WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER COTSWOLDS
The Cotswolds are an area of outstanding natural beauty situated on the borders of South Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. They comprise of many beautiful villages and are famous for their honey coloured buildings made from limestone. The villages are quintessentially British with a mix of chocolate box cottages, beautiful country pubs, barns and and manor houses. No wonder they are a popular destination for weddings.
The Cotswolds are not only popular with weddings for local couples but also those from further afield, many travelling up from London to enjoy the glorious countryside only a couple of hours away. Having explored a few villages in the Cotswolds I can understand their popularity for a wedding. The warm, neutral, honey colours of the buildings contrasted against the green of the countryside make for a stunning backdrop to any Cotswold wedding. The Cotswolds even have their own romantic road – a tour of some of the more popular villages stretching from Cheltenham, up to Chipping Campden and back down through Stow on the Wold and Lower Slaughter. What a fantastic idea for a honeymoon, travelling through the beautiful countryside in a vintage car whilst stopping off at some fabulous places to stay.
Cotswold Wedding Venues
The Cotswolds have an amazing array of beautiful wedding venues and as a wedding photographer many of these are on my ‘love to shoot’ list. Personally I adore barn venues – I love the atmosphere they provide, I love that they are a blank canvas and need minimal transformation to look stunning. I also love the whole countryside surroundings that they are usually set in, that can be used for your photographs. Some of my favourites include Cripps Barn, Cripps Stone Barn, Hyde Barn and Oxleaze Barn.
In Chipping Campden there is the stunning Cotswold House Hotel, which also has its own spa. The bridal apartment has two floors and it’s own hot tub in the back garden. Chipping Campden is also an absolutely gorgeous village to explore. It has it’s original stone market hall built in 1627 and is a great hub if you want to go walking nearby.
The Swan Hotel in Bibury is set right on the river. Bibury is another interesting village to explore. It’s the home of Bibury Trout Farm where you can go and feed the fish. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can hire a fishing rod to catch some trout and on the weekends throughout the summer they have barbeques where you can BBQ what you’ve just caught. It’s also home to the National Trust cottages – Arlington Row which were built in 1380 as a monastic wool store. It is an architectural conservation area.
If you want an intimate venue for your wedding you could try hiring a private country house, something like Honeystone Manor. Set in it’s own grounds with a walled garden, tennis court and even a water garden. It’s exclusively yours for a private reception and if you are having an intimate wedding your guests can also stay in one of the seven bedrooms in the main house. Meanwhile the bride and groom can hole up in the loft of the dining barn, a very quirky bridal suite accessed by ladder only!
If you’d like a venue with impeccable service for your wedding there’s the beautiful Lords of the Manor in the village of Upper Slaughter. With its Michelin starred restaurant, and landscaped gardens it’s the ultimate choice of a luxury Cotswold wedding venue. They also have a full calendar of ongoing events throughout the year if you fancy a weekend away in the country.
If you want to go for something really different for your wedding why not have a look at Sezincote. It’s a 200 year old Mogul Indian Palace with temples, grotto’s and waterfalls. Again this is a venue open to visitors, an ideal opportunity to get a feel for this Cotswold wedding venue.
As you can probably tell my heart really does belong to the countryside and to live so close to the Cotswolds is an absolute dream as a wedding photographer. My first visit included a trip to the beautiful Hidcote Manor. As I mentioned in my About Me section, I love visiting gardens, and Hidcote Manor Garden is probably my favourite due to the fact that it is made up of different garden rooms. Although you can’t get married in the house at Hidcote as it’s a National Trust , you can get married in the gardens and have your reception there to.
Wedding photographer Cotswolds – Alexandra Jane