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.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Your wedding should be one of the biggest and best days of your life, and capturing as much of the day, through photographs or on film, means you can relive your special day over and over for years to come. This is why it’s so important to make sure you choose a wedding photographer who understands your needs, and who will make sure those magic moments are captured whilst you can get on with enjoying your day.
Having worked photographing weddings for over five years, in and around Northamptonshire, I’ve put together some tips for you on how to choose the best wedding photographer.
1. Look at, or ask to see, the wedding photographer’s previous work. Keep an eye open for the photography style you’d like to see in your photographs. You should expect to see a variety of high quality photos, in differing styles, if you don’t like what you see, the photographer might not be for you. I typically try to show a variety of the work I’ve done, so brides and grooms can get a good taster of what I can do for them, and what the finished product will be.
2. Ask for previous bride and groom reviews. In this digital age, through social media or even on websites, you should be able to see what previous brides and grooms have to say about the photographer at hand. If there is nothing for you to see as such, ask for details of people who have used the wedding photographer, who are willing to be contacted, so you can ask them what they thought of the service. I’m always more than happy to put prospective brides and grooms in touch with people who have worked with me before, plus I have photos of weddings that I’ve taken on my website, for everyone to see.
3. Meet your wedding photographer. This is so important – as you really need to know you can get on with this person, especially as they are going to be up close and personal, and playing such a big part in your special day, you need to be sure you both get on, and not just that, but that they’ll get on with your wedding guests too!
4. Do your own wedding photography research, and by this I don’t mean look into what lighting will work best, or what lens to use, instead it’s good to know roughly what you want – in terms of pictures of family and friends at your day, when you want your wedding photographer present (e.g. through the service, meal, speeches, first dance etc), and the style of photographs you think best suits you and your partner. Doing this means when you meet with your photographer you’ve got a good grounding, then the wedding photographer should be able to help you expand on your ideas, or suggest other good shots based on what you’ve already said, they’ll also then have a good idea of what you want to achieve and should be able to deliver exactly what you need.
5. Make sure the final wedding photography package includes everything you want. Wedding photographers offer various packages, some include albums, some include a selection of the shots taken, others include a limited number of shots and some even include an engagement shoot, either way, know what you want and don’t be swayed! For example, these days there are lots of online services that allow you to create your own wedding album, so you may not want to pay extra for your wedding photographer to do this for you, that said, you may know this is the kind of thing you’d never get around to doing, or you may like the idea of a professionally designed wedding album with your wedding photographs showcased at their best, so you may definitely need that to be part of your wedding photography package. I know all of my brides and grooms want or need something different and I’ll always do my best to accommodate their requests. If you do decide to give designing your own wedding album a go, then I’m more than happy to give my recommendations on high street suppliers so the quality of your images is not affected.
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, and your wedding is based in Kettering, Desborough, Market Harborough or in the Northamptonshire area, please do get in touch. I’d love to meet you to show you what I could do for you, and would love to talk through your wedding photography ideas. You can find my contact details here. If you’d like to find out more about my wedding photography service, you can read more here.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015