Cheshire Wedding Photography and Wedding Venues.
As Cheshire wedding photographers we are somewhat blessed with all the amazing wedding venues that Cheshire has to offer.
So we’re historically based in the county of Cheshire, although now in this modern age we’re classed as part of Greater Manchester. I guess we’re both Manchester and Cheshire wedding photographers (there’s Lancashire too but thats another story!) So within Cheshire there’s so much choice and so many brilliant locations for your wedding day that it’s difficult to know where to start! Maybe we’ll have a go at roughly categorising them depending on your style of wedding. Although most venues can be tailored to suit your needs with a little imagination!
Our list is by no way exhaustive, mostly these are venues where we’ve enjoyed shooting weddings, will be doing soon or look a bit different. We’d love to shoot your wedding wherever you decide to tie the knot in Cheshire! So look no further for your choice of some of the best Cheshire wedding venues. Do have a flick through our gallery above too, which shows a small selection of our photos from various weddings around Cheshire :)
Rustic barn style in Cheshire:
Sandhole Oak Barn, a purpose built oak beamed barn, close to Congleton with B&B on-site accommodation too. Owen House Wedding Barn, a truly rustic countryside venue in Mobberley, with an authentic farm feel. Hyde Bank Farm, hidden away just minutes from Romiley, this barn and grounds has a great cosy rustic feel, with great options for photography within the grounds and around and about too. Styal Lodge, a very wooden almost Scandinavian feeling lodge in the grounds of Styal golf club, built with the ultimate weddings in mind. Oak Tree of Peover (formerly Peover Golf club), a light and airy modern barn in a great setting in Lower Peover. Yarrangall B & B, a genuine farm barn with space for camping too, this is real rustic open to your DIY imagination :) CHET in Crosby is a hidden gem of a 16th century barn surrounded by green fields, perfect for a rustic vibe to your day. Only a stone’s throw from those eerie Anthony Gormley statues on Crosby beach if you fancy a iron statue gate crashing your pics ;) Just south of Congleton you’ll find a gem of a rustic farm barn wedding venue in Alcumlow Barn, outdoor and indoor ceremony options. Fairy lights and rustic charm oozes out of this place!
A stately home perhaps!
Arley Hall, imposing red brick towering stately home set in acres of gorgeous gardens. Willington Hall, a slightly smaller red brick glory with long ranging views over Cheshire, from manicured terraced lawns. Tatton Hall, Knutsford’s crowning glory this huge stately home and parkland would definitely give a very opulent feel to your wedding day. Capesthorne Hall, an impressive sweeping drive reveals this magnificent hall, with gardens to match – we really could spend all day here. An outdoor wedding ceremony at Capesthorne on the blog here or this classic wedding day with an Egyptian twist :) Adlington Hall and Shooting Lodge, oak panelled rich interiors of the Great Hall, gardens, courtyards, impressive tudor frontage this Cheshire venue ticks all the boxes for a historic wedding venue. This little beauty just popped up on our radar too, check out Dorfold Hall near Nantwich, a Jacobean privately owned stately home, secretly tucked away in Cheshire’s rolling countryside.
A piece of Cheshire’s rich history:
Bramall Hall, Stockport’s hidden Tudor gem, great for smaller more intimate weddings. Peckforton Castle, a fairytale wedding venue amidst a dense woodland, it doesn’t get more cliché – Pixies in the Cellar wedding photography at Peckforton Castle blogged here! Crewe Hall, plenty of history at this imposing hotel, with plenty of rooms for guests to stay and very convenient for transport links too. Gawsworth Hall, just south of Macclesfield this Cheshire mansion house with Shakespearian links is great for intimate weddings indoors and larger parties in the gardens. There’s also a really gorgeous very English church next door too! Quarry Bank Mill, celebrate Cheshire’s industrial heritage, with this cotton mill at Styal as a fantastic backdrop for any photos or even to add authenticity to a steampunk themed wedding.
Alternative – outdoor – marquee – tipi styled:
Chester lakes, a huge campsite with BBQ pods too – great for a tipi reception – just south of Chester. Delamere Forest, part of the forestry commissions selection of great forest venues – trees trees trees love it! Heaton House Farm, not officially Cheshire but just sneaking over the border into Staffordshire this is a farm with style! With accommodation on site and the potential for camping too – great for any size wedding. Bolesworth Estate, large Cheshire estate grounds near Tattenhall, plenty of space to place even the largest wedding marquee or tipi village! Peak District Farm Weddings, for summer (May- September) weddings with rustic style this is the go to place in Cheshire. Just a few miles from Macclesfield with on site accommodation and stunning views from their wedding field. Ness Botanic Gardens, close to both Chester and Ellesmere port with 64 acres of gardens, outdoor ceremony options or a very light almost outside conservatory for the winter months. Abbeywood Estate, surrounded by Delamere Forest on one side and awe inspiring gardens on the other you wont be short of a green view here! Great friendly staff and an almost homely feel. Glasshouse at Combermere, boasting the worlds only fruit tree maze, if that’s your thing! A magnificent glasshouse venue set within walled gardens on the borders of Cheshire and Shropshire. For winter weddings (Jan 2016 onwards) there’s the rich and sumptuous library followed by partying in the glasshouse. If lush greenery is your thing you couldn’t go far wrong with a garden nursery wedding at Stonyford Cottage Gardens, teamed with a marquee of your choice this almost tropical paradise would befit any wedding celebration. Go have a nosey, based in Cuddington close to Northwich and they have a yummy tea room too, worth a trip out for a piece of cake! Just a few miles from Chester city centre is the rustic idyll of Kingsacre Cupcakes. Rustic bar, marquee and camping caravan facilities, make a weekend of it at this pretty perfect looking rustic Cheshire wedding venue. If you’re closer to Manchester than the thick of Cheshire then perhaps hunt out Whitebottom Farm near Etherow Country Park, not afraid of hosting big festivals with the Blackthorn Festival held there very year, not sure of their contact details maybe take a wander down there. There’s a few blogs online of other weddings at Whitebottom Farm to give you a taster of it’s gorgeous surrounding and barn buildings – it does look the perfect mix of countryside, barn & DIY wedding greatness.
Land for marquee, tipi outdoor weddings in Cheshire:
Hilltop Farm Weddings, ‘The Wedding Meadow’ on a working family farm in Woodford, a true blank canvas for your DIY Cheshire wedding. Harthill Weddings, weekend hire of this site gives you loads of scope for a great wedding weekend. Their modern barn is also licensed for wedding ceremonies and camping on site is also available, ideal for a Cheshire wedding festival! Cherry Orchard Lakes, a lakeside venue close to Delamere. Buddileigh Farm Wedding, on the Staffordshire Cheshire border, a marquee venue with some self catering accommodation on site also. Church Farm, with views over North Wales and the River Dee, another blank canvas venue for your rustic wedding imagination to go wild! Not far from the thick of it and great transport links to this farm not far from Warrington, Bellefield Farm offer blank canvas field hire DIY wedding heaven or will give you a helping hand and package things up with marquees/tipis etc included – whatever you want really :)
Classic hotel Cheshire weddings:
Mottram Hall, set at the end of a long tree lined drive in the heart of Cheshire, ticking all the boxes for a classic Cheshire wedding. Shrigley Hall, perched above the village of Pott Shrigley this hotel has a multitude of different rooms to choose from to customise your perfect wedding day. Mere Court Hotel, a smaller hotel with a homely feel, combining a dark moody ceremony room with a great light bright reception room over looking a small lake. Rowton Hall Hotel, just outside Chester this hotel and spa has a cosy feel, with plenty of grounds to explore, including their kitchen garden. Hillbark Hotel, situated on the Wirral this hotel is quite a Tudor surprise as you approach down the lush green driveway, a great mix of the old alongside a modern marquee for your evening party.
Smaller hotel country house Cheshire wedding venues:
Mere Court Hotel, (also above) Alderley Edge Hotel, just minutes from Alderley Edge village, ideal for popping to The Edge for views over Cheshire or simply enjoy the hotels bijou gardens. Hilltop Country House, a Cheshire wedding idyll minutes from Prestbury, manicured yet natural feeling gardens and even a boogie room make this a very well thought out wedding venue especially for those long summer nights. Delamere Manor, with a choice of eight different indoor or outdoor spaces for your wedding ceremony, from rustic to classic, this Cheshire venue can really be tailored to any style of wedding. A venue for Take That or Gary Barlow fans as it was his former home!
Pub,restaurant, boutique hotel:
Bells of Peover, a classic historic country pub feel perfectly placed for the church next door too and with plenty of garden space if you need to expand out into a tipi or marquee. The Plough Inn, perfect for an intimate Cheshire wedding admist oak beams galore! Belle Epoque, quirky boutique hotel slap bang in the middle of the very Cheshire town of Knutsford – think burlesque meets city chic. Oddfellows, Chester’s funkiest coolest boutique hotel style and bags of character in their playful colourful decor. A welcome new player to the Cheshire/Manchester scene is Oddfellows in the Park, a stunning building situated in the gorgeous Bruntwood Park in Cheadle. Sister to Chester’s established venue, this is set to be a popular venue for sure! (taking wedding bookings from December 2016….)
Clonter Opera Theatre, a theatre in the middle of green fields and countryside, not what you’d expect! So you get the best of both worlds quirky theatre environment but plenty of outdoor space and greenery too. For a more urban vibe try the classic Art Deco styled Stockport Plaza. With your name in lights at the theatre entrance and cinema ticket keepsakes for your guest, it’ll definitely be a wedding to remember.
Cheshire wedding venues with the animals:
Chester Zoo, a wedding to remember, includes access to the zoo or perhaps an evening safari. With Oakfield Manor providing a countryhouse setting too, best of both worlds! Chester Racecourse, (but I guess whilst you’re having your wedding there won’t be too many horses there!!) Start your day in the newly refurbished ceremony room and move on through the racecourse for a stylish reception amidst the racecourse grounds, with Champagne and Pimms of course!
And well once you’ve decided on your Cheshire wedding venue, you know where to look for great Cheshire Wedding Photographers!! Check our availability… :)
Photographically each of these Cheshire wedding venues offers something different and the character of the venue you choose will definitely come through in the essence of your photography. This is something to bear in mind when planning where to hold your wedding….city chic styling clean lines and tuxedos may not necessarily fit in with a woodland wedding!!! but maybe that’s the juxtaposition you’re looking for :)
Another point to consider when looking into venues is the options for photography both inside and out – we do have a lot of white umbrellas though! We’re more than happy outside, in most weathers (we may pass on a monsoon…but then again if you guys are out there then what amazing pics they’d be!) but if you’d like some family group shots, then perhaps everyone won’t be so keep on braving all weathers. The best spaces inside would be an adjoining separate room to your reception drinks or a corner of your reception room (if it’s very big, as the room will be full of all your guests if the weather isn’t great).
What do we specifically love about being Cheshire wedding photographers? Well for starters it’s quite close to home! No but really it’s the big landscapes, with gentle undulating hills a typical Cheshire scene – we can’t take landscape images anymore without a bride and groom in, they’re just not complete without you! Ha ha ha! Really there’s such a mix as you can see above from the old and stately to the new quirky and sometimes muddy :) Like it says on our home page – variety is the spice of life. As well as all that then there’s you and your wedding guests, as Cheshire is sandwiched between two huge cities of Manchester and Liverpool, there’s a lot of different characters with Cheshire as their playground along with all of you real Cheshire folk who live in the gorgeous countryside!
Looking further afield, not only are we Cheshire wedding photographers but cover the whole of the UK :) Try our Manchester Weddings page for city centre venues or perhaps you want bigger hills, have a nosey at our Lancashire Weddings page or maybe you fancy some rusticness in Derbyshire or over the hills to the sunnier side of Britain in Yorkshire :)
If you’re looking for accommodation for bridal prep (or for family and friends) in the Knutsford vicinity of Cheshire, we’ve come across these two beauties whilst on our travels :)
Garden Cottage – Knutsford, Moss Wood – Knutsford/Peover, we’ve heard that you can also have a marquee wedding reception here too……
and a quick link to a list of village halls for hire in Cheshire, which may just suit your wedding day perfectly with a bit of imagination and some quirky decoration! or try here for venue spaces by the The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
Other wedding suppliers in Cheshire that we have worked with and would recommend to complete your perfect Cheshire Wedding day :)
MUA: Clare Ardern MUA
Film: Tom at Silk Wedding Films, Charlene at Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films
Floral greatness: Kelly Louise Floral Artistry, Joanne at Fletcher and Foley, Red Floral Architecture
Wedding Rings: Natalie Holt
Cars: Horgans Cars, High Style Wedding Cars
Venue Styling: Amy Janes Venue Dressing, Precious Things Event Styling
Tipi hire: All About ME marquees & events