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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

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