Cotswolds Wedding Venues – My Top 5!

Congratulations on your engagement! If you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding venue or Cotswolds wedding photographer, I can totally help you out. Searching for the perfect wedding venue can be tricky but I am going to take the stress away by giving you the rundown of my top five wedding venues in the Cotswolds!


A little bit about me…

I’m an ex-Londoner who fell in love with The Cotswolds followed by my Soul Mate and married him because I believe in love. I am a Mummy to a gorgeous 6-year-old boy and 3 furbabies.

 

Why wedding photography?

Weddings excite me! I arrive with my brides in the morning ready to have a blinding day! Being a bubbly person with a quick laugh and a natural ability to make people feel at ease, I am able to create effortless magical images. I love to watch how my couples interact with each other meaning that I can shoot their wedding accordingly. So that being said, no two weddings that I photograph will ever look the same. The longer I have been in this industry, the more I have come to realise that ‘like goes to like’. I am a tattooed wife of a rock guitarist and daughter of a rock drummer and extremely proud to be known as a passionate soul that takes life with both hands and shakes it hard with grit and determination!

 

How I became a wedding photographer in the Cotswolds…

I always had a passion for art from a young age and with that creative flow came to a career in Performing Arts. As I grew older my creativity naturally swayed over to imagery and now I find myself happier behind the lens than I ever was in front.  I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. It took me until I was 30 to find a career I was totally passionate about and how to harness my personality into my work to create dynamic, emotional and fun portraiture.


Why I am a good person to give you wedding venue advice…

As a wedding photographer, I have the unique position of visiting a wedding venue as a guest, a supplier and a work colleague. Wedding photographers are invited to be a large part of the wedding day by the Bride and Groom and whilst we are there to work, we are also looked after as a guest by the venue. Wedding photographers get to see all the behind-the-scenes organisation. We work closely with the wedding venue, their event co-coordinators and caterers, everyone has their role to play and communication is key.

The majority of wedding suppliers are involved in sections of either preparations or the actual day, such as cake makers, florists, makeup and hair artists etc. As photographers, we are with our couples for 8-10 hours of their special day, mingling with their guests and we see everything as a guest would. We also see all the ‘Back of House’ organisation and work closely with the venue, their co-coordinators and caterers. Everyone has their role to play and communication is key. The photographer wouldn’t want to hold up food service by the official group photos running late and we also work together if anything needs tweaking due to inclement weather.


Now for the Cotswold Wedding Venues!

There are loads of wedding venues in the Cotswolds including castles, hotels, stately homes, country manors and wedding barns, you can even get married at a vineyard! I am positive that you and your fiancé will fall in love with one of these Cotswold Wedding Venues, so without further ado, grab a cuppa or a glass of vino and browse my favourite Cotswold Wedding Venues below.

My top Cotswold Wedding Venues in no particular order:

Stone Barn

Matara

Oxleaze

Slaughters

Kingscote

Clicking the links in each section which will take you to weddings I have photographed at that wedding venue.

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding planning!


Stone Barn Wedding Venue

Upper Windrush, Cheltenham wedding Venue

I have a real soft spot for Stone Barn, a historic wedding venue in the Cotswolds. This venue is part of the Cripps and Co. wedding venue group. Stone Barn has a sister wedding venue called Cripps Barn, also in the Cotswolds and rather beautiful! Stone Barn has a wooden shelter in the Stone Barn grounds, which provides an idyllic spot for outdoor ceremonies in the summer, with sweeping views over the glorious Cotswold countryside.

I am a BIG fan of anywhere with twinkly lights! From their gallery, the confetti runs under the twinkly tin roof of the barn! The lower part of the barn opens into a bright and airy conservatory style space which is a nice contrast. In the summer months, all of the doors are open so it feels like you are outside, nestled in the rolling Cotswold Hills.

I photographed a Cotswold wedding here where the Bride and Groom said:
“As soon as we came to this particular barn (and we had been to a lot) we knew instantly it was the venue for us. It was everything we ever could wish for. A rustic barn with a mixture of stone walls and corrugated iron, surrounded by green fields as far as the eye could see, which gave an amazing feeling of privacy and intimacy. Stone Barn depicts the picturesque Cotswolds and we fell in love.”
– Jess and John-Joe

Links to my photography at Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Stone Barn Cotswold Wedding Venue Link 1
Stone Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue Link 2


The Matara Centre Wedding Venue

Tetbury Wedding Venue

This is a completely unique venue set in twenty-eight acres of beautiful grounds. The Matara Centre offers a relaxed and serene environment for your special day. Asian inspired, this exclusive-use venue is licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, which makes it weatherproof. Matara is intimate enough for twenty-five guests and grand enough to comfortably host up to two hundred guests. There is also accommodation for up to twenty-eight of your wedding guests.

One of my couple’s said this about the Matara wedding venue:
“Absolutely beautiful and every single member of staff is brilliant. Especially our wedding coordinator Olivia, nothing was too much for them.”
Alison & Leon

Whenever I have had any contact with Matara, whether it’s about a shoot, a wedding, or their ‘Best of Matara’ awards, every single person has been helpful, polite and gone out of their way to make sure everything runs smoothly for the Bride and Groom and myself. The food has been outstanding and all the guest say how well looked after they’ve been. The upkeep of their grounds is flawless and its an absolute MUST for any couple wanting a unique wedding experience. The Matara has a  cloistered courtyard, the Hilarium Dome and a tree planted and dedicated to every couple married there. What a lovely touch!

Links to my photography at The Matara Centre Cotswolds Wedding Venue

The Matara Centre Cotswold Wedding Venue Link 1
The Matara Centre Cotswolds Wedding Venue Link 2


Oxleaze Barn Wedding Venue
Lechlade Wedding Venue

I shot my first wedding at Oxleaze this April and I think I fell in love, I cannot wait to go back there. Oxleaze farm comprises of The Barn and The Milling Barn. The beautifully restored barns are set on an organic family-run farm in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. Oxleaze Farm is nestled between quintessential English villages just one and a half hours from London. The wedding barns feature original stonework, exposed wooden beams and beautiful gardens. There is a three-bed cottage on-site for you or your guests to enjoy during your wedding day. The grounds at Oxleaze Farm provide great photo opportunities are covered in wildflowers and friendly livestock. They have a very cool 3D tour on their website so you can take a look around before you book your wedding viewing!

Links to my photography at Oxleaze Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Here is a sneak preview, stay tuned for the full album and blog:
Oxleaze Barn Wedding Venue Link 1


Kingscote Barn

Tetbury Wedding Venue

Kingscote Barn is a17th Century stone barn set in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds. The barn is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and lots of rural charm. It has an impressive main barn for your wedding celebrations, with a vaulted ceiling and a viewing gallery. The Kingscote Barn wedding team are incredibly helpful and run flawless wedding days with exceptional food and service. Kingscote Barn is a beautiful space where you can truly make it your own. The cornfields provide the perfect backdrop for those sunset couples portraits which I take during the ‘golden hour.’

I shot a Bride and groom’s wedding at this Cotswold Wedding Venue and this is what they thought:

“It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswolds area. We were pretty certain we wanted to get married in a barn. We quickly ruled out having a ceremony elsewhere, as we wanted our guest to fully relax in one setting, and limit the chances of being caught in the British weather!  Having visited a few other styles of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. Both of us fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!”
-Alex & Tash

Links to my photography at Kingscote Barn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Kingscote Barn Wedding Venue Link 1
Kingscote Barn Wedding Venue Link 2


The Slaughters Country Inn

Gloucestershire Wedding Venue

This Cotswolds wedding venue offers a relaxed ambience in a quintessentially British country inn. If you are searching for a traditional wedding venue in the Cotswolds, The Slaughters Country Inn could be the perfect fit. It is located in the heart of one of the prettiest villages in England and nestled on the banks of the River Eye. Its idyllic location means that there are loads of lovely photo spots including a little wooden bridge over the stream. If you are looking for something even grander you could try their sister wedding venue Slaughters Manor over the stream.

Links to my photography at The Slaughters Inn Cotswolds Wedding Venue

Slaughters Inn Wedding Venue Link 1

 

That concludes my reviews of this year’s favourite venues so far, I hope to return to all of these Cotswold Wedding Venues very soon. Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a Cotswolds wedding photographer.

Happy wedding planning!

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Carla & Louise’s Cotswold Wedding

Carla Kelsh & Louise Kelsh

03/08/18

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

 

Good morning World! I’m sat looking at a rather windy and dreary day over my laptop but have a twinkly Christmas tree in the corner, a 6 year old in his PJ’s watching Christmas cartoons and a huge hound at my feet. With the husband making me a cuppa, life is pretty content. But, I can’t help but wonder where on earth this year went?! How is it nearly Christmas? 2018 has been my busiest year shooting weddings EVER and I am horribly behind on blogging. But that means your social media feed now has some sunshine and flowers and happy faces on it! Yayyy!!

 

When Carla and Louise told me all about their day, I was super excited to shoot it. What Carla didn’t know was that I was in on the surprises in store and prepared to snap all the shots before the big reveal, knowing this would made an amusing pictorial story in their gallery!

I have to say that I laughed til I cried at The Undercover Waiters. Standing in the middle of such fun and happiness makes me feel son very lucky to have an amazing job. Thank you ladies, for sharing your day with us. I can’t wait to see you all next year at Lou’s sisters wedding. Kate, I hope you have some more tricks up your sleeve. You set the bar pretty high here!!

Enjoy! xx

 

“When we decided to start searching for venues, we looked at a couple in the Cotswolds but the Swan was special! It was just beautiful and the setting was perfect. As soon as we drove round the corner and saw it we knew it was the one for us. We hadn’t even been inside at that point!

We got married almost exactly a year to the day that we got engaged.
“Best Day EVER!!”

We met playing football together many many years ago. We met again later in life and the rest is history!

The proposal was an unbelievable surprise! Despite my regular nagging, Louise had always said she would never get married again and I had almost given up hope that we would get married. Then Louise took me away for a weekend to Bourton-On-The-Water, one of our favourite places. Whilst sitting on the grass by the river enjoying the sunshine she handed me a champagne glass engraved with “will you marry me”.  It was perfect and caught me totally off guard!

We decided we wanted a documentary style photographer. After searching the web and scrolling through numerous portfolios we found Oobaloos and we were sold. The style was exactly what we were looking for and the quality of Sheryl’s work really stood out.

We decided we didn’t want big, fancy dresses, we wanted a nice relaxed day so we both  bought different high street dresses from Chi Chi London and DKNY.

Our flowers were lilac and cream but we didn’t really have a colour theme as such. The theme for the day was a chilled out and relaxed summer wedding. We wanted everyone to be comfortable especially in the scorching summer we were having.

Aqua Florist created our beautiful bouquets. They looked amazing and were exactly what we wanted. She also made thank you bouquets for our mums to match ours which was a nice touch.

We had Pimms and afternoon tea as canapés after the reception which was lovely and a bit different from the standard wedding canapés.

The wedding breakfast was Ham hock terrine, Roast Beef with all the trimmings and an amazing chocolate Brownie.

Our wedding cake was made by a close friend of ours with alternating tiers of chocolate and Victoria sponge.
We showed her a design we liked and she recreated it. It looked amazing and was twice as big as we imagined it would be!

The duck race supplied by Aqua florist was also a big hit with the guests. The kids loved throwing their rubber ducks into the stream and chasing after them along the bank. My nephew got a bit too carried away though and fell in!

 

Louise’s sister booked The Undercover Waiters to perform at our wedding. Whilst Lou was in on the surprise I had absolutely no idea what was happening! They were brilliant, they got everyone up singing and dancing. We even had a conga line around the room, while the tourists gazed in through the window in total disbelief! Very hard to follow that with my speech though!”

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!

Venue: The Swan At Bibery COTWOLDS INNS

Photographer: Oobaloos Photography

Florist: Aqua Florists

Cake: Friend

Entertainment: The Undercover Waiters

 

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Mr & Mrs H tie the knot at Lyde Court, Herefordshire

When Georgie contacted me nearly 2 years ago, saying she wanted an Alternative Wedding Photographer, I knew we were  match made in heaven. She saw my style before I was even sure what my style was! As the day came closer and we met up at the stunning Lyde Court in Herefordshire, I got ridiculously excited about shooting hers and Andy’s wedding.

Lyde Court have managed to clean the barn up JUST ENOUGH to smarten it for weddings but have very cleverly kept it rustic and un tampered enough to preserve all its charm. It is a delightful place and I can highly recommend it.

The day started in a flurry of activity in both camps. The girls twittered and frittered whilst the boys were cool, calm and collected! I could feel some nerves in the air. The second Georgie arrived at Andy’s side the nervous atmosphere broke and Georgie’s infectious bubbly personality took over!

Georgie and Andy were high school sweethearts and they are so easy to be around as a couple. Their friends are very very important to them and had just as much importance on this day as their family. They were definitely surrounded with love.

Have you ever seen a Rodeo Sheep? As Shepherd was a maiden name in Georgie’s mum’s family, a SHEEP was ordered. As you can imagine this caused hilarity and i got some corkers of pics of various guests, young and old trying to beat the clock and stay on the sheep.

In the evening, Wish Upon a Sparkle arrived sprinkling fairy dust and glitter and a festival atmosphere becoming apparent with the dance floor filling with House music and a rave began!

I would like to thank Georgie and Andy and all of their friends and family for making me feel so very welcome. I wish you all the best luck in the world!!

Oobalove,

Sheryl

xxx

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