the 18th Century and its landscaped gardens, as well as the building itself, that will make your wedding photographs extra special. There are two sets of gardens – the first being more landscaped and formal, and the second more romantic, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting some outdoor wedding shots.
9- Dodmoor House, Weedon Near Northampton. This listed building, with its converted barns, will mean you have plenty of choice when it comes to deciding where to have your wedding photos taken. The barns, and their restored beams are truly stunning, and the idyllic landscaped gardens offer many great wedding photo opportunities. The towering oak tree and the Grand Union Canal are particularly impressive.
10- Dodford Manor, Dodford Near Northampton. A country house barn wedding venue surrounded by the stunning Northamptonshire countryside. This recently restored barn is a mixture of 17th century stone and contemporary oak which compliment its rural setting.
It was really hard to put this post together, picking only 10 venues, as our county really has some beautiful settings which can offer the perfect backdrop to your wedding photographs.
To make sure you get the most from your venue when it comes to wedding photographs make sure both you and your wedding photographer are familiar with the location and its rules. Talk beforehand about what you both like the look of, so on the day you can relax knowing your photographer is going to take all the pictures you need.
If you’re worried your venue might not offer a great setting for your wedding piccies – don’t worry – your wedding photographer should be a pro at finding great spots for photos. Our trained eyes seek out good photo opportunities easily!
I’m a friendly and experienced wedding photographer based in Desborough who covers Northamptonshire weddings. I’m very familiar with lots of other Northamptonshire wedding venues, so if you’d like more info, just contact me, I would love to be a part of your big day.
Monday, February 1st, 2016
Wedding photographs are one of the best ways in which your wedding can be treasured and re-lived. Photos of the magic moment when you both walk down the aisle having said your vows, or the photos showing you both being showered in confetti by those you love can’t be beaten, but once the ‘serious’ part of your wedding is done, there’s most probably going to be a party of some sort where your nearest and dearest can get ‘merry’ – and the photos capturing these moments are priceless!
To make these evening wedding shots even more hilarious you can provide your wedding guests with some props to use in the photos! There is no need to provide a photobooth, instead some simple, cheap props will get everyone laughing even harder – both when the photos are being taken, and after, when everyone gets to see them!
I’ve put together a short list of photo props you can use to make your wedding snaps just that bit more memorable, and they won’t cost the earth either:
Comedy Moustaches, Glasses, Lips and Noses: These are a popular choice and they often come on a stick which means your guests can hold them up easily before taking, or having, photos taken.
Signs and Sayings: Giving your guests a number of boards with signs or sayings will also get everyone laughing. Phrases such as: “don’t worry girls, I’m still single”, “hot couple”, “team bride” will make a great talking and laughing point on your wedding day.
Chalkboards: You could even provide your guests with small chalkboards and chalk, this will allow them to write or draw anything they wish. This is an excellent one that really shows how ‘merry’ everyone gets as the party goes on.
Empty Photo Frames: Giving your wedding guests a number of empty frames will let them pose as groups or individuals within them. Heart-shaped frames, or even frames that have the date of your wedding on will make your photos even more special.
All of these wedding photo props can be bought online. A good idea might be to check out used props on websites like eBay or in Facebook groups in your area. They’ll cost a bit less than if you were to buy them new, and seeing as you’ll only use them once, and people using them may well be tipsy, any damage or spillages on the props won’t matter.
For more ideas on wedding photo props you can use, or even wedding photo ideas, contact me. I’m an experienced wedding photographer based in Desborough covering the Northamptonshire area including Kettering, Northampton and Market Harborough. You can find out more about my wedding photography service here.