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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.