Redworth Hall in County Durham is an unusual venue for me as I have photographed a wedding there but not conducted a wedding there. That's because it was outside my Registration patch which was Newcastle.
I photographed Lynne and James' wedding there in February 2014 and had a blast.
Redworth Hall is an 18th century Jacobean Manor House, but the site dates all the way back to 1693. It is set within 150 acres of landscaped gardens and spectacular woodland, and you get to the Hall via a sweeping, tree-lined driveway.
The size of Redworth Hall and the many function rooms available mean that couples wanting to tie the knot can choose an option which is perfect for their dream day.
The Great Hall, built in the late 18th Century, is just as grand as it sounds with its wooden floors, oak wood panelling and two working grand stone fireplaces. It can accommodate between 80 and 120 guests. Lynne and James were married in the Great Hall and had their wedding breakfast and evening reception in here.
The Prince Bishop Suite and the Surtrees Suite are both ideal for larger weddings. Decorated in rich colours and fabrics, these suites also benfit from a private bar and lounge area, giving your guests somewhere to relax away from the evening entertainment.
Alternatively, the Kelvington Suite is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests and can make a smaller celebration feel extra special, with the use of its private lounge area and courtyard garden.
If the guest list for any wedding runs to more than 50 people, the newly weds will also receive a complimentary overnight stay in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms, with special discounted accommodation rates on offer for the rest of the wedding party.
There is even a spa on site, so you can add a day or two to the wedding to recover if you need it!
Redworth Hall is a great location for wedding photography. The landscaped and wooded grounds are large and offer many possibilities but you do need to be aware that not everywhere is connected by paths. There's a Victorian folly out in the woods for example that I would have loved to have used as a backdrop for photos but as it was a winter wedding and the grass was wet the bride would have needed to don wellies to get there!
The interior of the hall is quite spectacular and the large leaded window in the Great Hall is an obvious spot to use as the light is great. There is a balcony which can give you a different perspective on proceedings, especially if you have a second shooter. Despite the high ceilings throughout it is a dark venue and you will need to use a fast lens and crank up the ISO or use a flash.
- Everything you need in one location - you can hold your entire wedding here from the ceremony, through the wedding breakfast to the reception and then hire rooms to stay overnight
- Can accommodate every size of wedding from the grandest to the most intimate
- Landscaped gardens and a hall dripping in history give you great options for photography
- Out in the countryside so you and your guests will be reliant on cars rather than public transport to get to and from the venue
- Interiors can be dark and not all the gardens are easily accessible, especially in the winter
Redworth Hall is a great venue for a wedding. It has an historic building, with imposing rooms dripping with history, and impressive grounds that cover many acres. In many ways it is the ideal country house wedding venue.
Write: Redworth Hall, Redworth, County Durham, DL5 6NL
Telephone: 01388 770 600