Tim Hardy Wedding Blog

The setting for your perfect day - getting the most out of shots around your chosen venue

When you choose a wedding venue, you take into account not only how well the staff will look after you, but also how much the look of the venue appeals to you. Your wedding photographer will help you plan your shots around the venue to make the most of it, but there are a few things you might like to consider when selecting your venue.

The personality of the venue

Each venue has its own strengths - you might choose a historic venue such as a hotel in a stately home style, or a castle. Or you might prefer a more rustic venue such as a barn conversion. For some couples, a town centre venue with a contemporary feel is important.
It's important to consider how your photographs will reflect this setting:
overall character - the venue will be the backdrop in a lot of shots - do you get a good feel for it and will you feel comfortable - if not, this will be reflected in the photography
colour palette - a modern venue may have much brighter colours than a historic venue, which might use more heritage colours
natural light - purpose built or converted properties may provide more natural light than for example a historic venue which may have large windows but they are likely to be leaded or sectioned


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Set shots and hidden nooks

Each venue will have key features which are used in almost every wedding shoot - it might be a dramatic staircase, a pretty terrace or a love seat. Find out what they are so you can take them into consideration. Don't be shy of exploring new interpretations of set shots too - not bride looking down staircase but groom sliding down it (check venue okay). Also, ask your photographer about less well-known nooks - perhaps there's a corner of the gardens which is less obvious but which provides a variety of colour and will give you a more unique shot depending on what's in bloom...

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Insider knowledge and seasonality

Working with a photographer who knows a venue well has great benefits - due to their regular visits they'll be able to tell you just which bit of the grounds are at their peak for the day of your wedding. They'll know about any recent replanting or perhaps even a new sculpture or art installation that would provide a great backdrop.

I work closely with:
Rudding Park
Ripley Castle
Wharfedale Grange
Markenfield Hall
Hotel du Vin Harrogate
click on their names to see some of my wedding photography at these venues.
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If you'd like to talk to me about photographing your wedding, call me on 07770 476416 or you can visit me at the following wedding fairs:
Ripley Castle on 14th April
Old Swan Hotel Harrogate on 28th April
Grantley Hall on 1st September