We have had the pleasure of shooting so many beautiful weddings over the course of 2014 and all of them have been such a joy to shoot, we really have loved being part of your big day. So when it came to deciding which are our favourite venues, it was pretty hard as there's so many to choose from. But after a while of deliberation here's our top 7 venues of 2014!
1. PECKFORTON CASTLE
Peckforton Castle certainly is a place where dreams are made real. Nestled in a beautiful spot amongst the Tarporley woodland, this venue definitely has the wow factor when you walk through the castle gates! With a mix of original features and modern day comforts, the richly furnished suites are ideal for bridal preparations and we must say they do photograph beautifully. And for the guys there is an equally fantastic bar decorated with suits of armor, shields and wing chairs for the groom and groomsmen to relax before the ceremony.
Not to forget the stunning original features that adorn every inch of the Great Hall, from the tapestries to the tall stained glass windows that flood the hall with beautiful light and the exposed stone that stretches up to the arches above. With more than enough room for a string quartet to help set the mood as you walk down the aisle, we couldn't think of anywhere more perfect to hold your ceremony.
This venue is the ideal setting for a fairytale wedding, definitely a great place to start off your happily every after. View more from the Peckforton Castle wedding here.
2. NUNSMERE HALL
Nunsmere Hall is a beautiful boutique country house surrounded by immaculate gardens that make a picture perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony during the summer months.
There are plenty of fantastic spots around the grounds that really makes this venue stand out from the rest, like the flowers that embellish the framework of the trellis to the wooden bridge that reaches across the pond, creating the perfect platform for couple shots. But our favourite spot has to be the trees that line the edge of the gardens as they look simply beautiful when the sun light filters through the canopy, which creates a soft light that really does add an extra element to this already elegant backdrop.
There is so much we could say about this wonderful summer paradise, but we shall let the photos speak for themselves. View more from the Nunsmere Hall Wedding here.
3. QUARRY BANK MILL
Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites which is exactly what makes this venue so unique. The original features left behind by the 1700's cotton industry such as the cobbled pathways and historic bridges adds to the beauty of the picturesque gardens that surround the Mill itself.
The gardens make such a fantastic place to hold a drinks reception as there is plenty of room for your guests to enjoy themselves whilst surrounded by the incredible scenery. Nothing beats being served ice cold drinks and delicious canapes amongst gardens rich with flowers and foliage. Click to view more from the wedding at Quarry Bank Mill here.
4. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH
This impressive modern building is in the heart of Salford Quays across the river from the up and coming Media City. You can certainly make the most of the space outside as it has a lot to offer with the great variety of spaces for couple shots. The bridges, rails along the waterside and even the exterior walls of IWMN itself all make incredible backdrops for the most important photos of the day.
When it comes to adding all of your own personal touches this venue really does have it all! Combining a mix of old and new, from having your own names projected on the Harrier Jet aircraft that welcomes you as you enter, to holding your wedding breakfast amongst the WW2 artifacts. And last but not least let's not to forget being able to take advantage of the projectors that span the entire gallery, which we must add does make an amazing accompaniment to your speeches especially alongside those more embarrassing stag stories. See the rest of this fantastic wedding at the Imperial War Museum North here.
5. SANDHOLE OAK BARN
If you are lucky enough to have a wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in the summer time, then you can take full advantage of what this venue has to offer outdoors. The original oak beamed buildings in amongst the farm land and countryside really does set the scene for a perfect wedding.
The most impressive feature has to be the veranda and patio that over looks the private lake where everyone can enjoy the views of the surrounding peaceful countryside and the very friendly and cheeky resident ducks. Take a peek at the rest of the Sanhole Oak Barn Wedding here.
6. MANCHESTER ART GALLERY
If you love historical culture but prefer a modern setting then Manchester Art Gallery is just what you are looking for, with its combination of classical art pieces and contemporary decor. The tall columns on the face of the building look flawless in couple shots.
This venue allows you to hold a private gallery viewing, which means you can browse through the life and work of Pre-Raphaelite master William Holman Hunt with a cheeky bit of champagne to hand.
Click to view more from the Manchester Art Gallery Wedding here.
7. RIVINGTON HALL BARN
The most impressive feature of Rivington Hall Barn is the magnificent array of hundreds of fairy lights across the huge beams that reach across this impressive interior. They add a bit of twinkling light that looks almost magical.
The large wooden floor just begs for a big party once the meal and speeches are done, with more than enough room for all those "dad dance" moves that always find their way to every wedding. This venue definitely was built to be a party central with its offset stage ready to accommodate bands, singers and entertainers. Click to view more from the Rivington Hall Barn Wedding here.
As we struggled so much to pick our top 7, here's a few more gorgeous venues that we thought were definitely worth a mention:
Hyde Bank Farm for fairy lights, donkeys and rolling fog during the sunset.
Great John Street Hotel for its luxurious rooms, central location and cool urban surroundings.
Didsbury House Hotel for afternoon tea, garden games and an awesome BBQ.
Peover Golf Club for high-beam ceilings, rustic charm and speedy golf buggies.
Hill Top Country House for its beautiful gardens and blossom trees.
Gorton Monastery for the breath-taking scale of the building.
Swettenham Arms for its countryside setting and lavender meadow.
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