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Herefordshire Wedding Venues - My Top 10 Best

Herefordshire Wedding Venues

HEREFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUES:

If you are looking around at Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment, then congratulations on getting engaged! Finding your perfect wedding venue is going to be a really exciting quest, and celebrating your wedding day there is going to be amazing. Hopefully this blog post might help you a little bit as you look around for the best Herefordshire wedding venues. There is such a great choice of wedding venues in Herefordshire – from castles to country houses to barns to vineyards – Herefordshire really does have something for everyone who is looking for a wedding venue here.

Because there are so many wedding venues in Herefordshire, I have had to narrow down my selection to just my top ten. This list is entirely based on where I love to photograph weddings, so I do recommend that you check out all the venues to make sure they suit your needs too. So, here is my best Herefordshire wedding venues selection for you…enjoy!

In no particular order…

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Dewsall Court

Dewsall Court is a country house and barn wedding venue at Callow, near Herefordshire. Wedding ceremonies are possible inside and outside in a number of beautiful locations, including the church on the grounds. Mingle on the lawns for your wedding reception, or in the lounge. Your wedding breakfast can take place in the recently-restored luxury Wainhouse barn or in the conservatory at the house. Make a whole weekend of it and enjoy the luxury bedrooms. The rustic barns, gardens and the views across the Herefordshire countryside make this a really wonderful wedding venue.

You can see my recently updated review of their different options for your wedding here. This guide takes you through your whole wedding day at Dewsall with the aid of pictures to visualise how your own celebration would look.

Take a look at Katherine & Ian’s wedding at Dewsall Court for more inspiration, as well as Alison & Rich’s wedding, one was outside and one in the church.

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Dewsall

Homme House

Homme House is a country house wedding venue at Much Marcle in Herefordshire. Wedding ceremonies are possible in the main house and also in the gardens by the summer house, or in the church at the edge of the estate. They have put a lot of work into creating beautiful grounds for your wedding photographs and for your guests to mingle in, including a rose garden, dovecot and wildflower meadow. Wedding breakfasts can be held in the dining room or in an adjoining marquee. With such a warm, welcoming and homely atmosphere, you really do feel like this house is your own home for your wedding weekend.

I wrote a full review of this venue on the blog here, guiding you through a whole wedding day with the help of photographs to imagine your own wedding.

Take a look at my Homme House wedding mashup for even more ideas.

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Homme Wedding

Hellens Manor & Barns

Hellens Manor is an ancient manor house with two barns on the grounds, located practically next door to Homme House at Much Marcle. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the manor house or in the barn. The grounds and backdrops are lovely for photographs, with many different areas to explore. Your wedding breakfast is held in the main barn, with a smaller adjacent barn housing the bar. As the sun sets across the orchards, you can look back on a really memorable wedding day here.

I wrote a review of this venue on the blog here, with pictures to guide you through how a whole wedding day would look.

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How Caple Court

How Caple Court in Herefordshire is a rustic venue with an elegant concert barn and beautiful gardens set over terraces by the historic house. It is possible to get married outside on the terraces, by a gazebo. You can also get married in the barn or in the church on the grounds. The terraces are wonderful for reception drinks afterwards, and the wedding breakfast and dancing takes places in the concert barn. You’re bound to have a few extra wedding guests in the shape of the resident peacocks who roam about!

I wrote a review of this venue on the blog here, so that you can imagine how your own wedding day would look.

Take a look at Abbie & Darren’s wedding at How Caple Court for more ideas.

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How Caple Court

Lyde Court

Lyde Court is a rural barn wedding venue located just two miles outside Hereford. The old 17th Century stone barns are available for your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party, providing a really atmospheric setting. You can also get married outside if wished. The venue is surrounded by amazing views over the Herefordshire countryside. This venue has so much quirky character, it really is quite unique and weddings here are always fun!

I wrote a full review of this wedding venue on the blog here, taking you through each part of your  Lyde Court wedding day.

For more ideas, you can see Kerry & Matt’s wedding at Lyde Court here, and more recently Bea & Gareth’s wedding at Lyde Court here, featuring indoor and outdoor weddings.

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Lyde Court Venue

Lemore Manor

Lemore Manor is a country house wedding venue near Eardisley in Herefordshire. They have recently undergone extensive refurbishments to make Lemore a luxury wedding experience – there is now a fabulous Coach House to get married in, a Hen House for getting ready, and a stunning Orangery for your wedding breakfast. I grew up around this area so it’s always a lovely one for me to return to!

You can take a look at Harriet & Adam’s Lemore Manor Wedding here on the blog.

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Brobury House

Brobury House in Herefordshire is where I got married! This house has lovely gardens and overlooks the River Wye. You can get married in the conservatory, and mingle with your guests in the stunning grounds, which are perfect for photographs. Your wedding breakfast can be held in a marquee. They only do a very small number of weddings per year so it’s a pretty exclusive venue!

You can see Mel & Dan’s Brobury House wedding on the blog.

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Lyde Arundel

Lyde Arundel is a barn wedding venue just outside Hereford, with lovely gardens and a lake by the pretty house. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the barns or outside, and then you can mingle by the lake for your wedding reception. Your wedding breakfast takes place in either a small barn or a large barn, where there are also two bars. The Herefordshire countryside makes a beautiful backdrop for your photographs.

You can see Emma & Adam’s recent Lyde Arundel wedding here (they were married outside by the lake).

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Whitney Court

Whitney Court is an impressive country house wedding venue at Whitney-on-Wye in Herefordshire, with amazing views over the Wye Valley from the gardens. Ceremonies are held in the oak-panelled hall, and wedding breakfasts take place in the pretty dining room with views over the grounds. There’s loads of space for guests to stay overnight too.

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Broadfield Court

Broadfield Court is a rustic country estate at Bodenham, Herefordshire. It has recently come into new ownership, and there are lots of exciting changes happening, with weddings being started again in summer 2018. The grounds make a lovely setting for a wedding, and it’s sure to be stunning with all the new renovations inside.

Take a look at Sarah & Tom’s Broadfield Court wedding on the blog.

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So that’s my run down of my best Herefordshire Wedding Venues that I love to shoot at! There are a lot more Wedding Venues in Herefordshire that I also love to go to but I had to narrow my list down to my top ten otherwise I could have rambled on for ages! I hope that this little collection has helped to expand your search for your Herefordshire Wedding Venues and maybe given you some new ideas. It’s so exciting that one day in the not too distant future you will find your favourite venue and then you can look forward to planning your wedding day there! I regularly shoot at all these lovely places, so if there is anything else I can help with in your wedding planning, please do contact me and I would be very happy to help.

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Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Hereford, Herefordshire UK. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Herefordshire wedding venues, please do take a look at my website! I really enjoy photographing weddings, it is my absolute passion in life. As you can see, I do tend to love rustic, countryside settings, so barn wedding venues and country houses really do suit me down to the ground. I love to shoot in a natural, relaxed way, capturing everything that happens in a quiet and unobtrusive fashion, creating beautiful, real images of your amazing wedding day. For more information, please get in touch! I would love to hear from you! x

Worcestershire Wedding Venues - My Top 5 Best

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WORCESTERSHIRE WEDDING VENUES:

If you are looking around at Worcestershire wedding venues at the moment, then a huge congratulations on your engagement! There are exciting times ahead. It might seem like a bit of a daunting task, to choose your wedding venue. But believe me, the right one for you is out there! I have written this blog post of my best Worcestershire wedding venues, so that you can maybe find a few more places to look at that you haven’t already come across. I’m a local photographer and these are my top five favourite Worcestershire wedding venues that I love to shoot at – there are lots of others I like but these are the ones I shoot at the most so I have tons of experience I can share with you.

So, in no particular order, here are my top five best Worcestershire Wedding Venues..!

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Birtsmorton Court

Birtsmorton Court in Worcestershire near Malvern is a moated medieval manor house dating back to the 15th Century. You can get married here in the church, or in the Great Hall, or outside in the White Garden, which is absolutely beautiful. Mingle with your guests amongst the flowers, enjoying views across the moat and to the Malvern Hills in the distance. Your wedding breakfast is held in a lovely marquee which you can decorate however you like. Your evening dancing and partying takes place in the adjoining Garden Room with it’s ceiling covered in fairylights. You can even end the night with a spectacular fireworks display. An amazing wedding venue with a hard working team who are very flexible to accommodate your every wish!

You can see my recently updated guide to your Birtsmorton Court wedding day here on the blog, taking you through how your wedding here could look, with lots of photographs to give you ideas and inspiration.

You may also like to take a look at James & Sophie (the weddings manager’s) own wedding at Birtsmorton Court here, or at Laura & Roland’s wedding here.

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Brockencote Hall

Brockencote Hall is located at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire and is an elegant country house hotel wedding venue. With it’s grand French inspired architecture, sumptuous decor, and it’s picturesque features such as the lake and dovecot, it really is a stunning place to get married. Your ceremony, wedding breakfast and party can all take place in the hotel, with lovely grounds to spill out into for your reception.

You can see Gemma & David’s wedding day at Brockencote Hall on the blog, to image how your day here might look.

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Deer Park

Deer Park Hall in Worcestershire is a Costwolds country house wedding venue in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with views over the Worcestershire countryside to the Malvern Hills. With a contemporary barn atmosphere, this venue offers a great space in which to celebrate your wedding. They also have real live deer wandering about, and an amazing sunset view!

You can see Emma & Rob’s wedding day at Deer Park Hall here on the blog to get more ideas.

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Whitbourne Hall

Whitbourne Hall in Worcestershire is an impressive country house wedding venue, with a really unique feel. Combining classical elegance with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Whitbourne Hall gives you a stunning location in which to celebrate your bespoke wedding day. They only do a few weddings here per year, so it really is an exclusive venue.

You can see Felicity & Rob’s wedding here to get a feel for how unique yours could be too!

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Curradine Barns

Curradine Barns at Shrawley in Worcestershire is a barn wedding venue in the countryside, with a number of areas to make your day perfect. You can get ready in the bridal suite, and then go to your wedding ceremony in the Granary Barn, which has a magical atmosphere with high beamed ceilings and rustic brick walls. You can also get married outside in the garden gazebo, or you can get married in neighbouring Shrawley Church, which is just a short stroll down the lane. Mingle with your guests at your reception inside in the Lounge or outside in the Courtyard. Then enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast by Galloping Gourmet in the Barley Barn, before dancing the night away.

You can see Emma & Ben’s wedding at Curradine Barns here on the blog.

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Thank you for taking a look at my top 5 best Worcestershire wedding venues! You can check out my top 10 best Herefordshire Wedding Venues here too if you like! If there is anything else I can help with, please let me know.

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer covering Worcestershire, UK. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Worcestershire wedding venue, then please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I love to shoot in a relaxed and natural style, creating beautiful images of your real wedding day. I love photographing weddings in barn wedding venues and country house wedding venues, especially in the Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside. Best wishes with your wedding planning! x

Gloucestershire Wedding Venues - My Top 5 Best

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE WEDDING VENUES:

If you are looking around at Gloucestershire wedding venues at the moment, then big congratulations on your engagement! It is going to be really exciting to find your perfect wedding venue, and then in the not too distant future, to actually be getting married there! I am a local wedding photographer and I’ve written this blog post to help you find the best Gloucestershire wedding venue for your wedding day. These are the venues I have worked at that I love the most, so hopefully there will be some new ideas in here for you. If I can be of any further help, please let me know!

In no particular order, here are my favourite Gloucestershire Wedding Venues:

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Elmore Court

Elmore Court in Gloucestershire is a magical country house wedding venue with an historic Hall and a contemporary new sustainably-built entertaining space called The Gillyflower. Being both elegant and quirky, it is an absolutely breathtaking place for a wedding.

You can see Clare & Tom’s wedding at Elmore Court here.

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Kingscote Barn

Kingscote Barn in the Costwolds is a barn wedding venue with lots of charm. The 17th Century stone barn has been beautifully restored to make a fabulous location for your celebrations.

You can see Zoe & Will’s wedding at Kingscote Barn here on the blog.

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Cripps Barn

Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire is another amazing barn wedding venue in the Cotswolds. With it’s flagstone floors, feature fireplace and old stone walls it makes a rustic backdrop for your wedding day.

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Clearwell Castle

Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire is a fairytale castle wedding venue. You can get married in the castle itself, or in the church nearby. After dining in elegant surroundings in the Ballroom, you can dance the night away in the vaulted cellar.

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Eastington Park

Eastington Park in Gloucestershire is a stunning country house wedding venue. Ceremonies are possible in the house, or outside in the gardens under the pretty pergola.

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So there we have it! Thank you for taking a look at my best Gloucestershire Wedding Venues. If you are searching for a wedding photographer too, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I am an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire but covering Gloucestershire and beyond. I love to shoot with a natural and relaxed style, capturing everything as it happens in a beautiful and creative way. If I can be of any further help with anything, please do drop me a line! Good luck with your wedding planning x

Shropshire Wedding Venues - My Top 5 Best

Shropshire Wedding Venues

If you are looking around for a wedding venue in Shropshire at the moment, then big congratulations on your engagement! It will be really exciting to look around for your dream wedding venue and then to actually celebrate your wedding there! I have a few favourite wedding venues in Shropshire so I wanted to make this blog post to give you a helping hand with a few venue ideas you might not have thought about yet. I’m based nearby in Herefordshire but I’m very happy to travel for your wedding day - especially to these, my favourite wedding venues! So in no particular order, here’s my top 5 best Shropshire wedding venues…

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Iscoyd Park

Iscoyd Park is a country house wedding venue, whose family has been there since 1843! You really do feel like the beautiful Georgian house and grounds is all yours for your wedding, due to the wonderful warm welcome you receive there and the homely feel that they have achieved with their beautiful decor. Iscoyd Park is a photographer’s dream, with everything looking absolutely perfect and making a stunning backdrop for all your wedding photographs. The friendly and experienced team of experts at Iscoyd do everything for you to make your wedding run smoothly, and they have a creative, flexible approach meaning that you can design your wedding day to be exactly as you dreamed. You can get married at the house or at the nearby picture-perfect St Mary’s Church, and enjoy a wonderful reception in the gardens before celebrating later on in the stunning purpose-built marquee garden room. This really is a very special venue and I’m sure you will fall in love with it as I have done!

Here are some Iscoyd Park weddings on the blog:

Clare & Jack’s Iscoyd Park wedding - ceremony in the church

Nat & Ben’s Iscoyd Park wedding - ceremony in the house

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Walcot Hall

Walcot Hall in Shropshire is another total favourite of mine! The rustic Georgian country house set in rambling, romantic grounds is so unusually quirky and full of character, I just love it. It’s absolutely magical. From the turquoise ballroom, to the gypsy caravan and Victorian chapel in the grounds, it is such a treasure-trove of photo opportunities. The team are very flexible to accommodate all your ideas - you can get married in the nearby church, or in the house, or in the courtyard, or even in the beautiful arboretum - there are many exciting options for you to make your day unique. It has the most amazing atmosphere which will make your celebrations completely wonderful.

I wrote a guide to celebrating your wedding at Walcot Hall, which you can read here on the blog.

You can also see Tori & Will’s wedding day on the blog here.

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Davenport House

Davenport House has only recently opened as a wedding venue, and I was very honoured to photograph their first wedding there! It’s a beautiful Georgian country house wedding venue, which has been lovingly restored and beautifully redecorated. I definitely recommend you adding this one to your ‘must view’ list!

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Blists Hill Victorian Town

Yes you can actually get married in a Victorian town! Blists Hill Victorian Town near Ironbridge is a completely unique wedding venue. Here’s what they say on their website:

“Step back in time for the wedding of the (last) century at Blists Hill Victorian Town! Celebrate your special day with family and friends at one of the most unusual wedding venues - a real-life Victorian Town with quirky buildings, quaint streets and countless photo opportunities.

A wedding here will be a truly magical and memorable experience that you and your guests will remember forever.”

I loved shooting Sarah & Andy’s wedding here, it was so much fun to do their photographs around the Victorian streets and shops! They even had a real Victorian fairground which delighted their guests. Definitely a venue to take a look at if you’re looking for something different.

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The Mill Barns

The Mill Barns wedding venue in Shropshire is newly-built just for weddings and is a really impressive new barn complex! I was very lucky to be able to shoot one of their first weddings here and I would love to go back for more. This jaw-dropping new venue has been purpose-built with luxury in mind. With a striking waterfront balcony, massive vaulted ceilings, modern lighting and facilities, and set in picturesque grounds, it gives you everything you could possibly want in a wedding venue, and more. Set on the former site of a 17th Century water mill, it is now an architecturally stunning celebration barn! When I first saw it, I said ‘wow’ quite a lot - I’m sure you will too!

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So there we have my little run-down of my top Shropshire wedding venues. This is just written based on where I have enjoyed shooting the most, and I’m sure there are lots of other venues for you to explore too! Wherever you decide to hold your wedding celebration, I would love to be there to photograph it for you, so please do take a look at the rest of my website and get in touch if you would like to find out more about the wedding photography services I offer! Best wishes with your wedding planning x

HELLENS MANOR & BARNS WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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HELLENS MANOR & BARN WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment – congratulations! There loads of lovely wedding venues to choose from in rural Herefordshire, and as a local wedding photographer I’m really lucky to know most of them very well. So I’m writing this little guide with pictures in the hope that it might help you learn more about Hellens Manor as a possible option as you look around for your Herefordshire wedding venue. I really love Hellens – if you are getting married here and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch as I’d be delighted to photograph your wedding day!

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Hellens Manor and Barns is an historic manor house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, with two barns in the grounds that are perfect for weddings. The Great Barn and the Manor House itself are both licensed for Civil Ceremonies, and the barns are a fabulous setting for your wedding reception and evening entertainment. It’s a totally unique and exclusive wedding venue, with only a small number of wedding bookings taken there per year. The gardens and grounds are wonderful – with orchards, a dovecot, a labyrinth, many contemporary sculptures, and a couple of donkeys to mention but a few features! All in all, this is a stunning setting for your wedding and there are many places for great photographs. If you would like to find out more about holding your wedding at Hellens Manor & Barns, drop them an email: info@hellensmanor.com.

Here are some photographs which show how your wedding day at Hellens Manor & Barns could look:

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Wedding Ceremony in The Manor House:

The Manor House is a fabulously historic building dating back to 1096, with a fascinating history and so many interesting features.  You can get married in the Music Room here, which is an oak panelled room with a feature fireplace, a piano and many old books.

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Wedding Ceremony in The Great Barn:

The Great Barn at Hellens provides a more rustic setting for your wedding ceremony. With it’s beams and vaulted ceiling it is a great space for you to add your own decorations to make your wedding look how you want.

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It is also possible for you to get married at a church/location elsewhere and then arrive at Hellens for your reception afterwards.

Reception:

After your wedding ceremony, guests are invited to mingle with drinks at The Manor House while The Great Barn is made ready for your wedding breakfast. On pleasant days, it is lovely to wander in the gardens at Hellens, chatting with your friends and family. There are plenty of beautiful trees, plants and sculptures to discover. On rainy days, you can mingle inside instead, in the Hall and Music Room. These make very welcoming surroundings with the fireplace and lots of comfortable sofas. You can also wander round to the Haywain Barn and explore the orchards, play garden games and meet the donkeys. Make the most of this time in these amazing surroundings with all your loved ones!

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Photographs:

Hellens provides so many different photo spots if you would like some pictures together! It really is a photographer’s dream and I absolutely love shooting here – the rustic barn and brick backdrops, the wooden doors, archways, and old windows, the flowers and greenery, and the meadows and gates are all so perfect – this type of place suits my photography style down to the ground! I love to keep your couple photographs as natural as possible so that they reflect the real you – I like to work with you as a couple and capture the feeling of your wedding day, whether you are a romantic couple or a quirky couple or everything in between!

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Wedding Breakfast:

Your wedding breakfast will take place in the Great Barn, which can seat up to 100 at round tables. This amazing space is your own blank ‘barn’ canvas to decorate however you wish. The layout is very flexible, with your top table position being possible just about anywhere! You could also have a circular top table, or a long top table, as preferred.

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The Haywain Barn is right opposite the Great Barn and features as the bar for your evening wedding celebrations. It’s a wonderful feeling to sit in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by apple trees, chatting to your friends and family, as the sun begins to set.

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

For your first dance, the top end of the Great Barn is cleared into a dancefloor area, and you can have a DJ or a live band if wished. The lights are lowered and the dancing commences! Welcome your guests onto the dancefloor to show off all their crazy moves, and party the night away at Hellens.

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You can also find more inspiration for your Hellens wedding on my Pinterest board here.

I hope you have found this guide to weddings at Hellen’s Manor & Barns useful in your hunt for your Herefordshire wedding venue!

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire, UK. If you are getting married at Hellens and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can see more information about my wedding photography on my website. Best wishes with your wedding planning! x

HOMME HOUSE WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Homme House Wedding Venue

HOMME HOUSE WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking around for Herefordshire wedding venues at the moment, then congratulations! Exciting times ahead! I am a wedding photographer based in Herefordshire and I know Homme House very well, so I wanted to help make the decision process a little easier for you by showing you, in pictures, how your wedding day there could look. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding here, please do have a look at my website after you have read through my guide to Homme House!

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Homme House is located in the countryside at Much Marcle, Herefordshire.  With origins dating back to the early 1500s, Homme House is an elegant Grade II listed country house set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and woodland. It is lovingly run by Jocelyn and her husband John, and their family. Homme has a fascinating history, with the current red brick and stone facing dating from the mid-nineteenth century, but with the oldest wing dating back to the 1500s still visible. Such a warm and friendly family welcome is provided at Homme House, that you really do feel as if it is your own home for your wedding day, and I always enjoy photographing weddings here because of the wonderful setting and the fabulous homely atmosphere the place has. The four internal reception rooms available downstairs include the Hall, the Library, the Panelled Room and the Dining Room. A marquee can be added for larger weddings if wished. Upstairs there are a number of bedrooms for family and guests, with a large and spacious Bridal Suite perfect for the bride to get ready in on the wedding morning. The house is licensed for Civil Ceremonies, or you can be married in the parish church of St Bartholomew which is located on the edge of the park. You can also now get married in the gardens at the gorgeous Grade I listed Summer House outside. The gardens have recently undergone extensive improvements and are a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, with plenty of colourful flower borders, trees, a rose garden, dovecote, and a wildflower meadow.  Couples who are married at Homme House become part of the ‘family’, and it really is a very special place to celebrate your wedding day.

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So here are some pictures to show you how your wedding day here at Homme House Herefordshire could look:

Getting Ready in the Bridal Suite:

The Bridal Suite at Homme House is very light and spacious, with a four-poster bed and a dressing table. The huge windows have views over the gardens, and provide plenty of lovely natural light for your hair and makeup professionals, and for your photographer.

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The bride can then descent the beautiful curved staircase and head off to where the wedding ceremony is taking place.

Wedding Ceremony in the Panelled Room:

For those wishing to hold their wedding ceremony at Homme House, the Paneled Room is licenced for marriages and can seat approx 90 guests. It has original Georgian panelling and a very grand Jacobean fireplace. The light colour of the panelling and the full length windows make this a very light, welcoming and pretty room for your ceremony. You could alternatively have your ceremony in the Dining Room, which can seat up to 120 guests.

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Wedding Ceremony in the Church:

The church of St Bartholomew is just a short drive (or a longer stroll) across the estate’s parkland. Outside the church porch there is an ancient hollow elm tree which is said to be hundreds of years old. Inside, the church is very spacious and has plenty of room to seat all your guests. Usually, the bride enters the south porch at the start of the ceremony, and then the bride & groom exit through the west door at the end of the ceremony.

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Wedding Ceremony at the Summer House:

You can now also get married in the garden at Homme House, by the historic 17th century Summer House! This structure is licenced for marriage ceremonies so you wouldn’t need to go elsewhere to make your marriage legal. Having an outdoor wedding ceremony in the beautiful gardens with such a unique setting and those wonderful views across to the Malverns would really be very special.

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Confetti Moment:

You could have your guests line up and throw confetti as you exit the church gate, as you leave the summer house, or you could make your exit from the front of the house at Homme with your guests around the steps waiting for you!

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Reception:

Homme House has lovely gardens and views for your guests to enjoy as they mingle and chat in the grounds in the warmer months. It makes a beautiful setting for you to meet with everybody and have lots of natural photographs taken of the hugs, fun and laughter. It is possible to have croquet and other garden games on the lawn, and guests might like to go exploring the rose garden and the walled garden. In the less warm months, or for rainy days, Homme House has space for your guests to mingle indoors instead, in the Library and Hall, and Panelled Room.

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Photographs:

Homme House provides the perfect backdrop for any more formal photographs you might like to have done. I especially love going off with the bride & groom for as much or as little time as you like, giving you the opportunity to have some moments together exploring the beautiful gardens and enjoying your wedding bubble. The walled garden, rose garden, secret sunken garden, wildflower meadow and woodland areas are all wonderful photo spots. There are plenty of flowers and trees, as well as walls, gates, rustic doorways and archways and the Summer House to make your photos look stunning. I love to capture all of this as naturally as possible so that you will love your pictures when you look back on them in the years to come.

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Wedding Breakfast in the Dining Room:

The dining room at Homme House can seat up to 100 guests for wedding breakfast. You can decorate the room however you wish, and with it’s huge bay window and impressive fireplace, it makes it an inviting and homely setting to enjoy your first meal together as husband and wife. You can position your top table however you wish – most go for a top table across the length of the bay window, but you could also put it infront of the fireplace. Homme House are very flexible to accommodate your needs.

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Wedding Breakfast in a Marquee:

For larger weddings, the wedding breakfast can be held in a marquee on the lawn, which adjoins the house. This can seat around 140 guests. In the summer months the side panels can be opened up to make it feel like you are sitting outside in the gardens! There is plenty of scope for you to add plenty of decoration here to make your wedding personal to your own style.

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

The band or DJ can set up in the Panelled Room or in the Dining Room (depending on where you’re having your wedding breakfast). You can be announced in for your first dance, and then all your guests can join you on the dance floor! A bar can be set up in The Hall so that the fun can keep going all evening. If some guests would rather have a little more peace to chat, there is still the cosy Library with it’s fireplace to sit by, or the Dining Room (if not being used for the dancing). Enjoy the rest of the evening as the sun sets on your amazing wedding day!

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You can take a look at some full wedding days at Homme House on the blog here:

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I hope you have found this guide and photographs helpful in your hunt for a Herefordshire Wedding Venue!

If you are getting married at Homme House and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website for further information, and drop me a line for a chat! I’d love to hear all about your plans. If there’s anything else I can help with, please do let me know x

HOW CAPLE COURT WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

How Caple Court Wedding Venue

HOW CAPLE COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for a Herefordshire wedding venue right now – huge congratulations! In this series of blog posts I am aiming to help you choose the best wedding venue for your wedding day. How Caple Court in Herefordshire is another of my favourite wedding venues. I am very lucky to have photographed some gorgeous weddings here over the years, and I wanted to share my knowledge of this lovely place with you to help you decide whether it’s where you want to have your wedding too! If you are looking for a wedding photographer as well, please do get in touch!

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How Caple Court is a beautiful country estate located in rural Herefordshire, lovingly run by the owners Vanessa & Roger Lee. The estate has an incredible history and is mentioned in the 1089 Domesday Book! The stunning gardens and the barn with adjoining marquee are available to you for your wedding day.

How Caple Court is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Concert Barn, or outside in the romantic Gazebo in the gardens.  There is also a church in the grounds for your wedding ceremony if you would prefer.

Enjoy your drinks reception on the formal terraces and picturesque gardens in front of the house, before your wedding breakfast and evening’s entertainment in the barn or adjoining marquee. With stunning views across Herefordshire and the Welsh mountains, and with endless beautiful photo spots, this really is the most romantic and rustic setting for a wedding.

If you are getting married at How Caple Court and you are looking for a wedding photographer, I would be delighted to chat further with you about your plans and your wedding photography!

So, here are some photographs to show how your wedding day at How Caple Court could look:

Getting Ready

Upon arrival at How Caple Court on the morning of your wedding, you are sure to see some of their peacocks strutting about! There is even a white one – perfect for your wedding day. The bride and her bridesmaids are welcome to have the use of the stable for getting ready – it has been made into a lovely space for the girls to have their hair and makeup done together. It’s then just a short walk down the drive to where your wedding ceremony is taking place.

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Ceremony 

At How Caple Court, you have a number of options for your wedding ceremony. For an indoor ceremony, you can either get married in the Concert Barn, or you can get married in the 13th Century Church located in the grounds. For outdoor wedding ceremonies, the romantic garden gazebo on the terraces is licensed for marriages – this is a stunning setting with views across the gardens to the Wye Valley and Welsh Mountains beyond. Alternatively, you could choose to get married at another church elsewhere and then arrive at How Caple for your reception afterwards.

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Reception

In the warmer months, the most lovely thing about How Caple Court is being able to mingle with your guests on the terraces for your wedding reception. The formal terraces date back to Edwardian times, with yew hedges, lily pools, ageing statues and a traditional rose garden, contrasting with less formal plantings of rambling flower borders, mature trees and shrubs. The rustic walls, stone stairs and charming gardens make a wonderful backdrop for lots of natural candid photographs as you meet and greet your family & friends.

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For the cooler months or for rainy day weddings, there is a spacious marquee adjoining the Concert Barn, where you will be able to comfortably mingle with your guests in the warm and dry!

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Photographs

How Caple Court really is a photographer’s dream, with all the lovely places we can go for your couple photographs together. I love all the rustic details, the barn doors and stone outbuildings, the flowers and trees. I also know a few hidden places that we can take a stroll through the grounds to find, with romantic gateways, lovely light, and an overgrown Italianate outdoor theatre in the woodland – all amazing for your photographs. It’s such a nice idea to take a few moments away from your guests and enjoy a little time with just the two of you together in the loveliest parts of your wedding venue, taking it all in. I like to shoot in as natural and relaxed a way as possible, so that you get some beautiful photographs of the two of you just being yourselves together in these atmospheric surroundings.

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Wedding Breakfast

Your wedding breakfast can take place in the oak panelled Concert Barn, or in it’s adjoining marquee. These can seat up to 120 guests, and have marquee lining, beams, fairy lights and chandeliers. You can add whatever decoration you would like to the spaces to suit your own wedding day styling.

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Dancing

Up to 200 guests can be held for your evening party. Your band or DJ can set up on the stage area at one end of the Concert Barn. Rock your first dance and then get all your guests on the dance floor with you to party the night away! The adjoining marquee has a bar area set up where guests can also mingle and chat away from the music if they wish. Enjoy celebrating with your guests before your wedding day at How Caple comes to an end!

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I hope you have found this guide and pictures helpful! You can take a look at a wedding blog post here:

Abbie & Darren’s How Caple Court Wedding 

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire and recommended by How Caple Court. If you are thinking of getting married at How Caple Court and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I love photographing weddings at this beautiful venue x

DEWSALL COURT WEDDING VENUE HEREFORDSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Dewsall Court Wedding Venue

DEWSALL COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking for wedding venues in Herefordshire, then hello and congratulations! I’m a local wedding photographer and I have shot many lovely weddings at Dewsall Court in Herefordshire, so I hope that you will find this little guide helpful if you are looking at this venue as being a possible choice for you! If you are thinking of getting married at Dewsall Court, please do get in touch, as I love shooting weddings here and I am highly recommended by the venue. You can find more information on my website – please do take a look when you’ve read my guide to Dewsall Court!

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Dewsall Court is located in the middle of the Herefordshire countryside at Callow, near Hereford. It is an absolute gem – the first time I ever went here, many years ago now, I was blown away by how beautiful it was (and almost changed my own wedding plans!). The sun was shining, the daffodils were in full bloom, and rabbits were hopping lazily about the grounds, with picturesque views of the countryside all around – really quite idyllic and a gorgeous location to get married!  Samantha the owner gave me a warm welcome and showed me all the lovely rooms inside the grade II listed country house and barns, all of which is available for your exclusive use for your wedding. Each of the bedrooms is unique and spacious, beautifully decorated, all with feature bathrooms (huge baths!) and stunning views. The fabulous conservatory, kitchen, lounge and other rooms are all yours for your wedding weekend. Samantha showed me the photographs of how the house looked before the family completely renovated it – practically derelict – and the transformation to luxury is just amazing – everything has been perfectly crafted to restore the place to it’s original grandeur. Dewsall has also very recently undergone another huge transformation with the re-development and improvement of The Wainhouse. It now has fully opening glass sides, a purpose made dance floor area, a bar and all the facilities you could need.  Outside, the grounds all around Dewsall are equally well looked-after, and I always love to explore the gardens and wander down to the church and the lake.  The church can be used for wedding ceremonies too if wished. Dewsall pride themselves on being a totally unique wedding venue, and their flexible approach is exciting, refreshing, and different from anywhere else I have ever been. They only take a small number of weddings each year, and tailor-make every package to the couple’s requirements.  Their wedding packages include a two-night stay for you and your guests, and full exclusive use of the house and grounds – a wonderful wedding house party!  Dewsall also host a number of dinner parties, retreats and courses based on country lifestyle and wellbeing, as well as paying particular attention to interesting and stylish food created from the highest-quality Herefordshire produce.  Dewsall is definitely a place I love revisiting for weddings time and time again – I am head-over-heels in love with it! If you are interested in holding your wedding at Dewsall, there is lots of useful information on their website, and you should get in touch with them there to find out more.

Here is my guide to how your wedding day could look at this venue…

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Getting Ready:

Dewsall has plenty of lovely rooms for all of your bridal party to stay over and get ready on the morning of the wedding. The groomsmen can also get ready in the barn rooms on site, and can even have a game of snooker in the main house. Enjoy a fun morning of being pampered by Dewsall’s recommended hair and makeup professionals, as you get ready with your bridesmaids and your family in luxury surroundings. Your Dewsall wedding planner will be on hand to make sure everything is running smoothly, and to bring you champagne if wished!

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When it is ceremony time, the bride can descend the Dewsall staircase and go to wherever the ceremony is taking place.

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Dewsall has a number of options available for the location of your wedding ceremony. You can choose to get married at a church elsewhere if you wish, returning to Dewsall for your reception. Or you can take your pick from one of these lovely options available on site:

Ceremony in The Wainhouse Barn:

The newly renovated Wainhouse Barn is a great place to hold your wedding ceremony. It now has a polished concrete floor with plenty of space for your ceremony seating, and a full wall of glass which can be opened up if it’s hot in the summer, or kept closed and cosy for winter weddings. There is also the option to have festoon/fairy lighting, and flora & fauna decorating the beams. The building is licenced for marriage ceremonies, so it is a legally binding wedding ceremony with no need to go and sign the register elsewhere before/afterwards. The walk to the Wainhouse from the main house is very short with a path, so access for the bride and guests is very easy, and adds to the build up of excitement and anticipation!

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Ceremony on The Lawn:

If you are having your wedding in the warmer months, it is possible to have your marriage ceremony out on the lawn at Dewsall. Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and Dewsall is a lovely location for this, with views from the lawns out over the Herefordshire countryside beyond to the Black Mountains. You are surrounded by carefully looked-after flower borders packed with colour. Leaving the house and making your grand entrance up the aisle is a wonderful feeling for brides, and for the grooms who are eagerly awaiting your emergence! Dewsall can offer the wonderful option of a canopy if you would like to provide your guests with cover outside, whether it be from the hot sunshine or from untimely rain showers. The canopy makes a striking scene and is very rustic in appearance, made of natural wood and canvas, in keeping with the feel of the venue. You could even have it decorated with flowers if you wished. If you are not worried about the weather though, you can also have your wedding ceremony open to the skies with no canopy, enjoying the full feeling of getting married out in the open air. Outdoor ceremonies are not legally binding and therefore you would need to go inside to sign the register afterwards, or have already done this previously, to make your marriage legal, but having the ceremony outside in these beautiful surroundings makes it well worth it.

With the Canopy:

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Ceremony in The Church:

Dewsall Court is very lucky to have Dewsall Church in it’s grounds. Dewsall Church is a very pretty little church with a wooden porch (perfect for a flower arch). Inside the church can seat about 80, although I have done larger weddings where people have stood at the back as well. The church wedding can either be a legally binding ceremony, or it can be a blessing (with the legal part done back up at the house or before/after the big day). For more information about having your wedding ceremony at Dewsall Church, have a chat with your Dewsall wedding planner.

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Signing in The Study:

If you haven’t had a legally binding location for your wedding ceremony, you can skip along to the study where you can quickly do the legal bit with the registrars to make your marriage formal! This is a nice private moment for the two of you to enjoy becoming husband and wife. During this time, your guests can be gathered together for your confetti moment outside.

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Confetti Moment:

Confetti is pretty much compulsory at weddings I think! Luckily Dewsall allows you to throw it where-ever you like outside (biodegradable, of course), so there are lots of opportunities for your confetti moment. You might like to exit the main Dewsall front doors and have your guests waiting in two lines ready to throw it there, or you might like to exit the side or back door onto the lawns, ready for your reception there. You might even want to have it thrown along the length of the path from/to the Wainhouse, depending on the logistics of your day. Or if you have had your wedding ceremony in the church, have your guests throw confetti by the pretty wooden porch there, or along the lane on the walk back up to the main house. The choice is yours!

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Reception:

Dewsall Court is very happy to accommodate all your wishes for your wedding day, and has lots of flexible options for your wedding reception. You have the use of the inside of the house, which is particularly useful in the autumn or winter months, or if you have a rainy wedding day. There is plenty of room in the lounge, conservatory and kitchen for your guests to mingle, and if it is cold the roaring log fires can be lit to make it extra cosy with a homely atmosphere. Outside there are the lovely grounds, lawns and gardens, with plenty of beautiful places for your guests to discover if they should wish to go exploring. In the warmer months your guests can spill out from the front of the house or from the back conservatory, and enjoy being outside in the spectacular surroundings, as drinks and canapes do the rounds. You could even have a croquet set or other garden games put out for entertainment, or have some live music playing too. Make the most of your wedding reception time – this is the best opportunity for lots of natural photos of you and your guests chatting and laughing, as well as for any more formal photographs you may require.

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Photographs:

Dewsall Court provides a stunning backdrop for your photographs. There are lots of stone buildings, rustic barn doors, beautiful informal gardens, trees, fields and pretty views. For your couple photographs, I love to spend as much or as little time as the two of you would like, and I know all the best photo spots to take you to – the romantic hidden secret garden, the lake with willow trees and a jetty, the swing, the ivy-covered ruins, the rustic outbuildings, the spring blossom or the autumn colours, the summer meadows of long grasses, the view to the Black Mountains as the sun sets… it’s all yours to enjoy together on your wedding day.

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Wedding Breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn:

Your wedding day is flying by like a dream, and it’s time for your wedding breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn, which, as mentioned, has been newly-restored so it is now a luxury space for your celebrations, with a purpose-built dance floor area and bar as well as high-spec facilities. You can decorate the Wainhouse however you like, and as it already has a very rustic look of it’s own, you can really add to this with your own flower arrangements and greenery, bunting, festoon or fairy lighting, candles, lanterns, favours, furs, crockery and other touches. There are a number of ways you can arrange the tables too – with circular tables or long tables to choose from. Don’t forget that wall of glass too, which in the warmer weather can be fully opened up, so you can enjoy letting the summer in as your guests mingle inside and outside. The Wainhouse can accommodate up to 120-170 guests seated for wedding breakfast, and more for the evening. Catering is provided by Dewsall’s own catering team, and is always of the highest standard (and absolutely delicious!).

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Dancing and Evening Fun:

The Wainhouse now has it’s own dancefloor with a beautiful painted motif, and area for the band or DJ to set up without disturbing your meal. When it’s time for your first dance, the dancefloor is revealed as a surprise for your guests, as your music begins and the barn doors open to the view of you two dancing! Then all your guests can pile onto the dancefloor with you to dance the night away. With the bar close by, it’s ideal for plenty of crazy moves! There is also a firepit and seating area amongst the trees and lightbulbs outside, where guests can toast marshmallows, play with sparklers, and enjoy the incredible spectacle of your wedding day as it draws to a close.

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So there we have it – I hope you have found this guide and pictures of Dewsall Court helpful in your Herefordshire wedding venue search!

You can view some full Dewsall wedding blog posts here:

Alison & Rich’s Dewsall Court Wedding - ceremony in the church

Katherine & Ian’s Dewsall Court Wedding – ceremony in canopy on the lawn.

There are also more pictures on my Dewsall Court Pinterest Board. Lots of inspiration for your Herefordshire wedding day!

Gemma Williams is a recommended wedding photographer for Dewsall Court in Herefordshire. If you are planning your wedding at Dewsall Court, I would love to hear from you! Please take a look at my website and get in touch. If there is anything else I can help with, please do let me know! x

BIRTSMORTON COURT WEDDING VENUE WORCESTERSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Birtsmorton Court Wedding Venue

BIRTSMORTON COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking at venues for your wedding, huge congratulations! I’m a local wedding photographer and I have shot at many lovely venues in Worcestershire. My favourite, and probably the one I shoot at the most, has to be the amazing Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern in Worcestershire. This little guide will take you through a wedding day at Birtsmorton Court, and help you decide if it’s the best venue for you…

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Birtsmorton Court is a medieval moated manor house, built in the 15th Century, with beautiful gardens and grounds. You can get married in the medieval Great Hall, or outside in the picturesque White Garden. There is also a lovely church in the grounds for church wedding ceremonies. Drinks can then be had on the terrace overlooking the moat and gardens in the summer weather, in the White Garden, or in the Great Hall with a crackling log fire in the winter months. Move to the marquee of the Garden Room for your wedding breakfast, and then party the night away under fairy lights, perhaps watching fireworks from the lake…  It is a beautiful location for a wedding, whatever the time of year! Trish and Sophie and the rest of the team always make sure that everything runs absolutely perfectly – it is always a pleasure to shoot here. If you are looking for a wedding venue, I definitely recommend a visit to Birtsmorton Court – you can contact them here.

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Here is how your wedding day at Birtsmorton Court Worcestershire could look, taking you step by step through each part of the day with the aid of photographs to help you imagine your own celebrations…

Getting Ready

On the morning of your wedding, there are a couple of different options for where the bride can get ready. The first option is the Bridal Suite, which is located in the Manor House itself. This beautiful suite is very light and spacious, with a four poster bed, dressing room, comfy sofas, and views over the moat.

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Alternatively there is the Garden House, which is located in the grounds. This cottage has two floors and everything you need to get ready with your bridesmaids and close family.

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Wedding Ceremony in the Church

The Church on the estate at Birtsmorton Court is very close by, so you don’t need to travel far. It dates back to the 14th Century. Inside, it is really beautiful, and can be decorated to your wishes with flowers etc. It can seat up to 115 guests. It is possible to have a full wedding ceremony or just a blessing here.

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Wedding Ceremony in The White Garden

During the warmer months, Birtsmorton Court has the wonderful option of getting married outside, in the White Garden. The White Garden is ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony, with it’s secret maze entrance, it’s stunning white flowers and complementing shrubs, trees and statues, it’s water feature and pergola. The pergola is a structure which is licensed for marriage ceremonies, so when you get married here, it is a legally binding ceremony, with no need to worry about having to do the paperwork elsewhere! Your guests can be seated around the pergola, and there is no limit to the number you can have. It’s a beautiful setting in which to get married.

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Wedding Ceremony in The Great Hall

For the colder months, or for rainy wedding days, you can get married in the impressive Great Hall in the Manor House. This space can hold around 80 guests, and makes for a truly unique atmosphere, with it’s historic features dating back to the 15th Century. The beams, tapestries, fireplace and antique furnishings add to the grandeur. Again, this place is licensed for marriage ceremonies so it’s all signed and sealed!

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Confetti Moment

Birtsmorton Court don’t allow paper confetti to be thrown at their venue, but they are very happy for other confetti alternatives such as fresh petals, bird seed, lavender, and bubbles, and they have a couple of specific locations where this is best to be done – along the church path if you are having a church wedding, or by the lake if you are having a ceremony at the house/gardens. I love a good confetti line!

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Reception on the Terrace

Then it’s off to your reception, to meet and mingle with all your guests! There are two outdoor locations where your wedding reception takes place – firstly on the terrace of the Manor House overlooking the moat…with the swans gliding by and the beautiful views all around, this will be a delightful start to your celebrations.

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Reception in the White Garden

Secondly your wedding reception can move across to the White Garden, with it’s secret maze entrance and it’s beautiful white flowers and water feature. Enjoy this wonderful time with all your family and friends in this amazing location! Your reception is the perfect time for me to get lots of natural photographs of you and your guests enjoying yourselves, without you even realising I’m there. This is a lovely spot for any more ‘formal’ family photographs you may wish to have too.

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Reception in the Great Hall

For colder or rainy weddings, The Great Hall is a great space for your wedding reception, as you mingle with your guests amongst the history of your surroundings and are warmed by the roaring log fire. The Birtsmorton team will always be on hand to make sure things are going smoothly, and they are very flexible to accommodate any wishes you may have.

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Photographs

As your guests are taken to be seated for the wedding breakfast, we have time to capture some photographs with just the two of you around the amazing grounds of Birtsmorton Court. This is a wonderful time for the two of you to just be together and take in the beautiful surroundings of your wedding day!  There are so many lovely locations for your pictures. I aim to shoot in a relaxed and natural style, so that you can just enjoy your wedding bubble and look back on photographs that reflect the real you and your real happiness on your wedding day.

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Wedding Breakfast in the Marquee

The marquee is light, airy and elegant, and is a great space to decorate how you wish for the style of your wedding. It can seat up to 160 guests, and during the summer months the side panels can be opened up to let the sunshine in. Birtsmorton Court works with two catering partners who can offer you a delicious choice for your wedding breakfast.

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Dancing and Evening Fun

The Garden Room adjoins the marquee, so the joining doors can be opened up when it’s time for guests to spill through for the evening entertainment. With cosy bench seating, a dedicated dancefloor for a DJ or live band, and a brand new bar right nearby, this is a fantastic space for all your partying. Guests who would prefer to sit and chat can stay in the adjoining marquee and still enjoy the music. Take your spot on the dance floor for your first dance under the fairy lights, and then get all your guests to pile in with you as you dance the night away! There is also the opportunity to watch fireworks by the lake for a truly spectacular end to your amazing wedding day.

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So there we have it! I hope that this guide with photographs through a wedding day at Birtsmorton Court has helped you to imagine how yours could look if you choose to get married here. It really is a beautiful place.

You can see some weddings that I have photographed at Birtsmorton Court on the blog here:

Sophie & James’s Wedding at Birtsmorton Court – (Birtsmorton wedding manager) autumn, ceremony in the church

Laura & Roland’s Wedding at Birtsmorton Court – summer, ceremony in the church

You can also check out more Birtsmorton Court wedding inspiration on my Pinterest board here.

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire. If you are getting married at Birtsmorton Court and you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I love Birtsmorton Court weddings and I am very happy to be a recommended wedding photographer for them. Do get in touch and let me know all about your exciting wedding plans! x

WALCOT HALL WEDDING VENUE SHROPSHIRE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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WALCOT HALL WEDDING VENUE:

If you are looking around for a wedding venue at the moment, then congratulations on your engagement! Here’s a little guide from me about Walcot Hall wedding venue to help you decide if it might be the right one for you.

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When I first visited Walcot Hall in Shropshire near Lydbury North, I immediately fell in love with this amazing and unique place, and every time I go back, I always find new things to love about it! It is a most quirky wedding venue, with a beautiful turquoise ballroom, and grounds filled with wonderful photo opportunities. The historic Georgian country house is full of character, and the stunning countryside setting is a feast for the eyes. There is even an arboretum, a Victorian tin chapel, and a gypsy caravan in the grounds! A wonderful place for a wedding.

I’m a recommended wedding photographer for Walcot Hall and I have made this guide to take you through a whole wedding day here, using pictures so that you can imagine what your own wedding day here would look like, and decide if it’s the right venue for you!

Here we go…

Getting Ready

Walcot Hall has a bridal suite which is very spacious with lots of natural window light. This is the perfect place for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. There are also lots of other rooms and quirky glamping accommodation options for the groom, family and guests. When it is time for the ceremony, head down the grand staircase to your wedding…

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Wedding Ceremony Indoors in The Hall

Walcot Hall has a number of options for your wedding ceremony. For indoor ceremonies, The Hall is an opulent location with pillars, paintings and that grand staircase entrance. The Hall is licensed for marriage ceremonies, so it’s a legally binding ceremony, meaning you don’t have to worry about signing the register elsewhere. The Hall also provides a useful ‘plan B’ if you are aiming to get married outside but the weather is a little uncertain.

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Wedding Ceremony Outside in the Courtyard

It is possible to get married in The Courtyard, just outside The Hall. (This option requires you to go and sign the register afterwards in The Hall to make your marriage legal).

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Wedding Ceremony Outside in the Arboretum

The ultimate outdoor ceremony option is to get married in The Arboretum, surrounded by all the beautiful shrubs and trees, with the backdrop of the feature waterfall. This space is very flexible for you to set up however you wish, with any seating arrangement. The blue summerhouse is a licensed structure, so you can go inside here for the legal signing part of the ceremony. Then have a confetti line to your reception!

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It is also possible to get married in the local church just down the road at Lydbury North, or another church of your choice, and then return to Walcot Hall for your reception.

Reception

Walcot Hall has lots of lovely spaces for your wedding reception. Spill out onto the lawn at the back of the house, surrounded by flowers and countryside views, with garden games, drinks and canapes, or mingle in the Courtyard amongst the ferns and contemporary statues. For rainy days, there is the Anteroom and the Hall to use. This is a great time to get lots of natural candid shots of you and your guests enjoying the day.

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Photographs

Walcot Hall has so many amazing backdrops for your photographs, which is why I love it so much! We can spend as much or as little time as you like with just the two of you together exploring this fabulous venue. A short stroll into the woods gives lots of exciting discoveries including the Victorian tin chapel and the gypsy caravan. Close to the Hall there are walled gardens, colourful flowers, trees, and plenty of doorways, archways, and rustic brick walls. There are also the adorable summer houses and swathes of wild flowers (depending on the time of year). I like to shoot in a natural and relaxed style so that we capture real photos of the two of you just being together and enjoying this incredible day!

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Wedding Breakfast in the Ballroom

The Ballroom at Walcot Hall is the jewel in it’s crown, being a striking room with ornate ceilings, impressive chandeliers, and turquoise walls. The team at Walcot Hall are really happy for you to create the wedding that you want to have, so you are free to arrange this space however you want, and to choose your own preferred catering option. I have seen both circular tables and long banqueting tables being used for the wedding breakfast, with the top table being placed wherever you like.

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Dancing and Evening Fun

Guests move through into the Anteroom and into the Courtyard while the Ballroom is turned around for the evening’s entertainment. The Courtyard always looks magical in the evening, with twinkling fairy lights and festoon lighting, and a firepit. It makes an amazing atmosphere! After your first dance, call all your guests onto the dancefloor and boogy the night away…

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I really hope you have enjoyed my guide to a wedding day at Walcot Hall.

You can see a full wedding at Walcot Hall on my blog here:

Tori & Will’s Wedding at Walcot Hall

You can also see more ideas on my Pinterest Board for Walcot Hall here.

If you are getting married at Walcot Hall and you are looking for a wedding photographer – look no further! I’m an award-winning wedding photographer recommended by Walcot Hall – this is one of my absolute favourite wedding venues and I would love to shoot your wedding here. I shoot your day in my natural, creative style, whilst remaining as invisible as possible so that you are free to enjoy your wedding without worrying about the camera. Weddings at Walcot Hall are always so much fun and they really suit my style down to the ground! If you would like to find out more about having me as your wedding photographer, please do get in touch! x

LYDE COURT HEREFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUE – A GUIDE BY GEMMA WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

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LYDE COURT WEDDING VENUE:

If you are on the hunt for a Herefordshire Wedding Venue right now, then congratulations! Herefordshire has so many lovely wedding venues, it may seem a daunting (although exciting) task ahead to choose the one that’s right for your wedding day. Being a local wedding photographer, I know all the loveliest wedding venues very well, so in this series I am aiming to help you find your venue, with the use of pictures. Today I’m showing you Lyde Court in Herefordshire – probably the nearest wedding venue to my own home, being only 10 minutes away! If you are looking for a wedding photographer too, please do take a look at my website when you’ve read about Lyde Court.

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Lyde Court is a stone barn wedding venue with ceremonies outside and inside being possible. The barns date from the 17th Century, and are completely unspoilt, with stone walls, vaulted ceilings, beams, galleries and arrow-slit windows. It all makes for a very rustic and atmospheric setting! Especially when you add in candles, mismatched antique furniture, and all your own decorations that you would like to add to your wedding day styling. The gardens of the house itself are available for photographs, and the fields all around give fantastic views over the Herefordshire countryside. There are other barns and an oast house as well as the main house too. It’s amazing to think you are only 2 miles from the centre of Hereford, in this idyllic rural hideaway. Gary and the team at Lyde Court give you huge flexibility to create your own wedding day however you want and are always on hand to help – if you are interested to find out more you can contact them here.

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So here are some photographs to take you through how your wedding day at Lyde Court could look…

Getting Ready

Bridal prep before the ceremony is possible at Lyde Court in the main house. There is a dedicated room downstairs for this, the White Room, as well as a Bridal Suite upstairs, which provides ample space for getting ready. I particularly love the natural window light in the White Drawing Room. You are tucked away here so guests and the groom won’t accidentally see you before the ceremony, and it is only a short walk to your ceremony when it’s time.

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Wedding Ceremony Outside

Lyde Court provides an amazing opportunity to get married outside, in a choice of two beautiful locations. Seating for your guests is set up on the grass on The Willow Lawn or The Rose Lawn outside the barns, and your ceremony is conducted at the barn opening. Performing your marriage ceremony under the barn structure in this way means that it is legally binding, so there’s no need to go elsewhere to complete the formalities.

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Wedding Ceremony Inside

Wedding ceremonies indoors can be held in the barns (this also gives a plan B in case it is raining on the day of your outdoor ceremony). You are free to decorate the barns however you wish, and the ancient stone walls, beams, and candles make a very romantic atmosphere. The White Room in the main house may also be used for very small ceremonies. Alternatively, you may wish to have your wedding ceremony in a church nearby, and arrive at Lyde Court for your reception afterwards.

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Confetti

At Lyde Court you can throw biodegradable confetti where-ever you like! You may like to throw it after your outdoor ceremony as you walk down the aisle, or as you go to your reception across the lawn. The organisers at Lyde Court are very good and will help you plan this in.

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Reception

Lyde Court has great spaces for your wedding reception come rain or shine! If it is raining, guests can mingle in the bar area of the barn, where there are sofas downstairs and some more seating upstairs too. If it’s a nice day, guests can mingle on the lawns, both by the barns and by the house. There are opportunities for garden games and other entertainment as drinks and canapes are brought round. There are also fire pits and picnic tables outside to use. Make the most of mingling and chatting with all your guests at this time – it’s the best way to get lots of natural photographs too!

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Photographs

Lyde Court has lots of lovely photo spots we can use – surrounded by countryside, there are beautiful views all around. There is also a secret garden and lots of flowers and trees, including a stunning wisteria at the right time of year. I love the rustic backdrop the stone barns and wooden doors provide, and a short hop into the fields gives even more opportunity for amazing photographs. This is why I love shooting here! I am very happy to spend as much or as little time on your ‘formal’ photographs as you wish, and I like to keep them as ‘informal’, natural and relaxed as possible, so that you look back and see the real you enjoying your wedding day.

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Wedding Breakfast

Your wedding breakfast is provided in the Great Barn, and is catered by Lyde Court’s own team. I always think that the barn set for wedding breakfast is a stunning sight. You can choose to have round tables or long banqueting tables, and you are free to put your top table wherever you would like it best. There’s also an unbelievable selection of vintage chairs to either match or mis-match, giving the barn a really original and quirky look. You can add your own decorations, bunting, fairy lights, flowers etc to make it look amazing. Lit by candles, it really is a most atmospheric dining experience for your guests.

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Dancing & Evening Fun

Your band or DJ can set up on the stage at one end of the Great Barn, and there is a dancefloor area here with plenty of room for crazy shapes. Lyde Court has a great PA and lighting system, so you’ll be able to party until you drop!

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So there we have it – I hope this little guide has been helpful for you choosing whether to have your wedding at Lyde Court! It really is a fabulous fun venue that I love to shoot at. You can see some of the full blog posts of the weddings I have photographed here for more inspiration:

Kerry & Matt’s Lyde Court Wedding – ceremony outside the Rose barn

Bea & Gareth’s Lyde Court Wedding - ceremony inside barn and White Room

You can also check out my Lyde Court Pinterest Board for more ideas.

Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer, based in Hereford and recommended by Lyde Court. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do visit my website and get in touch! Good luck with your wedding planning, and if there is anything else I can help you with, please do let me know x