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Fine Art Wedding Photography Series: Things to consider when choosing the perfect luxury wedding venue


February 10, 2021


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You’re engaged!

A huge congratulations is in order.

Most couples tend to spend a few weeks celebrating this huge milestone, but it doesn’t take too long before the Pinterest boards emerge and the planning commences.

Choosing the right venue is normally on the top of any bride-to-be’s list and so it should be.

The venue sets the tone for the rest of your wedding, so don’t rush into any big decisions!

Whether you’ve got your heart set on a rustic barn, beachside retreat or a Bridgerton style stately home, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

First things first, a stunning bridal suite!


That’s a good question.

Well, this is the room where the magic really starts. As a fine art photographer, as soon as I arrive I will shoot your detail shots. Then it’s all about you, your bridesmaids and getting ready.

It may seem obvious, but having your bridesmaids coordinated, getting ready by a large window and keeping the room tidy help to make your photos look much better.

Natural light plays a huge role in achieving that bright pastel look that’s dreamy and ethereal. Plus, your HMUA will be very thankful if you choose a well lit area (nobody wants a Brigit Jones taxi style look).

To give you a quick example, Bourton Hall in Rugby, UK, is one of those venues that offers a stunning light-filled bridal suite.

As you can see, despite an overcast day, I was able to capture gorgeous portraits of Carly using only natural light.

*Top Tip

Talk to your planner before confirming a venue. Discuss your whole vision for the day and how you envisage the overall look of your wedding.

Choosing a venue that aligns with your aesthetic is key! Once you’ve committed to your wedding space, the details such as flowers and stationary will come naturally.

*Top Tip

Gather items that I can photograph for your flatlay before the big day. This could include stationary, rings, flowers, family heirlooms, old photographs, perfume…anything that’s sentimental to you.

*Top Tip

Give yourself enough time to get ready. You want at least 30 minutes to get into your dress, get your heels on and your veil in place. It may sound extensive, but I promise you’ll be grateful for those extra few minutes on the day.


Venue – Bourton Hall

Flowers – Raven & Ryegrass

Styling – The Two Hummingbirds

Dress – Rachel Ash Bridal

Menswear – Peter Posh

Stationary – Peonies & Paperclips

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