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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

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

Iscoyd Park Wedding Photographer

Iscoyd Park Wedding Photographer

ISCOYD PARK WEDDING VENUE

Nat & Ben had an epic wedding at Iscoyd Park wedding venue in Shropshire on a beautiful summer’s day in July. Iscoyd Park is one of the most amazing venues that I have the pleasure of shooting weddings at, and every time I go there it just seems to get better and better! (I could quite happily take up permanent residence in one of their sumptuous new bedrooms).  Nat & Ben had the most perfect wedding day, with guests mingling amongst the flowers in the garden during the reception, and with lots more flowers inside too, thanks to the incredible talents of Red Floral Architecture. There was croquet on the lawns, then laughter and feasting amidst candle-lit blossom trees, and dancing into the night. What an amazing wedding! It was an honour to be there to capture it all – congratulations to Nat & Ben on your special day! Here are a few favourites… x

If you are getting married at Iscoyd Park wedding venue in Shropshire and you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do visit my website and get in touch to find out more about my award-winning wedding photography services!

Walcot Hall Wedding Photography

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WALCOT HALL WEDDING VENUE

Tori & Will were married in July at wonderful Walcot Hall in Shropshire. They had a totally relaxed and fun wedding day, surrounded by all their loved ones. Exactly the kind of wedding I love to photograph! The weather allowed them to have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the arboretum, with their guests watching from the comfort of haybales, and with bright, colourful sunflowers lining the aisle. Tori walked towards Will and then they got married! Confetti was thrown and a whole heap of jollity followed, with everyone fully getting into the celebratory spirit. Hopefully these pictures will tell the story of their love- and laughter-filled day. Thank you to Tori & Will for having me there, you are an amazing couple with an amazing bunch of friends & family – I loved celebrating with you and capturing it all! x

Here’s what they said in their lovely Thank You card:

“Dear Gemma… I am really struggling to put into words how much we LOVE your beautiful photographs of our wedding. We absolutely adore them and will cherish them for ever. They have perfectly captured what we always hoped our wedding would be – relaxed, fun, and full of love! Thank you so much for being part of our big day and for giving us such gorgeous reminders of the wedding. With love, Tori & Will x”

If you are getting married at Walcot Hall in Shropshire and are looking for a wedding photographer, please take a look at my website and drop me a line! I am a recommended wedding photographer for Walcot Hall – I love weddings there, it’s such a quirky venue. I especially love the turquoise ballroom, the tin chapel and the gypsy caravan – great for photo opportunities! I shoot with a creative documentary style, capturing everything in a relaxed and natural way – it’s all real love and real laughter – your real wedding day memories to treasure for ever. I’d love to hear from you! x

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SPRING WEDDING AT ISCOYD PARK

I loved this wedding so much! Clare & Jack were married in April and had THE most amazing spring day for it, with wall-to-wall sunshine and blue skies. They tied the knot at St Mary’s Church Whitewell, just five minutes up the road from their reception venue, Iscoyd Park in Shropshire. St Mary’s is the most ridiculously pretty church in an idylic setting in the countryside. It is painted white and is as lovely inside as it is outside. It certainly looked like a fairytale that day, with the deep blue sky behind and the surrounding blossom snowing down in the sunshine. Here are some favourites from their day! x

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Gemma Williams is an award-winning, fun-loving wedding photographer who is recommended by Iscoyd Park. If you are getting married at St Mary’s Church Whitewell or Iscoyd Park, and would like relaxed, natural photographs capturing your whole day, please do take a look at my website and get in touch as I love shooting weddings here!