Im Often asked by couples yet to set the date if I have a favourite Bristol venue. This is such a hard Question to answer. I could never get it down to just one Bristol wedding venue but I will start a list of some of my favourite.
So lets make a start with Thornbury Castle just north of Bristol. It's a venue with such character that lends itself to wedding photography. The grounds are beautiful 12 months of the year make a magical back drop. This inside is just as dramatic with it's twisting spiral stair cases and it's tudor windows. If you want history then this is the place for you with connection with a number of our Royals. The most famous has to be Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn who stayed at the castle. Infant you can even stay in the very same bedroom as the royal couple. So if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Bristol area, take a look at Thornbury Castle.
Wick farm is not far from Bristol just south of the Roman city of Bath. The main barn has been tastefully transformed into a wonderful wedding venue. The venue also has some lovey out buildings which are always great to use in my wedding photography. I love venues that give me as a wedding photographer, options and variety in places to take my photographs. Wick farm certainly delivers and is a joy to photograph at.
The Mercure Bristol North the Grange Hotel to give it it's full name is a wedding venue on the edge of north Bristol. A large hotel with lots of character making it a great option for you to hold your wedding at. There is lots of room inside and outside so no matter what time of year you decide to get married in you be sure to have a great time.
Tracey Park dates back to the 16th century and is so much more than just a golf course. A great building for a wedding with lots of lovely stone cottages within a few short yards of the the main venue. Within easy reach of Bristol if you decide to go with this wedding venue I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
Tortworth court is a very well known wedding venue in the Bristol area. It has recently been taken over by the De Vere hotel group a name that goes hand in hand with quality. Since taking over they have spent some money adding some very nice touches to the hotel both inside and around the grounds. There are a number of rooms you can get married including a wonderful orangery that makes a spectacular setting for any wedding. This can be seen in this montage with the photograph in the middle at the bottom.
Yet another great venue for you to consider just a little way north of Bristol is Storehouse Court Hotel. As you can see it's a great venue to have your wedding at. The main hotel finished in cotswold stone is just delightful and a joy to photograph in and around. It also has some lovely areas inside if the weather is not so nice. As you can see in this montage it also has a beautiful stone built gazebo if you fancy getting married outside.
St. Pierre is within sight of the seven bridge. This wonderful venue is part of the Marriott chain ensuring you get the quality you undoubtedly want from your wedding day. The front of the hotel is almost castle in appearance making for a fantastic back drop for some of your wedding photographs. The hotel has a very big room for your reception as well as smaller ones for the the intimate wedding. As you can see, if you are lucky,Part of my wedding venue guide by Bristol wedding there is the chance of a great sunset photographs on the edge of the golf course.
This is another spectacular wedding venue that I have included despite it being outside of Bristol. It makes my list as mots of the couples I photograph here come from Bristol. St Andries Park is a spectacular wedding venue south of Bristol in Somerset. As you can see from these photographs the venue is made up of a manor house which over the years has had many uses, along with the beautiful orangey . The grounds are equally spectacular giving you the complete package for your wedding venue.
Now this next venue is not in Bristol but next door in Bath. I have included in this Bristol wedding guide as so many couples that I photograph here come from Bristol. So if you have not yet guest it, this is the Roman baths. A truly spectacular wedding venue as you can see from these wedding photographs. As well as the baths they also have both large and small rooms for your reception. So if you want to wow your guests, then this is one to consider.
If you want to get married in the tallest church in Bristol then this is it. St Mary Redcliffe is an amazing church more akin to a Cathedral. Not only is it stunning on the inside it also has lots of open spaces to have your wedding photographs in. Once you have got married you can then head off to one of Bristols top wedding venues many of which you will find in this guide.
If you are having a big wedding and are looking to have your wedding in Bristol then I would recommend looking at Old Down Manor. They can seat 150 for your meal meaning they can cater for most weddings. Don't be put off if you are having a smaller wedding as they also have two smaller rooms with stunning views for you to use. I first went to this venue many years ago before it even held weddings. Wow how it has changed beyond recognition since then. They have spent millions on transforming this wonderful old building into a top wedding venue for Bristol. A great wedding venue in the sun, wind or rain as it's so lovely inside and out with plenty of room inside if the weather is not so kind. Simply stunning wedding venue.
Orchardleigh is a very large mansion house a few miles south of Bristol near to Frome. It's a venue that has everything you could possible need for your wedding. They even have their own church within the grounds for you to get married in. It's one of those venues where it's does not matter what the English weather throws at us because it's just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I have spent many a cold winters days photographing weddings at this great venue with the open logs fire to keep me warm. With it being just outside of Bristol it may not be a venue you have considered but it you are looking for a grand venue then I would suggest adding it to your list to look at.
The second wedding venue to show at Priston is the Mill itself. A wonderful wedding venue just south of Bristol thats full of character and charm. The Gardens are a wonderful place to celebrate your wedding and if you are lucky with the weather you can even get married outside. The mill is split over three different levels and is full to the brim with history of this wonderful old Mill. The water wheel can still be seen working on the middle level and along with the stonework and exposed beams make for a great place chat with your guests whilst enjoying your big day. The staff as you would expect from one of Bristols top venues are professional and friendly from the moment you arrive until you are partying hard long into the night on the dance floor.
One of Bristol best known venues is Priston Mill. They have two wedding venues side by side for you to choose from. The first I'm showing you is the Barn, a fantastic wedding venue that I have been working at for many, many years. It has changed a little from when I first started working there with more room being made available inside for you and your guests. As an added bonus it also means there is a lot more room inside if it's cold or the weather is not so nice outside. As a wedding photographer I always look at wedding venues from a photographers view point. Does the venue have nice grounds, what if it rains, is there room inside for photographs, well it's a yes yes for this wonderful barn. The montage I have decided to show you below is from a winter wedding where most of the photographs were taken inside including the large group one. As you can see this worked perfectly, taken from up high to ensure we can see all the wedding guests.
If you are looking to hold you wedding at a barn conversion then Kingscote is one to look at. As well as the barn they also have some wonderful accommodation for you to stay in. Situated just north of Bristol the barn looks out on a stunning views of rolling cotswold countryside. The main barn has lots of wonderful natural light streaming in through some large windows making taking photographs of your wedding nice and easy. So if you like barn conversions and don't mind traveling just a few miles from Bristol then I would highly recommend you take a look at Kingscote Barn.
As a wedding photographer who has photographed hundreds of weddings in the Bristol area. I thought it may be handy for those of you in the early stages to planning your wedding to offer a little guide to some of the amazing wedding venues in and around the Bristol area. I am still uploading venues every couple of days, so if there is one you are interested in and you can not find it, let me know and I can email it to you or upload it right away.