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Wedding venues with beautiful settings for a civil ceremony

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

As a wedding photographer being based in Northamptonshire is great! We have some stunning venues right on our door step as well as having lots more just a stones throw away. Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire are just a couple of our neighbouring counties with wedding venues I have also mentioned below. So here are a few of my favourite wedding venues with beautiful settings for a civil ceremony. 

Bassmead Manor Barns-

Bassmead Manor is simply stunning. The estate is over 700 years old with the grade II listed manor house and farm buildings, and only a 50 minute drive with it being a Cambridgeshire wedding venue. As soon as you walk in to the ceremony barn you can see the history in the stunning oak beams and floor. The chandeliers and carefully placed fairy lights finish the room off perfectly, creating a fairy tale setting to tie the knot. 

I loved every minute of photographing the wedding of Amy and Jake at Bassmead Manor Barns and would love to return for others. 

Lindsey Arber Photography

Barton Hall Hotel-

Barton Hall Hotel is probably one of the closest wedding venues to me personally with it being located in Barton Seagrave. It is also one that I have been able to photograph multiple weddings at over the years and it never disappoints. A Grade II listed Hotel with lovely grounds giving lots of options for wedding photos. I think all couples who book Barton Hall as their venue will agree that the orangery makes the decision an easy one. Endless natural light for bright and airy ceremony photos and a relaxed space mixing indoors with outdoors for the drinks reception. 

I already have more weddings to look forward to photographing at Barton Hall Hotel over the next couple of years…bring them on! 

Dodford Manor-

Dodford Manor is an award-winning grade II listed restored barn wedding venue, surrounded by more than 20 acres of Northamptonshire countryside. This venue is always immaculately presented and is so versatile it works for all styles. Guests are taken through to the historic Mortain Barn for the ceremony. The Barn is kept as a blank canvas for couples to add their style for their day against the beautiful stone walls. A couple of photos below show a small glimpse in to a previous wedding captured at Dodford Manor.

Hothorpe Hall-

Hothorpe Hall really delivers on the wow factor as you enter over the cattle grids and drive towards the main entrance. The ceremony room offers a traditional setting to say ‘I do’ in with so much natural light flooding through the large manor house windows. Guests get to look out on to amazing views whilst waiting for the ceremony to begin. Maybe its the tall ceilings and grand features of the manor that make this setting so calm and relaxing for its wedding parties to enjoy. 

Hothorpe is a Leicestershire wedding venue but still so close to home it would be lovely to return and make the most of a venue right on my door step.

Dodmoor House-

If you are wanting a romantic and intimate setting for your wedding day then Dodmoor House would give you just that. The Grade II listed, family-run venue is all about the personal touches for your big day. From the weddings I have photographed here the ceremony room offered a cosy atmosphere as the couples said their vows. You get all the features of a barn venue but with plenty of natural light from the various windows that open on to the patio. Another gem of a local venue that is hidden away in the countryside, and one I am set to return to for a 2019 wedding. 

Keythorpe Manor-

Keythorpe gives an idyllic location for a wedding day in a rural setting. Set in the South Leicestershire countryside this is another venue close to home for me. The moment you drive through the gates you are taken aback by the well kept grounds surrounding you. The restored Oak Barn that used to be part of the stables, offers a rustic yet modern setting to hold a ceremony. Probably one of the larger barns I have photographed a ceremony in which is great for larger wedding parties. And although I have mentioned this a lot, its also great for natural light meaning nice bright wedding photos.  

So these are just a handful of wedding venues with beautiful settings for a civil ceremony, that I have recently photographed. I have photographed many other venues for my couples in various locations over the uk and of course many church weddings too. If you are planning your wedding for 2019 or 2020 then it might be that this blog was helpful in showing you some of the options available in and around Northamptonshire. 

If you would like to discuss your photography requirements for your wedding day then please get in touch today. 

The recent goings on at Lindsey Arber Photography!

Friday, August 17th, 2018

You may have noticed it has been a while since my last blog post! Which is down to being very busy both work wise and personally. So this blog is all about letting you know of the recent goings on at Lindsey Arber Photography.

Last Summer-

So last summer was a busy one with lots of beautiful weddings, a very busy studio and all whilst being pregnant with baby Finley. He is turning 6 months as of next Friday (where did that time go?!). At the end of 2017 over the Christmas break, I made the decision to close the studio and focus on the wedding photography side of the business. The studio side of Lindsey Arber Photography was going really well and proving popular however I realised I just wouldn’t be able to meet the demand anymore. My decision to focus on weddings meant I could have a better balance of being a mum but could also carry on doing what I love in photographing lots more weddings! 

Finley & 2018 so far-

Finley made his appearance in February of this year and is just amazing! My first wedding of the year was when he was just 7 weeks old and I am so glad I got straight back in to it. My lovely bride and groom of this particular wedding actually invited him along to the day to make it that bit easier which was so thoughtful of them. Luckily he was really well behaved and had a chilled day taking it all in…and mostly sleeping! 

I’d decided to keep 2018 a bit quieter on the wedding bookings front as I knew I would still be getting in to the swing of having Finley around. I have still been lucky enough to have some truly beautiful weddings with couples who have made me and my second shooters feel so welcome. I have lots of photos to share from each of the weddings so far, so keep an eye on our social media platforms for updates of our recent work.

Changes & Updates moving forward-

2018 has also seen an update to the website which I hope you all like! It is an ongoing task as and when time allows. These decisions always take time but its something that I like to try and perfect whenever a new idea comes to mind, so hopefully worth the wait. What with now focusing on wedding photography, I felt a new logo was needed to better represent where the brand of Lindsey Arber Photography was heading moving forward. As you can see its all about the greys and rose golds. Keeping things simple and elegant to show you are choosing a high end service when booking with us for your wedding photography. 

Its exciting to see what the remainder of this years weddings have in store for us, as well as our 2019 & 2020 weddings which are filling up nicely. 

One thing I do keep getting asked about are my Autumn Mini Sessions. These have proven very popular for family portraits over the last few years so I will continue to offer these. The clue is in the name that these take place in the Autumn and I will be sharing details of dates and prices very soon for all of you who have been wondering. 

I would love it if you did continue to follow us and to keep up to date with our latest work. If you know of anyone getting married who is yet to book their wedding photographer, then why not put us in touch. x 

Monique & Matt’s Pre Shoot

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

So its been a little while since Monique & Matt’s Pre Shoot back in May but as I was backing up some jobs and had another look through, I just had to share some more with you.

This lovely couple will be getting married in September and I can’t wait to get back to the church in Great Bowden to take more photos. We should by then also have some autumnal colours on the trees which will only add to the photos even more (I have mentioned this a few times before BUT Autumn is my favourite time of the year!).

After their ceremony on the day it will be on to Foxton Locks for the celebrations with their guests, which means even more photo opportunities…in between canapés and bubbles that is!

Booking a Pre Shoot in before your wedding day is always a good idea as it gives us the opportunity to get to know each other a bit, to talk through your plans of the day and to try out some of the photo ideas before the day itself. Pre Shoots are always relaxed and fun! Chatting and laughing our way through was definitely something we did for this session.

Here are some more of my favourites from their Pre Wedding Shoot…PreShoot_001 PreShoot_007 PreShoot_011 PreShoot_015 PreShoot_017

The Wedding Photographs You Must Have Taken on Your Big Day

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

When it comes to putting together a list of wedding photographs you want taken on your big day, the chances are the list is looooong!

In this blog post I’ve put together 10 wedding photographs that you must make sure are taken! These are the snaps that will capture some of those super-special moments from your big day so you can look back and reminisce in the months and years following your wedding.

1. Bridal Prep – This wedding photo will capture the excitement, nerves and emotional build up before the ceremony.

bridal preparation

2. Groom and his Groomsmen (pre ceremony) – The bride in particular will love to look back on this one. These photos capture the bond between the groom and his groomsmen and will show the nerves, anticipation and excitement building.

Groom and Groomsmen pre-wedding ceremony

3. The Finer Details – Make sure some photos of the more intricate parts of your wedding day are taken. These snaps might be of your table decorations, the detail on your dress or even your wedding shoes.

Detailed shots

4. Your wedding flowers or bouquets – Ideally these photos will be taken before the wedding ceremony starts or before your bouquet makes its way down the aisle, this way the flowers will be in pristine condition when the photos are taken.

Bridal flowers

5. Your wedding rings – The way this wedding photo can be taken can vary. Personally, I like to take a photo of the rings when they’re being held by the best man.

Wedding rings

6. Walking down the aisle – The way this wedding photo can be taken can also vary. You can have the photos taken from behind, capturing a stunning gown, or your photos can capture your guests looking on in awe or even of the groom and the look on his face as he sees his bride coming down the aisle.

walking down the aisle

7. Your first kiss as husband wife – This is an absolute classic wedding photo! Not only will it capture your first moment as husband and wife, it will also capture all the joy, relief and excitement of finally becoming husband and wife!

first kiss wedding photograph

8. The Group Wedding Photo – This is a nice quick one that captures the whole wedding party. You can make this one fun too!


9. Your room set-up – Make sure you capture all the hard work and detail that went into making your room look stunning. Piccies of the table decorations and favours are ones not to forget, don’t forget to get piccies of your cake too!

room set up wedding photograph

10. The First Dance – This is often one of the most emotional parts of a wedding, so make sure it’s captured in your wedding photos. Your guests will be looking on, probably teary eyed, and the bride and her groom will be looking blissfully happy!

first dance wedding photograph

There are tons more pictures to have taken on your big day! For more ideas get in touch with me.

I’m a friendly and experienced wedding photographer based in Desborough who covers Northamptonshire weddings. If you’d like more info, just contact me, I would love to be a part of your big day.

Northamptonshire Wedding Venues for Jaw-Dropping Wedding Photographs

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.